Every year in June, the video game community assembles in Los Angeles for E3 – the world’s biggest gaming show. Not excited yet? You should be. We’ve compiled a list of everything we can expect to see this year and when you can expect to see it, as well as assessing some of the rumors that are currently circulating.
While the convention itself doesn’t open its doors to the general public until June 13, the biggest announcements are made at the pre-show press conferences. Between the new information on Microsoft’s Scorpio console, an exciting list of exclusive AAA titles from Sony and the next stages in the Nintendo Switch’s uphill trajectory, we can’t wait to see what happens when the party officially starts on Saturday, June 10. Let’s start in running order, shall we?
Electronic Arts: Lots of Balls in All Shapes and Sizes
When: Saturday, June 10 at 9PM (CEST)
Expect plenty of news on FIFA 18 given its very recent announcement and the now-confirmed release date of September 29. In other ball-related news, we’ll see more of NBA Live 18 and we can expect a big Madden NFL 18 showcase due to the new and improved engine it’s running on. Expect plenty of mobile titles being showcased too off the back of these new releases.
Star Wars fans are in for a treat as EA has announced they’ll be showing more Star Wars Battlefront II footage. Let’s not forget the unannounced title that Visceral Games is working on too, featuring a storyline that will take place between episode III and IV in the Star Wars timeline and is being penned by writers who have previously worked on the Uncharted series. Respawn, the studio responsible for the Titanfall games, is also working on an unannounced, third-person Star Wars title, but it seems unlikely we’d see the reveal of two massive Star Wars games alongside Battlefront II.
It has been confirmed that we’ll be seeing more of Titanfall 2 in the form of new DLC content, which, if we’re being realistic, probably rules out the chances of a Titanfall 3 reveal. Elsewhere, Bioware, the studio behind the Dragon Age series, is working on a brand new IP that’s set to be released in 2019. With so much to get through — including the usual string of appearances from celebrity endorsements — it’ll be interesting to see how EA decides to use its time this year.
Can Microsoft Pull Something Big Out Of the Bag?
When: Sunday, June 11 at 11pm (CEST)
Real talk: other than showing off the power of its Scorpio console and announcing a release date and price, it’s looking like a lackluster year for Microsoft as far as announcements are concerned. 343 Industries has already confirmed that Halo 6 will not be shown and it seems far too soon to hear about Gears of War 5.
That’s not to say that these franchises won’t be explored further with titles outside of their mainline entries—a Halo mobile game, perhaps? The Master Chief collection suffered a damaging rep due to the state it was released in. Now that many of the issues with the game have been cleared up, we shouldn’t rule out a PC appearance.
It wouldn’t be an E3 show without a Forza title either, and Microsoft still hasn’t released their glorious indie title, Cuphead, which was first shown two years ago. It’s been a while since we’ve had new information on Crackdown 3, and on that note, news on future exclusive titles for the Xbox One and Scorpio in general. Microsoft would do well to announce something new here, or they risk being buried by a string of new announcements from Sony and Nintendo.
Big Bag of Cans At the Ready For Bethesda’s VR Titles
When: Monday, June 12 at 6am (CEST)
Bethesda never fails to impress at E3, and Todd Howard is the self-proclaimed king of hype when it comes to jaw-dropping announcements. Let’s start with one of the most likely ones: we’re still waiting to see what Bethesda has planned with the previously-announced Skyrim port for the Nintendo Switch. On that front, alongside the growing success of virtual reality, we’re looking forward to exploring this world and the post-apocalyptic ruins of Fallout 4 in VR headsets. DOOM VR is also in existence — which is fantastic news, given it’s one of the most exhilaratingly fun, first-person shooters released in years.
We can expect to see more of Quake Champions since it was announced last year and also news on The Evil Within 2 that’s currently in development. Other sensible expectations are a new Wolfenstein title since it was teased last year and DLC for the recently-released PREY. All great stuff, but nothing that’s making is jump out of our seats. But there is a wild rumor floating around.
A few days ago, somebody claiming to work at Bethesda took to 4chan and leaked information about an unannounced IP called Starfield — a futuristic open-world RPG set in space. The leaker also announced that Bethesda is planning to link the worlds of the Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Starfield and form one gigantic timeline. Like all leaks, we should take this one with a huge pinch of salt, but an open-world sci-fi game playing in a similar style to other Bethesda titles would be a cool move for the studio. Almost as cool as the open-world Game of Thrones rumor that’s also in development…
Ubisoft Inevitably Announces a Metric Shit-ton of Cool Games
When: Monday, June 12 at 7pm (CEST)
Ubisoft has been churning out some killer new titles in the past few years, and it won’t be surprising to see even more announced during their conference this year — but let’s start with the games they’ve announced they’re showing. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (see what they did there?) has a new release date after previously being postponed twice and with a new season of the show expected to air in August, the creators of the show could likely make an appearance on stage.
Far Cry 5 was announced over a week ago, so expect plenty of new information on that. Let’s not forget about the leaked artwork for Assassin’s Creed: Origins either. Ubisoft has also announced they’ll be showing new IP, rumored to be a third-person action title set in space. There’s been no news on a sequel to The Division; though its success certainly warrants a sequel. In typical Ubisoft fashion, expect them to hit the ball out of the park and announce multiple new titles.
Now let’s talk about a very strange—and likely—leak as a result of a collaboration with Nintendo. Remember the Raving Rabbids? We’ll forgive you if you don’t. They were a spin-off from the Rayman series, and Ubisoft is supposedly working with Nintendo on a Switch-exclusive RPG merging the Rabbids with the Super Mario kingdom. It’s the game that (literally) nobody asked for, but if it promises to play anything like Paper Mario, then count us in.
Sony Promises to Dominate This Year’s E3
When: Tuesday, June 13 at 3am (CEST)
It’s no argument that Sony absolutely dominated last year’s E3 show. They’re set to do it all over again this year, confirming that new footage from God of War, Days Gone, Gran Turismo Sport, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and the jaw-dropping Spider-Man will all be shown. That’s without mentioning the likes of The Last of Us 2 and Kojima’s Death Stranding; though they’re still a way of being completed, Sony is bound to tease more footage from either title given their anticipation.
Sony’s PlayStation VR headset is fantastic, but apparently it’s pretty pricey, too. Recent sales figures revealed on Monday show that total sales now stand at just over 1 million units. Given there are 60 million PlayStation 4 owners, expect a similar focus on VR gaming to last year — especially given the rumors surrounding Bethesda’s new titles.
In a recent interview with TIME, Sony also teased that they’ll have some big announcements regarding Japanese games at this year’s conference. Given the success of titles such as Resident Evil 7, Nier, Persona 5 and of course, the likes of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, could we possibly see a new title from developer, FromSoftware? It’s not unlikely.
Nintendo’s Spotlight Conference is Just 30 Minutes in Length
When: Tuesday, June 13 at 6pm (CEST)
Nintendo hasn’t held a traditional E3 conference for years, instead choosing to host live stream events instead. Nintendo has confirmed that this year, their main news event, Nintendo Spotlight, is just 30 minutes in length; that’s 30 minutes shorter than last year. So what does that mean? Rather than wasting these valuable minutes showing large clips of gameplay footage, this will be saved for the proceeding Nintendo Treehouse presentation.
We expect the Nintendo Spotlight to follow a similar format to their last main direct, which was a series of short announcements. Nintendo recently announced Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as downloads of the OG — and let’s be honest — best Pokémon games, Gold and Silver for the system, too. That means we’re still waiting on that Pokémon Stars rumor then; a mainline Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch.
The star of Nintendo’s presentation promises to be Super Mario Odyssey, but we’re sure to see plenty of Splatoon 2 and ARMS given their imminent release. What we’d most like to see is the strong, third party support we’ve been promised. With the recent announcement of FIFA 18 being an inferior version of its PS4 and Xbox One equivalent, we hope other developers have higher hopes for the console.
Perhaps most importantly, there’s no news on the virtual console line-up for the Nintendo Switch as of yet. Given Nintendo’s amazing back catalogue of titles — from NES and SNES games through to the Nintendo Gamecube and Wii — we really hope the company sheds some more light on what’s to come in the future. What we do hope is that Nintendo uses the current strength and spotlight on the Nintendo Switch to their advantage, and pulls a full surprises out of the bag while everyone has their eyes on the system.
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