We predicted a lot of stuff this year. Some we nailed on the head, others not so much. We’re taking our predictions from E3 2014: What Will, What Might, and What Won’t, and breaking down just how close (or far off) we were.
We predicted the following would show up:
Halo 5: Guardians • Uncharted • Zelda Wii U • Destiny • Far Cry 4 • Assassin’s Creed Unity • Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire • Smash Bros. • Batman: Arkham Knight • Civilization: After Earth • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain • The Order: 1886 • Tom Clancy’s The Division • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
We were right. They were all there. Granted, these were confirmed titles, but you never know what’ll go down. Quantum Break wasn’t at the show, and it somehow missed our list as well. Curious.
We clearly didn’t give Microsoft enough credit this time around. We said there would be games with a bit of non-gaming stuff thrown in, maybe a dashboard update, or something else. Nope, Phil Spencer gave us 90 minutes of games, as promised. We were wrong, but being wrong never felt so good.
Sony, on the other hand, we were right in predicting, though not the way we expected. We got some details on PlayStation Now, yes, but they didn’t mention Gaikai or streaming video or anything else that would really elevate what they’re doing to the next level. Instead, they trumped on about a new series, Powers, but didn’t stray too far from gaming.
Nope, they didn’t. Then again, they sort of kinda had a blip of an announcement as Grand Theft Auto V heads to next-gen consoles (sorry, not you, Wii U) was announced at the Sony Press Conference. We also said that, if they did show up, it wouldn’t be to announce GTA V. Whoops.
Nintendo might actually win everything at E3
Of the last three years–2012, 2013, and 2014–Nintendo is in the best position they’ve ever been to win the show. With games like Super Smash Bros. on two consoles, surprise hits like Splatoon, the unveiling of a new (phenomenal-looking) Zelda, and the likes of Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, they’re in quite a good spot. Of course, most of these titles are for 2015, but there’s some good stuff here, and it’s not like anyone else is releasing anything this year.
We’re giving this one to ourselves; Nintendo won E3 2014.
The Last Guardian might show up
Yeah, okay, we screwed this one up. Again.
No 3D Mario (or Fallout 4, or Half-Life 3, or Shenmue 3, or Beyond Good and Evil 2)
Of all the ones we wanted to be wrong on, we wish it was on this one. Just one of those games. But alas, another E3 has come and gone with nary a peep from Valve or Ubisoft or anyone else on the status of these games, or if they even exist in any form.
We can dream, right?
No price, release date, or concrete details on Project Morpheus
Another one we would’ve like to see this year, we’re actually okay not getting too many details about Project Morpheus, as it’ll likely be a year or two before this thing gets really real. With Sony just having released the PS4, don’t expect new (and likely expensive) hardware to hit store shelves anytime soon, though our prediction is that Sony will be bringing Morpheus out more and more in the coming months as the technology gets better and more viable as a new platform.
So there you have it. By our count, we got a 6.5/9 in the “pretty much exactly right on” department. We played it safe this year, not making any bold gaming predictions. We would’ve firmly planted any Rainbow Six announcement in the “won’t” column, and we would’ve thought there’d be more Zelda to show, but that’s the name of the game.
We’re not done with our E3 coverage just yet! We’ll have tons of interviews, booth tours, hands-on impressions of games, other wrap-up pieces, and tons more content coming over the coming weeks, so stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook and, of course, Eggplante.com!