The games on show at E3 2011 are some of the best in living memory. So you really owe it to yourself to vote in CVG's inaugural E3 2011 Awards... in the Most Anticipated Title category.
Shortly before the show, we'll work out which of these 60 special E3 game previews have enjoyed the most page views, Facebook 'Likes', ReTweets and poll votes (see below) and crown our first victor at the Los Angeles event. Show your favourites the love!
Game: Respawn's TBC shooter
Likelihood of E3 2011 showing: Possible
"Respawn Entertainment marks a fresh start for Jason and me...For the past decade we led a great development team and poured our hearts into creating an epic game franchise. We're very proud of what we built - and proud that so many millions of fans enjoyed those games. Today we hope to do it all over again -- open a new studio, hire a great team, and create brand new games with a new partner, EA"
After that statement announcing a brand new studio and project, former Infinity Ward execs and creators of the blockbuster Call of Duty franchise Jason West and Vince Zampella faded into the darkness of the development world and haven't been heard of since.
Given Activision's furor at their supposed covert communications with and eventual defection to its biggest rival we wouldn't be surprised if the duo are currently sprawled over their desks having met their untimely demise at the hands of Acti-Ninjas. The point is we know diddly squat about what they're working on.
Either that or they're hard at work creating a slick, cinematic shooter that adds a new angle to the genre by including role-playing mechanics such as experience points, leveling up, unlocking weapons and abilities for use in battle....oh wait.
Obviously, the assumption is that it's some sort of mind-blowing, ultra-innovative, out-of-this-world first-person shooter built from the ground up to crush Call of Duty like an ant under a US marine's boot, and that's likely the right assumption.
But we kind of want to see something completely out of left field from them, if EA is going to let anyone go crazy with their ideas surely it would be the guys who created Call of Duty. EA and Activision have the first-person shooter genre pretty much covered between them with Battlefield 3 and CoD.
With most avenues already exhausted creating yet another Call of Duty or Battlefield-esque shooter probably isn't a smart move, we can't see another shooter along the same lines making a big impact and probably wouldn't be a very memorable first-step for Respawn.
With that said we're paying very close attention to both EA and Respawn, scouring the internet for any sort of clue as to what they might be working on. Fingers crossed for a turn-based, JRPG FPS.