It’s the most exciting time of the year, gamers! E3 2018 is nearly upon, standing at only three weeks away. As has been the trend of recent years, there have been several leaks and rumors about what will be put on display this year. While some of these leaks and rumors have been proven to be true, there is still a lot to discover at this year’s event. Below, every presentation will be discussed and slotted into their respective timeframes for each presenter, for easy use. Be sure to bookmark or favorite the page so you can stay on track and tune in to whichever conference you want to view!
Electronic Arts – Saturday, June 9th 11 AM PST
Just because EA pulled out of the E3 main stage a few years ago, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t still have a horse in the race. Electronic Arts have been hosting its own event in Los Angeles, and 2018 is no different. Expect to see meatier details on last year’s reveal, Anthem. The EA sports franchises are guaranteed to make an appearance as well. Battlefield will also likely be shown in greater detail than the reveal event currently scheduled for May 23rd.
Microsoft – Sunday, June 10th 1 PM PST
Xbox’s very own Phil Spencer has been telling gamers that he has been listening and the Xbox team has been making strong strides to compete with Sony in various avenues. The one thing missing from the Xbox ecosystem are exclusive games, and this could be the year for a jaw-dropping presentation at Microsoft on Sunday during E3 Week. Could the rumors for Gears of War or Halo being present come to fruition? What’s the status of Crackdown 3? I am very much looking forward to this conference to see what Xbox is bringing to the table in the near future.
Bethesda – Sunday, June 10th 6:30 PM PST
Thankfully, this year Bethesda won’t be holding a late night conference as it has in the past. The powerhouse publisher is sure to provide further details or highlights on the recently revealed Rage 2. It’s been a couple of years since Bethesda’s in-house developer has released a game, and this conference could be just the place to reveal what they are working on. Expect some surprises, as Bethesda must have some aces up its sleeve despite Rage 2 already being revealed.
Devolver Digital – Sunday, June 10th 8PM PST
Devolver Digital is back! For sure the craziest E3 presentation of all time (seriously, check this thing out) they knocked it out of the park last year. And they didn’t even announce anything new! We don’t have any confirmed showings, but just today they tweeted a logo that seems taken straight out of Metal Wolf Chaos. That name might sound familiar because it is a 2004 game from the developer From Software. Yup, the Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne developers might be teaming up with Devolver Digital. A very exciting prospect.
Square Enix – Monday, June 11th 10 AM PST
Since Square Enix hasn’t held its own presentation in a few years, it’s safe to say that the company has some big news to drop on the gaming community. Kingdom Hearts 3 will undoubtedly be talked about, and I think a release date is likely, if not necessary at this point. Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Dragon Quest XI are sure-fire hits. Final Fantasy VII Remake hasn’t been talked about as of late either, and that could bring some hype to the conference. On top of that, the teased Avengers game could also see some spotlight here.
Ubisoft – Monday, June 11th 1 PM PST
The publisher of mainstream gaming hits like Assassin’s Creed and The Division is set to hold another conference of its own this year, and if the past is any indication, expect a lot of surprises and updates on upcoming projects. Splinter Cell has been heavily rumored to be revived here, and I personally would love to see that. Beyond Good and Evil 2 is a great possibility this year, with actual gameplay footage instead of a cinematic trailer. The Division 2 and Skull and Bones are sure to make an appearance this year as well, but what about the next Assassin’s Creed or perhaps another Ubisoft and Nintendo partnership?
PC Gaming Show – June 11th 3 PM PST
Returning to E3 for the fourth time in a row, PC Gamer is hosting their PC Gaming Show. Details on what will be shown are scarce, but they have a long list of presenters (too long to list here, even). A few highlights: SEGA, Team 17, Double Fine, Oculus Rift, Crytek, and even Square Enix. You can find the complete list here. That link also mentions a new game by Coffee Stain Studios that will be shown off, called Satisfactory. So there’s one guarantee of what we will see! How… satisfactory.
Sony – Monday, June 11th 6 PM PST
The first-party lineup at Sony’s conference this year has already been established with Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Though these titles are already well known, it will be great to have more information on these titles and hopefully a release date for Ghost of Tsushima. Despite Sony’s hand being out on display from their own studios, expect some third-party surprises here. From Software and Capcom have some games to talk about, I think.
Nintendo – Tuesday, June 12th 9 AM PST
Nintendo will be holding their now traditional Direct for E3 on Tuesday morning. It has already been revealed that the main focus of Nintendo’s E3 is going to be the next incarnation of Super Smash Brothers, but there are many questions about the title. Is it a brand new game or some hybrid of the Wii U and 3DS games from last generation? Signs point in both directions, and it is exciting to get everything ironed out in a few weeks. I expect some talk about the Nintendo Switch Online program, some indie titles (Please Wargroove), and perhaps some more information on Metroid Prime 4 or Bayonetta 3. The Retro Studios rumored game Star Fox Grand Prix is another great addition, if it is indeed real. After these first-party Nintendo games, it will be interesting to see the support of third-party developers for Switch.
- Electronic Arts – Saturday, June 9th 11 AM PST
- Microsoft – Sunday, June 10th 1 PM PST
- Bethesda – Sunday, June 10th 6:30 PM PST
- Devolver Digital – Sunday, June 10th 8PM PST
- Square Enix – Monday, June 11th 10 AM PST
- Ubisoft – Monday, June 11th 1 PM PST
- PC Gaming Show – Monday, June 11th 3 PM PST
- Sony – Monday, June 11th 6 PM PST
- Nintendo – Tuesday, June 12th 9 AM PST
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