Over the last few weeks, we’ve previewed all the big video game publishers in the industry, predicted their games, and explained how each prediction can be a win for the company’s presentation:
If you’ve been paying attention this week, I’ve been right about many of these predictions, as the E3 leaks have already begun. And while that has been a very thorough dive into each publisher’s expected announcements, there’s still a few publishers and overall questions that I want to cover. So here’s the final How2Win@E3:
Rocksteady Studios announces Justice League title, release date 2020
We haven’t heard anything from the creators of the Batman: Arkham series in almost 4 years. We know Rocksteady has been hard at work on something, but what? They wrapped up the Arkham series in Batman: Arkham Knight, and while they can always return to that universe with a new title, I doubt that’s the case. Many rumors last year revolved around Rocksteady working on a Superman title, but those were shot down by Rocksteady themselves at The Game Awards 2019. So what else could they be working on? It could be a brand new IP, but I like to think that Warner Bros. might trust them enough to release a Justice League game to compete with Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers. I may be dreaming, but that’s about all I can go on. I’d fully expect them to announce their title during Microsoft’s conference though.
New console prices: Microsoft Lockhart $299, Microsoft Anaconda $599, PlayStation 5 $499
Honestly, I doubt we’re going to hear anything about prices this year with the consoles not set to release until next fall, but I’ll throw out my predictions anyway. Microsoft Lockhart is supposedly the budget next-gen Xbox, with Anaconda set to be the high-powered “Xbox One X” version. I’d expect the Lockhart to be around $299, just because it’s probably going to be mostly a streaming/digital only device. And with the Xbox One X releasing at $499, I think Microsoft will hike up the price for the Anaconda version by at least $100. It wouldn’t shock me is the PS5 was the same price, but I think Sony makes an attempt to undercut the Anaconda by $100. The biggest thing that will affect these prices is Google Stadia. If Stadia takes off and lowers the overall price of admission (console, gaming PC, etc.) by only requiring a Google Chromecast Ultra ($70), that really may force the big boys to drop their prices.
Confidence: Probably not relevant until 2020
Nothing on George R.R. Martin/FromSoftware game
There’s been so many rumors about this since Game of Thrones ended a few weeks ago. I’m not buying any of it. FromSoftware does not just pump out game after game like Ubisoft or Square Enix. They take their time and create masterpieces, and with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice released a few months ago, there’s 0 chance this game is even close to ready to showcase. So while this collaboration excites me more than titties in a National Geographic (yes I still scream “TITTIES” when they pop up), we probably won’t hear anything until later this year or 2020.
UnfilteredNerd’s most anticipated games
I look forward to E3 every year, even if it’s just a giant hype zone of cinematic trailers and goofy cringe moments. This year I’m especially excited to see some specific titles. I think The Outer Worlds is going to be phenomenal. Fallout in space, by the creators of the Fallout series? I just creamed my pants. Also, I may not have a PS4, but yuo can bet I’m going to find a way to play The Last of Us 2 and Death Stranding. I think Ori and the Will of the Wisps is incredibly underrated right now, and it’s going to be up there as the indie entry for Game of the Year. And you know I’m excited for Marvel’s Avengers, if it is announced. Speaking of announcements, I will be live tweeting all my reaction to the press conferences this weekend. Stay tuned in on Twitter and also here, as I’ll have a live thread going during each presentation. Here’s the E3 2019 conference schedule:
EA Play Live Stream: Saturday, June 8 – 12:15 PM ET
Microsoft: Sunday, June 9 – 4:00 PM ET
Bethesda: Sunday, June 9 – 8:30 PM ET
Devolver Digital: Sunday, June 9 – 10:00 PM ET
PC Gaming Show: Monday, June 10 – 1:00 PM ET
Ubisoft: Monday, June 10 – 4:00 PM ET
Square Enix: Monday, June 10 – 9:00 PM ET
Nintendo Direct: Tuesday, June 11 – 12 PM ET