This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as we better know it, is right around the corner. This E3 in particular is special, since it will have a lot to do with Microsoft's and Sony's next-gen consoles—the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Big companies like Microsoft, Sony, EA, Ubisoft and Nintendo will have their own press conferences. We believe this would be a good time to catch a primer on what we can expect at one of this year's gaming's biggest events.
First, the software side of things. This year's E3 will have a lot of games, both with original IP as well as sequels to long running franchises. One of the biggest new IP's we'll get a look at this year will be Ubisoft's Watch Dogs. The game, set in a dystopian sci-fi world where everything and everyone is connected, will be on display at Ubisoft's booth this year. Watch Dogs will be hitting store shelves on November 19.
Another original IP on display this year is Quantic Dreams' Beyond: Two Souls. The game, made by the same folks who brought us Heavy Rain, will be a lot like its predecessor. It will have a heavy focus on narrative and characters. The developers are even making heavy use of motion capture technology to capture the faces of celebrities, with a couple of the notable ones being Ellen Page of Inception and Hard Candy fame and Willem Dafoe of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. The game is touted to feature a script with around 2,000 pages. It is set to come out exclusively for the PlayStation 3 in October.
The timings for the E3 press conferences this year (image credit: NeoGAF)
Next up, we have Murdered: Soul Suspect, which is an action adventure game by developer Airtight Games. We don't know much about the game yet, other than some teasers we've seen here and there and the tagline: “What is the hardest case to solve?” We expect some gameplay demos and a solid release date for the game.
In terms of sequels, we've got quite a few. Arguably, the biggest one is the new Call of Duty game, dubbed Ghosts. The game will have a completely new storyline detached from both the Modern Warfare series as well as the Black Ops series. The game will be coming out on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the PC.
Konami's got quite a few games up for show at E3 as well, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. We'll undoubtedly get to see some gameplay demos for both the games, as well as a concrete release date for MGS5.
On to the hardware; both Sony and Microsoft will be showing us more of their next-gen consoles. Microsoft has promised us that with the TV-centric Xbox One unveiling, the company will be showing off the console's gaming capabilities at E3. Sony will be showing off some new titles for the PlayStation 4 and will also show some non-gaming features of the console.
Microsoft will undoubtedly show off some new exclusives for its consoles and Sony will be giving us a shot at checking out the gameplay for its new games, such as Killzone: Shadow Fall and Infamous: Second Son.
Stay tuned for more E3 2013 coverage.