Pre-E3 2017

Video Games - Last StarfighterJune has returned, summer is in the air, and the groundhogs are tearing up my garden, which can only mean E3. Here is what I’m excited to see at the show of shows.

Microsoft will finally be unveiling the much-touted Project Scorpio, which I can only hope means some more exclusive games. I assume that we will also see some more of their AR/VR device, HoloLens as well. Sony will also be showing off more Playstation VR lest it become yet another abandoned project. Speaking of abandoned projects from Sony, ever since the Nintendo Switch / NX was announced, there have been rumors of a new Vita successor / Playstation Portable. Rumors were that it was to be unveiled last year, since then patents and other rumors seem to be popping up pointing to a supposed unveiling next week. While I would love to see a PSP 3, I’m not exactly holding my breath.

Nintendo has a huge hill to climb with the Switch. It needs games, games, and more games or it will have the same fate as the Wii U. Of course we will see more of Splatoon 2 and Mario Odyssey. I assume there will be a deluxe port of Smash, hopefully with all the levels and DLC from both the 3DS and Wii U versions. Maybe we can also get a Mario Maker sequel as well. I really want to see a new Virtual Console service, preferably with all portable and home consoles released to date. However, what we need to see is third party AAA ports and lots of them. Without these, the tiny bit of momentum that the Switch has will just amount to a flash in the pan.

As for other games I have high hopes for is South Park The Fractured But Whole. Quantic Dream’s Detroit looked intriguing as does CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077. The big one is still whatever the hell EA is doing with Star Wars. Battlefront 2 has been announced, but it is known that Visceral (Dead Space) and Respawn (Titanfall) are both working on games as well. Perhaps even Bioware has a Star Wars game in the mix as well. All in all, I have no doubt this will be another exciting year.

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