Matthew Walker, Project Coordinator
This year's E3 is set to bring more announcements than previous E3s (events that may have disappointed). There is one thing that I am most excited about above everything else: the "Next" Kojima Productions project. Rumors and speculation are swirling that it could be a suped-up version of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, either appearing on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3, or even both. There are also rumblings about the next entry into the Metal Gear series potentially being about Raiden or even that there will be a new series of Metal Gear - Metal Gear Raiden. However, there was a teaser image revealed recently that seems to suggest an entirely new series coming from Kojima Productions. Either way, I have been anxious to find out what this reveal was going to be since GDC this year.
In addition to what Kojima is doing, I am also eagerly awaiting the reveal of the new PSP Go! While I may not agree with the name, the potential of amping up the PSP to the next level intrigues me. Finding out what exactly is going on with the handheld will be a real treat. I am sure that there will be more this year and I can't wait for all the information to flood in.
Adam Brown, Staff Contributor
With E3 seemingly going back to its older and flashier ways, this year's expo should hopefully prove to be the best in the past few years. We likely won't be seeing any new console announcements thanks to the tough economic times, but it seems incredibly likely that we'll be seeing one of the worst kept secrets in gaming, the PSP Go!, or whatever Sony decides to officially call it. Aside from this announcement, and perhaps new motion control solutions for both Sony and Microsoft's consoles, I don't think hardware is going to be the focus of E3. It will instead come in a distant second to the software being shown and talked about.
Going into E3 2009, Sony looks like they'll have a strong showing of exclusive titles including God of War III, Heavy Rain, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time, and probably a few more that haven't been officially confirmed yet that could help keep things interesting. Microsoft is a little more difficult to predict because they are staying very quiet about what games they plan on showing, so we'll probably be in for some huge surprises during their press conference. Nintendo may also be full of surprises, as they have stated that the "hardcore" fans will be pleased this E3, so hopefully we'll see a new Mario, Metroid, Kirby, non-portable Legend of Zelda, and/or (gasp) a Kid Icarus game revealed this year. One thing is for sure, it is impossible to predict everything we'll see this year at E3, but a good portion of the fun comes from those unexpected megaton announcements that catch everyone off-guard. Here's hoping for another "Final Fantasy XIII is coming to the Xbox 360 too" type of shocker at this year's show.