Michael Pachter, love him or loathe him, knows more about unannounced games than you or I do. Like it or not, he’s constantly talking to the business guys at all the major platform holders, the most connected journalists in the US and the retailers holding stock space and buying power for big games. He’s prone to the odd sweeping statement about our favourite hobby but he’s certainly well connected. So, when he says there’s something big and unannounced on the way, it’s worth expending a bit of excitement.
E3 is only a few short weeks away and with Microsoft focussing on services rather than games and Nintendo poised to explain exactly what we can expect from their new hardware, Sony are likely to be all about the games. We know they’ve got Vita to push hard, and God knows they need to push that thing hard. So what’s to be expected?
Well, Michael Pachter knows something we don’t, apparently. He’s been on Geoff Keighley’s latest Bonus Round show as part of a panel discussing what might happen at the huge entertainment expo and he said that he’s excited for “one big title on the Vita that hasn’t been announced yet”. It’s just one quick comment and Keighley didn’t push him on it, as you might expect but Pachter did respond to his joke about it being Agent by refuting that possibility.
So, we know there’s probably going to be at least one… we hope for – and expect much, much more for the Vita though, given its drowsy awakenings at retail and Sony’s need to hit a big second wave of releases. What might we see for the handheld platform?
Well, Sony has been incredibly strong with first party titles in the past couple of years and the Vita hasn’t had an inFamous or a God of War yet. It’s also still missing a serious racer so Gran Turismo might be worth hoping for. Perhaps we’ll see one of those. Perhaps it’s the dream GTA project many have hoped for or something else from a third party that would entice more of the hardcore to lay down their cash.
Whatever Pachter’s unannounced title is, it’s surely only the tip of the iceberg for Sony’s E3 presentation and everyone here is just starting to let themselves get a little excited for what might come out of Los Angeles in June.