This is a follow up piece to this work.
So before E3 kicked off I wrote a little opinion piece about 4 announcements that I desperately wanted at E3 this year. Now that E3 is done and dusted I thought it would be nice to go back over my predictions to see what I got right and wrong.
Let’s see how I did.
Kevin Butler in All Stars
Prediction: Basically I wanted to see Kevin Butler in the ‘Playstation All Stars Battle Royal’, in some form. It could’ve been playable or just a cut scene or a trailer but he needed to be in it.
Reality: All Stars was shown but no Kevin Butler was present within its walls. What we got instead was a demo of a round being played on stage and the announcement that both Nathan Drake (Uncharted) and a Big Daddy (Bioshock) would be playable in the final game.
New Big Xbox Franchise
Prediction: I stated that Microsoft needed at least one new big exclusive to be shown off at E3 in order to show off what they had. Nothing hopefully featuring guns or space marines because they had that covered already.
Reality: Nothing. Yeah a few exclusive Arcade titles were shown off but they don’t count. I meant a big Triple A game. Did we get anything, even a teaser? Nope. We saw Microsoft’s big guns come out like Halo 4, Gears of War Judgment and Fable: The Journey and many games where the 360 would get exclusively timed DLC but no big new franchise.
Zelda Wii U
Prediction: Anything. One image, teaser, proper trailer, gameplay demo. Anything for the inevitable Wii U Zelda game being shown off would’ve been enough.
Reality: Absolutely nothing. Not even a mention of the franchise (except for NintendoLand). There was nothing on offer. Nothing to hope and dream for. It was especially annoying because last year the gaming world was buzzing because of the Zelda cutscene/demo that Nintendo showed off last year. Sadly it was not to be this year.
Proper Star Wars Sequel
Prediction: A sequel to Republic Commando, Battlefront 2 or Knight of the Old Republic 2. Any of those announced would be a welcome surprise and no doubt cause a few heart attacks from fans.
Reality: Probably the least depressing outcome of all of my predictions. On one hand we didn’t get any of the sequels that I (and many Star Wars fans) wished for but we did get the excellent looking Star Wars: 1313. Some (including myself) believe it to actually be a new generation game shrouded in secrecy but it doesn’t really matter because it look so, so good.
So there you have it. It looks like I was way too optimistic about E3 as a whole because none of my predictions came true. But nevermind, there is always next year.