The most anticipated expo involving videogames is just around the corner and gamer’s mouths are starting to water in anticipation of all the big announcements that will cause our wallets to be emptied throughout the rest of the year. We usually have a good idea of what’s coming thanks to this modern day of internet journalism and social media. It seems harder than ever for companies to keep big secrets under wraps. Somehow though, the big three always seem to surprise us each year. So we’re looking at the biggest surprises gamers want to see at this year’s Electronic and Entertainment Expo.
Every year we hear about Shenmue 3. It’s usually from the diehard fans of the Sega Dreamcast who seem to still be going strong. Could 2011 be the magic year? During Yu Suzuki's GDC panel he dropped a bomb about Shenmue 3 saying, "I think Sega will let me make it." Suzuki later said it's contingent on budget issues. Suzuki also said that Shenmue cost a mere $47 million to make, and not previously stated $70 million that Sega quoted. Could we finally see Shenmue 3 at E3 2011? It wouldn’t be hard using the Yakuza engine. Would that mean it would be PS3 exclusive? We don’t care at this point. We just want it.
Blue Dragon 2
The traditional JRPG genre was once one of the most popular genres in gaming and decided many a console war back in the day. Things have been a little lacking this generation with smaller firms like NIS handling most of the localization for JRPGs and most of those hit the PS3. Xbox 360 owners were treated to a deep and time-consuming role-playing experience with great graphics in Blue Dragon. A spin-off for the Nintendo DS was released, but what we really want is Blue Dragon 2. Is this the year we hear something?
Killer Instinct 3
As with Shenmue, Killer Instinct is one of those games that everyone starts murmuring about as the Electronic and Entertainment Expo approaches each year. The series is remembered as one of the best fighters from arcades back in the 1990s and one of the few titles that kept the Nintendo 64 afloat during Nintendo’s rough period of holding onto the cartridge medium. Rare has teased us for years with references and images hidden in games and promos, but we think this might be the year that Microsoft knocks our socks off with something official.