E3 hopes and dreams – 2019 edition

Woohoo, E3 is just around the corner! I always look forward to this annual orgy of game announcements, and as is traditional in The Manor, it’s time to throw out a wish list of things I’d like to see at this year’s show.

To be honest, probably the thing I most want is for the games industry to announce that they’re taking a break and not releasing any games for six months to give us all a chance to finish the games we’re playing and work through our backlogs. I’ve got a stack of review code to get through at the moment, not to mention a ton of other games that I’ve not even loaded up. Sigh. Still, first world problems, right?

Other than a new-release moratorium, the thing I’d most like to see is more news on Metroid Prime 4 – although seeing as Nintendo announced a few months back that they’re entirely rebooting development on the game, it seems very unlikely that we’ll see any footage. But seeing as Metroid: Samus Returns made a good impression a while back, there’s always the chance that we might get another 2D Metroid game in the meantime. Fingers crossed.

More of this, please.

Other than that, new Fire Emblem games are always welcome, as well as new games in the Monster Hunter series – but seeing as the Icebourne expansion for Monster Hunter World is launching later this year, I doubt we’ll see any new MH games.

Elsewhere in sequels corner, I’d love to see a new Valkyria Chronicles game, although I fear that series might be on ice after Valkyria Chronicles 4 seemingly didn’t sell too well. I’d also love to see more of the Hollow Knight sequel that was announced recently – what a game that was. It would also be nice to see how Sable and Ghost of Tsushima are coming along, two of my highlights from last year’s E3. But Shedworks recently announced that Sable is being pushed back to 2020, so I doubt we’ll see it at the show, and Sony are missing this year’s E3, so it’s unlikely we’ll see any more of their game. Other than that, a ‘back-to-basics’ Fallout would be lovely – perhaps a remake of New Vegas or even the original game. It would help to wash away the bad taste of Fallout 76 at least.

Can we just forget this ever happened?

On the hardware front, I can’t wait to see what Microsoft call their new Xbox console (or rather, consoles). My bet is on something silly like Xbox Anywhere, or Xbox Universe. I wouldn’t put it past them to just simply call it ‘Xbox’, in fact, and confuse the hell out of everyone forevermore. I mean, it worked for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (not to be confused with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered).

In a big change for this year, I’ll actually be reporting on E3 as it happens from the comfort of my living room, so it’ll be a nice change to actually be paid by someone for writing about all of the E3 nonsense. But that does mean that I probably won’t be posting too much on AMAP until it’s all over. I’ll try to sneak in the odd post next week though.

So, that’s what I’m hoping for at E3, how about you? Let me know in the comments!


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