E3 2011 starts tomorrow with press conferences from Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and finally Sony’s wich is the one I’m looking most forward to. On Tuesday, Nintendo has it’s press conference, and that is also the day when E3 officially opens.
Pre E3 Week
The week leading up to E3 has been a huge one, especially for Sony fans. There has been a lot of new info on Uncharted 3: Among Thieves. The Limited Edition has been revealed to contain the ring featured in the game complete with a necklace, a belt buckle and a Nathan Drake figurine. I might actually start wearing the ring, unless it’s plastic. In US, there will be a steel case edition, but Europe is getting something even better. The game will come in a box replicating Drakes journal. This means I get a lot of what I wished for. Does Naughty Dog read my blog or do we just think a like?
On Thursday, there was a huge info blow out on the NGP, which might be called the PlayStation Vita, meaning life in Italian and Latin, and being a girls name in another country. The portable Uncharted game was confirmed to be subtitled Golden Abyss and will be a prequel to Drake’s Fortune. Resistance 3 also got some attention when a multiplayer map called Trainyard and located in Bogota, Colombia was given the trailer treatment. It looks promising, and I think less players and more action will suit the multiplayer experience in a very good way.
So, on to what I expect from the press conferences.
Microsoft will open the show on Monday at 6:30PM CET. They have been very silent this year and they don’t have much on the horizon except Gears and Forza. Will they show off some brand new IPs or sequels to some of their (few) exclusives, or will it be mostly 3RD party with exclusive content which they seem to target. What can be sure is that they will show off a lot of Kinect games. Some rumors have been going around that we will see the next Xbox, but I highly doubt that will happen. They have put a lot of money into Kinect, which has been a huge success when it comes to sales. What I’m most worried about is if they’re going to steal another exclusive and we probably won’t know that until the absolute end of their conference when they usually reveal those kind of things.
Sony will have their conference early on Tuesday morning at 2AM Cet, or late Monday night as I like to call it. It’s obviously the conference I’m most exited about as it’s Sony consoles I usually play on. This might be my favorite Sony press conference so far. My 2 favorite franchises gets their 3rd installment in Resistance 3 and Uncharted 3, and you can expect them to be featured their. There has been lots of great stuff about the online mode for Uncharted 3 lately, so I expect them to focus on the single player, at least with their trailer. Will be hard to top the trailer from E3 2009. If they can reveal Elena Fischer to be part of Uncharted 3, I’m very happy, but that is very likely as I’ve written about before. Hopefully they will come with a few surprises as well regarding the PS3.
Sony will also talk a lot about the NGP or PS Vita, which is the new handheld console releasing late 2011 or early 2012. Lots of games have been confirmed, like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Resistance and Call of Duty. This will no doubt be a platform for hardcore players, and if they can keep the price at a decent level, then it should be great for more casual players as well. I hope to see a lot more on LiveArea which is the interface you can get to within games. Here you can download DLC, see trophies and have a interactive feed of what your friends are doing in the game with the possibility to comment on it. With the power of this console, Augmented Reality games might be a success as well. I’m really exited to hear more on the NGP and I hope it will release worldwide this year.
Nintendo will also unveil a new console at E3. Their Wii is not on the same level as the PS3 and 360 when it comes to performance, but it does sell well. Now they are going to come with a much more powerful console, perhaps stronger than the PS3 and 360. It will be exiting to see what they bring to the table with the so called Project Cafe (not the final name obviously). It looks like the controllers will have screens, which I just can’t see the point of. History could repeat itself though as both Microsoft and Sony might come with new consoles in 2-4 yeas. If it’s closer to 2 years, Nintendo will continue to lack on the hardware front.
Who will win E3?
I don’t really car who wins. I hope everyone will do well. I hope Microsoft don’t steel more exclusives from E3, but other than that, good luck. It will be exiting to see how Sony will deal with the PS3 outage and how they will spin itself out of that to bring us what we really want to hear. Will Kevin Butler make a return here? I sure hope so. I have taken the 3 first days of the week off from work so I will probably write about my impressions on the conferences. At least the Sony one. I wish everyone a happy E3 and hopefully there will be a lot to be exited about, no matter what company you support.