E3 this year was a whirlwind of surprises. It was partly glued together by the security of expectations fulfilled, and partly by old titles returning. Like any normal human being, it’s all too easy to get swept up in the hubbub of hype. So, in honour of the great games coming our way that were not shown at E3, here’s a fun little list about what we can expect. The hype train is lopsided – let’s level it out a bit.
Visceral’s Long Awaited Single Player Star Wars Game
After having been sucked into the vortex of developers EA have bought to stward the future of Star Wars gaming, Visceral has reportedly been hard at work on a campaign driven Star Wars game. There’s a good chance the only reason we didn’t see it was because EA was so busy capitalising on Battlefront 2 at this year’s E3. Those with an ear to the ground will know the existence of this game has been no secret.
Ever since EA’s Star Wars showreel, we’ve only been treated to a few precious seconds of an ominous chap stepping out into what looks like Tattoine. Tie Fighters and Star Destoyers hover above. Could it be a revival of Starkiller? Or perhaps a revival of the sadly canned Star Wars 1313, looking at the life of Boba Fett. Maybe it’s something new altogether. Time will tell. Hopefully not too much time because this game has been under development for a long time now.
The Next Splinter Cell
That’s right Clancy fans, Splinter Cell does end at Blacklist. It has indeed been a very long time since Blacklist released, late into the last generation. Clancy games of this generation, bar Siege, have been massive open worlds. Splinter Cell does not seem to fit the current trend of open world opportunity.
Of course, this trend is continuing with Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Yet, it could be said now is the perfect time for a switch up in the formula and a return to the liner stealth ‘em up action Splinter Cell offers. On a recent YouTube Livestream, IGN asked Yves Guillemot (CEO of Ubisoft) if there is any future for the franchise. To which he replied mysteriously “all the Clancy games are really coming along, so we are not forgetting Splinter Cell.”
From Software’s Next Elitist Mind Boggler
From Software has developed a name for itself as a developer that is not afraid to challenge the player. This ethos of “get good or fail” has amazingly generated a fanbase of its own. Players are now aware of that elitist From Software game playing types out there. In an age where many games spoon feed us, many are appreciating the insanely rewarding gameplay that comes as a result.
Dark Souls III DLC is now all sorted. Nioh has released to a resoundingly positive reception. It may be a bit of a stretch to have expected something from them at E3 this year. But the question remains – what will From Software create next and when are we going to see it?
More From Sony Owned Sucker Punch
That’s right, Sucker Punch. These are the chaps that brought us the Infamous serious. This development team has not been heard from for a very long time. Their last title from back in 2014 was Infamous: First Light. This team is known for creating games like Sly Racoon and an avid cult following… So where are they? What are they up to?
Having been a part of Sony since 2002, we would have heard all about it if they went under. The darker corners of the internet have circulated rumours from the inside that their next game is in fact, a new IP. President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has even explained that some Playstation exclusive were held back from E3. This is due to marketing and a controlled flow of releases and pre-release hype management.
This one is an interesting one. It always has been since its original reveal way back in E3 2015! In Dreams, players can expect to create anything they choose and design it to play out. This is like daydreaming about something and working hard to build it and make it a reality. Developer diaries are aplenty so it’s safe to say development continues. Yet, this one’s been in the limelight for a long time now and a little something at E3 wouldn’t have gone amiss.
Judging from available gameplay footage, players can design whacky worlds in a 3D environment within a VR space and with Move controllers. Dreams is truly shaping up to be not a game, so much as a design suite for the imagination. If done properly, it could be truly groundbreaking stuff. With only a few years left of this generation, they better hurry up!
Red Dead Redemption 2
It was very surprising not see anything further from Red Dead 2 at this year’s E3. It was equally easy to get swept in all the hype around other games. But the point stands. Red Dead 2 not even making an appearance was likely something that stuck in the mind of many a disappointed gamer.
As we know, Red Dead 2 has been delayed once already. This is not a bad thing. It means the developers are taking all the time they need to polish it up to good standard. It’s fortunate, publisher Rockstar, is allowing them the time they need. However, the dust has settled after the initial hype and they would do well to shove some new footage in our faces. And soon.
The Last Of Us Part 2
Naughty Dog are right around the corner from releasing Lost Legacy and have finished DLC for Uncharted 4. It’s no wonder we finally got to see a teaser for The Last Of Us 2. Its turn on the priority list for Naughty Dog has finally arrived. However, All Things Playstation reported only six months ago that prototype plans had only just been pulled out after refocusing on Uncharted 4 and the manpower needed to get it done. Now that a majority of that manpower can be poured into The Last of Us 2, it’s a fair bet to expect a release in the third quarter of next year. For now, why not add to the fan theories online after watching the below teaser?