E3 2017 latest leaks, rumours and games: from Red Dead Redemption 2 to COD WW2 and More
You don’t have to wait until E3 2017 to get all of the biggest news. Sure, you could close your eyes, plug your ears, and try to stay above all the leaks and predictions until June… or you could grab your healthy-pinch-of-salt-shaker and gladly submerge yourself in the briny deeps. I’ve assembled the biggest rumors and forecasts swirling around this year’s big ol’ gaming event and collected them here, including everything from sure bets to dark horses.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a shoo-in for Sony
Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to be released in Fall 2017, and Sony and Rockstar Games have confirmed that they’re working together to give PS4 players “first access to earn select online content” in the game. Translation: you are almost definitely going to see Red Dead Redemption 2 on Sony’s stage at E3 2017, and it will probably be a pretty big reveal. Rockstar doesn’t typically use E3 as a big marketing event on its own, but it will definitely make the most of its existing relationship with Sony. If it doesn’t, I’ll eat a cowboy hat*.
Death Stranding could finally get a release window
Here’s another prediction for Sony’s press conference – another Death Stranding trailer and maybe even an official release window. Hideo Kojima revealed his first post-Konami project on Sony’s stage at E3 2016 with that enigmatic naked-and-oily Norman Reedus trailer. Then another trailer introduced us to Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo del Toro’s characters in late 2016. Kojima Productions will likely keep up the cadence with a new look at the game at E3 in June. Hopefully this one will give us some indication of how it actually plays.
Why do I think it’ll get a release window, too? Now that the studio has its engine locked down (Decima, which also powers Horizon: Zero Dawn) it’s in a better place to make that kind of internal assessment. And frankly it would be ridiculous to have three lengthy trailers for a game and still no clue of when it will come out except “before 2019”.
The first sight of Xbox One Project Scorpio
Microsoft officially announced Xbox One Project Scorpio, a high-powered upgrade for its current system, on stage at E3 2016. It shared some impressive sounding tech specs and some assurances that it isn’t intended as a replacement for Xbox One, but that was about it. And it hasn’t said much more about it since then. Microsoft still plans to launch Project Scorpio (presumably with a different name) in time for holiday 2017, so its proper debut is very likely to occur at E3 this year.
Expect Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch
Rumors have been swirling about a Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch since before the console had an official name. Nintendo’s promised a “big” E3 this year, and a new Smash Bros. would help fill out its annual livestreamed presentation. That’s a qualified “new” – almost all the rumors peg it as an updated version of Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. It would likely include everything from both versions for the first time (both console versions had exclusive content like maps and modes), all the DLC characters, and potentially some new characters to boot.
Going for an expanded version of an existing game would make for a relatively quick development cycle, potentially in time for a holiday 2017 or earlier release date. If it worked for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, why not Smash?
Star Wars Battlefront 2 probably won’t wait for E3
EA has been pretty quiet about its various Star Wars projects since finishing up with Star Wars: Battlefront’s DLC. But I don’t think E3 will be the place where it breaks its silence – look forward to Star Wars Celebration for that. The all-things-Star-Wars event will begin on April 13 and the next Star Wars Battlefront game, which is due out in Fall 2017, will very likely have a presence there. I’m less confident that Celebration will also host the two mysterious new Star Wars games, respectively in development by Titanfall 2 studio Respawn Entertainment and Dead Space’s Visceral Games – maybe those will get a shout out at E3 instead?
Call of Duty WW2 should get some screen time
Activision has the announcement-to-launch cycle for Call of Duty games down to a science, and the formula definitely includes E3. But it doesn’t begin with it. The publisher prefers cryptic social media teases and magazine exclusives for revealing new games in its annual shooter franchise. With the leaks for Call of Duty WW2 mounting, that official reveal is likely to come soon. Expect it to include a few conspicuous gaps – like no discussion of the competitive multiplayer mode – that could be filled in later at the Sony press conference. It’s all about those deals!
Pokemon Stars is far from a sure thing
Fans are hungry for another best-of-both-worlds game after Pokemon X & Y skipped the usual third entry and we’re still waiting to see whether Nintendo will actually give it to them. The logos for Pokemon Sun & Moon leaked almost a year before the game came out, but we still only have anonymous reports as a basis for its supposed follow-up Pokemon Stars. Further rumors suggest that Stars will be released on Nintendo Switch, which would make it the first main-series Pokemon game to ever come out on one of Nintendo’s home consoles. Well, Switch isn’t really… you know what I mean. We’ll have to wait and see on this one.
Assassin’s Creed will return (to video games)
The Assassin’s Creed franchise got its first theatrical release last year, but no new game. Ubisoft announced in early 2016 that the series – which had received at least one game annually since 2009 – would take the year off. It’s made no mention of that break being extended since then. Not only that, but a growing body of leaks have pointed to a new Assassin’s Creed game set in ancient Egypt, so there’s a good chance we’ll see the project allegedly codenamed “Empire” for the first time at or around E3 this year.