It’s nearly time for the 24th Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), and I could not be more excited. This event, scheduled to run from June 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is where the best and brightest of the gaming industry gather and put on one of the largest spectacles of the year. It’s basically Christmas for ga(y)mers, and we’re all waiting with bated breath for the biggest video game news of the year.
But I suspect more than a few of us have been taking early peeks at our presents. Leaks are a daily occurrence in the gaming world, and it is difficult to avoid the temptation. That’s why I waited until right before the big kick off to post this; I wanted to be sure my list was intact right up to the start of E3.
I’ll preface the discussion below by saying I don’t expect any of the items on my list to be revealed during the event. This is simply my wish list of “what ifs” in a perfect ga(y)ming world. Maybe we’ll share a few, who knows. (Also, Happy Pride Month!)
No. 5: A new Dragon Age game
I know this is a long shot. The BioWare team is going all in on their open-world challenge to Destiny, and they’re still trying to dig their way out of Mass Effect: Andromeda-gate. However, Dragon Age: Inquisition — the most recent installment in the Dragon Age franchise and my introduction to the land of Thedas — was released in November 2014; four years in the gaming world without an announced addition to a franchise is usually bad news.
BioWare’s Casey Hudson spoke recently about the future of Thedas, though. In an interview with Game Informer, Hudson had this to say regarding Dragon Age: “I would say a majority of the people at BioWare are working on Anthem, but we do have people who are figuring out what a next Dragon Age would look like.”
While it’s certainly not unheard of for developers to tease long-off titles (Kingdom Hearts III, anyone?), it doesn’t sound as if we’ll be getting our hands on it anytime soon. Still, I really, REALLY want it.
No. 4: Nintendo Switch facelift
Nintendo abandoned the hardware-spec rat race a long time ago. The company’s focus has been on perfecting the Switch and making it appealing to third-party developers. The success of the system in 2018 is a testament to that hard work.
My boyfriend has a Switch, and while I do play it, I want one of my own. I missed out on the 20-percent-off Ebay flash sale (tear…), so I’m holding out for an exclusive edition or bundle to be announced. We’re over a year into the life cycle of the Switch, so I’d really like to see Nintendo play around with special editions and such like they have with the 3DS hardware.
Again, I doubt we’ll see anything like this soon, but I remain hopeful. (Don’t confuse this with my hoping for a price drop on the switch. We all know how tight a grasp Nintendo has on their bottom line, and I feel $299 is more than a fair price for what you get. I just want a lil’ extra bling.)
No. 3: A Kingdom Hearts romance we all deserve
We all know Sora cares for Kairi. Hell, that’s what drove the entire plot of the first game. But we also know the truest heart-to-heart connection in the series is between Sora and Riku.
Sora spent more than one game trying to hunt down his best friend who turned to the dark side. The Kingdom Hearts series is about love, darkness, the heart and the deep connection between all things. The pair’s bond has been tested many, many times, yet they always return to each other. It’s not too far fetched for Riku and Sora’s (more than brotherly) relationship to finally have a happy ending following all they have been through.
Plus, my twelve-year-old-DeviantArt-lurking self would cry tears of joy after having years of fan fiction come to life.
No. 2: An Overwatch character appearance in Super Smash Bros.
It’s never going to happen, but how cool would it be if it did?
Moira’s Fade would let her blip from one edge of the arena to another, a bit like Meta Knight. Plus, her Biotic Grasp would allow her to shrug off inflicted damage.
Roadhog would give Ganondorf or King DeDeDe a run for their money. He’d be very slow, but resilient to being thrown or blasted out of bounds. This criminal from the Outback could utilize his Chain Hook to either save himself if he were to fall off the stage or reel in an opponent before dishing serious damage.
My personal favorite, the modified OR15 bot Orisa, might be a tough sell, but she would be far from useless. Her Halt! ability would yank opponents right off the stage to their deaths; the Protective Barrier might help decrease damage from incoming brawlers.
There’s a huge roster to choose from, and I’d be happy to see pretty much any of them make their Nintendo debut.
And No. 1: Remaster of The Legend of Spyro reboot trilogy
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is publisher Activision’s attempt to capitalize on the unprecedented success of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remaster. Reboots and remasters have been an easy cash-grab for studios as of late, but the N. Sane Trilogy was a testament to how a bit of love and care can revive the reputation of a series.
My (unpopular) opinion is that the reboot of the original Spyro series is most deserving of a remaster. The originals are shrouded in a nostalgic haze for many, and for good reason; they were largely applauded for being well-rounded games that lived up to their potential.
However, the rebooted trilogy, comprised of A New Beginning, The Eternal Night and Dawn of the Dragon, were shown a bit less love. Each game had varied success, but I felt the story arc was light years ahead of what the original trilogy had to offer. Combat was repetitive at times, but the sheer amount of abilities Spyro could cycle through was a welcome change.
Again, I doubt this would ever see the light of day, but I’m holding out for the Spyro reboot we truly deserve.