10 questions E3 2017 will answer

E3 2017 is right around the corner, and all the biggest developers are going to come out and show their best. What great games will we see debut this year? Who will win the console wars? What will this mean for the game industry’s future? Let’s take a look.

1. Who Will Compete With Overwatch?

The shooter space has been clearly dominated by Blizzard’s Overwatch over the last year, but that’s not to say that other shooters aren’t willing to complete. Between Call of Duty WWII, Destiny 2, Quake Champions, and rumors about a new Wolfenstein, Red Dead Redemption 2, Crackdown 3, and even a new BioShock, the shooter genre will be stacked with big name titles looking to dethrone Overwatch from its 30 million + user throne.

The answer to this question will shape the shooter genre for the near future. Are arcade style shooters here to stay, or will we fall back on the FPSRPG, open-world, and military shooter trends of the past?

2. Who is really in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite’s Roster?

One of the biggest fighting games of the year is coming out in a few short months, and yet we know almost nothing about it. If you look at Capcom’s E3 line-up this year, it’s mostly unannounced games and MVCI. Expect the Capcom booth to be filled with pro-gamers coming from all corners of the globe to try out MVCI’s new gameplay. With the release coming in such short order and so few details revealed, Capcom is likely going to drop an info bomb on this new VS series installment at E3 this year. Who else is joining the roster? What new Infinite Stones will we be able to use? Will its story mode be able to compete with Injustice 2’s?

E3 2017 might be the difference between MVCI being the fighting game hit everyone thinks it will be, or following in the footsteps of Street Fighter 5 as a fun but overlooked hit that only appeals to the hardcore crowd. And with breaking news of a possible roster leak bringing less than ecstatic reactions from fans, Capcom may be in a position to do some damage control. 

3. Is Square All Talk?

Recently, it was revealed that Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Final Fantasy VII Remake might not see the light of day until 2020. So what will Square have to present at the show? Unfortunately, not much. We might seem some new Final Fantasy XV DLC, perhaps we will see a playable demo of Dragon Quest XI or Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age. But according to a recent Square-Enix briefing, we won’t see much content until after 2018.

Without a line-up of major releases, ­Square-Enix will have to keep the hype up for their big name titles for years. Can they do it? Well if they have, say, a playable demo for KH3 or FF7R at the convention this year, it will help. Frankly, we can’t stand to see nothing but yet another pre-rendered cinematic trailer.

4. Seriously, What Is the Scorpio?

Microsoft is the last major company to put out their mid-generation stop-gap console. But will it be worth it? The PS4 Pro didn’t do nearly as well as Sony wanted it to, proving that the heavy tech market isn’t nearly as lucrative in the console realm as it is in the PC realm. Microsoft has been going on and on about how powerful the Scorpio is, but they already said that every Scorpio game needs to be playable on the Xbox One. So how much of an impact can it really have on the market, and is it too little too late? Is there any reason to pick up a Scorpio when you could pick up a high powered gaming PC instead? Will it have any exclusives to write home about?

With the release of the Nintendo Switch, Microsoft is currently on the losing end of this console generation. E3 2017 is their chance to turn the tempo around.

5. What AAA Franchises Have Survived the Mid-Console Wars?

Here is just a short list of titles confirmed or rumored for an E3 2017 appearance:

  • Destiny 2
  • Ace Combat 7
  • Project CARS 2
  • Tekken X Street Fighter
  • The Evil Within 2
  • A new EA Star Wars Game
  • Madden 18
  • FIFA 18
  • NBA LIVE 18
  • A new Need for Speed
  • A new Wolfenstein
  • Sonic Forces
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Middle-Earth Shadow of War
  • A new Assassin’s Creed
  • Borderlands 3

And that’s only the severely shortened version, omitting smaller companies, indies, and titles we are going to mention elsewhere in this article. It’s a pretty long list filled with blockbusters, but most of the titles on this list are being overshadowed by first party lineups. This year seems to be the year that first party developers prove that consoles are still worth buying, but with so many console exclusives on the market, will other AAA releases fade from popularity? If they do, will they stand a chance at succeeding in the coming release year?

6. What Is the Future of the Switch?

Well, the Nintendo Switch is out, boasting one of best console launches in the history of video games, but the honeymoon period is over. We have all played Breath of the Wild now, leaving the Switch with no killer app to keep it alive. There is a lot of future potential here, from Super Mario Odyssey to Arms to Splatoon 2, but potential isn’t enough. We are going to have to see real playable demos for Nintendo’s holiday 2017 titles, and trailers for hit games to push us through 2018 and beyond, or else the Switch’s momentum will be stopped dead.

7. What Is Sony’s Killer App?

Going into E3 2017, Sony looks to be one of the biggest contenders for best AAA company at the show. Their lineup is stellar. God of War, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, The Last of Us Part 2, Knack 2, Gran Turismo Sport, Days Gone, Detroit: Become Human, and Death Stranding are just a few of the first party Sony exclusives to litter the show, and the PS4 is sure to get a huge boost from other mainstream AAA titles such as Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2 and MVCI, which boast PlayStation first content or exclusivity. But which of these titles will be Sony’s headliner? Which will we get to play, and which will be all hype? That is yet to be seen.

8. What Is the Future of VR?

Much like the Switch, the honeymoon period for VR is over. The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PS VR have all been on the market for some time now. Now, developers have to choose whether or not they will continue to support VR technology, or whether it will go the way of 3D TVs and motion controls.

Without another Resident Evil 7, we might see VR fade from the public eye. Will the VR version of Fallout that is expected to debut be more than just a gimmick? 

9. Is Konami Really Dead?

Konami will be at the show this year. Want to know what their lineup looks like? So do we. Konami has announced nothing, not a single project in the AAA gaming sphere since Hideo Kojima left town. Sure, they might be making a killing in Pachinko machines and the upcoming Castlevania Netflix series is definitely exciting, but Konami needs to show us… you know… actual video games in order to stay relevant.

10. Will the General Public Survive?

This marks the first year that the general public will be allowed into E3 in quite some time. Now, don’t get me wrong. They deserve a chance to deal with long lines, hot humid booth conditions, being crammed into small spaces among people with dubious hygiene, and not getting a single meal while staying on your feet for 10 hours at a time as much as any of us game journalists. Many are saying this is an attempt to make E3 more relevant in a world of online showcases and downloaded demos. However, turning E3 into more of a public fan-con, rather than an industry convention, might take some of the focus off the only thing that matters: the games. One way or another, this is a turning point for E3, and this year will determine how the convention will be run in the future.