Six Week E3 Countdown: What To Expect From Microsoft
By Karl D - Tue May 17, 1:34 pm
We here at Lo-Ping are pumped for E3, we know you are too. You’re an avid gamer who likes to stay up to date on the latest and greatest news of the industry, whether you’re reading up about it on a website or watching a live stream of the Video Game Awards show, suffering through all the celebrity crap just to get to the new game trailers.
We’ve decided that we’re going to get the E3 ball rolling a little early with this six part series which covers everything about the show; from its humble beginnings to our most beloved (and worst) memories of the expo, as well as spilling the beans on the rumours and what we each expect to see from each of the big three conferences.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
We all know what to expect from the other two platforms, but Microsoft have gave absolutely no hint as to what they’ll be showing at this year’s E3, it leaves us worrying if we should be excited or worried, we can only speculate at this point what to expect.
Let’s get the Kinect stuff out of the way first; a source of the gaming industry has made claim that we will be getting sequels to Kinect Sports and Dance Central, arguably the two best games for the motion controller at the minute. We apparently should also expect to hear the announcement of at least eight new Kinect titles, two of which are the heavily rumoured Gears of War Kinect title and a new IP from Kinectimals developer Rare. Finally there’s the information on the already announced Steel Battalion, Child of Eden, Star Wars and Codename: Kingdoms.
On the business side of the box; Microsoft recently purchased communication giant Skype for $8.5 billion. A move that sparks the possibility of integration into the Xbox LIVE service…if I paid that much for a bucket of paint, I’d be sure to cover every wall of MY house with it.
Now…onto the real gaming stuff
Here are the two most realistic possibilities to expect; each year Microsoft invites the developers of both Infinity Ward and Treyarch to demonstrate a mission from the upcoming Call of Duty game for that year. So naturally with the franchise rising in popularity year after year, it’d be no surprise to see Microsoft keep up this tradition. The game which is almost a cert this year is the new Forza Motorsport 4, especially considering the swift deletion of a leaked trailer which surfaced at the beginning of April.
There are rumours going around that a new game in the Alan Wake universe is set to be shown, though not necessarily a sequel.
And finally the exclusive that could win over the hearts of millions; a remake to the game which made Xbox the brand it is today, I’m talking of course about Halo: Combat Evolved. The possibility has been speculated for a while, making it to the top of many fans ‘Top 5 Most Wanted’ lists and sources are saying that TimeShift developer Sabre Interactive are secretly working on replicating the game on the Halo: Reach engine.
Well there you have it, folks. We’ve searched high and low for these stories so that you don’t have to, this is the first time we’ve gone into an E3 conference knowing so little about what we’re to expect, here’s hoping for many pleasant surprises.
What do YOU expect to see from Microsoft this year? Maybe you’ve heard a rumour yourself? Sound off in the comment section below and we’ll see you next week when we’ll be covering the stories surrounding Sony’s conference.