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Letters from the Front

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It is indeed that time of year again. We’re officially 2 months away from E3 2018 and E3 is going to be quite exciting, it’s been on my mind since the ESA announced the dates for this year’s E3, especially now that the next Battlefield is on the horizon and leaks and rumors specifying that this installment will return to World War II in nearly 16 years. It would make a perfect stepping stone and build upon the foundations that Battlefield 1 laid down in 2016, rumors also are pointing that RDR 2 will also make an appearance at Playstation’s conference which will be a first for Rockstar to show off gameplay.

Just like last year’s installment, these predictions are my own and is the product of things that I’ve seen on the internet and some of the things that I would like to see. Instead of focusing just on Rockstar and Bethesda, these predictions will include EA DICE and Microsoft.

Battlefield 2018 is set within World War II.

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World War II was the largest conflict that the world would ever see. It would directly involve more than 100 million soldiers from 30 different countries with the United States entering the conflict in December 1941. The scale of World War II was much larger then that of World War I and the cost would surpass that of World War I.

Battlefield returning to World War II would be greatly appreciated as DICE hasn’t returned to the setting in nearly 16 years, World War II would be perfect for the franchise as DICE’s in-house engine Frostbite and their audio techniques would most certainly bring the era to life in ways that games of the 2000’s thought it could only be possible. Also, it would be a perfect stepping stone from Battlefield 1 and building upon that foundation that the 2016 game laid down, gamemodes like Operations would make a comeback and hopefully would be on a bigger scale and places like Omah Beach and Bastonge can be brought to life using the same techniques that was used in Battlefield 1 to recreate the battles of World War I.

BioShock makes an appearance.

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I always say this and it never happens but I hope a new BioShock is unveiled at this year’s E3. BioShock has been missing in action for the past five years and it would be nice to get one last final game in the series before 2K calls it quits. BioShock Infinite was an alright game, more of a shooter then a horror game like the first two were but I enjoyed it. I thought BioShock Infinite was fine but it didn’t tie up the franchise, it would be awesome to see the last BioShock game to be announced and that it would tie up the Rapture storyline in a nice and tightly wrapped bow.

I hope BioShock 3 ( Would it be 4?) gets announced as now it is somewhat overdue.

Red Dead Redemption II Gets a First Look Gameplay trailer.

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I’ve been awaiting Red Dead Redemption II for almost seven years now, I fell in love with Red Dead Redemption and it’s portrayal of the final days of the American Frontier and Red Dead Redemption II seems to be the prequel to that game, possibly taking place sometime between the 1890’s and the 1910’s. You can tell it’s a prequel by numerous factors like the lamplights and the railroads that stretch across the Final Frontier in the screenshots and of course numerous characters like Dutch and possibly Bill making an apperance in this game.

Rockstar never tends to go to E3 and often times, they like to do things themselves and announce whatever they have on their Newswire but I hope they make an exception this time and unveil the first RDR 2 gameplay trailer at E3 2018. I expect Rockstar to show it at Sony’s conference as they’ve had a partnership with them going all the way back to 2001 with the arrival of GTA III.

GTA VI gets announced as well for a 2019 release date.

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It’s been about five years since we last saw GTA, since then alot of things has changed with the arrival of a new console generation and we’re about to close it out here in the next couple of years. GTA V was the highest-selling GTA game throughout it’s course even now it continues to sell, only short of Call of Duty each and every year. I think it’s time to see GTA return, it’s bound to happen at one point and no better way to drop a double bombshell on the audience at E3 for a GTA VI announce trailer.

Red Dead Redemption II would be the only Rockstar game for this generation as opposed to the countless games they released for the PS3 / 360 generation and that is kind of worrisome, I guess? It would be nice to get 2 Rockstar games for this generation before it closes out sometime in the upcoming years.

Brothers in Arms 4 finally gets announced for a 2019 release date.

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Before Borderlands ever came about, Gearbox developed a trio of World War II era tactical shooters that was often compared to Band of Brothers but the videogame version of that and it focused on a group of soldiers from the 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne as they dropped into Normandy and Holland. Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway released in 2008 and that was the last time we would ever see the franchise as Gearbox developed Borderlands and different other games.

Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway continued the story of Matt Baker and his squad as they dropped into Holland during the failed Operation Market Garden, it not only upped the ante but the drama as well and it ended with a hint towards the next game that would take place during the Battle of the Bulge. It ended on a cliffhanger. We haven’t seen what happened next throughout the course of the better part of almost 10 years and it’s time to get that chapter. Rumors have swirled for years that this game would be the last in the franchise and I believe so, I hope it gets announced at this year’s E3 on Microsoft’s stage for a 2019 release. It’s time to finally get that ending.

Borderlands 3 gets announced at E3 2018 for a release date of Fall 2018.

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Much like Brothers in Arms, Borderlands has remained dormant since 2014 with the latest release taking place prior to Borderlands 2 in terms of the storyline. It’s been over six years since Borderlands 2 and I think it’s time to get the finale to the trilogy, Gearbox has teased the game numerous times so we know it exists but it’s time for a release date.

A leak popped up last week detailing Microsoft’s Third Party exclusive deals and on the list was Borderlands 3. Gearbox and Microsoft have always had a really good relationship and when I think Borderlands, I think Xbox so it would fit hand in hand. I really hope Borderlands 3 gets announced for this year. It’s time!

Starfield gets announced for Spring 2019. 

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It’s time to know what the hell is Starfield. Starfield is assumingly the next big project from Todd Howard’s team, Bethesda Game Studios. The last time Todd Howard’s team released a game was back in 2015 with the highly anticipated release of Fallout 4, the long awaited sequel to 2008’s Fallout 3.

Starfield has been trademarked ever since 2013 when it first appeared online, it constantly gets renewed and we believe it’s the next game from Todd Howard as he previously stated back at E3 2016 that there would be two games before they would begin working on The Elder Scrolls VI and Fallout 5. Starfield has to be announced at Bethesda’s E3 conference, this game has been kept in the dark for far too long.

A Fallout Spin-Off for 2018?

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The reason why I said Starfield would be released in 2019 is because of Fallout. It’s been about three years since Fallout 4 released and it’s quite obvious that Fallout 5 isn’t coming anytime soon or in the near future, it might be another console generation before we see Fallout 5 and what better way to hold the tide over with a new Fallout spin-off for this year.

Fallout 3 was accompanied by Fallout: New Vegas in 2010, New Vegas was seen as a side piece and a semi-sequel to Fallout 3 and it took place in New Vegas, a couple years later after the ending of Fallout 3. I believe that the same thing will happen to Fallout 4, we’ll get a side piece and a semi-sequel to Fallout 4 in a spin-off game. I would like to see this happen and let it take place once again in the Midwest or on the West Coast again like Oregon or Seattle.

These serve as my top E3 predictions for E3 2018. These predictions as my hopes for this year’s E3, we’re getting ever closer to the big day.

Stay tuned for more predictions next month. What would you like to see from E3 2018? Sound off below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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