E3 is just days away, and we’re all really excited about all the gaming goodness coming our way over the next few days. While there have been leaks everywhere from their competitors, Xbox has kept a watertight ship, and we really don’t know what to expect. With everything still in the air, we thought it was time for our Xbox Enthusiasts to chime in and share the one they want from the Xbox E3 Press Conference as well as the one thing they don’t want.
Want: Sunset Overdrive 2
Sunset Overdrive was one of the earliest exclusives for Xbox One. Its over-the-top action, fourth-wall breaking antics, colorful and expansive world, and incredibly smooth traversal and gunplay all came together in a highly entertaining package, fondly remembered by the lucky few who played it. A sequel is nearly guaranteed not to happen for several reasons – the original did not sell well, and developer Insomniac is busy working on PS4 exclusive Spider-Man – but it would be an absolute dream come true.
Don’t Want: Overwhelming Focus on Third Party Games
A common occurrence in past E3 conferences has been a massive focus on non-exclusive third-party games. While this is good exposure for developers who do not have an entire conference’s worth of material to show off, I am hoping that it is not the direction Microsoft takes their conference this year. Microsoft has built up the Xbox brand beautifully this generation behind a whole family of consoles, Games With Gold, backwards compatibility, and Game Pass. The last piece of the puzzle – that has been missing for several years now is a varied and diverse slate of exclusive games. I am not interested in seeing how Battlefield V plays on Xbox One; instead, I would much rather hear about Halo, Gears, Crackdown, and new IPs that I cannot play on my PlayStation or Switch.
Want: The next Halo
I can say that without a doubt: I’m ready for the next thing in the Halo universe. There were so many missteps in the past, particularly with the Master Chief Collection matchmaking/server issues shortfalls. I feel like the last decent Halo experience was found in Halo: Reach.
Now is the perfect time to recharge the Xbox One X before even its own technology becomes obsolete. The console itself has received a $50 discount leading up to E3 2018. So, if you’ve been holding out for a sale or wanting to use that extra cash you’ve saved up, at least you’ll be getting the console at a discount in anticipation of a new Halo title coming to market. Which at this point, not only do I personally want to see something new, Microsoft needs it to stroke that exclusivity ego.
Don’t Want: Hololens
I remember a few years back when Microsoft showed off a HoloLens demo during E3 2015. It was more than a neat parlor trick being that it seemed actually plausible that something like this could come to market. The stage demo presented what something like Minecraft could do with the use of this augmented reality set. And then, crickets.
There have been various demos for HoloLens in the recent years. But, the one thing I don’t want Microsoft to do is to bring that dog-and-pony show back on stage and showcase something that the average gaming consumer will probably never even own. Yes, it is a cool piece of tech. And, yes, there is potential for it. But, unless you are going to deliver on your promises, or give gamers more than just a tech demo, leave it out of your conference altogether.
Want: Revival Of An Old IP
New experiences are great but I think rebooting an existing franchise can also be what the Xbox brand needs. When Microsoft purchased Rare, the company also acquired a rich catalog of IPs that would wonderfully fit in the Xbox ecosystem. I imagine a new adventure with Conker, everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed squirrel or even a third-person open-world adventure in the Jet Force Gemini universe. Even without Rare, there are games like Brute Force, Sudeki, and Crimson Skies that also deserve another time to shine in the spotlight.
Don’t Want: Wasting Time On Unimportant Things
Microsoft will have a conference that is scheduled to last for 2 hours. A lot is riding on the presentation, and there shouldn’t be any unnecessary moments that most Xbox fans don’t really care about. The biggest culprit is when Turn 10 Studios or Playground Games reveals a new car on stage. This takes up a lot of time that could be used to show off the video game. People who tune in to these conferences want to hear about the latest video games. There’s a place for car and entertainment announcements but it shouldn’t be during the Microsoft presser. Instead, let the focus be on the brand, the console, and the games.
Want: New Perfect Dark
I still remember my excitement on Xbox 360 launch night (I went to the midnight launch in my town) as I brought my new console home and chose Perfect Dark Zero to be the first game I would ever play on it. I then also remember my disappointment as I played through a game with a character I love that clearly needed a little longer in the creative oven. The more I think about a new Perfect Dark game, the more I want it. I said in my E3 predictions article that it would make sense to co-opt the game that The Coalition was working on before Gears of War. It was rumoured to be a heist game with shooter elements and a focus on stealth. This sounds perfect for Joanna Dark, and even if that would require transitioning to a third-person view (rather than her traditional first-person perspective), I think fans would be OK with it to have a great new game. Please, Phil Spencer, give Miss Dark some love!
Don’t Want: An Xbox VR headset
It feels like I have been hearing people say that ‘Virtual Reality is the future’ for a couple of decades now. Personally, I have no interest in it as because of astigmatism in my eyes; it just doesn’t work for me. Even still, having seen the trouble that Sony has had in marketing the PlayStation VR, I just don’t think that the mass market is ready for it yet. If Microsoft were to launch an Xbox VR Headset, I can only see it losing a load of money. I know that Virtual Reality was one of the focuses for the Xbox One X hardware, but that was when VR looked to be taking off. If there has to be Virtual Reality on Xbox, then they should just arrange a marketing deal with someone like Oculus. Personally, I’d rather Xbox steered well away from it altogether, but they absolutely shouldn’t waste any of the own money on developing it.
That’s our opinions, what are yours? What do you really want to see in the Xbox Press Conference? What should they avoid? Sound off in the comments section below
Founding Xbox Enthusiast member and serious guitar player. Basically, Steve rocks. Need we say more?