Whether or not you’re actively involved in the gaming community, you’ve probably heard of Los Angeles’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 for short). Every year, we’re given a mere glimpse of the future of video games and gaming technology. This year, from June 16th-18th, E3 is going to be especially huge. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked.
The Return Of Music Games
It’s been far too long since we’ve seen a new Guitar Hero or Rock Band. Many of those who have upgraded to the next generation of consoles have undoubtedly been itching to jam out on those fake plastic instruments with a band of drunken friends. Well both Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 have been confirmed to appear at this year’s E3. While small chunks of gameplay have been shown from both titles, we can expect to see a full demonstration of the new features, modes, and songs of each game.
Two Words: STAR WARS
Ever since EA took over the rights to the Star Wars franchise, we’ve all been waiting to see what they have in store for us. So far, we know that DICE is rebooting the Star Wars: Battlefront series and that it will surely devour endless hours of your time just like the originals did. A few weeks ago, EA unveiled an epic trailer featuring a huge battle on Endor, a glimpse of Hoth, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and more nostalgia than you can possibly handle. However, the grand gameplay reveal is being saved for EA’s E3 press conference. On top of that, we know that Visceral Games (Dead Space, Dante’s Inferno) and Bioware (Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect) both have Star Wars games in development. So far, there haven’t been any official announcements about what they are specifically working on, but E3 would be a prime opportunity for them to do so.
Virtual Reality Becoming a Reality
For the past couple of years we’ve seen prototypes and development kits for the Oculus Rift and Playstation’s Project Morpheus taking a stab at virtual reality gaming. Recently, there have even been rumours of a Xbox One VR headset to join the race as well. While these concepts are exciting to anyone dying to experience the next-level of game immersion, these prototypes are still very much a work in progress yet to officially hit the mainstream consumer market. However, E3 2015 is more than likely to be the year that we will see this long road of testing and development near it’s end. We might not see an official release date or a huge lineup of games for either of these devices, but you can count on something to satisfy your curiosity.
More Games From Your Favorite Franchises
While it may be true that the gaming industry is starting to be dominated by sequels and reboots, that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the many that come our way. At every E3 you can count on series like Call Of Duty and Assassin’s Creed to be showing gameplay from their latest installment. Whether you want to kick cyborg ass in Black Ops 3, or pull of heists in Victorian England with Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, you won’t want to miss out on seeing what these upcoming games have in store. Playstation fans will also get to see more of Nathan Drake’s final adventure in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End at Sony’s press conference, while Xbox gamers will get a further look into Halo: Guardians at Microsoft’s conference. With all the mystery surrounding E3, it’s nice to have a few games that we can count on seeing for sure.
On top of all of this, who knows what else we might see at E3 2015. The Last Guardian? Fallout 4? Holding on to a little hope couldn’t hurt, right? I’ve got a good feeling about this one.