With the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, just around the corner, countless rumors have been buzzing around about the upcoming releases. Major companies such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have been laying hints and talking about what they plan on discussing at the expo. Now that E3 is just around the corner, it’s expected that a bevy of announcements from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, as well as third-party publishers like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts, plan to make announcements at the show.
- The Nintendo franchise in France has said that the upcoming Super Smash Bros. is going to take advantage of the Wii U’s NFC capabilities. There has also been a confirmation by Nintendo that there will be more figurines released. Nintendo will be integrating Skylanders-like figurine business named NFP-nfc, the company announced at the fiscal meeting May 7. Analyst Dave Gibson was present and live-tweeted the event that Nintendo would be showcasing the Nintendo Figurine Platform (NFP) game and figures at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The 3DS will also reportedly be getting an infrared reader so that the figures will be able to be used across the Wii U and 3DS. Zelda Williams, who has been used as a marketing tool alongside her father Robin Williams, has also tweeted that she will “be something special there (E3). More details soon!
- GTA fans have been waiting a long time for GTA 5 to come to PC, however it’s being speculated that maybe the part of the reason for the delay is because the game is being optimized for the current-gen consoles. Rockstar has also stated that they plan on releasing an Xbox One/PS4 game later this fiscal year. Could this be the recently renewed Agent, an update of one of the best-selling games of all time seems a little more likely at this point, which Take-Two renewed last summer? We’ll see soon enough.
- Ed Boon, Mortal Kombat creator, has also been teasing an announcement for the past few weeks that is set for Monday during E3. A leaked image of a Mortal Kombat poster seems to confirm that a new Mortal Kombat will be making a big splash at E3.
- A lot of hype has surrounded the Halo community since Microsoft’s announcement of their journey to Halo 5: Guardians starting this year. According to Engadget's sources, Microsoft is bundling Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 in a special package deal for the XBox One dubbed the 'Master Chief Collection.' However, there has not been any word as to whether or not Halo 3: ODST or Halo: Reach will also be included in the bundle. Rumors spreading around about an “Anniversary Edition” of FPS Halo 2 date back to January 2014 and refuse to die down.
- There was a previous rumor that was confirmed by the Electronic Arts Battlefield: Hardline is indeed real and developed by Dead Space creator Visceral Games in conjunction with DICE. The developer's VP took to Twitter to say that a leaked trailer for the game is six months out of date, they'll be showing the "real deal" at E3 most likely during its E3 press conference on Monday, June 9.
- Details for Far Cry 4 have emerged following the unexpected reveal during an investors briefing recently. The name, motivation, and story of the main character in Kyrat of Far Cry 4 has been revealed. Ubisoft apparently didn't intend for information to go public yet, as the page has been removed. Luckily, a Reddit user noticed before this could happen, and a cached version of the page preserves the original text, which is as follows:
"Hidden in the majestic Himalayas lies Kyrat, a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale. Traveling to Kyrat to fulfill your mother’s dying wish, you find yourself caught up in a civil war to overthrow the oppressive regime of dictator Pagan Min.
"Explore and navigate this vast open world, where danger and unpredictability lurk around every corner. Here, every decision counts, and every second is a story. Welcome to Kyrat."
With all of the hype surrounding the expo, it promises to be a busy and exciting weekend in Los Angeles and to keep up with the announcements for E3, check out GameSpot's roundup of everything you need to know about this year’s show.