E3 will be here in just a few short weeks, which means we’re already seeing rumors and even official information about games that will likely be featured at the expo. I won’t be at E3, but you don’t really need to be to get the base level E3 experience. I’ll be writing a ton of words about the press conferences and everything else that pops up online. Until then, let’s take a look at a couple things that have hit the web recently.
Far Cry 5
Ubisoft released a teaser trailer for the upcoming Far Cry 5 earlier this week alongside a promise of a full trailer coming on Friday. There’s not much information here other than the fact that this is a Far Cry game and it’s set in Montana, but that’s probably enough for fans of the series (or Big Sky Country).
Far Cry 3 blew me away when it came out in 2012. I didn’t play much of Far Cry 4, but I enjoyed what I played. I haven’t even gotten around to Far Cry Primal yet. With so many open world games already released this year, including a new entry on my all time favorites list and another game that might make it there once I play it, I’m not sure I have the time or need for this. But I want it.
We’ll know more on Friday, and we’ll presumably know even more than that after Ubisoft’s E3 press conference. All I know right now is this: I will be trampled by bison in this game and I will love it.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
As reported by Stephen Totilo at Kotaku, the long-rumored Mario/Rabbids crossover game is real and it is coming out this year. The game will apparently be a turn-based RPG featuring gaming’s most iconic character and some of gaming’s most annoying characters.
Let’s be real here: there’s some serious danger that this could be ridiculous and terrible. But something tells me Nintendo wouldn’t license their most important character to Ubisoft to star in a throwaway game. It might not be for everyone, but I’m confident that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will at least be good.
I’m sure Ubisoft and the rest of the companies with E3 press conferences will still have plenty to surprise fans, especially considering only one of these is a leak and the other is an officially released teaser.
EA will hopefully show off some new Star Wars games and if we’re lucky not too much sports stuff, though they’re not doing a traditional press conference this year. Microsoft will be showing off whatever Project Scorpio’s official name is, hopefully with some games to go along with it.
Bethesda is a bit of a wildcard. DLC for Dishonored 2 seems like a lock, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the next Wolfenstein game or a sequel to The Evil Within. Will either of those be at their E3 press conference? Will there be new entries in the Fallout or Elder Scrolls franchises? Official numbered games seem unlikely, but I’m hopeful we might see a Fallout New Vegas style offshoot for either of them.
The PlayStation conference is going to be stacked with games we already know about, from Spider-Man to Death Stranding and everywhere in between. Will we get release dates for games like God of War and Days Gone? Will there be a sequel or spiritual successor to Until Dawn, which everyone knows we want?
I don’t expect much from the distant titles, like The Last of Us Part II or the aforementioned Death Stranding, but Sony will have plenty to show off considering their plethora of upcoming exclusives and third party partnerships, which include Destiny 2, Call of Duty: WWII, and Star Wars Battlefront II. Sony hasn’t pulled any punches at their E3 conferences over the past few years, so I wouldn’t be surprised by a few things we don’t know about yet.
Nintendo will once again forego the E3 press conference in favor of a pre-recorded event and a show floor presence, which will be made up entirely of Super Mario Odyssey. With the Switch proving to be a hit around the world, it would be nice to see Nintendo show off a steady stream of titles coming to their latest platform. Appearances by characters like Donkey Kong and Samus Aran seem obvious, but Nintendo’s never been the type of company to do the obvious thing.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s E3? Let me know in the comments.