Despite the rumors on the playground, E3 2012 covers far more than just the big three conferences. There will always be more games, more surprises, expensive hotdogs, and terrible phone reception to be found at the biggest gaming event of the year.
I turn to the great gaming minds of G4 to find out what we should look for or be weary of before we even step foot inside the LA Convention Center. This year, I’m just hoping for comfortable chairs and a decent cup of coffee.
E3 2012 is quickly approaching and I am not ready. There, I said it. Overall, I predict there will be too many games to see and not enough time to play them. I get the feeling this E3 will lack in genuine surprises, and not just because I work at G4, but because everything is either a sequel, or a remake, or has already been announced. Master Chief willing, I'll be wrong, and there will be a publisher that shocks us all.
I do, however, expect Feedback's live E3 special to go off without a hitch. Not a single hitch will be had! It's going to be two hours of live streaming madness from the G4 stage on June 7th. Coverage starts at 11am PT. Be there, or I'll find you and make you hurt.
BioShock Infinite’s absence means that it’s a free-for-all among the AAA titles. The mainstream media will call Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 the big games of the show, while enthusiast press outlets are more likely to pick Dishonored or particularly inventive/impressive Wii U titles. A concerted effort will be made to incorporate mobile games and iPhone/Android into E3 this year, possibly leading to awkward growing pains or a bit of split personality in terms of gamer reaction.
- Video Preview: Dishonored First Look Video Preview -- Steampunk Rats
Sequels. That's what we're getting this year. We can hope to see some new IPs, but the economy has not been conducive to the studios taking big risks. Indie games will take center stage because we're just waiting to consume new stories. This could be a very special E3 for Independent Game Developers and I really hope so.
This year I think E3 is the calm before the storm. Next year we may start seeing console announcements, new IPs, and bigger games than ever before. This year it seems as though a lot of the bigger titles that companies are showing off, like Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed 3, God of War: Ascension, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, have already been announced so there isn’t too much left to surprise us with. I’m excited for this year’s E3, but I think this year will pale in comparison to what’s coming next.
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale will hit Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 6 at 1:36 PST. Power will temporarily go out, plunging E3 into chaos. There will be injuries at the convention center, but no fatalities. Two male E3 attendees will be trapped in an elevator for several hours, and will explore their forbidden desires.
Barring some monumentally surprising announcements (Beyond Good and Evil 2 will be a Wii U launch title, Mirror’s Edge 2 releasing this holiday, etc.), I expect this E3 to be a relatively uneventful one. Obviously, there will be a plethora of amazing games on display, but in terms of mind blowing reveals, those will most likely have to wait until next year when Microsoft and Sony unveil their next-gen consoles and their slate of launch titles. This year will be all about highlighting what’s shaping up to be an incredible home stretch for this generation, and I’m sort of okay with that.
The presence of mobile and social gaming will be heavily felt this year as other companies pull back their titles for anticipation for the new console cycle. Much to the chagrin of most gamers, those little games you play during your coffee break or waiting for the bus means big money. Look for more companies like EA and Ubisoft to get into the business of these tiny titles.