Top 10 things that we REALLY want to see in E3 2017, but it’s very unlikely to happen

By Kin Boon on Jun 9, 2017

We are one day away from arguably the biggest gaming event of the year, E3 2017 and as we look forward to what the big developers have in store for us, it’s kind of predictable in terms of what will be featured at the convention. Big triple-A titles such as God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Star Wars Battlefront II are expected to feature heavily, but at the back of our wishful heads, there must be something that we really want it to happen, no matter how unlikely it’ll be.

It’s a sentiment shared deeply by all of us at Gamehubs as well, and we have compiled a wishlist, comprising all of the stuff that’ll fit perfectly in a gamer’s wet dream. Without further ado, here are the top 10 things that we really want to see at E3 2017, but it’s very unlikely to happen.

1) A new Splinter Cell game

Image credit: Ubisoft
Image credit: Ubisoft

It’s been four years since we got the last entry to the espionage series, with 2013’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Even though the game was well received by critics and fans alike, it failed to meet the sales target set by publisher Ubisoft, and this led to the series’ hiatus and eventual demise, or so we thought. A recent trademark filing by Ubisoft covered the name “Splinter Cell”, and if this is anything to go by, it points to a series reboot with a potential announcement at E3 2017. Be that as it may, I suggest not to put up your hopes too high for the return of Sam Fisher, as the chatter regarding a new Splinter Cell game is very minimal at this point of time.

Likelihood meter: Fair chance to happen, but don’t count on it

2) Reviving the Final Fantasy Tactics series

Image credit: TechnoBuffalo
Image credit: TechnoBuffalo

The release of the first Final Fantasy Tactics in 1997 ushered the series to a foreign land, as it dabbles with the concept of tactical RPG. It turned out to be successful and it eventually spawned two more games, but that’s the last that we heard of it for a decade. The games are generally fun to play and they gained a steady following among fans, but apparently the sales number can’t match the main numbered series. This led developer Square Enix to make a simple business decision, which was to cut off the Tactics series entirely.

Likelihood meter: Very unlikely

3) Backward compatibility for the PlayStation 4

Image credit: GameZone
Image credit: GameZone

Quality classic games are aplenty, and as much as we want remasters or remakes for all of them, it simply can’t be done. The easiest way to revisit the memory lane is to have backward compatibility, but Sony doesn’t agree with the viability of it, as they reiterated the fact that gamers want the feature, but they’ll end up not spending time on it. This was proven true by the recent research done on Xbox One users, citing the low playing time in 360 games, which was only a meager 1.5%. I guess it’s too late to regret on our failures in preserving the older Sony consoles.

Likelihood meter: Nope, just nope.

4) A new Metroid game

Image credit: Wikitroid
Image credit: Wikitroid

The Metroid franchise is more than 3 decades old, and while the classic games set a strong foothold for the series to prosper, the modern entries were debatable at best, with 2010’s Other M failed to meet Nintendo’s sales target. With that said, fans are not ready to give up on Samus, and the Japanese gaming giant shares the same vision as well, as rumors suggested there is not one, but two new Metroid games in development for the Switch. But just like Splinter Cell, we shouldn’t expect too much, considering the lack of discussions from mainstream media.

Likelihood meter: Fair chance to happen, but don’t count on it

5) A new Sony handheld device to rival the Switch

Image credit: Digital Trends
Image credit: Digital Trends

The handheld market is predominantly a battle between Sony and Nintendo, and we know who owns the market right now, considering how the 3DS severely outperformed Vita in the sales department. You can be forgiven if you think Sony has given up on making portable devices, but apparently they already have a contingency plan to rival the Switch. According to a patent filed by the PlayStation makers in 2015, they have designed a new handheld device that is very similar to Nintendo’s hybrid console. Two years is a very long time in the gaming world, and looking at Nintendo’s dominance in the handheld market, it seems unwise for Sony to release a new device now. With that said, if they intend to cross swords with Nintendo again, now would be the time do it, or else they risk playing catch up in a race which Nintendo has led comfortably.

Likelihood meter: Very unlikely to happen

6) A sequel for Bully

Image credit: Rolling Stone
Image credit: Rolling Stone

Rockstar will always be known for the Grand Theft Auto series, but if you follow their other releases, then it’s very likely you have experienced the memorable world of Bully. The open world action-adventure game sets itself differently from its more famous cousin, as we get to go through the life of being a high school student in a familiarly menacing, yet very less violent way. The lack of blood, drugs, and constant vulgarity was a breath of fresh air at the time, and it’s fair to say there’ll be essentially no complaints if a sequel was announced by Rockstar. And considering the latest “listing”, we might get what we wish for after all.

Likelihood meter: Fair chance to happen, but don’t count on it

7) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic THREE

Image credit: Forbes
Image credit: Forbes

If you think having arguably one of the best Star Wars game and RPG ever made will ensure a sequel, then you just have to look at the Knights of the Old Republic series to know that life is not as straightforward as it seems. Fans have been crying out for a new entry, and even though MMORPG The Old Republic expands the same timeline set in KOTOR, it’s simply not the same experience you get from the earlier games. Recent rumors pointed to the revival of the project, but it has since been squashed as BioWare sets to reveal a new “semi-MMO” IP at E3. With that said, before you sulk in the all-too-familiar disappointment, our multimedia editor suggested that it might be a ruse on BioWare’s part to catch us off guard. So, all hopes are not lost eh?

Likelihood meter: Very unlikely to happen

8) Chrono Trigger remake

Image credit: GameSpot
Image credit: GameSpot

This iconic JRPG might be more than 2 decades old, but it’s still considered as timeless, and you can definitely count on it to appear in most, if not all the lists for top RPGs ever made. The game has stood the test of time and you can easily pick it up and play today, without feeling deterred by the classical look. Most fans would prefer Chrono Trigger to stay the way it is, but on a personal note, it’ll be great for Square Enix to release a remake. I know what’s not broken shouldn’t be fixed, so a modern spiritual successor will still do the trick for most of us who want to re-experience this iconic game.

Likelihood meter: Nope, just nope

9) A sequel or reboot of Mega Man Legends

Image credit: Forbes
Image credit: Forbes

Everyone’s favorite Blue Bomber has graced the side-scrolling platform for as long as we can remember, but it also delved into the world of 3D action-adventure with great effect. After the first two games in the Legends series were released for the original PlayStation, fans have long desired for a sequel, but all hopes were dashed after Mega Man Legends 3 was canceled during development. To add insult to injury, Capcom Europe even blamed the lack of fan support for the cancellation, which was absurd, to say the least. I’m sure most of us still want a sequel or reboot to happen, so where’s our game, Capcom?

Likelihood meter: Nope, just nope.

10) Half-Life 3

Image credit: Geek
Image credit: Geek

Perhaps one of the most highly rated requests of all-time, fans have been begging for a sequel to be revealed in all of the past E3 conferences, but to no avail. The days of Valve being a company dedicated only to making games were long gone, and even though Valve chief Gabe Newell teased on the fact that they are working on single-player titles, it’s best not to dwell too much on it to avoid having bitter disappointment again, again, and AGAIN. But of course, never say never is the common attitude employed by most avid fans, and as much as we truly know the harsh reality, one can always hope for Valve to pull off one heck of an E3 reveal. Remember what happened during Sony’s conference in 2015?

Likelihood meter: Nope, just nope.

Kin Boon
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Just your 'average' media newbie. Have interest in gaming (duh), superhero series, and I enjoy getting engage in conversations about footy. With that said, slight biasedness might be present if we are talking about Chelsea FC. Hope to see the world with my own pair of eyes in the future instead of viewing it through Instagram or Snapchat filters.
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