Top 3 Most Anticipated Games at E3 2017
Date Published: June 10, 2017
E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is here and considering the convention is one of the largest with regards to game announcements, future console-maker direction, and other games media news, I figured it’s a perfect time to speculate on my most anticipated games I want to see at E3 2017.
Tekken X Street Fighter
Developer: Bandai Namco
Initial Announcement: 2010
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC (Presumed)
It’s been over 5 years since the release of Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken and considering I’m a fighting game fanatic of sorts, it shouldn’t have been a big surprise for me to pick the game’s counterpart in Bandai Namco’s Tekken X Street Fighter, however, while I’m optimistic the game will be out in the future, it may take even more time than many of us in the FGC (Fighting Game Community) would like to admit.
The recent release of Tekken 7 puts Bandai Namco in both a good and bad position in a way. The good is that Tekken 7 is doing well both commercially and critically, and while the high praise is well deserved, the bad is that the game does have a few issues that need to be addressed, along with some general maintenance and polishing which from a developer standpoint will require time and resources.
Therefore, while the general reception for Tekken 7 has been mostly positive—a crucial key for the future development of Tekken X Street Fighter, the focus currently lies solely on improving the game and promoting the brand that is Tekken. The inclusion of Street Fighter’s Akuma in Tekken 7 seemed like a successful experiment which also bodes well to the mechanical adaptation of future Street Fighter universe characters in the Tekken realm.
I don’t expect to see much of the game in 2017, however It would be great for the FGC to hear any news regarding the progress of development, and any other future plans for the game. I personally believe that the realistic release date for Tekken X Street Fighter lies somewhere around late 2019 to early 2020.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Developer: Arc System Works
Initial Announcement: 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Arc System Works working on a fighting game isn’t anything out of left field, however what really surprised me was the nature and franchise it decided to use as their new fighting game. Dragon Ball Z, despite being a Japanese product, is very much mainstream around the world, especially in North America, therefore pursuing avenues for the franchise is a no-brainer.
A 2.5D three-on-three battle system, using patented Arc System Works styled visuals and animations, the Dragon Ball Z franchise return to a proper fighting game universe is quite exciting. However, the major question I personally had with regard to this announcement is with the development hands of Arc System Works tied, what does Dragon Ball FighterZ mean for another coveted fighting game in a potential Persona 5 Arena?
It is unknown if it has been in the works, however with the worldwide success of Persona 5, as well as the pedigree being there with the previous Persona 4 Arena games, P5A was somewhat of the more expected announcement many in the FGC believed was next for Arc System Works. While there is still a chance for the game to happen, its potential release has certainly been pushed back.
However, the merging of a strong publishing arm in Bandai Namco and the best 2-D fighting game developer in the world in Arc System Works, it’s tough seeing how Dragon Ball FighterZ turns out as anything but a solid fighting game, and one that may cater to both the hardcore fighting game audience, as well as bringing in a more casual market. The game is currently slated to release sometime in 2018.
Developer: CD Projekt RED
Initial Announcement: 2013
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
It hasn’t technically been in development hell considering the official trailer made it known it will be out ‘when its ready’, however Cyberpunk 2077 has been a game many have been many clamoring for since its initial reveal trailer in 2013.
A futuristic world set to you by the makers of The Witcher 3—CD Projekt RED, Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely in good development hands. The exciting nature of the game is the fact that it is set in the somewhat near future, dealing with conceivable realistic augmentations and technology, giving it a different feel than other sci-fi games we are accustomed to.
There is still very little information known about the development of Cyberpunk 2077, but with CD Projekt RED at the helm, there is no doubt the game will come out polished and heavily supported, as they have shown to be an attending developer with their more recent works of The Witcher 3 and Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Cyberpunk 2077 was last speculated to release in 2019.
E3 2017 is sure to deliver some heavy hitting announcements and exciting news, as an FGC member, I’m most interested in anything and everything regarding fighting games, however I’m also excited to hear about games in other genres, as well as the future of the game console market.