If you've been watching the announcements at the E3 2014 press conferences, you have gotten a look into the future of gaming. With Microsoft, EA, and Ubisoft's shows out of the way, we can already see more new-gen titles on the horizon. We're excited to see the upcoming PS4 games and new Xbox One games already inbound for the near future. But the show isn't over yet. There are still those few games that are nebulous--maybe even a couple that we don't know exist.
Ready to see the future of gaming laid out by the biggest developers in the industry? We totally are. That's why we've gathered together the biggest titles that have already been announced at this year's show, which ones we know are going to show up a bit later, as well as those we aren't quite sure about. Want to know if your most anticipated game will be at E3 2014? Find out on the following slides.
New games revealed at E3 2014
Check out the games that made their debut on the E3 2014 stage in the following slides.
For whatever reason, it seems like Bayonetta 2 falls out of the public consciousness almost immediately after each infrequent mention of it. Perhaps that's because it's never been given a firm release date, and much of the information thus far just hasn't been all that solid. Nintendo changed all that this year by giving us a couple new details about the sequel at the Nintendo E3 presentation.
No specific date was given, but we at least have a tight release window now of October (that's soon!). Plus, in an exciting surprise, we learned that Bayonetta 2 will include an updated port of Bayonetta 1, complete with some Nintendo-specific bonuses, like Link's outfit and Samus's armor. That's worth the price of admission on its own.
Yoshi's Wooly World
After being completely silent about the project since its initial reveal a year and a half ago, the game formerly known as Yarn Yoshi finally had a proper reveal at this year's E3. By way of a lengthy gameplay trailer at Nintendo's presentation, it was revealed that Yoshi's Wooly World is indeed a real game that will be released in the first half of 2015.
On top of that, Nintendo revealed that Wooly World will feature two-player co-op, with another player coming in to control a different-colored Yoshi. As for the gameplay, it looks similar to both Kirby's Epic Yarn and previous Yoshi games, like Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story, with the adorable quotient ratcheted up several times over.
Nintendo confirmed the heavily-rumored Mario Maker at its E3 presentation with a brief gameplay trailer showcasing some of the exciting features. As expected, it's a 2D Mario game with an extensive level-creation aspect in the vein of Little Big Planet. From what we can tell, it looks a bit more simplistic than Sony's imaginative level-builder, insofar as you're limited to using objects that already exist in Mario games; coin blocks, Goombas, flag poles, pipes, etc. But that's only what we can glean from the trailer; it's possible there's a lot more to see.
The interface is reminiscent of Mario Paint, with a simple grid-based design, sprite-based icons, and that gloved-hand cursor. The trailer makes it look extremely intuitive to build out courses as devious or friendly as you desire. The most exciting feature? You're not limited to one specific era of Mario art. The trailer shows a Super Mario Bros. 1-themed level before jumping into something that looks more like New Super Mario Bros. U.
The Legend of Zelda Wii U
This one is surely a ways away, but its mesmerizing art style made a huge impression during the brief gameplay trailer that Nintendo showed off during its E3 presentation. The new Zelda game, which is currently untitled, looks absolutely gorgeous, continuing the bright, cartoony, cel-shaded look of Wind Waker while also carrying forward some of Skyward Sword's design aesthetic.
Zelda director Eiji Aonuma introduced the game, and said all the things any Zelda fan would want to hear: They're rethinking a lot of the core conceits of the Zelda games and making some radical changes to some of those longstanding concepts. The biggest example is that the game is now much more non-linear, with Aonuma citing Skyrim as a big design influence. The game is scheduled for release on Wii U in 2015.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
In another surprise announcement from Nintendo, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was revealed for a holiday 2014 release on Wii U. A spin-off of Super Mario 3D World, it looks like Toad will be getting his own full game based on the Captain Toad levels from that game. Like those levels, it looks to be more of a puzzle game than a platformer, with Toad manipulating objects on relatively small, isolated 3D maps.
Presumably, Toad will retain his inability to jump as he navigates the puzzle levels, but he'll see more varied environments along the way. One section in the trailer showed off a minecart level. At any rate, we don't know whether the game will be a full retail release or if it will be available as a downloadable add-on, a la New Super Luigi U. Thankfully, we won't have to wait too long to find out.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
After being pretty under-the-radar for a long while, it seems like Kirby is all over the place these days. This time, it's with a new Wii U follow up to the 2005 DS classic Kirby Canvas Curse. Nintendo announced the game with a brief gameplay trailer during its E3 presentation. It doesn't have quite the same painterly aesthetic, with more of a tactile clay look, but it keeps the same extra-round, short-armed Kirby from the original. And it looks like it'll be just as charming.
Much like the original, Rainbow Curse will have you controlling Kirby primarily with the touch screen and stylus, drawing lines on the screen which Kirby can roll on. The trailer also shows off some of Kirby's new available forms, such as tank, rocket, and submarine. Look for the game on Wii U in 2015.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
We were reasonably sure we'd see Xenoblade Chronicles X, formerly known only as X, at E3. But until now, the follow-up to Xenoblade Chronicles hadn't even been confirmed for a release in the West. Now fans of the Monolith Soft series can rest assured that they'll see a 2015 release for the title on Wii U.
As for new information about the sequel, there isn't much to speak of. Nintendo showed off a new trailer which was appropriately incomprehensible and mech-suit-laden. And, you know, there are huge swords and tons of party members and reams of dialogue.
Rainbow Six: Siege
Closing out Ubisoft's E3 2014 press conference was a reveal of Rainbow Six: Siege, the new incarnation of the long-dormant Rainbow Six: Patriots. In a refreshing change of pace for the crowded military shooter genre, Siege looks to be focused on small-scale, 5 on 5 multiplayer scenarios. In the stage demo, the scenario involved a SWAT team rescuing a hostage from a home with 5 criminals.
The demo also made a big deal of the destructible environments, with entire walls coming coming down in the conflict. Of course, in typical Rainbow Six fashion, there are also plenty of gadgets to take advantage of, and the small scale and high stakes make tactical play a requirement. Ubisoft has thus far only showed off a single multiplayer scenario, so not much is known about any single-player campaign or alternate multiplayer modes. Ubisoft is aiming to release Rainbow Six: Siege sometime in 2015.
New Mirror's Edge
DICE's long-awaited follow-up to Mirror's Edge is still early in development, so what was shown of the new Mirror's Edge game was still very conceptual. However, there was still plenty of info to glean from Faith's first moves. Stages will likely be more wide-open than before allowing those beyond the hardcore to enjoy the parkour, with multiple paths of varying difficulty levels leading to the same destination. Do you play it safe and go for a fatality-free run, or will you risk it in search of a stage's top time?
Faith's moveset is looking even more fluid than her original free-running adventure; while she can still get up close and brutal with bone-crunching disarm moves, quicker attacks will seemingly also do the trick. Whether honing in on an enemy after a long-distance jump, tackling an enemy at top speed, or careening from a wall-jump into a dropkick, it seems as though taking part in some fights won't slow Faith down a single step. You'd be amazed what one is capable of with a new pair of sneakers...
Rise of the Tomb Raider
After her traumatizing trip in 2013’s Tomb Raider, Lara Croft is back for another adventure. The trailer showed us Lara sneaking through dark caves, picking off soldiers with her bow in the shadows of a campfire. Meanwhile, a therapist guided her through ways to deal with her current mental state, suggesting walks and seeing the outdoors. She’s gone through a lot emotional pain since her last outing.
We don’t know how Lara is going to deal with these troubles, or where this therapy will take her. What we do know is that we’re excited to see how Lara gets over the horrors of the first game--this post-traumatic recovery is something games rarely cover. We’ll find out more about this active therapy as Rise of the Tomb Raider news unfolds.
The open-world series started as one the Xbox 360’s earliest titles, and now Crackdown is back for the new console generation. This time, the Agents are maintaining order the Crackdown way in Pacific City, which looks more futuristic than the series’ previous towns. The trailer showed a team heading to take out the kingpin of the Los Muertos gang.
One team member drove a van covered in explosives toward the base of the kingpin’s highrise. Another flew a large air vehicle toward the penthouse, but was gunned down by the array of miniguns along the roof. The madness continued as a third member blew up the block surrounding another tower, allowing the explosive truck to drive up the side of the collapsing building. The craziness climaxed as the driver leapt to safety, a fourth member sniped the truck, and the explosion brought down the Lost Muertos tower. If the trailer was any indication, the new Crackdown is going to be pure adrenaline.
The latest from Lionhead is a fresh take on the Fable series. Fable Legends is driven by action and co-op; the town of Brightlodge is home to adventurers Sterling, Winter, Rook, and Inga, as well as others. These heroes embody the classic dungeon-crawling classes, armed with swords, shields, and all manner of weapons. They sling spells and drive swords into enemies in a more action-oriented way than previous games.
But most interesting is the ability to play as a villain. This asymmetrical multiplayer allows one player to set traps and summon enemies--they’re the master of the dungeon, if you will. The cooperative players at ground level will have to work together to survive the challenges dropped onto them from the villain above. The outcome of each adventure is determined by whether or not the co-op team can overcome the villain’s challenges.
How's this for "most obscure reboot" ever? Phantom Dust was a Microsoft Studios game that took a half a year, a new publisher (Majesco), and a drastically reduced pricetag ($20) to find an American release. When it did come out, however, it was pretty critically acclaimed, even if it was damned to obscurity with the Xbox 360 on the horizon during its 2005 release. Despite all that, a new Phantom Dust will be coming to Xbox One.
Even with Microsoft able to reimagine anything, the teaser trailer remained pretty true to the OG Xbox game's roots. It looks like it will still focus on magic-wielding survivors of an apocalyptic event, with the action taking place as classical music plays in the background. Will this new Phantom Dust retain some of the original's more complicated elements, like card-collecting and deck creation, as well as strategy-based combat with various elemental attacks, or will it just be a game where angry people shoot balls of magic at other angry people? Here's hoping the new Phantom Dust keeps some of the originality while still remaining accessible to modern audiences.
We know Platinum Games can add style to plenty of contemporary genres. Pit Bayonetta against Devil May Cry pre-Ninja Theory or Wonderful 101 against Pikmin, and you can see how the developer can be trusted to make even the most tired of genres fresh with a single game. Scalebound faces a tougher fight, as fantasy and monster-hunting genres, continually deluged with new releases, need even fresher blood.
The first trailer for Scalebound showcased a cocky hero on par with DmC's Dante. He's got a short haircut, a long sword, a sweet set of headphones, and a cocky attitude in the face of certain death. Even with enemies like a giant enemy crab or a hydra so large it can block out the sun didn't seem to faze the hero (though having a giant dragon and an army of cohorts on his side probably helped). It's still tough to tell what kind of battle will be waged, though. Is this new attitude being applied to the Monster Hunter-style genre that still enraptures Japanese audiences, or is it a more American-friendly fantasy RPG. Regardless of how this game actually plays when we first get our hands on it, we can be sure it will have Platinum's trademark attitude.
Games we expect to see at E3 2014
There's still plenty of games to see at this year's show. Check out all of the titles we expect to see.
Final Fantasy XV
Why we're excited: Seeing another entry in this legendary JRPG franchise is exactly what gamers pine for at E3. All we got from last year's combat reveal was a quick trailer for Final Fantasy XV, but it was still enough to get us excited. Battles take on a real-time combat system having players actively dodging enemy blows, parrying heavy sword swings, and using team attacks to overcome outrageously huge monsters.
Will it be there? Square Enix's corporate executive Shinji Hashimoto hinted at Thailand's Comic Con that Final Fantasy XV would be shown at future gaming expos in June (which would mean E3), Comic Con, and Tokyo Game Show. Not the most clear of confirmations, but it might be safe to say we'll see FFXV next week.
Why we're excited: It's been far too long since we've trudged through the wastelands of the nuclear apocalypse shooting overgrown mutants and swiping bottle caps out of NPCs' pockets. We want to do it all again, and this time with some shiny, new-gen visuals, a larger open-world, and maybe even another nuclear bomb to set off.
Will it be there? As much as we wish it'll be at E3, it seems highly unlikely a new Fallout will appear. Bethesda just announced its new game. It's called Battlecry, a free-to-play online brawler that's a gameplay mix of Team Fortress 2 and Dishonored. Granted, Battlecry doesn't really scratch the same itch that Fallout 4 would, but it's unlikely Bethesda will overshadow its new IP with the giant that would be a full Fallout 4 reveal. Still not convinced? Well, Bethesda's Pete Hines tweeted that the developer would not be talking about the next Fallout game "for a long time." Looks like we'll just have to wait.
Why we're excited: From the first look of the game back at E3 2013, we've been waiting to get our hands on this Dark Souls look-alike. Players explore dungeons filled with intimidating monsters, like sword-wielding trolls and fire-breathing dragons, then fight them off with weapons such as spears, and swords as armor-clad knights. The PS4 exclusive is definitely one of the most visually impressive titles we've seen on the new hardware, and we'd very much like to see a localized version.
Will it be there? Capcom has been rumored to be bringing its next major title to this year's E3, but we're still unsure whether this will be the localized Deep Down or possibly Resident Evil 7 (crosses fingers). So far, Deep Down has only been announced as a Japan-only, PS4 exclusive, so a reveal saying that the game will be coming outside of Japan could be a big deal.
The Evil Within
Why we're excited: Tired of survival horror games not being scary? Well, legendary game director Shinji Mikami is making a new title that goes back to gaming's horror roots. The Evil Within uses the third-person, over-the-shoulder camera of games like Resident Evil 4, but focuses on survival over gunplay. You'll have to make your way through a maze of traps and around chainsaw-wielding monstrosities using stealth and trickery--all while not messing your favorite underwear in fear.
Will it be there? The Evil Within will definitely show up in some form at E3 2014. Bethesda recently pushed the release to late October (perfect Halloween timing) this year, so it would be in the developer's best interests to give the horror title as much exposure as it can get.
Why we're excited: We know the next Uncharted is coming, but there's still a lot of mystery around the sequel--down to whether it will even star Nathan Drake. Naughty Dog released a teaser trailer featuring a world map leading to Madagascar with a voice-over of the villain planning his revenge against...someone. We've already gone through and dissected the Uncharted teaser trailer and gathered up all of the Uncharted 4 details, pulling out all of the historical clues as to what the game's plot could be about. The Uncharted games were already beautiful on the PS3, and to see the series move its lush jungles and ancient temples to the PS4 hardware would definitely be a treat for E3 2014.
Will it be there? We've got a teaser trailer so we know the game exists. That's generally a good indicator that Uncharted will make it to the biggest gaming convention of the year. Also, there's already a few details floating around about the game, so it won't be a big surprise to see Nathan Drake--or, perhaps Sir Francis himself?--on the show floor.
Halo 5: Guardians
Why we're excited: What was the biggest tease of E3 2013? Most definitely the moment when Master Chief pulled off a dusty cloak to reveal his iconic armor as he stood in the desert. At Microsoft's press conference, Chief made his first next-gen appearance, and now even more about the sequel has been revealed. There was no gameplay yet, but we have a feeling we'll know much more about Halo 5: Guardians come E3 2014. And if a next-gen Halo isn't enough to get you excited, we don't know what is.
Will it be there? Definitely. It will be a full year since the initial announcement, which is usually enough time for the developers to at least get the majority of the title past the concept stage and turned into an actual game. With any luck, we'll get new details on the marooned hero's next mission, find out who the mysterious shiny Spartan is, and maybe even discover why he needed to wear that tattered cloak in the teaser. Last I checked, he's already sealed in high tech armor, so...
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Why we're excited: Call of Duty's new developer, Sledgehammer Games, has already revealed the next entry in the series: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Judging from the Advanced Warfare trailer, the new shooter doesn't look like the your typical CoD. It's set 40 years from now, and the future technology and weaponry used is super-advanced (like ride-around-on-hover-cycles advanced), and the soldiers jump around the battlefield like superheroes in ability-enhancing exoskeleton suits. Also, Kevin Spacey seems to be the monologue spouting villain of the campaign, so points for that.
Will it be there?
CoD: Advanced Warfare will definitely be at E3. The game is coming out later this year, and Activision is going to want to get as many eyes on it as possible. The Call of Duty games have been Activision's highest selling titles for years now, and the publisher's main event never misses a show.
Why we're excited: Yes, the tentatively titled Hyrule Warriors isn't the Zelda we're looking for in the traditional sense. Still, the Tecmo Koei-developed brawler starring our favorite green-garbed hero definitely has us intrigued. Nintendo announced the game with a teaser trailer that looked more Dynasty Warriors than Zelda. Link battles dozens of enemies at a time, sword combos and flame rod special moves are thrown about willy nilly, and Hyrule's soldiers fight right beside the hero. No, it's definitely not the Zelda we're used to. But that's why we're so interested. Link's always been portrayed as a hero setting off on an adventure, not a warrior battling overwhelming forces of evil. And don't lie, we've all thought about what it would be like to take on Ganon's army of darkness head on.
Will it be there? Nintendo has confirmed that Hyrule Warriors will indeed be at E3 2014 and will be available to play on the show floor. Hopefully, we'll be getting more details on the new characters that were previously revealed (like the new badass looking Impa) and whether the bad guys will be playable like in other Dynasty Warriors-style games.
Assassin's Creed Unity/Comet
Why we're excited: Ubisoft already spilled the beans with the Assassin's Creed Unity/Comet leak. Turns out there are famous French landmarks in store for Ubisoft's next assassin. After Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag changed up the series for the better in terms of gameplay and steered the story away from the present day portion, we can't wait to see what Ubisoft plans for the series going forward. But wherever it's going, experiencing a timeline where we can dive off the Notre Dame cathedral and watch guillotine executions seems like an exciting next step.
Will it be there? Ubisoft has already confirmed that the new Assassin's games are the real deal, and if they are going to be coming out later this year, E3 would be the perfect time to show off the series' true next-gen chops.
Why we're excited: There have been a few rumors circulating that the next entry in Arkane Studios' Dishonored series will be shown at E3 2014. That is exciting news indeed. Playing as the supernaturally superpowered assassin Corvo Attano in the original was a blast, in no small part because you could approach your missions as you see fit. Sneak around as an unseen ghost, massacre everyone in sight, or do anything in between--it's your choice. You can even decide if you want to actually kill your targets or simply make them disappear in some of the most horrible ways possible (you'll never think of secret admirers the same way again).
Will it be there? If the rumors and leaks are true, we could be putting on the assassin's badass metal mask very soon. We have absolutely no idea if it will actually make it to E3, but we're excited to find out.
Tom Clancy's: The Division
Why we're excited: Here's another E3 2013 reveal that definitely needs to show its face this year. The Division's trailer blew us away, but since the initial announcement we haven't heard a peep. We know just about as much about the game now as we did last year. It's actually pretty cruel. Ubisoft shows us an unbelievably awesome-looking MMO-style open-world shooter, then goes dark. That's why this year we want--no NEED--to know more.
Will it be there? The Division was originally said to be a late 2014 release. Now it seems that Ubisoft is looking at 2015 being the more realistic window. Regardless, the open-world shooter would definitely be missed if it was an E3 no show.
Why we're excited:Sunset Overdrive is yet another game that was announced last year that we need to get our hands on. The colorful environments, the ability to parkour around a city, and you know a game from developer Insomniac is going to have some outrageous guns to play with. Hopefully, the game will be available to play on the E3 show floor so we can grab that vinyl launcher that was shown in the trailer.
Will it be there? Insomniac confirmed via Twitter that Sunset Overdrive would be coming exclusively to Xbox One in 2014, and the time frame looks to be the holiday release window. Unless the developer pushes the game to 2015, there's no reason Sunset Overdrive wouldn't come to E3 2014.
Why we're excited: We just want to play Destiny as soon as possible. You basically get to make your own Master Chief, customize him (or her) with all kinds of Borderlands-esque weapons and powers, then go out and explore the solar system way out in the distant future. Top that off with MMO-style player encounters that allow you to party up, trade, and craft, and what you've got is one enticing shooter. Bungie, please make our dreams come true at this year's E3!
Will it be there? The game releases this September and Activision is going to want to get Bungie's new shooter into the spotlight as much as possible. Destiny will be at E3 2014. No doubt about it.
Why we're excited: This isn't your typical Aliens game. You're not in the boots of a colonial marine as you gun down hundreds of xenomorphs with your M41A Pulse Rifle. Alien: Isolation is all about replicating the experience in Ridley Scott's original Alien film, meaning Isolation will be scary as hell. You're not fighting an army, either--you're up against one alien. And it will kill you. This deadly creature is a hyper-intelligent behemoth that will hunt you down and plunge its spiky tail right through your chest.
Will it be there? Developer Creative Assembly has taken every chance to expose as many humans as possible to its horrifying Alien creation. Isolation has appeared at just about every game convention since it's announcement, and we wouldn't expect it to miss the biggest expo of the year.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Why we're excited: Despite the shortcomings of the infamous Dragon Age 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition seems to be squashing the criticisms of the series up to now. Everything we love about the original DA looks to be there: There's big-ass dragons, tactical combat, and a bunch of companions to get to know. Plus, Inquisition is expanding into a full open-world, with dynamic choices and irreversible consequences. So far, Inquisition sounds like the Dragon Age game we've all dreamed of.
Will it be there? Bioware has stated that it’ll be bringing the game to E3, so… yes. After a lengthy PAX Prime demo showcasing a castle siege, a village getting burned to the ground, and a fight with a massive dragon, we can't wait to see what the developers are going to demo this time around.
Lords of the Fallen
Why we're excited: If you took Dark Souls, juiced up the visuals to next-gen quality (well, current-gen now), and made the combat a bit more arcade-y, you'd have a pretty good idea what Lords of the Fallen is like. The developers promise an adventure that challenge players with unforgiving enemies and environments. Better get your circle-strafing skills on point because you're going to have to stay on your feet to survive Lords of the Fallen.
Will it be there? Lords of the Fallen has a planned release sometime in 2014 and Bandai Namco Games has been taking every chance it can to show off the dark fantasy adventure. We will surely get a peek at E3 2014.
Star Wars: Battlefront (DICE)
Why we're excited: We were excited for DICE's Star Wars Battlefront before we knew it existed. Seriously, EA put a dream developer to work on one of biggest franchises around. The first teaser trailer of the game was revealed at E3 2013, showing a very brief glimpse of the Battle of Hoth. Snowspeeders were crashing, AT-AT feet were stomping--it was great. But now, a year later, we're ready for some real game footage.
Will it be there? EA CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed on an investor call that Star Wars: Battlefront will be shown at E3 2014. If that confirmation isn’t strong enough for you, then your lack of faith is disturbing.
Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U
Why we're excited: Smash Bros. is a fighter that anyone can get into. It’s a perfect party game, and it features the most popular characters in video game history. With the announcements trickling in over the last year--including character reveals and silly screenshots--Nintendo's slow teasing of information has become unbearable for some super fans. And with those Smash Bros blueballs building for so long, finally getting a chance to see the near final version of the game in action will definitely be an E3 2014 highlight.
Will it be there? Nintendo will have both new Super Smash Bros. games on hand at E3. The company even has a unique way of showcasing the highly anticipated fighter: it's holding a tournament. Nintendo has already revealed the competitors and details. So, look forward to seeing some pro Smash skills on display.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Why we're excited: Geralt of Rivia returns to his old habits of wandering the countryside and taking part in all sorts of debauchery, monster hunting, and saving the common folk from some ill fate. In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Geralt has more freedom to explore the vast open world. But just because you're free to go anywhere you want and do as you please, doesn't mean there aren't consequences. Your decisions still impact the world around you, so if you decide not to save that village from monster attacks, that village just may not be there later (along with the quest options the residents would have offered).
Will it be there? The Witcher 3 hasn't been confirmed to show at E3 2014 yet, but its release date was pushed back to February 2015 from the original late 2014 launch window. With the development team taking the time to perfect their upcoming adventure, it wouldn't be surprising if they wanted to show off what they've been fine tuning.
Batman: Arkham Knight
Why we're excited: Ok, so we've fought the Caped Crusader's most famous enemies in Arkham Asylum, prowled the streets of Gotham (sort of) in Arkham City, and both games brought players as close to being Batman as (seemingly) possible; what else could Arkham Knight offer? Simple: the Batmobile. Along with all of the other awesome Batman stuff you could do in the previous games, the Dark Knight finally gets a sweet set of wheels. From what we've seen so far, you can instantly eject yourself out of the cockpit into a glide, jump in at a moment's notice, and crash through anything in the unstoppable vehicle.
Will it be there? It's highly probable that Batman: Arkham Knight will have some new reveals ready for E3. We've already seen the Batmobile in action, but with the massive Gotham City game world and the traditionally dense gameplay of the series, we're sure RockSteady has plenty more to show.
Why we're excited: It's official: The next Battlefield won't be set on a militaristic war zone like past games. Instead, Battlefield Hardline will be set in an urban, cops vs. criminals theme. So, instead of stepping into fatigues, we'll potentially be strapping on riot gear, chasing down robbers, or, alternatively, robbing banks as criminals in the next Battlefield. And all that sounds like an awesome change of pace.
Will it be there?There have been no official statements saying that the new Battlefield will coming this year (though that's probably the case), but it definitely looks like EA will have something to tease at E3. We'll just have to wait and see what turns up.
Far Cry 4
Why we're excited: We’ve rhapsodized plenty about Far Cry 3 on this site, and we have excellent reason for it: The game is amazing. Considering the quality of its predecessor, Far Cry 4 hopefully takes all of what made the third a modern classic and transplants it in the Himalayas. Also, if rumors are to be believed, there might be elephants you can ride(!).
Will it be there? Ubisoft has indeed confirmed Far Cry 4’s existence, and the timing seems perfect for a full E3 unveiling. In fact, it’s scheduled for release in November, so it would be wildly out of character for Ubisoft not to show it.
Star Wars (Visceral)
Why we're excited: We know Visceral is working on a new Star Wars game. Whether this game is the same Star Wars open-world title that EA Canada was rumored to be working on or not has yet to be determined, but we can't wait to see what the Dead Space developer has in the works. DICE revealed it's upcoming Battlefront title fairly early and it would be incredible to get a simple teaser trailer just to know for sure what in the blazes it is.
Will it be there? There might not be enough room for two high profile Star Wars games at E3 2014. We know the new Star Wars Battlefront will show up, but not a peep has been heard from Visceral. We're betting EA will simply stick to showing off DICE's game and keep Visceral's behind the curtain, for now.
Why we're excited: If you haven’t already been sold on Persona 4’s brilliance, we're afraid we’ll have to break out some spoilers here to get you interested: There is a character who is literally a sentient bear suit. Not a bear. A bear suit, like, with zippers and stuff. He constantly says bear-related puns. Later, he grows a human body inside of himself. If the series' next entry follows suit with bizarre (yet engaging) characters, Persona 5 definitely needs to be filed under “to be excited about.” Period.
Will it be there? There’s a chance. As much of a cult favorite the Persona franchise has become in the West, it’s still a pretty Japan-centric series. It’s confirmed for release in Japan at the end of this year, with a western release sometime in 2015. Atlus might want to show it in some capacity, but localization can take a long time, and they may not have anything prepared for the English version yet. And even if they do, they might decide they don’t need to show it at E3. One can only hope.
Mass Effect 4
Why we're excited: A new Mass Effect title is indeed in the works, and with that knowledge there are so many questions we want answered. Who's going to be the main character? Will it be a prequel or take place after the Reaper invasion? What other types of skin tight space costumes are we going to get a close up of? You know, the important stuff. Whatever the situation may be, we're ready to dedicate dozens more hours to the start of a new trilogy.
Will it be there? EA has been talking for some time now about how a new Mass Effect game is in development. E3 is as good a time as any to formally reveal it. Some might say Bioware wouldn’t want to detract from any Dragon Age excitement, but there's likely enough room for a Mass Effect tease to top off a Dragon Age presentation.
The Order: 1886
Why we're excited: We haven't ever seen a third-person shooter that was like The Order: 1886, because Victorian London with such a heavy supernatural vibe is hardly as prevalent as Afghanistan. You play as a member of the Order, a group of warriors that traces back to the time of King Arthur. You're at war with werewolves, everyone has cool codenames like Galahad, and the game looks absolutely gorgeous. But with little other information to go on, we're looking forward for the chance to learn more at E3.
Will it be there? Developer Ready at Dawn's CTO confirmed on Twitter that the game will indeed show up at E3 2014. We’re hoping that means we will get to see a bit more of the actual in-game combat, and maybe a quick look at those elusive werewolves.
Borderlands the Pre-Sequel
Why we're excited: What the hell is a pre-sequel, you ask? It's a game set between the first and second Borderlands entries, of course. This time you're playing on Handsome Jack's side, as he begins his rise to power and takes over the moon. The game is also set on the surface of the moon, giving you plenty of new skills and anti-gravity abilities to take advantage of.
Will it be there? There hasn't been any official word on whether or not the game will appear at E3, but we're going to say that it's more than likely to show up. The Borderlands Pre-Sequel is slated to release this fall, and E3 2014 is the perfect place to build the hype for the next wacky Borderlands' loot fest.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Why we're excited: We've been waiting for a full console release from the Kingdom Hearts series for years now. With the announcement of Kingdom Hearts 3 at last year's E3, we're ready to see some actual gameplay beyond last year's reveal. We’ve noticed a few things have changed, too. KH hero Sora is a little older, the cartoony visuals are getting a boost on the next-gen hardware, and it’s rumored to have co-op play.
Will it be there? Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda confirmed in an interview with Japanese website Nikkei Trendy that new details on Kingdom Hearts 3 will be announced at E3. Hopefully the rumors are true and we will finally get the chance to reunite with Donald and Goofy.
Resident Evil 7
Why we're excited: Resident Evil 6 was, in some ways, a disappointment. It strayed too far from franchise expectations without offering up much in the way of innovation. But, narratively, it brought some exciting ideas to the table that would be interesting to explore in a sequel. And, hey, one blemish isn’t enough to erase all the great Resident Evil memories, or sour us on the thought of a new one.
Will it be there? RE7 was a big rumor for E3 last year, but, frankly, rumors of the game popping up this June are a lot more sound. Capcom has presumably had plenty of time to get the new entry off the ground, and the publisher could certainly benefit from a new-gen showpiece. Expect an announcement.
What games do you want to see?
Those are the top 10 games we want to see at E3 2014, but we know that you probably have some personal favorites you're crossing your fingers for this year. Let us know what games you are most looking forward to in the comments below.
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