Over the last couple of years it’s been the third party publishers that have made the biggest splash at E3. Be it Ubisoft’s reveals of Watch Dogs and the Division or EA’s demonstration of ‘levolution’, there’s always something that gets gamers talking.
So after we laid down our predictions for Microsoft and Sony, it’s only fair we have a go at predicting what the third parties will be announcing come E3:
Ubisoft usually have a pretty impressive E3 conference, and this year should be no different. Once again, US actress Aisha Taylor will be handling the presenting as Ubisoft show off their offerings for the coming year and beyond.
While Far Cry 4 has already been announced pre-E3, we expect they’ll be a extended gameplay demo of the upcoming shooter alongside an extended appearance of open world racer The Crew – both of which are scheduled to release later this year.
It wouldn’t be an Ubisoft E3 without Assassin’s Creed making an appearance, and this year there’s two. Assassin’s Creed: Unity has already been confirmed for next gen and PC, so we expect to see quite a bit of that. Including, hopefully, confirmation that it will feature some form of four player co-op. Ubisoft are also expected to finally confirm the existence of a second AC title for Xbox 360 and PS3 coming alongside Unity.
Despite it’s delay, last year’s showstopper The Division is expected to feature heavily again this year and Just Dance 2015 is likely revealed by some chart superstar as always. Although it’s Ubisoft’s new announcements that will probably make the headlines once again.
We’re hoping that the French publisher will continue its tradition of announcing at least one new IP every E3, but it’s likely we’ll see a few familiar faces make a reappearance. While Rayman could make an appearance, we at GPN are expecting to see the return of Prince of Persia sometime soon. And while the rumours of Beyond Good & Evil 2 are all well and good, it’s the return of Rainbow Six: Patriots that has us all excited.
Electronic Arts (EA)
It’s highly likely that EA will reveal most of their wares at Microsoft’s event earlier in the day as they’ve done in the past. Expect the usual Madden, NBA, NHL and Fifa titles to look shiner than they did before and probably add a new control system,. EA’s golf series should also return under the old PGA Tour label now that Tiger Woods has been dropped, but the big sports push is likely to be behind the upcoming EA UFC.
Last year’s teases are likely to become this year’s extended gameplay demos. While we expect Star Wars: Battlefront III and Mirrors Edge to be shown at MS’s conference, it’s likely EA will show more on their own stage. The as yet unannounced Star Wars title helmed by former Uncharted creator Amy Hennig is also likely to appear at at least one of the E3 pressers.
One sure thing is that EA will not allow Call of Duty to have the shooty shooty bang bang arena to itself this year. While announcing Battlefield 5 would probably cause the internet to riot in streets after the problems 4 has had, we do expect to see some form of spin off appear this year, most likely in the form of the SWAT based FPS that the former Dead Space team are said to be working on (edit:now confirmed as Battlefield:Hardline)
Dragon Age: Inquisition is likely to get a big showing too. The action RPG is set to release this year, so expect much more info at E3. We’ll probably get a firm release date for The Sims 4 along with a long video showing hairstyles and Simlish.
Our final predictions for EA are all in hope above all else. While the likes of new Dead Space and Need For Speed titles may not be shown just yet, we can only pray that Mass Effect (4?) gets at least a teaser to go alongside the likely reveal of a next gen trilogy re-release.
Traditionally, Konami release their very own pre-recorded pre E3 conference laying out their plans for the next year and we expect to see that again this year. We’re anticipating more footage of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at one of the big E3 conferences. It’d also be nice to see something on the next Silent Hill title (which is expected to be a reboot), while a look at the first next-gen Pro Evolution Soccer is almost guaranteed.
Capcom are also expected to roll out the usual franchises this year too. A new Resident Evil could make a long awaited appearance, with many hoping for a reboot or at least a return to the series horror roots. We might get the PS4 exclusive free to play dungeon crawler Deep Down confirmed for a Western release and maybe even a sequel to Dragons Dogma.
Finally, we expect to hear big things from Deep Silver this year with rumours around them announcing two AAA titles this year. While Dying Light has been delayed until 2015, we’re expecting to see the return of Metro or Saints Row in 2015 and hopefully not another Dead Island title.(edit Deep Silver are publishing Homefront: The Revolution)
So what would you like to see? As ever let us know in the comments below