Hello world! If you’re reading this, welcome to The Joyful Gamer blog. My name is Ryan and I’ve been an avid gamer for as long as I can remember. I love the adventures they take me on, the experiences I’ve had with friends and family while playing them, and the challenges and memorable moments they’ve provided over the years. I sincerely hope that my passion and energy for video games will shine through my words and your screen.
With E3 2017 just around the corner, I figured what better time to start a new blog about video games than right now? E3 brings an air of excitement; what new games will be announced? Will new hardware be revealed? Will Nintendo finally announce a new Metroid game (fingers crossed!)? What is the actual name of the Xbox Scorpio?
I don’t have the answers to these questions, but it’s always so much fun to speculate and guess – and to make wild, off the wall guesses as to what will actually be announced.
For this post, I’ll be predicting for the big three: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. I won’t attempt to make any predictions for any other publishers or developers, because I wanna try and keep this a bit shorter and hopefully keep your attention. So without further ado, here we go.
The first, and probably easiest guess for Microsoft is that they will finally remove the Scorpion code name from their newest hardware and give it it’s retail name. Not having ever owned an Xbox, I have no clue what they will call it. Given their brief history of three consoles and how confusing it is to go from Xbox to Xbox 360 to Xbox One (whaaa?) there’s no telling what they’ll call it. Heck, they may even stick with Scorpio.
As for their first party offerings, I think it’s too soon to announce a new Halo or Gears, as both franchises have had very recent entries. Considering how poorly they’ve faired against Sony this generation, they may try to give themselves a spark with a new IP. But with Scalebound getting the axe a few months ago, that may also seem like a pipe dream for Xbox owners hoping for something new.
They do still have great third party support, so there might be a chance that they snag some marketing deals from Sony on upcoming games, but again, considering how far ahead Sony is with this generation of the console war, it’s unlikely that a publisher would cleave themselves to the green guys unless Xbox offered something outstanding.
Outrageous prediction: Microsoft announces they will halt production of Xbox One consoles due to lackluster sales, while also announcing that the Scorpio will be their fourth console. All of this will happen in November of this year.
Big blue just keeps on trucking along, huh? With the PS4 total worldwide sales quickly approaching 60 million as of this writing, it would be easy for Sony to mail it in. But as we have seen the last couple of E3’s, they’ve done anything but that. The big guys at Sony have put together some amazing shows and presentations, complete with orchestras and KISS concert worthy stage effects. I don’t know how they will top it this year, or if they will even be able to. Realistically, I don’t know if anyone should expect them to top themselves, but we are only human.
They will undoubtedly be able to show many, many games coming out over the next couple of years. I’m sure Death Stranding will make an appearance… they will flaunt that they have Kojima until the cows come home. The dude is a legend though, so why wouldn’t you?
I’m also guessing that we’ll see more footage of games like Days Gone, Detroit: Become Human, and the reboot of God of War. As a longtime PlayStation owner, I’m personally very excited to see what Cory Barlog and his team are doing with the GoW franchise. Last year’s footage was tantalizing to say the least.
Outrageous prediction: Sony will announce their next handheld device. I don’t think it will be called the Vita2, but if they do announce it, I believe it will be available spring of next year, probably around the one year mark of the Nintendo Switch being released.
Just when you think Nintendo’s out of the console race, they come roaring back to life, rising from the ashes like the proverbial tech phoenix with the Switch. I don’t own one myself, but having played on one, I can truthfully say that this system is amazing. While it may not pack the power of the other consoles in this generation, it makes up for it with the fact that every game they make from now on will be portable. My how their gamble has paid off.
However, to sustain their success, they need to continue to support this awesome little machine with games, games, and more games.
I feel the easiest prediction is that they will announce an official date for Super Mario Odyssey, and I think it will be November 14, 2017. Now that Rockstar’s behemoth that will be Red Dead Redemption 2 is out of the way, Mario will only have to compete with the annual or bi-annual releases of Call of Duty and Star Wars: Battlefront. I do hope it doesn’t get delayed, but Nintendo’s recent history doesn’t have me holding my breath that they will actually hit the November release date; but I hope they prove me wrong.
Outrageous prediction: They announce a new Metroid game. Come on, is it really that outrageous though? We’ve been clamoring for a real new entry (I’m glaring at you Federation Force) for years now. They didn’t even acknowledge the 30th anniversary of the franchise last year. I’m hoping that the guys at Retro have been working tirelessly and they’re just not allowed to speak about it ever, but I’m hoping and praying that they’ve got something to show for this fantastic franchise.
Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my first post. Leave comments, discuss, disagree, and let me know what you think. But most of all, keep on playing.