It doesn't matter how it changes over the years, E3 is still the biggest event in gaming. Whether held in a hotel, a convention center or somewhere in Hollywood, it is the definitive event in the industry of the year, where gamers from around the world come together to see what's coming for consoles, handhelds, PCs ' s, cell phones and everything in between.
That said, while E3 2019 is the legacy of ' the world's most illustrious gaming convention, this year's show will be a little different: EA recently announced it would not hold a traditional press conference and would instead choose to host several smaller live stream events, while Sony says it won't be at the conference at all.
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If E3 is your source for game news, it may raise some questions: Will E3 still be the same? Is it dying? Does this mean that we all receive a discount on a conference card? The answers to all of the above are for the time being no.
Although we don't know exactly what will happen to this year's event until we get there, we can hopefully provide some insight – and some predictions – about the games we will see this year.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019 (E3 2019) officially starts on Tuesday 11 June and ends on Thursday 13 June. However, those dates are only for the part of the show that is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
In reality, the first major event of E3 2019 is the EA Play launch event scheduled for Friday, June 7 in the Hollywood Palladium. Although EA has told us not to expect a keynote speech, that Friday afternoon is the first time that we can play the upcoming titles of the publisher and get information about games that will come out in the coming two years.
Between EA Play on Friday and the opening of the exhibition floor on Tuesday morning, you can also expect a press event for Microsoft on Sunday afternoon with the chance that Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft and Nintendo will later announce a keynote.
We expect from Friday to Thursday in Los Angeles and gamers with an access pass should try the same.
Keynote time: EA Play did not hold a keynote this year, but fans with a ticket are welcome at EA Play in the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June
EA is already running in detail early on in 2019 with its plans on the publisher's website. That's why EA says it's organizing its annual EA Play event from Friday June 7 to Sunday June 9 with free tickets to be distributed soon.
According to a press release from EA about which games it will bring to E3 2019, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Respawn Entertainment will certainly be there. We are more than likely to hear about an addition to the Titanfall universe – either a second spin-off title or Titanfall 3 – as well as his plans to expand his successful fight generous shooter, Apex Legends.
Elsewhere within EA ' s event we will see announcements for the next version of the Madden, FIFA, NHL and NBA Live franchises and, most likely, a new extension for The Sims 4 that could continue the first approach of StrangeVille.
Less likely but still possible are new games from EA & DICE's studio, the developers behind the Battlefield and Star Wars Battlefront games who have announced another project for 2019, as well as projects from PopCap (known from Plants vs Zombies) ) and Ghost Games, the new stakeholders of the Need for Speed franchise.
Last but not least, BioWare debuted a teaser trailer for Dragon Age 4 at last year's The Game Awards, and we expect to hear something – and whatever – about its development during EA ' s event.
Keynote time: Monday, June 10 at 6:00 PM PT / 9 PM ET
After the long-awaited release of Kingdom Hearts 3 at the beginning of January, Square Enix was fairly quiet. What we know for sure is that Square Enix is currently working Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Nintendo Switch, as announced earlier this year during a Nintendo Direct, as well Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition.
Apart from these two games, we will probably also hear more about the next episode in Life is Strange 2 TLC for Kingdom Hearts III.
Less likely but still possible is the chance that we will hear The Avengers Project being developed by Crystal Dyamics and Eidos Montreal and Final Fantasy VII Remake who transferred the developers of CyberConnect2 to the Square internal team in 2017.
' But is it too early to hear about Final Fantasy 16? ' Yes. Yes.
Keynote time: Sunday, June 9 at 1 pm PST, 4 pm EST and 9 am BST
From now on, Microsoft is the only one of the big three console makers that will definitely go to E3 2019. That gives Microsoft a bit of an advantage if it decides to debut its next gen Xbox with the code name Project Scarlettand it is perhaps the reason why Sony completely avoids the show.
Although we still do not know exactly what Microsoft is going to show us in terms of hardware, chances are we will at least see the new ones Xbox One S All-Digital Edition somewhere on the show, either on stage during the keynote or, in the event that it is released in advance, at the Microsoft booth on the show floor. We will also hear more about XCloud, the new service for streaming games from Microsoft and new updates to the subscription service for Xbox Game Pass, which has grown enormously in the last 12 months.
It is less likely that Microsoft demo ' s of the HoloLens 2 in a similar setup as a few years ago, when it paired the hardware with a demo of Halo 5: Guardians, but that's at the far edge of what is likely to happen.
In the field of games, we predict that Microsoft's first studios ' s should be fully present with new images of it Gears 5, Halo Infinite and, as always, a new Forza title.
Last year, Microsoft announced the acquisition of several new studios, including The Initiative, Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory and Compulsion Games, so hopefully we will see some of the projects these companies have been working on.
Keynote time: Sunday June 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM PT
Regardless of Sony's plans, we now know that Bethesda will hold a showcase event at E3 2019, close to last year's event. To that end, you can expect more information about the titles of the developer / publisher from Sunday 9 June 2019 at 5.30 p.m. PT.
So what can we expect to see? It is almost a given that we will hear updates for older titles such as The Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 76, two of the largest MMO's of the developer to date, as well as the previous one Doom Eternal from partner iD Software.
Between the announcements of the bomb attacks, we will probably also hear more about Bethesda ' s free to play and mobile offers such as Elder Scrolls Blades, which will be released later this year, and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, a free-to-play card game that is in the same spirit as Hearthstone.
Unfortunately, those of us expect to see new trailers for the next long-awaited participation in the Elder Scrolls franchise, Elder Scrolls VIand the ambitious sci-fi project of Bethesda, starfield, will be disappointed. Todd Howard, the producer of Bethesda Game Studios, told a room full of PAX East participants that it's too early to talk about the games and asked everyone to "please be patient."
Interested to be present in person? Bethesda issues tickets through an online competition that hands out two tickets for you and a friend!
Keynote time: N / A
Sorry guys, unfortunately Sony is skipping the E3 festivities this year and has said it will find a different location instead to show the games and hardware coming in the pipeline. That said, we haven't ruled out a State of Play event like that of Sony in March.
If that doesn't happen, well, we'll just have to wait to hear more about it The last of our part II, Death Stranding and Spirit of Tsushima.
Keynote time: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM PT (4:00 PM ET, 9:00 PM UK)
Ubisoft will definitely return to this year's E3. The developer-slash publisher has a lot on his plate for early 2019, including Tom Clancy & The Division 2 and Trials Rising, both of which came out in the February-March window, but who didn't say what will come later this year .
The game we know the most about Ubisoft is probably this year Skull and bones, the combat game focused on ships that looks to carry the torch of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft still has to give us a decent release date for the game, but it is likely that this will save us an E3 2019 keynote.
It is also likely that we will hear more about it Beyond good and evil 2 and possibly we get our first look at the gameplay during the Ubisoft keynote … but that could just be wishful thinking on our part.
In addition to these two games, we have heard rumors that Ubisoft will announce three to four new AAA titles between March 2019 and March 2020, but we can only speculate about what is coming. The only franchise that will definitely not be there is a mainline Assassin ' s Creed game, because Ubisoft has said it skip a release in 2019.
Keynote time: Monday 10 June 2019 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. UK)
If you are a PC gamer, you don't want to miss the PC Gaming Show, which returns to the convention for the fifth time in a row.
We do not know exactly what to expect from the two-hour event, but if it is something like previous years, then it will contain a number of indie games that would not usually have time on the big stage in addition to hardware announcements.
For people at home, the event is available for streaming twitch.tv/pcgameror on Facebook or YouTube or, if you are in town, it is open to the public with an RSVP at The Mayan Theater.
During last year's event we were given the opportunity to see a number of new indie games such as Neo Cab and Maneater, as well as a number of badly hit titles such as Stormlands by Insomniac and Warframe: The Sacrifice from Digital Extremes. We expect some similar big announcements from this year's show.
The game world can prepare itself for a possible unveiling of the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Two on E3 2019, but there is still much to be gained for desktop gamers.
Keynote time: Confirmed, but TBD
Although Sony will not be present this year, Nintendo will certainly do so – first digitally in a Nintendo Direct that is usually broadcast on Tuesday morning and then physically when the huge stand takes over West Hall.
In terms of which games Nintendo is going to bring this year, it seems likely that we will hear more about it Pokemon Sword and Shield, because that will be out by the end of 2019, as well as good if Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch, which was announced in 2018, and received a start window from 2019.
Fans of The Legend of Zelda franchise have the Link ' s Awakening Remake to look forward to while Mario fans are likely to get a chance to play Mario Maker 2 on Nintendo Switch – because it will be out sometime in June.
In addition to those core games, we know that Nintendo is developing further Luigi's Mansion 3 and Fire Emblem Three Houses, the last of which should be available in August, unless this is delayed. Nintendo can also use the time to show its next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character set. There is also so weird Nintendo Labo VR kit that Nintendo might lose on the plane on the way to the show. (Just kidding!)
Keynote time: confirmed, but NIBD
Last but certainly not least, we could not omit Devolver Digital, which has confirmed via Twitter that it would post another ready-made pre-recorded keynote that might involve fictional CEO Nina Struthers.
Expect it to be just as weird as the year.
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