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E3 2015 Predictions: Third-Parties & PC

by Matthew Kato on Jun 03, 2015 at 01:21 PM

E3 is coming soon, and to get you ready for what may or may not happen, we've compiled a list of predictions for third-party companies and the PC space.

A Lot More From Fallout 4 & Bethesda
Bethesda just confirmed the game with its first trailer, and we expect a lot more from the game than just a replay of that awesome teaser at the company's pre-E3 press conference on Sunday, June 14. The initial trailer offers a tantalizing in-game, look at the title, and – as it has done in the past such as with Skyrim – we expect to see a guided demo of Fallout 4 at the press conference.

We also anticipate more details for Doom and hopefully an update on the Dishonored franchise.

No Kingdom Hearts III
When aren't fans waiting anxiously for more Kingdom Hearts III? Unfortunately, we don't expect them to be sated by this year's convention, but perhaps at Disney Japan's D23 expo in November. In 2013, Square Enix showed off a trailer at the biennial D23 event, and hopefully we'll hear or see more of the game at this year's festivities.

Smugglers & Star Wars
EA studio Visceral Games has repeatedly teased the public with a glimpse of its latest Star Wars project, which is seemingly a Han Solo game. We don't expect anything of substance for the game at EA's pre-E3 press conference on Monday, June 15, but we do think the teasing will continue with a short trailer low on details and high on excitement.

Dark Souls III
A rumor recently surfaced from VG247 about the game (with director Hidetaka Miyazaki at the helm) being announced at the show. We certainly hope it's true!

Dean Hall
Dean Hall is set to join a long list of other PC developers showing off their upcoming titles at the PC Gaming Show, or in the case of Dean Hall and ex-Epic design director, Cliff Bleszinski, their new titles. As for DayZ creator Hall, we don't expect to see much since only late last year he was still recruiting for his new studio RocketWerkz. But if Hall is there, so will his game in some capacity. 

Read on for Mass Effect and more!

Steam Machines
Valve's Steam Machines initiative is – in classic Valve manner – taking its sweet time getting going, and E3 isn't going to change that. Don't expect any or all of your questions about the program to be answered at the convention.

Mass Effect
Director Casey Hudson has left BioWare, but the series continues. It was teased at last year's E3, and the time is right to reveal more about the title. We'd be surprised if there were hard details like a release season, but given how BioWare has trickled out info on the project, we imagine EA will talk about the game in broad terms. We also wonder what's up with Casey Hudson's then-new IP.

Resident Evil
It's been over two years since the last numbered, main Resident Evil title, and with Capcom relying more and more on its main franchise stalwarts, the time is ripe for a big return of the survival-horror staple. Of course, the series did have an episodic series this year with Revelations 2, but at some point Capcom has to go forward with more than side games and HD remasters. Capcom usually talks about Biohazard (as it's known in Japan) via Japanese events, but taking the stage during one of either Microsoft or Sony's press conference would be ace.

Blizzard's Overwatch
Blizzard debuted Overwatch at BlizzCon in November, and E3 would be a great time to follow up with more info on the title such as detailing its progression system and the possibility of a console release.

Oculus Rift & VR
VR tech will be a big storyline of the convention, but we do not expect a firm consumer release date or price for Oculus Rift revealed at E3. Despite Oculus' CEO Brendan Iribe's recent comments about the "all-in" price for the consumer unit, as well as the announcement of a release in the first quarter of 2016, it feels like the company won't talk about such topics until more concrete info is available.

No Borderlands 3
Borderlands developer Gearbox is well known for having multiple projects going at once, and it has talked about Borderlands 3 in the past. Still, it wouldn't want to step on Battleborn's toes with a Borderlands 3 announcement – which would immediately suck all the oxygen out of the room.

For the other entries in our E3 prediction series, check out these entries for Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.