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Our hopelessly optimistic E3 2020 games predictions

Another year, another massive trade show looming over us like a deep, dark family secret

Dragon Age 4 at E3 2020

What E3 2020 games are we most excited about? There’s barely any information currently out there about what games and titles will be showcased at E3 this year, so it’s time to let loose with the rampant speculation and compile our best/worse guesses as to what the big publishers have been cooking up for us.

There’s no denying E3 2019 was something of a dud for PC releases and new games in general. Most of Ubisoft’s E3 2019 announcements have been delayed until later in 2020, Xbox had very little to display in terms of shiny new triple-A releases, and Sony decided to duck out of the show altogether. Square Enix and Bethesda had a couple of big reveals, but Capcom and Konami only had a few small updates to offer.

That leaves an awful lot of questions left unanswered when it comes to major franchises that have gone quiet. Will we finally, finally get some solid news about Dragon Age 4? Maybe we’ll learn a bit more about Bethesda’s mysterious ghosts and ramen game? Heck, now that Valve’s making games again, perhaps we’ll even see a Left for Dead 3 or Half-Life 3. We almost certainly won’t, but that’s why the words ‘hopelessly optimistic’ are in the headline. Here are our picks.

E3 2020 games predictions

Dragon Age 4

We’ve written a lot about Dragon Age 4 teasers – in fact, one time we literally just wrote the words DRAGON AGE hundreds of times in one article in the vague hope of summoning a sequel. The teases from Bioware employees are getting just a little bit silly now, and considering the studio’s only active game is Anthem we’re willing to bet they’ll have something big and draconic to show off at E3 2020.

Something Resident Evil

Capcom did an admirable job of resurrecting this ageing series with Resident Evil 7 and doubled down on that success with a measured remaster of Resident Evil 2 that’s easily one of the best games of 2019. With plenty of Resident Evil 3 remake rumours and an inevitable Resi 8, there’s no doubt we’ll get something new from Capcom this year.

Battlefield 6

Battlefield 6

When DICE unveiled Battlefield 5 the studio was pretty keen to point out that they were going to leave it a little longer before releasing the next mainline entry in the multiplayer games series. In a recent financial report CEO Andrew Wilson revealed the next full Battlefield release is due in the fiscal year 2022. This means that the Battlefield 6 release date could be as early as summer, 2021, which makes E3 2020 the ideal place to make that announcement.

New Assassin’s Creed

While the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey studio is working hard on Gods and Monsters, the lead studio on Origins, Ubisoft Montreal, could still be working on a fresh Assassin’s Creed title. Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok has been rumoured for years, so perhaps we’ll finally get some confirmation of it at E3 2020.

Starfield

Bethesda is guilty of showing off flashy cinematics for upcoming games and then saying nothing about them for several years. So, after several years of hearing almost nothing about Starfield, perhaps we’ll finally… er, hear something about Starfield. Given Starfield has been confirmed for next-gen consoles, which are set to be wheeled out at E3 2020, there’s a good chance Bethesda will show something more than the logo.

elder scrolls 6

Elder Scrolls 6

The Elder Scrolls 6 release date obviously still a long way off, but much like Starfield, there’s a chance Bethesda has been holding out for the next-gen console reveal to give us a proper look at the next Elder Scrolls game.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

It’s been a while since Ubisoft made a big deal about Beyond Good & Evil 2, so we’re well overdue a shiny new gameplay showcase with a random celebrity appearance/shameless plug. Fingers crossed we’ll get exactly that during E3 2020.

Splinter Cell 2020

The last Splinter Cell game came out roughly seven years ago. Come on Ubisoft, pull your socks up and give us a peep at a new Sam Fisher in E3 2020.

Borderlands 4

Borderlands 3 was an obscenely successful return for the Borderlands series, and if we know anything about obscene successes (which, obviously we do) that means there will be a sequel. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for PCGamesN 2.

Our biggest question about Borderlands 4 is how far next-gen consoles can possibly push cel-shaded graphics?

GTA 6

GTA 5 has been around for seven years, so we’re probably still a couple of years away from the GTA 6 release date. Still, two years is well within the limits of an E3 teaser. There’s also the fact that GTA 5 released just ahead of the PS4, so if next-gen consoles are E3 2020 bound then we should hear something official.

How long is Half-Life: Alyx

Valve has any presence whatsoever

The publisher keeps chatting about making new games, even when they’re literally halting production on some new games, so it’s high time Gaben rocks up at one of the conferences and reveals a massive new game like Half-Life 3 or Left 4 Dead 3.

Silent Hills

We’ve well and truly entered the realm of hypothetical guesses. We’ve heard almost nothing about a new Silent Hill game since Silent Hills was canceled, and we’re still obstinate that P.T. can’t be gone forever. It’s just not fair. With Kojima now working on redefining how scary horror games can be with his own studio, wouldn’t it be great if he rocked up and revealed a Kojima Productions equivalent to the survival horror series?

Destiny 3

With Path of Exile 2 and Overwatch 2 now confirmed it’s only a matter of time before some other bright spark jumps on the quasi-sequel bandwagon and announces a season pass as a full-blown sequel.

KOTOR 3

It’s definitely asking too much of Bioware to reveal two major RPGs at one conference, but EA’s time with the Star Wars license is running out so if we don’t hear anything about Knights of the Old Republic 3 at E3 2020 we may as well abandon hope… until E3 2021 that is.

And there you have it, all of our dumb E3 2020 games predictions to tide you over until next June.

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