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What to Expect at E3 2012?

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Set to kick off on June 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Entertainment Electronic Expo is expected to be a combination of excitement and despair. It could be a re-run of E3 2011, although Nintendo will take the spotlight while showcasing its Wii U.

Games Arriving at E3

Most of the games that will make an appearance at E3 2012 were already announced. Gamers should expect Halo 4 and Forza Horizon at the event, while Black Ops II by Activision will be featured prominently during the press conference.

EA will also unveil its Medal of Honor, Need for Speed, Crysis 3 and Star Wars among others. In relation to this, expect a good show from Square Enix, as they will launch Tomb Raider and Hitman. Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3 by Ubisoft are also on the main event, so players should expect a big, show-stopping reveal here.

There is also an anticipated announcement with regards to THQ’s Darksiders and Metro. On the other hand, Take-Two may say little, as Grand Theft Auto is usually left to stand alone from E3. However, their Borderlands 2 might make a show at the event.

Consoles to Expect at E3 2012

Other than game titles, Microsoft and Sony will have software surprises at E3 2012. However, it will be more on peripherals that are compatible with their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. In addition, Sony might announce something about its PlayStation Vita, as well as two unknown core products.

Speaking of consoles, it is less likely that both companies will say something about the rumored Xbox 740 and PS4. Whether it will be revealed at next year’s event or not remains to be seen.

Furthermore, Nintendo’s Wii U will be the star of the show, a launch date and a list of game titles should be expected. After the controller was reworked, participants are most likely to get the final specs, which mean that it will be launched as a complete and finished product.

Since E3 is all about Christmas retail, it’s not surprising that enthusiasts are anticipating a global launch in time for the holidays. On the contrary, there were claims that a launch date and pricing for the Nintendo Wii U will come “sometime after E3.”

 

Although this year’s event sounds promising, expect E3 to be a steady showcase of console games. There is a less possibility that games bound for PC and mobile devices will have a spotlight because of its format.

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