Viewport E3 2018 Predictions
The Probable, the Plausible, and the Preposterous
Published on June 5, 2018
It’s the start of summer and gamers around the world can already smell the excitement brewing at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Every year, we await what developers and publishers have been cooking behind the scenes for what we will hopefully be playing soon. It’s a time of wonder as highly anticipated games and crazy new revelations fill the show floor. Before the big reveals, the Viewport team wants to try our hand at predicting what we might be in store for along with some of our wilder guesses.
Total War: Three Kingdoms Gameplay and Release Date
If there is one thing that the good ol’ mouse and keyboard can do better than controllers, most people point to strategy games. After their foray into the fantasy realm of Warhammer and the recent release of the scaled down Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, Creative Assembly have been hard at work on their next full-scale historical total war game. After a beautifully rendered cinematic that released in early January, fans of the series are hungry to jump into the Three Kingdoms era of China and command famous legendary generals. Seeing as the game is set to release in the fall of this year, it is highly likely that the game will make its appearance at the PC Gaming Show with gameplay along with a final release date.
Battle Royale Galore
It happened with zombies in the late 2000’s. It happened with class-based shooters. It happened with card games. Now the gaming industry seems to be infatuated with battle royale (BR) games after PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royalehave been setting records with extremely high player counts. Now with Call of Duty Black Ops 4 confirmed having a BR mode, I’m confident we will see a few other large franchises follow suit. Rumors have also been floating around the newly teased Fallout 76 is a multiplayer-focused game. Could one of the game modes be BR? Will they be able to add exciting twists on the over-saturated market? We will have to see.
Shenmue 3 Trailer With Minor Gameplay
Following its reveal at E3 2015, which was memorably met with great fanfare by some, Shenmue 3 has shown little more than a couple trailers that have received lukewarm responses due to their bizarre animations and character modeling. However, during THQ Nordic’s recent financial report presentation that took place in May, they presented a very brief trailer showing off familiar scenes with updated character models and other environmental improvements. Deep Silver (a publisher under Koch Media which was acquired by THQ Nordic in February) has since announced that Shenmue 3will be delayed until 2019 to “polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves.” Three years after its reveal and with the recent announcements, it would be reassuring to see a trailer and gameplay sequence to showing off the “polish” they are going to be applying throughout the next year to the rest of the game.
Hokuto ga Gotoku/Yakuza: Fist of the North Star Worldwide Release Announcement
Released in Japan back in March, Hokuto ga Gotoku is a game based on the Fist of the North Star (Known as Hokuto no Ken in Japan) universe developed as a Yakuza spin-off title. Fist of the North Star has long enjoyed a following in the West partly due to the over-the-top feats the main character Kenshiro pulls off. The Yakuza series has seen a much higher degree of visibility in the West since the successful localization of Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and 6, along with the upcoming Kiwami 2 (set to release worldwide August 28, 2018). There’s not been much said yet, but Sega has shown some signs that they are paying attention. They released a survey intended for fans of the franchise asking reasonably general questions, but they did put one in gauging the interest of a “Fist of the North Star title developed by the Yakuza team.” With the traction Yakuza has gained very recently in the west, a localized trailer at E3 seems like the perfect opportunity to introduce Hokuto ga Gotoku.
Super Smash Bros. for Switch Releases in October 2018
Many were speculating when Nintendo would actually release the newest entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise ever since its reveal back in March. With the announcement that Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! are releasing in November, the release window seems to be closing in on early to mid-Autumn. With this release window, Nintendo will be able to meet their 2018 deadline and leaves ample time before the holiday rush. Now the real question is, will it be able to meet everyone’s expectations?
Rainbow Six: Siege Year 4+ support
Siege may have started off weak at launch, but it has been steadily growing its player base. Ubisoft was able to gain the trust of players by continuously adding new operators and maps, addressing player concerns, and supporting a booming eSports community. Add the fact that the microtransaction system is reasonable and fair compared to most other AAA games, the players are here to stay. We don’t see Ubisoft pulling the plug after Year 3 ends, and would gladly accept more content with open arms.
Brand New Bethesda IP Teased
With the rumors that the new Fallout 76 is a multiplayer-focused game, one must think that Bethesda is still deep at work on a new single-player RPG, a genre in which they are primarily known for. We’ve also heard rumblings that Bethesda has been working on a new space game called Starfield based on some trademarks that were filed a few years ago. Currently, we only know that Bethesda is planning to show Rage 2 along with Fallout 76. This leaves a lot of space for some new announcements that hopefully isn’t Skyrim being brought to the NGage. Either way, we have a sense that Bethesda is hiding something big behind the curtain and are merely waiting to unleash it live this year at E3.
Bloodborne 2 Reveal
Souls series fans are wondering when FromSoftware’s next release will come and with over 2 years since the release of Dark Souls 3, it’s indeed a good question. Although we can’t be sure on what exactly we saw during FromSoftware’s teaser video from last year’s Game Awards, it certainly has many Bloodborne vibes to it. Either way, we here at Viewport won’t be disappointed whatever it may be, and we are sure it will cause us to throw our controllers in rage at least a few times.
Fire Emblem for Switch Trailer
Fire Emblem, much like Yakuza, has enjoyed a much greater Western presence ever since the release of Awakening in 2013. Since then, there’s been a new entry, remake, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (A name that still baffles us to this day), mobile gacha game, and even a musou/dynasty warriors style title. Beyond knowing that a title for the Switch is planned, nothing more has yet been shared. Getting any information for this title will be heavily dependent on what else Nintendo has up their sleeves. Fire Emblem is still likely a title they would hold off until Tokyo Game Show to show anything major.
Bayonetta 3 Gameplay Trailer
The teaser shown at the 2017 Game Awards left us pretty excited that we’re getting a second sequel to PlatinumGames’ femme-fatale hack and slash series. There wasn’t any further information shared or anything to dissect from what was shown, but it was enough to get it out there. It’d be great to see a trailer showing off the typical Bayonetta charm and some minor snippets of the in-game combat. However, it has only been about six months since the title reveal, so it may still be a bit too early to see more for Bayonetta 3 just yet.
Kingdom Hearts III pushed to 2019
Did you know that Kingdom Hearts III has never gotten delayed? Well, that’s mostly because we never got a release date for the game. It’s been reassured that the game will be released this year, and even with the transfer of Nomura off of Final Fantasy XV to help expedite the development of the game, we think the release date will get pushed out. Hey, at least we got some gameplay trailers and reassurance that the game actually exists! Another Nomura project going by the name of Final Fantasy VII Remake may suffer a different fate…
Battlefield V: Battle Royale
As mentioned earlier, it’s no doubt that Battle Royale is the new gaming industry fad and everyone wants part of the pie. Call of Duty recently announced their version called “Blackout” and all eyes were on DICE to see if Battlefield V would follow suit. As of now, there has been no confirmation that there will be a Battle Royale mode in the game, but it’s well suited to the task. Huge maps, vehicles, server infrastructure, and squads; all the pieces are set if they ever want to enable the mode.
- Intelligent System teases a new Advance Wars game coming in 2019 with new RPG mechanics like the Fire Emblem series
- EA announces a new studio that has secretly been at work on a rebooted Command & Conquer game after all these long years (no release window)
- Despite Randy Pitchford saying otherwise, Borderlands 3 will be teased at the Xbox conference
- After Nintendo and Square Enix’s successful Smash 4 partnership with Cloud, to promote Kingdom Hearts 3, Sora will be introduced as a new fighter in Super Smash Bros.
- Valve announces anything. Literally anything.
- One Piece: World Seeker worldwide release announcement trailer
- Second guest character for Soul Calibur 6 (bonus if it’s Tekken’s Kuma)
- Ubisoft and Nintendo simultaneously join the battle royale craze by announcing Rabbids Battle Royale: Featuring the Super Mario Brothers From the “Super Mario Brothers” Series
- Drakengard 4
- Ninja Theory announces they are developing DmC: Devil May Cry 2
- Final Fantasy VII Remake gameplay trailer
- Snake back in Super Smash Bros. Switch. Kept ya waiting, huh?
- No Final Fantasy 7 Remake release date; maybe just play the same trailer as last year
- Even more Final Fantasy XV DLC episodes going into 2020, featuring Episode Noctis.
- Pokemon Generation 8 trailer, revealed to be a remake of Gen 2.
- Elder Scrolls VI: Skyrim II, taking up the whole 1-hour slot since no additional info about Rage 2 and Fallout 76 needs to be revealed.
- Destiny 3, aptly branded as Destiny 2 as Bungie tries to forget the disaster of a game they released.
- Kirby Air Ride 2. I need this Nintendo.
Regardless of if our predictions are correct or not, E3 is always an exciting time to be a gamer! What did you think of our predictions? Outrageous? Spot-on? Let us know in the replies or our social media about what you think is going to be at E3 this year!