Who Is Going To “Win” E3 2014?
We can all agree that Sony bludgeoned Microsoft over the head with an Xbox One at E3 last year and then ran off with the show while floating on a cloud (no to be confused with the cloud). You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better case than this of a company “winning” E3. With just about a month to go until the smoke, mirrors and hype get poured out from a stage, I guess we should take a look at where everybody is at currently.
Sony probably has a fair bit to show us of The Order: 1886, the new Uncharted and probably a few others. There might even be a reveal or two and the the obligatory statement on how The Last Guardian is still in development.
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It’s good enough and maybe they’ll surprise us but it’s never going to top the response they generated from E3 last year and it looks like Sony is going to have a pretty average year at this year’s expo.
Microsoft on the other hand has been working hard to restore faith and regain ground since Sony started pulling ahead. In the wake of E3 Microsoft reversed its policies and worked hard to push games and restore a damaged image. Games with Gold has been getting better and generally, the company is trying.
This year we’re likely to see Halo, Sunset Overdrive and perhaps a new Gears? That last one is a bit sketchy in case the question mark wasn’t a dead give away. There’ll also be more of Quantum Break and possibly some of the original TV content that Xbox Entertainment Studios. Personally (even though I own a PS4) I’m more interested to see what Microsoft has to show us.
The biggest difference between the two is that since E3 last year, Sony has effectively sat back and luxuriated in its own success while Microsoft has been working a little bit harder to do better. Microsoft also has that exclusive deal with EA which may produce some surprising Xbox exclusives (Alessandro has bet Bitcoins on the new Star Wars: Battlefront being an Xbox One exclusive).
Then we’ve got the other two major conferences of E3 – Ubisoft and EA.
To keep it brief, Ubisoft will have Assassin’s Creed: Unity to show off but will not have Beyond Good & Evil 2 to show off. There might be a new Splinter Cell, there will definitely be something to see of The Division and maybe something as yet unannounced. Ultimately, it’s likely to be exactly what you expect. I am genuinely excited by the prospect of AC: Unity though.
EA may just take it this year. I’m talking about E3 not the Worst Company in America award. There will not be a new NFS and perhaps the company is finally realising that they’ve been ruining the franchise for the past 7 or so years. However, there will be a couple of Star Wars games – Battlefront and whatever Visceral Games is working on – and we’ll likely see more of Mirror’s Edge. We may also see a new Mass Effect and we will definitely see more of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Do you see what I’m getting at? EA actually has an exciting lineup of things upon which our eyes may gaze.
Of course, everyone has the power to surprise and it’s often those surprises that really captivate us so despite how it looks on paper, E3 is still wide open in terms of who’s going to come out looking the best.
Regardless, it’s unanimously agreed upon that this year’s E3 will be a good one for gamers.
Notice how I haven’t even mentioned Nintendo.
If you were a betting sort of individual, who would you put money on to really grab the crowd at E3?