This is the last episode before the much awaited E3 2013 conference and I am providing my very own predictions on what Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, along with other companies will bring to attract the wallets of gamers around the world, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW!
Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. Beginning with Nintendo, we already know Nintendo will not be taking part in their annual press conference as they have over the years, but Nintendo plans on still having a large presence with smaller media events along with their Nintendo Direct presentation. With the Wii U off to a rough start, I expect to see Nintendo announce a few large titles such as a new Super Smash Bros., Zelda, Mario Kart, Mario 3D platfomer, Metroid, and even possibly a new Star Fox. I also anticipate a price drop for the console to better target their consumers and make the Wii U more appealing for the holiday season. Nintendo may also announce a few other titles for their successful 3DS platform and possibly announce better integration with the Wii U.
With Microsoft, I see a heavy focus on exclusives for the Xbox One to back up their statement of killing Sony this coming E3. I expect to see Dance Central 4 emerge showcasing the new Kinect camera and its many technological advancements over the current Kinect, I believe we’ll see Ryse reemerge from its teaser trailer revealed during E3 2011 as an Xbox One exclusive, and I feel we are likely to see Banjo Kazooie fulfill the teased ‘historic Rare franchise’. Microsoft will announce a few third party exclusive deals on upcoming franchises and titles and may conclude the show with a teaser for a new Halo to bring the audience to its feet or possibly reveal Bethesda’s Fallout 4 along with announce the price and launch date. I expect Microsoft to showcase more of their entertainment features to attempt to prove why Xbox One really is the only box you need and for Microsoft to spend a little bit of time on the future of the successful Xbox 360 to build longevity for the platform.
Sony will come out full force with even more exclusives making their way towards PlayStation 4 around launch and next year. I expect to see The Last Guardian finally return as a PlayStation 4 release, Sony’s successful MLB: The Show franchise emerge to showcase the level of realism the PlayStation 4 will be able to deliver, along with many announcements regarding new franchises such as the already leaked Warrior’s Lair. I expect to see more in-depth demos of already announced titles such as inFAMOUS: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Until Dawn and more, along with a few third party exclusive deals regarding additional content. Sony will finally show off what the console looks like and may announce the price and release date, if not, during the upcoming Gamescom. I expect Sony to announce a price drop for the struggling PlayStation Vita as well as show off Remote Play with the PlayStation 4 and potentially another feature we have yet to hear about along with announce a few new releases. Sony will also spend some time on the PlayStation 3 and make it clear that they are not giving up on their PS3 market.
Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, I see Electronic Arts showing off Madden NFL 25 running on the new consoles along with announcing a feature exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. I believe we’ll see Battlefield 4 not only shown off during their own press conference, but Sony’s as well announcing some form of exclusive content or timed content exclusivity on the PlayStation platforms. We’ll also see the new Need for Speed Rivals shown off with an official release date for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Ubisoft will blow us away with yet another new franchise designed for next generation consoles and will show off their upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV and Watch Dogs running on next generation consoles. I feel Ubisoft will have a few other small surprises here and there but will rely primarily on a new unannounced title, Assassin’s Creed, and Watch Dogs.
Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View and my predictions for E3 2013 but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and keep checking back throughout the week next week for my coverage of E3 2013.