E3 2018 is starting very soon, and with it every publisher and platform holder conference, not to mention all the games we'll be playing over the next year.
We've got all the details on E3 2018, including E3 date, schedule, games, conference times, and predictions! Check them all out below!
E3 2018 Live Event - Microsoft Xbox Conference
All the latest announcements from Microsoft will be revealed tonight from E3 2018. Watch it below on Twitch and enjoy!
E3 2018 Start Date
E3 2018 takes place between June 9th-June 14th. EA's conference is the first on Saturday June 9th, and the show itself runs until the 14th.
E3 2018 Conference Times
The E3 conferences start a little earlier this year - on Saturday June 9th with EA Play, and run until Tuesday June 12th where it ends with Nintendo's online streaming showcase.
Saturday, June 9th
Sunday, June 10
Monday, June 11
Tuesday, June 12
E3 2018 EA Conference
EA kicks off the conferences on Saturday with their EA Play show, which will hopefully be more exciting than last year's barren effort. We should get more from Battlefield V, probably gameplay of an entire match and maybe even a reveal of some sort of battle royale mode. Bioware's next game Anthem should get a large showing, as this will be the last E3 before the game's release and we still haven't really seen that much of it.
Expect both FIFA, Madden and any one of EA's many racing games such as Need For Speed. We're expecting at least one smaller surprise, akin to A Way Out or Unravel, and we're really hoping for an actual big announcement this year. After the fiasco of Star Wars Battlefront 2 EA really needs to step up and reveal a proper Star Wars game that isn't going to be cancelled...
E3 2018 Bethesda Conference
Bethesda usually has a few games up their sleeve so it's often worth tuning in, even if it's just gameplay footage from their biggest game. Rage 2 is confirmed after just getting its reveal, so expect a big gameplay video - or even live, if it's far enough along. Fallout 76 is coming, and we'll at last find out just what type of game it is. Other than that Bethesda haven't revealed too much so the conference is a big lovely mystery.
We're expecting an expansion or sequel to Prey set around the moon. which has been strongly teased for the past few months. A new Doom is certainly possible, and maybe even the big reveal of Elder Scrolls VI if we're lucky - or even their big new sci-fi open-world game, Starfield.
E3 2018 Microsoft Conference
Let's be honest here: Microsoft is struggling. Sony and a resurgent Nintendo seem to be eating up the console market, with fantastic games such as God of War and Super Mario Odyssey, and Microsoft have countered this with Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and not much else. They have to make their E3 showing a big one, especially as they don't have the Xbox One X reveal to fall back on. Microsoft's E3 showing has to bring the games.
Crackdown 3 should be a given despite the delay, hopefully with gameplay this time. Forza Horizon 4 seems a given, especially after that Wal-Mart leak. We should certainly expect to see at least one of these three games - Gears of War 5, Halo 6, Fable 4. And if Microsoft's promise holds true, all should be on PC as well. Hopefully. Oh, and we're betting this is where Cyberpunk 2077 is going to make a home too.
E3 2018 Sony Conference
While Sony usually keeps its exclusives to itself and doesn't share with PC, it's still possible to see some great games we may well get. The likes of The Last of Us: Part II, Spider-Man and Sucker Punch’s upcoming new game Ghost of Tsushima will stay PS4-bound, but other surprises may not.
Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding should make an appearance, hopefully with gameplay this time. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a certainty, probably with the Blackout battle royale mode. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an outside possibility, and if anyone can tempt Rockstar it's Sony, but Rockstar traditionally don't do E3. Finally, put all your bets on the reveal of Rocksteady's new game - which will probably be Superman rather than a Batman Arkham title.
E3 2018 Ubisoft Conference
Ubisoft is usually the surprise winner of E3, with a mix of epic reveals and strong gameplay. The Division 2 has been confirmed, so expect to see that at the show. The new Ancient Greece-based Assassin's Creed: Odyssey will probably be here as well as either Sony or Microsoft's, but don't expect a Far Cry, although there may be some DLC for it. Watch_Dogs 3 seems a likely bet for a reveal.
Rainbow Six Siege remains incredibly popular so it'll be shocking if we don't see anything involving it. Skull & Bones just got a delay until 2019 but it should get some sort of gameplay footage. Beyond Good & Evil 2 really needs to start showing off its hot body now before we start forgetting it. And dare we dream of a new Rayman game?
E3 2018 Square Enix Conference
Returning for the first time since 2015 is the Square Enix conference, so the publisher must have a significant showing to make it worthwhile. Shadow of the Tomb Raider has already been announced but the public haven't seen any gameplay yet, so expect that there - alongside Kingdom Hearts 3 which is crawling towards release even if it hasn't yet been announced on PC (again). The Final Fantasy VII Remake is an outside chance, too.
Going third-party, Just Cause 4 has been leaked for that's definitely going to be there. People Can Fly, the developers of Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment, recently revealed that they're working on a new shooter with Square Enix, so look out for that. Oh, and there's The Avengers Project too which we're STILL WAITING ON DETAILS FOR.
E3 2018 Nintendo Direct Conference
Don't expect many PC games at Nintendo's Direct stream conference - if there are any, they'll probably be ports of already existing PC games, such as Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Expect some other cute surprises in this direction, such as maybe Fortnite, Yakuza or Persona 5. With Bethesda being behind the Switch, Prey or Dishonored may get a port too.
As for Nintendo themselves, even if we're just talking already announced games Nintendo have a potentially superb line-up for E3. Metroid Prime 4 is hopefully far enough along to get a showing, even if it's not from Prime series creators Retro (it's Bandai Namco). Smash Bros is already confirmed, and we expect there to be some confirmation on whether it's a new game or an improved Wii U re-release a la Mario Kart 8. New Yoshi, Fire Emblem and Pokemon games were announced last E3, so expect one or all of them to get shown off. Bayonetta 3 is an outside chance, too.
As for surprises? Expect one completely new and probably cute IP, a neat third-party announcement, and no 3DS games.
Games We Want To See Most at E3 2018
CYBERPUNK 2077 - it's been a long time coming, but finally it looks like CD Projekt's first epic RPG since The Witcher 3 will get a re-reveal at E3 this year. They're down for "an RPG" at the show and it ain't The Witcher 4, but we have no idea when or where Cyberpunk will get a showing. Our money's on Microsoft, but Sony could well entice CD Projekt in. Keep an eye on both.
PREY EXPANSION - Prey was a valiant attempt by Dishonored developer Arkane to bring back another major Looking Glass series, in this case System Shock (Dishonored was an update of Thief). It wasn't perfect but it was highly compelling, and we can't wait to learn more about that universe - especially with the M. Night Shyamalan-level ending.
THE AVENGERS PROJECT - we haven't heard doodilly-squat about Marvel, Square Enix, Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics' team-up since January 2017, other than some neat detective work on our part that revealed that it's a third-person action game with online play. We haven't even got a name yet. Will it appear at E3 2018? Damn we hope so.
EA'S NEXT STAR WARS GAME - look, EA, you've had the Star Wars license - arguably the most popular IP of them all - since 2013 and you've made all of two games out of it. Two highly divisive, disappointing Star Wars Battlefront titles. And what's worse, you cancelled the promising-looking Visceral Star Wars and closed the studio. No one is happy with you, and Lucasfilm are looking to pull the IP from you. There needs to be a new Star Wars game announced, yesterday.
ROCKSTEADY SUPERMAN GAME - It's been three years since Batman: Arkham Knight and we haven't heard a peep out of developer Rocksteady since then. We were expecting the next Batman: Arkham game from Origins studio WB Montreal but they seem to be having troubles, so it looks like Rocksteady will get theirs out first - and rumour has it that they're working on reinventing another DC Comics icon, Superman. If so, we're betting we'll see this at Sony's conference. We'd put money on it, if Spider-Man wasn't already there.
STARFIELD - Fallout 4 wasn't exciting and Elder Scrolls still has Online to support, so it's time for Bethesda's own Game Studios to make a brand new open-world RPG. They're reportedly going sci-fi for the next game, currently titled 'Starfield', and that's all we really know about it - although the idea of Skyrim meets Mass Effect is truly exciting.
What are you guys most excited to see at E3 2018, or what do you want to see? Let us know in the comments below!