I don’t think this is necessarily a make or break time for VR, as I think many in the industry still see it as being in its infancy more or less. For comparison, I see roughly the second generation of VR starting to roll out with smaller headgear and less wires and what not… To me, generation-wise, that’s like the jump between Atari and Nintendo.
That said, Atari had Donkey Kong and Nintendo had Mario, Mega Man, Zelda, Castlevania and a whole bunch of other must-have titles. VR still doesn’t have any killer aps or experiences that are so good and so unique in VR that experiencing it without a headset would be a massive downgrade. I’ve heard Resident Evil 7 VR is really good, but that’s about it, and that’s not exactly the Mario level game VR needs.
Yeah, I’m kinda wishy washy on this, on one hand, I think VR has a TON of untapped potential to provide unique experiences that are simply better when you feel as though you’re in the world than simply watching it on TV. But while I still believe that whole infancy aspect of it, I have to wonder how much longer corporations are going to keep pumping money in to potential, when reality is still a lot like how Andy describes it with these games.
I hope it succeeds, but I can’t imagine myself jumping in to that pool until there’s too many reasons to ignore it any longer.
As for my E3 predictions for Microsoft:
The show opens with an obvious candidate to more or less get it out of the way. Forza Motorsport 8 is revealed and it’s coming to XB1 this fall.
Gears of War 5 and Gears Tactics double vignette. Gears 5 is coming this fall and Gears tactics is coming in early 2020.
Ori 2 is shown off and given an early December release date which will kick off a new winter of arcade.
The Last Night resurfaces with new gameplay footage, but no release date is given.
Cyberpunk 2077 footage, but no release date given.
Mortal Kombat 11 DLC trailer showing off the third character, which will be Terminator (I think the second one is shown at Combo Breaker this weekend).
Microsoft unveils Scarlet, but not the price or the power or the release date so Sony can’t undermine them on the very same day like they love to do. They show a box, they talk about the cloud and the future, maybe reveal the name, and show a sizzle reel before giving us a “Fall 2020” window, which leads in to:
Fable 4 is revealed at the end and it’s a Scarlet launch title.
Phil Spencer’s “just one more thing” announcement: They’ve purchased another studio and it’s Nippon Ichi, makers of the Disgaea series. Yes, that’s not a genre MS has done much with, but I think they’re going to try and cover more genres in the next generation.
Okay, now for the “even less likely than anything I mentioned above” crazy town predictions:
We finally see what Rocksteady has been working on.
We find out that yes, George R.R. Martin and From Software are collaborating and a Souls-esque AAA Game of Thrones title is revealed on the Xbox stage, but it’s super early in development so it’s basically a title screen and a small tease like Sekiro got when it was first revealed.
Killer Instinct 4 revealed. Honestly, I think if it happens it’ll be at E3 2020, but here’s hoping!
Rare announces a new game for both Scarlet and XB1 and it’ll be from one of the following franchises: Banjo (most likely), Perfect Dark (possible, but MS already has that genre covered with Halo and Gears), Viva Pinata (long shot), Kameo (highly doubtful) or Conker (I just don’t see MS giving this character a game).
Lost Odyssey 2 revealed. Hey, so that’s why @TempusChaoti went to Japan! He was talking to Sakaguchi about their magical new collaboration which will yield a turn-based sequel to one of the all-time best JRPGs and one of the best Xbox titles ever released! No? I’m crazy and that’s never going to happen? YOU’LL SEE! THEY’LL ALL SEE!! …But yeah that’s probably not happening lol.
Ninja Theory unveils a spiritual successor to Heavenly Sword for Scarlet. Another one that’ll happen in 2020 if it happens at all, but hey, MS has all the attention on them this E3, why not go big?
Microsoft announces that it has purchased Sega and when they unveil the Scarlet, they tell us the real name is the Xbox Dreamcast, or X-Cast for short. Hey, stop laughing. Okay, so this isn’t even remotely going to happen, but if MS wanted some fan nostalgia and a ton of quality properties to make updates for in the next generation, they could do a lot worse.
As for Nintendo, I have far less ideas:
Metroid Prime Trilogy reveal
Mario Maker 2 briefly shown
More info and character reveals for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
More on Astral Chain
More on Pokémon Sword and Shield
Smash Ultimate DLC announced
Breath of the Wild sequel announced and it’s in the vein of Majora’s Mask
Metroid Prime 4 resurfaces.
A new F-Zero is announced