The largest gaming expo of the year is coming up fast. E3 2016 is only a few short months away and here at GamesRadar+, we’re already thinking about those glorious moments during the show when we finally get to see our most desired games. 2016 looks like it’s going to be an exciting year, but there are plenty of questions that haven’t been answered about the industry’s most prominent franchises. What’s going on with Assassin’s Creed? What’s next for Call of Duty. What is Nintendo’s new console all about? If there is one place we’re likely to get new information, it’s E3.

The GR+ staff did some soul searching and came up with the games we each want to see at E3. There’s no guarantee that any of the following games mentioned will even make it to the show, but we can always hope, right? Whatever happens, stay tuned to this page as we update this article with the confirmed games of E3 2016.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U is a bit of a mystery at the moment. Nintendo has been coy about revealing too much about it; we haven’t seen Link in his traditional green garb, there’s new open-world gameplay we know nothing about, and there are no clues about the story whatsoever. That’s why I’m so excited to see what Nintendo is going to show at E3 2016. The game is still said to be released this year, and if that’s true, Nintendo needs to put the new Zelda in the spotlight. There are also rumors that the game could end up on Nintendo’s NX, and if Zelda is going make that transition, it might be the game that showcases the capabilities of the new console.

Look, you could just slap the Star Wars logo on anything at this point and I would be in. The only thing I know for sure about Visceral’s next title is it’s a Star Wars game. That’s it. Now, the rumors swirling around make it sound amazing. It could be set in an open-world, and let’s be honest, open-world in Star Wars can only mean open-galaxy. Based on the logos and development photos, the story might be set around a smuggler (Han Solo) or pirate character inhabiting the universe’s underworld rather than the force and its lightsaber-wielding users. Hopefully we get our first glimpse at the game at E3.

Rumors sprang out the day of Sony’s E3 2015 press conference that Square would be announcing a Final Fantasy 7 remake and the world rightfully scoffed. Sure, Internet, of course there’s going to be a Final Fantasy 7 remake. Just like there was going to be one at E3 2014. And E3 2013. And every freaking E3 since 1998. Only this time it actually turned out to be real, a massive, multi-game recreation of the landmark PlayStation original wrought in Advent Children-style detail. While 2016 is Final Fantasy 15’s time to shine, Square will almost assuredly give us another taste of the remake as we approach the game’s 20th anniversary.

Tetsuya Nomura hasn’t finished a game directed solely by him since Kingdom Hearts 2 in 2006. He’s worked on plenty of projects, including writing the stories and scripts for the myriad hallucinatory Kingdom Hearts spinoffs that have been released in the intervening decade, but he’s never finished another game by himself at the helm. It’s not surprising. Kingdom Hearts 2 is possibly the strangest game ever made. It’s about a young anime boy defeating 13 sinister clones of a madman. His best friends in it were Johnny Depp and Goofy. With the prelude collection Kingdom Hearts 2.8 due out this year, Square will undoubtedly have a fresh trailer and maybe even a bonafide demo for Nomura’s return to his insane world.

Hearing about a new console’s launch lineup is always exciting, and that’s doubly true for a system like Nintendo NX. Not “because Nintendo”, but because it could still be literally anything. At this point, the least interesting thing I could think to speculate about is Nintendo pulling a Twilight Princess and bumping The Legend of Zelda for Wii U onto NX as well. If my baseline level of excitement is exploring the next major Zelda game on the go, then plugging it into my TV for marathon sessions, that is very strong start. A new console launch would also be the perfect time for Mario to re-emerge with another paradigm-shifting platformer. I loved Super Mario 3D World on Wii U, but I know plenty of fans are still waiting for another game to blow their minds like Super Mario Galaxy did back in 2007.

Now this is a post-apocalypse that I can really get behind. Civilization as we know it is a thing of the ancient past in Horizon: Zero Dawn, but this new world is vibrant and thriving. Life has, uh, found a way, and bizarre new creatures roam the land. Giant animals made from the detritus of our former world, flocking and hunting like their flesh-and-blood predecessors? Yeah, sign me up. We’ve seen futures that go high-tech and those that go low, but Horizon looks to be blending the two into a new and intriguing spin on the open world adventure as heroine Aloy takes down mighty technobeasts with her bow, her arrow, and her wits. We don’t know a darn thing about the story yet, so hopefully this E3 will clue us in.

My fellow Personaphiles know what’s up, but in case you’re new to this gleefully bizarre JRPG series, here’s the sitch: Personas are demons that you can call to your aid to do battle for you, like really angry Pokemon. You can collect them, upgrade them, or fuse them together to form new, more powerful personas that will help you fight your way through strange and deadly dungeons. It’s a whole thing. The dungeon crawling is challenging and exciting, but what sets the Persona games apart is how they explore themes that are actually relevant to your real life, like the importance of friendship, the pressure to please your family, loneliness, and even grief. The characters aren’t just shallow tropes used to shuttle the personas around, they’re fully-realized personalities with oh-so-relatable hangups. There’s also a shapeshifting cat, which, let’s be honest, should be more than enough to get you in the door.

Titanfall was a hell of a good time and an engaging spin on multiplayer shooters. Did grabbing a pilot out of their Titan ever get old? No. No, it did not. Neither did shooting down a drop ship at the last moment, foiling the other team’s escape. Several elements of Titanfall did get old a bit too quickly, though. The game had a lot of great ideas, but what it didn’t have was any kind of single-player mode, and with just a handful of game types and maps, it all began to feel too thin too quickly. Titanfall 2 will hopefully build on what came before, delivering the fast-paced, wall-running, mech-punching combat we adored, along with enough variety to keep players around for the long haul. We are prepared for Titanfall…again.

I know, I know. At this point, Beyond Good & Evil 2 feels more like a joke entry than a legitimate prediction. But I sincerely believe this will be the year that we hear more about photojournalist and bo staff-wielder extraordinaire Jade’s interplanetary adventures. Why? Well, there’s the rumor going around that Nintendo will publish the title for its NX console, and Ubisoft recently applied for new trademarks on the intellectual property. Couple that with the revival movement led by Shenmue 3, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and The Last Guardian, and it’s easy to see that plenty are hungry for a return to the classics. Nostalgia has reached its zenith, and Beyond Good & Evil is in prime position to make a return to the stage. If it doesn’t happen this year, it’s truly dead and gone.

We don’t know for sure that Destiny 2 will be announced at E3 2016, but mounting evidence certainly seems to suggest it. As to why it’s worth getting excited over, you need only look at how much vanilla Destiny has changed since launch. Three expansions later, Destiny finally has a leveling system that makes sense, more customization options, and a story that … well, at least there is one now. The lessons learned by Bungie were hard, as critics and players alike lamented the lack of content, nonsensical, threadbare plot, and the slog for better gear. If Destiny is the proof of concept, look to Destiny 2 as the game that will prove the formula not only works, but can be truly exceptional. Even if it doesn’t garner the hype that the original did, as long as Bungie adds matchmaking to Raids, I’m in.

Not since the likes of Mr. Mosquito or Katamari Damacy has a PlayStation system been graced with such a delightfully weird, absurdly original idea as 100ft Robot Golf. Imagine if, long after all kaiju have been eliminated, the colossal Jaeger mechs from Pacific Rim decided to pass the time with a relaxing round of links – except the hole is smack dab in the middle of a city which you’ll inevitably end up tearing to pieces. It’s such a goofy, colorful mix of slapstick comedy and satisfying destruction, and who knows what kind of improbable trick shots you’ll have to pull to score a Moon-to-Earth hole-in-one. Plus, the thought of experiencing such a bizarre sporting event in PlayStation VR sounds like an excitingly weird. It may be your first – and only – opportunity to wield a golf club while piloting a giant mech.

All we’ve seen of Dishonored 2 thus far is the gorgeous cinematic debut trailer from last year’s E3, but that footage – combined with the stellar pedigree of the first game – was more than enough to stoke the fires of supernatural assassination hype. We know that you’ll be able to choose between playing as Corvo or his almost-definitely daughter Emily in this slick-looking sequel, and that it takes place in the coastal city of Karnaca rather than the grimy streets of Dunwall. We can’t wait to see how the distinctly creepy vibes of the original are reimagined for Dishonored 2, from a disgusting insects-in-the-intestines disease in place of a rat plague to new powers like ethereal tendrils you can use like a grappling hook to zip up and across rooftops.

After ten years of development hell and a false start as a spin-off of a previous entry, Final Fantasy 15 is beginning to take shape as a very real game that you’ll be able to play on September 30 of this year. But despite the recent Uncovered event and two playable demos released to the public, there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding how everything will fit together in the final version. What are our J-Rock band of heroes up to in their slick convertible? Why are there so many giant monsters living next to fairly busy freeways? How will the game actually play? E3 is one of the last big stops before the game’s release just a few months later, so here’s hoping Square Enix gives us a substantial look at what Final Fantasy 15 really has to offer.

Like Final Fantasy 7’s remake announcement at last year’s E3, Shenmue 3 still feels like a distant dream we’re waiting to wake up from. The games were strange even for their era, with their realistic weather patterns and day/night cycles, the pixel-perfect recreations of old Sega arcade games, and the daily schedules of citizens. Releasing a direct sequel to a game that ended on a cliffhanger 15 years ago somehow seems even stranger now. So what the hell is Shenmue 3, then? Will it stick to its guns, looking like a game emerging from a time capsule buried almost two decades ago, or will it embrace modern game design methodologies and bring the series rushing head-first into the present? Hopefully we’ll get to catch our first, real glimpse at E3.

The Witcher 3 is easily one of the best games of the last ten years or so, and CD Projekt Red is continuing to support it with a wealth of incredible additional content. But fantasy… not really my thing. Sci-fi though? Like, hardboiled sci-fi about street punks and hackers and megacorps and loads of neon? Oh yeah. The Polish studio’s next project, Cyberpunk 2077, should fit the bill nicely, but we haven’t heard or seen a peep about the game outside of a single teaser trailer released three years ago. Will E3 finally be the first time we get to see it in action?

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