Five Things Sony Fans Should Expect From E3 2015

The gaming event of the year takes place in June at E3 in California, as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony vie to present gamers with the most tantalizing peeks at what they should spend their allowances on over the next few years. And I do mean years. E3 is notorious for being a launching ground for games that get delayed and tweaked to the point that they don’t come out until many, many months later. In fact, some games presented at E3 have been shelved and never come out. For the most part, however, E3 is designed as the place to really get promotion going for what will be your favorite games of the next 12-18 months. So, what can we expect this year, two years after Sony used E3 as a launching platform for the PlayStation 4? Here are five things we expect to see:

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Uncharted 4
Uncharted 4. Sony

Arguably the most anticipated game of 2015 for Sony PlayStation owners, the return of Nathan Drake to the next-gen system will be the centerpiece of Sony’s presentation. I can guarantee it. We’ve seen a lot of stills and some video, but I expect Sony to really unleash the fury on this one next month. Expect gameplay, story details, and even the announcement of the original “Uncharted Trilogy” being remastered in HD, which is this close to official given how many rumors have been floating around about its existence. Yes, by the end of the year, you’ll be able to play four Nathan Drake adventures on your PS4. These games are so essential and so influential, and hopes for the fourth game are so high, that gaming’s most famous adventurer could singlehandedly make the PlayStation 4 a must-own console.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn
Until Dawn. Sony

Here’s another game that has been in the Sony pipeline for an inordinately long time. Look at the “Coming Soon” section in the PlayStation Store and you’ll see where it’s been taking up residence for months. Sony would be wise to use E3 to push its promotion to the next level, especially since they really don’t have a lot to offer this year’s event in terms of exclusives outside of “Uncharted 4” (whereas Microsoft will push “Halo” and “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” a timed exclusive, hard). “Until Dawn” is also incredibly fascinating in theory. You play eight potential murder victims in a “Scream”-esque slasher movie nightmare. The choices you make will determine who makes it to the final reel. Fun idea. Now let’s see how it plays at E3.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 & Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Black Ops III
Black Ops III. Activision

The Prom Kings of E3. They’ve become as reliant as Opening Day for your favorite sport. They come every year. We already know about the next annual installments in Activision and Ubisoft’s hit “Call of Duty” and “Assassin’s Creed” franchises, but E3 is where we’ll really get to see them in action. What new tricks will “CoD” offer multiplayer fans? How will “Assassin’s Creed” avoid slumping after the relative disappointment of “Assassin’s Creed: Unity”? Will “Syndicate” be a comeback or a continued slide? And when will people finally turn on “Call of Duty”? My guess is that “Syndicate” will be better than “Unity” but not as good as “Black Flag,” and, no, “Call of Duty” will not lose its stranglehold on gamers any time soon. 

Rock Band 4 & Guitar Hero Live

Rock Band 4
Rock Band 4. EA

I remember when “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” headed off into the great video game vault in the sky, a few years after their peak. I knew they’d be back eventually, but I didn’t expect them so soon into this generation. What can EA and Activision offer gamers that they weren’t already tired of a few years ago? Personally, I adored “Rock Band,” but even I’m not sure how it can be that different such a short time after it left the marketplace. If I’m skeptical, how must those who gave up on music games long before I did feel? I’m hoping both of these games come out strong at E3, building current concerns and trepidation into face-melting anticipation. 

Something Totally Unexpected

Fallout 3
Fallout 3. Bethesda

To be honest, the four items above feel inevitable. They won’t surprise. But every year there’s a game at E3 that comes completely out of nowhere. Could we see news of “Borderlands 3”? Is it possible that a trailer for “Fallout 4” exists? (A notorious story about someone putting have worked on such a trailer on their LinkedIn profile has been making the rounds lately.) What about “Red Dead Redemption 2”? A new “Bioshock” game? “Mass Effect 4”? Are you ready? I know I am.