Friday Debate: Who will win E3?

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It’s that time of year again! The leaks have been flowing, announcements are popping up and the hype train is about to pull into the station. E3 is upon us. As we send Darryn and Alessandro off with their pre-booked vegetarian meals on the planes to E3 (and without iPads or laptops for entertainment), those of us left at home can finally talk about our expectations for gaming’s biggest expo. Who will come out on top?

Xbox has adapted their approach in general. Each E3 they only talk about games expected that year. No long lead times, and they strive to deliver on everything they talk about at the event. Sony, on the other hand, tells the fans that they are getting everything they ever wanted… eventually. Ubisoft does something weird on stage, Bethesda holds a rock concert at their event and everyone else lets YouTubers do the heavy lifting.

Me? I’m expecting to see an announcement of the PS5 (Ed’s note: Not happening). Will that blow Xbox’s Scorpio out of the water? I’m not too sure. But I think Sony is looking to capitalise on the PS4’s popularity and announce their next console. I also think Xbox has to announce more exclusive games – they need a more compelling library of games to win people over so that the default consoles don’t become the PS4 and the Switch.

As for games, I’m always desperate for Beyond Good and Evil, even though I know it will never come. Instead, I’m curious to see what new DLC or sequels get announced for Horizon Zero Dawn, and if we see any hints about the next Dragon Age. I’d love to see some new IP as well, and I’m curious how important VR and AR will be at the event.

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What would Xbox need to do to win E3? Could PlayStation win it by default with a PS5 announcement? What are you excited to see next week, or will you just be following the guys on social media to see what shenanigans they get up to in LA?

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Last Updated: June 9, 2017

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    Personally I think that if Xbox Scorpio is going to launch with at least 10 incredible titles, it’s won E3. Nintendo is needing to somehow maintain their momentum that Zelda has set in motion. Sony is going to show a lot of sequels and remasters to their existing library, and maybe hints of what is to come at E3 2018 – be it a console or handheld.

    • Skyblue

      Sony already confirmed they’re not looking at the portable market post Vita.

  • Admiral Chief

    Half Life 3 will win

  • Admiral Chief

    But honestly, I really don’t give a tiny little rats ass about this. E3 is really nice, but it just hypes you up and gives you nothing. E3 is a stripper

    • Skyblue

      ROFL! But you’ll be tuning in anyway…

      • Admiral Chief

        Nope, going to be deep in the snow in The Long Dark, new update is live

        • Skyblue

          I see it’s Early Access, worth the investment?

  • Matthew Figueira

    Sony have been really strong the past few years, but I have a feeling Xbox have something special planned for 2017. They’re going to announce Scorpio with a really strong price point, and hopefully a whole bunch of new exclusives (that can be played on PC too).

    That being said, excited to see what Sony have planned New God of War? Check. What else are they going to announce though?

    As for the Switch, new Mario ๐Ÿ˜€ THEY CAN’T GO WRONG WITH THAT! Hopefully they announce a new Metroid too, and maybe Super Smash Bros Deluxe for Switch.

    All I really want from E3 to though to be honest… an Ori and the Blind Forest sequel. IT IS TIME!

    • Matthew Figueira

      Hell, Ori and the Blind Forest for Switch ๐Ÿ˜› IMAGINE???? I would play it AGAIN!

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  • Miss T

    The games are going to win E3. I don’t care about the platforms and who is doing what. I just want new shiny content. I am a gaming prostitute that way. <3

    • Admiral Chief

      Gaming prostitute lolwut?

      • Miss T

        Hmmmmm…. Maybe not the best choice for a descriptor… But yeah – I go where the good games are. Show me the content.

  • Matthew Figueira

    I also can’t shake the feeling that Sony are going to announce a new device like the Switch xD THE PS4 PORTABLE!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor


      Not to be confused with MS Surface.

      • Matthew Figueira

        Oh you <3

    • Matthew Holliday

      Well they cant announce a new exclusive game, its too soon since Horizon Zero Dawn.
      Dont think they can risk even thinking about the PS5, since its too soon since the PS4 pro.
      So it almost has to be a new THING.

      • Matthew Figueira

        Lol I was wrong. They had NOTHING but games ๐Ÿ˜›

        • Matthew Holliday

          Surprising, yeah.
          Its not like they didnt know Scorpio was coming.
          Well they did announce Playlink, which is basically nothing.

  • All I know is that gamers won’t win.

    I see Ubisoft as 6 different inexplicable pre-orders per game
    I see EA as buy 1/4 of a game now and buy a season pass for the other 3/4s.
    I see Sony as exclusive gone too far
    I see MS as trying to peddle Games for Windows live V2 if you own an Xbox and PC.
    I don’t see Nintendo as they don’t ever have stock.

    I don’t see Blizzard as they have a MUCH better expo themselves.
    I see Bethesda rehashing the same thing but with more bugs and a stupidly high price for DLC.

    Damn I am getting cynical in my age.

    • Matthew Figueira

      BlizzCon <3

      • Blizzcon rocks almost every single year.

        • Jim of the Banana

          I’ll admit it, Blizzard can throw a decent shindig….

    • Miss T

      ๐Ÿ™ This made me sad.

    • Skyblue

      Cynical maybe but your comment has def got me thinking about how I used to play games in the 80’s vs now. At least we still have CDPR, Rockstar, ID Software (back from the brink) and emulators for all those oldies I love.

      • Rockstar made a massive mess of the in game store for GTA Online and can’t figure out how to deal with hackers as well as their digital service being terribad.

        ID was never dead. It is the one good thing Bethesda has done recently.

        I agree with CDPR and emulators though.

        • Skyblue

          I’m a SP GTA player so don’t care too much for online play.
          ID reference was more about how long it took them to get back into the swing of things bht they hit DOOM out the park and Quake feels like it should. The Champions model for Duel is going to have to go though, pure Duel is where it’s at.

  • miaau

    I want to be a winner.

    Something. please guys (E3 exhibition peoples). We, the gamer’s need to feel that you, the companies, take us seriously. We need a win. Stop trying to outdo each other and give us, the gamer’s, a win. Good business principle too.

  • JacoZAB

    Am I the only one who hopes for Bloodborne 2?

  • Skyblue

    Games – Sony hands down
    Console – Microsoft with the Scorpio
    Controller – Microsoft will never lose this battle
    Winner? – Us of course!! :-p

  • Original Heretic

    CH is sending Darryn, right?
    Darryn wins, hands down.

  • The ones who will win are the ones showing actual gameplay.

  • Magoo

    If Sony announce the PS5 this close to the PS4 Pro they will lose everything including E3.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    No one will win.

    They’ll all screw it up and screw us over at the same time.

  • Jim of the Banana

    Let’s rather ask “Who is going to lose E3”, and that title will definitely go to a certain sad little individual called Randy Pitchford and Gearbox Software.

  • Jim of the Banana

    Is this the year that Darryn is going to escape into the Nevada desert?

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