When Monsters Discuss…E3 2014/Part 2: Microsoft, Sony, and Who Comes Out on Top of E3 2014

In part 2 of our E3 predictions, Aaron and Andrew discuss Microsoft and Sony’s possible E3 announcements and what each should do to make a splash this year. Also, they predict who has the best chance of coming out the victor of this year’s expo.

 

Could we see GOW make it's next-gen debut this year?/Photo: gamer headlines.com
Could we see GOW make it’s next-gen debut this year?/Photo: gamer headlines.com

 

Aaron Collier:

Let’s move on to Microsoft and my big question is: What will they backtrack on this year haha!

Andrew Fultz:
I hear they’ll change the name to XBox and release this new game called Halo: Combat Evolved.

 

 

 

Aaron:
[Laughs] That may be all they have at this point. I’m sure we will get some sort of new Forza along with the Halo announcement. Then they will talk about their new Kinect codenamed Skynet.

I will be shocked if we don’t see a new Gears of War (GOW). If I’m not mistaken, they bought the IP and they have been quiet about their intentions for it. I don’t care about GOW, but a lot of other people do.

Andrew:
Well actually some Forza news came today so we’ll definitely get something there. They still have some games from the initial

Well, Halo Master Chief. (Get it? Get it!?)/Photo: trusted reviews.com
Well, Halo Master Chief. (Get it? Get it!?)/Photo: trusted reviews.com

console announcement that haven’t come yet.

Quantum Break, for one, I’m curious to see what they’ll do simply because the announcement of Kinect-less XBO shows that

they finally realize their error to some degree. But I can’t imagine much in the pipeline very soon. Probably lots of 2015 announcements. That is purely a guess though. Almost certainly a GOW, yes.

Aaron:
Is it bad I don’t care about anything they have to offer?

I like Halo, but that is it. And I don’t care near as much for that franchise and haven’t since my early twenties.

I just don’t see myself buying and Xbox One ever.

Andrew:
I won’t say ever because I had a 360 and ended up with a PS3, but it will take quite a bit of change at this point.

I’m interested from an industry standpoint, but I’ve personally made my only next-gen purchase for a while, so any exclusives they have, I will miss out on.

Aaron:
Before we move on: What does MS need to announce and what do you want them to announce?

Photo: nbcnews.com
Photo: nbcnews.com

Andrew:
Microsoft’s problem is complicated. They won last gen (though Sony eventually pulled basically even) largely by dominating

the US market. This time around, it seems at best to be a 50/50 split. So need is a tricky one to address. Halo 5 won’t be enough, basically.

Need: They need to announce something that appeals to the core gamer. That’s the best I can offer.

Want: Halo 5 as multi-platform [laughs].

Aaron:
Need: I agree with you on games that appeal to everyone. Not just the first person shooter and sports crowd.

Want: I want to know how they got Titanfall to be an exclusive?!

Andrew:
I think that need goes beyond games. They truly spurned a ton of people with their initial policies for XBO. They need some kind of show of faith, but it’s a hard place to be in.

Aaron:
Let me rephrase. I want to know how much money. Not a ballpark an exact amount. But seriously, I do want to see more of Sunset Overdrive.

Let’s talk Sony now. They killed E3 last year. They were the talk of the convention. I was a late adopter to the PS3 and I have loved it from the time I plugged it in. I’m planning on getting a PS4 and I’m expecting a bunch of games to announced, besides a new Uncharted [laughs]!

PS4 is Uncharted waters for Nathan Drake...or maybe not?/Photo: chartedgameguidedog.com
PS4 is Uncharted waters for Nathan Drake…or maybe not?/Photo: chartedgameguidedog.com

 

Andrew:
Uncharted 4’s development seems troubled. Lots of turnover at the top of the production team. I don’t know how much we’ll see.

Sony is probably bringing LOTS of indie titles. As many or more than last year. I see their guys soliciting indie developers on Twitter pretty regularly. They’re very committed to that front.

The rest is a mystery. They just announced some changes to PS+, somehow improving it again. Again, I’d say we’ll get more 2015 games announced.

And with Sony, you always get that “What about Last Guardian?” question. I’d say it’s gone forever. We can still all preen over that trailer though.

What do you think?

Aaron:
I say we hear a lot about PS Now. Its been years in the making and it is something every gamer should be excited about. I

Sony is hoping Playstation Now is going to be the talk of E3/ Photo: pcadvisor.co.uk
Sony is hoping Playstation Now is going to be the talk of E3/ Photo: pcadvisor.co.uk

also see a lot more talk of the cross play between the PS4 and Vita as far as new titles and how it is utilized in the future.

Andrew:
I do love Remote Play. Very underrated. It seems the Vita is just relegated to Remote Play and indie ports at this point. And really, that’s perfectly okay. PS Now has huge potential, and could be Sony’s key to winning again this year.

There are also rumors that GTA V will get a next-gen upscaled version. I’d say if that’s true, Sony will get the announcement. I could certainly be wrong though.

Aaron:
I wouldn’t be surprised to see that either. I’m sure we will get to see the Next Gen update to The Last of Us as well. What about Little Big Planet? Sony has been a bit quiet with that franchise.

Andrew:
True. Perhaps a new Sly Cooper? I wouldn’t mind that. Sony has a fairly deep stable of franchises to get into as well.

Aaron:
Or any of their 3D platformers for that matter. I do agree with you about them taking a lot of time to discuss new indies. They have done a great job of embracing that side of the industry and it’s pretty much kept the Vita afloat.

They have really cultivated a great relationship with Indie developers and they are reaping the rewards from it.

Andrew:
Yeah, it was a conscious decision they made 2-3 years ago. They’ve grown it into a huge part of their strategy and it really sets

Could this be a (Little) Big (Planet) announcement for PS4?/Photo: Joystiq.com
Could this be a (Little) Big (Planet) announcement for PS4?/Photo: Joystiq.com

them apart from the competition.

Aaron:
Let’s wrap up Sony: What do they need to announce and what do you want them to announce?

Andrew:
Hard to give a need for the current leader.

Need: PS Now price point and rollout.

Want: Any Persona 5 info. That’s not a Sony property, but it is a PS3 exclusive.

Aaron:

Need: An new exclusive IP. It won’t happen, but I can wish.

Want: Final Fantasy VII remake.

Of course that is every E3 from now until they actually do it.

Andrew:
It could. There was some quote I saw today referencing a new Naughty Dog IP on the level on Uncharted.

That [Fantasy VII] would be a huge undertaking too. I can’t see Square doing it though. They don’t seem to be headed in a good direction right now.

Aaron:
And that is why I think now, more than ever, there is a chance. It’s small, but it’s there, and it’s because Square is bleeding

Dear Square Enix, Please? Pretty please?/manifestoo.com
Dear Square Enix, Please? Pretty please?/manifestoo.com

money. I read an article about what it would take for Square to actually pull the trigger on the remake and they said that Square would need to be in big trouble financial and need a big flux of cash and they are getting there slowly, but surely.

Andrew:
Just have to wait on FF XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 before they get started lol

But hey, you keep hoping for that and I’ll keep hoping for my 3D, home console Pokemon.

Aaron:
You’re killing me Fultz. BELIEVE FULTZ! BELIEVE MAN!

When all is said and done, we probably won’t get either one haha!

Andrew:
Sorry man but I’ve got no dog in that race. I actually fall in the “FF VII is overrated crowd” lol

Aaron:
You have brought great sadness to me, sir haha! That is a conversation from another time haha!

Andrew:
Well I’ve never played it much, but it can’t be nearly as good as advertised.

Aaron:
Let’s finish with this: Who wins E3?
Andrew: Sony. Their indie presence, current lead in sales, and current direction overall make it hard to doubt that they will win. How about you?

Aaron:
I’m going with Nintendo. I think one of the biggest reasons is due to most of their bigger titles coming out this year. You mentioned it numerous times that most of what we will see is for 2015 at this point or even further. And Sega…after they announce the Dreamcast 2. Just saying.

Most of Sony and Microsoft, games wise, will more for 2015 or further. Nintendo finally has some great games that are close to becoming reality.

Or maybe I’m just wishing they will win haha!

They didn’t even technically show up last year, so they can only improve.

Ubisoft is gearing up for a rumored big E3.
Ubisoft is gearing up for a rumored big E3.

 

Andrew:
Well they aren’t doing a press conference again this year, so that will be unchanged. But they will have their demos and such, and that’s what counts for “winning.”

We didn’t mention them, but I could [see] Ubisoft winning as well. I heard one of the writers of UbiBlog speak very highly of their E3 lineup on a podcast last week. And I don’t think that was just company loyalty hype. Could’ve been though, of course.

Aaron:
That should wrap it up. Let’s hope this is the biggest E3 yet. Thanks Andrew!

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