As the veritable E3 2012 news hurricane slowly approaches our unsuspecting shores, more and more information is constantly teased and hinted at. Geoff Keighley, host of Gametrailers TV (and therefore primary television host of the annual E3 event), has taken to Twitter to tease the following statement: “The next-generation of gaming is coming exclusively to Spike at E3. More details soon”. Is this referring to Nintendo’s new Wii U system? A potential new console from either of Nintendo’s competitors? The first public unveiling of Unreal Engine 4? Or is this no more than an overly-blown, empty statement that does not truly mean anything? As of now, we do not know. But, as always, we can speculate. Read below for a more in-depth look at the possibilities.
First off, the most obvious possibility is that this is referring to the Wii U, seeing as it’s the only confirmed “next-gen” system, and Gametrailers TV has already had an exclusive interview with Reggie Fils-Aime regarding the Wii U. If this is the case, we can probably expect to see a little bit of Wii U functionality and some discussion. However, there are some problems with this theory - the Wii U has been referred to as a console from this generation as much as one from the next, so this may not be a reference to said system. Another problem lies in how Nintendo usually markets their products. It seems unlikely that (unless Nintendo was planning to push the Wii U as a “core” gaming system) they would be willing to debut real information about the Wii U to such a centralized gaming-focused journalism site without giving it to every site.
The next possibility is that it’s one of the oft-rumored new consoles from Sony or Microsoft, which would certainly earn the title “next-gen”. Both of these systems would certainly focus on advertising to the usual viewers of Gametrailers - and the interview would be a great place to show off some of the given system’s functionality quite a bit before release time comes along.
Of course, these are only the console-based possibilities: more likely options are those like the debut of the long-awaited Unreal Engine 4. What do you think it is? I’m leaning more to it being a little showing of the Wii U myself (not having bought into the Sony or Microsoft rumors), or possibly Unreal Engine 4, or maybe even another showing of a system like OnLive (which streams games while maintaining a home console format). Comment away!