When I said I want a 2 hour showcase, people were thinking 2 hours is too long. If anything, it may end up being too short.
Not expecting anything from Activision/Blizzard this year. But even without AB, the showcase should be 2 hours of fucking packed and stacked!!! My expectations are high this year as im expecting a lot of gameplay. It’s time!!!
IMO it should remain 1.5 - 2 hours and focus on near term games. Shorten the announcement to release cycle for games from 2-3 years to 6-12 months so you’re always seeing an announcement with relatively polished gameplay.
Day 1: The “smaller” games. Whatever aren’t considered to be their top, super heavy hitters. Both announcements of new games, as well as new info about games we already know about. And it would all be focused on trailers, gameplay, that type of thing. Maybe close the day with a sneak peak at day 2, to build buzz.
Day 2: The AAA and AAAA titles. As with day 1, show new info on previously announced games, as well as tell us about new AAA and AAAA games. Still only trailers, gameplay footage, etc.
Day 3: A more of a roundtable focused event. Where we get to hear from devs and the leadership. Talk about the year that’s been, and the year that’s coming. And then, to get everyone talking, finish off with a surprise. Either a new bombshell announcement, or gameplay from a game no one was expecting.
Each show could be 1-2 hours, for a total runtime of maybe 4-5 hours. I know I’d watch it all, and I suspect so would many others.
I think this would be an awesome three days, and I’m sure they’d basically own a 72-hour gaming press news cycle.
I think they should do quarterly events/presentations. 2022 is the last year they could probably do just 1 big show. 2022 games lineup is pretty slim for the most part but when you look at 2023 what is that lineup like?it’s hard to remember everything but it’s something like
Hellblade, Fable, Contraband, Avowed, Compulsion Game, Coalition Game, Perfect Dark, Call of Duty, Diablo probably some more that I’m forgetting (I know some might miss their target dates but they are all targeting 2023 I believe) on top of that they will have new game announcements, Gamepass announcements, third party partnerships, updates to service games like Halo, Forza, Warzone, Fallout 76, World of Warcraft…. Ok I’m not going to continue listing them you get my point. There’s a ton of stuff that I just don’t think you fit into a summer presentation anymore. I think you keep the fan base talking and more engaged this way
2025 when Microsoft is literally releasing a big game every quarter for the next 5 years is going to be INSANE.
They’re certainly thinking long term. I can’t wait, we should technically start to see multiple big games a year starting next year in 2023. Seeing some of the prior acquisitions as well as prior internal studios rolling.
This might be the last year for a while where they probably only release like 2-3 big games.
If E3 is about to fail then Xbox should rescue it. Buy the rights to the name, even host the entire convention if they have to, but definitely preserve E3… Some gamers will probably be worried about Xbox influence over 3rd party booths or conferences so I suggest Tim Shafer or Parris answer media questions about this new Xbox owned E3 and they offer assurances that any non Xbox Press Conference won’t be influenced by Xbox bias. I love E3, long live E3.
Honestly, Xbox should just do 3-4 events/showcases a year and call it good, which kinda works out between E3/Summer Showcase, Blizzcon, Quakecon, and X0.
Each of these showcases could mix and match across all three publishers, but should focus more on the one that’s running it. I feel like this’ll also help cement the idea that this is a united gaming branch that can eventually lead to cross over (Halo Wars 3 by Blizzard, etc.)
Obviously Minecraft has its own thing, but I’d keep that as just updates to current Minecraft titles and maybe crossover stuff (Minecraft skins in Sea of Thieves, etc.)
Idk, there’s a lot of ways this could go and this is without including the TGAs, Gamescom Live (or whatever the heck it’s called), TGS, etc.
I want Bethesda’s show and Blizzards show separate from the Xbox show again to be honest.
I really miss Pete Hines, the dirty humor and the very hardcore appeal to the show. Oh, and Todd Howard. Bethesda was so severely under utilized last e3, I miss the Bethesda PR people. Even their slower shows were really entertaining, much different than the Xbox shows but also they were a lot more about discussing the games and hyping them up. The first Bethesda e3 will probably be remembered as one of the greatest e3 press conferences in E3 history.