E3 2012, a year in transition.
All the articles I’ve read from reputable sites (Edge, Gamasutra, and Destructoid), blame the “lack luster” showing from Microsoft and Sony on the transition period into the next console gen. While there were some AAA titles announced for this current gen from big names, a lot of them seemed to be developed at the B team studio, while the main teams seem to be twiddling their thumbs (working on games for the next generation of consoles). All sites rumored this year the companies would show off their new hardware, but instead they took the time to get a bit more money for this old generation of consoles. However, we did get a sneak peak at what will be capable in the new era of gaming from 3rd party developers.
Watch Dogs and Star Wars 1313 stole the show with graphics and game play that without a doubt will have to dumbed down a bit for the current generation of hardware. While it is sad to know that your console is starting to feel its age, you’ll sleep better at night knowing that things so awesome and awe inspiring will be capable in their full glory on a console in the not so distant future.
The main reason I decided to talk about this is because I was hearing chatter of “E3 dying”, or “E3 is no longer for gamers.” These things just aren’t true, your gaming gods haven’t abandoned you, they are just working on the next piece of hardware that you’ll be glued to for the next 6 or so years.