2018 is here, and that means we’ve got another Electronic Entertainment Expo to look forward to this coming June. E3 is the year’s biggest gaming show, frequently subject to a flurry of high-profile announcements and industry ground-shakers that will keep us excited for the months and potentially years to come. E3 2018 should be no different, and we’ve already got plenty of things we’d love to see.
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Trusted Reviews will be reporting live from the show later this year with all the latest news. But, for now, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about E3 2018.
E3 2018 dates – when is it?
E3 2018 is set to take 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 dates are yet to be confirmed.
E3 2018 press conferences – When are they?
Press conferences from the likes of Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and EA happen in the days preceding E3 proper, but the dates are yet to be confirmed by any of the publishers. Conference dates and times will be announced closer to the event.
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 will have already made a welcome splash in western territories once the show rolls around. The dreamers amongst us are desperately holding our breath for more news of Kingdom Hearts 3. If it shows up anywhere, it’ll be at Sony’s conference.
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Microsoft at E3 2018
With the launch of the Xbox One X now behind us, 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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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 trailer for Super Smash Bros Switch wouldn’t go amiss, either.
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
EA hasn’t revealed much of its 2018 slate thus far, although we can make a few educated guesses based on their annual releases. FIFA, Madden and Need for Speed are distinct possibilities, although nothing is confirmed yet.
First revealed in 2017, we’re desperately hoping to see more of Anthem alongside a potential release window. Acting as the first new IP from Bioware in several years, it enters E3 2018 with some very high expectations to meet.
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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. The first half of 2018 will see the release of Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2, so an expansion for either of them emerging at E3 isn’t too far-fetched.
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
The big one for Bethesda at any gaming event nowadays is The Elder Scrolls 6. Yet to be officially revealed, the next entry in the developer’s critically acclaimed RPG series is something we’d all love to see come June. Sadly, Bethesda has stated in past interviews it isn’t in active development, but that might’ve changed by the time E3 comes around.
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 upcoming Royal Edition.
Crystal Dynamics’ Shadow of the Tomb Raider has emerged in leaks previously but hasn’t been officially announced. 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 a recent 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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