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E3 2013: What to Expect or Hope For From This Year’s Show

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E3 is coming are you ready?

 

Hosted by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 for short, is less than a month away and the video game industry is running rampant with anticipation for the upcoming industry reveals. It’s a chance for the big guns in charge of our entertainment, namely Microsoft and Sony, to showcase their highly anticipated new hardware and game developers to crank out new IP’s with epic reveals in hopes of enticing its consumers. This year, Nintendo has opted to forgo an official E3 press conference in favor of hosting a smaller, closed-doors events to focus primarily on software. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering the nose dive of the Wii U.  So what exactly can we expect to see this year? Check out what M/G/W is looking forward to – or hoping to see – shine from the showcase floor:

 

 

 

[heading style=”2″]  Xbox 720?[/heading]

 
 

Xbox reveal

 
We all know that Microsoft is holding a press conference on May 21st. And at E3 we can only expect to see the actual hardware itself and hopefully the games we’ve been craving. While I don’t think there will be a HALO 5 launching the box, I do however hope we will get an official announcement. What better way to get us excited for the next console than to give the fans what they love, Master Chief. Yet other new video games may have a similar effect if Microsoft unleashes something brand new to the public. On June 10, the day before E3 officially begins, Microsoft will be holding an exclusive media briefing inside Los Angeles’ Galen Center. Could this be the day we see the console?

 

 

 

 

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PS 4 Controller

 
Now we all know the PS4 is coming. But now it’s Sony’s chance to put the hardware in our hands and give us a taste of what they hope will blow Microsoft out of the water. With new features like a “share” button on the controller, PlayStation Camera, and Remote Play, fans should look forward to seeing the stunning graphics and the games they’re desperate to play. Also, we should expect – or at least hope – to get a confirmed release date, the pricing model, and online subscription details.

 

 

 

 

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Battlefield 4


 

battlefield4 box art

 

Set to release in the fall of 2013, Battlefield 4 will utilize the new Frostbite 3 engine.

Developer/Publisher: EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE)/ EA

Release date: Fall 2013

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

 

 

 

 

Dragon Age III: Inquisition


 

 

Dragon-Age-3-Inquisition

 

Built on the new RPG engine using DICE’s Frostbite 2 as a foundation, Dragon Age III is speculated to use Frostbite 3 technology and is suspected to arrive sometime in late 2013.

Developer/Publisher: Bioware

Release date: TBA

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

 

 

 

 

Mario Kart Wii U


 

 

Mario Kart logo

 
Although Nintendo is not hosting an official conference, they are still speculated to highlight several upcoming games such as the new Mario Kart.

Developer/Publisher: Nintendo

Release date: TBA

Platforms: Wii U

 

 

 

 

 

Destiny

 

 Destiny

 
What’s company to do when they’re no longer making HALO? The come out with something new and fresh of course. Destiny is the highly anticipated multi-platform game from the legendary Bungie Studios, the same guys that introduced us to our beloved space hero and set the world on fire in Halo.

 
Developer/Publisher: Bungie Studios/ Activision

Release date: TBA

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox 720 (pending announcement)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But until it’s all said and done, at this point all fans can do is hope they get to see what they’re most anxious for and that the pricing for the new consoles won’t blow their wallets. Hopefully though as it gets closer to show time, we will see more announcements about the games and developers that will attend. This time around it seems the conference will be anyone’s game to win.