This Blog will be where I do some sandboxing for the events of E3 2014 in Ohga Shrugs. Today, I'll be doing a preliminary guess at what Nintendo, Sega, and others would show off, and will make changes based on next week's events IRL.
- The focus is on big games for the Stream and Game Boy 3DS
- Stream Games include Zelda, Animal Crossing 5, Super Smash Bros 4, Fire Emblem, Mario Party 10, and Yarn Yoshi.
- Game Boy 3DS Games include Pokemon G3 remakes, Super Smash Bros 3D, F-Zero 3D, WarioWare 3D and Ocarina of Time 3D.
- Quality of Life technology is also mentioned, to be elaborated upon later
- Conclusion: Nintendo has a solid lineup for both of their systems, and is not going anywhere.
- Split between software and services
- Big games for the Eclipse include Sonic Boom, Bayonetta 2, Sonic Chronicles 2, Yakuza Ishin for the West, and a couple of 2K titles.
- Time is also spent showing off third party games "Better on Eclipse"
- The big surprise is "Blast Delivery," aka instant streaming of games
- For roughly $15 a month in most corners of the world, players can instantly download and play any of a number of games, similar to Netflix.
- Day One includes 20 Genesis games by Sega, a few Master system games, various smaller or older downloadable titles, etc.
- Basically, if it's under 20 MB, it's fair game for Blast Delivery
- Service starts immediately!
- Conclusion: Sega is a bit weak in 1st party games, but is making up for it with, ironically, retro streaming services
- Making a "Steam Machine" series of consoles.
- Collaboration with NEC and SNK
- Uses Linux-based Customized Steam OS
- Emphasis on being able to upgrade machines
- Variety of skus, with different specs, but all at least on par with Stream/Eclipse
- Strongest Steam Machines are monsters, as shown by demos of upcoming multiplats
- Same account system as for vanilla Steam, meaning instant library of games
- Certain games come bundled, such as Portal, Half-Life 2, and a new King of Fighters
- Coming sometime in 2015, like IRL's Steam Machines
- Conclusion: This trio means business, and can be a force to be reckoned with come 2015, but too little is still known
- Activision focuses on Destiny and Skylanders, and announces that they're forming a new studio to work on Call of Duty games. The series ought to become annual by 2015 or so.
- ANS shows Persona 5, Etrian Odyssey 5, Tales of Something or Another, and Ace Combat, showing that this new combo of developers means business.
- Bandai has X
- Bethesda announces Fallout 4 will also appear on 8th gen consoles
- Capcom shows the first footage of Resident Evil 7, Mega Man games, and possibly Street Fighter 5.
- Electronic Arts does their sports games, but has fairly little to offer the console crowd.
- Enix teases Dragon Quest 11, but focuses more on a couple of smaller handheld games
- Koei announces a Warriors crossover game
- Konami shows MGS5 and a new Castlevania developed by Wayforward
- Square announces a Final Fantasy 15 release date and shows Kingdom Hearts 3 for the first time.
- Tecmo is oddly quiet
- THQ shows off their new Mortal Kombat
- Ubisoft shows off Assassin's Creed, Tom Clancy games, The Crew, etc.
- Universal has Uncharted and Sunset Overdrive coming in 2014.