E3 2018: date, schedule, games, and everything else you need to know

e3 2018 date

E3 2018 is fast approaching and we’re getting excited to see what’s in store for the future of videogames. Games media, publishers, developers, and fans will once again converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center for E3 2018, hoping to get their hands on the hottest upcoming releases.

As we cross off each day on our calendars until the event starts, we’re full of questions. Will we see a reveal of the cel-shaded shoot-and-loot goodness of Borderlands 3? Will Bethesda’s Rage 2 address the problems of the divisive original? We don’t care what you think, we’re also still holding out for Half-Life 3.

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Below you’ll find all the information and E3 rumours you need to keep yourself up to date. That means the latest E3 2018 schedules, all you need to know about the biggest press conferences, and all the juicy games news you need. The show is open to the public for the second year in a row but, if you don’t have a ticket, we have you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about E3 2018.

E3 2018 date – when is the show?

When it comes to the E3 2018 dates, EA kicks off the conferences on Saturday, June 9, with EA Play and the last press briefing takes place on the morning of Tuesday, June 12. Then the show opens to the public, that’s between the 12th and the 14th of June. 

E3 2018 schedule – all the major conference times

e3 2018 date

As far as the press conferences are concerned, below you’ll find the E3 2018 schedule. We will embed the livestreams for each briefing when they become available.

Saturday, June 9

Sunday, June 10

Monday, June 11

E3 2018 Bethesda

Bethesda’s fourth annual E3 2018 showcase will have to do quite a bit to best last year’s outing. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2 were both shown off and, even if they didn’t set the sales charts ablaze when they launched shortly after, they were both among the best games of 2017.

Whatever the company has in store, they won’t be numbing the bums of attendees: on Twitter, Bethesda VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines said that the showcase “won’t be three hours long.”

e3 2018 games rage 2

Still, that’s plenty of time in which to show off some great new games, the first of which being Rage 2. After its recent reveal and inaugural gameplay trailer, we were promised more of the upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter at E3 2018. Just Cause 3 and Mad Max developer Avalanche Studios has joined Bethesda to make the game and we hope to see more of the games anarchic combat and irreverent tone.

Since this is a Bethesda showcase, there are two open world RPG elephants in the conference hall: Fallout 5 and The Elder Scrolls 6. The trouble is neither game officially exists, so we won’t be betting any money that either will appear. We know that out of the three projects being worked on at the company, TES 6 will be the last of them to release, so don’t expect much information about it for some time. When it comes to the retrofuturism of Fallout, we know even less than your common radroach. 

E3 2018 Ubisoft

We are guaranteed the announcement of a new sequel at Ubisoft’s June 11 conference, but what could it be? We already know of the existence of The Division 2 and that Watch Dogs 3 is in development. According to the company this mysterious follow up will be a AAA “franchise title”. Could it be a new Splinter Cell or Ghost Recon?

Ubisoft’s showcase is shaping up to be rather busy: we know we’ll be seeing more of Destiny rival The Division 2 and perhaps we will see further teases for hackathon Watch Dogs 3. Hopefully we’ll also get more of the good stuff on Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC. Following its delay, we might miss out on the multiplayer seven seas action of Skull & Bones, however.

The briefing won’t just be about upcoming games, but updates to existing titles, too. We are itching to see more of Year Three, Season Two of the company’s enduring multiplayer FPS: Rainbow Six Siege Para Bellum. With two new operators taking on defensive duties – hologram-wielding Alibi, and Maestro, who uses laser-firing Evil Eye cameras – and a new Tuscan Villa map, this next update is set to hook us in all over again. In non-Siege news, we’ll also see more of the melee-focused battler For Honor following its training mode launch and the beginning of season six, The Rite of Champions.

E3 2018 Microsoft

e3 2018 Microsoft

With the launch of the Xbox One X, Forza Motorsport 7, and Cuphead behind them from last year, the pile of games internally developed at Microsoft is looking a little light, besides Crackdown 3 and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. That said, the company’s E3 2018 conference is being tipped to be their “biggest E3 showing ever,” according to Xbox Corporate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Nichols.

We hope to see updates that address the dearth of activities in the recently-released swashbuckler, Sea of Thieves – and improvement to State of Decay 2’s performance – but we’re going to need to see some major new announcements for Nichols’ claim to be justified. We’re thinking Fable 4, Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War 5, and Halo 6 – so it’s not as if we’re asking for much.

E3 2018 games we hope to see

Battlefield V

E3 2018 games Battlefield V

EA and DICE’s answer to last year’s Call of Duty: WW2 is set to be one of the biggest stories of the show. Battlefield V’s official reveal might have happened already, but we are looking to see more of the upcoming shooters combined-arms multiplayer and, of course, the MG42.


E3 2018 games Fortnite

Why should you be excited to see a game that you can play for free already? E3 2018 sees Fortnite pros partner with celebrities in a $3m tournament, that’s why. The biggest game on the planet is set to getting even larger as famous Twitch streamers Ninja and Myth team up with the likes of NBA star Paul George and Community actor Joel McHale to raise money for charity through the joyous medium of battle royale.

Red Dead Redemption 2

E3 2018 games red dead redemption 2

Since Red Dead Redemption 2’s release date was pushed back to October 26, it would make sense for Activision to use E3 2018 to elevate our hype even further. New screenshots and gameplay details have been unveiled in the recent past, but there’s still plenty more about the narrative that Rockstar is keeping under wraps. Oh, and while they’re at it, perhaps they can let us know when us PC players can get on our hands on the game, too.


E3 2018 games anthem

One of the most significant reveals of last year’s E3, we are crossing our Javelin-clad fingers and toes that we get to see more of Anthem this time. BioWare’s newest IP boasts dramatic action-RPG co-op combat and a gargantuan open-world in which to fly around with your Iron Man mates. Service games like Destiny are clear inspirations and we are excited to see how BioWare is going to improve on the formula. 

Cyberpunk 2077

E3 2018 games Cyberpunk 2077

A couple of months ago this one might have been a long shot: since CD Projekt Red’s announcement of Cyberpunk 2077 way back in May 2012, we have been forced to subsist of the merest scraps of details. However, once the Polish company confirmed that it would be bringing an RPG to E3 2018, we knew it could only be one game. Since it’s almost certainly not going to be The Witcher 4 – well, we wouldn’t exactly say no – we are fascinated to fill in the gaps of this gritty, Blade Runner-esque future metropolis.

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