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Obligatory E3 Predictions – Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo

June 9, 2016 / 9:09 AM

By: Poorna Shankar

It’s that time of year again. I wrote last week exactly why Microsoft and Sony must announce the Neo and Scorpio at E3. This week, however, I’m here to make the obligatory predictions for the so-called “Big 3”. That is to say, I’ll be making predictions as to what I expect to see from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo at this year’s E3.

But before I begin, a few things to note.

I won’t be covering everything. I’ll only provide my predictions for these console manufacturers since the onus is on them to dig us out of this pit of stagnation. I won’t discuss every game they may showcase, rather, I’ll provide the bigger points of how I believe their press conferences will go.

If the following seems cynical, keep in mind, this is because the industry has failed to disprove my cynicism. Year after year, we get the same marketing lies. The business in this industry is nothing if not entirely predictable and in the worst possible anti-consumer way. So what other reason do I have to think this year won’t be the same?

SONY

Sony will open with CoD Infinite Warfare, because “PlayStation is the new home of Call of Duty.  We’ll see more Destiny content because Destiny is now a 30fps first-person-shooter-with-a-controller epidemic.

We’ll most likely see a CGI trailer for FFVII remake, and maybe gameplay for FFXV. Though to be perfectly honest, don’t hold your breath for that last one.

We’ll also be treated to an onslaught of more indie games, because people bought a PS4 for indie games and not for big AAA titles.

Shuhei will smile a lot because how can anyone not like Shuhei? Seriously. He’s easily one of the happiest people in the industry. Even I can’t help but smile when I see him. He’s one of — if not the only — industry executives I know who genuinely loves games and interacting with gamers. Here’s a picture of Shuhei smiling.

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Image via DualShockers

PSVR will take up the bulk of their presentation because VR is blowing up. I tried it recently and it was a completely transformative experience.

Sony will most likely attempt another mic-drop and close with  The Last Guardian, reminding people the game is still a thing and is releasing soon…ish.

We’ll see exorbitant set pieces at great expense…yet they’ll charge us for “preorder bonuses”, “optional microtransactions”, and “season passes” because “the stakes..are getting bigger”.

The PS4 Slim will be announced and will be priced at $350.

Oh and we see any Neo mentions.

MICROSOFT

Microsoft will most likely open with Gears of War 4, given it’s arguably their biggest title this fall. They’ll announce the game only coming to Xbox One. There will be no mention of a PC release.

We may see a lowered price of the Elite Controller, reducing the price from $150 to $100. Regardless, I have this controller and it’s excellent. Go buy one.

We’ll see more third party exclusivity bullshit like we saw with Rise of the Tomb Raider. This will only serve to further propagate this toxic environment of exclusivity and console loyalty while simultaneously showcasing Microsoft’s hypocrisy by decrying those who do exactly that. Here’s a quote from Phil Spencer himself: 

“There seems to be this natural faction that gets created around what console you own, and then this… I would call it “unhealthy dislike” for people who own the other console…I love the fans that we have , but being a fan of Xbox doesn’t mean you can’t be a fan of something else, or that you have to be an antifan of some other brand. I own a PlayStation 4. I play Games on my PlayStation 4. I own and I play games on my Wii U. I learn a ton from what happens on those other platforms”

We’ll see some sort of timed DLC exclusivity with Battlefield 1 because reasons.

We’ll hear about more games coming to PC…but not the big franchises we deserve. We’ll get indies, but not Halo 5 nor Gears 4.

Microsoft will probably close with some Halo related thing, maybe a Halo 6 teaser, which will have a release on Xbox but not on PC.

We won’t hear mention of UWP, even though Phil Spencer considers PC part of the “Xbox” brand and it would make perfect sense for him to talk about PC during this press conference, saying:

“Also, we want to make clear that when we talk about Xbox going forward, we’re talking about gaming on all Windows 10 devices – PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One and HoloLens.”

We’ll see exorbitant set pieces at great expense…yet they’ll charge us for “preorder bonuses”, “optional microtransactions”, and “season passes” because “the stakes..are getting bigger”.

The Xbox Slim will be announced and priced at $300.

Oh and we won’t see any Scorpio mentions.

GENERAL PREDICTIONS

The words “exclusive” and “world premiere” will used to describe nearly every single trailer and will be shoved down the throats of consumers, further perpetuating this current toxic environment.

All so-called “console exclusives” will be demoed on PCs and will sport graphics possible on PC today, but impossible on consoles.

The final games will release severely downgraded, even though their original showings are entirely possible on mid-range PCs today.

The consoles will be hyped beyond recognition by Microsoft, Sony, publishers, and the mainstream press alike.

All the while, console fanboys and mainstream press will blindly accept what their corporate overlords tell them, drooling over experiences they will never actually receive.

Is that it? Oh wait, hold on. Silly me! I forgot about Nintendo!

NINTENDO

They will Nintendo.

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A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it.

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