What We Want From E3 2015

With E3 2015 just around the corner, we gathered our whole gaming team (and a few friends) to put together a comprehensive list of everything we’re hoping to see come out of this year’s Expo.

Nintendo

Nic Schaus
“After numerous Nintendo Directs, I’ve found myself continually asking “But where’s Metroid?” With the small resurgence of the genre with games like Axiom Verge, Ori & the Blind Forest, and the newly unveiled Bloodstained, it’s never been a better time for Nintendo to bring the series that started it all back on the 3DS. Even if it only amounts to a quick title card and brief mention that the series hasn’t completely faded from Nintendo’s thoughts, my worries will be put to rest.”

Debbie AKA Delildel from Video Game Tidbits
“I would love to see more on Star Fox for Wii U whose details are still largely unknown, and with the Legend of Zelda postponed until 2016, this is the next big thing. It’d be especially interesting to see other original titles such as Project Guard and Project Giant Robot and learn how accessories like amiibo are connected to enrich gameplay.
I’m hoping for a better look at Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, the teaser trailer that they released this April Fool’s Day didn’t look as promising as their preview in early January. But hopefully new footage can reignite my interest in this crossover between two of the best strategic and tactical RPGs. What’s super interesting about both of these upcoming titles is that Nintendo is partnering with third party studios in order to develop these exclusive titles faster.”

Ezra Shanto
“I want Nintendo to acknowledge the great efforts of their developers this year. Right now many in the industry are claiming they have the best system for exclusives, so let’s see them back it up. I want to see new IPs, new content from old favourites, and God damn it I want Zelda and Star Fox. I’d like old favourites but I mostly want new flames more in the vein of Splatoon and Captain Toad. Be bold and be strong Nintendo, your legacy will not fail you. I would also love to see Nintendo return to its roots and release some sort of trading card NFC idea, just for fun. Finally I want the Super Mario series celebrated now that it’s coming on its 30 year anniversary. Maybe a worldwide Nintendo championship?”

Sony

Damion Collins
“With Sony, I’m hoping to see some new IPs from already existing Sony studios. More particularly I would like to see new IPs  from my two favorite studios, Sucker Punch and Guerrilla Games. Although I love Infamous and Killzone, it would be refreshing to see these two development studios work on different franchises other than those two we’re use to seeing. I would also like to see Sony potentially reveal price cuts on the PS4, PS Vita and PS3 as well as a PS4/PS Vita bundle. At this point in time I can’t see a reason why this wouldn’t be possible. Last but not least, I would love to see SCE Santa Monica Studio reveal a brand new God of War with a confirmed time-frame for release.”

Nic
“I could say I’d like to see more of Uncharted 4 or the new God of War, but what I’d really be excited for this year is to see some new original games from Sony. These consoles still don’t seem to have many series they can really call their own, and hopefully this is the year that we start to see that turn around. Developers like Sony Bend, Guerilla Games, and Media Molecule have been quietly working in the background, and if this E3 introduces us to a host of fresh new games, 2015 and beyond will begin to look much more exciting.”

Corey
“Nic touched on this, but what Sony needs above all else is a new original series for its PlayStation 4. Xbox One had a killer app with Sunset Overdrive, and even Nintendo just successfully launched a new IP through Splatoon. Apart from that, I’m hoping this year Sony steers clear of any add-on or accessory like product announcements. The PS TV was, for all intents and purposes, a flop, and products like the PS Camera and last gen’s PS Move only ever come across as reactionary. Oh, and maybe drop some more details on No Man’s Sky, a game that completely fell off the map since last year’s conference.”

Microsoft

Nic
“I’m still confused as to what Quantum Break really is. What is the gameplay like, what exactly is the nature of this accompanying live-action series? Hopefully we’ll start to see some light shed on the mysteries behind the game, and with any luck I’m hoping for a more solid release window. After my time with Alan Wake, I’m excited for and have faith in anything Remedy’s working on.”

Damion
“With Sony’s arch nemesis, Microsoft, I want and expect to see nothing but games. For starters, I hope Remedy Entertainment gives us a release date on the highly anticipated Quantum Break. If you haven’t seen gameplay for Quantum Break, then I suggest you take a look. It’s one of the most unique games I’ve see in a long while. If any readers here ever came across my top 10 anticipated games for 2015, then you’ll know how I feel about Scalebound. This game looks like it will be an extremely promising and I’m hoping that we get a release days and lots of Gameplay footage. Lastly, I just want to new ip’s from Microsoft, It would be nice to have a long list of exclusives to choose from.”

Corey
“The most exciting trump card Microsoft can pull out at this year’s E3 is an in-depth demonstration of the Xbox One’s compatibility with the upcoming Windows 10. Phil Spencer recently announced Xbox integration into the Windows 10 operating system, which will allow a PC to stream Xbox One games when under the same Wi-Fi network as a console, in a similar fashion to Sony’s PS TV. Given the massive reach that Windows and PC already have, introducing and successfully demonstrating full console-to-PC integration would make a huge splash.

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Developer Conferences

EA

Nic
“The Mass Effect trilogy was a seminal part of the last generation, creating some of the best (and most infamous) moments in video game storytelling. It’s time we learned more about the next step for the series. Hopefully EA has much more this year than developer diaries, and we’ll get a trailer setting up the worlds and characters of this new game. Throw in some gameplay of Mirror’s Edge and a trailer for Visceral’s new Star Wars game, and it will more than make up for their disappointing 2014 showing.”

Square Enix

Corey
By promising both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 to arrive within a 2015 launch date, Square may very well have bit off more than they could chew. I sort of knew deep down at least one (if not both) of these games would be getting pushed back, and at the very least I’d like a trailer or some gameplay clips to keep me satisfied. I also want to point out that one of my favourite gaming experiences this year hands down came from Life is Strange, a game published by Square, so I hope Square can build momentum not only behind juggernauts like FF and Kingdom Hearts but also with promising, smaller scale projects.

Nic
“After the myriad of side story Kingdom Hearts games were released spanning across every system known to man, while the third entry to the series skipped an entire console generation, I told myself I was done with the series for good. But if I see a single lightsaber pop during the showing of Kingdom Hearts 3, I will be entirely won over and instantly pre-order it. I don’t want to learn about the power of friendship or fight Ansem’s heartless nobody, but I’ll put up with it if it means you get to wield a big dumb lightsaber keyblade.”

PC

Ezra
“I hope for PC developers to really push the envelope. PC be should be the odd man out not because of the traditional uses of a PC but rather the uniqueness and intricacies a PC can offer. The boundaries consoles face aren’t present for a PC if the hardware and the resources are there. Some of the best games and most replayable games a la Binding of Isaac and A Story About My Uncle came out on PC and I hope more studios fuel the PC as a solo platform, not just a piece of the multi-platform pie.

Bethesda

Nic
“Now that Fallout 4 has been officially unveiled, what would really amaze and get the excitement raring would be a release date that’s much sooner than you would expect. Early 2016 would result in some huge applause and fervour for the already highly anticipated sequel, but if they were to actually announce a 2015 date, as Colin Moriarty of Kinda Funny is predicting, I can’t even begin to imagine the ecstatic public reaction. #ColinWasRight”

Ubisoft

Nic
“After the fiasco surrounding last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Unity, plus the release of the rarely mentioned Rogue, it’d be encouraging if Ubisoft could reveal some details on the new Syndicate installment that gives us some hope that the series is back on track. Along with some more information and gameplay of The Division, it would be nice to then round out their conference with some unannounced games, maybe even with some new additions to previous series. I’d be lying if I didn’t want to see the return of the Prince of Persia in some form, and for Ubisoft to not let another year go by without mention of a Beyond Good & Evil sequel.”


Hopefully some of these expectations will be met, with many more surprises to come. Let us know what you’re hoping to see during this year’s impressive lineup of E3 conferences!

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