E3 is like Christmas without the ‘jolly old man in a pointy red hat’ part: New games! New hardware! Much excitement! But even better, it takes place in just a few weeks, not seven months...
Not only that but 2015 promises to be one of the busiest shows yet, as the latest generation of consoles hit their stride.
There's not been official confirmation of many titles yet, but that doesn't mean we can't speculate about what we're going to see, and what we're already excited about. So read on for our E3 2015 predictions.
If League Of Legends and Team Fortress 2 had a genre-bending lovechild it would look like Overwatch. The team FPS sees two groups of six battle for objectives using conventional weapons as well as unique abilities. Alpha footage that has graced the public domain looks sumptuous, with rich combat environments and distinctive heroes that possess their own play style.
Even at this early stage Overwatch is displaying the intelligent design that we’ve come to expect from Warcraft creators Blizzard. It has a real chance to give the genre a big facelift and we're eager to see how it’s progressing.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Xbox One/PS4/PC)
The news of Mankind Divided’s impending arrival is hot off the press, but its development is well underway. Few game franchises possess the pedigree of the Deus Ex series, and the question on everyone’s lips is whether Eidos Montreal can recreate the critical hit of 2011’s Human Revolution.
The studio has already made some grand claims for the game, promising more augmentations, a multi-threaded narrative and the ability to complete the game without murdering a single soul. We hope to see something playable by the time E3 rolls around so we can see if they're telling the truth.
Mass Effect 4 (Xbox One/PS4/PC)
BioWare’s Manshoots In Space franchise was so popular that we knew it wouldn’t disappear for long after Mass Effect 3 concluded the journey of Commander Shepard. And we were right: a fourth installment is now in development in the studio’s mysterious underbelly.
The rumour mill has gone mad with excitement as to the nature of ME4. Things we can be fairly certain about: an all-new cast, a new game engine, an unfamiliar setting in an unexplored region of space, and po-faced xenocide for hours on end. Things to look for during E3: the tiniest sniff of any life in the project beyond snips of concept art and developer interviews.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)
He’s a little bit older and probably none the wiser but Nathan Drake is returning to our screens in glorious 60fps HD. The PlayStation-exclusive Uncharted series is a flagship for Sony and from the in-game trailers available so far it looks as if Naughty Dog is pushing those pixels to the absolute limit.
There's no point in expecting the unexpected here, with number four looking set to feature the familiar mix of globetrotting, gun-toting, and platforming that defined the previous installments. As a result, it’s likely that the Bad Pooch will use E3 to focus on specific tweaks to the formula for UC4.