Known industry analyst Michael Pachter has made some interesting predictions for E3 2017. Based on pieces of evidence, Pachter claims that Borderlands 3 will be announced for a Summer 2018 launch while Red Dead Redemption 2 will skip E3 entirely. Here’s his predictions for these two Take-Two Interactive published titles.
In a video by SIFTD Games, Pachter says Gearbox’s Borderlands 3 could appear in the event due to Take-Two Interactive’s previous statement that 2K Games is working on one of their ‘biggest franchises’. Pachter notes that 2K will not have huge new title this year outside of their annual NBA and WWE games. Pachter predicts that Borderlands 3 will roll in by Summer 2018.
Red Dead Redemption 2 & GTA 6
Pachter said that Rockstar will surely miss E3 2017, like they have done in the previous years. Pachter notes that Rockstar only had a representative at E3 2014 to inform gamers that GTA 5 is coming soon.
Aside from Rockstar Games often skipping E3, Pachter said the studio is a bit messy and unproductive as of late. The latest game from the company is GTA 5, released way back in 2013, and the company has focused on GTA 5 Online since then.
Additionally, Leslie Benzies’ departure from the company could hamper Rockstar’s development as he was a large creative force behind making their IPs. A new Rockstar IP before 2019 is unlikely, Pachter said. He even joked that GTA 6 will only launch by 2024.
Current E3 Exhibitors
As seen on the official E3 2017 site, Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of both Rockstar Games and 2K, will be an exhibitor. At best, Take-Two Interactive will have the Borderlands 3 announcement on E3 2017 on the Microsoft, Sony or the PC Gaming show press conference.
Currently, there’s scarce information about Borderlands 3 and Red Dead Redemption 2. All the fans have for these two games are teasers and images that hint its development.
However, Sony Europe boss Jim Ryan earlier told Glixel that a “Red Dead partnership with Take-Two” is among Sony’s partnership titles for E3 2017. Red Dead Redemption 2 could have PS4 exclusive content, similar to Activision’s Destiny 2. Unfortunately, Ryan doesn’t mention any details about Borderlands 3.
The Glixel interview also pointed out that Sony’s plan for 2017 is expanding its games and audience rather than introducing new Sony video game hardware, which means plenty of game announcements are likely at Sony’s E3 2017 conference. Additionally, Sony Interactive America President Shawn Layden told TIME that they’ll focus on showing games at E3 than doing long speeches.