E3 2016: What mod-related news do we expect?

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Published by FileTrekker 2 years ago , last updated 8 months ago

E3 is right around the corner, and there's a lot of hot speculation about what we might see at this year's Expo. FilesNation will be on hand to bring all the latest news from E3 as it comes from the perspective of game modification and customisation, as well as general roundups, but for now, here is what we expect to see come out of E3 as relates to game modding.

Skyrim Re-mastered?

One of the hottest bits of speculation right now is that Bethesda will be re-releasing an old title in a re-mastered form. It may be Skyrim, it may be coming to next-gen consoles, and it may have modding support?

We already wrote an article about this here, so needless to say, there's no definitive evidence to suggest this is actually going to happen; however, there's no arguing that if Bethesda do port an older title to console, it will most certainly have mod support included.

A lot of our readers have suggested that an older Elder Scrolls game such as Morrowind or Oblivion might be a better choice for the re-mastering treatment; we wholeheartedly agree.

A new Wolfenstein Game?

A sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order is apparently one of the games we may see at E3 this year. The New Order was a decent title, but it's modding community is severely lacking. There are very few decent mods available for the game; perhaps this is something that will be addressed, given Bethesda's new strategy to bring mods to all places and all people?

New Consoles?

While I don't personally expect to see a "Playstation 5" or a "Xbox Two" announced; I certainly think we're going to see revisions to the hardware that may see bumps in performance to play current or future PS4 or Xbox One titles, but with higher graphical fidelity. Increases to memory, disk storage, and even raw graphics processing power may allow a new ".5" generation of consoles to play games that will work on both a PS4 and a PS4.5, for example, but will run with a nicer graphical fidelity on the latter.

What would this mean for console modders? Well, more RAM and more storage may help resolve limitations like the 2GB mod limit that is currently imposed on Fallout 4 for Xbox One. Not only that but, who doesn't want better performance in their games, right?

Xbox are also likely to announce a new, smaller version of their current console, we well as introduce low-cost media-type devices along the lines of Google's Chromecast, with game streaming capabilities, to help fill the void of the low-cost Xbox 360.

Dead Rising Sequel

Who doesn't love riding around a shopping mall on a child's tricycle, hitting zombies around the head with a hockey stick?

Dead Rising was one of the most popular franchises for the Xbox 360, and we may be seeing a sequel announced at E3. We would speculate, given Microsoft's current strategy towards Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform, that there is a strong possibility that any new Dead Rising game will come to PC, too. And if it's on PC, it means mods. And it doesn't take much imagination to see how quickly things could get out of control from there.

The downside? It will likely be a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) release. The good news? Mods are coming to UWP, too. Eventually. We're told.

What we already know...

Watch Dogs 2 has just been confirmed. The first game was poorly optimised for PC, rather disappointing graphically compared to it's trailers, and was rather repetitive and boring when it came to gameplay. The overall concept was an intriguing one, though, so it may be worth giving this franchise a second chance.

We also know that Injustice: Gods Among Us is getting a follow-up title, and is being developed by the time behind the recent Mortal Combat games.

That's all for now, but stay tuned to FilesNation for all the latest gaming and modding news coming out of E3!

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