E3 2014 is about to roll around and once again it is time to get excited about all the games developers and publishers will be showing off beginning 9 June.
Not only do we get lots more information about upcoming titles, but trailers, gameplay demos and huge announcements are all par for the course. The whole expo is used to hype games and hardware.
Teasing fans with brief reveals is all well and good but what we really want is plenty of detail. Here we’ll look at the 5 games that we most want to see at E3 2014, the ones we want loads more information about and of course some gameplay footage.
5. Star Wars: Battlefront
The Battlefront series was one of the better video game series set in the Star Wars universe. Developed by DICE, the guys behind Battlefield, we already know that it is utilizing the Frostbite engine used for their other games and will be releasing for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
So far, we have had only a few details about the game and a small teaser that was released at last year’s E3. What is known is that it isn’t a direct sequel to Battlefront II, but a re-launch of the series using DICE’s vision.
The previous games were known for their variety in gameplay, allowing players to battle it out on a variety of planets while using different vehicles, spaceships, weapons and characters. The teaser trailer showed off snowspeeders and AT-AT walkers so it’s safe to assume that those types of vehicles will be making a return.
EA have already confirmed that the game will be shown during E3 2014, but let’s just hope that we get some real information rather than more short pieces of footage.
4. Rainbow 6: Patriots
It’s been quite a while since the last release of a full Rainbow Six game the last being Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 from 2008. Patriots was first announced as a new instalment in the series in 2011 was expected to release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the near future.
Since then the development of the title has hit some rocky ground, suffering numerous setbacks and losing several prominent members of the design team. There were even rumors that the game had been completely redesigned three times.
At last year’s E3 Ubisoft confirmed that the game was still under development but would now release on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, giving hope to fans of the series that the game would finally be released at some point.
The little we did know about Patriots is irrelevant considering the length of time of the development and the rumored problems it has faced, but hopefully it will make some sort of appearance at Ubisoft’s conference.
3. The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
The Legend of Zelda series is one of the most famous in all of gaming and one of Nintendo’s prize franchises. We even got a glimpse of what a game on the machine might look like when Nintendo showed of a tech demo when announcing the hardware.
The Wii U has so far been disappointing, but a string of new releases coming along, including Mario Kart 8 and a new Super Smash Bros., are drawing attention to it. A Zelda game would certainly get some long-time fans to finally purchase the console simply for it.
We already know that we will see Link in some form thanks to the previously announced Hyrule Warriors but what fans really want is a fully-fledged adventure.
The last console Zelda release was Skyward Sword in 2011, although Nintendo did release A link Between Worlds for the 3DS last year to much critical acclaim along with a remake of The Wind Waker in HD for the Wii U. However, it is about time we saw a release on the company’s latest console.
2. Halo Remakes
Rumors speculating about the development of a remake of Halo 2 have been circulating for a number of years now. They had some substance in the fact that Microsoft had already released a remake of the original game in the form of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.
The Xbox 360 game brought brand new graphics and updated sounds to the classic experience, leading some to believe the company would aim to do the same with Halo 2. However, over the past couple of weeks there have been a number of developments.
Firstly, Microsoft got the jump on most people to reveal that Halo 5: Guardians is the next entry into the series and is set to release next year. But more interesting was the story that was leaked to a number of outlets talking about a special release primed for later this year. The collection includes all four games to feature Master Chief (that’s Halo: CE and Halo 2, 3 & 4) upgraded for the Xbox One along with online multiplayer
It makes some sense to bring these titles to their new console, as they would certainly sell well and help reach new gamers who haven’t played the series before. Refreshing players about the exploits of everyone’s favorite space marine just before Halo 5 hits shelves wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
Microsoft already seem to have a pretty stellar E3 2014 lined up, but this announcement might just blow people’s minds.
1. Mass Effect 4
Ever since Shepard’s story finished in Mass Effect 3 fans have been crying out for a new title in this franchise. Despite the disappointing ending players are still keen to get back into the rich story and detailed universe.
Apart from confirmation that a Mass Effect title is being developed by BioWare there is very little other information about the next instalment in the franchise. One thing we do know though is that it won’t star Commander Shepard as the protagonist. BioWare feel that particular story has run its course and the newest title will feature a brand new story separate from the original trilogy.
Studio Director Yanich Roy did announce that the game will be more of the same
“That, I can answer right away: it will be the same type of game as the first three.”
Other information from staff Twitter accounts and leaks hinted at the return of the Mako, new alien races and the fact that the title would most likely be a sequel rather than a prequel. Other information revealed so far also suggests a return to the feeling of discovery the first game focused on.
With Dragon Age: Inquisition releasing this year however, it might mean that BioWare want to focus on that particular RPG rather than their space opera. Whatever the case let’s just hope we get some more detail at E3 2014.