With E3 2016 under a week away, it’s time to take a look at the racing games we expect to see at the trade show. So far, 2016 has proven to be racing game heavy and it looks like that trend is going to continue at this year’s E3.
What game will we see at E3 2016? What games do we expect will show up? Check out our list below. Some of these games may not be confirmed for the show, but we’d love to see them anyway!
Codemasters is expected to reveal F1 2016 gameplay at E3. The latest F1 iteration is adding a ton of new features including a new career mode, the Safety Car and new circuits.
Though it will release later this summer, E3 won’t be able to show us how the game actually performs. F1 2015 was known to crash on PC, and it performed sluggishly on PS4 and Xbox One. We’re curious to see if Codemasters has been able to fix the performance issues, but we probably won’t know until later this summer.
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios are going big with the Forza series this year. Forza 6 Apex, the free-to-play Windows 10 PC game, has been in beta since May 5. The beta will last through the summer and we expect we’ll see a little bit about it at E3. Of course, the big title is the as of now, unnamed next iteration of the main Forza series. The obvious bet is that it will be Forza 7, but we’re not 100% sure.
We do know that the unreleased Lamborghini Centenario is going to be the next cover car. You will definitely be seeing gameplay at E3, and it’ll be sure to be filled with highlights of the Centenario.
Gran Turismo Sport
The drive to get any version of Gran Turismo on PS4 has felt like a tortured development process, but as recently announced by Sony, we are finally getting one this fall in Gran Turismo Sport.
It’s still been a bit rough as series creator Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that the game would not have dynamic time or weather as a standard feature (though racers can choose add them to races pre-match). Yamauchi did note that the game is expected to run at 60 fps at 1080p. As with most GT games, the screenshots that Sony has released look gorgeous and we can’t wait to get our eyeballs on any kind of gameplay at E3.
Moto Racer 4
We haven’t seen a Moto Racer title since 2008 when Moto Racer DS appearred on the Nintendo DS. With series creator, Paul Cuisset, back in the saddle for Moto Racer 4 we’re hoping that 8 years away has revitalized the franchise.
It’s being developed with Unreal Engine 4, however, we’ve only seen a few work in progress screenshots make their way out. Microids and Artefacts studios are going to be at E3, so we should see a lot more progress. Especially since the game is expected to drop in October for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. We’ve got high hopes though.
We’ve actually got a demo of the game lined up for E3, so you can expect to hear more about the game then!
Kylotonn Racing Games took in a ton of feedback from fans after last year’s WRC 5, which didn’t quite meet fan expectations. WRC 5 was rough around the edges but it sounds like Kylotonn is upping the finesse and increasing the challenge for 6. They’re adding longer stages, more events and it sounds like they’ve tightened up the experience considerably.
Of course, we won’t actually know until we get our hands on it. Has it truly improved? Hopefully they’ll have some hands on demos at E3, but early videos show that it’s already looking more polished.
Need for Speed
We’re not really expecting a new Need for Speed, since the reboot only launched 7 months ago in November 2015. However, EA loves their iterations and it wouldn’t surprise if they announced a new Need for Speed.
The company is already planning on releasing a PC version of Need for Speed: Edge a free-to-play MMO, but that game is mostly geared toward the Korean and Asian markets, we’re not even sure it’ll make it’s way to Europe or the Americas. Still, we won’t count out a new Need for Speed showing up somewhere during EA’s press conference.
We know next to nothing about Ride 2 other than the very slick, Tron-esque teaser trailer released by PqubeGames last week. The accompanying press release stated that there would be more bikes, more races, and parts customization. However, we don’t have a release date or any actual gameplay.
Ride, released in 2015, received a lukewarm reception with a Metascore of 66. We haven’t seen any news that Milestone will be showing Ride 2 at E3 this year, but we’re hoping they’ll surprise us with gameplay at the trade show.
Valentino Rossi The Game – MotoGP
Milestone announced the Valentino Rossi version of MotoGP way back in November of 2015, but we hadn’t heard much about it until last month. It just went up for pre-order in late May and is expected to launch on June 16 for PC, Xbox One and PS4.
According to GameSpot, Milestone will be at E3 showing off MotoGP, so hopefully we’ll see a little more there and get some hands on time with the game.
As you can see, E3 2016 is going to have plenty of racing games! Are there any that you’re excited to see? Let us know in the comments.