The lights are on
2014 promises to be an important year for E3, and by
extension a big year for video games. Publishers and developers have new
consoles on which to showcase their wares, even as the PC market continues to
expand in new directions, especially for indie developers. We expect to see some big surprises at this year's show, but in the meantime, we've
compiled an exhaustive look at the titles that should be coming to E3.
If a publisher has confirmed for us that the game will be at
E3 in some form, you'll see the word "Confirmed" by the name. All other titles
are expected or rumored to be at the show, but without direct confirmation from
the game makers.
Abyss Odyssey (Confirmed)
Developer: ACE Team
The makers of Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages try their hands at
a new franchise. What We'd Like To See:
ACE Team has proven itself capable of original and intriguing ideas, so we're
eager to see what Abyss Odyssey is all about. We're also interested to see
where the game fits in the space between platformers, 2D combat, and
(Confirmed)Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PCPublisher: SegaDeveloper: The Creative Assembly
The experienced team at The Creative Assembly revitalizes horror by returning to the classic sci-fi series. What We'd Like To See: Early demos have convinced us of how scary
the game can be, but we'd love E3 to offer detail into the potential
crafting options, as well as a look at combat against non-alien enemies.
Unity (Confirmed)Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
The wildly popular time-traveling stealth action game moves to the
new setting of Paris for an adventure through the French
Revolution. What We'd Like To See:
Fans are hungry for some changes in the AC formula, so we hope Ubisoft is ready
to roll out its vision for what new-gen tech can do for the franchise, both in
the campaign and the multiplayer experience.
Batman: Arkham Knight
(Confirmed)Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
The original developer of the Arkham series returns, and
brings the Batmobile along for the ride. What
We'd Like To See: Early glimpses of
the game showed off how pretty new-gen Batman can look, but we're ready to get
some hands-on with combat and driving.
Battlecry (Confirmed)Platform: PCPublisher: Bethesda SoftworksDeveloper: Battlecry Studios
Free-to-play 32-player brawling unfolds in an alternate
history where gunpowder has been outlawed. What
We'd Like To See: Battlecry was a recent and surprising announcement from
Bethesda, but the newly formed BattleCry Studios has some industry veterans
steering the ship. We're eager to see how Bethesda approaches the free-to-play
Battlefield: Hardline (Confirmed)Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Publisher: EA Games
Developer: Visceral Games
Breaking away from the traditional military combat, Hardline focuses on a Miami police office caught in the web of dirty cops. What
We'd Like To See: Visceral Games is best known for it's work on the Dead Space series, so it will be interesting to see how it tackles a game set in the real world and not full of space zombies. We hope to see more than just action, but a good story, which sounds like a nice break from the standard military shooters.
BelowPlatform: Xbox One, PCPublisher: CapyDeveloper: Capy
Capy Games has been on a streak of excellent indie releases,
and there's no reason to believe that the studio's take on fantasy roguelikes
would break that flow of quality. What
We'd Like To See: More details on
crafting would be great to show off the game's depth, and we want to see how the game handles boss encounters.
BigFest (Confirmed)Platform: Vita
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: On the Metal
Build, maintain, and run your own
music festival in this highly customizable simulation. What We'd Like To See: This project sounds like a great new
addition to the Vita library. We're especially interested in seeing how the
game handles managing dramatically different musical acts, from rock to hip
Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Confirmed)Platform: PS4, Vita, PC
Developer: Nicalis, Edmund McMillen
A new 16-bit take on the original
flash game that comes with a host of new features. What We'd Like To See: The original Binding of Isaac was a clever
and inventive experience. An E3 showing of the game should focus on why it
might be worth a return trip, even if a player has already played the original
Pre-Sequel (Confirmed)Platform: PS3, 360, PCPublisher: 2K GamesDeveloper: 2K Australia/Gearbox Software
Borderlands travels to the moon for its latest zany FPS
adventure, exclusively being built for last-gen systems. What We'd Like To See: 2K Australia is taking lead on this game, so
E3 is its opportunity to prove that the action, shooting, and humor that
characterizes the Gearbox entries can carry over.
Broforce (Confirmed)Platform: PC, Unannounced Consoles
Publisher: Free Lives Games
Developer: Free Lives Games
An over-the-top homage to classic action movies, Broforce is
a machismo-laden blast of shooting insanity. What We'd Like To See: One of the best things about Broforce is the
cast of crazy characters. We hope Free Lives Games has some more movie-inspired
heroes to check out, as well as some new levels of patriotic bad guy blasting.
Call of Duty:
Advanced Warfare (Confirmed)Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC
Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer debuts its vision for a Call of Duty set in a
researched technological vision of the future. What We'd Like To See: Our recent cover story pulled the curtain
back on the single-player campaign, so E3 would be an ideal time to see how the
all-important multiplayer component is changing.
Chariot Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC
Publisher: Frima Studios
Developer: Frima Studios
Couch co-op enthusiasts should delight to this platformer in
which two characters must work together to move a rolling chariot across the
level. What We'd Like To See:
Chariot hasn't had much public exposure yet, but early glimpses of the indie
title have been very positive. E3 offers an opportunity for Frima to expose the
game to a larger audience.
Chasm (Confirmed)Platform: PS4Publisher: Discord GamesDeveloper: Discord Games
Another Kickstarter success story, Chasm is a pixelated 2D
platformer starring a soldier who abandons his post to revisit his home after
he receives a cryptic letter.
Inspired by games like Castlevania, Zelda, Dark Souls, Shadow of the Colossus,
and Spelunky, Chasm looks like it could appeal to fans of hardcore platforming experiences.
What We'd Like To See: Fully
realizing an ambitious Kickstarter project is tricky, so our best hope for
Chasm is to see that it is making steady progress, particularly with the procedural level design concept. We'd also like to play more of the
game and see how the platforming gameplay feels.
Citizens of Earth (Confirmed)Platform: PS4, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PCPublisher: AtlusDeveloper: Eden Industries
This bizarre curveball from Atlus casts players as the Vice President of the United States as he builds an RPG party of every day normal people. What We’d Like To See: What we’ve seen of the game delivers an EarthBound-like quality. We want to see if this is truly the case.
Earth (Confirmed)Platform: PC
Publisher: 2K Games
The beloved strategy developer brings its Civilization
franchise beyond the confines of Earth for an adventure on other planets. What We'd Like To See: We'd appreciate an opportunity to
learn more about how the different terrains and planet types will affect
gameplay, and also get a deeper understanding of the Tech Web upgrade system -
a core feature that will make a big difference to how the final game plays.
Costume Quest 2Platform: TBA
Publisher: Double Fine
Developer: Double Fine
The unusual twist on classic role-playing gets a new entry –
Double Fine's first sequel – that is unsurprisingly targeting a Halloween
release. What We'd Like To See: The
first game was heavy on charm, but the gameplay and combat got a little
repetitive. We hope to see the sequel offer some added depth to its core
mechanics to go alongside the amusing premise.
CounterspyPlatform: PS4, PS3, Vita, iOS, AndroidPublisher: DynamightyDeveloper: Dynamighty
Taking place during the Cold War, Counterspy is a stealthy, 2D cover-based shooter with a distinct art style. What We’d Like To See: After missing its 2013 window, we’re curious to see the current state of the game and spend some hands-on time with it.
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