DMA Tech Watch: E3 Preview

By Phill Powell

Welcome to DMA Tech Watch, where we review the biggest news events and tech trends now on the radar. Here’s what we’re watching as of June 13, 2016:

E3 2016 Hits L.A.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is one of the largest tradeshows supporting the twin worlds of computing and entertainment. Tomorrow marks the official beginning of the 22nd annual event, which regularly attracts crowds exceeding 50,000 visitors.

E3 is always major news because of the product announcements made there – especially updates about major video games. Last year, more than 300 exhibitors showed off new and upcoming projects. Here’s what we know so far about this year’s show:

PS4 Neo: Yes! At E3 2016: No!

The big news from Sony is that there is going to be a new PS4 game console, rumored to be called “PS4 Neo.” Unfortunately, it won’t be shown at E3, but according to Sony execs, that’s only because there’s currently not enough game content right now to feature the console to its best advantage.

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Will this E3 mark a price drop for the PS4, along with news about a coming PS4 Neo? (Photo: Sony Inc.)

We have learned that the machine will sell for more than the $350 currently charged for the standard PS4. Games created for it will work both on the PS4 Neo and the standard PS4 console. Both consoles will support PlayStation VR.
Extra: Sony might be announcing price drops for the PS4 and PS Vita.

Games, Games & More Games

E3 is always known as the show where the game industry opens its treasure chest of upcoming titles, and this year’s show should offer plenty of hotly expected new games, as well as many eagerly awaited sequels to popular games.

Here’s what to expect from some of the biggest publishers in the game industry:

Bethesda Softworks is expected to be showing off a fully loaded edition of its mega-hit Skyrim. Another heavy-hitting title to watch for: Dishonored 2. Wild card announcement: A possible sequel to The Evil Within.
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A mega-edition of Skyrim® will probably be announced at E3. (Photo: ©2014 Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media company. All rights reserved.)

Electronic Arts always has the industry’s attention as it shows off its newest titles. At this year’s E3, the Force will be strong with EA Games as it introduces an expansion pack to Battlefront. Also presented will be Mass Effect Andromeda and Battlefield 1. Extra: Might there be a second EA “Star Wars” game announced at this E3?
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At least one new “Star Wars” game should be unveiled at this year’s show…and maybe two games. (Photo: Star Wars © & ™ 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Underlying technology and game design © EA. All rights reserved.)

Microsoft will unveil Crackdown and is expected to be showing Gears of War 4. Also rumored to debut: Recore and a sequel to Sea of Thieves. Big news for kids who love world building games: There’s talk that Microsoft may announce Minecraft 2.
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The franchise has produced remarkably strong sequels. Will this new title carry on the tradition? (Photo: ©2016 Microsoft Studios. All rights reserved.)

Ubisoft is expected to bring a hot trio of games to the show, reflecting its association with several huge game franchises: South Park: The Fractured But Whole, For Honor and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Ubisoft may well be showing a couple of titles that have already been announced: Watch Dogs 2 and Just Dance.
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Ubisoft has plenty of high-energy games, but this one gives you action on the dance floor. (Photo: ©2009-2016 Ubisoft Entertainment. All rights reserved. Just Dance, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries.)

Check back for more updates this week from Los Angeles, as E3 shows the future direction of game design!

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