E3 is almost upon us. But before the show floor opens to the teaming masses, a bunch of the biggest players in the video games industry will hold big, flashy press conferences to wow gamers and woo the press.
These shows are intended to boost hype for the biggest upcoming releases and, hopefully, show us all a little bit more about the games we’ve been looking forward to. There’s usually a few cool new announcements as well.
Below is the full schedule of pre-E3 press conferences and following that you can read a little bit about each one and what we can expect to see. Obviously there will be surprises as well.
Saturday, June 9th
Sunday, June 10th
Monday, June 11th
Tuesday, June 12th
What To Expect
So what should we expect from each of these big conferences? Hopefully lots of game announcements, new details on games we’ve only heard a little bit about, and lots of gameplay footage. Let’s go through each of these one by one.
EA Play (June 9th)
What I’d love to see from EA, first and foremost, is no more of that hokey ‘influencer’ nonsense they pulled last year. I was in attendance and oh man was it awkward.
Beyond that, I want to see more about BioWare’s upcoming game Anthem; all of EA’s current Star Wars projects; and Battlefield 5. I want to know if the latter is actually set in an alternate WW2 or at least find out what kind of tone the game is going to have, because the reveal was just weird.
Sports-games fans will also want to tune into the livestream, as there will undoubtedly be lots of news for upcoming EA Sports titles like Madden NFL 19.
Microsoft (June 10th)
I have high hopes for Microsoft’s E3 press conference. I’m not sure I should. The Xbox One hasn’t had any cool new game announcements in such a long time, and plenty of games like Scalebound and Fable Legends have been cancelled.
Still, I’m hoping that we get a glimpse of Halo 6 and Gears of War 5. I’m hoping even more that we get a cool new Xbox One exclusive IP. Something big and bold and new. We’ll probably not see that, but I still wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft came out with its own Battle Royale game or some new FPS title.
We’ll probably learn more about Sea of Thieves expansions and PUBG stuff, as well as some other third-party games from Microsoft’s various partners. Who knows, maybe even some glimpse of Titanfall 3 if that isn’t shown off at EA Play.
Hey, we might even learn more about the forever-delayed Crackdown 3 . . . .
Bethesda (June 10th)
Bethesda’s big E3 conference was my second favorite last year. They set up this entire mock theme park called Bethesda Land and it was really quite a production. There weren’t a ton of game announcements, though, so that was weird. Still…it was fun to be there. This time I’ll be watching remotely, which means I’ll probably have an easier time seeing the games they do show off.
I expect we’ll learn a great deal more about the recently announced Fallout 76 game. We’ll also probably hear that some other Bethesda title like Fallout 4 is coming to the Switch, or that there’s a Fallout 3 remaster in the works. I’d be extremely surprised if we heard even a tiny peep about the next Elder Scrolls game, but that would be a nice surprise.
It would also be great to learn of some brand new game, maybe from Dishonored/Prey developer Arkane. We’ll also likely learn more about the recently revealed Rage 2, which actually looks pretty awesome. Then there’s the rumored Starfield space shooter that could finally be unveiled. Or maybe a DOOM 2. Bethesda’s Pete Hines says there’s going to be some big surprises, so that’s cool.
You might not know that many folks at game companies tend not to get very excited about E3. It’s a ton of hard work and stress. And it’s completely exhausting.
But this year, I’ve noticed we (Bethesda) are all really excited about E3. It’s kinda weird, and fun, and nice. pic.twitter.com/o2QED7JWLP
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 6, 2018
Devolver Digital (June 10th)
Devolve Digital’s weird, irreverent and somewhat controversial press conference at last year’s E3 was a highlight of the entire expo. I expect nothing less zany and off the wall this time around. The publisher pulled no punches as it spoofed the industry and the event. It’s the one conference I really wish I’d attended.
In any case, I’m not sure what to expect from Devolver this time around, but it does look like they may have a From Software title in the works:
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) June 8, 2018
That logo looks quite a bit like Metal Wolf Chaos, one of the Dark Souls developer’s cult classics. Should we expect a new Metal Wolf game? Or perhaps a remake or remaster? We’ll know more Sunday night.
Square Enix (June 11th)
Japanese game publisher Square Enix doesn’t always hold an E3 presser, but they are this year. That means we’ll almost certainly get glimpses of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Final Fantasy 7 remake.
It’s possible we’ll see even more, though not anything about Hitman 2. While Square Enix published the previous game in the series, developer IO Interactive bought up its independence and the rights to the series last year.
Ubisoft (June 11th)
Ubisoft’s E3 presser will likely have a whole bunch of goodies, including more details about the upcoming ancient-Greek based Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Beyond that we’ll likely learn more about the pirate game Skull & Bones, updates for various ongoing Ubisoft titles like Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Rainbow Six: Siege, and bigger reveals like The Division 2 and maybe even a new Watch Dogs.
Smaller Ubi-Art games will hopefully also be showcased. I’d love a new Rayman game. Perhaps we’ll even see more Ubisoft/Nintendo crossover titles, though they might be saved for Nintendo’s livestream on Tuesday.
I’m also really hoping to see a lot more of Beyond Good And Evil 2. That game sounds almost too good to be true, so hopefully we can see it in action and not just hear about what Ubisoft hopes it will become. The impressive CGI trailer from last year is just a trailer. I want gameplay!
If Ubisoft announces a new Splinter Cell game, that would also make me incredibly happy. Unless it’s an online only co-op game that shoehorns in all of Ubisoft’s open-world gimmicks. Cross your fingers.
PC Gaming Show
PC Gamer’s pre-E3 show usually includes a mix of indie PC games and hardware announcements, so expect some gear-related stuff but also expect some cool indies. According to PC Gamer:
This year we’ve got a bunch of exciting games to reveal from a diverse set of studios, along with brand-new footage and trailers for some stuff that’s already out there. We’ll have more game announcements than we’ve had in any previous year, many of them coming from the talented indies who help keep the PC the most vibrant gaming platform in the world.
Maybe we’ll get a glimpse of the new Nvidia GPUs as well. We shall see . . . .
Sony (June 11th)
They say save the best for last, and the last two E3 pressers certainly fit the bill. Last year’s Sony E3 press conference was my favorite of the bunch, mainly because we got to play a bunch of games at our leisure before we entered the auditorium, but also because the show itself was just game after game after game with very little in the way of speakers saying awkward things on stage. The game footage was shown on one screen while special effects went off around it. Pyrotechnics, fake snow, great live music and a lot of cool game footage made it a really memorable spectacle. I’m hoping for something very similar this year.
So what games will we see? Well here’s Sony’s teaser trailer for the event:
The big PS4 exclusives that we’re guaranteed to see a lot more of are:
- The Last Of Us Part 2 from Naughty Dog
- Ghosts of Tsushima from Sucker Punch
- Spider-Man from Insomniac Games
- Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding
But that’s not all, I’m sure. We’ll likely see more of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 from Treyarch, Destiny 2 from Bungie and quite possibly yet another From Software game. I doubt it will be a direct sequel to Bloodborne, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see another From/Sony PS4 exclusive that’s in the same mold. Oh, and maybe some new God of War content. And whatever game Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla Games is working on (likely a sequel.)
Undoubtedly there will be plenty more surprises as well.
Nintendo (June 12th)
Last but not least, we have Nintendo. Nintendo no longer hosts big, live press conferences. They do a special E3 Nintendo Direct. That’s smart, actually. They save money and can have perfect control over the reveals. Nothing goes wrong when it’s pre-taped. Sure, it’s not as much fun for game journalists and YouTubers and other industry folk, but for the vast majority of people watching via livestreams…who cares?
This image was recently leaked and gives us a pretty good sense of what to expect from Nintendo’s showcase:
- A Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite
- Lots more about Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch
- The new Fire Emblem Nintendo Switch game
- The indie arcade hit Killer Queen Black
- More about the new Splatoon 2 expansion
- Mario Tennis Aces
We’ll likely also hear something about Metroid Prime 4 and Pokemon. And almost certainly we’ll learn about this holiday season’s most frustrating gift: The N64 Classic Edition.
That’s all folks!
Let me know if I’ve missed anything or if there are some upcoming video games that you’re looking forward to seeing at this year’s E3. What surprises are in store? What hints and rumors are swirling about that have you hyped or curious?