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Revisited: 8 Big E3 Rumours

Were we right, or were we wrong?

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Rumour: Crackdown 2
We said: "Speculation's been mounting that Microsoft could be plotting a follow-up to its rooftop-hopping cop game Crackdown. The chatter began when many of Crackdown's original developers left to form Microsoft-linked studio Ruffian games, and MS only fuelled speculation further with the release of a Premium NXE Crackdown theme this month. A new dashboard theme for a two year old game? Why on earth would they do that? Unless..."

Did it happen? In a word; yes. A teaser trailer for the yet-to-be-dated Crackdown sequel was showcased during Microsoft's E3 press conference, with Ruffian Games at the helm. Well done internet, you've done yourself proud.

Verdict: Bang on the money.

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Rumour: PSP Go!
We said: "The impending PSP redesign is perhaps the worst kept hardware secret yet. Reports citing the revision have been cropping up all year, but the most recent claims that 'PSP Go!' will be unveiled at E3 with 16GB of built-in flash memory, a new sliding screen and the removal of the UMD drive entirely. This sounds on the money to us, keep your eyes on Sony's E3 press conference."

Did it happen? SCE boss Kaz Hirai also called it "the worst kept secret of E3". PSP Go leaked onto the net days before Sony's press conference, where the platform-holder confirmed the redesigned handheld will be released in North America and Europe on October 1 for $249 and 249 Euros. Watch OPM play with PSP Go in these videos (or see the first below).

Verdict: So right it hurts.

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Rumour: Nintendo's big guns
We said: "Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has gone on record in an interview with Forbes that the company's disappointing E3 2008 showing may have been "misunderstood" by hardcore gamers. This is a sure suggestion that we might see more swords and guns, and less drum kits and balance boards from Nintendo's 2009 showing. Both Mario and Zelda teams have been busily working for over two years - will we see new instalments? (PLEASE GOD YES)"

Did it happen? New franchise games from Nintendo are as guaranteed as the fat kids loitering around their E3 booth. It's hardly a tricky bet, although one killer Nintendo franchise we didn't expect went under the spotlight; Metroid Other M from Team Ninja. Zelda too made an appearance via this piece of concept art. We'll pretend the Vitality Sensor never happened.

Verdict: Woohoooooooo!

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Rumour: PC - Same old faces
We said: The familiar PC heroes are set to fly the mouse and keyboard flag next month, with Blizzard likely to announce a final release date for StarCraft II (and perhaps Diablo). Meanwhile Valve will no doubt wow with well overdue Half-Life: Episode 3 and whatever else it's been working on, and Crysis developer Crytek is also due a game reveal. Crysis 2?

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