E3 2018: What To Expect

E3 2018 is just around the corner, and I think it’s about time that we spoke about some of the speculations and upcoming announcements looming overhead like a big raincloud of happiness. As much as I am excited for E3, I usually like to keep myself in the dark as much as possible when I can because I like the surprise, but the last few years it’s been almost impossible to do that because I enjoy writing about it. It’s a dilemma I face every year.

But anyway, I thought it’d be good to go over some of the games that are rumoured to be announced, along with some that we know will be shown – and a few extras that I’m just pumped about. Brace yourself, this could be a long post!

The Last of Us Part II

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You already knew that this was going to be in here, didn’t you? I can tell, because even before its release it’s bagged awards in the category of Most Anticipated Game at The Game Awards and Most Wanted Game at the Golden Joystick Awards. TLOU Part II was announced during PSX 2016 and since then, more details and trailers have been released leaving fans wondering where the story is headed. We do know that Ellie will take a lead in Part II, with the story being focused on hate rather than love in the first instalment. It’s set 5 years after the first game, which leaves so much room for imagination.

Death Stranding

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Ah… Death Stranding. Kojima. Norman Reedus. Mads Mikkelsen. Announced at E3 2016 with a small teaser trailer that gave us absolutely nothing to go on, Death Stranding soon became a game to watch out for. Since Kojima’s departure from Konami, (which, by the way, I’m still not over and don’t think I ever will be. You know why, it still hurts), Death Stranding is the legendary director’s first title with Kojima Productions as an independent studio. Now, we do know that Sony have confirmed that they will be talking about Death Stranding in a lot more detail during this years E3 conference. There is also confirmation that Troy Baker and Emily O’Brien are starring in the game. While details about Death Stranding can be found pretty easily with a bit of searching, there’s little to go on where the story is involved. Nobody really knows what it’s actually about and the cryptic trailers don’t hint at anything. Maybe 2018 is the year that we finally hear something about it and possibly even a release date.

Devil May Cry 5

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While Devil May Cry 5 hasn’t been officially confirmed as of yet, this is such a big deal. The Devil May Cry fanbase features some of the most hardcore, dedicated people out there so I can only imagine how excited they must be. While this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, Capcom have been sneakily working away behind the scenes and have even registered a domain for Devil May Cry 5. It has been suspected that the game has been in development for a while and the game was meant to appear at PSX last year. There’s no details about the game thus far, but I’m sure we will see a little something at E3 this year.

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

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Another leak, I hear you say? Absolutely. But, this one has actually been confirmed by Ubisoft themselves. Again, not much is known about the new title apart from it could be set in Greece and there will be keychain merchandise. There are speculations that it could be possible to play as either male or female, along with a possible release date of 2019. Ubisoft have released a teaser trailer in the run up to E3, so check that out below.

The Crew 2

gifit_1528294290747I don’t know if I’ll be able to contain my excitement for this one! The Crew 2 was announced at E3 2017 and showcased different types of racing in a huge, open-world environment. You can choose from planes, bikes, boats and cars with a nonlinear storyline to boot. You no longer have to do the missions you dread because you can focus on whatever mode of speed you fancy. E3 2018 is the perfect time to show fans what they’re going to be getting from The Crew 2 before its release on the 29th June, and I’m so excited. The first instalment sent me on a straight nostalgia trip back to the early 2000’s when I was obsessed with Need for Speed. It gave me that rush and I love it.

Beyond Good And Evil: 2

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There were rumours circulating about Beyond Good And Evil: 2 being in development for a while, with little showcases being shown here and there, but last year we got a full-blown trailer during E3. The announcement drove the crowd wild, and Ubisoft will more than likely show off new developments this year.  Beyond Good And Evil: 2 has been hyped up and teased for years, so it’s exciting to get another look at how development has come along, and maybe even a release date!

Kingdom Hearts 3

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How could I write about E3 this year and not include Kingdom Hearts 3? It’d be a crime to completely miss it off the list, because it’s such a fan favourite. It’s been in development for a while, with it’s announcement coming at us back during 2013’s E3 conference. We still don’t have a release date, but this year that could change. There have been little games here and there in the series, which are all part of the story, but nothing has for the fans more excited than this announcement did. Content has rolled out during the course of it’s development, but more details and gameplay are bound to be shown during Square Enix’s conference this year.

Fallout 76

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Again, I can’t be writing about E3 without at least muttering the words Fallout: 76. There are talks of the new addition being an online survival RPG game which has a lot of mixed reactions. Mostly good, some on the fence, others opposed completely. It was revealed during Bethesda’s twitch stream earlier this month and Todd Howard has confirmed that more details will come during their E3 show. Fans have also been talking about a Fallout 3 remake due to it’s 10th anniversary coming up – so Bethesda might have a bit more in store for us!

Spyro: Reignited

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After Crash was brought to PS4, fans were asking for Spyro to be the next title to be remade, and here we are! Spyro: Reignited will feature Spyro The Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Spyro: Year of The Dragon.  The trilogy was announced on April 5th and was received with huge praise. It’s scheduled for release on September 21st, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets shown off during E3.

So, there we have it. There are a lot more games I want to add in but we could be here for days. What are you most excited to see this year?

– Dom

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