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E3 2016 Preview

New racing games we're expecting at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo

Andrew Beckford
May 24, 2016

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is rapidly approaching and I couldn't be more excited. For the uninitiated, E3 is basically the "SEMA Show" of the video game industry. It’s a time when all the major players (see what I did there?), like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, show off new games and sometimes consoles that the consuming public can expect in the near future.

E3 is also the time when all the bright and shiny new racing games are announced! It's too soon to know for absolute fact who is going to announce what, but if there's one thing I love to do it’s speculate! Let's get started!

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Prediction 1: Forza Horizon 3

When Turn 10 Studios teamed up with Playground Games to create the very first Forza Horizion game, it was also announced that they would go on a "game per year" schedule, alternating between "Forza Motorsport" and "Forza Horizon" titles. Seeing how Forza Motorsport 6 made its debut last year at E3 in spectacular fashion (meaning they lowered a full-sized Ford GT from the freakin' roof of the Galen Center) it wouldn't be crazy to predict that at this year's E3 we will see Turn 10 Studios announce the third Forza Horizon game.

The real question is where will Forza Horizon 3 take place? The first Horizon game happened in Colorado, USA, and the second game focused on Southern Europe. There are a lot of potential locations for the third game but I'm making the prediction that the highways and togue roads of Japan will be the scene for Forza Horizon 3.

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Prediction 2: Gran Turismo Sport In 4K Resolution

Anyone following the video game industry for the last few months is probably aware that there have been rumblings that Sony is set to announce a special PlayStation 4 console (we'll just call it the "PS4K" for now) that can output games in 4K resolution. The next game in the Gran Turismo series, Gran Turismo Sport was also just announced a few days ago.

We wouldn't be surprised if Gran Turismo godfather Kazunori Yamauchi got up on Sony's E3 presentation stage and announced that Gran Turismo Sport would be 4K compatible with the PS4K. Some seeds have already been planted for this prediction as in Gran Turismo Sport's photo mode; final pictures can be exported in 4K resolution. Sure, it could all be a coincidence but I'm going to take it as a breadcrumb. In fact, I'll go one further and predict that Kazunori-san will also announce that Gran Turismo 7 will be a 4K game as well! That's right, I'm laying it all on the table! And yes, that is a double entendre – deal with it ...

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Prediction 3: Ubisoft Announces A New "The Crew" Game

Back in 2014 Ubisoft took its turn at an open-wheel driving game when it created "The Crew" and it was well received. Ubisoft followed up with that by releasing "The Crew: Wild Run" in 2015 and again it was pretty well liked, mostly due to the fact that "Wild Run" included sport bikes and trucks.

I think Ubisoft is going to keep things going and announce a new "Crew" game this year. The interesting question is: what will they add to keep things fresh? They have already covered cars, trucks, and motorcycles. I think with a new "Crew" game we will see the inclusion of high-speed watercraft like speedboats and jet skis. I know it sounds weird but hey, it’s a damn video game! Oh, and I'm pretty sure they'll expand the open world even more, making it much bigger than what "Wild Run" had to offer.

Well, there you have it. Three bold predictions on what to expect at E3 this year. Though, what I think isn't really as important as what you think. Do you agree with the predictions? Disagree? Do you have predictions of your own? Let us know!

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