E3 always brings with it surprise game announcements, and these 10 potential surprise reveals are the ones we’re most hoping to see during the E3 2016 press conferences.
E3 2016 is right around the corner, and along with the games already confirmed for the event, fans can also expect a number of surprise announcements. Usually, E3 events are full of these surprise reveals, and they are a large part of the reason why so many people tune in to watch the various press conferences that air throughout E3 week every year.
Take Sony’s E3 2015 press conference, for example. It was during that event that the world saw Final Fantasy VII Remake for the first time, as well as the announcement of Shenmue III. While it will be hard to beat those reveals in terms of pure shock value, there are still many potential surprises that could make E3 2016 one for the history books.
Here are 10 games in particular that we hope to see unveiled at E3 2016.
God of War 4
While God of War III gave fans a fitting end to Kratos’ relentless quest for vengeance, the franchise is too popular for Sony to abandon. Therefore, it seems like a given that God of War 4 is in development in some capacity, but the question remains as to what form the game will take. Leaked concept art suggests that God of War 4 will be based on Norse mythology, which has the potential to take the series in exciting new directions. Hopefully Sony’s E3 2016 press conference gives fans their first look at God of War 4, and addresses the rumors surrounding the game.
Ken Levine’s Next Game
Ken Levine shocked the gaming world when he announced that his studio, Irrational Games, would be cutting its staff down to just 15 members, and would be leaving the award-winning BioShock franchise behind. Since this announcement, little is known about Levine’s next game, except that it is apparently an open world FPS. It’s been three years since BioShock Infinite launched to rave reviews, so it seems like the timing is right to start seeing the first footage of Levine’s mystery project, and the fanfare surrounding E3 makes it the perfect time to show it off.
Left 4 Dead 3
Valve has yet to give fans third entries in any of the company’s beloved franchises, but perhaps that trend will be broken with the potential announcement of Left 4 Dead 3. There have been rumblings of Left 4 Dead 3 in the past, but nothing concrete has surfaced to date. While Valve usually doesn’t have a big presence at E3, a surprise reveal of Left 4 Dead 3 at the event would make major headlines, and disprove the fan theory that “Valve can’t count to three.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 / Red Dead 3
At this point, a Red Dead Redemption 2 reveal at E3 2016 seems all but confirmed. More evidence of the game’s existence appears each week, with Red Dead Redemption 2‘s game map leaked, a former Rockstar employee offering specific details on its gameplay mechanics and setting, and Take-Two hinting that the company will be at E3 “in a big way.” The announcement of another game in the Red Dead franchise could steal the show at E3, and with Rockstar said to be announcing its next project “soon,” an RDR2 reveal almost seems like a given.
Resident Evil 7
Fans have been waiting to see Resident Evil 7 for years, but Capcom has opted to release various spin-offs and remasters of the series instead. However, rumors point to Resident Evil 7 being announced at E3, with the game returning the franchise to its horror roots. While all rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, the timing is right for Capcom to finally pull the curtain back on Resident Evil 7, since 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the survival-horror innovator.
Rocksteady’s Next Game
Rocksteady concluded its critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham franchise with last year’s Batman: Arkham Knight, and now all eyes are on the studio to see what it does next. Speculation has led some to believe that Rocksteady will make a Superman game for its next project, while the company’s hiring of developers with multiplayer experience have led others to believe that the studio has a brand new IP in the works instead. At any rate, it will be interesting to see what Rocksteady decides to create for its next game, and if it will meet the high bar it set with its work on the Batman games.
Star Wars from Visceral Games
Visceral’s last couple of games haven’t had quite the same impact as the company’s first Dead Space title, but perhaps its mysterious Star Wars project can put the studio back on track. With ex-Naughty Dog director Amy Hennig at the helm, and the game given a long five year development cycle, chances are good that Visceral’s Star Wars project will live up to the hype. While it’s not expected to release until 2018 at the earliest, E3 2016 could get the hype train rolling, and help to show off what Visceral has accomplished with the game so far.
The Elder Scrolls VI
With Bethesda launching Fallout 4 less than a year ago, it’s a long shot that The Elder Scrolls VI will make an appearance during Bethesda’s E3 2016 press conference. Even so, there’s a chance that a teaser for The Elder Scrolls VI could appear at the event, with a full reveal coming at next year’s E3. If fans are lucky, perhaps this possible teaser will even clue them in as to where the next game in the revered series will be set.
The Last of Us 2
As is the case with The Elder Scrolls VI, The Last of Us 2 having a showing at E3 2016 is a long shot, as Naughty Dog just launched Uncharted 4. However, there have been rumors that one of Sony’s surprises at this year’s E3 will be a release date announcement for The Last of Us 2, which is something that can be shared with fans without having to go through the trouble of creating a full-fledged trailer.
Watch Dogs 2
We already know that Ubisoft is developing Watch Dogs 2 in some capacity, but we aren’t sure what the game will be like or if it will be at this year’s E3 event. Some leaks surrounding Watch Dogs 2 have given us an idea as to who Watch Dog 2‘s protagonist will be, and Ubisoft has hinted that the game will have innovative gameplay in some form, but there’s nothing concrete on it just yet. Ubisoft likes closing its E3 press conferences with surprise, crowd-pleasing reveals, and Watch Dogs 2 would certainly fit the bill.
Any one of these 10 surprise games could help to make E3 2016 a memorable event. Chances are there are surprises in store that we didn’t think of, which is partly why E3 is such an exciting time to be a gamer year after year. With E3 2016 promising to have a number of surprise reveals, here’s hoping at least some of the games on our wishlist are part of the announcements.
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