The E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo takes place from June 2nd to June 4th at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, and is expected to be full of new gaming announcements and details of new games consoles. There is a huge buzz around this year’s event which is expected to be one of the best events ever and packed with much more industry news than usual.
As expected Microsoft will be exhibiting and there is much industry gossip that they will unveil their latest bit of kit ZuneX, whether the gossip is true or not we will just have to wait and see but if there is any element of truth then industry insiders are saying that it is expected to be a rival to the iPhone. Another exhibitor that is expected to unveil their latest gaming product is Konami, who also appears to be teasing gamers with hints of what is to come. There is much speculation that it will indeed be Metal Gear that is unveiled but we shall just have to wait and see.
Of course there is one noteable absence from the 2009 E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo, OnLive, the ‘cloud’ based gaming service accessed via a broadband connection. The team at OnLive do not see their product as a good fit for exhibition at E3, seeing the Expo as more of a retail orientated exhibition. OnLine may be staying away because they don’t see the need to exhibit, however some are staying away because, of all things, Swine-flu! Capcom the Japanese games developer are one such company, deciding that the threat of swine-flu is too much of a risk at the moment.
Of course those that do decide to attend the E3 Exhibition will give us all an idea of what will be the Christmas must have at the end of the year, what will we all be hunting for in the shops this year on Christmas Eve? We wonder if the current economic crisis is going to have an effect on the development of games and consoles. How are the manufacturers and developers going to entice us to buy; now we are all very much watching our purse strings? This is likely to be a great year for consumers because developers know that they are going to have to offer something so special to make us all part with our cash.