By the time you read this, E3 2018 will be just around the corner. For the uninitiated, E3 (or Electronic Entertainment Expo) is the biggest convention for digital entertainment in the world. Basically think of it like SEMA, but for video games.
The reason I love E3 (besides the fact I’ve been a gamer for longer than some of you have been alive) is that it’s typically when new racing games are announced for the holiday season and the following year. Speculating harder than a bitcoin podcast, I’ll take a few guesses as to what games we’ll see announced at E3 this year, going from most likely to least.
FORZA HORIZON 4
This almost isn’t even conjecture. Since Forza Motorsport 7 was launched last year, Forza Horizon 4 is pretty much a shoo-in to be announced this year.
The real question is: where will the game take place? Anyone familiar with the Horizon series knows the game’s setting is essentially the main character. With the first three games taking place in Colorado, Southern Europe, and Australia, respectively, many fans are speculating Japan will serve as the setting for Forza Horizon 4. I tend to agree, but I think a dark-horse possibility is Los Angeles. Where would you want the setting for Horizon 4 to be?
F1 2018 BY CODEMASTERS
The benefit of a video game being based on a real sport is that it's pretty safe to expect a new iteration each year. Codemasters’ F1 series is no different. The Codemasters team always does a really good job of making sure their F1 games are as true to the real-life counterpart as possible. I think it is safe to expect an announcement of F1 2018 this year. Inclusion of “halo” equipped cars and the current schedule which features the return of the French and German grand prixs are practically guaranteed.
This is my first real prediction for E3. A while back, EA Games decided to take its Need For Speed series off its yearly release cycle to give their developers more time to make a quality game. Since Need For Speed Payback was just released late last year, I doubt a new Need For Speed game would be announced at E3 this year. However – since Payback is an open world game, I think there is a significant possibility an expansion could be revealed. Relatively speaking, Need For Speed Payback has had a positive response from fans, and expanding the game’s open world with new environments, events, and challenges would do wonders in keeping existing players happy until the next game comes along in 2019.
GRAN TURISMO 7
Firstly, I should say my hunch here is based of an internet rumor from a popular video game forum called “NeoGAF,” so take it with lots of salt. Apparently, a user on the forum visited their local GameStop store and found placeholder boxes for Gran Turismo 7 with the box art above and an April 2019 release date listed. Furthermore they claim that they saw details of a special edition of the game that would include an actual, wearable, racing helmet. Though, note this box art is actually a speculative rendering from like three years ago. So, there’s that ...
Also, two years ago I interviewed Kazunori Yamauchi and he told me directly that Gran Turismo Sport is a “reboot” of the series and that there “wouldn’t necessarily be a Gran Turismo 7.” Normally, I think that would nix any possibility of a GT 7 being announced. However, a lot can change in two years.
Well, those are my best guesses for E3 2018 so far. I’m sure I’ll end up being wrong about more than a few things but it’s fun to hypothesize anyway. Stay tuned to Super Street as we’ll keep you updated on any new info that drops before E3, as well as during the show, which takes place early next month. In the meantime, if you’ve heard any significant racing game rumors, let us know about them on our Twitter and Facebook pages!