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Shack Chat: What is your dream E3 2019 reveal or announcement?

The Shack Staff discusses some of their most-wanted E3 2019 reveals, even though many of them sadly won't come true.


Shack Chat is back once again, our weekly feature each Friday where we’ll ask the Shacknews staff to give their opinion on a particular topic, then open the floor to our dedicated Chatty community to provide a diverse mixture of thoughts on the subject. It’s a great way for us to get to know one another better while inspiring healthy debates with all of you passionate gamers out there.

Question: What is your dream E3 2019 reveal or announcement?

F-Zero SX for Switch - Asif Khan, Yeah, I got boost power!

It has been a tough couple of console generations for F-Zero fans. We have not received a game worth a damn in the series since F-Zero GX hit the GameCube, and many fans feel the series peaked with F-Zero X on the Nintendo 64. Nintendo continues to trot out Captain Falcon in Super Smash Bros. games and has the nerve to include multiple F-Zero levels in the fighting game series. They even trolled F-Zero fans in the Nintendoland Wii U title that featured a god awful F-Zero minigame that thumbed its nose at true fans of the series. Give us F-Zero on Switch, you cowards.

 Mother 3 - Brittany Vincent, Senior Editor

LOL JK, Nintendo will never do this. Perhaps if the company ever needs a quick injection of cash, but this will probably never happen, and it keeps me awake at night. I'm just not sure why this isn't higher on Nintendo's list of priorities, especially when people have been asking for it for years. Perhaps it's in the making, and the team is just waiting for the right time for a reveal. It would certainly please legions of RPG fans out there, and become an instant system seller wherever it would land. Or, hey, bring all the Mother games to Switch with one HD collection. I'm begging you at this point, Nintendo. 

Elder Scrolls VI, for real this time - Josh Hawkins, Some guy

Okay, I’ll be honest… I don’t really have much hope that I’ll actually hear anything about a new Elder Scrolls game, but with Bethesda’s catalogue of games not doing so hot lately, I’m really hoping we at least finally see something. I don’t care if it’s still four years out, or whatever, I just want to see something more after last year’s announcement that it was in development.

Skyrim released in November of 2011, which means it has been almost 8 years since the last Elder Scrolls game (I don’t really count Elder Scrolls Online) and it’s about time for something to give. Bethesda needs a win really badly right now, and Elder Scrolls VI could be that win, so here is to hoping we finally get a chance to dive into a brand-new, fully-fledged singleplayer RPG that I can sink hours upon hours of my life into.

A Sony/Nintendo/Microsoft hybrid console - Kevin S. Tucker, Dreamer

This will almost certainly never happen, but as potential E3 reveals go, a joint console between Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft is the boldest move I can imagine. I'll say right now that I think the future of gaming is in a unified platform — and toward that front, Google's Stadia has immense potential for industry disruption — but nothing would please me more than to see the big three console manufacturers joining forces for the ultimate gaming console.

In my mind, I picture a Nintendo design backed by Microsoft power and produced by Sony, but really, any combination of those three would work. Basically a Nintendo Switch the size of an iPad, the functionality of PC-based architecture, and (ideally) the back catalog from all three companies. Such a device really would end console wars forever: With no boundaries between devices, gamers could play what they want, when they want, where they want, with who they want.

It's the future, simply put. Whether or not these companies can ally with one another is yet to be seen, but if Stadia takes off, you better believe conversations will start happening. For now, of course, such is nothing but a dream.

ESPN NFL 2K20 (or a good WWE game) - Chris Jarrard, Suffers from CTE

I’m a simple guy with simple needs. I want a good football game that’s less than 20 years old and while we are in fantasy land, maybe a good WWE wrestling game, similar to the AKI N64 classics or even the Day of Reckoning games from Gamecube.

I feel that my dream E3 announcement is probably the most unlikely thing in this entire feature.

Microsoft Wins E3 - Sam Chandler, Guides Editor

Look, I can’t possibly pin it down to just a single announcement, it’s going to have to be a series of reveals, all under Microsoft’s banner.

I absolutely need there to be more games coming to the Backward Compatibility program on Xbox One. I’d love to play Jet Set Radio Future, Phantom Crash, Burnout 3: Takedown, even Blinx: Masters of Time and Space again without having to use my original Xbox.

Furthermore, I desperately want to see another Fable game, but this time a full-fledged sequel, not whatever Fable Legends was. I’d love to revisit Albion and conquer the evil that awaits me there.

Finally, let there be more Rare games. I love Sea of Thieves. I also love Conker and Viva Pinata. I think it would be fantastic to see these series return (or even Jet Force Gemini!).

The next (non-remake) Zelda - David L. Craddock, Longreads Editor

In 2014, long-time Legend of Zelda designer and producer Eiji Aonuma announced The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Aonuma seemed to unveil the game more to put the unofficial rumors to rest--yes, Nintendo is developing a new Zelda game, of course we are, are you new here?--and out of a desire to give fans a taste.

And that’s all we got: A long, lingering look at a slice of the new Hyrule Field and an action-packed teaser trailer showing Link firing a weird laser arrow into the eye of… a mechanical octopus? Or something? It was a teaser, and it did its job. It teased. Nintendo didn’t go into more detail until 2016; that gave fans two years to speculate and salivate.

Assuming the next Zelda--is still a year or three away--not including the upcoming remake of Link’s Awakening due out this fall, which looks fantastic--E3 2019 could be the perfect time to give us a peek. At what? Anything, really. Nintendo showed concept artwork from Skyward Sword in 2010, nearly two years before the game’s release on Wii. There’s a precedent for this sort of thing.

I don’t even need an official subtitle. I’d just like to lift up the curtain and catch a glimpse of what’s going on behind the scenes.

Red Dead Survival - Bill Lavoy, It Was Totally Asif Ghostwriting

My dream announcement at E3, as of the writing of this entry, would be for Rockstar to announce that they are using the existing map, animal roster, and mechanics to make Red Dead Survival, a pure survival game without the combat and only the hunting, fishing, and living off the land. You would hunt and fish to eat, add a hydration mechanic, and allow players to simply exist in the world. Maybe throw in a little base building, but there would be no PvP component at all.

You see, I’m a huge survival nut, but I grow tired of the way developers have to add ridiculous things to survival games, like zombies. I want what I get from The Long Dark, but with a bit more expansion in terms of map size, advanced hunting mechanics, and crafting. Rockstar basically has all of this already working in the game, but it would be nice to enjoy it with a few tweaks and bit less of having to hear Dutch groan about “One more big score!”

Master Chief on the Switch - Donovan Erskine, Intern

Microsoft and Nintendo have been playing very nice as of late. With the Halo Master Chief Collection set to make its triumphant return to the public eye when it hits PC later this year, E3 would be the perfect place to announce the epic collection will also be making its way to the Nintendo Switch.

In addition, this announcement could be followed by revealing Master Chief as the next DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I’ve already argued in a previous Shackchat how the iconic spartan would work gameplay wise, but I truly feel like he’d be a valuable addition to the already insane cast of characters in Ultimate.

Justice League, by Rocksteady - Ozzie Mejia, Senior Editor

This has already been ruled out thanks to the killjoys at Rocksteady announcing that they're missing this year's show. Ahem… Again. Ever since Batman: Arkham Knight, many have wondered what Rocksteady's next move is and many guesses have involved taking a sideways step into another DC Comics/Warner Brothers property. Green Lantern has been tossed around, Superman has been rumored numerous times, and there have even been rumblings that they're not as done with Batman as people think. It's the latter rumor that intrigues me. What if Rocksteady was moving from an action game fully focused on Batman to a game where the Dark Knight is a supporting character. What happens if WB Games decides to deliver a full-blown Justice League game?

With Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics set to finally unveil their Avengers project, it would have been really cool to see WB and Rocksteady create their own superhero adventure with the Justice League as the featured characters. Imagine different gameplay mechanics for Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash to go along with the tried-and-true mechanics for Batman. There's a lot of potential here and my hope is that Rocksteady is already hard at work on this, hence their years of silence. It's my biggest wish for E3, but again, there's no reason for anyone to hold their breath.

Disagree with our picks? Think we're a bunch of clowns? Let us know in the Chatty below.

Shack Staff stories are a collective effort with multiple staff members contributing. Many of our lists often involve entires from several editors, and our weekly Shack Chat is something we all contribute to as a group. 

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