Sony, Microsoft, and the lot of publishers made sure each of their shows were jam-packed with this year and next’s biggest games. But there were a lot of games still missing!
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Maybe it was wishful thinking, but Ori and the Will of the Wisps showed up on NerdLeaks’ Twitter account last weekend, and they tend to have a pretty strong track record. The original proved to be one of Microsoft’s highest quality console exclusives, and in a time where indies have taken off and have become some of the best games of the year, it should come as no shock to hear that a follow up to Ori and the Blind Forest is in the works. Speaking of indies… where was Sony’s usual parade of them?
This seemed like a no-brainer prediction, but Crackdown 3 didn’t show it’s face even once during the whole of the Microsoft E3 press conference. We know that the game will be heavily utilizing cloud processing to allow the game to perform destruction on a level the Xbox One simply isn’t capable of, but this has to be very expensive for Microsoft. Crackdown 3′s absence from E3 could indicate it’ll have more time at Gamescom, but it could also mean that something is wrong. Let’s hope I’m wrong, but Crackdown 3 is reliant upon cloud-based servers, meaning the game is virtually useless if you have slow internet (or none at all), and Microsoft may be trying to rework the game to rely less on the cloud.
Red Dead Redemption 2 (or Red Dead 3)
A sequel is being made to Red Dead Redemption, and I’m not sure what it will be called (Red Dead Revenge?). The leaks came hot and fast, and it seemed like an E3 reveal would happen. But Rockstar is a beast all of its own, and if they wanted to, could host an entire conference around their one big release. Maybe that’s what will happen, a live-streamed event, loudly announcing Red Dead‘s arrival.
Sure, it’s easy to forget about Dreams, but it comes from a studio that Sony has treated with enormous respect. Media Molecule, creators of LittleBigPlanet, are bound to create something completely unconventional with Dreams, a game that has mostly just confused gamers since it’s inception. Surely, being a European studio, the game will show at Gamescom, but Media Molecule must come out and demonstrate Dreams as a game, otherwise it will be dead upon arrival.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
It’s so strange that just a few weeks before E3 2016, Square announced Final Fantasy XII would be coming to PS4, yet not so much as a trailer was shown at the big event. It might be that Final Fantasy 15 is so close and Square would rather the focus be on that, but fans are always clammering for re-releases of their favorite games. FF12 is a strange entry in the series, but it’s one that’s gained a lot of fandom in the decade since it’s release.
Perhaps more strangely was the absence of the Final Fantasy VII remake. Again, it’s likely in order to keep the hype-train rolling along for 15, but still Square’s decision to leave it at home is disappointing and perhaps confirms that it will indeed be years until we see it on store shelves.
Many other games could have made an appearance during the press conferences. Which did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!