E3 2017 Schedule And The Most Important Games That NEED To Be Shown.

E3 2017 Schedule And The Most Important Games That NEED To Be Shown.

It's just around the corner again, the world's largest video game convention is getting ready to launch this week. Traditionally, this week has been the week where everything gets "leaked", so don't be surprised if you start to see some amazing tidbits of video game news in the coming days.  As always, the big named companies will be holding their press conferences / live streams. Here is the schedule: (All Times in Eastern Time Zone):

  • Electronic Arts - 6/10 @ 3:00PM
  • Microsoft - 6/11 @ 5:00PM
  • Bethesda - 6/11 @ 11:59PM
  • Ubisoft - 6/12 @4:00PM
  • Sony - 6/12 @9:00PM
  • Nintendo - 6/13 @12:00PM

What I want to talk about today is what NEEDS to be shown by the companies listed. These topics are hot rumors that the public is expecting to hear. I also will assign a percentage of what most likely will be the outcome of whether or not these are talked about during E3.

Electronic Arts

  • Middle Earth - Shadow of War - This is a no-brainer for EA, the sequel to the highly successful Shadow of Mordor game is pretty much finished and hopefully will be playable at E3 on the show floor. (99.5% Chance)
  • Madden '18 & Fifa '18 - Again, these are pretty much definite showings. Two of the flagship franchises wich make EA so successful will not be skipped. (100% Chance)
  • NBA Live '18 - Okay, I don't get this. Why can't EA make a decent basketball game? They haven't been remotely good since the 90's, and 2K rules the court. It doesn't help that their release are widely inconsistent (No NBA Live '17 was released last year.) AND some of the footage of the new game leaked already and it looks mediocre at best. Because of this, this might get pulled from the E3 lineup. It could go either way. (50% Chance)
  • Star Wars Battlefront II -  This is guaranteed as well, as EA has already announced that it will be playable on the show floor. Supposedly it fixes the issues of the first title, where the fan base was splintered due to players not having DLC maps. Also, finally a single player campaign will be included. Really looking forward to this one. (100% Chance)

Microsoft

Crackdown 3
Microsoft
  • Crackdown 3 - For the love of all that is holy, where is this game!? I fully expected gameplay to be shown at E3 2016, but that didn't happen. Instead, we were promised Holiday 2016, which didn't happen. I am really hoping this one blows everyone away, but Dean is not convinced (RE: Crackdown 2.) However, Microsoft REALLY needs a win this year with the Nintendo Switch and PS4 hype. This is the killer app they need to show this year, and I think they know it. (90% chance)
  • Xbox Scorpio - The rumored powerhouse of a system extends the life of the Xbox One brand, and would end up being the most technically impressive console on the market. That is if they can get it to market. There have been rumors that this would have been officially revealed following the PS4 Pro announcement last summer. I think this will be shown along with price and release date for this Fall. (90% chance)
  • Sea of Thieves - Another Xbox exclusive, Rare has been working on this title for some time now, as it was announced at E3 in 2016. It looks spectacular, and is sure to be a must own for Xbox fans. Let's hope they can provide us with some updates and a finalized release date for this holiday season. (85% chance)
  • Forza Motorsport 7 - These are such a hit for Microsoft, they are becoming almost yearly releases between the main series and the Horizon series. Expect this one to be shown off during the Scorpio presentation. (90% Chance)
  • Anything else. - No seriously, I really hope Microsoft has something up their sleeves because they have been quite disappointing lately with canceling Scalebound, and not producing/publishing enough exclusives to entice buyers to back their system over the PS4. Halo 6 is definitely not being announced this year, so they better make this E3 count. I am sure they have something, it just better not be dumb. (75% Chance)

Bethesda

  • Wolfenstein: New Colossus - Mentioned only by a DOS prompt tease at E3 2016, it's almost inevitable that this will be the flagship title shown. This has one of the biggest buzzes surrounding this title, after Wolfenstein: The New Order, Wolfenstein: Old Blood, and Doom 2016 were all critically acclaimed. (95% chance)
  • Skyrim: Switch - It's definitely coming, it should be shown and playable. A safe bet. (85% chance)
  • Elder Scrolls VI - This might get announced, but nothing will be shown. Knowing Bethesda, nothing will happen at all. (5% chance)
  • The Evil Within 2 - Not a huge fan of this series, but a reveal with gameplay is in the cards for this year's conference. (90% chance)

Ubisoft

  • Assassin's Creed - There was no release last year, they took a year off due to issues with the last title. What they NEED to do is announce Black Flag 2, and have a special edition that comes with a pirate ship in a bottle. I really want this to happen, but I doubt it. It will probably be something else like the Franco-Prussian war. (95% chance they announce an Assassin's Creed game, 25% chance it's Black Flag 2.)
  • Mario and Rabbids RPG - This is going to be shown, the question is will it be at Ubi's press conference or during the Nintendo presentation. I don't know what to think about this one, but hey it's something different. (100% chance)
  • South Park: Fractured But Whole - This is another game that should have been out already. And don't give me that BS about the 2016 election results. Something else was definitely up. It has to be near ready and they will announce when it will be released at E3 this year. (100% chance)
  • Far Cry 5 - Most likely will be shown, but it doesn't come out until 2018, no reason to get too excited yet. Doubt it will be playable at the show. (85% chance)

Sony

Spider-Man - PlayStation 4
Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Spider-Man - Sony are you listening? This is maybe your most important title this year. It's a property that is known worldwide by a broad audience. Let's spend a lot of time on this, and make it playable. I really want to "Day One" this game. Give me some cool special edition too, with a web shooter or something. Dean will obviously agree with me on this one. (95% chance)
  • God of War - This one is guaranteed, as the Logo has already made an appearance on the side of a building. Let's hope we see some new footage and possibly playable at the E3 show floor. (100% chance)
  • Uncharted: Lost Legacy - A female-driven adventure is sure to be at least shown at E3, to continue the series where Nathan Drake left off. A sure fire hit. (95% chance)
  • The Last of Us 2 - Footage needs to be shown, not sure if this one is going to make it out the door this year, but hopefully will add to the ammo against all of the Project Scorpio hype. (85% chance)
  • Days Gone - This is currently my most anticipated title on PlayStation 4. I am loving the open-world concept in the wilderness and a mix of not just "freakers" (zombies) but other ruthless humans as well. There is a strong survival element here, and I hope it is more involved than say Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It's been almost a year since Sony gave us a taste with the preview video of Deacon and his motorcycle wilderness adventure. I want to hear a date of this Fall. (79% chance)

Nintendo

  • Super Mario Odyssey - This one is at the top of my list. After the most impressive demonstration last Fall, this title is the killer app we want. Sure Zelda was awesome but was also on WiiU. This will be the system seller that Nintendo needs. Hopefully, it can make it out before the end of 2017. (99% chance)
  • Splatoon 2 & Arms - Nintendo has announced these would be demoed and possibly a tournament held. Guaranteed. (100% chance)
  • Fire Emblem Switch - No, I am not talking about the Dynasty Warriors-esque game that has already been announced, I am talking about a continuation of the standard series. Developers have already acknowledged that a title is in the works. I want to see it in action. (45% chance)
  • Pokemon Stars - The companion piece to Pokemon Sun & Moon, this Switch title could be another system seller for Nintendo. I can only imagine what this would look like on the Switch in High Definition. Not many traditional Pokemon games get released on console, but because the Switch is a portable hybrid console, very good chance at seeing this one this Fall. (75% chance)

Missing In Action

  • Cuphead - An Xbox One exclusive announced wayyyy back at E3 2014, now rumored to be released on PC as well. This game looked done. Heck, it looked done a year ago. Where is it?
  • Joe Montana Football - Revealed back in 2015, this iOS / Android / PC game was all the talk of the town for awhile, and then nothing.
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