So, we’re at that time of the year already. E3 is just around the corner, and the excitement is building as we wait to find out which titles we’ll be saving up for in the coming months. But this year the usual rumour mill of what we can expect to see showcased on the biggest stage of them all has been heavily overshadowed by the excitement of the upcoming Xbox Scorpio, with the most talked about thing in recent weeks coming down to what price tag we can expect to see attached to Microsoft’s upcoming premium console.
So, we thought we’d rekindle the magic of what E3 is all about by bringing you our top 6 games we hope to see announced at E3 2017.
Honourable Mention – Forza Motorsport 7
So, before we get started we’re going to run with an honourable mention. The reason being is that it’s not exactly a hope to see another title in the Forza series but rather something we’ve come to expect.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are plenty of folks out there hoping to see the next entry in the king of racing when Phil Spencer hops up on stage on June 12th, but with a new Forza title seemingly announced every year, and Forza Horizon 3 content now starting to dry up, it makes perfect sense to see the next entry to the fantastic Forza Motorsport series make an appearance at E3 2017.
After having a play around on the Australian outback, I for one am certainly ready to put pedal to the mettle on the world’s most notorious race tracks with some fast paced circuit racing once more.
6) A realistic downhill mountain bike game
Okay so this one is probably in with a 0% chance of happening for any good amount of time yet, but with recent years giving us some greatly realistic sports titles such as Steep and the Skate series, isn’t it about time we had something similar for downhill mountain biking?
With EA currently working on Star Wars, Need for Speed and the many yearly sports releases, chances are they’ll be too busy to think of including the fast-paced adrenaline fuelled sport as a new title, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hope.
We’re not asking for much here, all we want is a game that gives plenty of variety and some truly realistic mountain bike racing that we can all get stuck into. Maybe snoop in on the idea of the “your stage” feature from DiRT 4 and you’ll already have half of it sorted.
5) Wolfenstein: The New Colossus
Is this cheating? I don’t think so, but for those of you paying close attention to the brief tease during the Bethesda briefing at last year’s E3 press conference, I’ll leave the decision up to you.
Whilst Wolfenstein is certainly the longest running franchise you’ll see on this list, I for one haven’t found myself as excited for a sequel as I am now Bethesda have control. The last two outings, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and standalone package Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, have certainly provided the excitement this great series deserved. But with nothing from the series since 2015, and our hunger for the continuation of the alternative World War story only growing stronger, now would be the perfect time to bring back B.J. Blazkowicz for a fresh outing.
Of course, last year’s E3 briefing gave extra hope to those wishes, with a brief screen showing the title Wolfenstein: The New Colossus amongst a list of hit titles that have been released by Bethesda with a date marked as xx-xx-xx, so whilst this one is quite possibly going to happen, it’s certainly something we’d like to have confirmed at E3 2017.
4) Ryse 2
So, who’s going to be the first one to agree with me that Ryse 2 would be great wouldn’t it?
The original outing arrived to mixed reception from many gamers and critics, but there was still a fair share of gamers who enjoyed Marius’s adventures through Rome and the story of vengeance and retribution that Ryse: Son of Rome brought us.
Ryse had it all – the enjoyable and believable story, the protagonist you felt sorry for, and some of the best visuals of this generation. Sure, the combat was slightly repetitive, but with the feedback Ryse received, there’s no doubt a second entry to the Xbox exclusive franchise would be something to get excited for. Time to cross our fingers and wait on E3.
3) Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 3
It’s not Battlefield, it’s not Call of Duty, and it’s not Gears of War, but it’s still one of the best shooters you’ll find on console… Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 that is.
But that was last year, and whilst content has certainly come thick and fast since its release, there’s no denying how great it would be to see another sequel for the highly underrated series.
Although many anticipated Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare to be the shooter for younger audiences when it initially arrived, there was certainly something there to bring players back for more, and with GW2 only improving on an already impressive start to the series, it’s fair to assume Popcap would have something planned for an even bigger sequel next time round. Anyone who has paid attention to the previous release window will be quick to notice that it only took two years to see the second entry after the huge success of the original, so it would make perfect sense to hope to see the next announced at E3 2017 ready for an early 2018 release.
Is that something we’re likely to see happen? Who knows. Either way there is still a ton of fun to be had with GW2 whilst we wait in hope for a sequel . It would certainly add to an impressive line-up if EA were to bring out Popcap during the EA Play in Los Angeles.
2) Left 4 Dead 3
It’s been rumoured for years, it’s become a conspiracy amongst Valve employees, and it’s been at the top of many gamers wish lists since the arrival of Left 4 Dead 2. But even now, several years on, we seem to be no closer to that highly requested sequel than we ever have been.
Of course, those of you aware of Valve’s track record of releasing a third title in a series will be well aware of just how unlikely it would be to see this announced at E3, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t love to see it light up the stage in all its zombified glory. With Project Scorpio finally being unveiled to the world in just a few days, it would certainly be a great time to announce a flagship title to join the launch of the new console… and Left 4 Dead 3 would be one that would definitely bring out the excitement of many gamers.
1) Alan Wake
So, here we are, the coveted number one spot, and to be quite honest there are a number of games we could have stuck here, with another title from either the Dying Light or Alien Isolation universes just as deserving and equally as exciting. But we’ve called it, and we’re going with a fresh outing for Alan Wake.
Anyone who’s played through the unnerving and chilling thriller will agree that another full title from the world of Alan Wake would be a showstopper if it was to be announced at E3 2017. Of course, the likelihood is probably quite slim at the moment, especially with Remedy Entertainment already stating they aren’t working on it right now, but we can always hope, right?
After all, Alan Wake had it all didn’t it? It had the unsuspecting plot twist, the eerie enemies, the perfect atmosphere and possibly the most well paced and most engaging story we’ve seen for some time. Is that too much for Remedy to repeat though? Well Quantum Break certainly showed us they’ve still got what it takes to make a masterpiece, so If Alan Wake was to return, then I know I for one would certainly be joining the hype train. I’m sure most of you would too.
So, there we have it, our hopes and dreams all compiled into a top 6 of things we’d love to see announced at E3 2017. Do you agree with our choices? Have you got something else you’d like to see announced? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.