Welcome to the fourth and final predictions article for this year where I discuss what I hope, and think will turn up on stage at E3. In my first piece, I talked about what I thought would hit the stages of the major third party publishers’ conferences (EA, Bethesda, and Ubisoft), the second saw my guesses for Nintendo, and the third looked at what I thought Sony might show us. Now, I’ll delve into the last of the big three – time for my Microsoft predictions!
Everything that follows is based purely on my personal wish list of stuff I want to see, mixed with a little guess work. For the more “out there” hopes and guesses I’ll do my best to give some thought as to why I think it’s time for that entry.
With all that said, let’s jump into my predictions for:
Conference held on Monday 12th June @ 9:00am NZ Time
Hopes and Wishes!
- I think it's time for MS to reintroduce their Family Game Sharing plan. My guess is that it will be revised a bit, reduced from 10 "family" members to 5 (family members being Xbox accounts you have added to a changeable family group - they don't have to be actual relatives).
- Why do I think that this could be a thing? Because it's possible that there are going to be a few people these holidays who now have three or more Xbox One consoles in their home and will want each to have access to their game library on all their devices.
- An alternative to this would be a Digital Game Lending plan that allows you to transfer the licence of a game to anyone on your friends list for a selectable amount of time, at the end of which the licence is reverted back to you.
- New or reimagined AAA titles.
- Shadowrun - No, not the first-person shooter version, I'm talking about a modern 3D, 3rd person-isometric, party-based role-playing game set in the Shadowrun universe. Full cyberpunk/fantasy-meets-Dragon Age. MS owns the licence, and it's been a few years since Harebrained Schemes and Cliffhanger Productions worked on their Shadowrun line of PC RPG games, so why not bring the franchise back to consoles in a way that RPG fans would love?
- Outwars - As a 3rd-person sci-fi action title with a Starship Troopers-like campaign taking you from planet to planet to combat a galactic infestation of sentient hive-mind giant bugs-like aliens. Give me an awesome story with the campaign, and bring back the jetpacks and gliders, and I'll be a happy man.
- Deadly Tide - As a 1st-person underwater and space on-rails shooter or "flight" simulator (with VR support on PC/Scorpio). Think the Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR mission, which was both on-rails and gave you the freedom to fly where and how you want in certain sections.
- Freelancer - As an optional 1st and 3rd person space flight simulator with the ability to walk around space stations to interact with NPCs. Lots of professions available: from trading and transportation of passengers, to bounty hunting and serving in the military to combat hostile human and alien threats.
- Age of Empires/ Age of Mythology/ Rise of Nations - Pretty much the same games, but basically a historical real-time strategy game that has you progress through the ages, and fight with forces going from the stone age right up and into the future.
- MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is coming to Xbox One, Scorpio, and PC in 2018, and will be a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program.
- Below release date
- Cuphead is available now! (or at least an official release date)
- Sunset Overdrive 2 announced
- Ryse 2
- Supermassive Games (the folks behind Until Dawn) come out and announce their next game, and that it will be coming to Xbox One.
- Fable 2 Anniversary Edition revealed as a 2018 title alongside the announcement of a new Fable franchise focused studio that is made up of ex-Lionhead employees.
- Let’s see a new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 – would love to get a late 2017/early 2018 release date too.
What I think we’ll actually see
- Sea of Thieves open beta announced
- Game gets new trailer and a Q1 2018 release window
- Crackdown announced as a Scorpio launch title
- Forza Motorsport 7 announced as a Scorpio launch title
- State of Decay 2 release date announced
- Halo Wars 2 DLC
- Hopefully not just Blitz or Multiplayer content, but a campaign expansion that has you playing as The Banished
- At least 3 unheard of, new AAA titles.
- The Xbox One Scorpio info dump
- We obviously get its name, but it will also be the first major thing that Microsoft talks about, and they will have some kind of marketing push
- October release date
- VR support - It will work with both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
- The 1TB Xbox One Scorpio will be announced as being $449 USD ($600 NZD - not an actual conversion, just what I think the NZ price will be).
So those are what I think Microsoft will showcase on their E3 stages, and that concludes my series of E3 2017 prediction articles. Did you Agree? Disagree? Or have your own thoughts? Can’t wait to read what you all think is just around the corner, so sound off in the comments below, and lets all get excited about the coming week of awesome!