It’s that time of year again. The E3 hype train is leaving the station, as gamers everywhere prepare for a flurry of announcements from the industry’s biggest annual event. As we’re unlikely to get much in the way of major hardware announcements at E3 2018, this year’s event is gearing up to be very software focused and as always, there are many games that we already know are going to be there and even more that have yet to be announced.
Rather than put together a traditional E3 predictions list, I thought I’d round up all the heartbreakers. By that I mean, what are the games that many of us would love to see announced but know with near certainly probably won’t be? Of course, anything is possible and there’s a very real possibility that at least a few of the games on this list will get surprise announcements between June 12-14, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on any news when it comes to the following titles.
Honestly, of all the series on this list, Burnout is the one I could see actually being at E3 this year. The release of Burnout Paradise Remastered earlier this year could be attributed to it being the game’s 10 year anniversary, but it was also likely an experiment on EA’s part to gauge how much interest there still is out there for the frenetic arcade racing series.
And really, 10 years is too long a wait for a new Burnout. The franchise had a brilliant run starting in 2004 with the release of Burnout 3: Takedown, which is still arguably one of the greatest racing games ever made, but after publishing Paradise in 2008, EA has largely ignored Burnout in favor of its other major car racing franchise, Need For Speed.
With Need For Speed’s reputation slipping over the past few years following a string of solid, if unremarkable releases, now would seem a perfect time to bring Burnout back. But then, this is EA we’re talking about: a company that has willfully ignored the demand for a new Burnout game for a decade, so I’d argue there’s a much better chance of us getting yet another Need For Speed announcement instead.