Daniel’s E3 2016 Wishlist
This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo runs June 14th to June 16th, when various developers show off their respective futures in the video game industry at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 2016 will have a lot to offer in way of both new games and new technology, with virtual reality likely making up a large part of the show’s demo floor as well as Microsoft and Sony’s press conferences. And as a result of the power needed to create VR games, rumours suggest that upgraded versions of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be announced.
Certain games are almost guaranteed to be shown off either on the big stage or behind closed doors: Battlefield 5, Crackdown 3, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dishonored 2, Final Fantasy XV, Mass Effect: Andromeda, The Legend of Zelda for WiiU, and Titanfall 2. The real excitement, however, comes from the surprise announcements that almost no one sees coming, like Sony’s revealing the Final Fantasy VII remake last summer. Will we see developers resting on their past successes by releasing sequels? Or will brand new franchises be making their first appearances on the stage at E3 2016?
What follows are three things that I hope come out of E3 2016. Let us know in the comments what you want to see this June from the video game industry.
From FROM Software: Bloodborne 2 and something new
FROM Software have quickly become a lot of people’s favourite developer with their difficult but fair games that boast incredibly detailed art direction and deep combat mechanics. Their PS4 exclusive Bloodborne topped many game of the year lists, including ours in a tie with the Phantom Pain. The artists at FROM have a knack for making disgustingly nasty enemy designs within beautiful landscapes and I would love to see them continue to explore the horror motif in Bloodborne 2. Getting a chance to revisit the game’s smooth and fast combat with new weapons would be an additional treat.
As for their famed Dark Souls series, FROM delivered yet another wonderful entry with Dark Souls 3 just over a month ago. However, despite the high quality of Dark Souls 3, the director of the game, Hidetaka Miyazaki, has reportedly stated that he is personally finished working on the series and is looking towards creating a new IP. Miyazaki’s largest roles in the video game industry have either been with the Armored Core series or the Dark Souls series, but FROM has an incredibly varied release list, so anything is possible when it comes to the new IP. Will we get a new addition to the fantasy genre? Perhaps Miyazaki will create a combination of mech combat and RPG game mechanic staples. Personally, I’d love to see Miyazaki make a game that is largely different from the Souls series, set in a populated world where co-operative play with friends is a main feature. E3 2016 would be a great place to tease this new game.
A showcase of virtual reality that doesn’t overshadow traditional gaming
Virtual reality is only taking its first, infantile steps in the commercial video game industry, but chances are it is here to stay. A number of companies are investing a very significant amount of money into virtual reality, with HTC, Google, Sony, Samsung, Oculus (owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg), and many more releasing VR headsets this year. Virtual reality appears to be the next natural step in interactive entertainment, and VR experiences just so happen to actually be really cool and really interesting. Even as developers release games today that are arguably more demonstrations of the capabilities of VR than actual games, most of those who play it are truly astonished by just how incredible a VR experience can be. The feeling of interactivity that virtual reality delivers is miles ahead of the traditional gaming experience.
Yet, despite the incredible potential of VR, I do hope that it doesn’t overshadow “regular” gaming at E3. Sure, given the amount invested into the technology as well as the very near release of Sony VR, it makes sense that we will see a lot of VR at E3. However, the price of these headsets are extremely high, well over 500 US dollars. Additionally, the computing power needed to fully deliver a VR experience is very high, which has made it likely that both Microsoft and Sony will show off upgraded versions of their respective consoles. In short, virtual reality is expensive and is still an unrealistic purchase for many. Developers need time to flesh out their virtual reality projects to deliver a true package of both game and virtual experience, so hopefully we see a bit of VR at this year’s E3, but not too much.
A re-invention of Bethesda games
Bethesda continues to make amazing open-world games with their Fallout and Elder Scrolls series. However, the release of Fallout 4 showed that the developer’s ideology may becoming a bit stale. Fallout 4 was a very good game, with an awesome world filled with many places to explore, but its combat was unexciting while its RPG elements were nearly non-existent. I love both the Fallout and Elder Scrolls universes, and I don’t want them to go away, but it would be great to see Bethesda push themselves out of their comfort zone in one way or another. I’d love to see an announcement of a new Elder Scrolls game that had depth in its RPG game mechanics and character skills compared to the skeletal RPG elements we got in Fallout 4. Or better yet, give me a space setting, the shooting mechanics from the new Doom, and Bethesda’s traditionally awesome world-building in one awesome new IP. Bethesda needs to create new combat mechanics that won’t grow stale quickly, to go along with their expertly built worlds.
So there you have it, a few hopes for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. We at Cynosure Gaming never run out of opinions, so check back with us in the future for more hopes and wishes for E3 2016.