We’re only days away from E3, and if you’re like me, the anticipation of what is going to be shown off is nearing it’s peak. This year’s expo should pack a ton of surprises and exciting moments for gamers. Here are my Top 10 E3 Predictions for 2019.
Cyberpunk 2077 will get a release date and new gameplay trailer
Cyberpunk 2077 was easily one of the most talked about games at E3 last year. When it closed out Microsoft’s press conference in 2018, people went wild. I think the game is closer to being finished than people think, and we’ll learn that it’s coming out Early 2020 at Microsoft’s E3 conference again this year. The game will be shown off via an awesome gameplay video and it will look just as amazing as it did when the 40 minute gameplay video was released last year.
The new Fable game will be unveiled
In what might be the worst kept secret in gaming right now, Playground Games is working on a story driven RPG, aka Fable. With the rumors swirling about a Fable game in the works for quite some time now, and Phil Spencer saying we’d here more about Playground Games’ new game “soon” just about a year ago. We’re finally gonna see the new Fable Game this year and it’s going to launch in the 2021.
Shigeru Miyamoto will join Phil Spencer on stage at the Xbox conference
For some time now, the relationship between Xbox and Nintendo has been growing, courtesy of games like Minecraft and Cuphead coming to the Switch. This year we’ll see Nintendo and Microsoft take the next step with their relationship and announce Game Pass coming to the Nintendo Switch. I can think of no better way to reveal this bit of news, than to have Miyamoto join Phil Spencer and cement the relation these two companies have been fostering recently. Xbox even tweeted out that they’re “(i)nviting something new to E3 this year” and I think this is what they mean by that.
Xbox Live Gold will become free this year
When the Play Anywhere program was announced a few years ago, allowing players to purchase a game on Xbox and giving them a copy of it on PC or vice versa, it was clear that Microsoft is trying to bring gaming on consoles and PCs closer together. Today, any Xbox exclusive will also go to PC, and PC is even getting their own Game Pass. One of the biggest questions that’s confounded Xbox gamers though, is if PC games are free to play online, why do Xbox players have to pay a monthly subscription to play games online? I think Microsoft will finally let Xbox players play online with their friends for free as they now can make subscription revenue from Game Pass.
Ubisoft will still tease Splinter Cell
I refuse to give up hope on this one! After teases and crossovers over the last year, I think Ubisoft will finally let fans jump for joy when they close out their show with a Splinter Cell tease. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the game will come out this generation, but at least give us something to know that it’s being worked on!
Bethesda will reveal The Evil Within 3 this year
This one seems to be growing more and more likely by the day. Most recently, it was announced that Evil Within creator Shinji Mikami would be attending E3 this year. It also makes sense given that The Evil Within 2 was released two years ago, which is the amount of time between the first and second games. If the game does in fact get announced this year, it will likely come out in October just like the first two games did.
We will still see a Starfield tease at E3
I know Bethesda Game Studio head Todd Howard has explicitly said that neither Starfield nor The Elder Scrolls 6 will make an appearance at E3 this year and telling fans to “be very patient.” It wouldn’t be the first time Bethesda has lied about something regarding their E3 conference for the sake of surprise though, and I think that’s what will happen here. I don’t expect to see TES 6 at the show, but with Starfield coming out before it, it’s definitely possible we’ll see another teaser trailer for the game. Don’t expect to see a release date for it though, just something to keep the fans hyped about the future of Bethesda games, especially after the rough launch of Fallout 76.
Project xCloud will begin beta testing this fall
With Project xCloud recently achieving “takehome” status for Microsoft employees, Phil Spencer’s promise to have the service out for beta testing later this year seems to be on track. I think the first beta test will start this Fall, and will only be available in a limited scope, such as only in select cities, or with people that meet certain location and signal requirements. The future of cloud streaming is looking bright, and with Google recently detailing Stadia more, it looks like the game streaming wars are just beginning.
Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge will release early next year
For the sake of not spoiling it for anyone who was holding out on E3 to learn more about Ninja Theory’s new game, I won’t go into detail about their new game. If you haven’t heard, Ninja Theory’s new game, Bleeding Edge had a trailer leaked today, and while the trailer doesn’t give a release for the game, it does say the technical alpha will launch on June 27th. Given that this date is right around the corner, I’d anticipate a beta for the game launching this Fall with a release probably in the first quarter of next year. It isn’t surprising to think that the game isn’t far away from launch considering it was in development years before Microsoft even purchased Ninja Theory.
FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin’s game will be revealed
Coming off of the highly successful Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, developer FromSoftware has been rumored to be working with George R.R. Martin on a new game. My guess is that we will see this new game unveiled on Microsoft’s stage this year with it releasing Early 2020. Details have been slim on what the game could possibly be, but given FromSoftware’s reputation for making very difficult games and George R.R. Martin being known for creating Game of Thrones, it’s not unreasonable to assume that the game could be a Souls-like fantasy RPG. This prospect of a game like this is incredibly exciting and hopefully we’ll learn more about it soon.