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These are the games we hope are coming to E3

We can but hope

These are the games we hope are coming to E3
20 May 2016

For three days in the midst of June, console controllers the world over will lay momentarily forgotten. 

Gamers scattered across the globe will gather around their screens, knuckles aching at all the finger crossing to see if that game they've been waiting for might finally be unveiled at E3.

While we've got a pretty good idea of which titles will be appearing in the sweaty halls of this year's Los Angeles event, we can but dream that some of the following might shuffle in from the shadows to grab headlines. 

We've not been tipped off - this is largely wishful thinking.

Crash Bandicoot

The rumours for this have been gaining pace ever since the PlayStation 4 launch adverts contained a tiny hint of a Crash silhouette (it's on a signpost right at the very end of the video). 

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan recently had the following to say on the matter: "Um... we’re certainly aware of the considerable affection - even reverence - in which the mighty Crash is held. But nothing to update at this stage in that area."

Activision currently holds the rights to the game, but here's hoping an agreement might have been reached that could bring Sony's original mascot back to their console.

Chance of happening: With Crash reappearing in Uncharted 4 for a brief cameo, we think this is the most likely prospect out of our picks. 

Red Dead Redemption 2

Take-Two Interactive has all-but-confirmed this one for us: in a recent fiscal report, they had this to say about Rockstar Games...

Rockstar Games also is hard at work on some exciting future projects that will be revealed soon.

With Grand Theft Auto V still selling copies - yep, still - Rockstar isn't about to release a new GTA and nibble into sales of a game the public are still enjoying. Which means that the 'future projects' is going to be a sequel to their superb Western, Red Dead Redemption

Round em up, Rockstar.

Chance of happening: We're already polishing our cowboy boots.

Half-Life 3

It's been 12 years since Half-Life 2 - the greatest video game of all time (wanna fight about it?) - was released by Valve.

Not a day has passed when we haven't pulled ourselves from our sheets, blinking in the morning light, hoping this might finally be the day that Gabe Newell might just flop Half-Life 3 onto Steam and break the ruddy internet.

Could it finally, finally happen at this year's E3? PLEASE?

Chance of happening: About as likely as McDonald's rebranding itself as a vegan-only delivery service.

Halo 6

It's no secret that 343 Industries is working on Halo 6 - Microsoft's biggest franchise is hardly going to be left to gather dust while the Xbox One falls further behind the PlayStation 4 in unit sales. 

While we're not going to be playing any demos of the next instalment at this year's E3, but we'll be among the fanboys whooping and hollering should Halo 6 get a short teaser video to whet the appetite for a launch in October 2017.

Chance of happening: A teaser - probable. A full demo - not a chance. 

Bioshock: The Collection

Another E3 surprise the internet has already ruined is the return of Bioshock - in the form of a glorious HD remake of all three titles for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. 

The US rating board ESRB let slip that the game was a "collection of three first-person shooters in which players assume the role of characters uncovering the mysteries behind the dystopian societies of Rapture and Columbia". 

We can't wait to go back to Rapture.

Chance of happening: Pass us that E3 schedule and pencil it in, would you kindly?

God of War 4

Following the success of the remastered God of War III for the PlayStation 4, we can't help but think that Sony will be buying up the baby oil right this bloody minute to slather over their demigod. 

Chance of happening: PlayStation will have bigger announcements already out in the open, but there's a strong fan base for this one. Start praying. 

Superman: Gotham City

Rocksteady rounded off their Batman: Arkham series in fine style with Arkham Knight - but left a bit of a gap in their schedule in the process.

With Batman: Return to Arkham already all-but-finished, we'd love for Rocksteady to turn their considerable talents to giving DC Comics' other Spandex-clad hero a decent game. Just think - a Superman game that doesn't suck. Flying and laser eyes and super punches and... well, we've no idea what he'll fight, but that hasn't stopped DC making heaps of comics has it? They'll figure something out.

Chance of happening: Don't bet your Kryptonite stores on this one.

Elder Scrolls VI

Oh go on. You want this to happen as well, don't you? You know you do.

Bethesda has had it's hands full with its Fallout 4 expansions, DOOM and Dishonored 2, but the next Elder Scrolls game is definitely in some stage of development. 

If it emerges from the mists, it'll just be a tenative teaser: moody voice over, forests, hills, a ragged looking hero in a leather jerkin - you know the sort. And we'll go mad for it.

Chance of happening: You've got as much chance of this appearing as you have of finding a dragon in your garage. 

Some sort of Star Wars game

Star Wars: Battlefront was good. Great in fact. But a lack of (Han) solo player action was a disappointment for many.

EA's executive VP Patrick Söderlund recently explained that the lack of solo missions was owed to "a conscious decision we made due to time and being able to launch the game side-by-side with the movie that came out to get the strongest possible impact." So it was The Force Awakens' fault.

Which means now is the perfect time to give Star Wars fans the immersive campaign experience they've been craving. We were crushed when Star Wars 1313 (pictured) got cancelled - as were many others. Surely someone is going to capitalise on this gap?

Chance of happening: About as likely as Jar Jar Binks reappearing for Rogue One

PlayStation 4.5 and Xbox 1.5

Okay, so these aren't games.

In order to ensure their new VR experience runs as smoothly as possible, many are expecting PlayStation to reveal a slightly more powerful version of the PS4 at E3 - and you can read the sizeable body of evidence for that here. 

If PlayStation upgrades its console, you can expect Microsoft to follow suit. An Xbox One with some form of improved HoloLens (their augmented reality headset) capacity would make for a rather tasty Christmas 2016 showdown. The race for the living room VR experience might very well be about to begin.

Chance of happening: You're going to need a bigger living room.