Every year, gamers, journalists, publishers and developers converge upon the Los Angeles Convention Center for one major event – the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
As always, many of the largest game publishers and backers of the big three consoles will present their newest plans to the world. We’re gonna look into our crystal ball and deliver you our predictions for what we think Microsoft will unveil during their press presentation. If just half of these events took place, we’re sure us and every other Xbox fan out there would faint from over hype.
These are our top 5 E3 2015 predictions for Xbox One.
5. The 1st Bits of Actual Gameplay Will Be Shown, Plus Final Release Dates Will Be Announced for Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and Halo 5
So Microsoft made sure to announce a long line 1st-party projects that will make the Xbox One a console worth keeping around. Square Enix is publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusively for the current gen machine, plus future entries in the Halo, Crackdown and Forza series are on the way. The masters of action games PlatinumGames is in the process of developing a brand new IP entitled Scalebound for the Xbox One, too.
Expect to see a host of debut gameplay footage for the games that were only shown as teaser trailers at E3 2014. Not only will the majority of these titles be shown off, but they’ll all receive final release dates. We envision Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and Halo 5 getting released within the months of September, October and November.
4. Quantum Break Will Be Shown Off, But Be Delayed Until 2016
It took long enough, but Remedy Entertainment finally gave us all a peek at the trippy gameplay mechanics for Quantum Break. The game’s cool mix of 3rd-person shooting, bullet time effects and time stopping powers looked amazing in action. We think the planned combination of gameplay and live-action TV sequences is going to take a lot longer to get just right.
Expect Microsoft to make it clear that more development time is needed to complete their newest IP and push its release window into next year. We’re already used to this game’s long development time, so this announcement shouldn’t sting so much.
3. A New Banjo-Kazooie Will Be Revealed
If you’be been keeping up with the news regarding game development company Rare, you should know that a group of developers who used to work for them are working on something special – a spiritual successor to the N64 platforming series. While we’re pleased to see a game of Banjo-Kazooie’s ilk getting created, we’re really chomping at the bits for a proper sequel. We think this is the right time to do it.
Rare will ditch the world of crafting crappy Kinect sports games and back into the world of open-world exploration. A brand new Banjo-Kazooie will be revealed and get back to its series roots. We expect to lose our minds once one of Rare’s dev looks to the screen to show off a work-in-progress trailer and fresh logo for this beloved series.
2. The Gears of War Collection Will Be Announced Along With a Tease for Gears of War 4
In an effort to get Halo back into the minds of gamers, Microsoft and 343 Industries chose to pack in the main numbered entries of the series into an HD Xbox One collection. While the multiplayer implementation for that major release faltered at launch, 343 Industries eventually fixed it and put out a fun beta for Halo 5’s multiplayer.
We see Black Tusk Studios following suit with this plan for the Gears of War series. It’s about time that HD rendition of Gears of War 1, 2, 3 and Judgment became a real thing. And trust us when we tell you – it will. Not only will a definitive Xbox One collection for Gears of War be unveiled, but the 1st look at the 4th main game will also be shown at last.
1. Battletoads HD & Future Plans for a New Entry Will Be Unveiled
Rare has a wild card in their back pocket – the return of Rash, Zitz and Pimple. The Battletoads have been lying dormant for far too long and now’s the perfect time to bring them back. After seeing these three kick-ass toads pop up in a trailer for Shovel Knight, we knew there had to be something planned for the future of the beat ’em up series.
Rare will shock the gaming public once again and reveal their plans to develop an HD version of the original Battletoads, Battletoads in Battlemaniacs and Super Battletoads. We’re envisioning it looking pretty similar to the way Double Dragon Neon was handled. And then Rare will drop the mic when they show the world their plans to create an all-new Battletoads for Xbox One.
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