E3 2018: Latest game news and announcements

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the world’s biggest gaming show, and E3 2018 is set to be one of the biggest ever. Gaming fans are set to be treated to exciting game reveals, gorgeous trailers and a chance to get hands-on with the latest titles from the biggest developers after months, if not years, of hype. We’re sure E3 2018 will be no different with plenty of juicy titles already emerging ahead of the event.

Trusted Reviews will be in LA with all the latest news and preview coverage. But, for now, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the show.

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E3 2018 date – when is it?

E3 2018 takes place from June 12 – 14.

The big publishers such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo often hold conferences and streams ahead of the event itself, although Betheda and EA are the only ones to reveal plans thus far. 

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 2:3oam GMT
  • Microsoft – Sunday June 10 at 1:00pm PT/ Monday, June 11 at 8pm GMT
  • Ubisoft – Monday June 11 at 1:00pm PT / 9PM GMT

Sony at E3 2018

Headliners at Sony’s conference will likely include Sony Bend’s Days Gone and From Software’s mysterious new IP, Shadows Die Twice. Little is know about the latter, so we’d happily lap up anything the developer is willing to show at this point. Other big exclusive punches from Sony include Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man, Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2.

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. 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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Microsoft at E3 2018

With the Xbox One X now delivering amazing 4K visuals to first and third party titles, Microsoft must approach E3 2018 with a robust and impressive library of games. Crackdown 3, Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead were last year’s big hitters and all but one are now out in the wild.

During this year’s conference we’re hoping to see more from State of Decay 2 alongside Ori and the Will of Wisps. The exclusive platter beyond those is incredibly dry, and Microsoft should try its best to remedy this. Perhaps we’ll see the long-rumoured Fable 4 alongside a bombastic reveal for Halo 6? Of course, you can also expect the usual helping of third-party titles from Microsoft.

It’s also Playground Games’ turn to launch another racing game, so could we see Forza Horizon 4 launch with One X support out the gate?

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Microsoft has announced big changes to its usual E3 showcase, with the majority of its content no longer appearing in the Los Angeles Convention Centre. Instead, Microsoft will be holding a bespoke show at the LA Live theatre. Here it will host the Xbox Briefing and provide gameplay demos for all E3 attendees. Xbox Fanfest activities will also take place at the aforementioned venue.

“Not only does the Microsoft Theater allow us to centralize our Xbox presence at E3, but its size enables us to include even more fans and partners in the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing than ever before,” Microsoft said.

Microsoft has said this change was made in response to those made at E3 in recent years, which is now available to the public and far busier than before.

Nintendo at E3 2018

Nintendo is yet to disclose its E3 2018 plans, but is likely to host a pre-recorded presentation to tease upcoming games and provide extensive demonstrations on those just over the horizon, as it has done for the past several years. 2017 was undoubtedly the year of Nintendo Switch and it’s stellar list of exclusive titles.

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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EA at E3 2018

Electronic Arts will once again be holding its EA Play event during E3 2018. Here it will present its annual press conference while also providing members of the media opportunity to sample its upcoming slate of games. The showcase will kick off on June 9 at 11am PDT and last until June 11. 

On the agenda this year will be FIFA, Madden and Anthem, Bioware’s first new IP in over a decade. EA has also announced that its new Battlefield experience will be available for players to experience following its anticipated reveal. Perhaps we’ll catch a peek at Dragon Age 4, too? Fingers crossed!

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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? To be honest, we wouldn’t complain if the franchise took another year to enhance its formula further. If not, a cheeky trip to Feudal Japan is definitely our ideal setting.

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Bethesda at E3 2018

Bethesda has announced when and where its annual E3 showcase will take place. You can catch the conference on Sunday, June 10 at 6:30pm PT / 9:30pm ET. For those in the UK hoping to see things unfold, you have to stay up until 2:30am on Monday, June 11. Time to set those alarms and jump aboard the hype train!

The trailer above features a number of recognisable characters from Bethesda franchises such as Fallout, Dishonored, Elder Scrolls and more. Much like last year, their presence doesn’t guarantee that announcements are being teased.

This year’s theme is ‘create something special’ which leads us to believe that Bethesda has more than a few surprises waiting for us. Perhaps we’ll see something from Elder Scrolls 6 or Dishonored 3?

Square Enix at E3 2018

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

Crystal Dynamics’ Shadow of the Tomb Raider has now been confirmed, and we’re awaiting the first reveal trailer. E3 2018 would be the perfect time to finally lift the curtain on the closing chapter of Lara Croft’s reboot trilogy.

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

Polish media outlets have already begun reporting that Cyberpunk 2077 will be shown at E3 2018 with a new trailer and behind closed doors demo for attending media.

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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