With E3 2012 just around the corner, I've been sifting through the massive pile of rumors that's been building in response. I've certainly found some whoppers in the pile, but there are a few that actually have some weight to them. So let's take a look at the ones that particularly caught my interest and weigh in on whether or not I think they're valid.
Of course, E3 is less than two weeks away, so you won't have long to wait to find out if my predictions are right or not.
Half-Life 3 Is Revealed; Is Awesome
One of the things I look forward to every year is the onslaught of Half-Life 3 rumors. I mean, pre-E3 rumors about the next chapter in Gordon Freeman's adventure are pretty much a time-honored tradition by now. However, this year's rumors are pretty mild, especially in comparison to those surrounding SPIKE TV's 2011 VGAs. Still, there's a portion of the gaming population still hanging onto a thread of hope that we'll see a big reveal this year.
Unfortunately, Valve big dog Gabe Newell has dashed our hopes for such a thing with this statement: "We are not announcing anything at E3. Really. We are not announcing Half-Life 3 or Portal 3 or Left 4 Dead 3."
For anyone who got their hopes up, I bet this news feels like a crowbar to the shin. Sorry guys.
My prediction: I think it's safe to say that we're not going to see Half-Life 3 at E3 this year, right? However, I'm pretty sure we'll get to play some Dota 2 and some Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and I'm totally cool with that.
The Next Console Generation Kicks Off
Yes, we know we're going to see a whole lot of the Wii U at E3, which I suppose is officially the beginning of the next console generation. But this has spawned an insane amount of speculation about what Sony and Microsoft aim to do in response. In fact, we have already devoted entire articles to the Xbox 720 and the PS4 rumors, so I won't dig too deeply into those here.
But will we actually hear any word about these consoles at Microsoft or Sony's pre-E3 press conferences? I doubt it.
My prediction: It's still too early to hear anything concrete about the next-gen Sony or Microsoft console. I'm pretty sure Sony's going to spend their press conference hyping the Vita and some killer PlayStation exclusives like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and God of War: Ascension. In the meantime, Microsoft will probably waste another hour trying to convince us to buy the Kinect. At least, that's what happened last year.
The Wii U's Name Becomes Slightly Less Stupid
Yeah. There are a lot of people who hate the Wii U's name. Look, I distinctly remember an audible groan of disapproval at the initial announcement, and keeping the Wii-related name is confusing to a lot of potential consumers. But does Nintendo have the guts to change the name of the console this late in the game?
I really don't know. I mean, if they do change the name, they need to do it soon, or they're going to have trouble getting momentum on the hype machine before the console's launch later this year. On the other hand, have they already passed the window of opportunity for such a name change?
My prediction: We might get a Wii U name change at E3. If we don't get one during Nintendo's press conference, though, I'm pretty sure we'll be stuck with "Wii U" for good. I just don't see Nintendo officially changing the name after that.
Rayman Origins Gets a Wii U Sequel
Some hardcore Rayman fans (yes, those do still exist) have dug up an incriminating video of a follow-up to last year's Rayman Origins. The thing is, the video showed this game on a Wii U tablet.
Since then, Ubisoft has come forward and told us that, yes, this is a real thing, it's called Rayman Legends, and it will be at E3 this year. Good detective work, guys.
My prediction: We here at Cheat Code Central will get our hands on Rayman Legends in a couple weeks and give you, the readers, the full rundown. It will be awesome. I promise.
Beyond Good &Evil Sequel Blows Our Minds
And speaking of Rayman, Rayman creator Michel Ancel's other project, Beyond Good & Evil, has been creeping into the news quite a bit recently, mostly involving rumors and potential leaked screenshots of a sequel. This has many fans drooling over the prospect of finally seeing a long-awaited sequel come to light. In fact, a lot of people are itching for an E3 reveal.
However, Ancel has dashed our hopes for this. In an interview from the Toulouse Game Show, he basically claimed that current-gen consoles can't handle BG&E2's awesomeness. That would sound like a bunch of hot air coming from someone like, say, anyone at EA, but coming straight from Ancel himself, we're inclined to believe him. He's a genius, after all. And he's French. So very French.
My prediction: Sorry. We won't see Beyond Good & Evil at E3. But we'll see it eventually. And we're pretty sure it will be worth the wait.
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Date: May 24, 2012
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