Every year E3 brings us a ton of brand new reveals and announcements for new games that are coming in the future. With the annual Los Angeles convention less than 2 months away, we can safely start to speculate on what those reveals will be. At this point in the year, if something hasn’t been announced yet, odds are it’s waiting until a hot and smoggy mid June day in California. Other than games we already know exist and have seen evidence of gameplay, what new title or gameplay reveals can we expect? We’re busting out our crystal ball and making some predictions. If you’ve followed us over the years, you’ll know we have a knack for prognostication. Keep in mind, this is coming from our RPG leaning as a site, so don’t be upset that a new Call of Duty is not on here.
2015’s Bloodborne was From Software’s first new IP since Dark Souls followed up Demon’s Souls and it was an instant smash hit for Sony’s first party lineup on the PS4. It represented a departure from the more methodical Souls series and presented a combat that although familiar, was predicated more on speed and dashing. The game resonated with fans and once finished, everyone instantly began dreaming of a sequel. We know that there is a standing arrangement with Sony for more games with From Software and now that Dark Souls 3 is complete we know that the studio is working on several games. It’s entirely plausible that Bloodborne 2 is one of them. There was enough freshness in the original that can be expanded upon and improved such as the trick weapons, chalice dungeons and firearms and the lore still left many questions unanswered. Fear the old blood!
We know Cyberpunk 2077 is coming. We know CD Projekt Red of Witcher fame is developing it. We know it’s going to be massive. We have no idea what it’s going to look like. We got our first title teaser of it (let’s get in the way back machine) back in 2012. Since then we’ve heard precious little about it, beyond what we’ve been able to cobble together through various interviews and FAQ posts which we compiled into our own everything we know piece. With more murmurs abound and the game in active development, it only makes sense that something demonstrable is around the corner. CD Projekt Red makes a definite presence at every E3 and they could make a huge momentum splash with some gameplay footage. We can anticipate an open world futuristic setting, with features similar to the Witcher games, with a branching narrative, multitude of side quests and characters and some philosophical musings to chew on.
A New From Software IP Other Than Bloodborne 2
As mentioned above, when Dark Souls 3 was complete, From Software revealed that it was working on 3 new games, 1 of which was Armored Core. That leaves 2 others. 1 is said to be a game that will please fans of the Souls series and the other is said by studio President Hidetaka Miyazaki to be a game that is unique and will be a different experience. It’s possible that 1 of these 3 (including Armored Core) will be shown at E3 for the first time. If the Souls familiar game isn’t the aforementioned Bloodborne 2, we are looking at a fresh IP (or something crazy like Demon’s Souls 2). The unique game is anyone’s guess at this point. Regardless of what is shown, it would be mildly shocking if 1 of these 3 games wasn’t shown at some point during the big conferences. If if they don’t get shown at E3 book it for a debut at TGS later in the year.
The Elder Scrolls VI
Fallout 4 released in 2015 and followed 2011’s Skyrim. Yes that was a 4 year gap between Bethesda’s flagship titles but it also overlapped with a brand new console gen and the unfamiliarity of the new architecture of the PS4 and Xbox One created a bit of a gap for developers. Now that Fallout 4 has been built on the current gen, the blueprints are there for Bethesda for their next RPG. Although they are not necessarily married to the concept of alternating franchises between Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, fans of The Elder Scrolls have had 6 years to wait for a new land and lore to sandbox away in. With Bethesda hosting their own yearly conference at E3 now, the pressure is on to deliver something worthy of tuning in. Last year gave us announcements on The Elder Scrolls Online, Skyrim Remastered, Dishonored 2, Prey and Fallout DLC. With all of those games either already recently released or coming soon as in Prey and the Morrowind expansion to ESO, there seems to be a content void with their signature titles. Will they hit us with a shock as they did with Skyrim and announced at E3 and release in November? Or maybe we will get a reveal with a look towards a 2018 release. Regardless, The Elder Scrolls VI seems a likely candidate to fill that content void.
I really don’t know why we keep doing this to ourselves with this game, but in some stroke of masochism, we at Fextralife can’t seem to let this game go. Perhaps it’s the promise of outstanding dungeon combat mechanics that seem to blend Dragon’s Dogma with Dark Souls. Perhaps it’s the graphics that were so advanced that they still look viable. Or perhaps it’s the Capcom mystique, who in some ways seems able to thrive as a company in spite of itself. Whatever the reason, Deep Down has been stuck in development hell for the better part of 4 years and what was once a PS3 title, was moved to a PS4 launch title and now is a nowhere title. Hope was given in the form of a new trademark filing in February of this year, which seemed to indicate that the project is still…something? If there is life after death, E3 is the place to give it the shot in the arm it needs with those who have been following the game, as well as expose it to tons of gamers who are completely new to it.
Dragon Age 4
BioWare has said they are working on a new IP that isn’t an RPG, and represents a departure from the norm from them. But it’s still entirely possible they have been working on a new entry in the Dragon Age series, which would be next in line for a new installment now that Mass Effect: Andromeda dropped this spring. Dragon Age Inquisition saw the light of day back in 2014 and was received with mixed results. Some folks loved the gameplay, while some long time fans were less than happy. There certainly is not a lack of stories left to tell in the universe and having Dragon Age and Mass Effect gives the studio 2 RPG giants which they can alternate between the Fantasy and Sci-Fi genres, similar to how Bethesda operates with Fallout and TES. There have been murmurs and conflicting messages coming from inside the camp, and there’s been enough to at least reasonably speculate that something is being worked on.
What do you think we’ll see revealed at E3 this year? One of these titles mentioned above or something new and completely out of left field? E3 always surprises us in some way and we can be sure that this year is no different. We’ll be on site at the conferences and in the meeting rooms bringing you all the news and impressions that drop that week so be sure to stick with us!
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