With E3 only a matter of weeks away, you can’t blame video game media for the widespread speculation on the event. We might as well jump on the bandwagon and give our thoughts on which of the biggest games will be prominently featured in one of the world’s biggest and most exciting gaming expos. It’s hard to compile all the good ones in one list, but for this article’s sake, we’ll stick with five. You can also check out BXB Games’ roundup of E3 2017 for a look back on last year’s excitement.
1. Kingdom Hearts 3
Square Enix will finally be making an appearance at E3 after being absent for the last three years. However, its showcase won’t be a live presentation. Rather, it will be a livestream of a pre-produced video, a format which is similar to a Nintendo Direct presentation. With its return, the games publisher will no doubt unleash huge announcements, which will most probably include the much-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3 game. Recently, Square Enix dropped more gameplay videos, and judging from the footage, the game looks as polished as it can be. However, it remains to be seen whether Kingdom Hearts 3 will actually launch this year, considering the numerous times the release date has been pushed back.
2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The last entry in the Tomb Raider trilogy will most likely be a part of Square Enix’s presentation as well. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft will once again butt heads with the Trinity organisation, this time in South America. Apparently, she’ll be racing against time to save the world from a Mayan apocalypse. While this game would mark the end of Lara’s origin story, it doesn’t necessarily mean there will no longer be any Tomb Raider games in the future. Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s release date is set for September 14, which is only several months away from now.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
The Call of Duty franchise surprised fans when it announced that its newest iteration won’t feature a campaign mode. Instead, Black Ops 4 will attempt to compete with Fortnite and PUBG by introducing its own Battle Royale mode called Blackout. Of course, the game will also feature other multiplayer modes, including the fan favourite Zombie mode, but the buzz is currently centred on Blackout. Lottoland claims that Call of the Duty is one of the biggest and most expensive franchises out there, with Modern Warfare 2 taking the 3rd spot in the list of video games that had the biggest production budget. Being a prominent player in the industry, Call of Duty will undoubtedly do its best to knock down the markers Fortnite and PUBG are setting.
4. Metroid Prime 4
The latest entry in the long-dormant Metroid franchise was first revealed at least year’s E3. However, it was only through an announcement trailer, which showed the title and its Nintendo Switch port. Hopefully this year, Nintendo will discuss more details on the game, like its story and gameplay. Last February, Eurogamer confirmed that Bandai Namco is working on the game in place of Retro Studios, which handled the original Metroid trilogy.
5. Cyberpunk 2077
If the rumours are to believed, CD Projekt Red will debut a trailer for its next big game at this year’s E3, while the press will be treated to a playable demo. Even though it was first announced in 2012, nothing much has been revealed about Cyberpunk 2077 other than its teaser trailer and the fact that it is set in the same world as the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020. Considering how successful and properly fleshed out the Witcher franchise was, fans are eagerly waiting to play a massive cyberpunk world in that same degree.
Honourable Mentions: Red Dead Redemption 2, The Last of Us 2, and Super Smash Bros. Switch