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WellPlayed’s E3 2018 Wishlist

The WellPlayed team rubs the E3 magic lamp

Whether you’re kneeling before a bloke nailed to a cross or wearing a colander and praying to the flying spaghetti monster, we all have hopes and dreams that we hope some magical deity will grant simply because we asked for it. Gamers are certainly not immune to this sort of practice, and all things said and done we are a needy bunch. But if there’s any time that a patient wish might finally reach the attention of the mighty creators like a baby’s laugh borne on a unicorn’s fart, it’s E3. Here’s what the WellPlayed team are wishing for this gamer Christmas.

When I wish, I wish hard. I like to treat it like an extreme sport, trying to outwish scrubs who think their hopes amount to even a fraction of my lofty dreams. In the spirit of wishing it to the limits, let’s get a Tenchu reboot happening someone. Seemingly adept at the art of anagumogakurejutsu (look it up), Tenchu hasn’t left the shadows to grace mainstream consoles since the awful Tenchu Z, and I’m hoping that its poor reception wasn’t the poisoned rice ball for the series.

You probably thought I was done wishing, but here’s a one-two wish combo you never saw coming (unless you’ve ever read any of my wishlists) – Burnout. For Christ’s sake, in a world where Knack 2 actually came out, why can’t someone take this franchise and give it the reboot it deserves. Throw the open world of Burnout Paradise in the nearest landfill and then napalm it just to be sure, then just make a Burnout game. Can’t believe I’m giving these detailed ideas away for free, but here we are.

While we’re at it, I wish EA would take a small break from murdering the Star Wars franchise, and BioWare from murdering the Mass Effect franchise, and come together to remake/reboot Knights of the Old Republic. It’s one of the best RPGs of all time, and while it’s unclear how it could be twisted into the modern games as service model that EA loves so much it hurts, I’m sure there’s some way of coring out its still-beating heart Temple of Doom style to make it profitable in EA’s eyes. I just realised this wishlist is the same as last year’s, but it’s like I always say: wish hard, or wish home.

E3 2018 could be one of the most surprising yet! My money is on some pretty hefty reveals from Xbox, who despite some neat little titles like Sea of Thieves are seemingly still buckling under the weight of the plethora of titles Sony has been unleashing this year.

I’m really looking forward to seeing more of mindfuck simulator aka Death Stranding. Kojima has a track record of screwing with us, and I expect E3 2018 to be no different. TLOU2 is also on my radar, as a massive fan of the first game by Naughty Dog, I’m really hoping for an even grittier style in the vein of ‘The Road’ for the sequel.

Other than that, it would be ace to see more Star Citizen, but we probably won’t see or hear much of any substance though until E3 2083.

Oh, and maybe we’ll finally get that Gameboy Advance port for Skyrim.

It’s 2018 – LET’S SEE SOME DARKSIDERS III BAY-BEE! The game is supposed to come out ‘sometime’ this year, but save for a few little teasers here and there, we are yet to see any true meat. The Darksiders saga is set to continue, and my hype furnace needs a stokin’ courtesy of some tasty E3 mic drops.

Really, one of the only dormant franchises I’d like to see return is Dead Space. I think it’s in desperate need for a reboot though but I am pretty sure I know what’s going to happen at EA and it’ll be Star Wars + Battlefield + FIFA.

I would also like to see a new Luigi’s Mansion on the switch console. I thought the last one on 3DS was a gem, so I’ll be more than keen to jump back into that ghost town. I think it’s highly unlikely though, since Nintendo will have plenty of other games it will be showing.

Finally, I would like to maybe see a Bioshock VR port, which is a huge long-shot but that’s what wishlists are for. I think Sony needs to really get some big publishers and franchises onto the PSVR though. It was Skyrim and Resident Evil 7 that had the crowd talking for the last two E3’s. Sony should keep up that momentum.

To be honest, the bulk of what I’m hoping to see at this year’s E3 is information on games that have been announced in E3 (and other) shows in past years that have gone radio silent since.

Quite a few of my most anticipated titles have either been confirmed or semi-confirmed to be spoken about in some capacity. CD Projekt Red has confirmed plans to bring some sort of RPG to the show, which has to be Cyberpunk 2077 surely. Other titles are less of a sure thing but damn better be there like Psychonauts 2, which quite literally had me crying tears of joy when it was announced at The Game Awards back in 2015.

Microsoft has continued to disappoint me this past twelve months with their software library, despite hooking me back in with their indie showcase last year. I’ll be mad if I don’t see more of games like Last Night and Below either at their presser or during the trade show proper. I desperately need a reason to use my Xbox One X for something other than watching The Shape of Water over and over in 4K.

Lastly, a message to SEGA:

Dear SEGA. If you don’t bring Super Sonic Racing (or whatever it ends up being called) to E3 I will write a very nasty tweet that I guarantee at least one of my dozen followers will see. I’m not playing around here.

Much love, Kieron.

E3 is such a weird and wonderful time; I usually just sleep through it and then wake up to a bunch of awesome new trailers to get excited over. There are so many awesome games already coming out later this year, so things are going to have to be pretty amazing to make a mark.

Personally, I think it’s high time that we had a little more information from Square Enix about Dragon Quest Builders 2. I’m so pumped for this game and I’m really hoping we can get some more gameplay footage and a release date!

I don’t know if you all remember that cool hidden trailer in Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs 2, but I really hope they talk more about that in their spot. For those that didn’t play it (or don’t remember it), it was a super short, artsy, space-themed trailer that gave off Firefly and Cowboy Bebop vibes. It also had the text “E3_Conf_Video_v03” as a watermark, so keep an eye out!

And lastly, I know it’s a long-shot, but I think we’re all hanging out for some more information on Cyberpunk 2077. There was a little bit of buzz a few months ago so maybe it’ll make an appearance?

E3 is the equivalent of Christmas for gamers, and I can’t wait to get into the spirit of the season and watch all the conferences live. This year’s E3 is shaping up to be one the most interesting events in recent year, with Xbox I believe in the box seat to make some inroads with the announcement of some first party titles. I really want to hear some news on Gears of War 5 and I’m confident that will happen. One thing that probably won’t happen, is the announcement of Rare bringing back Banjo Kazooie, but who knows, I can dream right?

PlayStation are sure to put on a hell of a show as always, with my eyes firmly set on soaking up as much as they possibly can on Death Stranding and The Last of Us Part II, which we know will feature prominently throughout their conference.

Nintendo will be bringing out the big guns, showing off Super Smash Bros and possibly Metroid Prime 4, but if I’m being honest, all I really want from them this year is Super Mario Maker.

Another year, another list of wishes that will largely go unfulfilled. Seriously, does the E3 genie even read these articles? Anyway, this year I am going to keep it simple and safe. In terms of announcements I really hope that all the whispers of a new Splinter Cell are true. I’ve been calling for one for a couple years now and all the signs point to Sam Fisher being a major part of Ubisoft’s E3 showcase. You beauty! This year however I mostly want to see games that have already been announced but haven’t shown any gameplay in action, starting with Metro: Exodus. The third entry in the Metro series was announced at E3 2017 and this year I don’t want another slick looking vertical vanilla slice. Give me some gameplay damnit!

It’s also about time we see gameplay for Focus Home’s and Cyanide’s Call of Cthulhu. I mean for crying out loud the game was officially announced in 2014 (to be fair Cyanide took over the reins in 2015-16) and was set for release at the end of 2017, only to be delayed until 2018. As of right now we’ve seen zero gameplay, aside from the few seconds captured in trailers. The same applies for Overkill’s The Walking Dead, which was announced in August 2014 with a 2016 release date. It’s now June 2018 and we’ve still seen no gameplay. Time to prove these games actually exist. Lastly, would Lovett-Murray if we got some gameplay for the remake of arguably the greatest game ever, Resident Evil 2. There have been rumours swirling about the game’s camera angle and that it’s running on a tweaked version of RE7’s engine. Plus, it’s releasing early 2019 (my guess). Play your cards, Capcom.

Every year, I ask Nintendo for something special. And every year, they give other people something special. It’s been 15 years since the last F-Zero game, and the Big N loves to give me [big] blue balls at E3 time. But there are three recent developments that get me going:

  • The rumours of a Star Fox racing game and the connection that both series share
  • “Leaks” of Nintendo’s Direct and Treehouse schedules
  • The renewal of multiple trademarks, including F-Zero. Look, I know it’s standard practice and nothing to get flustered about but a man can dream…

I’ve been good this year, Nintendo. I haven’t complained about your underwhelming paid online plans or anything! At the very least, please make Pokemon cool as s***.

On the non-Nintendo side, I really want to see what’s up Bethesda’s sleeve. There better be more DOOM up there. No way you’re getting me hyped for Wolfenstein ever again.

I want absolutely every publisher to announce a battle royale game so this fad can be oversaturated and die out before it can entrench itself.

Lastly, the last EA game I paid for was Red Alert 3 back in 2008 – ten years ago. A Red Alert game was announced for mobile (yes, really) last month. EA, please don’t revive Command and Conquer. Let it stay where it belongs – in the hearts and memories of us all. You’d only find a way to ruin it.

I’m a simple man, I don’t want a lot of things but if there was ever a time for me to make wishes in the hopes that they come true, now would be it. So let’s start from the top:

First up is FromSoftware’s Shadows Die Twice. We don’t know much about the Soulsborne developer’s next title outside of that it is being made and that it *might* be named Shadows Die Twice. I’m hoping we see some gameplay or at least an update on how the game is doing because Hidetaka Miyazaki and his team have continually impressed me with their games. We have had a few leaks, ones that state that it won’t follow the Soulsborne trend and that the project will not be an exclusive, but they’re just leaks. Even if they were reported on by the same person who predicted Bloodborne before it’s E3 reveal, not all leaks turn out to be true. But if the leaks are to be believed, we should hopefully see some of this game next week.

Halo 6 is a game that I have been anxiously awaiting. I was (and still am) a very big detractor of Halo 5: Guardians‘ story. I found it nonsensical, poorly written and just boring, but I cannot deny that the multiplayer component of the game is phenomenal and it keeps me coming back all the time. I’m really hoping that we at least hear something about the sixth entry into the Master Chief storyline because my god does the end of Halo 5 leave you hanging (Halo Wars 2 didn’t help much either with its ending).

I never really played a lot of the Metroid Prime games. It’s not that I thought they were bad or anything, I just never had to means to actually play them. However, I’m really keen to see what Metroid Prime 4 will be like and as a result, I’m hoping we see something regarding it outside of a logo. Nintendo has really impressed me with how they’ve supported their hardware with interesting exclusives and I doubt MP4 will be an exception to the rule.

Lastly, it’s a bit of a stretch given that Pokemon: Let’s Go was just announced, I would absolutely love to see the new Pokemon RPG that is being developed for the Nintendo Switch make an appearance at E3. I love Pokemon, it’s a series that I grew up with and I’ve loved every entry into the mainline games and I’ve even enjoyed a majority of the spin-off titles (Mystery Dungeon owns). So seeing the new Pokemon RPG appear at E3 this year would be phenomenal.

What are you hoping to see this year at E3? Let us know in the comments below.

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