E3 is supposed to be exciting for gamers; it’s a week of new announcements, trailers, and previews. But it’s starting to look like E3 2012 won’t be as exciting as past events. New titles are being revealed out of the blue, details are leaking, and there are still 47 days until E3 2012. Are all these early reveals and “leaks” a good thing, or will they make this year’s expo a snoozefest?
E3 can get crazy sometimes, a ton of good games get buried in the noise of the event. One of the reasons we are seeing all these early reveals is because everyone is trying to get the jump on the competition. If a publisher announces a big game before E3 they can get more coverage because the gaming sites aren’t busy posting 1000 stories. No, for that one day (or week) their game is the biggest story.
Also next holiday season all the major publishers will be releasing games for the new consoles. Most of their big titles for the PS3 and Xbox 360 are coming out this holiday season/early 2013. An E3 2012 announcement and a November release date may not be enough time to build up awareness for a game. Basically — they’re in a rush because they can’t afford to announce something, and then release it two years later — or six years later in Square-Enix’s case.
If I had to predict what was going to happen at E3 2012 it would go something like this: Sony focuses mainly on the PS Vita, Microsoft goes Kinect crazy and announces a few new Xbox Live features, and Nintendo will still focus on the Wii U’s controller. That’s it — no huge earth shattering announcements, just more of the same from everyone.
So yeah, E3 2012 is starting to sound like a snoozefest, right? Well, there’s one scenario that could bring back the excitement. While it’s been made clear that Microsoft and Sony won’t be discussing their next generation plans, a third-party could go rogue and announce something. This is unlikely, but it wouldn’t be too shocking. They could say — “Here’s what we’re working on for the next wave of consoles”. Obviously they’d stop short of saying what consoles the game is for. This would give them an automatic “win” in many gamers’ eyes.
Anyway, are there any announcements you’re looking forward to at E3 2012, or do you think all the good stuff will be public knowledge before the event?