With E3 2017, the biggest games exhibition in the world, just days away, we list 5 things that we are dying to see.
1. VR, VR, VR!
We haven’t given up just yet! With a slow release to Virtual Reality, the technology some people thought would be game-changing, we are yet to be overwhelmed with any ground breaking titles. Granted some games are great fun and others quietly charming or beautiful, the technology has failed to deliver what some thought would be a groundbreaking entrance into the gaming market.
So what are we expecting at E3 2017 in the way of VR? The main thing we want to see is Fallout 4 VR, a game which has already been confirmed by Todd Howard – basically a re-launch of the hugely popular Fallout 4 but obviously playable in VR. If Fallout 4 VR can do everything Todd claims then it could finally be a game-changer. All it would take would be one successful AAA title, i.e Fallout, to be successful for other developers to jump on board with the technology.
With production well and truly underway and public tests but no confirmed release date, our perfect presentation would include a live display of someone playing Fallout 4 VR immersed in the barren world, and of course the all important release date. If it looks as good as they say, it might be time for at least one of us to dust off our HTC Vive and restart the beautiful game.
Bethesda press conference is scheduled for Sunday 11th at 9:00 pm.
2. Super Mario Odyssey
It seems like it’s been too long between open world Mario games. Super Mario Odyssey is the first sandbox game that allows Mario to fully explore his open world.
Set in a new kingdom, the game will allow Mario to travel around a mysterious new world via a giant floating airship. We have been promised new abilities, such as Mario throwing his hat (presumably to damage enemies a-la Odd Job), but i’m sceptical that there will be any water jet packs in this new adventure.
The Nintendo switch has been aching for a stand alone Mario game since its release back in early March and we cant wait to see how the new console will work in our favourite moustached plumber’s new adventure.
According to a press release Super Mario Odyssey will be playable at the event. Some lucky people who don’t mind standing in line will be able to enter the new world before the rest of us. Release date yet to be confirmed but we know it’s scheduled to be out later this year.
Nintendo’s press conference scheduled for Tuesday 13th at 9:00 am.
3. Star Wars: Battlefront II
12 years after the release of Star Wars: Battlefront comes Star Wars: Battlefront II, the sequel to Dice’s successful online multiplayer game set in the cosmic world of Star Wars. Though it seems EA have surprisingly been listening to their player base and made quite a few changes prior to the release of their upcoming title. However, they could possibly have ulterior motives.
While there were single player missions you could do in Star Wars: Battlefront it seems that they may have a more story driven campaign like single player mode featuring a new character called Iden Versio, Commander of the Imperial Special Forces Unit “Inferno Squad”.
Other noticeable differences include space battles, and while piloting an x-wing or tie fighter is not new in the series, it looks as though there could be a mode where you have dog fights in outer space with up to 24 players.Pick a side. Source: EA
The one thing that everyone is questioning and the thing we are most wanting to know at their E3 2017 presentation is why there is no DLC. Given EA’s recent history with selling a season pass before any new content has even been created, this seems like a big 180 by the company and leaves us wondering what they are up to.
Titanfall 2 made by developer Respawn Entertainment shocked fans of the series when it was said they would not need to pay for DLC. We will have to wait and see for Battlefront II; there will no doubt be an abundance of skins and emotes that gamers can throw their cash at.
4. Project Scorpio
What have Microsoft got up their sleeves? Only the most powerful console in the world. Project Scorpio, as it is currently named, will feature six Teraflops of graphical processing power, true 4k gaming and be compatible with Xbox One games and accessories.
Xbox should be pretty excited about their new console. Making a leap into 4k gaming is needed now more than ever with more consumers able to afford 4k resolution TVs. With the fastest console cpu soon to be on the market, Xbox fans should be getting excited for the release of this beast.
Xbox One owners, fear not: every part of Scorpio will handle your games and accessories. So no need to buy a new headset or controllers.
What do we want to know? The when. When is this going to be released? Will it be in time for Christmas or is that too hopeful? And the all important cost. Will we have to sell a kidney to pay for it? We also want to see the design up close and personal.
Microsoft have their press conference at 2:00 pm on Sunday the 11th.
5. Farcry 5
Finally another instalment in the main line of the Farcry series. The teaser trailer set the internet into a buzz and days later the feature trailer was unleashed to much more anticipation.
The successor to the prehistoric based Farcry Primal is a much needed leap back into a modern day setting. This one features in the state of Montana in Hope County where a doomsday cult known as “The Project”, led by Joseph Seed, seeks to liberate the local community.
The game is said to be co-op, which means you can fight through mobs of religious zealots with a friend. The game will also feature flyable aircrafts. I’m not talking gliders or wing suits, but actual planes.
We will hopefully find out a bit more about this at 1:00 pm on Monday 12th.