E3 2018 pre-season is upon us, as such, it is time for every video game website to perform its yearly duties and conduct the sacred ritual. We have all been called upon to attempt the impossible, to briefly look into the future by gazing into the void in hopes of discerning even the smallest fragment of enlightenment; Critical Coins is no different. And just as many have done so before, we too will perform this ancient rite, and attempt to predict what will be announced at this year’s E3.
See our other E3 2018 predictions:
- Bethesda E3 2018 Predictions
- Microsoft E3 2018 Predictions
- Nintendo E3 2018 Predictions
- Ubisoft E3 2018 Predictions
Sony, the current king of this console generation, is looking high and mighty upon its throne of dominance this year at E3. Sony is in a position where it would take an utter catastrophe, and then some, to hurt their position. Leaving Sony, truly, only one job at this year’s E3: don’t screw up. As long as Sony keeps putting out titles and doing what they have been doing, then they will have a successful E3; and that is exactly what we expect Sony to do at this year’s E3.
The Big 4 + More
This isn’t so much a prediction rather than a statement of fact. Sony has made it abundantly clear that their focus at this year’s E3 is going to be on four titles:
- Death Stranding
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- The Last of Us Part II
This line up bares a striking similarity to Microsoft’s 2015 E3 lineup, focusing on a few select few games being a large portion of the presentation coupled with a fair amount of third party announcement. We suspect Sony’s 2018 E3 presentation will be largely the same, focused on a few select exclusives, with a fair amount of third-party titles announcing during Sony’s conference.
It wouldn’t be a Sony E3 presentation without a friendly reminder of all the exclusive content that is coming to the PlayStation 4 for all the different titles that Sony has deals with. Expect many eye rolls to this necessary but annoying part of the presentation.
Devil May Cry 5
While one of us (Mitch) believes that DmC is superior in every other aspect besides combat in the Devil May Cry franchise, Capcom has made it clear that a DmC 2 is a pipedream. Instead, we fully expect that Devil May Cry 5 will be finally announced during Sony’s conference, especially since it’s a title largely associated with the PlayStation Platform. People want Dante, and they are going to get Dante.
From Software Doesn’t Release Bloodborne 2
From Software teased at last year’s E3 a trailer with the phrase, “Shadows Die Twice”. While many initially jumped at the trailer to assume it was Bloodborne 2 (us included), we have changed our opinion over the past few months. Largely because of the trailer’s notable Japanese theme, we instead believe it to be a sequel to Tenchu, or a spiritual successor to Kuon. In the case of Tenchu, “Shadows Die Twice” can be in reference to ninjas, and in the case of Kuon, the dark and gory theming of what the trailer shows coupled with the Japanese theme. Regardless, it’s going to be a From Software title, and that alone is enough of a reason to be excited.
Every, single, E3, Sony surprises us with a new remake or remaster none of us expected. Last year it was Shadows of the Colossus receiving a remake coupled with the announcement that MediEvil will sometime in the future also be receiving a similar treatment. We fully believe that Sony looks to continue that trend by remaking another popular title from their past and bringing it into the present. We certainly have no particular idea of what title will be chosen, but some immediate potential titles that come to mind are both SOCOM, Syphon Filter, and Twisted Metal.
Capcom has been extremely tight-lipped when it has come to the remake of one of its more cherished entries in the Resident Evil franchise. But the time has come for Capcom to show something, and if it’s going to be anywhere, it’s going to be at the presentation of the company whose console served the franchise best, Sony.
It was announced at last year’s PSX that MediEvil would be gracing the PS4, and it’s about time we hear more. With Sony focusing on a handful of big AAA exclusives, it will take smaller titles like this to round out the event, and MediEvil fits that bill perfectly.
Sony’s presentation looks to be another repeat of the past few years. A little bit on some quality AAA exclusive titles, a handful of remakes, and a full-fledged reminder that the place you should be playing third-party titles on, is the PlayStation 4. Overall, we expect it to be par for the course, with nothing too exciting besides learning more about what we already expect.