It’s that time of the year again. With E3 2012 just around the corner (June 5-7 to be exact), the rumour mill has gone into overdrive, with fanboys and critics alike speculating on what we’ll be seeing and hearing from the world’s most coveted games expo.
Who can blame them? Rumours surrounding the launch of the Xbox 720, PS4 and Nintendo Wii U – all of which are expected to launch at the end of this year –continue to gain momentum, and they’re not showing any signs of slowing down.
With more gossip flying around than in a copy of heat, we’ve rounded the latest news on the games and consoles expected to emerge from LA in June.
E3 2012 Rumours: Games
As you’d expect from a games expo of E3’s magnitude, we’ll be seeing a whole host of titles launch (like, duh!) but which ones exactly?
Well, first things first: Nintendo has confirmed (via games website Eurogamer) that it will announce a new Super Mario Bros. game at E3 this year.
That’s right, the moustached jumper and co will feature in a new adventure once again. Fact. How do we know?
Well, because the news came straight out of the horse’s mouth (Shigeru Miyamoto, producer and designer of Mario), who made the revelation while being interviewed by a Spanish newspaper in April.
But wait. There’s more! Nintendo has also confirmed that a brand spanking new version of Pikmin will be shown at the games expo. Here is a very juicy quote from one of their (many) spokespeople:
“In a recent interview, Mr Miyamoto confirmed that Pikmin will be shown at E3 this year and that anyone who has played Pikmin games in the past, from the beginning to the last one, will enjoy playing. Nothing further will be disclosed at this time.”
It gets better. Metal Gear fans could be in store for a treat as rumour has it Kojima Productions will be announcing the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance in Los Angeles come June.
Now for some bad news: GTA fans will be sad to hear that Rockstar, the game’s developers, will not be making an appearance at E3 this year.
This means we won’t be seeing any previews of the upcoming GTA 5. It also means that the game most probably won’t be out this year, GameStatics reports.
Also on the no-show list is World of Warcraft developers Blizzard, according to games site MCV.
If you’re an MMORPG fan waiting for news on the Blizzard’s upcoming Titan Project or StarCraft II expansions, sadly, your questions will not be answered in June. Tough luck.