A Look Back At My E3 2018 Predictions
A week ago, I published my predictions for E3 2018 (here) as part of a group event within the BlogVengers community. At the time, they seemed to be rather realistic predictions to me. That’s why I’ve decided to do a follow-up post, looking back at these predictions and seeing how well I did. But first, here’s a quick summary of those predictions;
- Cyberpunk 2077 release date announcement
- FFVII Remake announced as one, single game
- From Software to reveal new Tenchu game
- Metroid Prime 4 gameplay teaser
- Microsoft to focus on software, announcing Gears 5
So, those were my 5 predictions for E3 2018. Let’s see how I did!
Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date
This one was almost a win! The Microsoft presentation had been filled with games (we will get to that in a bit) and was starting to wrap up. Suddenly, a video began to play that simulated the Xbox presentation being hacked and a trailer being uploaded. Instantly, I knew what was coming and my excitement levels were over 9000! (I had to use that quote there…)
Whilst we may not have been given a release date for Cyberpunk 2077, we were treated to an outstanding trailer that showcased the world, people and style of the game. We now knew, for definite, that it was still well and truly alive and in development. So, whilst my release date prediction wasn’t accurate, I’m just happy that we got to see the game at E3 2018!
FFVII Remake As A Single Game
Another mistep on my part here… Not only did we not get an announcement that the episodic release idea was ditched, but we didn’t even see the FFVII Remake at all! Square Enix has long been one of my favourite, most trusted developers, so it pains me to say that their E3 conference was an utter letdown.
Most of their games had already been shown off or were scheduled to appear within later conferences run by the big three console developers… This left Square Enix with very little to show off and excite us with. Bringing out more information or an updated trailer for Final Fantasy VII would have significantly improved their conference. It may have also stopped us all getting a bitter taste in our mouths after that conference ended.
From Software To Reveal Tenchu Game
That’s strike three, then. I really didn’t do very well with these predictions, did I? From Software did announce a new game, but it wasn’t Tenchu. Instead, we were shown Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This game seemed to mix the styles of Tenchu and Dark Souls, so I guess you could consider it a sort of spiritual successor to Tenchu. However, that still doesn’t save my prediction.
So here I am, still wishing that we would get an actual sequel to Tenchu, but for now, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice looks like an awesome game!
Metroid Prime 4 Gameplay Trailer
And this was another fail in terms of my predictions… I thought that Nintendo would bring out the big guns and hit us with a Metroid Prime 4 gameplay trailer. Had they done that, then they might have equalled Microsoft and Sony, at least. Sure, the big announcement of all the previous Super Smash Bros characters coming back for the next game, both Microsoft and Sony had overall better announcements.
It is a shame that we didn’t get a Metroid Prime 4 gameplay trailer, or indeed any mention of Metroid Prime, but hopefully, we will hear something soon.
Microsoft To Focus on Software and Announce Gears 5
Well, guys, I got one right! I thought that Microsoft had spent so much time last year focusing on hardware and this year they needed to look at software. Well, they did! We got a huge amount of game announcements, even if most of them were multi-platform. We also got the hilarious moment of crowd silence after the announcement of Gears Pop (mentioned in my top E3 moments list here).
I even got lucky with my prediction of a Gears of War 5 announcement. After Microsoft showed off Gears Pop and Gears Tactics (for PC), they finally revealed a gameplay trailer of Gears of War 5. Oh, and it looks awesome!
And That’s All Folks
So there you have it. I made five predicitions for E3 2018, all of which felt like realistic predicitions at the time. However, it turns out that I only got one right… Still, it was a great E3 with some awesome moments and great reveals.
Did you make any predictions for E3 2018? How did you do? Let me know in the comments below!