Play Magazine, the UK’s premier gaming magazine, has confirmed that the first day of E3 will be a spectacle. They’ve promised via their Twitter page that June 7th would bring reveals of a significant PS3 exclusive, two zombie games, an interview and the return of a “Huge fighting game franchise”, among other things. While many people are probably buzzing about the PS3 exclusive, I am currently wracking my brain to figure out which big fighting game series they could be referring to.
First of all, in order to return from somewhere, it has to have been gone somewhere. We can therefore rule out numerous big franchises like Street Fighter, Tekken, Soul Calibur, Mortal Kombat, Virtua Fighter and every other series that has had an installment released in the last few years or has a new installment confirmed for sometime in the future. This narrows things down a bit. They could also mean a series that has fell off, though it still has had recent releases that weren’t so well received or hyped. A revamped King of Fighters game would be an example.
Old school franchises like Killer Instinct and Power Stone have gained new appeal with the recent success of Mortal Kombat. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has done the same thing for Capcom’s other popular crossover fighter Capcom vs. SNK. All things considered, my definite guess for which franchise this might be, is Guilty Gear. We told you yesterday that the rightful owner of the IP, Arc System Works, had only just secured the rights to it. There are several more clues like this one; see the related posts for more. I can hereby confirm that my sleep will suck until June 7th, when we find out which franchise it really is.