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.