It's been a long time since I've written anything worth calling a blog post. What cheaper way to ease back into it than to make some E3 2013 predictions? It's so easy even I could do it!
This is going to be one of the biggest E3's of all time. Two major consoles will launch this year and the stakes are higher than ever. Sony and Microsoft will be blowing out their budgets to squeeze in anything they can to declare as an exclusive.
Nintendo should not be dismissed. The Wii U will seem very competitively priced compared to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox One at launch. Developers have had the most time with the Wii U and by November the console will have many games available to regain sales strength.
While this will be one of the most important E3's ever, it will also be the last of its kind. While Denis Dyack's predicted "one console future" doesn't seem to be coming true, he's right in the fact that future consoles are more similar to each other than ever. How a console looks is not too important now, but it will be one of the only distinguishable differences in future platforms.
Speaking of the future, let's predict it.
Halo 5 will be given a 2014 game exclusively for the Xbox One. Purchasing Crackdown 3 will give players access to the multiplayer beta, which will run during April 2014.
More Halo! Microsoft will shuffle off a Halo 2 remake to another developer. It will be a launch title for the Xbox One.
A new Mass Effect trilogy will be announced for all new consoles and PC. EA will announce some sort of anime film or series as a prequel to the new trilogy because that's the trendy thing to do.
Nintendo will show Rayman as new character for Super Smash Bros. 4. The 3DS version of the game will support the Circle Pad Pro and have an exclusive story mode and character: Mega Man. Mega Man can be exported to the Wii U version.
Nintendo are recalling all Wii U basic consoles to preload the latest firmware and include an incentive to make purchases on the eShop. Pikmin 3 will be dated for September, Mario Kart for October and Super Mario in November. A few weeks before new consoles release, Nintendo will drop the price of all Wii U SKUs.
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Though the game will eventually come to everything, Nintendo will show a trailer for an upcoming 3DS version.
The Last Guardian
No, of course this won't be a launch title for the PS4! Even if Sony announced it I still wouldn't believe it would make that date. Instead, The Last Guardian is coming to the PS4 with the broad announced date of 2014.
Sony will announce the North American release date for the PS4. The PS4 will release on October 29 to coincide with the Battlefield 4 launch, giving them some timed exclusivity. Speaking of which, the first map pack for Battlefield 4 will release one week earlier on PS4 and PS3.
There we go. I think I've made much more sane predictions in the weeks leading up to now but these are all fresh ideas. Now to see how wrong I was.