Sony's Huge E3 Rumor Collection
There could be a whole host of huge announcements at this year's E3...or, there could be almost none at all, and this falls under the ever-widening category of "bad hype business." So, what should you be on the lookout for? What are the hottest rumors as we head into the show? Well, we're bound to drag up a few more over the next few weeks, but here's the current batch; it's impressive:
PlayStation 3 Price Drop
This probably tops the list, simply because fans have been clamoring for a PS3 price drop for many months now. We've seen and heard countless examples of a so-called price drop "right around the corner," but each and every time, Sony has denied the claims. So far, they've been right: there is currently no official word on a price cut for the PS3 hardware. However, E3 would be the perfect venue to make such a big announcement, and if they do, it may tie into the following...
A "Redesigned" PS3
This rumor just popped up this week, and the only reason it's plausible is because it could mean anything. It could be something as simple as new colors (like a Matte Silver and Ceramic White PS3 to match the new Dual Shock 3 controllers), or something as drastic as a brand new model (ooh, let's make the 160GB PS3 the default now!). Then again, maybe it's not a mechanical change but a structural one; there has been talk about slimming down the sexy behemoth that is Sony's next-gen machine, and we figure that's somewhat possible. But yeah, with a new model of some kind may come a price alteration...who knows?
The PSP Go!
Some sources want to say it's as good as confirmed, but until we see that press release in our inbox, it's no such thing. However, there's more evidence to back this thing than there has been for any other PSP2 rumor in the past, and that includes the long-running speculation that the new PSP would be a phone. We're almost certain you're going to see some sort of freshly redesigned PSP at E3, even if it's only another update in the form of the PSP-4000. Whatever it is, we figure it'll be made ready to launch for the holidays, which would be a good move by Sony. No doubt about it.
Team ICO's mystery PS3 project
We've been waiting on this for a loooong time. Or maybe it just feels like a loooong time. The last information we heard came from an inside source who said it would be closer to ICO than Shadow of the Colossus, but that's all we know. With all these huge technically superior blockbusters everywhere, we kinda miss the artsy approach to gaming, and you can bet Team ICO will deliver in this area. Along with Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain, this sits atop our list of unique titles we absolutely can't wait to see. We want the unveiling at E3! No more waiting!
Gran Turismo 5 in 2009
This game was mysteriously missing from Sony's confirmed list of games that would see the light of day at the show, and that makes us think... They may wish to make some sort of surprise announcement at their press conference, and we keep recalling what series creator Kazunori Yamauchi said late last year. In an interview, when asked if GT5 would be released in 2010, Yamauchi actually laughed and said it might "be coming sooner than you think." Since then, we really haven't seen any evidence that it'll launch this year...but no evidence to really say it'll be later, either. This could be very unexpected and very massive...
Other Games: Kingdom Hearts 3, Twisted Metal
For the first, we refuse to believe that Square-Enix would abandon one of their most critically acclaimed and profitable franchises. They've focused on the handhelds long enough; now's the time to step up and announce Kingdom Hearts 3. The only thing standing in the way? The final stretch run to complete Final Fantasy XIII, which the company has already said is taking up most all of their energy and focus. If that one doesn't pop up, maybe Eat Sleep Play and David Jaffe will finally lift the lid on their project, which most believe to be a new Twisted Metal. There's plenty of evidence to support the idea, but again, nothing "officially official."
Okay, so there you have it. Who wants to add more to the horde?
5/13/2009 Ben Dutka