You know that bubbling sensation you're feeling? It's E3 excitement about to unleash itself! With the expo kicking off in approximately two weeks, I thought I'd use my second post to discuss my predictions for this year's event. Since there's so much to talk about I think what I'll do is start off with my Microsoft predictions and I'll be back later in the week with my best guesses for Nintendo and Sony. Before I get into my predictions however, I thought I'd give a little preamble for those of you who might not be familiar with the event.
The E3 Expo is North America's premier annual trade show event for the video game and computer industries and is run by the Entertainment Software Association. It is primarily used by video game developers and publishers to show off their upcoming games, peripherals, and technologies. During the E3 Expo the big three console manufacturers (Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony), as well as large third-party publishers including Ubisoft, EA and Capcom, are all expected to play host to high-energy press conferences. This year's event will be taking place from June 2-4 in the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
With all the buzz that is sure to surround this year's E3, I thought I'd jump start the action by making my own guesses about what we'll be seeing from Microsoft at their media briefing. One point I should note before I move on to the predictions is that these are my best guesses given my insight into the gaming industry. While I'm not an industry insider, I am information obsessed and probably spend way too many hours each day reading gaming news on websites, blogs and forums. Hopefully some of my predictions are right - we'll see soon enough!
Microsoft Press Conference - June 1st, 10:30AM PST
First out of the gate this year will be Microsoft who will be taking the spotlight one day before the official E3 doors open on June 2nd. Microsoft has been unusually mum this year but I fully expect them to create huge waves right off the bat with the announcement of the much-rumoured Xbox 360 full body motion-sensing add-on, Microsoft Fluid. Speculations for this product add-on have been circulating for much of the last year and there has been talk that Microsoft has partnered with 3DV to bring their ZCam technology to the Xbox 360. Gametrailers has a nice video of 3DV gaming up right now if you want to see it in action.
With that announcement out of the way, Microsoft will remind Xbox 360 that there are plenty of exclusives in the pipeline for this fall. With the recent resurfacing of Alan Wake, I predict that Microsoft with show an extended trailer to whet our appetites. Rockstar announced on their Twitter account that more information on the second iteration of GTA IV DLC will be made public soon - expect this to be Xbox 360 exclusive just like the Lost & The Damned. Forza Motorsport has recently been teased by Microsoft at an event in Sao Paolo and will be officially announced with a fall 2009 release date.
I also expect an influx of new title announcements, likely to include a new Lionhead game (perhaps the rumoured Fable 3 or a new Fable 2 DLC pack), Rare will likely announce a new Banjo game or perhaps the speculation of a new Battletoads and Killer Instinct game will prove to be true. There will also be a third-party highlight reel that will feature BioWare's Mass Effect 2, Capcom's Lost Planet 2, Ubisoft's Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Square-Enix's Final Fantasy XIII.
Finally, and I'll probably get some flack for this prediction from Sony fans, I think Microsoft will end off their media brief by inviting Hideo Kojima to announce a Metal Gear game for Xbox 360. However, I don't think it will be Metal Gear Solid 4; as teased on the Kojima Productions website, I think it will be Metal Gear Solid 5 going multi-platform, possibly starring Raiden, the cyborg-ninja.
Well there you have it, I would love to hear what you all think about my predictions and add anything else I might have missed. Stay tuned shortly for my Nintendo and Sony predictions!
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