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E3 2012 Preview | Most Anticipated Publisher

Matt Gardner
E3 2012, E3 2012 Predictions, Micros...hahahaha, Nintendo, Opinion, Ruminating, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Theorising, Ubisoft

E3 2012 Preview | Most Anticipated Publisher

Hot on the heels of our roundtable regarding our most anticipated games of the show, we broaden our horizons to look at publishing stables. Who's brought the finest collection of virtual entertainment to E3 this year? Which of these fine studios has loked down the best and brightest? We give our thoughts on the most anticipated publisher below...


E3 2012 Preview | Most Anticipated Publisher

If I’m completely honest, I don’t think there’s a single publisher that I’m 100% excited for. Of course each have their big hitters, ready to scream in your face until you give it your money, but no one company is truly jumping out at me on at a consistent basis when I look down their list of games.

However, if I had to pick someone based on what we know going into this year’s expo, I guess I would have to go with Take-Two, simply because they are bringing Borderlands 2. More opportunities to Joypuke is just what the (unlicensed) doctor order, and with XCOM: Enemy Unknown also making an appearance as well they have my attention more than most. Finally, could we get to see a little bit more of GTA V?

That said, Bethesda could always pull a Fallout announcement out of the bag and kill us all in a collective euphoric bang.


E3 2012 Preview | Most Anticipated Publisher

You know what? I'm so up for a new Nintendo console. Both Microsoft and Sony have been getting rather complacent over the last couple of years (the former forgetting to acquire new first party studios while the latter implemented nasty network passes with little in the way of opposition), so it's about time that Ninty struts its stuff and gives them some competition. The Wii U has the potential to be a fantastically imaginative new platform, so if Nintendo has finally learned some harsh lessons from their outrageous stagnation period, it could well be a winner. I can't wait to find out whether the Wii U is worth a damn, and frankly, new console announcements trump most else on show.

Plus, I love Animal Crossing. It brings me no small amount of shame, but I genuinely can't wait for the 3DS version.


E3 2012 Preview | Most Anticipated Publisher

It’s easy to dislike Ubisoft, I understand that.  Churning out as they do a whole host of mediocre launch titles for a variety of platforms like the mercenaries they are.  But in Splinter Cell, in Far Cry, in Assassin’s Creed, they have three completely worthy franchises, all with the ability to very seriously impress.

Splinter Cell Conviction set the template for Sam Fisher’s future exploits, and Ubisoft will be building on the tag 'n gun mechanic that set it apart from the stealth crowd.  <em>Assassin's Creed 3</em> sees a radical change in locale, something Ubisoft admitted was long overdue.  I may not be entirely sold on the idea of sitting in a tree until my target happens to wander by, but the developers have set themselves a challenge, and it may just be one that ultimately sees a big pay-off.  In <em>Far Cry 3</em> we have one of the creepiest and most believable bad guys to have graced our screens in quite some time, and the interaction between our hero and his nemesis is enough to sell me on the idea of revisiting a tropical paradise just to watch it burn.


E3 2012 Preview | Most Anticipated Publisher

Well, with their decisive accumulation of talent, and the way they've managed to secure short-term exclusives and lock down long-term creativity, it's absolutely got be Microso....HAHAHAHAHAHA. I'm sorry. I tried.


Nintendo's the obvious call here, simply to see if they manage to cock up the same presentation on a second pass, and also because they still haven't told us anything about the Wii U. Which is out at the end of this year. Hmmm.

But my eye is fixed firmly on Square Enix. With a renewed Western focus, the Japanese pubkisher has been quietly building a stable of very promising titles, not least Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs and Quantum Conundrum. Moreover, is this the year we'll see announcements for Final Fantasy Versus XIII/XV? Will Avalanche finally lift the lid on Just Cause 3 whatever it is they've been working on with SE? I don't know, but I can't wait to find out.


E3 2012 Preview | Most Anticipated Publisher

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about Ubisoft's presentations at E3 this year, I for one am interested to see how Rayman Legends'll stand up to the brilliant Rayman Origins and taking a look at Far Cry 3 should be good fun. Also, let's not forget Assassin's Creed 3, which I'm actually quite excited about seeing as it should finally move the series forwards and away from the seemingly endless tales of Ezio. Lastly, it's been a long time since Splinter Cell: Conviction came out, so it'd be a nice surprise to find out that Sam Fisher's heading out on another action packed adventure.

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phil16  Jun. 1, 2012 at 17:13

It's looking like a pretty boring year isn't it. I'm expecting EA to continue to mess up Battlefield until its just some awful COD clone (They seem to better at this with each patch - just look at the paper tanks). Guess I'll be keeping an eye on Valve (Half Life 3?) and relying on Indie's to take my cash this year!

DivideByZero  Jun. 1, 2012 at 17:16

I personally am quite hopeful for THQ to pull a rabbit out the hat. They had a massive year last year with the success of Saints Row 3... but then job losses earlier this year suggests they are on a knife edge. I hope they do something great that saves the company.

They have quite a nice range of games and seem to be willing to take risks, that sometimes pay off (De Blob) and they have said they are dropping the childish licensed rubbish. Would be a shame to lose them.

DivideByZero  Jun. 1, 2012 at 17:21

Guess I'll be keeping an eye on Valve (Half Life 3?)

Didn't they already say no HL3, No Portal3 and No L4D3?

Shame, well up for them!

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