What We Want To See At E3 2016

A new Nintendo console, a slimmer Xbox One, VR that's ready to buy, and more from the big games only teased this year - here's what we want from E3 2016.

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With E3 2015 done and dusted, we're all looking at what the future holds for games. But this year's expo focused on the immediate future--the games releasing this holiday season, and early next year. So what's in store for us beyond that? What could we be seeing at E3 2016? Here is everything that will likely take center stage, as well as a few blue-sky predictions of our own.

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Nintendo - A new console, mobile games, and Zelda

The Nintendo Direct presentation during E3 2015 focused very specifically on its more immediate upcoming slate of games. With all of those to be released by the time E3 2016 rolls around, it holds that Nintendo is going to focus on what we've all been waiting to hear about: the new Nintendo NX console. If the rumours that it's to begin manufacturing this October, then it's likely the console will be playable at the show.

We're also likely to hear about how Nintendo's quality of life initiative plays into the NX console strategy, with more concrete details about what it means for the games themselves. Beyond this, it's highly likely we'll get a deeper look at Nintendo's approach to making mobile games - specifically, how those games differ from Nintendo's usual first-party console and handheld strategy.

On the games side, E3 2016 for Nintendo is going to be all about The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. Its absence this year practically makes its appearance next year a given. Because it's one of Nintendo's most beloved franchises, it can easily stand toe-to-toe with the reveal of a new Nintendo console and still have people excited to play it on the Wii U.

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Microsoft - A slim console, HoloLens, and Phantom Dust

Microsoft unveiled a controller refresh at E3 2015 with the Xbox One Elite gamepad, so what we'd like to see next year is a console refresh. The Xbox One is the bulkiest and loudest of the current-gen platforms, and we wouldn't be surprised if the equivalent of an Xbox One Slim console design was announced. We can certainly expect more HoloLens announcements, and would be interested in seeing a game designed specifically for the augmented reality headset. As Microsoft announced that games such as Crackdown, Quantum Break, and Scalebound will be featured at Gamescom, the only remaining conspicuous absence this year was Phantom Dust. Considering its development troubles, could E3 2016 be the place to unveil a new developer and new direction for the game? We hope so.

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Sony - Morpheus, The Last Guardian, and Final Fantasy VII

As the PlayStation 4 has already received an under-the-hood hardware refresh, it's highly unlikely we'll see the announcement of a new console model at E3 2016. Instead, it's more likely Sony's focus will be on the final, commercially-available version of Project Morpheus--including an announcement of the VR headset's price, release date, and compatible games. Though The Last Guardian's release date was announced this year as being 2016, given its history we should be conservative and expect that it'll be in the later half-which means we should get a much deeper look at it during next year's E3. It would also be a missed opportunity for both Sony and Square Enix not to show more of the Final Fantasy VII Remake--perhaps a first glimpse at some in-game footage?

All The Sequels - Watch Dogs 2, Titanfall 2, Red Dead Redemption 2

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From Ubisoft, we can practically assume that there'll be a new Assassin's Creed on show. But the publisher needs a big reveal to close its press conference out with, as it did with Ghost Recon: Wildlands this year, and The Division prior to that. Our guess is that it will be Watch Dogs 2, but part of us also wants to see Beyond Good & Evil 2 finally receive the spotlight.

After the in-engine trailer EA delivered at E3 this year, it's likely the publishers' focus for E3 2016 will be on Mass Effect: Andromeda. With Star Wars Battlefront out of the way by then, we could also finally get a first look at Visceral's Star Wars game. But an E3 without a multiplayer first-person shooter from EA wouldn't feel right, so our guess is that the publisher will close off their press conference with the reveal of a game we know is in development - Titanfall 2.

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We don't know when Kingdom Hearts III is releasing--but considering the extensive gameplay footage Square Enix showed this year, it could be before E3 2016 hits. If not, expect to see more of it at next year's show! We're also likely to get some more concrete details on the next Nier game, but the big focus will undoubtedly be on Final Fantasy XV.

As for our blue-sky predictions, here is what we want to see. The next game from Warner Bros. Games Montreal - potentially a sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. A first, in-depth look at CD Projekt's next RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, is also well overdue. But perhaps we'll get a genuine surprise, such as Rockstar announcing a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, or even lifting the lid on its mysterious spy-themed game, Agent.

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Half Life 3.

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I totally do not understand why you would need a slim xbox one, i mean they dont make slim home theather amps, and its not like you take the xbox anywhere, well i dont. plus slim would mean heat. the size of the xbox does not bother me one bit, it's way smaller than a computer case.

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I agree with the fact that the Xbox One is white loud. I have two and they're both just as loud, especially when comparing them to my Wii U or PS4. I don't know why it's so humongous if their excuse was to keep the noise level down.

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GS loves to hate XBox. Their pre E3 list from this year was full of BS non complaints too. Of all the things to complain about saying the X1 is loud? Mine is pretty quiet maybe yours is broken or you have too much stuff stacked on top of it so the exhaust fan is overworking?

How about asking for something relevant like seeing the preview program expanded so X1 gets a lot more good PC games? Or getting rid of the parity clause?

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I want to see Sonic at E3 2016. It's his 25th anniversary and I think that Sonic Adventure 3 may be around the corner.

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I want to see the nx and the legend of Zelda.

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Loudest? I don't know what you're playing, it's whisper quiet

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I think we also need to hear about the long term views of digital vs retail costs

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@chrishughes571: physical media just isn't that expensive. If you discount it $3, you've covered it. Stop thinking games should cost $2

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@bickle2: I'm not saying they should be cheaper, but there is clearly some sort of background work going on between the publishers after how they saw music downloads reduce the revenues in the music industry. The games industry needs to come together to devise a strategy that enables indie developers to distribute great games by expanding distribution methods.

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Definitely want to see the NX. Not sure what it means for Wii U

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Horizon Zero Dawn, with an official release date.

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PS4 is much louder than Xbox One. Seriously, how much is Sony paying you guys?

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@deathstream:

My ps4 is pretty quiet i think its the fanboy in you coming through..How much is microsoft sir paying you???

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@deathstream: Exactly :)

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Xbox One is the bulkiest and loudest of current gen? Uhhh no.... bulkiest yes... loudest... no.

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Gran Turismo 7, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Jak & Daxter, Sly Cooper, Smuggler's Run, Midnight Club, Test Drive Unlimited 3, The Elder Scrolls VI, Red Dead 3, Motorstorm, and anything that makes the PlayStation 4 feel like a true PlayStation again! They already got two things right by bringing back Ratchet & Clank and Kingdom Hearts. Now, let's bring back all of the games that made PlayStation so great in the first place!

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Mafia III

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why i can't see the top comments? or do likes on them?

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red dead

please

and not a remake, a whole new red dead.

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Top spin 5 or any other decent tennis game

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For some reason it feels really weird to talk about E3 when Iwata has just died. One of the main things should be a huge tribute anyway.

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@jlenoconel: It be really touching if the next Nintendo Direct has already been recorded and he's in it. Then we'd be able to see him in non-puppet form one last time

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Elder Scrolls VI. That's all I ask.

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@AuDog8: Yes! Surprised the article doesn't say anything about it.

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@AuDog8: I'll second that.

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It would be Red Dead 3 not Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Revolver

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead 3....

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Fucking Half Life 3 gadammit.

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@Rushaoz: By the time we get s new Half Life I'll have arthritis and won't be able to play it.

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2014 i thought about it, how cool it would be if nintendo starts a own mobile phone in white like iphone but with nintendo interface. I think the nx will be this phone and thats the transfomation they talk about in e2015. They come into mobile markt, but with their own phone own interface and many nintendo games on it.

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@theperser: no

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E3 just happened, and you're already talking about next year's show? Why not throw in 2017-18-19-20+ as well? What do you think Fallout 5 will look like? Fallout 6?

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Red Dead 2, Elder Scrolls VI please and thank you..

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@lattimer22: That would be Red Dead 3. Red Dead 2 is called Red Dead Redemption. Came out some 4 years ago...

Red Dead Revolver

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead 3

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Don't expect to see much from FF7 remake. KH3 and FF15 come first.

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Does anybody know (for sure) if the up coming Wii-U Zelda game will finally have you know now that we're in 2015 Voice Overs?!!! For the love of gaming come on please!!!

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I have my X1 on and noise is unbearable

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@shibua: I leave mine all almost all day and I cant hear it at all. My external HDD when moving data is louder than the console.

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@shibua: really? i was baffled when they said it was the loudest.. i can't even hear mine.

you might want to do something about that if it's still under warranty. i think there may be a problem.

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@KaotiK_un_basic: Agreed, I've been playing it since launch, almost exclusively now, and I recognize no sound whatsoever.

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@KaotiK_un_basic: I'm with KaotiK. Mine doesn't make any noise either.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda, Red Dead Redemption and Cyberpunk 2077 @E3 next year I hope.

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@tommynj: That would make for an incredible E3.

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Dota 2 New heroes and expecting the community modders to come up with richer ideas of custom Games.... I think some GG EPIC sit is about to happen :D

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More companies like Bethesda....announce a game and have it in your hands within 6 months. 1 year would be reasonable, but these foolish twits that announce games with no release date or 1+ years away are utter garbage.

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@Daelusca:

The PC twits crying about "downgrades" are going to shift that approach anyway.

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I'm hoping for elder scrolls vi

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