Joseph’s E3 2018 Wishlist
E3 (or the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is in my opinion the most existing time to be a gamer. Sure, unless you’re lucky enough to attend the event in-person, most don’t physically get to play any video games, but something about seeing all these game announcements and gameplay trailers just gets me really excited about being a gamer. E3 has become somewhat of a Holiday to my family (well, at least to the ones who care about video games) and is something I look forward to the entire year.
No matter how disappointing the overall event may be sometimes, there always ends up being something that gets me pumped for the second half of the year and the future of the gaming industry in general. And now this year’s iteration right around the corner, here are some of the things I’m hoping to see at E3 2018.
Kingdom Hearts III Release Date Revealed
Waiting has become second nature to Kingdom Hearts fans who have been patiently awaiting the third and, supposedly, final entry in this iconic franchise since Kingdom Hearts II dropped in 2005. Sure, we’ve had plenty of spin-off games and more HD ports than I can count to keep us busy, but over the years fatigue has begun to set in and I’ve become disheartened to see that my own interest in a franchise I used to obsess over during my childhood has diminished greatly. Thankfully, there is finally light at the end of this proverbial tunnel. Square Enix has all but confirmed that Kingdom Heart III’s release date will be revealed at E3, and while I don’t foresee it coming out this year like some have indicated, just getting a solid date feels like a giant step forward towards seeing a very old dream finally come true.
Fire Emblem on the Switch
I’m a relative latecomer to the Fire Emblem franchise, only having recently discovering this tactical-strategy RPG series after playing Fire Emblem: Awakening on my 3DS in 2013. Since then though I’ve become obsessed; playing through older titles and new releases alike, I still can’t get enough of Fire Emblem’s addicting combat and battlefield management. And I can’t wait to see the franchise make the leap to Nintendo’s newest hardware. A core Fire Emblem rendered fully in 3D, à la Fire Emblem Warriors, sounds amazing, and hopefully we’ll get at least a glimpse of this at Nintendo’s digital press conference.
Sucker Punch Productions Returns to Form
I became a fan of Sucker Punch Productions as child from their work on the 3D platforming Sly Cooper trilogy. I then later solidified my fandom by falling love with their superhero sandbox-focused series, Infamous. It’s been four years since their last game though, and I’m ready to see these craftsmen next project. So far we’ve seen only brief glimpses of Ghost of Tsushima, an open-world samurai game. While I haven’t been blown away due to my growing dissatisfaction with open-words in gaming, my interest is still piqued. Here’s hoping E3 2018 will show me enough to convince me that Sucker Punch deserves to remain one of my favorite game developers.
Fallout 76 Doesn’t Disappoint
Like I mentioned above, recently I’ve been becoming with dissatisfied with open-world focused video games, but one of the last games to have managed to draw me in was Fallout 4; due to a combination of things, like its unique quests, settlement building mechanics, gunplay, and interesting locales and characters. So I’m excited to see what Bethesda has to say about this apparent new game in the Fallout universe. The name seems to suggest it will be a spin-off of some sorts rather than a completely new entry, which I’ll be fine with if it’s in the vain of Fallout: New Vegas. However, if this turns out to be a mobile game or MMO, I’ll be totally turned off. So let’s hope for the former rather than the latter.
Ubisoft’s For Honor Announcement
For Honor is a game that almost everyone has forgotten about despite it only releasing just last year. Of course, when I say “everyone” I’m not counting myself. I actually ranked For Honor as my third best game of 2017. Although, I have kind of fallen off the wagon so to speak and haven’t played this multiplayer focused melee fighting game in months. However, Ubisoft has promised a big announcement regarding the game at E3, and I am looking forward to see what it is. Fingers crossed for a Battle Royale-inspired mode that would hypothetically pit eight different warriors against each other in a free-for-all.
Let’s face it – E3 is always best when something unexpected happens. Take Sony’s shocking reimagining of God of War’s at last year’s event for example. I hope we see something equally surprising and exciting at this year’s event. I have no idea what it could be, but that’s the fun of it.
I’ll be honest. For where I’m concerned, 2018 hasn’t been all that great of a year for video games, especially compared to the killer year that was 2017. And a lot of the games on the horizon aren’t inspiring as much anticipation in me as I feel they should. In fact, over the course of the last month I’ve been having a difficult time focusing on gaming in general (other than Fortnite), which I’m not sure is an indication of how busy I’ve been with others things in my life or if I’m just becoming fatigued with gaming in general, which I sincerely hope is not the case. Even my hype for E3 isn’t strong as it usually is – that’s why I’m really banking on this last item on my wishlist to come through for me.