E3 2017 is in full swing from today and to say that we’re looking forward to it all would be an understatement. We’re doing push ups, press ups, keepy-uppys, yoga – just basically anything to pass the time between now and the big show of the week: Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference.
So without further ado, here’s what we’re hoping from Microsoft, as well as the other companies in attendance at this year’s E3.
Scorpio. It’s all about the Scorpio. That teasing announcement (sans actual box) last year has been on my mind ever since. Every time I boot up the Xbox One, I imagine what my games will look like on the new machine, and what future games will look like. Teraflops and all that other technical jargon can bugger off; just show me a new shiny box and then show me what it can do. That’s all I need from Scorpio today. Oh, and a confirmed price, please.
Crackdown on the Boring Sh*t, Get on With the Trailers and Release Dates
That’s the hardware hopes out of the way, now here’s what I want from the gaming side. No, I’m not going to bang on about exclusives, though one of my most anticipated games happens to be an Xbox exclusive. I want to see what upcoming games can do on the new console; how they’ll run in comparison to the standard Xbox One, and I want to see what can be done with games that have already released. Of course I obviously want to see new games, too, but my main focus is what the new box can do with what already exists, and what will soon be depleting my bank balance.
On the topic of games, I’m a big fan of Crackdown. I’m hoping Microsoft goes hard on with the long-awaited (and oft delayed) sequel. I was a massive fan of the original Crackdown on the 360 (let’s forget 2 ever happened…) so a return to form on a powerful new machine has my collectathon juices flowing. I can almost hear the orbs already. So I want a nice bit of gameplay, a solid release date, and an announcement that the original Crackdown is going to be backwards compatible after the show. Yeah, that last part is something of a stretch, but remember what happened last year? It’s possible, then. And I’ve already bought a copy of the game in anticipation. Please, Microsoft, don’t make me look dumber than I already am.
I’m also interested to see more of Anthem, the new IP from EA and Bioware. The first teaser was shown yesterday during EA’s pre-E3 conference with the promise of a full reveal during Microsoft’s presser. After Andromeda, BioWare has a lot of making up to do.
It’s not just the Microsoft-centric games, though, as Red Dead Redemption 2 and the rumoured Bully sequel would go down a treat for me. I mean, c’mon, after promising a 2017 release date for Red Dead 2, only to then go and delay it until next year… like, they sort of owe us a proper trailer, don’t they? Self entitlement award goes to… me!
I know Microsoft has already said that VR won’t be coming to Xbox until next year. I know that. I know. And I also know that the firm isn’t planning on doing anything VR related during its press conference. I know that. I know. Yet I’m still hoping against hope that we at least get a sliver of VR news. Even if it’s just a release date for a headset, or just Phil walking on stage and saying “yo, Forza Horizon is going VR, bitches!” I’d be a happy chappy. If you’ve read my words over on our sister site, Pure PlayStation, then you’ll know that I’m a big advocate of VR in gaming, so if Microsoft can bring something better realised than PSVR, well, my little head would just explode.
Just Give Me Crackdown
I, much like Chris, want to see actual Crackdown 3 gameplay and a release date. The original Crackdown was one of my favorite games on the Xbox 360 and a complete surprise to me, because I knew nothing about the game at the time. I, like many people, only knew about this game because beta access codes for Halo 3 were included in the box with the original Crackdown game.
I was a huge Halo fan at the time and would pay any price to get early access to any aspect of Halo 3 (don’t judge me, we’ve all been there). However, to my surprise, my reaction to Halo 3 was–meh–but I continued to play Crackdown continuously for years (until I fell out of favour with the Xbox 360 and stuck with the PS3). Now, I’ve got an Xbox One and they have been teasing Crackdown 3 at E3 for the last couple of years with trailers, but I’m looking forward to actual gameplay…plus I hope they announce the release of the original Crackdown as a free download for anyone that buys Crackdown 3 (if you are reading this Phil Spencer, first of all thank you for reading but also please make this happen).
So, Crackdown and Scorpio are the hot topics here at Absolute Xbox. We’ve not got long to wait to see if our hopes and dreams are crushed or fully realised.