It's that time of the year again when gamers worldwide eagerly wait to be mesmerized by a tonne of new games at the gaming industry's biggest annual showcase - the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
E3 is the Super Bowl of the gaming world. Rightly so, too; it alone can amass so many passionate gaming fans from around the world with only one absolute goal - entertaining us gamers, giving us a bus-load of memorable moments, and filling us with anticipation for upcoming gaming goodies...
E3 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is readying itself to accommodate more game-fanatics than ever before. As always, get ready for the thrills and spills, as E3 takes over LA in the second week of June.
This year's gaming extravaganza is going to be extra special, since it's the first E3 after the launch of Sony and Microsoft's next-generation consoles. Get ready to see the birth of new franchises that will power this generation for many years to come. Make no mistake, it's going to be a very game-centric show compared to last year, which had all the major companies showcasing their hardware in the run up to the next-gen launches that took place in November last year.
Game Debate wants to bring you all the news and rumors leading up to the grand spectacle so you can be updated on all things E3. We're also here to let you voice your opinions, share your E3 experiences, debate the merits of some of E3's biggest reveals or give us a peek into your own list of most-wanted E3 titles.
Our writers are already covering most of the E3 2014 rumors and will continue to do so. This space, however, will update you the highlights of the show and things to watch out for.
Let's get going going, shall we, and first take a look at what will be upcoming on June 9th.
June 9 - Press conferences
The schedule hasn't changed from last year, with Microsoft taking the stage first followed by EA and then Ubisoft, before finally Sony ends the day with its own conference. If last year was any indication, expect a very vocal crowd!
Microsoft started off last year's E3 in the most horrendous way possible. It was most likely what they did on this day last year that has cost them the early advantage in next-gen console domination as they continue to play second fiddle to Sony in the numbers game. Hopefully they learned their lesson and will give gamers what they truly want this time around.
With all the excitement that's building in their camp, Microsoft could well steal the show. They are readying to show off Halo 5, Gears of War 4, Sunset Overdrive, Fable Legends, Quantum Break, Killer Instinct, Forza Horizon 2 and, after all that, will top it with the Halo 2 HD Anniversary Edition. Most, if not all of those games will likely send the fans crazy and get the hype train well and truly rolling.
Apart from that, we also hear that they might repackage the Xbox One without the disk-drive and in a new colour - probably white - along with a 1TB HDD. All of this is again rumored, so stay tuned to find out more.
Next up is in the media briefing is EA. It tends to make lively sets aimed at awing the media and gamers alike. Last year, EA showed off BF4's 64 players raging war on their PCs - all on the stage floor. And god was that a pretty sight. We expect the same kind of spectacle this year.
EA has had a bit of a dull presence in the last few months, with only its sports titles doing it good. Battlefield 4 was a debacle of a launch and reportedly has problems to this day. EA will be under pressure this time and will be looking to fight back in the most emphatic manner. They are reportedly going to show off 6 new titles this time around. Those may be new IPs or existing games, we don't know for sure. Anyway, The Sims 4, DICE's Stars Wars: Battlefront, Visceral's Battlefield: Hardline, and Bioware's Dragon Age Inquisition are sure bets, along with many sports titles. But we're betting Mirror's Edge 2 and Mass Effect 4 are also going to be make a splash. To know for sure, we'll just have to wait.
Next up is Ubisoft. They've had a pretty solid year, with numerous hits accumulated over the last few months. With Watch Dogs just releasing and making new records, Ubisoft would undoubtedly like to keep the ball rolling.
Ubisoft may not have as many titles as EA, but the ones they do are highly anticipated. Games like Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed: Unity, The Division and The Crew have fans clamoring. Add to it an update for Furious 4, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and a new Just Dance title makes for a very enticing Ubisoft show. And we can expect long gameplay demos as opposed to just cinematics, which for us gamers, is the real deal.
Finally, the last up on June 9th is Sony's conference. Arguably with the strongest showing last time, they will have back it up considerably this year so as to not let the gamers' attention wane. But with everything they've been doing lately, you can rest assured that an exciting show is up ahead.
When it comes to the stage setup, Sony trumps them all. Their E3 stage setups are never alike and you will likely not a see a curved LED screen from eye-to-eye like it was last year. If the rumors are true, Sony is going to send a lot of fans rushing to get a PS4 in the near future. Games like Uncharted 4, The Order 1886, Project Beast, The Last Guardian, God of War 4, Gran Turismo 6: Prologue, Rime, along with new IPs from Quantic Dream and Media Molecule... just keep yourself ready for some eye-popping visuals. In all likeliness, not all of these games will make it to the show but even if half of those titles do, it'll be memorable enough (but is "enough" what they're looking for?)
Sony is also rumored to be introducing price cuts for the PS3 and PS Vita, as well as another demo for its Project Morpheus hardware. More insight on PlayStation Now is also on the cards. Oh, and expect a lot of numbers, as the Japanese gaming giant dishes the dirt on PS4 sales and more.
With that, all the media briefings come to end. Nintendo is the exception here; like last year, it has forgone a media briefing for an all-digital event which will be streamed live for gamers around the world. Expect to see titles from Nintendo's biggest franchises, including Super Smash Bros. Wii U, The Legend of Zelda Wii U and the new Hyrule Warriors. Old, tried and tested, but make no mistake, these "old" game franchises could well sweep the floor below your feet. Keep an eye out for Nintendo.
NOTE: Not all of these games are confirmed, just heavily rumored.
And now, time for everyone to know your most anticipated games for E3 2014. Come on, GD'ers. Vote! You've got three votes each to let us know which are your most hyped games of this year's E3 conference. We have compiled the list both with confirmed titles and with games that we think will make an appearance this year.