It's been a year since Microsoft's E3 2013 press briefing and it was a memorable one. With some of the most game announcements we've ever seen, as well as some of the best demos, there was quite a bit to write home about. As we approach E3 2014, expectations are even higher, especially when you consider the major Xbox One news that came out last week.
We're not here to rehash last week's Xbox One news though, we're here to look forward at the epic press briefing we could have on our hands. If Microsoft decided to drop the news of an Xbox One without Kinect about a month prior to E3 2014, imagine what they could have in store for the event itself.
Yes, we know Halo will be a big part of the show. It played a very small role last year, but we fully expect to see new announcements and details regarding Halo 5: Guardians, what's in-store for Halo in 2014 and that whole Halo TV thing. Titanfall may get some light shown on its upcoming DLC, but expect the ending of the show to be dedicated to Halo.
Additional announcements for Xbox's Games With Gold program could be made for July, but given the fact that Microsoft got that out of the way for June last week, there might not be a mention of the program. The Xbox 360 could have a quick announcement regarding price, but don't expect much time to be spent on this system. It's going to be an Xbox One-centric show.
Quantum Break was shown off at E3 2013, and this year could have a more informative gameplay demo, plus a bit more light shed on how the TV show is going to impact the game and vice versa. From Quantum Break, to Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac will be rolling out more about this game, most expectedly the game's multiplayer and how Sunset Overdrive will utilize the Xbox One's cloud computing.
Finally, Fable Legends should be making an appearance this year, especially since it wasn't announced until after E3 in 2013. It needs some time in the E3 2014 spotlight. More information regarding gameplay, its use of the cloud and multiplayer should be revealed at the event. Do we hear a release date?
We expect a strong third party presence at Xbox's E3 2014 press briefing. Expect publishers like EA, Activision, Ubisoft and Konami to present at the show. Some whispers have suggested The Division will be appearing at this year's event, but that would actually be quite the surprise. There hasn't been much favoritism shown toward the Xbox One and Ubisoft may want to save The Division for their show. Additionally, Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed have historically been shown at Sony's presser, so why would The Division show up? Oh yeah, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will probably be there, it was last year.
E3 2014 is quickly approaching and we cannot wait to see what types of surprises are in-store, especially given the major news that broke last week. Check out the photo in the top left to see our full rundown of Xbox's E3 2014.
Well last week we finally were given a confirmation that Halo 5: Guardians is indeed coming to the Xbox One. All part of 343 Industries' mission to release a Halo game every three years, they are marking things up quite well for that happening in 2015. Microsoft also confirmed Halo TV and more details regarding how that will play into Xbox's overall experience in 2014 and beyond, should be revealed at E3 2014.
Microsoft has been adamant about Halo coming in 2014 and it looks very likely that at E3 2014 Microsoft will confirm and announced Halo 2: Anniversary, coming to Xbox One this year. That would certainly serve as a delightful appetizer of Halo before Guardians launches in 2015.
Expect any other general Xbox announcements to happen at E3 2014. Microsoft already cleared the Games With Gold for Xbox One announcements, as well as the reveal of Xbox One being sold without Kinect. There's not a whole lot else Microsoft could be revealing for the Xbox ecosystem, unless they announce a drop in price for the Xbox 360 or something involving SmartGlass.
E3 2014 should be very games and Xbox One-oriented, much like last year's show was.
Wild cards and unknowns
The unknowns, the what-ifs. They are the things that people love to hear about before and during E3. What surprises will we see from Microsoft? Rumor has it that Crytek will be announcing a sequel to Ryse: Son of Rome, and not only that, it is said to be a more open experience for players than the first game had. Can you say an open-world Rome game? Loved Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, but would love to see what Crytek does with a Roman open-world title.
It has also been said that we should see a new tech demo coming from Black Tusk Studios, the ones working on the next Gears of War. Since the studio confirmed that the game is still in the prototype phase and only showed off a blurred concept art shot recently, it's not likely we'll see any gameplay, but crazier things have happened.
Rare has also received its share of whispers. A new Perfect Dark reboot has been alleged, but given the fact that Phil Spencer just recently stated he and the studio are deciding on the direction they will go next, it's pretty unlikely Rare will announce anything. Do we hear a new Banjo and Kazooie? There are some pretty incredible things that could happen, but we'll have to wait and see what does happen at E3 2014.
Third party games
Third party publishers are always present at the Xbox briefing and we fully expect EA, Konami and Activision to be there, at the least. Last year, EA brought with them Battlefield 4, but since there is no iteration from that series this year, we could be getting a lengthy taste of Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Last year, Konami wowed everyone with their gameplay presentation for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. This year, we believe the game to make a return with a more formal gameplay demo as well as even a release date. Nothing has been announced from Konami yet, but they've got to have a time frame in mind. How about February 2015? Why not add it to Dying Light and The Witcher 3?
Lastly, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been touted as bringing the best experience to the Xbox One, so we fully expect to see the game shown off at the press conference. When you consider that Destiny will in all likelihood show up at Sony's presser, Activision has to share the wealth somehow.
Quantum Break was one of the first titles ever introduced for the Xbox One. It's promising a revolutionary mix of top-of-the-line gaming, blended together with an engaging TV show. This will be a first for the Xbox One and it'll be interesting to see how it all ultimately gels together, and how consumers react to this style of game. It hasn't been done before.
We haven't heard a great deal of information about how this game is shaping up over the past six months, however; we expect E3 2014 to be a great place for Quantum Break to have more information revealed. Remedy should be in attendance with more news and a brand-new game demo, provided all is going well on the development side of things.
If there was any upcoming Xbox One game, aside from Halo, that has major expectations, it's Fable Legends. Fable Legends is set in the world that is absolutely beloved by Xbox fans and it is a very important title, not only for the Xbox One, but also for Lionhead Studios.
First being revealed well after E3 2013 last year, Fable Legends is taking a different approach to things, more so than any other iteration in the series before. Up to four friends can play co-op together or one person can play the villain. All of these beings firsts for the series chalk this up to a major game for a major franchise.
Lionhead should be at E3 2014 to show off plenty of Fable Legends and perhaps even unveil a new IP as recent rumors have suggested.
This is the one we've been looking at with a keen eye since E3 2013, when it was first unveiled. Sunset Overdrive looks vast, hilarious, gorgeous and not afraid to make you laugh and have fun. Developed by Insomniac Games, Sunset Overdrive is a stylized third-person, open-world shooter where it's the end of the world, except it's awesome and the most fun you'll ever have.
Sunset Overdrive is a game that is driven by wanting to take all of the superficial, materialistic aspects of society and shoot a colorful bullet at it all. It's not your typical post-apocalyptic game, thank God. With a major selection in the weapons you can use to take down mutants across Sunset City, this isn't a game you'll be wanting to walk away from anytime soon after it launches.
Oh and for post-launch content, fans will be able to vote on the content they do and do not want for Sunset Overdrive.