Microsoft holds the first press conference on Tuesday of E3 2016 with plenty of games yet to be reveal. Microsoft’s media briefing starts on Monday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. ET. What will they show at the event? Well here are a few predictions leading up to the show.
What definitely will be there
After Microsoft had its open beta for Gears of War 4 in April, E3 2016 will be the first time we will actually get to see in-game campaign footage not shot in the dark this time. As someone who loved the original trilogy, the latest installment has a new crew that will take the fight.
I was like many who bought Crackdown for the beta access to Halo 3, but was caught off guard by how immersive its open-world Robocop gameplay. Since being announced in 2014 as an Xbox exclusive, the franchise has gone silent. That’s mostly because there wasn’t room in Microsoft’s release calendar with Tomb Raider, Halo 5, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Forza all releasing in 2015. However now is the perfect time for Microsoft to reintroduce the series to the public with an E3 demo leading to finalized release date in the fall.
But the biggest reveal of them all is going to be Xbox VR. Last year Microsoft showcased Minecraft with Hololens, but this will be the grand reveal where the console publisher will showcase a small sampling of its upcoming Virtual Reality hardware and games. With this introduction, Microsoft will smartly pivot to the announcement of the smaller Xbox One that is more powerful and has more disk space than the Xbox one.
What might be there:
Nine times out ten you would safely assume that Halo Wars 2 would get screen time, but this might the one exception. Halo Wars 2 is an RTS that didn’t take off when it released in 2009. Its been awhile since this spinoff has been reintroduced, but its Halo so don’t be surprised to see it. The series still has a lot of promise that hasn’t been fleshed out yet, but this time around it’s being developed by Creative Assembly, most known for the Total War franchise.
After Battletoads, Perfect Dark Zero, Viva Piñata and Xbox Live avatars, what does Rare do next?
Sea of Thieves is a first-person multiplayer game from Rare studios. The title was last announced last year at E3, but briefly. As someone who loved Sid Meier Pirates, I am interested to see how a developer puts his spin on making you the pirate on the open see. We currently don’t know if this is going to be a free-to-play title similar to Fable Legends. This would be a perfect time to showcase the game’s vision.
This Rare’s first title since Perfect Dark Zero in 2006, which was a disappointment on all accounts making a lot of stake. Can Rare reclaim its former glory or be stuck in its looming shadow?
What won’t be there
Scalebound was delayed to 2017 in the beginning of the year, which might have been a blessing in disguises for PlatinumGames, who just completed TMNT. Since Microsoft is going to devote time to VR and titles that will release this year, it might be best to save Scalebound when its ready for the spotlight. It’s also important to note that Scalebound is a JRPG, which might not suite an American audience.
Quantic Break just released in April so I doubt the team at Remedy Studios is already working on a title that it’s currently in the pipeline. But I wouldn’t be surprise me to see a sequel to Alan Wake 2 since the two titles are in the same universe. What that would look like is anyone’s guess.