Five video game trends expected at E3

Jun 08, 2014 by Derrik J. Lang
In this June 11, 2013 file photo, show attendees play video games on the new Sony PlayStation 4 at the Sony booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. With the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry's rearview mirror, the spotlight at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, held June 10-12, 2014, is expected to shift back to games. From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of driving away from E3 with The Next Big Thing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

With the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry's rearview mirror, the spotlight at this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles is expected to shift back to games. From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of becoming The Next Big Thing. A sampling:

NEW TRICKS: Following the dawn of the new console generation, several publishers will use this year's E3 to push potential new franchises, such as Bungie's sci-fi shooter "Destiny," Turtle Rock Studios' monster battle "Evolve," Insomniac Games' cartoony shoot-'em-up "Sunset Overdrive" and Ubisoft Massive's terrorist thriller "Tom Clancy's The Division."

SAYING SORRY: A few apologies might be issued to E3 crowds, like Microsoft for backtracking on required features for the Xbox One, Electronic Arts for botching last year's "Battlefield 4" launch, Nintendo for again dialing back its E3 presence after stumbling with the Wii U and far too many publishers to name here for delaying titles originally set for release this year to 2015.

REALITY CHECK: The prospect of in the living room probably isn't quite ready for prime time, but that won't stop VR from being buzzed about across the Los Angeles Convention Center this week. A few developers, including "Words With Friends" co-creator Paul Bettner, will be showing off games created for the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus headsets.

In this June 10, 2013 file photo, Phil Spencer of Microsoft Game Studios speaks at the Microsoft Xbox E3 media briefing in Los AngelesWith the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry's rearview mirror, the spotlight at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, held June 10-12, 2014, is expected to shift back to games. From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of driving away from E3 with The Next Big Thing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

RETURN OF THE JEDI: EA, which announced an exclusive deal last year with Disney to produce "Star Wars" games for the next 10 years, will detail DICE's intergalactic adventure "Star Wars: Battlefront" during its E3 presentation on Monday, and the company might tease other "Star Wars" games, including one that's currently being crafted by its Visceral Games studio.

RINSE AND REPEAT: Despite the boost in non-sequels at this year's E3, a slew of follow-ups are scheduled to be promoted on the show floor, such as new installments of "The Sims," ''Halo," ''Call of Duty," ''Far Cry," ''Metal Gear Solid," ''Assassin's Creed" and "Super Smash Bros." If past shows are any indication, more sequels will be revealed for the first time at E3.

OTHER PROSPECTS: Microsoft could introduce its own ; Sony might unveil an "Uncharted" or "God of War" game for the PS4; Nintendo may tease a "Legend of Zelda" for the Wii U and a "Skylanders"-like toy-game line; and Team Ico's "The Last Guardian," a originally teased at E3 2009 but never released, could finally receive a release date. Or not.

In this March 19, 2014 file photo, Marcus Ingvarsson, right, tests out the PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset Project Morpheus in a demo area at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco. With the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry's rearview mirror, the spotlight at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, held June 10-12, 2014, is expected to shift back to games. From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of driving away from E3 with The Next Big Thing. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)

In this June 14, 2010 file photo, Microsoft presents an upcoming LucasArts' "Star Wars" video game for its new Xbox 360 with Kinect technology, during the 2010 Xbox 360 media briefing at the Wiltern Theater, in Los Angeles. With the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry's rearview mirror, the spotlight at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, held June 10-12, 2014, is expected to shift back to games. From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of driving away from E3 with The Next Big Thing. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)


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