June 11, 2021 2:00 PM
It’s E3 season and it is taking on many forms this year. Whether it’s the core E3 convention, Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, or the slew of individual direct presentations, this is the time of year for game announcements. A lot of those are surprises that nobody sees coming, so for this week’s Shack Chat, the staff is going to go all out. We’re putting out our dream E3 2021 announcements, things that may seem far out there, but hey, stranger things have happened. Let’s take a look.
Everyone on the Shacknews staff is putting on their fortune teller hats (some made of tin foil) and offering up the one thing they want to see out of E3 2021.
Question: What’s your dream E3 2021 announcement?
Marvel’s Spider-Men – Ozzie Mejia, Friendly Neighborhood Senior Editor
What an amazing couple of years this has been for Insomniac Games. What’s next for them after arguably their best Ratchet & Clank game ever? It’s time to swing back to the Marvel Universe, of course.
Insomniac already has a pair of Spider-Man games under its belt, putting out one of the best games of the PS4 generation with Marvel’s Spider-Man and kicking off the PS5 generation right with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Rather than have to choose whether to follow Peter Parker or Miles Morales for the next game, why not do both? Unveil a play on Brian Michael Bendis’ mini-series and introduce PlayStation owners to Spider-Men, allowing players to follow-up on several plot lines introduced over the past two games.
At this point, I’m hungry to explore all five boroughs of New York and I hope Insomniac is ready to unveil their Marvel opus at this year’s E3.
Percy Jackson/ Heroes of Olympians RPG – Donovan Erskine, Contributing Editor
If we’re talking “dream” announcements, then let’s have some fun with it. I’d love to see somebody take a crack at the Percy Jackson franchise in the video game world. This universe is rich with interesting characters, locations, and enemies. You could either follow the story of Percy throughout the books, or let players create their own character and experience their own unique journey. Also, I don’t care that Assassin’s Creed and Immortals: Fenyx Rising just did Greek mythology-themed RPGs. Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series have the potential to dunk all over them.
Crash Bandicoot comes to Smash – Blake Morse, Co-EIC I feel like a broken record here. The last couple of years that we’ve had to answer this question for the various E3’s that have come and gone I’ve predicted that Nintendo will grace us by including the one and only Crash Bandicoot in Smash Bros. Why do I desire it so? Well, you see, I’ve lived through the console wars up to this point (it doesn’t rage on in the same way it used to, but it still rages on) and for the longest time the concept of a game that had mascots from across all consoles was something that could never be dreamed of. The fact that Mario and Sonic hang out at the Olympics is still a major trip for me.
While Crash isn’t necessarily associated with just the PlayStation anymore, there was a time where him, the plumber, and the hedgie being on the same console, let alone in the same game, was a thought that would’ve gotten you laughed at. The idea that you could have them literally face off in a brawl would be a monumental moment in games, at least for us old folks. I do feel the sentiment would be lost on newer or younger gamers who didn’t grow up during the trying times that were the console wars, but this isn’t about them. This is about me and what I want. And this is basically my last chance to get it. There aren’t very many DLC characters left to be announced for the current iteration of Smash Bros. but here’s to hoping Nintendo puts a nail in the coffin of those long-fought wars and declares itself the victor. My dream of massive mascot mutilation in one game to rule them all must manifest!
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