"There are a lot of great [big-name] games that are going to be there and be talked about," Herter said. "But even the software is going to be a little less than what people expect because of the potential for next-gen consoles next year."
On the other end of the gaming spectrum, there are also plans for several new massive multiplayer online games. One, "Defiance" (Trion Games), features a unique tie-in with a new sci-fi TV series, where what happens on the show can affect what happens in the game.
What we won't see at E3
For all the hype and excitement about E3 announcements, there are some notable titles and companies that are choosing to bypass this year's event. The makers of "BioShock Infinite," one of the most highly anticipated games for 2012, were originally scheduled to show off new gameplay and features. But the game's release was pushed back to February 2013, and creative director Ken Levine said the next time people will see the game is when it's ready to go in the box for delivery.
"Grand Theft Auto V," the latest in the blockbuster urban action series, also may skip E3. Rockstar, developer for the game, said it has no plans for the show, although some watchers speculate that could change at the last minute.
Despite persistent rumors, Valve Software has said it doesn't expect to reveal any new hardware -- or popular games such as "Half-Life 3" or "Portal 3" -- next week. But Valve does plan to attend E3, and misdirection from gaming companies has been known to occur before the show.
By next week at this time, we'll know much more about the best gaming has to offer for the next 12 months. Gamers, what are you hoping to see at E3? And what are you most looking forward to later this year?