The Big Games of E3 2013 List
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The 2013 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo is but a month away, and that means it’s on all our minds. The huge convention in Los Angeles is traditionally a massive preview event that showcases just about every game players have heard of, and many they haven’t, that’s coming out anytime in the near future. If it’s hitting shelves in 2013 or even 2014, there’s a pretty damn good chance it’ll appear on the show floor at the LA Convention Center.
This year’s E3 is going to be an auspicious occasion. With the announcement of the Playstation 4 earlier this year and the upcoming expected reveal of Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox console, E3 2013 marks our first look into the eighth console generation — and it’s likely to be filled with interesting new games that will take advantage of the leap forward in technical capabilities and new features each console provides.
It’s still a bit early in the E3 announcement stages, so this list is a work in progress: We’re not sure exactly what will be at E3 2013, and much of what we’re listing here is speculative based on games that have been announced and are coming relatively soon. You can check the official E3 website for a full list of exhibitors, and many of these games have been shown at other events or are slated for release this year — so the chances of them not appearing seem slim. Keep checking back here during the month of May as the list expands, contracts, and becomes more solid.
Key: Bold means a game is confirmed at E3 | Italics means it’s unconfirmed but we expect it
Games Appearing at E3 2013
There won’t be a 2K Games booth on the E3 floor this year, the company has confirmed, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be at the show. In fact, 2K has confirmed it’ll be showing games behind closed doors instead of on the show floor — which might point to some new, unannounced titles. Meanwhile, these are the games 2K has mentioned in past log entries as being discussed at E3.
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown (iOS)
- WWE 14
- Borderlands 2 DLC
- Sid Meieir’s Civilization V: Brave New World
- NBA 2K14
- The Evil Within
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Forza 5
- Quantum Break
- Fable Anniversary
- Mario Kart WiiU
- Super Smash Bros. 4
- ArmA III
- DayZ retail release (This might be wishful thinking, but it seems about time Bohemia shows something about DayZ’s upcoming retail version)
CD Projekt RED
- The Witcher 3
- Battlefield 4
- FIFA 14
- Madden NFL 25
- NCAA Football 14
- NHL 14
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- Ultima Forever
- Plants vs Zombies 2
- Dragon Age 3
- Mass Effect 4 (speculation on our part, but we expect to hear something about BioWare’s next entry into the series
- New BioWare IP (one more piece of speculation, but we know BioWare is working on something new, and E3 is a great place for announcements)
- Ryse (Crytek’s new IP has been announced and we haven’t heard much about it since; E3 would be a good time to get it back on the public radar)
Square is running a pre-E3 press event and has confirmed a number of titles will appear at that event, either as demos or hands-on previews. This list reflects that pre-E3 show, as we expect to see most or all of the games at E3 proper, as well.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XII
- Mudered: Soul Suspect
- Saints Row IV
- Final Fantasy XV
- Deus Ex: The Fall (iOS)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Skylanders SWAP Force
- Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
- Castlevania: Lord of Shadow II
- PES 2014
- Castle of Illusion
- Total War: Rome II
- Company of Heroes 2
- Sonic Lost World (Wii U, 3DS)
- The Cave (mobile)
- Beyond: Two Souls
- Killzone Shadow Fall
- The Last of Us
- Drive Club
- The Last Guardian
- Gran Turismo 6
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- Rayman Legends
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
Warner Bros. Interactive
- Batman: Arkham Origins
- Infinite Crisis
- Payday 2
- Brothers: A Tale Two Sons
- Takedown: Red Sabre
- The Walking Dead 2 (this might be wishful thinking, but given The Walking Dead’s success, it seems likely we’ll see something new from Telltale)
- The Wolf Among Us (the developer’s next project after The Walking Dead has been known for a while, and we expect new previews at the show)
- Remember Me
- Ducktales (with the huge splash it made when it was announced, we can’t imagine Capcom would leave the Ducktales remake out of its E3 offering)
- Dark Souls 2
- Hotline Miami 2 (Dennaton doesn’t have a booth at E3, but has confirmed an off-site presence, complete with barbecue)
- Goodbye Deponia
- Night of the Rabbit
- 1954 Alcatraz
Focus Home Interactive
- Bound in Flames
- Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
- Farming Simulator for Consoles
- Black Gold
- Age of Wushu
- Deadfall Adventures
- The Raven
There are a few developers and publishers heading to E3 2013 who may or may not have some interesting stuff in the pipe, but about which we know nothing. This section is dedicated to rampant speculation based on outside factors and may not have any basis in reality.
A New Star Wars Title?
We know that Disney Interactive is heading to E3 2013 because of the exhibitors list, but we don’t know what it might show. Past E3′s have seen Disney with a big mobile game presence, showing off titles such as JellyCar 2 and Marvel Comics tie-in titles such as Captain America: The First Avenger. But with Disney acquiring LucasArts and rebooting the Star Wars franchise for new films, it seems likely that new Star Wars games are on the horizon. Will they make it to E3? We have no idea, but we wouldn’t be surprised.
As mentioned above, we know that BioWare has a few things in the oven that it hasn’t officially talked about much. One is another Mass Effect game, about which we have few details but rumor suggests will be a prequel set during the First Contact War, and which we know is being developed by BioWare Montreal. There’s also the new intellectual property BioWare has been mentioning and hinting at, without officially announcing — but we know that the core BioWare team in Edmonton is working on it, with Casey Hudson and Mac Walters, two of the biggest names on the Mass Effect series.
Games That Won’t Be at E3
There are a few titles we can say more or less definitively won’t make it to E3 2013 this year:
Anything from Valve
Valve usually foregoes a presence at E3 and seems to be doing the same this year.
Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar Games also has a history of skipping E3 and looks to be maintaining it in 2013; with 2K Games’ reduced presence, it’s probably not likely we’ll see anything GTA-related this year.
Anything from Blizzard
A third major force that abstains from E3 is Blizzard — so dash any hopes of info on StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void. The good news is that BlizzCon is back on this year, so we’ll might be getting new StarCraft info (and other stuff from Blizzard) in November.
CD Projekt RED has confirmed to Game Front that Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be at E3 2013. Makes sense, given that the game isn’t slated for release for at least another two years.
So now the big question: What do you want to know more about at E3 2013 this year? Let us know your hopes, dreams, and coverage requests in the comments.