E3 2011 is just around the corner, which means the excitement and speculation over what will be shown at the industry's premier gathering is reaching a fever pitch. Major impending announcements on Nintendo's new console, Sony's 'Next Generation Portable', and, hopefully, Microsoft's plans for the future of Kinect are likely to make this the most intriguing show in recent history. While hardware will naturally take up a large portion of the spotlight, the software front is looking equally as strong. Alongside the confirmed heavyweights - Mass Effect, Uncharted, Batman, Battlefield, etc. "” the following is a list of some long-shot titles we'd absolutely love to get a glimpse of at E3. Emphasis on long-shot.
Rockstar have been on a roll as of late, consistently branching out from Grand Theft Auto with titles such as Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire. These more experimental ventures have really highlighted the strength and versatility of Rockstar's storytelling and world-building. On that note, a hint on the fate of Agent would help continue their momentum. The spy title, set during the Cold War, was teased at Sony's E3 2009 press conference, but has largely gone dark since that time. While details on Grand Theft Auto V would also be intriguing, the mystery surrounding Agent gives it the nod. Rockstar have, at the very least, confirmed that it's still in development in an investor's call earlier this year.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
The original Beyond Good & Evil garnered a cult following because of its characters, aesthetic and cohesive design, among other things. Ubisoft delighted fans in 2008 with the surprise reveal of Beyond Good & Evil 2. However, since the initial announcement the title's future has been uncertain, despite repeated assurances from Ubisoft and the team. While series' creator Michel Ancel has stated Rayman: Origins is his studio's immediate priority, a hint that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still on the horizon would go a long way.
Let's be honest: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 probably isn't coming. At this point, over three years since Episode 2, moving onto the next full instalment in the acclaimed franchise makes much more sense for Valve. A series of other successful projects - Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress and Portal - may have diverted resources from Gordon Freeman's journey, but there's no doubt a small team has been steadily crafting Half-Life 3. With legions of dedicated fans, even a brief teaser at one of the major press conferences could steal the show for Valve.
The Last Guardian
Team ICO's PlayStation 3 debut has been amongst the top of our most-wanted titles since it was revealed, and will continue to be until its release. The team behind ICO and Shadow of the Colossus have gained a reputation for delivering watershed gaming experiences. The occasional teaser or titbit of information from Ueda have kept eager fans at bay while The Last Guardian has been delayed a number of times. Unlikely to see the light of day in 2011, a firm release date from Sony would be enough to satisfy my endless curiosity at this point.
Another Metal Gear Solid
Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid series, is another developer to have reached legendary status in the gaming community. While he has provided some form of guidance on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Kojima Productions next project remains unknown. Kojima has consistently stated his intention to step back from the Metal Gear series, only to reveal Snake's next adventure shortly thereafter. While Kojima himself may have confirmed he won't be announcing MGS5, who's to say we won't see Metal Gear Solid in some form? We can only hope E3 2011 continues that proud tradition.
Alan Wake 2
God of War IV
Grand Theft Auto V
Kingdom Hearts 3