By. Adam Bankhurst
E3 is a time for hopes and dreams to be fulfilled or crushed. It is the biggest event in the video game world and full of spectacle and wonder. Each year, gamers from around the world wait with bated breath to see what surprises will be revealed and what new experiences await them.
Before the show begins on June 10th, 2013, I say it's time to speak our minds and see what the gaming community believes we will see once those press conferences kick off. Prove to the world your ability to see into the future and proclaim what these developers and publishers have attempted to keep secret.
I have a few predictions that I hope come true, and then I want to know what you believe will be announced next week.
Microsoft Will Reveal a PlayStation Plus Equivalent
Not only is it exciting to get a title you may have not purchased otherwise, but it is a perfect marketing strategy. Deus Ex: The Fall is coming to mobile devices soon, and Saints Row IV is hitting consoles in just a few months. By strategically putting out these titles, you build excitement as well as good will for giving out these "free" games!
Microsoft would be smart to get into this side of the business and give its fans another reason to love them, especially with all the rumblings of the dreaded used-game and DRM issue. Another important thing to note is that PlayStation Plus will only get better from here. Imagine them opening up their back catalogs and streaming old titles, a la Netflix style. Microsoft claims they don't have backwards compatibility, but you know they will find some way to make money off their old titles. A system like PlayStation Plus may be the perfect place to do so.
Smash Brothers Will Release THIS YEAR
We've seen Nintendo do this time and time again. A system launches and seems to be failing, but then the software comes and it rises from the ashes. Just look at the 3DS, it had a somewhat similar history and it is now doing incredibly and has more games releasing than we can keep track of.
Masahiro Sakurai, creator of the Smash Bros. franchise, took to Twitter to let us know that on June 11th, we WILL be getting our first glimpse of this long awaited title, and I think he will have a lot more surprises in store for us then a quick look.
The PlayStation Vita Will Get a $50 Price Drop
This drop could help this embattled system and bring some life back into it. At E3, If Sony drops the price, chooses to stress the synergy between Vita and PS4, as well as giving us a few more worthy games to play, the Vita could gain a lot of ground.
It's doubtful that it will catch up to 3DS, but that doesn't mean it can't carve its own place into the video game market.
Halo 5 Will Be Teased at the End of Microsoft's Press Conference
We most likely won't see any gameplay footage or a firm release date, but we will get an image that will keep us clamoring for more. Right as the conference is ending, the theater will fade to black, and all of a sudden we will see Master Chief's visor and helmet appear. We may get a quote or a quick CG look at the title, but it will be there purposefully and only to build excitement and let you know that Master Chief is coming back.
That was one of the problems with the Wii U launch, they didn't even tease games coming in the future, so we had nothing to build on. If Microsoft gave its fans a quick glimpse of their favorite Spartan, you can be sure they will have plenty to be excited about.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Will Both Launch in November, Being Priced at $349 and $399, Respectively
$600 is asking way too much of your customers and Sony painfully realizes that now. That is why it would make sense for them to come out at $399 and show its fans that they truly care about the gamers. Xbox One will most likely cost a little extra, due to all the media capabilities and such, but it won't be far off.
These prices just seem to be in the right range. There have been rumors that the Xbox One may launch at $499 with a $299 subscription fee model, but we will have to see how that all pans out.
What are your predictions? What do you think will happen at this year's E3? What do you hope to see, even though you know it may never happen? Let me know below and start a conversation that gets us all ready for one exciting week!
Adam Bankhurst is one of the co-hosts of The Gamer’s Advocate. Send him all your thoughts or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow him @adambankhurst