Next week is e3 and as is usually the case the first glimmers of what is going to be talked about have started leaking their way onto YouTube. There are several sites out there with pretty legitimate looking lists of what games have an have not been confirmed to be appearing. Functionally the show tends to revolve around several large press events, with a smattering of other news trickling out around them. The big shows tend to happen before the actual event starts, which means this weekend. For those interested here is the schedule I have been able to scrape together… most of which will be available through a stream of some sort.
- Electronic Arts – Saturday June 10th – 12 pm PDT
- Microsoft – Sunday June 11th – 2 pm PDT
- Bethesda – Sunday June 11th – 9 pm PDT
- Devolver Digital – Sunday June 11th – 10 pm PDT
- PC Gaming Show – Monday June 12th – 10 am PDT
- Ubisoft – Monday June 12th – 1 pm PDT
- Sony – Monday June 12th – 6 pm PDT
- Nintendo – Tuesday June 13th – 9 am PDT
The last several years the PC Gaming show has been an awkward cringefest to watch… but it sort of fit its late night time slot. With them moving it to a morning slot, I am wondering if that is a ploy to get more folks to show up and peddle their pc gaming wares. Whatever the case I can pretty much guarantee that I am going to be watching most if not all of this over the next few days… or at least the ones that are not happening during work hours. The show I am traditionally the most excited for is Bethesda, because in years past they have absolutely nailed giving gamers exactly the sort of things they wanted to be hearing about. With the Fallout 4 story arc finished, and a new Elder Scrolls outing still supposedly years away… I am not terribly certain what we might be seeing. It is almost certain that we will be seeing some Quake Champions news… but a twitchy competitive reflex shooter doesn’t exactly excite the 40 year old version of myself the same way it might have the 17 year old me. I mean I can always hope beyond hope that they will drop the mic this year with the reveal of Elder Scrolls VI but I won’t exactly be holding my breath either. Instead here are the few titles I am really looking forward to hearing more about.
State of Decay 2
State of Decay is one of those games that I loved… but never really played as much of it as I would have liked. At the time of release it was an Xbox 360 title and I just didn’t spend that much time playing my 360. When it released on PC I had a furious few weekends of playing it again… and have wound up purchasing it as a gift for several people. However I never really gave the game as much time as I would have liked because it was missing one core feature… multiplayer. This was the sort of world that I really wanted to go out and explore with my friends, and the absence of that option tarnished the experience for me. What I am wanting from E3 is just more of everything and a firm release date on when we can expect the game.
I am just so damned ready for this game to release if we are being honest. Right now I just want more. I want more information, more game play footage… and I am hoping their mic drop is that we can download and start playing the beta now. I am not holding my breath, but that ultimately is what I want out of the experience. I am already sold and have already pre-ordered the PS4 copy… since the PC pre-orders are not open yet. I want to know a firm date of when the PC is going to launch, because even if it is delayed I want to know how long of a wait.
This is probably the first Farcry game since the first that I am really excited about. America as a whole has a really hard time confronting our own lunatic fringe or religious extremists. Everything about this game seems like we are going to be fighting back against the madness of a weird religious cult of sorts. I am ready to roam around the backwoods of Montana and take out bad people doing bad things.
Super Mario Odyssey
They had me at “new mario game for switch” but what I am wanting is more details. I want to know when exactly this is going to release because up until now we have only had some wild speculations as a “christmas season” launch. I also want to know more about this real world/mario world fusion, and I am wondering if it is going to have tie ins to Super Mario Land in Universal Studios Japan. Nintendo is generally the least forthcoming with the conferences as far as hard data goes… but I really just want to know when this is going to launch.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
We have not heard much from “Not-Castlevania” in awhile and I am hoping they have something to show off at E3. Once again there is the common theme of me knowing a game is coming out… and just wanting some hard data on it. I am a backer and have already played through the Demo game they released as a proof of concept several times… and now I am just ready for the full meal. Everything I experienced to date was spot on with exactly how I wanted this game to feel… they just need to push it across the finish line and not end up botching it in the process.