This afternoon, we solicited the assistance of our Nintendo tarot
cards, then we sought enlightenment from our Sony tea leaves, before finally gazing
into Microsoft’s mysteriously glowing orb. Future-peering is never easy, and while
the fog of time was thick, we tried to glean a few prophecies into next week’s announcements.
So, with one part honed clairvoyance, two parts refined speculation, and a dash
of insider info, we present our predictions for next week’s Electronic
– Heaven Sword 2 will not be shown, nor announced, as it was quietly canceled.
Main character Nariko was replaced with a testosterone-fueled antagonist, if
focus groups are to be believed.
– Sony will show The Agency, its spy and espionage themed title.
SOCOM: Confrontation will be playable, and therefore Zipper’s true SOCOM sequel
will hardly be mentioned. God of War III will be announced, but not shown in
any other form besides a teaser trailer.
– Little Big Planet, Motorstorm 2: Pacific Rim, and Wipeout HD
will all be playable. It will be interesting to see how Sony will handle the
two-pronged FPS attack of Resistance 2 and Killzone 2, but both games will be
at the show in fine form.
– PSP software will take a backseat, as Sony works on a system
to deal with the rampant piracy on the system. Could a DLC solution be in the
works? Still, Loco Roco 2 will be highlighted.
– The $50 price cut on the 360 Pro package has been covered by
the Wall Street Journal, so this should surprise no one. Other leaked info that
will be confirmed: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts will see an October release,
while Forza 3 will attract the gearheads in November.
– Microsoft’s business plan will remain copying the success of
its competition: The 60 GB hard drive and the Singstar-killer, Lips, are moves
culled from Sony’s playbook, while a motion controller and Mii-like avatars border
on desperate plagiarism. Gears of Wars 2 will offer little innovation, but will
garner a lion’s share of press coverage.
– Too Human, Alan Wake, and Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise will
all be playable on the showroom floor.
– The often speculated DS Lite redesign will prove to be just
a rumor. The GBA port is becoming increasingly popular for peripheral makers
from Guitar Hero:On Tour‘s fret button to the pedometer of My Weight Loss
– Mario Super Sluggers will see an August release, while
Warioland: Shake It! will be on store shelves by mid-September.
– Kid Icarus and Animal Crossing will be announced, and
possible demoed. Nintendo will have a
slew of games that take advantage of the board.