So far I have put in my predictions for the Bethesda and Microsoft conferences, and Kat has done Nintendos. Now it is time for me to predict EA’s, with Square Enix, Ubisoft and the PC Gaming show’s still to come.
EA have had a rough time from gamers in recent years and it is hard to argue otherwise as they haven’t done much to sway consumers minds. The announcement yesterday that the Need For Speed Reboot will require an online connection at all times, even in single player, shows that they are not even learning from the mistakes of the past, specifically Sim City. EA need a big E3 if they wish to regain some of that lost confidence, and they have some massive IP’s that can see that done easily, but they must take care and consider what gamers, not their wallets, want.
Out of all of them, EA is probably the most predictable of all the conferences, taking place right after Microsoft on Monday the 15th of June at 1PM PT. They have a lot of games in the works, and we should get a good show overall from them.
SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS!
What kind of EA E3 conference would it be without their lineup of sports games taking the stage, with the stars themselves coming onto the stage and telling us how this game is fifty billion times more realistic than the last. Not complaining or anything, but we have seen it so often we know how this tune is played.
We will see Fifa 2016, NHL and Madden on the stage without a doubt and NBA Live is also likely to be there. I am also expecting them to show a new UFC, and annualise that like they have done with the others. While the last game was not well received, interest would still be high enough to warrant a new game in the series, especially with the fanbase of UFC growing like it is.
As always, this will start their conference, and will have a lot of sports stars talking about the games. On that I am also expecting someone from one of the female football teams, most likely USA, to speak on Fifa introducing female international teams.
Star Wars Battlefront:
Star Wars Battlefront was highly anticipated, up until last month when EA revealed that a lot has been cut out compared to the original game. Now, people are split whether or not to get it and EA have to do something to set this apart from everything else, especially fans of the older games who should be their primary audience.
Lots of actual gameplay shown on and off stage is a must. Not showing it at this stage despite it being released later this year, could kill it off for many fans, because it would show they aren’t confident of the game in its current form. A beta announcement would go even further, because people can actually get their hands on it and know themselves if this is a game they want to invest in. If they do announce a beta, make sure it is either open or registered rather than giving it for pre-orders.
Because of that gameplayhas to be there. I am also fairly confident that they will announce a beta at some point, probably at the E3 conference, though they may leave it til a later date.
Need for Speed Reboot:
Need for Speed is one of the most iconic arcade racing games out there and it had a lot of excitement for it, but following the news yesterday of its mandatory online requirement, a lot of people have become uninterested.
The quality of the Need for Speed games have been slowly going downhill for a long time (since Carbon in my opinion), but the announcement that they were rebooting it with many similarities to the Underground series gave longtime fans a lot of hope. However, a lot of that was lost yesterday so they need to show us that the reboot is worth the annoyance of always online because if it isn’t then it would be another huge disappointment from EA and another avoidable hit to consumers trust in the company.
An official release date is likely, with some gameplay showing racing and customization options.
Mass Effect 4:
We all know it is in the works, and Bioware are one of EA’s best and most consistent developers. An official reveal would be one of the best things to come out of E3, regardless of what anybody else shows, and would do wonders for EA’s image.
It has been a while since we have heard anything on the game, but they have been working on it for some time now and I am sure that this E3 will be the one they get the word out. I am thinking they will likely have a cinematic trailer. I doubt we will be seeing gameplay this early on, and will likely get that next year instead. I also expect them to give a general release date, around 2016.
Mirrors Edge 2:
We recently got word that the game will be released in early 2016, so Mirrors Edge 2 coming up at E3 is a no brainer.
While the first game was by no means perfect, it has huge potential, and fans have been calling out for a new game for years. A lot of its success came down to the world, the focus on running away rather than fighting and having an interesting female protagonist, and if they expand on that with better story and more varied enemies then we could be in for a great game.
We will likely see a gameplay trailer and get an official release date for early 2016.
Visceral’s Star Wars:
DICE are not the only ones working on a Star Wars game, as Visceral have also been working on a game in the franchise.
We don’t have a clue what it is outside it carrying the name of Star Wars, but I am fairly sure that this is the E3 where they will officially announce the game, with a quick trailer.
Another developer that we know is working on something, but no idea exactly what on. They have been teasing it for a bit now, and because of that I think EA will have it on their stage come E3.
Again, what it is I have no idea, but I doubt it is any more than an announcement and quick trailer.
Plants vs. Zombies:
PvZ has become a big IP. Personally, I’m not a fan, but I see why many like it. I also think that EA are planning on announcing a new game at E3.
I don’t know if it will in fact be Garden Warfare, but something PvZ anyway/
We know EA had 3 unannounced games to show off at E3, though Need for Speed could have been one of them. Because of that I think there is 1 other game that we haven’t caught onto. Hopefully it is a new IP, but for some reason I am thinking it could be a new SSX game. Regardless, I am looking forward to seeing what it is.
What you won’t see – Battlefield:
With DICE working on Mirrors Edge 2 and Battlefront, it is highly doubtful that they currently have another Battlefield game in the pipelines. I really hope that is the case anyway, as they need to step back from it for a while and think things over.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with me or do you think I am missing anything? Let us know in the comments!