E3, or the Electronics Entertainment Expo, is the biggest and most exclusive trade event every year for the video game industry. And, those three exciting days are just around the corner with the 2019 event almost upon us.
Now that we’re into the final week before E3, we thought we’d take a look at all the rumours flying around about what we can expect to see, and all the key announcements we’re expecting.
EA is getting an early start
One of the first out of the gate at E3 2019 is EA, with the EA Play Livestreaming event kicking off on Saturday 8th June, 9:15 PST. Any fans that have bought tickets will also be welcome to join EA Play at the Hollywood Palladium.
On the ‘menu’ for discussion are some big and exciting titles, such as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Apex Legends and Battlefield V, and EA are said to be doing individual breakout sessions for each of their main franchises. We’re also hoping to hear about some additions to the Titanfall universe too, since Apex Legends is already on the list.
Some other EA developers have been quiet about their projects recently, so we’re unsure whether to expect anything from them, but we could still be in for a treat from DICE, the developers behind Star Wars Battlefront games, or PopCap who made the addictive Plants Vs Zombies.
At last year’s game awards, BioWare showed off a teaser trailer for Dragon Age 4, so we’re wondering if we might hear anything about its development at EA’s event.
Microsoft is bringing the heat with hardware
As it stands, Microsoft is the only contender of the ‘Big Three’ this year to confirm that they’ll be at E3. This could give Microsoft a bit of an advantage, as the spotlight will be firmly shining down on the anticipated, next-gen console. And, if things weren’t exciting enough, it’s cryptically codenamed ‘Project Scarlett’.
We’re not entirely sure what to expect from Microsoft in terms of actual hardware, but we do reckon we’ll hear more about XCloud (Microsoft’s new game streaming service) and maybe some information on the updated Xbox Game Pass subscription which continues to grow in popularity.
It might be a bit of a pipe dream but we’re also holding out some hope that Microsoft might have some sort of VR demonstration to show off as well, similar to what they did a few years ago with the Halo 5: Guardians demo.
Microsoft’s first party studios should have some game footage to show us too. The most likely are Gears 5, Halo Infinite, and there’s usually a new Forza game as well.
But Microsoft acquired a bunch of new studios last year, so we might even start to see some of the projects they’ve been working on too. Some of the studios on the list are The Initiative, Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory and Compulsion Games, so there’s plenty to potentially fill the agenda.
Nintendo focusing on games instead of consoles
Nintendo might not be bringing any new hardware to play with at E3 2019, but the gaming giants are bringing some other stuff to delight us. They’ve said we’ll hear more about Pokémon Sword and Shield (which is due out by the end of this year), Links Awakening Remake, and Mario Maker 2.
In 2018, Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch was announced, but we haven’t seen many advances with this so could they be holding out for E3? There’s no guarantee but it would be nice to see some more about this cute, beloved game.
Nintendo is also developing Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Fire Emblem Three Houses, so we might also get to hear some more about those too since Fire Emblem Three Houses is due for release in August.
Ubisoft has something new to show
And no, it’s not another Assassins Creed game!
There’s plenty more they’re bringing to the table, even after releasing some big titles like Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and Trials Rising earlier this year.
At the forefront for Ubisoft at E3 2019 is Skull and Bones, a ship-focused combat game which seems to have taken some inspiration from Assassins Creed: Black Flag. The release date for Skull and Bones is still under wraps, but surely that’s the sort of thing they would save for their E3 keynote.
Beyond Good and Evil is another title we’re likely to hear about, and while we’re sorely hoping to see some first-look gameplay, we’re not quite holding our breath.
Assassins Creed might not be getting a new addition this year, but there are rumours that Ubisoft has some other premium titles up their sleeve to be announced anytime between March 2019 and March 2020, so E3 could be just the place to do it.
Square Enix will have a lot on offer
In January, Square Enix finally gave us the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3, and since then they’ve been quietly working away ready for E3 to put out some more show-stoppers.
On May 29th, Marvel’s Avengers tweeted about the event, and while it didn’t give away any details, Crystal Dynamics is listed on the picture, so we know we can expect to see their new game at the show.
A Final Fantasy VII Remake is on the cards too, which held a key spot recently at Sony’s ‘State of Play’ event, but it’s definitely too early to be asking about Final Fantasy 16.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is also under-way for the Nintendo Switch, as well as Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition. Apart from that, we’re expecting to hear some more about the next episode of Life is Strange 2, and maybe even some DLC content for Kingdom Hearts 3.
We’re hoping there might even be time for them to talk a little about Just Cause 4, which hit the shelves in December 2018 and was a stunning addition to the Just Cause series.
Bethesda’s big games being showcased
Even though Sony won’t be attending, Bethesda will be holding an event at E3 2019, starting on Sunday 9th June at 5:30pm PST.
We’re expecting to see updates to some of their biggest legacy titles, like The Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 76, but we’re also hoping to hear some more about their free-to-play mobile games, such as Elder Scrolls Blades.
If like us, you were hotly anticipating some news about the ambitious sci-fi game Starfield, or some new trailers for Elder Scrolls VI, you’ll be disappointed to know that’s not likely to happen, but the saying goes that patience is a virtue and when it comes to games like Starfield, we certainly hope it’s true!
That’s everything we’re expecting and hoping to see at E3 this year. We’ll be keeping you updated on all the exciting events so keep an eye out for more news as E3 2019 unfolds.
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