Rumor Mill: E3 2003 Edition
|With Xbox completely storming the show last year, and having such a stunning line-up of exclusive titles for 2003 already, E3 2003 is going to be full of dumb-founding surprises.
|05.04.05 - 11:52 pm
With Xbox completely storming the show last year, and having such a stunning line-up of exclusive titles for 2003 already, E3 2003 is going to be a a complete white-wash of Xbox announcements and complete dumb-founding surprises. For a sneak peak into what the industry insiders are expecting, check out this Exclusive Special Edition of the Rumor Mill.
While Activision will be demonstrating the delights of True Crime and Return To Castle Wolfenstein, word from our insiders is that they could also be announcing an X-Men RPG and fighting game for the big old box.
While the jaw-dropping Ghouls and Ghosts online takes to the show floor, word on the street is whispering that we could hear that two new Xbox games are on the way. While we don't know if they will be Onimusha 3 or even Resident Evil 4/5, we do know that they will make a huge impact when announced!
Our insiders down in England have spotted Colin McRae Rally 4 up and running and suggest that we will see it on display at E3. Not only that but they also spotted a new revolutionary rhythm action game on a recent visit, however, they do not know the specific platform it will be released on.
These guys (Creators of the fantastic Burnout series) are working on a huge project that should be revealed during the show by a big publisher. However, those are the only details we know of right now.
Return of the franchises. Yes, EA will be pushing out more of the same so expect The Sims 2, SSX 3, Madden 2004, Fifa 2004, and a new Lord Of The Rings title. However, expect a few surprises, like a new stealth game that is being developed outside EA.
The Italian Job should defiantly be on display but rumors have been circling the offices this week that Eidos' biggest selling franchise, Tomb Raider may be making an appearance on Xbox this year. It appears Sony's exclusivity may have fallen through and The Angel Of Darkness may be on its way to the Xbox. Soul Reaver 3 and Hitman 3 should also show up at the event.
While Driver 3 and Enter the Matrix will be doing the non-surprise appearances, it seems like Infogrames will have a few good ones hidden up its sleeves. Terminator 3 may make an appearance along with a couple of other big movie licensed titles and a couple of other original multi-platform titles.
These guys are expected to make a huge announcement on the opening day of the show and all eyes are pointing to an Xbox version of Metal Gear Solid 3, while we don't know if its coming exclusively to us, we do know that it is coming and should be a announced at E3!
As well as demonstrating the Xbox delights, Halo 2, Amped 2, Project Gotham 2, Rallisport 2, Sudeki, Fable, and more, Microsoft will also be dropping a few bombs! If the rumors are true, we will see a new, smaller Xbox model and several new original titles including one that has a strong female character lead.
While they will be demonstrating the NTSC version of Soul Calibur 2 filled with extra's, rumor has it that this will be the event where Ridge Racer 6 is finally revealed.
Sega will be unleashing the big guns this year with Xbox versions of Outrun, Golden Axe and Sega Rally all expected to turn a few heads if they make an appearance. Not only this but Sonic Team are rumoured to be working on a new action-based title however, the platform has not been specified.
The much rumoured Square-Enix title should finally make an appearance after months of deliberation. Finally we will see what we have waited to see for the past two E3's. Lets just hope it's been worth the wait.
An Xbox version of a new Charlies Angels game is expected to pop up, but that pales in comparison to what we think could be the game of the show. Yes, our industry insiders told us on Friday that we could be getting our first glimpse at Splinter Cell 2 in May in Los Angeles!
So there you have it, E3 should be one hell of a show and if our insiders are correct with their details, the Xbox should come out miles above the rest as far as quality titles are concerned!