16 games we want to learn more about at E3 2018
E3 is just around the corner, which means we’re about to learn what to expect from the upcoming months in the gaming world. Before we start looking out for new IPs, there’s still a backlog of games that have been in development for a long time. E3 2018 is the perfect opportunity to shed some light on these mysterious titles.
These are the games we’re hoping to learn more about at this year’s show.
Anthem was revealed at last year’s E3, and has seemingly gone through some tough times. Despite a pre-order scandal and numerous delays, hype for this open world sci-fi FPSRPG is still quite high. Now that Anthem is officially coming out in early 2019, fans are hoping to at least see a playable demo at this year’s E3. We are also hoping to hear more info about the recently revealed “early play period” which will allow fans to provide feedback on this new IP.
Bayonetta 3 was announced in a teaser at last year’s Game Awards. Unfortunately, as is the case with most Nintendo IPs these days, we didn’t get to see any gameplay, any new characters or really anything outside of a stylish title splash. This is a big year for Nintendo at E3. They have already used up some of their major IPs like Zelda and Mario, and are going to need a constant stream of first party killer apps to keep the Switch afloat. Bayonetta 3 is one of those apps, and it does double duty of appealing to the hardcore gaming crowd as well.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Beyond Good and Evil 2 was first teased in 2008, and was finally confirmed at last year’s E3. The fanbase has been waiting 10 years for this title, and all we really have is a cinematic video and a few gameplay details which were only unveiled in the last few weeks. We know that it will feature character customization, online co-op, and a lengthy campaign, but we have no idea how close this title is to launch. We also have very few details about the story and new characters. Let’s hope we get some meaty details at Ubisoft’s press conference.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Another year, another Call of Duty, but this year is supposedly going to be a little different. The Black Ops name has always produced quality COD titles, and with COD taking a back seat to titles such as Overwatch and Fortnite, Activision is going to have to prove that the military shooter can keep up with the times. Maybe that’s why there are so many rumors about this new title having no single-player campaign, and being primarily based around a Battle Royale mode.
Most people have written off Crackdown 3 as vaporware, but supposedly we’ll learn more at E3. This is another title that we first heard about several years ago. It was supposed to be a major launch title for the Xbox On, but obviously that didn’t work out. For now, it’s stamped with a vague spring 2018 launch date, but spring is almost over, and we are already heading into the hot days of the summer dry season. Most likely, we are going to hear the final details at this year’s E3, and the game will launch shortly thereafter.
Now that CD Projekt Red is done making content for The Witcher 3, they’ve been working on this ambitious, futuristic RPG project. They’ve been keeping their lips sealed on this game for over five years, but recent rumors say that they are gearing up to showcase it at this year’s E3. Maybe we will get our first look at gameplay? The big question is, which press conference is going to get the honor of showing it off?
What does it mean? What does it mean!? We’ve known of the existence of Hideo Kojima’s new Death Stranding project since 2016, and we still have no idea what it’s about. There are tentacle zombies, and the whales are all dead, and Norman Reedus has a space fetus, and invisible ghosts are eating people! There might be angels and evil oil and Guillermo Del Toro and…. WHAT DOES IT MEAN!? Give us some straight answers this year Kojima! In the absence of actual answers, we would accept more questions as long as they came with some actual gameplay.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Recent rumors have painted this remake as a troubled production. Apparently, director Tetsuya Nomura is spending all of his time on Kingdom Hearts 3, and the development team has changed hands multiple times. Square has taken the project away from Cyberconnect 2, the original developers, and that’s certain to have set the project back. At this point, we just want some reassurance that the project is still being worked on at all.
There’s no trailer to show you because despite the game’s 2018 release date, we know nothing about this game. We haven’t seen gameplay. We haven’t heard anything about the story. We haven’t even seen character art, yet Nintendo swears that this is a 2018 title. If that is the case, there should be plenty of info at this year’s E3 in the Nintendo booth. Personally, I hope that they are giving us an Echoes version of Genealogy of the Holy Wars, but I’d take any FE news at this point.
Ghost of Tsushima
An open world game where you play a samurai in 13th century Japan? Sign me up! We first learned of this new project last year at Paris Games Week, but we have very little information about it aside from the concept. Rumor has it that we aren’t going to see gameplay for a few years now, so it’s possible that we won’t see Ghost of Tsushima at this year’s E3. However, our hopes are still high that Sucker Punch studios will give us some sort of update at Sony’s press conference.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Listen up Square-Enix, you’ve delayed this game long enough. We’ve seen a lot of trailers, a lot of gameplay footage, and supposedly work on this project is so intense that, as we said before, Tetsuya Nomura has no time for the FF7 remake. The time has come to let us see the results of all this effort. By that, we mean it’s time to have an actual booth demo for this game. Let’s see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. Failing that, at least give us some sweet lore to chew on.
Metroid Prime 4
Hey look! It’s another Nintendo project with nothing but a splash screen. Luckily for Nintendo, this splash screen alone was enough to set the gaming world on fire. We’ve been begging for more Metroid content, and after the successful release of Samus Returns last year, the entire Metroid fanbase can’t wait for Metroid Prime 4. Nintendo could literally give us anything, even a cinematic trailer, and the fans would eat it up. It’s been a year since we heard anything about this project, and it’s time to prove that this is more than just wishful thinking on Nintendo’s part. It’s time for Samus Aran to dust off her arm cannon and start shooting some aliens.
Project Octopath Traveler
We actually have heard quite a bit of info about Project Octopath Traveler; it’s one of the most highly anticipated RPG releases of this year. We’ve gotten to toy around with the combat system, the story, the characters but there’s one thing we don’t have. A release date! We know it’s coming out this year, but we have no idea when we will get our JRPG loving hands on it. My guess? The game is almost done, and will be announced for release shortly after E3.
Shenmue 3 was one of the first, and to this date only, Kickstarter projects to be featured in a major E3 press conference. Given the popularity of the franchise, it’s not hugely surprising it received funding. Now it’s time to see what the project has in store. All we have seen so far is its strangely endearing oldschool graphics, and a cinematic teaser. Hopefully we’re going to see some actual gameplay up on Sony’s big stage.
Nintendo teased us pretty heavily with their Smash 5 trailer. We know that the Inklings are going to be in it but what else? What will the roster be? Will we be able to use Gamecube controllers? Will we see modes and options for the tournament circuit? What new stages are we getting? Is it actually new at all, or is it just a rehash of the Wii U and 3DS versions? Will all the awesome DLC characters be coming back? Nintendo, you better start coughing up answers soon or else your position in the e-sports world is going to start slipping.
The Last of Us: Part 2
The Last of Us: Part 2 will probably be at the center of Sony’s entire press conference. It’s one of Sony’s big exclusive properties, and is the reason that many people decided to purchase a PS4. It’s time to find out what Sony and Naughty Dog have in store for Joel and Ellie. We can’t be sure, but rumor has it that the series is going open world. If so, will The Last of Us: Part 2 have the same gravity that Part 1 did, or will it just be another copy-paste open world action game? Hopefully E3 will answer that question with a playable demo.
What games are you most looking forward to learning about at E3 this year?