What to Expect from E3 2012: The Anticipation for Next Year – Part 1

We all know what 2013 will bring by now, but what about 2012?


Let’s take a look at what E3 2012 will bring, though we know no-one cares about it

Next-gen consoles this, next-gen consoles that, but what about this generation’s? After all, two are still going to be pushed this year by Microsoft and Sony while Nintendo launches the Wii U.

What we can expect is a lot of motion gaming, especially involving Kinect. Microsoft seems to be integrating the technology into a key part of its strategy to own the living room, so expect more apps and user-friendly games.

Along with that, we know about the triple-A games launching this year: Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Assassin’s Creed 3. Others games set for this year have been delayed, such as the Devil May Cry reboot and BioShock Infinite. I expect Sony to be pushing its first-party lineup, including niche titles like Sly 4, while Nintendo will probably try to do everything: motion controls, first- and third-party games. It’s a big ask, but Nintendo has to deliver if they want to be competitive on the third-party front in the next generation.

VG247 says Sony’s conference will center around two unknown titles and the PlayStation Vita, hinting it knows more than it’s letting on. Sony will also push the Vita, as the handheld has stuttered in the East with low sales and a lack of quality titles arriving. Whether Nintendo can resuscitate its console like it did with the Nintendo 3DS remains to be seen, because Sony doesn’t have a Mario or Legend of Zelda.

The website also says there’s a partnership between Sony and a cloud service provider, so that could mean we’re getting cross devices storage and/or platform play. It’d be awesome to play Sony All-Stars: Battle Royal on the Vita and the PS3 at the same time.

Wii U

Unquestionably, the Wii U is the console to be focusing on. We’re getting it this year, but we’ll know when it just two weeks. We’ll also see if that redesigned controller turns out to be true (please do). VG247 says there will be a strong line-up of core games, hinting Nintendo will appeal to the gamers who supposedly didn’t play the Wii (I did).

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