That’s right gamers! E3 is just around the corner and with only a month to go, Geek Hard is bringing you a taste of what’s expected at this year’s gaming convention. Many gamers know about E3 but if you don’t know what it’s about, its a yearly event held in Los Angeles which showcases every game about to hit the shelves in 2013 and 2014. We are still a month away so rumours are running rampant. Consider this primer a work in progress until the fog of speculation clears. You can be sure that Geek Hard will have plenty of coverage on the week of the event where we digest the live shows and give you the breakdown so you don’t have to. Make sure you keep checking back here this month to see the latest news on the show.

This year is gearing up to be the biggest one yet as both Microsoft and Playstation are set to announce their new hardware and gaming lineup. Microsoft has been playing coy about their newest hardware, especially since Playstation seems to have got the jump on them this console generation with the announcement of the Playstation 4. So let’s just cut the crap, Microsoft. Your console is coming out this June you aren’t fooling anyone. There have been hints that they’re going to call it a dumb name like the 720 or some have even speculated simply “The X Box” (which would actually be kind of badass). Either way, journalists are eagerly awaiting any news on the next console iteration.

At previous E3‘s, Disney Interactive  featured games primarily destined for the mobile market but on May 6th, they announced a multi-year licensing agreement with Electronic Arts to develop titles based on the Star Wars universe. This is not a surprise since Disney shut down LucasArts last month but with a pending Star Wars movie down the road, Disney is looking to create buzz.

Another big question is what the heck is BioWare up to these days? A new Mass Effect game could be in the works as well as a possible Dragon Age sequel. This is an idea which could prove exciting provided they give both properties the proper reboot they deserve… we don’t need another clichéd, Rashomon effect storyline like Dragon Age 2, thanks. BioWare may use E3 to announce the new intellectual property coming out of their Edmonton studio being produced by Casey Hudson and Mac Walters, two of the biggest names in BioWare.

Perhaps more intriguing is what isn’t showing at E3 this year. For the first time in years, Nintendo is not hosting a press event. Perhaps the lack of success of their Wii-U is forcing them to step into the shadows a bit. We at Geek Hard hold out hope that the little Wii-U is a console waiting for the right A-title to give it the push it needs to pick up sales but with the smattering of games listed below, that day might never come to fruition.

We are also not likely to hear a peep from Valve although that’s par for the course for them. There has been a lot of speculation that they are stepping into the console ring with a Steambox console. The Steambox could be the bridge that unites the PC and the console or it could fracture the already fragile PC market. Exciting!

Now without further ado, here is our (speculative) list of games appearing at E3 in 2013:

Bethesda

  • The Elder Scrolls Online

Ubisoft

  • Assassin’s Creed 4
  • Splinter Cell
  • Watch Dogs
  • Rainbox Six
  • Flashback

Nintendo

  • Mario Kart Wii-U
  • Super Smash Bros 4

Electronic Arts

  • Battlefield 4
  • Mass Effect 4?
  • Dragon Age 3?
  •  A new IP using the Cryotek engine.

Square Enix

Square has scheduled a press event prior to E3 and they confirmed that a number of yet to be publicly announced titles will appear.

  • Saints Row 4
  • Thief Reboot
  • Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn
  • Kingdom Hearts HD

Konami

  • Metal Gear Solid 5
  • Castlevania Lord of Shadow 2

Sega

  • Total War: Rome 2
  • Company of Heroes 2

Warner Bros. Interactive

  • Batman Arkham Origins
  • Infinite Crisis

Telltale Games

The Walking Dead 2?

Sony

Sony has yet to announce their press conference. They may be playing the waiting game to see what Microsoft does.

  • Drive Club
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • The Last of Us
  • Gran Turismo 6

2K Games

No booth for 2K Games this year but they will have a more intimate presence. They have stated they will be showing games behind closed doors to journalists on an invite basis. This usually means they have some new, unannounced IP in the pipe.

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Danny J

Like every British Columbian, Danny Jay was born in the Greater Toronto Area. Danny is currently finishing his degree in Computer Science on Vancouver Island. In addition to collecting an unplayed list of games on Steam, Danny plays Warhammer 40k and recently started a Vinyl record collection. Look for articles on those subjects in the near future.