What I Want Out of this Year's E3
Last week on the E2KGn30 Weekly Gaming News Show, my co-host and colleague, Osiris Prime, discussed the recently dropped schedule for press conferences at this year's E3. In the past, E3 for me has always been about the manufacturers. They were the only press conferences that I actually watched, the only ones we would really discuss in detail on the Casual Adult Gamers Show, and now the E2KG channel's series of gaming podcasts. I would barely ever catch a whiff or mention of the publishers. But that changed with last year's E3. 2017 for me wound up being all about the pubs, as I found their announcements to be the most exciting. And this year, rather than take that for granted, I am looking forward to those press conferences with the greatest of anticipation. This year, my focus, what I pay attention to, what I will watch, and what I will conduct follow-up research on, will entirely flip.
One of the things I found shocking among the publishers at last year's conferences were some of the big publishers that had very little content to discuss. Activision and EA seem to have become two behemoths of the game publishing industry that rely on two releases or so to make or break them. While admittedly those releases are 800-lb gorillas that no one really doubts will sell, and EA actually has a few that release on an annual schedule and we hardly ever talk about, the conversation around these two publishers is largely boring. In the meantime, Bethesda and Ubisoft have become these darlings of the publishing industry who seem to really be holding tightly onto the brand loyalty of their customers. I am hoping that Ubi brings on another installment in the Tom Clancy universe. And I'd like to see Bethesda bring all of their games to Switch.
Other than special editions, licensing deals, or bundles, I really don't want to hear anything abut hardware at this year's show. It's too early. Way to early. PS4 Pro is just finding its legs. And XB1X needs its second round of releases to flesh out what it looks like sitting atop the market specs.
It should be a pretty exciting show this year, with nothing but games to be discussed. It's a rare instance. Let's hope that industry personalities recognize the same thing and are classy about the conduct of the show.