E3 to some is like the Christmas equivalent for video gamers. It showcases projects that companies are currently working on, giving a sneak peek to eager fans looking to hear about future games. Its also something that often divides players depending on what console they own, equivalent to a group of children arguing who received the best presents over the holidays.
Speculation is rife with what Microsoft are set to offer when the time comes around, with many making the more than safe assumption that we will be hearing a lot more regarding the upcoming Scorpio console. Offering up a far more powerful Xbox experience, the Scorpio was revealed at last year’s E3, and is set to heavily feature as its release date edges closer.
There’s a few safe options in terms of games that could be shown off at Microsoft’s presentation this year. Forza Motorsport 7 is likely to make an appearance, given its annual rotation with the Forza Horizon series. Fans will also be expecting to hear more on the elusive Crackdown 3, a game which was originally announced back at E3 2014 simply as Crackdown, before being revealed as Crackdown 3 at Gamescom 2015. The game is set to finally release in 2017, potentially as a launch title to accompany the Scorpio.
Other previously announced exclusives are expected to get a big push, with possible release dates being revealed for the likes of the swashbuckling adventure game Sea of Thieves, upcoming survival sequel State of Decay 2, and many fans (particularly on NeoGAF) expecting an announcement on Halo 6.
There’s some wishful thinking on my part that is shared by fellow Xbox owners, such as a sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest being revealed, with heavy rumours previously circling regarding a title of Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Whether or not a new Battletoads that too has been hinted at from time to time comes to fruition will heavily impact on whether I come away from E3 2017 happy or not. But I digress.
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