It’s that time of the year again and we’re counting the days for the largest gaming event of the year, E3!
Notable video game developers and publishers like Bethesda, Microsoft and EA are all gearing up for the centre stage at E3 2018. If you’re curious which gaming companies will be participating at E3, check out the list posted on their official website.
This year, E3 will continue its tradition of opening the doors to the public and once again, fans will get a chance to try some of their favourite video games. In spirit of the excitement, here’s a rundown list of games that will (or might) be coming to E3 based on what publishers and developers have confirmed so far.
The Last of Us Part II
During last year’s PlayStation Experience, director Neil Druckmann said that The Last of Us Part II is going to be a part of the E3 2018 show. A sequel to one of the best PlayStation 3 exclusives, The Last of Us, its second entry will feature Ellie as the playable protagonist in the game. From what we’ve noticed, Ellie is not a teenager anymore and she’s seething with rage and hate in the reveal trailer of The Last of Us Part II. Naughty Dog has confirmed that there will be more The Last of Us Part II to come in the upcoming PlayStation E3 2018 showcase!
Ghosts of Tsushima
Ghosts of Tsushima came out of nowhere when it was first revealed during last year’s Paris Games Week. In this upcoming game, you are the last samurai standing tasked to save the island of Tsushima from being invaded by the Mongol Empire and to defend the samurai tradition through the new fighting way of the Ghost. Although the game was recently announced, Sucker Punch Productions and the game will be making an appearance at the PlayStation E3 2018 showcase.
Honestly, up to this point, we still have no idea what’s going on with Hideo Kojima’s tie-in project with Sony. Judging from the series of the cryptic trailers since the game was first announced in E3 2016, the trailers showed us that Hollywood actors Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen as well as Oscar award-winning director Guillermo Del Toro will be in the game. Apart from Ghosts of Tsushima, Death Stranding will also be a part of the PlayStation E3 2018 conference as well so we hope that this reveal will not be another puzzle for us to solve.
Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has been swinging around the game sphere with his new game since its announcement in E3 2016. There was even a month-long coverage by Game Informer to keep the hype going. This time around, you’re going to play the college kid Peter Parker donning the Spider-Man suit to fend off the Inner Demons led by Mister Negative. Developed by Insomniac Games, Spider-Man is slated to release on 7 September 2018 exclusively for PS4. Look out for more Spider-Man at the upcoming PlayStation E3 showcase this 12 June.
Anthem is the upcoming Destiny-esque cooperative open-world action role-playing game (RPG) developed by BioWare, the studio that brought famous single-player RPGs like Mass Effect and Dragon Age. You and your friends get to play as the Freelancers wearing cool exosuits with unique abilities (like Iron Man!) known as Javelin to protect your civilization.
The game was first announced during the EA Play conference in E3 2017 and it was originally slated for a Fall 2018 release date but it was delayed. This year, EA promises to reveal more on Anthem to fit better in the 2019 launch window. With the exosuit squad ready to brave a whole new adventure in this teaser, here’s what we know about BioWare’s Anthem so far.
Battlefield V was officially announced with a new trailer that dropped during their official livestream event. According to EA DICE senior producer Andreas Morell, Battlefield V will focus on bringing players to the never before seen locations in World War II such as Norway and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
After the return of Battlefield 1 into the conflict of World War I, DICE and EA are bringing in another Battlefield game that will bring us into World War II. So far, the new Battlefield game is called as Battlefield V and rumour has it that a battle royale mode will be implemented in the game along with a special co-op mission to be put in the mix although this is not confirmed yet. Furthermore, the trailer unveiled a new gameplay element of lying prone on their backs while shooting enemies. Battlefield V is set to release on 19 October for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Call of Duty is an annual thing now. During the community reveal event, Activision and Treyarch revamped the whole Black Ops 4 with a new battle royale mode titled Blackout and an all-new Zombies campaign. While the rumour is true that single-player campaign is no more in Black Ops 4, players can still play a series of solo missions detailing the story of Specialist’s characters. The developer will discuss more on the famous Zombies mode during E3 Coliseum 2018. You can read the whole reveal from Call of Duty’s official website here.
The upcoming instalment, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be launched on 12 October for PC (exclusively on Blizzard’s Battle.net), PS4 and Xbox One. Those who pre-order the game will receive access to the Black Ops 4 private beta.
The Division 2
Tom Clancy’s The Division has been doing well since its release 2 years ago. Recently, Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment have announced that the sequel of the game’s pandemic attack in near-future New York is currently in the works. The Division 2 will be using the enhanced version of Snowdrop engine to deliver a better experience. Based on the recent Ubisoft’s financial report, The Division 2 is scheduled to launch sometime next year. Speaking of a better experience, Ubisoft will reveal more what’s in store for The Division 2 during E3 2018.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Counting in the last minutes of Ubisoft’s E3 2017 press conference, Ubisoft surprised us with the CGI trailer of Beyond Good and Evil 2 and it paid off really well. The crowd went wild and the Internet exploded in welcoming the return of a cult hit classic. The upcoming game will be a prequel that is set 200 years before Jade was born so players won’t play as her this time.
Instead, you can create your own character of anthropomorphic animals from a panda to an elephant by using the character customisation. Moreover, Ubisoft also revealed a new gameplay video showing co-op gameplay and ship maneuvers in Beyond Good and Evil 2. If the gameplay footage isn’t enough, we are sincerely hoping that Ubisoft Montpellier will flesh out more details for the game at E3 2018.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
After a huge rebound from Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft decided to move the series to another ancient civilisation, Greece. The latest game, Assassin’s Creed Origins, was set in Ancient Egypt and introduced players to never-before-seen RPG elements such as Eagle Eye drone from the eagle companion, Senu; Ancient Egypt history exploration without initiating combat in Discovery Mode and many more.
Assassin’s Creed series is notoriously known for its leaks and this time around, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was leaked through an image of the key chain with an Ancient Greek helmet. Not long after that, Ubisoft announced it officially via Twitter along with a message: "See you at E3!"
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Our adventure-seeking heroine, Lara Croft, is preparing for the ultimate adventure. Although not much of the plot was revealed in the latest trailer, Square Enix planned to show Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s first gameplay footage at E3 2018. The game will be scheduled to launch on 14 September 2018 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Super Smash Bros. for Switch
After countless speculation, Super Smash Bros is finally making its way to Nintendo Switch. The announcement trailer above indicated that Splatoon 2’s inklings will be joining the roster line-up alongside Mario, Link and others. Although there’s not much news to share, Nintendo recently confirmed that Super Smash Bros will be the center of attention for the Nintendo show at E3 2018!
Although Metro Exodus will be delayed to 2019, there will be new gameplay footage for this stealth and horror mix of a first-person shooter game. Developed by 4A Games, the post-apocalyptic game was announced back in E3 2017. The third instalment of the series will revisit the story of Artyom, who is escaping from mutated monsters by using the Metro in Moscow with a group of survivors after a nuclear fallout 23 years ago.
It comes off as a shock for the fans when a new Fallout game was announced during a 24-hour livestream by Bethesda. The teaser trailer of Fallout 76 showed a vault dweller donning a blue Vault 76 suit and wearing a Pip-Boy. Other than that, the trailer is filled with visual references from the previous Fallout games that fuelled many speculations from the fans. So far, the studio hasn’t revealed any bigger details but Kotaku reported that Fallout 76 has deviated from its original single-player RPG roots and will be an online survival RPG, inspired by games such as DayZ and Rust. Besides Fallout 76, Bethesda is going to unveil more details on Rage 2 so we’re going to see and wait what Bethesda has in store for the upcoming E3 show on 11 June.
*beep* - That one word was all it needed to make the gaming community erupt with excitement when it was posted on Twitter earlier this year. Cyberpunk 2077 has been shelved by CD Projekt Red for many years in order to develop their most successful game ever - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Now, the hype reignited after the Polish website GRYOnline stated that a new trailer for the game will be unveiled at E3 2018 along with a playable demo behind closed doors. As the developer will be participating at this year’s E3, fans go deeper to look for more information and they found the Map Your Show listing shows an unnamed RPG for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Kingdom Hearts 3
I wish Square Enix would quit playing games with our hearts and give us what we truly need. After skipping two E3 conventions, Square Enix will be making its way to E3 once again! Although the recent trailer shows Sora and his companions taking a break by playing minigames, the third instalment of Kingdom Hearts has long been in development since it was first announced at E3 back in 2013.
During the official Kingdom Hearts 3 Premiere Event in California, the director Tetsuya Nomura said the game is going to have a darker tone than previous games and the main theme is ‘resolution’ in order to give a conclusion to the Dark Seeker story from the first game. New gameplay footage showed the staple trio: Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy teaming up with many Disney characters such as Wreck-It-Ralph, The Little Mermaid’s Ariel, and Toy Story’s Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
With regards to a release date, an American retailer listed Kingdom Hearts 3 to be released on 1 November 2018. However, Nomura stated that he will announce the release date of Kingdom Hearts 3 in next month so I think we will get to hear an actual release date soon at E3 2018.
When we were informed that Days Gone was delayed and changed to its release to 2019, we understood. Perfection takes time. This PlayStation exclusive that was displayed at E3 2016 features a bounty hunter and a biker, Deacon St. John, surviving in a “freakers” zombie invasion. As Days Gone is receiving a full month coverage from Game Informer including some exclusive gameplay footage and many more, creative director John Garvin rapidly answered there is a slim chance that the game is going to be included in next PlayStation E3 2018 showcase, so fingers crossed!
Skull and Bones
From the studio that brought the most immersive naval combat ever with Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Ubisoft Singapore is brewing another game with exciting ship combat mechanics with Skull and Bones. The game will have its own solo campaign but all hands are needed on deck for its shared world multiplayer mode where you can commandeer your own ship and form a crew up to six players online. You will set sail in the vast Indian Ocean, engage in naval combat, loot every treasure in the ocean and be able to customise your ship.
The game was originally announced in last year’s Ubisoft conference in E3 and planned for a release in fall 2018 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One but the company announced that Skull & Bones has been delayed to 2019/2020 in order to deliver a “more engaging experience.” You can register for the beta here but we presume that more will be revealed during this year’s Ubisoft conference.
From Media Molecule, the studio that developed the Little Big Planet and Tearaway series, Dreams is for the gamers in pursuit of creating and shaping the way we dream. Initially announced at Sony’s E3 conference in 2015, the game had captured people’s attention with its creative sandbox mechanics to build and customise your dreams to your liking. Dreams is expected to launch this year but we will have to wait to see if it was all just a pipe dream.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
The remake of the famous 20-year-old JRPG, Final Fantasy VII has been in every Final Fantasy fans’ radar since it was announced back in E3 2015. What we know so far is that the development of the high-definition remake is now being made in-house and will be led by Mobius Final Fantasy director Naoki Hamaguchi and the appearance for Cloud and several members of AVALANCHE (Cloud’s mercenary group) have been modified.
The game is also planned to release episodically, similar to the separated discs in the original PlayStation release. We don’t want to hold our breath too long to see Final Fantasy VII remake at E3 2018 but it will be nice for Square Enix to stop trolling us.
Gearbox Software’s famous first-person shooter RPG franchise, Borderlands is set to have its third game after the latest instalment, The Pre-Sequel, that took us back to the rise of the infamous antagonist Handsome Jack prior to Borderlands 1 & 2. This time around, Borderlands 3 will be a “worthy true sequel unlike The Pre-Sequel” as stated by Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford in the IGN Unfiltered interview.
As always, the next Borderlands 3 will remain to be a game filled with comedy and plethora of easter eggs. Recently, Borderlands 3 also appeared in the leaked Walmart Canada game listings. However, according to the strings of tweets about the illusion of truth based on magic tricks written by Pitchford, he embedded an announcement about “Borderlands 3” will not be on E3 but it depends on us whether to believe it or not. Right now, we don’t know for sure whether Gearbox will reveal Borderlands 3 this coming E3 or not.
Devil May Cry 5
Although Devil May Cry and Dragon’s Dogma director Hideaki Itsuno never explicitly stated what the name of the new project that he and his team have been working on for the past few years is, many fans have theorised that this could be a new Devil May Cry game. The origin of this speculation was derived from a post at Resetera, detailing all the information you want to know about Devil May Cry 5 (the title is not confirmed yet). Devil May Cry 5 will continue the story of the short and well-lived Devil May Cry 4 that was released a decade ago.
It’s possible that we will get to see Devil May Cry 5 in the upcoming E3 because the game is scheduled to release sometime in 2019 with a workable demo prior to the release. Capcom also revealed that the company is planning to launch two “major” titles for the fiscal year of 2019 so the timeline of the Devil May Cry 5 release fits well with Capcom’s business strategy. However, this leak might not be accurate so please take it with a grain of salt.
Bonus wish: Remedy Entertainment’s mysterious new game
If you’re familiar with the hit classics Max Payne, Alan Wake or their latest game: Quantum Break, Remedy Entertainment has been teasing the fans with a new game after the studio reportedly ended their long-term partnership with Microsoft. The new game was previously coded as Project 7 or “P7” but the codename was dropped when the studio partnered up with a new publisher, 505 Games. According to PCGamesN, the new Remedy’s game will be a part of 505 Games’ show line-up with no further details provided whether it’s a new IP or a sequel for Alan Wake or Quantum Break.
With so many video games releases to anticipate for E3 2018 (and we can’t even guess the number of surprise announcements like what happened with the Beyond Good and Evil 2 announcement last year), which video games are the ones that you can’t wait to see in E3 2018? Share your E3 excitement with us through our Facebook and Twitter.