For a gamer, E3 is one of the most exciting times of the year. It’s at E3 when the biggest announcements occur, and new footage of the hottest upcoming games is revealed. With the current-gen consoles hitting their stride, E3 2016 is even more exciting than usual, with a number of high profile games set to be in the spotlight next month.
Out of all the already announced games that are going to be showcased at this year’s E3 event, these 10 seem like the cream of the crop, and may have the best chance of stealing the show.
Battlefield 1 is already enjoying quite a bit of hype, with the game’s trailer amassing millions of likes on YouTube just days after it dropped. Fans seem to be responding well to Battlefield 1‘s World War I setting, and are probably excited to see what else the game has to offer. Luckily for fans, Battlefield 1 is sure to play a key role during EA’s press conference, so expect news on its campaign, multiplayer, and possibly even unannounced co-op modes come E3 next month.
With the first Dishonored a surprise hit, expectations are high for Dishonored 2. Arkane Studios looks to be going all out with the sequel, introducing a new female playable character, adding a number of new gameplay features, and giving players more special stealth abilities than ever before. Dishonored 2 is set to release on November 11th, so Bethesda will be sure to showcase it during its second annual E3 presentation on June 12th.
Following the initial problems with the Final Fantasy XIV launch and the lukewarm reception to Final Fantasy XIII, a lot is riding on the next game in the series. Square Enix needs Final Fantasy XV to be a success, both in terms of sales and reception, in order for it to restore fan confidence in the franchise. From what we’ve seen of Final Fantasy XV so far, the game is a visual knockout, and employs a unique battle system that fans seem to be responding well to. Anyone wanting to try out Final Fantasy XV ahead of its E3 showcase can do so by downloading the Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo, which gives gamers a taste of what to expect from the long in-development game.
Gears of War 4 stole the show at Microsoft’s E3 press conference last year. It was then that Gears of War 4‘s gorgeous trailer revealed to fans that the series is returning to its more intimate storytelling roots, and pushing the Xbox One hardware to its limits with stunning visual effects. E3 2016 should bring with it a lot more information on the game, including more campaign details, the announcement of new multiplayer modes, and possibly even the return of the fan favorite Horde Mode.
Ubisoft has a tradition of capping off its E3 press conferences with surprise game announcements, and last year was no different. To end its E3 2015 press conference on a high note, Ubisoft revealed an ambitious new entry in the Ghost Recon franchise entitled Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Wildlands has a new focus on online co-op and open world exploration, but its tactical shooting mechanics should help it still feel like a proper Ghost Recon game.
While Sony’s E3 2015 press conference will largely be remembered for the surprise reveals of Shenmue III and Final Fantasy VII Remake, it’s also notable for the unveiling of a promising new IP from the company’s Guerrilla Games studio. Horizon: Zero Dawn is quite the departure from Guerrilla’s norm, trading the gritty FPS world of Killzone for a third-person, colorful open world game where players battle huge robotic beasts. Rumors are that Horizon: Zero Dawn has been delayed to 2017, so perhaps a more concrete release date for the game will come at E3.
Square Enix isn’t having a traditional press conference this year, but that doesn’t mean fans can’t look forward to seeing heavy hitters like Kingdom Hearts III at the show. While Kingdom Hearts III is not confirmed to be appearing at the event, it would be odd for Square Enix to keep fans in the dark, as the game is rumored to be releasing as soon as this year, or in 2017. Enough time has passed since the last we saw Kingdom Hearts III for there to be new worthwhile information about the game to share, so perhaps we’ll see what other new worlds are joining the Tangled and Big Hero 6 levels come E3.
The past few E3s have given Mass Effect fans brief glimpses at the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda, but this year’s event should be a full-on blowout. Mass Effect: Andromeda is releasing in early 2017, yet we’ve seen very little of the game so far, making E3 the perfect opportunity for EA to reveal the game to the masses. Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s E3 presentation should include details on the game’s plot, its mysterious main character, and how the events of the original trilogy have shaped the Mass Effect universe.
As one of the “big three” console manufacturers, Nintendo usually has a much more prominent presence at E3. However, these past few years have seen Nintendo’s appearance at the show waning, with the company ditching the traditional press conference format in favor of digital events. This year’s E3 will see Nintendo’s role minimized even further, as the Big N has decided to dedicate its entire E3 presence to one game: The Legend of Zelda.
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and Nintendo NX was announced years ago, but yet Nintendo has been hesitant to share much about the game. With Zelda the only game Nintendo is bringing to E3, expect to learn a lot more about the game, including plot details, its name, and if we’re lucky, perhaps even a concrete release date that would in turn give fans a better idea of when to expect the Nintendo NX to hit store shelves.
The first Titanfall was one of the most impressive games at E3 2013, winning numerous “Best of Show” awards from various publications. The game released to strong reviews and sales, but was criticized for its lack of a single player campaign and general content deficiency. Titanfall 2 is looking to change all that. Titanfall 2 will have a single player campaign, and looks to be adding new types of Titans to the mix as well, which should keep fans engaged with it a lot longer than they were with the original game. It will be interesting to see if Respawn is able to “wow” fans with Titanfall 2 at E3 2016 just as they did with the reveal of the first Titanfall three years ago.
As is clear by the impressive list of games set to be at the show, E3 2016 is shaping up to be one for the ages, and this isn’t even taking into account all the games that will be revealed at E3 as a surprise. Expect most of the press conferences to include at least one surprise game reveal, as is typical of the event, so stay tuned for more details on all the games that will be showcased at E3 2016.
What game are you most excited to see at E3 2016? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.