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The biggest show in videogames takes place next week – here’s what you can expect from E3, including a new Xbox!

The Electronic Entertainment Expo – better known as E3 – is the biggest event on the video gaming calendar. Once exclusive to industry insiders, the Los Angeles super show now opens to the public – and is the place where all the biggest publishers show off their new hardware, and games, to journalists and consumers alike. We’ll have full coverage of it daily throughout next week.

To whet your appetite, here’s a look ahead at five stories we expect to go huge over the coming days. A new Xbox is almost guaranteed and potentially the most exciting – and expensive! – development, but there are other reasons to get your pre-order pennies out, too: such as new FIFA and Assassin’s Creed games.

Project Scorpio






Next Xbox gets a release date

The big news from a console standpoint, barring any huge Sony-shaped surprises, is predicted to revolve around Project Scorpio. Scorpio is the codename for Microsoft’s Xbox One upgrade, which will be 4K-native and compatible with VR headsets. The company has trumpeted it as the most powerful console ever built, even supposedly dwarfing the capabilities of PS4 Pro – and this will be the show where Microsoft looks to prove it.

Details unveiled will surely include a release date sometime close to Christmas, and price. In past years UK buyers have had to put up with prices far greater than the usual exchange rate, compared to gamers across the pond; let’s hope that isn’t repeated. As for games, the long-rumoured Forza Motorsport 7 seems a cert to be announced as a launch title, with Sea Of Thieves and Crackdown 3 also strong possibilities. Halo 6 is coming, but Xbox bosses claim it won’t be at E3.

Microsoft’s press conference takes place late on Sunday evening, so be sure to check back here on Monday morning for the full lowdown on Project Scorpio.

Mario Odyssey







Switch’s star is Super Mario Odyssey

The brilliant Switch has triggered a Nintendo resurgence, and the fabled Japanese publisher needs to capitalise at E3. In previous years it’s had a reputation for an almost subdued approach, but that’s unlikely to be the case this time out. Expect lots of info on Super Mario Odyssey. The ‘tached plumber’s dimension-hopping platformer was announced in January, and this is the first big opportunity to show exactly how it’ll work – and shift a few more consoles in the process.

We’re also hoping to see more Wii U remasters confirmed. While Ninty’s last machine never lived up to its premise, it still produced some standout games which unquestionably merit the portable Switch treatment. If any of Super Smash Bros, Yoshi’s Woolly World or Super Smash Bros are confirmed, it’ll be time for a different kind of Mario party.

God of War







Sony looks to the Gods

Every year, the colossal outer wall of the Hotel Figueroa, which faces the Los Angeles Convention Center in which E3 is held, advertises one of the show’s biggest games. This year, Sony has doled out big bucks on this highly sought spot for God Of War. You can guarantee then that the series reboot, with demi-god Kratos now joined on his murderous adventures by his son, will form a key part of their press conference in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

New hardware isn’t expected from Team Sony, with their focus instead set to be strengthening PS4’s status as this generation’s most popular console. That means games, games, games. Look out for even more of The Last Of Us Part 2, Days Gone, Shenmue 3 and incredible new Uncharted 4 DLC Lost Legacy, which launches on 22 August.








FIFA 18 shoots for more glory

In the least shocking gaming news of 2017, EA is releasing a new football game at the end of September. And it’s called… wait for it… FIFA 18. No points for originality in the name, then, but times are changing: we already know that legendary players such as Dennis Bergkamp and Ruud Gullit are no longer exclusive to Xbox, with the game’s selection of past greats rebranded as ‘Icons’ and also headed for PS4 and PC. Ronaldo – as in, the Brazilian legend – is the first to be confirmed.

Also anticipated is a return for story mode The Journey, which EA says was played by 30 million people in FIFA 17. Let’s hope previous lead Alex Hunter provides the focal point again rather than a generic create-a-character. From a gameplay perspective, the big element which will come under the microscope are penalties – they were a disaster last year. A change in this department seems likely; just don’t expect them to simply be returned to how they were previously. That isn’t the EA way.

Assasins Creed







A triumphant return for Assassin’s Creed

2016 marked the first time in eight years that we went without a fully fledged Assassin’s Creed game – and there’s no chance Canadian publisher Ubisoft goes another 12 months without a new entry in its marquee series. The highlight of their Monday night press conference should therefore be Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which is rumoured – as is fashionable – to be a back-to-what-made-it-great reboot.

Original hero Altair is unlikely to feature, however. A leaked T-shirt design seems to have revealed that the new protagonist is called Ba Yek, and sports a bow, shield and Egyptian-themed blade gauntlet. Ubi developer Ashraf Ismail – known to be game director on an ‘unannounced project’ – immediately took to Twitter to proclaim ‘Nice T-shirt’ following the leak. That suggests it’s very real, and we’ll know much more about Ba Yek this time next week. Again, watch this space.

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About Ben Wilson...

Ben Wilson - Writer of this blogBen has been playing video games since the Amstrad CPC 464+ era, and writing about them for 16 years. He’s the longest serving editor in Official PlayStation Magazine history, and these days splits his obsessive words across The Guardian, FourFourTwo and GamesRadar+, to name three.


Posted on 08 Jun 2017  |  Posted in  Deals & Competitions, Games & Toys
Great info
  11 Jun 17 - 11:36

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