Regardless of the way it modifications through the years, E3 continues to be the most important occasion in gaming. Whether or not it’s held at a lodge, a conference middle or someplace out in Hollywood, it’s the definitive business occasion of the yr, the place players from around the globe get collectively to see what comes subsequent for consoles, handhelds, PCs, cell phones and every part in between.
That stated, whereas E3 2019 has the heritage of the world’s most illustrious gaming conference, this yr’s present will probably be a bit totally different: EA introduced lately that it wouldn’t maintain a standard press convention and would choose as an alternative to host a number of smaller reside stream occasions, whereas Sony says it gained’t be attending the convention in any respect.
If E3 is your go-to supply for gaming information, which will increase a couple of questions: Will E3 nonetheless be the identical? Is it dying? Does that imply we’ll all get a reduction on a convention move? The solutions to all the above, for now, are not any.
Whereas we gained’t be certain precisely what’s going to be totally different about this yr’s occasion till we get there, we will hopefully present some perception – and a few predictions – as to the video games we’ll get to see at this yr’s present.
When is E3 2019?
Formally, the 2019 Digital Leisure Expo (E3 2019) will start on Tuesday, June 11 and finish on Thursday, June 13. These dates, nevertheless, are only for the portion of the present held contained in the Los Angeles Conference Middle.
In actuality, the primary massive occasion of E3 2019 is the EA Play kick-off occasion that’s slated for Friday, June 9 on the Hollywood Palladium. Whereas EA has advised us to not anticipate a keynote speech, that Friday afternoon is the primary time we’ll be capable of play the writer’s upcoming titles, in addition to get some information about video games popping out within the subsequent yr or two.
Between EA Play on Friday and the opening of the present flooring on Tuesday morning you may also anticipate a press occasion for Microsoft someday on Sunday afternoon with an opportunity of Bethesda, Sq. Enix, Ubisoft and Nintendo saying a keynote later.
We anticipate to be in Los Angeles from Friday till Thursday, and players with an entry move ought to attempt to do the identical.
EA at E3 2019
EA has an early lead going into 2019 with its plans already detailed on the writer’s web site. To that finish, EA says will probably be internet hosting its annual EA Play occasion from Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9 with free tickets to be distributed shortly.
Whereas EA hasn’t informed us which video games, precisely, it’s deliver to E3 2019, likelihood is good we’re going to see Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Respawn Leisure, in addition to some addition to the Titanfall universe – both a second spin-off title or Titanfall three. Talking of Respawn, we’ll additionally possible hear about its plans to broaden its profitable battle royale shooter, Apex Legends.
Elsewhere inside EA’s occasion we’re predicting that we’ll see bulletins for the subsequent model of the Madden, FIFA, NHL and NBA Stay franchises, in addition to one other enlargement for The Sims four which may proceed StrangeVille’s story-first strategy.
Much less doubtless however nonetheless attainable are new video games from EA’s DICE studio, the builders behind the Battlefield and Star Wars Battlefront video games who’ve but to announce a venture for 2019, in addition to tasks from PopCap (well-known for Crops vs Zombies) and Ghost Video games, the brand new stakeholders of the Want for Velocity franchise.
Final however not least, BioWare debuted a teaser trailer for Dragon Age four eventually yr’s The Recreation Awards, and we anticipate to listen to one thing about its improvement at EA’s occasion.
Sq. Enix at E3 2019
After the long-awaited launch of Kingdom Hearts three in early January, Sq. Enix has been pretty quiet. What we all know for positive is that Sq. Enix is at present engaged on Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Nintendo Changebecause it was introduced throughout a Nintendo Direct earlier this yr, in addition to Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Version.
Outdoors of these two video games, it’s probably we’ll hear extra concerning the subsequent episode in Life is Unusual 2, in addition to DLC for Kingdom Hearts III.
Much less probably however nonetheless potential is the prospect that we’ll hear about The Avengers Venture that’s being developed by Crystal Dyamics and Eidos Montreal and Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake which, again in 2017, switched builders from CyberConnect2 to Sq.’s in-house staff.
‘However is it too early to listen to one thing about Last Fantasy 16?’ Sure. Sure, it’s.
Microsoft at E3 2019
As of proper now, Microsoft is the one one of many massive three console makers that’s undoubtedly going to E3 2019. That provides Microsoft a little bit of a bonus if it decides to debut its next-gen Xbox codenamed Undertaking Scarlettand it is perhaps the rationale why Sony is avoiding the present altogether.
Whereas we’re nonetheless unsure precisely what Microsoft goes to point out us when it comes to hardware, likelihood is good we’ll a minimum of see the brand new Xbox One S All-Digital Version someplace on the present, both on-stage through the keynote or, within the case it releases beforehand, all through Microsoft’s sales space on the present flooring. We’ll additionally hear extra about XCloud, Microsoft’s new recreation streaming service and new updates to its Xbox Recreation Move subscription service which has grown immensely within the final 12 months.
Much less probably, Microsoft might have demos of the HoloLens 2 in an identical setup to some years in the past when it paired the hardware with a demo of Halo 5: Guardians, however that’s on the far fringes of what’s more likely to occur.
When it comes to video games, we’re predicting that Microsoft’s first-party studios must be there in full drive with new footage of Gears 5Halo Infinite and, as all the time, a brand new Forza title.
Final yr Microsoft introduced the acquisition of a number of new studios together with The Initiative, Undead Labs, Playground Video games, Ninja Principle and Compulsion Video games, so hopefully we’ll begin to see a few of the tasks these corporations have been engaged on.
Bethesda at E3 2019
As of proper now, Bethesda has but to verify its common Sunday-evening keynote forward of the convention. It appears doubtless that they’ll hold the custom going one other yr, however there’s all the time an opportunity they might move or change up the formulation the best way EA has carried out.
That stated, if Bethesda exhibits up in its common slot, it ought to have plenty of fascinating video games to point out off. It’s virtually a provided that we’ll hear updates for legacy titles like The Elder Scrolls On-line and Fallout 76two of the developer’s largest MMOs so far, in addition to the beforehand Doom Everlasting from associate iD Software program.
In between bombshell bulletins, we’re additionally more likely to hear extra about Bethesda’s free-to-play and cellular choices like Elder Scrolls Bladeswhich is due out later this yr, and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, a free-to-play card recreation that’s in the identical vein as Hearthstone.
What’s more durable to foretell is that if Bethesda will present up with new trailers for the subsequent hotly anticipated entry within the Elder Scrolls franchise, Elder Scrolls VIand its formidable sci-fi undertaking, Starfieldthat solely acquired a teaser trailer at E3 2018… however we will hope.
Sony at E3 2019
Sorry guys, sadly Sony is skipping the E3 festivities this yr and has stated that it’ll as an alternative discover one other venue to showcase the video games and hardware coming down the pipeline. We’ll have extra information on this shortly, however for now, we’ll simply have to attend to listen to extra about The Final of Us Half IIDemise Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima.
Ubisoft at E3 2019
One other entry within the unconfirmed-but-will-likely-attend class is Ubisoft. The developer-slash-publishing home has so much on its plate for early 2019 together with Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 in addition to Trials Rising, each of which got here out within the February-March window, however hasn’t stated what’s coming later this yr.
The sport we all know probably the most about from Ubisoft that may doubtless be at this yr’s present is Cranium and Bonesthe ship-focused fight recreation that appears to hold the torch from Murderer’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft has but to offer us a strong launch date for the sport, however it’s possible that’s the kind of factor it’s saving for an E3 2019 keynote.
It’s additionally doubtless we’ll hear extra about Past Good and Evil 2 and probably get our first take a look at the gameplay at Ubisoft’s keynote… however that would simply be wishful considering on our half.
Past these two video games, we’ve heard rumors that Ubisoft will announce three to 4 new AAA titles in between March 2019 and March 2020, however we will solely speculate what’s to return. The one franchise that’s undoubtedly not going to be there’s a mainline Murderer’s Creed recreation as Ubisoft has stated that it is going to be skipping a launch in 2019.
PC Gaming Present at E3 2019
For those who’re a PC gamer, you gained’t need to miss the PC Gaming Present, which can make its fifth consecutive return to the conference.
We’re unsure what to anticipate from the two-hour occasion, but when it’s something like earlier years it can function quite a lot of indie video games that wouldn’t often get time up on the large stage alongside hardware bulletins.
We’ll hold you up to date as we study extra.
Nintendo at E3 2019
Whereas Sony gained’t be at this yr’s occasion, Nintendo most definitely will – first digitally in a Nintendo Direct that often airs Tuesday morning after which bodily when its large sales space takes over West Corridor.
When it comes to what video games Nintendo goes to convey with it this yr, it appears possible that we’ll hear extra about Pokemon Sword and Defendas that’s due out by the top of 2019, in addition to properly as Animal Crossing on Nintendo Changewhich was introduced in 2018, and given a 2019 launch window.
Followers of The Legend of Zelda franchise have the Hyperlink’s Awakening Remake to sit up for whereas followers of Mario will probably get an opportunity to play Mario Maker 2 on Nintendo Change – as that’s due out someday in June.
Past these core video games, we all know Nintendo is creating Luigi’s Mansion three and Hearth Emblem Three Homes, the latter of which must be obtainable in August until it’s delayed. Nintendo might additionally use the time to point out off its subsequent Tremendous Smash Bros. Final DLC character pack. There’s additionally this bizarre Nintendo Labo VR package that perhaps Nintendo ought to lose on the aircraft on its strategy to the present. (Kidding!)
Devolver Digital at E3 2019
Final however definitely not least, we couldn’t miss Devolver Digital, who has confirmed by way of Twitter that it might be posting one other off-the-wall pre-recorded keynote which can or might not contain fictional CEO Nina Struthers.
Anticipate it to be simply as bizarre as yr’s.