We’re just one week away from E3, the video game industry’s annual tribute to buzzwords, explosions, and shocking reveals of games that will take decades to come out. Are you excited? I’m excited.
As always, you can bookmark this article for the full schedule of press events at E3 2018. Via Twitter user Cheesemeister, here’s a helpful timetable:
Here’s the schedule:
From sports to shooters to... more sports, EA will kick us off with an opening presentation from EA Play, the publisher’s event in Los Angeles. (EA stopped officially participating in E3 a few years ago.) We can expect to see more of Battlefield V, an in-depth look at Bioware’s Anthem, and hopefully some other cool surprises.
It looks like Team Xbox has moved permanently from its previous Monday morning slot to Sunday afternoon, which helps spread out the fun. Microsoft has a lot of pressure to compete with Sony’s fantastic lineup of exclusives, so this will be one to watch. New Gears of War is a safe bet, but what else does Xbox have to show? And what t-shirts will Phil Spencer be wearing?
The publisher of Fallout and Doom won’t make people stay up all night this time, as it has thankfully moved this year’s press conference back to a more reasonable hour. (Last year’s started at 9pm PT, or midnight Eastern time.) Bethesda has already announced Rage 2 and Fallout 76, so we’ll definitely see both of those. It’s also safe to expect new Prey stuff and some other surprises.
This one is a pleasant surprise, as Square Enix has not held an E3 conference since 2015, when it announced Nier: Automata. The Japanese publisher has a lot to talk about, including Kingdom Hearts III, Dragon Quest XI, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. We still haven’t heard much about the Final Fantasy VII remake or the upcoming Avengers game. Plus, doesn’t it feel like time for Final Fantasy XVI?
The folks behind Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs always put on a good show, stuffing their presser with big announcements and “one more thing”-style surprises. We know we’ll see The Division 2, Skull and Bones, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in Ancient Greece, but what other blades do Ubisoft have hidden up their sleeves? And how’s Beyond Good and Evil 2 doing these days?
Don’t expect any big first-party surprises from PlayStation this time around, as Sony has already promised that its presser will revolve mostly around four games: Death Stranding, Spider-Man, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us: Part II. The publisher, usually known for its shocking E3 reveals, does say that there will be some third-party announcements and indies at the show. Maybe we’ll see that From Software game that was teased at the Game Awards last year?
As always, Nintendo is eschewing the traditional press conference in favor of a Nintendo Direct on Tuesday morning. The highlight will be Smash Bros., along with other games that the publisher plans to bring to Switch throughout 2018 and beyond. Will we see big third-party ports like Diablo III? A fresh glimpse of Metroid Prime 4? Or maybe this is the year we actually get Mother 3.
Note: This article is being constantly updated as we learn more about this year’s E3 lineup.