xbox @ e3
There’s a lot of room for big surprises at this year’s E3, and we’re getting excited
Microsoft looks like it’s breaking out the big guns at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. It has booked an entire building, the Microsoft Theatre, for their showing, a decision that should speak to their confidence going into E3. But just what exactly does Microsoft have to show this year? Will it really fill an entire building? It very well might.
There are already announced titles likely to make an appearance. Expect to see more of Crackdown3, perhaps even a live demo of the long-in-themaking open-world title? Then there are exciting indie titles like Ashen and Below to really diversify the Xbox lineup. We’re hoping Microsoft continues its trend of bolstering small indies and giving them a place on the big stage. Cuphead was a winner and so the indie scene is a rich well we hope Microsoft return to.
Walmart Canada listed several titles for pre-order including Halo6, Gears
OfWar5 and ForzaHorizons5 among others. While it’s best to take that as little better than speculation, some of those could be the most exciting announcements of all. It’s certainly been long enough now since Halo
5 that the announcement of a new title in the sci-fi shooter series could happen. It’s also been a couple of years now since GearsOfWar4 so a new entry similarly seems likely. Obviously a ForzaHorizon4 hasn’t even been released yet so that listing is, at the very least, a typo, but again, the timing seems right and an update for ForzaMotorsport7, adding an array of British cars to the game, got fans speculating about a new Horizon set in Britain.
Among the titles ‘leaked’ were a new Assassin’sCreed, SplinterCell, Borderlands, and Rage2(thatone’s
definite,seep10!). Perhaps some of those might make an appearance during Microsoft’s press briefing?
But there are other Xbox franchises that perhaps deserve a return. Despite the demise of Lionhead Studios, it seems possible that a new Fable game could still be in the works. The series was very popular after all. Or perhaps Microsoft will have something new for
Minecraft fans? A Minecraft2 would
“It seems possible that a new Fable game could still be in the works”
certainly be a massive announcement. Anything feels possible right now for Xbox, though it might be a bit much to hope for that Brute
Force sequel. To cover it all, Microsoft will be streaming their press conference, but their revived Inside Xbox show will also be providing coverage throughout E3, with its own set of announcements, game demos and interviews. Both will be streamed through Mixer at mixer.com/xbox. The press conference will be streamed on June 10, at 1pm Pacific Time, while the Inside Xbox stream will start the following day, June 11, at 3pm Pacific Time. There’s certainly the potential for Xbox to steal the show this year and we’re very much on the alert to see just what Microsoft has in store. ■
Ab ove With a whole building booked for the duration of E3, Microsoft must have lots to show.