The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the world’s largest gaming expo, and E3 2018 is poised to be the biggest one yet. Gaming fans can look forward to huge gaming reveals, gorgeous trailers and a chance to go hands-on with the latest titles from developers around the globe.
Although the conference itself is yet to open its doors, EA and Microsoft have gotten the ball rolling with EA Play 2018 and Microsoft’s own keynote, and Bethesda has also just gotten done with a keynote of its own. Read on for full details of everything that has been announced thus far, as well as our predictions for what’s to come.
Trusted Reviews will be at the show covering all the latest news and getting our hands on all the games, so bookmark this page to keep up with all the announcements as they happen.
E3 2018 date – when is it?
E3 2018 takes place from June 12 – 14.
The big publishers such as Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda, EA, and Nintendo will be holding press conferences and streams ahead of the event itself. You can find out times and dates of all these conferences below.
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E3 2018 Tickets – How can I get them?
E3 will once again be open to the public in 2018 with tickets for the convention now on sale. Tickets will soon be available on the official website. The ‘Gamer Pass’ for the first 1000 customers will cost $149. Following that, it will be increased to $249.
It’s also worth noting the general public will be allowed in three hours after industry professionals, which accounts to 2pm on Tuesday, June 13 and 12pm on Wednesday, June 14.
E3 2018 press conference date and times – When are they?
Press conferences from the likes of Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and EA happen in the days preceding E3 proper, and we’ve compiled all of the confirmed times and dates thus far below:
- Electronic Arts – Saturday June 9 at 11am PT / 7pm GMT
- Bethesda – Sunday June 10 at 6:30pm PT/ Monday, June 11 at 2:30am GMT
- Microsoft – Sunday June 10 at 1:00pm PT/ 9pm GMT
- Square Enix – Monday June 11 at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm GMT
- Ubisoft – Monday June 11 at 1:00pm PT / 9PM GMT
- Sony – Monday June 11 at 6pm PT / Tuesday June 12 at 2am GMT
- Nintendo – Tuesday June 12 at 6:00pm CEST / 5:00pm GMT
What’s been announced so far?
Microsoft at E3 2018
It has the hardware, now it needs the games, and Microsoft delivered with amazing style at E3 2018. The console manufacturer’s conference was almost entirely a non-stop announcement bonanza, as game after game received new details, demonstrations and trailers.
The highlight of the show was undoubtedly Cyberpunk 2077, which closed out the conference with its first in-game trailer, but Microsoft also announced all new games ranging from Forza Horizon 4 to Halo Infinite and Gears of War 5.
Finally, a number of games we already knew about received their fair share of new trailers including From Software’s Shadows Die Twice, Fallout 76, Crackdown 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Kingdom Hearts 3 received fantastic chunks of new footage we couldn’t help get excited about.
Be sure to check out our full guide to Microsoft’s E3 2018 conference for a full summary of all the announcements.
EA at E3 2018
Personally we hate going first, but EA seems to relish it, and scheduled its own press conference for the Saturday before E3 2018 kicked off. During the show it attempted to focus equally on big-budget AAA titles as well as smaller indie titles.
We saw small glimpses of Battlefield 5 and FIFA 19. The former received an announcement that it would be getting its own Battle Royale mode in an update after its release, and the latter will feature the UEFA Champion’s League.
Indie titles like Sea of Solitude and Unravel 2 also got demonstrations, and the latter even got a surprise announcement that it’s available right now.
Command and Conquer: Rivals, a new mobile strategy experience was also announced with an on-stage presentation. NBA Live 19 and Madden NFL 19 received new trailers alongside release details.
Saving the best until last, Anthem received a huge amount of new information through a cinematic trailer and developer insight into gameplay, story and how monetization will work in the upcoming RPG (in short: there’ll be cosmetic items to purchase but no loot boxes). Bioware also provided us with plenty of new footage of Anthem in action. It looks fantastic, and could really be something special.
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Bethesda at E3 2018
Bethesda’s conference this year was a slightly odd mix of games that we should expect very shortly, and others that won’t be available for years to come.
Representing the latter were The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield, while in the former camp we got a November release date for Fallout 76 and the announcement of an ambitious new cross-platform Elder Scrolls experience called ‘Blades’ which will bring together platforms as diverse as mobile phones and PC virtual reality.
Rage 2 received a new gameplay trailer, and we can’t wait to try out the game for ourselves.
Check out our full coverage of the conference on our Bethesda E3 2018 page.
What is everyone else expected to announce?
Sony at E3 2018
Although Sony has made a handful of announcements in the run up to E3, such as announcing that popular VR game Beatsaber will be coming to PlayStation VR and finally giving zombie game Gone Home a release date, we’re going to get our main bulk of information from Sony’s conference.
This year the focus is expected to be on Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part 2, Spider-Man and Ghosts of Tsushima. CEO and President Shawn Layden has confirmed this quartet of titles will be shown in great detail alongside a smattering of third-party offerings. We’d also love a helping of third-party titles in the mix, particularly FromSoftware’s Shadows Die Twice.
We’d also love to see more from Yakuza Kiwami 2 as Yakuza 6 has already made a splash on Western shores. With news finally ramping up around Kingdom Hearts 3 we’re desperate to see a good chunk of gameplay from that along with a release date. If it shows up anywhere, it’ll be at Sony’s conference. Considering its DLC exclusivity on PS4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 emerging at Sony’s conference isn’t out of the question either.
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Nintendo at E3 2018
Nintendo has announced its plans for E3 2018 and they’re very similar to previous years. A video presentation will take place on June 12 which will showcase a range of upcoming first and third-party titles. Following this, it will hold three days of Nintendo Treehouse live-streams where new games will be announced and shown off to the public. You can expect plenty of great stuff on Nintendo Switch, that much is for sure
2018 should hold an equal number of surprises for us with Metroid Prime 4, The World Ends with You – Final Remix and Yoshi all expected to debut on before the year’s end. Combine those with a healthy handful of independent games and the Switch is set for another fantastic year.
Finally showing off Pokemon Switch after teasing it at last year’s show could easily help Nintendo win E3 2018, too. The idea of a classic, high-definition pocket monster RPG on the move is something we’re really excited about. A gameplay trailer for Super Smash Bros Switch wouldn’t go amiss, especially now we know it’s official.
We’re positive Nintendo is holding more exclusives closer to its chest. It’s possible we’ll hear more about Fire Emblem alongside reveals for Animal Crossing, F-Zero and more. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll see a sequel for Eternal Darkness. Keep the dream alive!
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Ubisoft at E3 2018
Arguably the highlight of E3 2017, Ubisoft had a spectacular press conference which included the surprise announcement of Beyond Good and Evil 2 and the intriguing reveal of Skull and Bones. We’ve played and loved Far Cry 5 and are eagerly awaiting the launch of The Crew 2, so a chance to see what else Ubisoft has in store will be very exciting.
With the release of Assassin’s Creed: Origins thrusting the stealth series back into the limelight, could we see Ubisoft expand upon this new direction with a sequel? After a sudden announcement, yes it will! Expect to see a lot from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at Ubisoft’s presser as it takes the stealth franchise to Ancient Greece.
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Square Enix at E3 2018
Square Enix has announced that it will host an E3 Showcase for the first time in several years at the event. The special video presentation will take place on June 11 at 10AM PDT/1PM EDT/6pm BST and will likely include an assortment of announcements on new and upcoming projects.
It’s probably far too early to expect something from Final Fantasy 16, but it is possible we’ll see new content announced for its hugely popular predecessor with additional content already confirmed for 2018 with the recently released Royal Edition.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which is planned to be an episodic endeavour, could see its first entry revealed alongside a new trailer. That’ll be more than enough, but we’re a frothing at the mouth for a release date. Square Enix’s Avengers Project is also due a reveal in 2018, so expect something from that to surface.
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E3 2018 wishlist – Things we’d love to see
The reveal of Resident Evil 2 Remake
Capcom has been teasing this long-awaited revival for months now. We’re well aware it’s currently in production following the warm reception of previous HD remasters and Resident Evil 7, but how far along is it? With any luck, work has progressed enough for us to get a proper look at the remake with not only a trailer, but gameplay to go alongside it.
Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield have already surfaced in modern Resi titles, so translating them into a reworked vision of the survival horror classic is not only plausible, but hugely exciting. As far as dream announcements go, this is high up on our list.
A peek at Fumito Ueda’s new project
Having now finished work on The Last Guardian, legendary developer Fumito Ueda has already begun teasing what could be his next work. Revealed in the studio’s Christmas message, the image depicts a young ghostly figure sitting beside what seems to be the arm of a large creature.
It’s vague, striking and fittingly reminiscent of his previous work. We’d love to see it revealed or at least acknowledged in some manner at E3 2018 as a new PS4 exclusive.
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Shenmue 3 release date and gameplay demonstration
YS Net’s Shenmue 3 has been coming along nicely judging by recent development updates by Yu Suzuki and his team. Having amassed a sizeable amount of fan support with its crowdfunding campaign, Shenmue 3 is still set to launch later this year for PS4 and PC.
A new trailer showcasing gameplay and the highly anticipated release date would be excellent to see, especially given how long we’ve been waiting for the cult sequel. 17 years and counting!
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CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077
The upcoming RPG will be the studio’s first major project since The Witcher 3 and its wonderful expansions. It’s a new IP with a tremendously high bar to reach and we can’t wait to see more of it.
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