The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is kind of like Christmas for video game fans who want to know what’s heading their way in the coming months and years. It’s when all the biggest game makers give elaborate presentations of all of the most exciting games in their lineup. It’s the Oscars of gaming: Everyone who’s anyone in the video game industry will be there.
This year’s E3 presentations take place June 14-18 and will provide a torrent of news from the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Bethesda, Square Enix, and more.
Sony is in a very interesting position this year. The PlayStation 4 is selling in massive numbers, but it doesn’t have a ton of exclusives announced for this year. However, Sony says it’s not worried about this holiday season, which means it probably has some big announcements planned for E3.
Here are eight items we expect to hear more about during Sony’s presentation.
1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
It’s not coming out until 2016, but Uncharted 4 already promises to be the PS4’s biggest game yet. It follows explorers Nathan Drake and Victor “Sully” Sullivan as they go one one last mission to find treasure and fight off bad guys. These guys live lives that would make even Indiana Jones jealous, doing things like climbing steep cliffs, getting in epic shootouts, blowing up every vehicle they find, and kissing the girl (or girls) along the way.
Not much information has been released about this next — and possibly final — installment, but Sony has released a couple of videos to give us some hints. Whatever Uncharted 4 ends up being like, expect to see a whole lot of this game at E3.
2. Uncharted Trilogy HD
This game hasn’t been announced yet, but don’t let that get you down. For months now, the rumor mill has been churning up a storm about it, which means it’s almost certainly in development. And it makes sense that Sony would put out a remastered trilogy of the Uncharted series as a lead-up to the fourth game launching early next year. If you missed these games the first time around, you’re in for a rip-roaring adventure on PS4 — provided it’s a real project. If it is, you’ll probably be hearing something about it at E3.
3. No Man’s Sky
When it was unveiled at last year’s E3, No Man’s Sky received an enormous amount of fanfare. That’s because the trailer showed us things we’d never seen before in a game. It’s an “open universe” sci-fi game, populated with (literally) billions of planets, in which you explore new lands, fight in space battles, and generally get a first-hand look at the galaxy.
It looks and sounds amazing, but much about the game remains unknown. We’ll see if Sony can shed some light during this year’s E3 press conference.
4. Persona 5
With each new entry, the Persona series gets more and more popular. That’s because these games follow a group of interesting high school students who always get wrapped up in spellbinding mysteries as they explore dungeons, collect demons, and fuse those demons together to create new, more powerful ones.
It’s kind of like a more mature take on Pokémon, and it has worked great so far. We don’t know much about Persona 5 yet, but more info from E3 would be welcome.
5. Until Dawn
If you like scary movies, then you’ll definitely want to follow Until Dawn, a game that puts you in the shoes of eight potential murder victims being hunted by a horror movie slasher. You get to play as each of the characters in turn, making decisions about where they hide and how they react when the killer comes a-slicing.
Your choices determine who lives and dies, so if you’re always yelling at horror movie characters for making dumb decisions while they’re being hunted, you’ll be pleased to know that you get to craft the narrative here. But when they die, just know it’s on you.
6. Ratchet & Clank
This reboot of the original PS2 game was recently delayed to 2016, but we’ve heard plenty of hints that it will be more than just a remastered edition.
Since a computer animated movie starring the two title characters is launching this year, buzz for the franchise has never been higher. What the finished game will look like remains to be seen, but E3 is the perfect place to show it off.
7. The Last Guardian
OK, this one’s a long shot. Every year since its announcement at E3 2009, we’ve been hoping to see more about this game from the makers of the classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. And without fail, each year we’ve been disappointed.
Sony has sworn up and down that the game is still in the works, but who knows what state it’s in after all these years. If it still is coming, Sony will have to show it off sometime. This year’s E3 would be as good a time as any, but don’t hold your breath.
8. Project Morpheus games
Since Sony plans to release its virtual reality headset early next year, something must be in the works for it. So far all we’ve seen have been tech demos, but this thing is sure to get a lot of attention at Sony’s E3 conference.
What kinds of games are in development for it? Which studios are working on those games? These are great questions that remain to be answered. Another thing we’d love to get at E3 is a final name for the headset, seeing as “Morpheus” is just a placeholder.
If you’re curious about Microsoft and the Xbox One, check here. Our Nintendo E3 predictions are here. For our E3 predictions for Ubisoft, EA, Square Enix, and more, follow the link.