E3 is less than a month away, and it’s going to be interesting to see how this year’s edition plays out. We already know that big players in the industry like Sony and EA are taking a breather from the event, so that leaves the question of who’s left, and what do they have to show us.
The full press conference schedule has been released, so we now know when the remaining big developers and publishers are going to show off their gaming wares. The conferences kick off the event during the weekend before E3 officially begins, and this year that’ll be from June 9th to the 11th.
Starting off the weekend will be the one of the big three console makers in the industry actually showing up to the event, Microsoft. The tech giant’s showcase will start at 1PM PST on Sunday, June 9th, and there’s a lot of buzz floating around it. Obviously everyone wants more information about the next Xbox, and Microsoft would certainly steal the show if they debut their new hardware live on stage.
As for games, well it would be nice if Microsoft unveiled something new from any of their first party studios seeing as how as they’ve been pretty quiet when it comes to console exclusives as of late. We haven’t heard much about previously announced games like Halo Infinite, Gears Of War 5, or even that weird FunkoPop Gears Of War game they showed off last year. There’s also a chance we could hear about games coming from the studios they’ve purchased, like Ninja Theory, Obsidian, inXile Entertainment, or any of the other companies currently working under the Microsoft umbrella.
On top of that, considering they’re the only big games company present at this year’s event, it’s possible we may see some third party exclusives shown off here as well. After all, Microsoft’s conference was where we got the reveal of Devil May Cry 5 last year, so perhaps we’ll get another big reveal here as well, like the announcement of the new Call Of Duty. Either way, with Microsoft being the only one of the big 3 showing up in person, they have the potential to completely steal the show, leaving the rest struggling to keep up.
Also, hey Microsoft, how about some Battletoads news, hmm?
Following Microsoft on the 9th will be Bethesda, whose conference starts at 5:30PM PST. They’re going to have to do something big to capture the hearts and minds of fans again after the debacle that was Fallout 76. It’s likely that they’ll announce some sort of new content for the struggling online game, as even though it’s not exactly setting the world on fire, they’re kind of too far in at this point to completely shove it under the rug and pretend it doesn’t exist. Expect some pithy, sarcastic comments about it from Todd Howard, if he shows up at all that is.
It’s also likely that future games like Doom Eternal, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood will get some coverage as well, and hopefully we’ll find out their release dates. As for the games that people really want to hear about, namely Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI, you have to hope that they’ll have something more to show us than a static screen with some background art and the title on it, but don’t hold your breath on that one.
Although it’s not one of the big shows at E3, you definitely shouldn’t sleep on the Devolver Digital press conference, which is also on the 9th at 7PM PST. It’s not so much a presentation as it is an Adult Swim-esque mockery of everything E3 stands for. To give you an idea of what Devolver brings to the table, last year in between announcements of games like My Friend Pedro and the remaster of Metal Wolf Chaos, fictional Devolver president Nina Struthers was shot several times by the machine gun arm of a disgruntled employee, and was then seemingly reanimated as a Robocop-like cyborg.
So yeah, watch that.
Moving onto Monday June 10th, Ubisoft will have their conference at 1PM PST, and it’s safe to assume that it’ll begin with another bout of cringeworthy dancing, likely led by someone in a bear suit. As for games, the new Ghost Recon game has already been leaked, so they might as well bring that out to show. We may also get some more bizarre footage of Beyond Good & Evil 2, that’ll probably look really cool but not make a whole lot of sense, or give us a real idea of how the game will play. And then there’s the rumours of the London based Watch Dogs 3, as well as the possible Viking experience of the next Assassin’s Creed game.
Then, at 6PM PST on the 10th, Square Enix will drop their latest conference down. Last year’s show was oddly flat, showing off games like The Quiet Man of all things. We did just get some new footage of Final Fantasy 7’s remake, so we may possibly get more information about that game, although a release date announcement seems unlikely.
We also doubt you’re going to hear anything about The Quiet Man 2.
Finally, although it’s not an E3 press conference in the tradition sense, Nintendo will give one of their Nintendo Direct livestreams on June 11th at 9AM PST. They have already said that this year will be all about upcoming software, so if you were expecting to hear anything about the rumoured new models of the Switch, it doesn’t appear like it’s going to happen here.
Expect to hear about the new Pokemon, and Animal Crossing games, as well as Super Mario Maker 2, The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake, and possibly the new Fire Emblem game as well. And hopefully we’ll get some kind of update about the progress of Metroid Prime 4, as well as some new announcements. Could this be the year we finally get a new F-Zero or a North American release of Mother 3?
We’ll have coverage of these conferences when E3 begins next month. 2019 has seemed like a quiet year so far, with most of the big releases happening earlier on, and there not being a huge amount of big releases anticipated for the fall. Hopefully we’ll get some big surprises coming out of the show.