After all the E3 leaks, what’s left?
The E3 leaks have been happening regularly over the past few weeks but will it ruin the show? Craig looks at whether there are any surprises left for us.
It’s been a long road to E3 2018 but we’re finally almost there. The giant banners are up outside the conference, reams of cable and equipment has been imported in and the finishing touches to Nintendo’s expansive set are being completed.
After last week’s comprehensive reveals, both of the officially sanctioned and leaked variety, you have to wonder what’s still left to be announced?
Pokémon’s Let’s Go kicked us off before Fallout 76 knocked us all sideways with official confirmations. Leaks of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Overcooked 2 and Fortnite on the Switch swiftly followed. This, mere days after Walmart Canada gave us Rage 2, LEGO DC Villains and late last week Team Sonic Racing.
Leaks and rumours are to be expected building up to an industry-wide event where so many people from all different walks of life are involved but this one feels a little unprecedented. Never before have we known so much of what both PlayStation and Nintendo have to offer. Sony has already earmarked four titles that they’re going to hang their hat on: Death Stranding, Spider-Man, Ghosts of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part II; while Nintendo will run with Super Smash Bros and the new Pokémon games primarily.
Microsoft and Xbox appear to be keeping their cards close to their chest so far, with only hints that a new Gears of War or Halo might be coming. Perhaps, like previous years, they just don’t have any big exclusive first-party IPs to show?
The increased thirst for leaks means that people will sniff, seek and uncover unannounced items harder than ever. The need for clicks is real when websites are run by ads. Is there much left to uncover? Is it worth watching E3?
In short, yes.
As gut-wrenching as it might be, we doubt there are too many blockbusters that will be revealed that we don’t already know something about. Getting gameplay of Death Stranding and Ghosts of Tsushima will be akin to seeing something completely new though – the same can be said for Smash from Nintendo.
A lack of anything from Microsoft’s first-party output can mean a lack of anything that’s ready, as we alluded to earlier, or a new slate of brand new titles. Either of which will be fascinating to dissect after their conference.
While EA might lack any firepower other than what they show in Battlefield V, Square Enix and Ubisoft are certain to throw a few curveballs our way. Square Enix’s Avengers Project has been largely under wraps, perhaps now is the time to start talking though? Ubisoft meanwhile have got everyone’s hopes of a new Splinter Cell up with the inclusion of Sam Fisher in Ghost Recon Wildlands recently. And what about Beyond Good & Evil 2 or the space game they teased in Watch Dogs 2?
E3 might not be the song and dance that it used to be. With Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all hosting their own events, attention throughout the year has been severely subverted throughout the year to the detriment of the Los Angeles show.
Despite that and the voracious leaks that have engulfed the news over the past few weeks, E3 still holds a large place in many of our hearts.
While I’ll miss the smile I would’ve had when an Overcooked 2 logo would’ve appeared during the Nintendo briefing next Tuesday, I can still look forward to pouring over more details of games that I already know will engulf me – whether I play them or not – over the next twelve months or so.
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