E3 2010 has finally drawn to a close.
As the carnage in Los Angeles settles for another year, we're left with a whole host of new announcements - Natal has become Kinect, Xbox 360 slim was announced, Ice-T has been confirmed for Gears of War 3...
But that's this year. What's there to look forward to at E3 next year? It's far too early to say but that's not going to stop us guessing. Here's what we're expecting at E3 2011.
Gears of War 3 DLC
Why?: Gears of War 3 is scheduled for release in April 2011. Given how far along the game seems plus how far off the release date is, we doubt it'll be delayed. So to form part of Microsoft's E3 press conference, we expect to hear announcement of Gears of War 3 DLC. It might be stretching it a little far but Microsoft could even pull its traditional "...and it's out right now!" trick, just to really surprise everyone.
Milo & Kate Unveiled
Why?: Peter Molyneux was showing off the title behind closed doors at E3, suggesting that development of the ambitious project is moving along nicely. It's hard to predict the coming out date for such an unusual title but really, what better showcase than E3?
Cheaper Xbox 360 Slim
Why?: There's a cheaper Xbox 360 slim on the way but no date has been announced for it. We give it a year from now. All speculative of course and it honestly seems like the kind of announcement Microsoft would sneak out during the quieter months but still, if they want to add a couple of arrows for their E3 assault, this is an easy way to do it.
Rare Kinect Title
Why?: Yes, Rare is working on Kinect Sports right now. Yet there's a sense that Kinect Sports is the placeholder title until Rare can really work its magic with Microsoft's technology. Given Rare has shown willingness to stretch its IP in new areas (Banjo Nuts & Bolts for example), expect to see one of its old favourites back in motion-sensing form.
Why?: Xbox 360 has been around for a while now and inevitably, each day that passes brings us closer to news of a successor. We're just not sure when. We honestly don't think next E3 will see the first details of Xbox 720 - Microsoft has said there's no successor until 2015 (!) - but we're not quite confident enough that it can't be ruled out either. Stranger things have happened.
Alan Wake Sequel
Why?: One of the criticisms aimed at Microsoft's press conference was that we already knew about the games that were shown off. Halo: Reach, Gears of War 3 and Fable III are all strong titles but we already knew about them. So expect Microsoft to bounce back next year with a surprise. Alan Wake 2? Unlikely but stranger things have happened and it would make the biggest impact from Microsoft's current catalogue.
Left 4 Dead 3
Chance: Very Low
Why?: It's always going to be too soon, no matter when they announce it.