GDC done... bring on E3!

Written by Benke on the 15th of March 2011 at 18:53

The weeks surrounding GDC didn't really bring us much in terms of announcements, yet there must be a tremendous amount of games and news around the corner. It really looks as if E3 will be the battleground of the giants this year. Sony have already revealed NGP, proper name, price, and launch date are expected at E3. Microsoft have kept very quiet about their post Gears of War 3 (Sep 20) plans. Could Xbox 720 be unveiled at E3? It's not too farfetched, but at the very least we're going to see lots of new software announcements. Meanwhile Nintendo's Iwata casually announced Super Mario for 3DS at GDC, but rumours at the Nintendo are preparing to show the successor to the Wii at E3.

To top this off we've got the likely unveiling of Bungie's huge Activision project, the possibility of EA showing what Respawn are up to, and most likely one or two huge surprises. It's almost eerie that Rockstar have been able to hold off announcing GTA V for so long, isn't it? I'm sure there is a lot of negotiating going on with the big boys with regards to exclusive DLC and the likes.

But all of this is what we expect out of E3 and I'm really hoping for some major surprises.

At this point NGP is looking a bit like a fanmade PSP with all kinds of added features without much thought as to how it will advance your experience. I'm sure it will appeal to the same people who are happy with their PS3 thanks to Uncharted, Resistance and Killzone, but I'm not sure it's enough to rival Nintendo's superior grasp of the handheld audience. So what I'm really for from Sony is an idea, a vision of why we should put our faith in NGP. Some kind of new concept that advances handheld gaming.

GDC done... bring on E3!