E3 2016: 40 Games To Get You Hyped

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DevinRogersThe annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) kicks off on Sunday, June 12th.  For gamers, E3 is like Christmas.  New trailers, demos, and game announcements from publishers like Bethesda, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, and Ubisoft create buzz and hype that lasts for weeks afterward and sets the stage for what we can expect to see release during the holiday season and beyond.

Below is my personal list of 40 games (in alphabetical order) that should have you hyped for E3.  Only a few of these games have been announced, while some are rumored to be in development, and others are just wishful thinking.  It is likely that many of these games will not make an appearance at E3, if they even exist.  However, if E3 2015 taught us anything, it’s that every dream can come true.

Please note that some major titles, such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Sea of Thieves, or the rumored God of War 4, did not make this list.  That doesn’t mean you can’t be hyped for them, too!

What do you think of my E3 wishlist?  What games are you excited to see at E3 2016?  Let me know in the comments!

01. Battlefield 1

Potential Press Conference(s): Electronic Arts, Microsoft
After an experiment gone sour with Battlefield Hardline and frustrations at lack of content with Star Wars Battlefront, EA DICE hopes to recapture the magic it created with Battlefield 4 in the new World War 1 multiplayer shooter: Battlefield 1.

Though the numbering may be confusing, it is irrelevant for a series that has jumped around to different time periods across fourteen entries.  Battlefield 1 will take gamers back to the World War 1 era, the first game to do so in the Battlefield franchise since 1994, where they will be able to use many unique weapons, gadgets and vehicles in 64-player matches.  The game is expected to release on October 21, 2016 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms.


02. New Bioshock Title

Potential Press Conference(s): Microsoft, Sony, PC Gaming Show
Though Ken Levine is no longer in the picture, 2K Games needs to bring back one of their most beloved franchises: Bioshock. The last game in the series, Bioshock Infinite, was released in 2013 and proved that the Bioshock concept could live on outside of Rapture (though Bioshock itself spawned from System Shock). Whether we return to Rapture, Columbia, or an entirely new city, I think gamers are ready for another big plot twist in the beautiful, discomforting world of Bioshock.


03. Bloodborne 2

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
In many circles, Bloodborne was 2015s Game of the Year, and at the time of this writing Bloodborne is my favorite game of all time.

With Dark Souls 3 released, many fans want to know what is next for From Software. Though it is possible the company wants to move on from the Souls formula and try something new, it would be to the delight of many if they gave the city of Yharnam one final farewell with Bloodborne 2.

Over the past couple weeks, I have witnessed a lot of traffic land on my April Fools post claiming Bloodborne 2 info had leaked and that the game was arriving in Spring 2017. The thirst is real.  Make it happen, Sony!


04. Borderlands 3

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, Microsoft, PC Gaming Show
Poor Gearbox Software. They thought they had a winner with Battleborn, but right or wrong it was matched against Overwatch.  Despite generally favorable reviews, it likely failed to meet sales expectations.

The company is going to need a comeback, and there is no better way to do so than with Borderlands 3. Whether or not they can recapture the awesomeness of Borderlands 2 remains to be seen, but with the narrative no longer tied to Pandora, Gearbox has the opportunity to make the sequel something truly special.

It has been nearly four years since Borderlands 2 was released.  Though they’ve just released Battleborn, its time that they confirm Borderlands 3 is on its way.


05. Chrono Trigger HD Port

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, PC Gaming Show
Chrono Trigger is a timeless (no pun intended) classic.  With recent PS4 and PC HD ports of various Final Fantasy games under their belt, it is time (ok, pun) for SquareEnix to give some love to their other properties.

Embarrassingly, I have never finished Chrono Trigger, though not without lack of trying.  Despite having a copy for the original PlayStation, I’m ready for an HD re-release that does away with the frustrating load times.  And no, I don’t want to play it on my cell phone.


06. Crash Bandicoot Revival

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
Since the launch of the PlayStation 4, speculation has persisted about the possibility of a Crash Bandicoot revival.  It all started with a promotional image for the PS4 that appeared to show a silhouette of Crash pointing toward a diamond, the symbol of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE).

This wasn’t much to go on, and all signs pointed to the ownership of the IP remaining with Activision, where it has been since 2008.  However, Sony respun the rumor mill when Shawn Layden, Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios, appeared on-stage at the PlayStation Experience event in 2015 sporting a Crash Bandicoot shirt.

Conspiracy theories came to a head when it was discovered that Crash made a cameo appearance in the recently released Uncharted 4, a game developed by Naughty Dog whom was also the original developer of Crash Bandicoot.  Has Sony bought back the IP?  Will there be a new Crash Bandicoot game on the PS4 (and potentially other platforms if Activision is reviving the IP)?  E3 would be the perfect stage to make such an announcement.


07. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, Microsoft, PC Gaming Show
A follow-up to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mankind Divided sees the return of Adam Jensen as he uses his augmentations to take down the shadowy Illuminati, a secret organization controlling the world’s augmented humans to do their bidding.  Human Revolution had a great sense of noir throughout its campaign, and hopefully Mankind Divided will do the same.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is expected to release on August 23, 2016 on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.


08. Diablo 4

Potential Press Conference(s): PC Gaming Show, Sony, Microsoft
Though Blizzard typically announces new titles at their BlizzCon event, Diablo is no stranger to E3, having appeared on-stage to show off console versions of Diablo 3.  There have been rumors and reports of personnel shifts at Blizzard and job postings for a new title in the Diablo universe, pointing to a potential Diablo 4.

While it is possible that Blizzard may opt for a Diablo 2 remake instead, there are plenty of directions Diablo 4 could take the story.  Hopefully the battle between heaven and hell will continue at E3.


09. New Dragon Age Title

Potential Press Conference(s): Electronic Arts, PC Gaming Show, Microsoft, Sony
Dragon Age: Inquisition was the recipient of Game of the Year at the 2014 Game Awards.  The game took place in the same world as the first two Dragon Age games, but the story was created in a way that newcomers could easily jump into the franchise without being lost.

Though other games such as The Witcher 3 have since overshadowed the open world of Dragon Age: Inquisition, it still had many areas to explore, secrets to uncover, and quests to partake in.  The game had a satisfying resolution, though a cliffhanger materialized in the form of a betrayal.

Has enough time passed since Inquisition for the next game in the series to make its debut?  Keep an eye on Electronic Arts to find out.


10. The Elder Scrolls VI

Potential Press Conference(s): Bethesda, Microsoft, PC Gaming Show, Sony
Let’s be real, here.  The odds of the next Elder Scrolls gaming making an appearance at E3 are slim.  Although the last entry in the franchise, Skyrim, was released way back in 2011, Bethesda only released Fallout 4 late last year.  That doesn’t exactly give Todd Howard and his team enough time to put together something for a new Elder Scrolls game.

If The Elder Scrolls VI is shown off, don’t expect it to release this year.  However, it is possible that a current-gen port of Skyrim may be announced to fill in the gap.


11. Final Fantasy VII Remake

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, PC Gaming Show
One of the biggest announcements of E3 2015, the Final Fantasy VII Remake has the potential to make another huge splash at this year’s conference.  Though it seems unlikely that the game would come out any time soon, with Final Fantasy XV releasing later this year and Tetsuya Nomura’s Kingdom Hearts III likely having a higher priority, you can expect that SquareEnix will want to give an update on one of its most-hyped projects of all time.


12. Final Fantasy XII HD

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
This is the game I will be most disappointed in if it does not make an E3 appearance.  Though there has been no official announcement, there have been plenty of teases over the past couple years that suggest this project might happen.

Final Fantasy XII was not a perfect game, but it was the best game in the world of Ivalice next to the original Final Fantasy Tactics and one of the better mainline Final Fantasy games.  Many gamers haven’t been able to experience the International version with its Zodiac Job System, so an HD port would be the perfect way for Square Enix to celebrate the game’s 10th anniversary this year.


13. Final Fantasy XV

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, Microsoft
What a legacy this game has had.  And it is finally releasing this year!  Though SquareEnix held a special event for Final Fantasy XV back in March, you can bet they still have plenty to show off.  This game has been a long time coming, and knowing this will be the last E3 before its release is surreal.

Final Fantasy XV releases on September 30, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.


14. For Honor

Potential Press Conference(s): Ubisoft, Microsoft, Sony, PC Gaming Show
For Honor is a new IP unveiled at last year’s E3, and it took the conference by storm.  Though there is still a lot to learn about the game, Ubisoft showed off intense sword fights between large amounts of knights, samurai and vikings.  Keep an eye on Ubisoft’s press conference to find out more about this intriguing new IP.

For Honor is expected to release on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, though its release window is currently unknown.


15. Gears of War 4

Potential Press Conference(s): Microsoft, PC Gaming Show
Gears of War 4 will likely be the centerpiece of Microsoft’s press conference this year, pending any surprise game announcements.  The game takes place 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3, with Marcus Fenix’s son in the main role, as he and his squad battle against a new threat. From an outside perspective, it appears that this title will be an easy jumping-in point for newcomers to the series.

Gears of War 4 is scheduled to be released on October 11, 2016 for the Xbox One.  A version for Microsoft Windows is rumored to be in the works and may be announced at E3.


16. Gravity Rush 2

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
Gravity Rush 2 is the follow-up to one of the PlayStation Vita’s best titles.  The original Gravity Rush was remastered and released on the PlayStation 4 earlier this year, and now the sequel is primed to release later this year.

The protagonist of Gravity Rush, Kat, has the ability to control the flow of gravity as it affects her body.  This allows her to walk along any surface from any angle, or “fall” in any direction.  It is a fantastic gameplay mechanic and one that should be even more enjoyable using current-gen technology.


17. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Potential Press Conference(s): PC Gaming Show, Sony, Microsoft
There have been rumors that CD Projekt Red will be announcing a new game at E3, though it seems too early to start showing off their next major title Cyberpunk 2077.  So what could they possibly be releasing in the interim, with the latest Witcher 3 expansion, Blood and Wine, having just released?

The answer is easy: Gwent.  A surprise diversion in The Witcher 3, the Gwent card game took the online community by storm, and many fans begged for a stand-alone version.  E3 is the perfect time to see Gwent appear potentially as a mobile title or a downloadable game for consoles and PC.


18. Hideo Kojima’s Next Game

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, PC Gaming Show
Little is known about Hideo Kojima’s next game, but many are looking forward to it after the atrocities committed by his former employer Konami.  With the fantastic Silent Hills teaser P.T. no longer in the cards, will Kojima attempt to develop a spiritual successor to appease the many fans who had their hearts broken when Konami killed the game?  It may still be too early to know what is going on, but if Hideo Kojima shows up on stage at Sony’s press conference, get ready to have your mind blown.


19. Horizon Zero Dawn

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
Horizon Zero Dawn was an eye-opener at E3 2015 with its lush environments and awesome robot dinosaur designs.  It was poised to be one of this year’s big releases; however, the title was pushed back to 2017, so expect to see a sizeable update at E3 to keep interest going.

Horizon is being developed by the makers of Killzone and will be an exclusive title for the PlayStation 4.


20. Hot Shots Golf

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
Admittedly, this game may not garner much hype from most gamers.  But as a huge fan of Mario Golf on the Gamecube, I am overflowing with anticipation for the new Hot Shots Golf on PlayStation 4.

Hot Shots Golf World Invitational on the PlayStation Vita is one of the best golf simulators I have played, and the developer Clap Hanz looks to bring the same level of quality to this PlayStation 4 exclusive.  Though no release date has yet been announced, it seems like a decent bet to expect a launch in the latter half of 2016.


21. I Am Setsuna

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
I Am Setsuna is a Japanese RPG with major influences from early Final Fantasy games and Chrono Trigger.  The story follows a girl named Setsuna as she goes on a pilgrimage to sacrifice herself to save her island from demons.  The game has already released in Japan to favorable reviews and is expected to release in the rest of the world on July 19, 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita platforms.


22. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
The next Kingdom Hearts collection following 1.5 and 2.5, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 is a re-release of the Dream Drop Distance title from the Nintendo 3DS as well as new playable content featuring Aqua from Birth By Sleep.  The game will also feature a video recap of the story from the mobile game Kingdom Hearts Unchained.

Though a release date has not yet been set, this is expected to be the final release in the Kingdom Hearts franchise before SquareEnix finally releases the much anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3.  This title is exclusive to PlayStation 4.


23. Kingdom Hearts III

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, Microsoft
This much anticipated title will finally conclude the story arc begun with the first Kingdom Hearts.  Though we are likely still a year away from Kingdom Hearts III, many are expecting additional reveals regarding the game’s Disney franchises at E3.  Fans are hopeful to see new faces from the likes of Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar.

With Final Fantasy XV finally releasing later this year, Kingdom Hearts III is next on the docket for SquareEnix’s major releases.  It is expected to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.  Because of the reliance on the Unreal 4 Engine to develop the game, hopefully we will see it release sooner than expected.


24. The Last Guardian

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
The Last Guardian has some major expectations to live up to.  Its last predecessor, Shadow of the Colossus, is one of the most widely regarded titles in gaming history.  This game about a boy and his catbird was first announced to an excited fanbase in 2009, but after 2011 updates about the game stopped.  Sony consistently denied that the title had been cancelled, but it wasn’t until E3 2015 that it was formally reintroduced to the public.

Though the game is still assumed to release in 2016, we haven’t received any updates since last year’s E3.  Expect to hear more information about this PlayStation 4 exclusive at Sony’s E3 press conference.


25. The Legend of Zelda WiiU/NX

Potential Press Conference(s): Nintendo
Oh, Nintendo.  No one knows what you’re doing anymore.  Fortunately it would appear that you have reneged on Zelda being the only title to appear at this year’s E3.  Still, not all is well in the land of Mario.

That said, the next Legend of Zelda game appears to be extremely ambitious.  Hopefully it lives up to the hype.


26. Mass Effect: Andromeda

Potential Press Conference(s): Electronic Arts, Microsoft, PC Gaming Show, Sony
After fumbling the ending to the Mass Effect trilogy, Bioware is looking to start things anew with a new hero, a new adventure, and a new area of space.  With Mass Effect: Andromeda, players will be able to pioneer new areas and battle new foes while hopefully maintaining the same quality as the previous games in the franchise.

Though this new Mass Effect was supposed to release later this year, it was since pushed to 2017.  Expect quite a bit of coverage for this game at Electronic Arts’ E3 press conference.


27. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
Ni no Kuni is a gem among RPGs from the last generation of games.  Though the sequel appears to follow a new cast of characters, the Pokemon-meets-Tales gameplay combined with the brilliant talents of Studio Ghibli and Joe Hisaishi should form yet another stellar and emotional RPG.

No release date is yet known, but it is expected to release on the PlayStation 4.


28. Nioh

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
Nioh was originally announced in 2004.  Recently the game had an open Alpha and gamers were able to get a taste of what Team Ninja has been working on for the past decade.  A game that some have dubbed “Samurai Souls” in reference to its similarities to the Dark Souls series, Nioh looks to be a challenging and beautiful game for action RPG aficionados.

The game has a tentative 2016 release date and will be launching on the PlayStation 4.


29. Nier: Automata

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
Developed by Platinum Games, Nier: Automata is an action RPG where you play as a combat android attempting to stave off a war by invaders in a post-apocalyptic world.  The game takes place in the same universe as the Nier and Drakengard series, though the story will be relatively stand-alone.

The game is tentatively scheduled for release in 2016 for the PlayStation 4.


30. No Man’s Sky

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, PC Gaming Show
No Man’s Sky was supposed to release a few short weeks after E3, but it was recently pushed back into August.  The hype for this game is so intense that some crazy fans went so far as to issue death threats to both the developers for delaying the game and the media who reported on the delay.  A sad state of affairs, indeed.

However, this incredibly ambitious game, containing a near infinite amount of procedurally-generated planets to explore in a universe so large that you’ll likely never run into any other players, has all the makings of a potential Game of the Year title.

No Man’s Sky will be releasing in August for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 platforms.


31. Persona 5

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, PC Gaming Show
I’ve done my best to stay in the dark regarding this game’s story.  Persona 5 is the next entry in the series after the very successful and often-lauded Persona 4.  Part life simulator, part dungeon crawler, the game follows a group of high schooler thieves as they battle supernatural forces using manifestations of themselves called Personas.

The game oozes style and is set for a September 2016 release in Japan.  Hopefully we will find out more about a release for the rest of the world at E3.  Persona 5 will be releasing on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 platforms.


32. Phantasy Star Online 2

Potential Press Conference(s): PC Gaming Show, Sony
Of all the games on this list, this is the most unlikely to appear at E3.  Phantasy Star Online 2 was released in Japan as a free-to-play game back in 2012 for PC.  Though a Western release was promised, it was delayed indefinitely and has since become a pipe dream for fans outside of Japan.

However, with the April 2016 launch of the game in Japan for PlayStation 4, there may be hope that Sony and Sega can push the game to the rest of the world.


33. PlayStation All-Stars 2

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
The original PlayStation All-Stars was not a bad game, but it was not the game that most people expected or wanted.  Enough time has passed that I think Sony should bring back their franchises in a follow up fighting game, but this time go for a straight Super Smash Bros. clone.  That’s all the fans really want.


34. Pokemon Sun / Pokemon Moon

Potential Press Conference(s): Nintendo
The latest set of Pokemon games kicks off the next generation of Pokemon, and they will take place on the Hawaii-like islands of Alola.  A few details about the gameplay and some of the new Pokemon we’ll encounter have been released, but nothing too revealing.  Will Nintendo release more information about the game during their Treehouse livestream?

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are scheduled for release for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS handhelds November 2016.


35. New Red Dead Title

Potential Press Conference(s): Microsoft, Sony, PC Gaming Show
Even though there have been many rumors leading up to E3 about a new title in the Red Dead series, this has the potential to be the biggest surprise announcement of E3.  Now that Rockstar have gotten Grand Theft Auto V out of their system, all signs point to a return to the West.  Would this be a direct sequel to Red Dead Redemption?  Or would it be a new story entirely?  Do they also have a Red Dead Redemption remaster in the cards?

What would really bring fireworks to E3, in addition to announcing this game, would be the reveal that it will release later this year.  Make it happen, E3.


36. Saints Row V

Potential Press Conference(s): Microsoft, Sony, PC Gaming Show
Though fans of the earlier Saints Row games were not enthused about the over-the-top action and comedy of the third and fourth entries, I am very much looking forward to the next title in the Saints Row franchise.  At the end of Saints Row IV, the story took a wild turn and gave the developer Volition the ability to go in any direction, even a clean, soft reboot.

Whatever they decide to do, it has been three years since Saints Row IV’s release.  The odds of a Saints Row V announcement at E3 are definitely within the realm of reason.


37. Shenmue and Shenmue II HD

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, PC Gaming Show
If Sega doesn’t take advantage of the Shenmue III hype and release HD remasters of the two previous entries in the franchise, then they need a management rotation.  The Shenmue games hold a special place in the hearts of many, being arguably the best games for the long dead Sega Dreamcast.

With Shenmue III on the horizon, Sega needs to re-release these gems to help bring new fans up to speed on the life and story of Ryo Hazuki.  Many fans will be looking for E3 to give them more Shenmue III news, so while everyone is paying attention this would be the perfect time to announce remasters of the first two classic games.


38. Shenmue III

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony, PC Gaming Show
Though the Final Fantasy VII Remake announcement at Sony’s E3 press conference last year was legendary, an argument could be made that the Shenmue III announcement was even more so.  Few people expected another entry in the Shenmue franchise, let alone with the fanfare and respect that it received during its E3 2015 announcement.

Shenmue III has become the highest-backed videogame Kickstarter ever.  Hopefully we’ll get to see the fruits of those donations at this year’s E3.  Shenmue III is expected to release on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 platforms.


39. World of Final Fantasy

Potential Press Conference(s): Sony
World of Final Fantasy is an odd spin-off for the franchise.  Though not too much is known about what this game will entail, we do know it is an RPG about two siblings that enter a world inhabited by classic Final Fantasy characters and monsters.  Combat in the game is supposed to harken back to the classic Active Time Battle (ATB) system used in many past Final Fantasy games.

World of Final Fantasy is expected to launch on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita platforms later this year.


40. World of Warcraft: Legion

Potential Press Conference(s): PC Gaming Show
Blizzard is preparing for the sixth expansion for World of Warcraft to release in August later this year.  Though typically they save their big Warcraft info dumps for BlizzCon, they may appear at the PC Gaming Show to hype gamers up for both the expansion and the World of Warcraft movie launching this month.


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