Welcome to GEEK’s coverage of E3 2018! This year we’re covering the biggest weekend in gaming a little differently than we have in the past, pooling together all of the news into one convenient place. We’ll continue to recap the main event press conferences as usual, but we’ll also be updating our page with any additional news to come over the weekend to ensure that, once the dust settles and E3 comes to a close, we’ve got all the information you need consolidated where you need it.
Day Four: June 12th, 2018
Nintendo made it clear they were going to focus on the strong line up of titles coming to the Switch in 2018. While Super Smash Bros. was a given, Nintendo gave us updates, news and a few surprises.
Daemon X Machina
Stylized, fast-paced mech action coming to the Switch in 2019.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country
A brand new story and adventure arrives for the Xenoblade world in September, 2018.
Super Mario Party
Mario and friends deliver a whole new way to play with your friends–and a unique take on linking multiple Switches together. Arriving October 5, 2018.
Fire Emblem Three Houses
The series brings its deep story and tactical elements to the Switch in Spring of 2019.
The global phenomenon finally comes to Switch. Players dreaming of becoming the next Ninja can start practicing now as it’s available today.
The cooking, recipes and co-op craziness of Overcooked, returns in Overcooked 2, launching August 7, 2018.
Killer Queen Black
“Redesigned from the ground up” according to Reggie Fils-Aimé, the awarding winning title comes to the Switch in Winter of 2018.
Team Cherry’s universally lauded game comes to the Switch today–bundled with all previous DLC.
The eagerly anticipated JRPG launches on July 13th, 2018. For fans who can’t wait, a new demo will be available for download June 14th.
Arena of Valor
Tencent games worldwide multiplayer juggernaut comes in the Fall of 2018
Bubblegum and ninjutsu–yes you read that right–clash in GungHo Online Entertainment’s new player-versus-player game.
Completing it’s march across multiple consoles, Paladins is available on the Switch today.
DRAGON Ball Fighter Z
We called it when we wrote our predictions piece. One of the hottest fighting games of the year is coming to Switch this year.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Taking a page out of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3‘s book, but expanding on it in ways not even they did, Nintendo’s ultimate version of Super Smash Bros. launches on December 7, 2018.
Day Three: June 11th, 2018
Sony mentioned ahead of time that this year their E3 presentation would almost entirely focus on deeper looks at four of their anticipated titles (The Last of Us: Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding and Spider-Man), and even with that known ahead of time, each game brought something special to the fold.
The entire Spidey villains roster came out to play in the new gameplay trailer for Insomniac’s Spider-Man. Shocker, Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture and Mr. Negative all make appearances in quick succession as Spidey tries to escape The Raft in one piece.
It’s a great year for video game samurai – Nioh is officially getting a sequel and it looks like this time William has gained his own Oni form.
Almost as expected, we got to see a lot more direct footage of Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding and came away with hundreds more questions. This new trailer introduced actors Lea Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner as well.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Pirates of the Caribbean returns to Kingdom Hearts with a mind-blowing action-packed look at ship to ship combat.
Trover Saves the Universe
Justin Roiland and Squanch Games are making a new VR Game that is very much in line with Rick and Morty.
Remedy surprised with a short look at their next game, Control.
Resident Evil 2
At long last, Capcom treated us to the first look at Resident Evil 2, and it’s a beautiful return to RE4‘s over-the-shoulder style of gameplay. Definitely worth the wait. The game launches January 25, 2019.
Ghost of Tsushima
Sucker Punch brought out the first proper look at Ghost of Tsushima gameplay, which involved a lot of violent samurai combat in a beautiful forest during the Mongol invasion.
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Year 2 of Destiny 2 is just around the corner and Sony released a grim new trailer featuring Cayde-6 seemingly killed by the Awoken Prince.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Free for PS+
Activision is releasing Black Ops 3 to PS+ subscribers for free, starting today.
New Game+ Coming to God of War
In a conversation between games, Shawn Layden confirmed that Sony Santa Monica are working on a New Game + mode for God of War.
The Last of Us: Part II
Naughty Dog introduced Sony’s new E3 format with a 10-minute demo of Ellie caught up in a tense encounter with some thugs.
Ubisoft Press Conference
Ubisoft came to E3 without the threat of a Vivendi Takeover for the first time in years, and they brought a strong show with them, literally set to Elton John’s I’m Still Standing. With a lot of footage for games like Skull & Bones and The Division 2, they blew it out with a huge dedicated look at Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.
Assassins Creed: Odyssey
Pulling out all the stops, Ubisoft brought out a ton of footage for the upcoming Assassins Creed: Odyssey, taking place in Ancient Greece as seen in early leaks. Dialogue options feature heavily as a new feature, and players will be able to choose to play either as a male or female. The game launches October 5th, 2018.
The Crew 2
We were shown a little more of Ubisoft’s wide open racing game.
For Honor: Marching Fire
Four new character classes are coming to For Honor, taking inspiration from Chinese culture.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Ubisoft Toronto’s Toys to Life game is trucking along and will launch this October, and in a huge surprise, Nintendo has lent their license for Starfox to the game, meaning players can purchase their own Arwing and use it in-game (exclusively on the Switch, of course).
Elijah Wood and Benoit Richer from SpectreVision brought out a new look at Transference.
Skull & Bones
Ubisoft gave us a new CG trailer and a bit more information on the game’s systems, before showing a narrated tutorial on the game in motion.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure
A live orchestra played over a new extended look at the Donkey Kong DLC for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.
The Division 2
After a first look at The Division 2 at Microsoft yesterday, Massive Entertainment showed us a lengthy, severe CG trailer. They also announced that they’re going hard into free updates and changes to player progression. It launches March 15, 2019.
Trials is one of Ubisoft’s more popular smaller titles and it returns with Trials: Rising, the successor to Trials: Fusion. It launches February 2019 and will be the first game to also arrive on Nintendo Switch.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
After surprising the world with Beyond Good and Evil 2 last year, Ubisoft brought a new, equally gorgeous CG trailer ending with the first game’s protagonist, Jade, before offering a tiny look at some pre-alpha gameplay. They then brought out Joseph Gordon-Levitt to introduce an initiative with Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord program, which will allow the public to create and contribute art and music that Ubisoft will curate and implement into the world of Beyond Good and Evil 2.
Just Dance 2019
As always, Ubisoft opened with a live dance number for Just Dance 2019, coming out October 2018.
Square Enix Press Conference
We were certain that Square coming out with an E3 conference meant they were ready to go deep into their Crystal Dynamics Avengers game, or Final Fantasy VII Remake, or both. Surprisingly, we didn’t get either today. Still, in their half-hour pre-recorded show, Square Enix did fill the time with some interesting reveals. In reverse chronological order:
Kingdom Hearts 3
A new extended version of KH3‘s latest trailer was revealed, featuring a bit more of the gorgeous new Disney worlds.
The Quiet Man
A cryptic trailer blending live action and CG teased something brand new, with a promise of more to come in August.
Just Cause 4
Just Cause introduces extreme weather in the next iteration, with forces of nature like massive tornadoes that will tear apart the environment. Rico’s grappling hook returns, allowing players to tether just about any two objects in the world together.
A brief tease for Octopath Traveler reminds us that the game’s launch is just around the corner.
Square Enix is partnering with Platinum Games for what looks like a brand new IP, coming 2019.
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age got a new trailer.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Eidos Montreal debuted the first proper gameplay of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The team is delivering on a darker, more brutal killer in Lara Croft.
Update [12:10 PM ET]: Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is officially coming to Western countries on October 2nd.
Update [11: 50 AM ET]: Team Sonic Racing
Sega has shared the first trailer for their heavily-rumored Sonic kart racing game. The colorful racer features Sonic and other notable characters from the franchise like Shadow, Tails and Knuckles. The game will launch this winter.
Day Two: June 10th, 2018
Metal Wolf Chaos XD
Metal Wolf Chaos is being resurrected by Devolver Digital. The 2004 FromSoftware game is coming out on Xbox One, PS4 and PC later this year.
Bethesda Press Conference
Bethesda’s conference last year was not the most impactful presentation, but they came back strong this year with a load of surprises and a comprehensive deep dive into Fallout 76. While we didn’t get to see as much as we’d have liked from series like Doom and The Evil Within, Bethesda made certain that their software will maintain a strong presence over the next several years.
The Elder Scrolls VI
Bethesda knows that The Elder Scrolls is in the back of everyone’s minds, and while it’s still a long way off, the publisher offered a title card to officially confirm that The Elder Scrolls VI is in development.
Starfield is Bethesda’s first new original IP in 25 years, according to Todd Howard, and it’s a next-gen game currently in development.
Todd Howard explained that Fallout 76 is the earliest game in the series timeline, taking place in West Virginia soon after the nuclear apocalypse. Vault 76 is one of the first vaults in the storyline to open, and your character is one of the dwellers able to step out above ground for the first time on ‘Reclamation Day’.
He also confirmed that 76 is an online-focused survival game, though death will never mean the loss of progress or your character. Everyone you run into in Fallout 76 is controlled by another player, and therefore anyone can be cooperative or hostile. Crafting returns from Fallout 4; and this time around Bethesda has dropped a number of nuclear bombs in the world that players can find and use however they like. The game will launch November 14, 2018.
In addition, Fallout Shelter is now available for free on Nintendo Switch and PS4.
BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters take center stage in Youngblood, a DLC story for Wolfenstein II that is playable entirely solo or co-op with a friend.
Prey DLC: Mooncrash
The developers behind Prey are introducing a new mode called Mooncrash where items and enemies have moved around and reset upon the player’s death. It’s available right now. In addition, a Typon Hunter mode will let one human player take on five other player-controlled mimics.
After the rollicking success of Doom, Id was inevitably going to come out with a sequel and Bethesda announced Doom Eternal, a next step that boasts twice as many demons and seems to involve Hell on Earth. Unfortunately, the teaser left a lot to be desired.
Elder Scrolls Online
ESO is continuing with their focus on bringing new content every quarter and offered a trailer showing what comes next in Somerset, their latest expansion.
Elder Scrolls Legends
Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls card game is being overhauled with new visuals, and coming to Nintendo Switch.
Pete Hines cheekily acknowledged Walmart Canada’s leak of Rage 2 directly before inviting artist Andrew WK on stage to perform his song from the game’s announcement trailer from last month. Following that, they threw to another look at Rage 2.
Xbox Press Conference
Microsoft began Saturday’s festivities with a non-stop barrage of game announcements, resting only briefly to talk about their Xbox Game Pass program and later making their first public acknowledgment that they’re starting to look ahead to the next console hardware. The message was clear and simple: Xbox is putting their resources back into supporting new and interesting games first. In reverse chronological order:
Microsoft ended their stage show with a long-awaited look at Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red’s follow-up to The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. While we didn’t get to see full-on gameplay, the in-engine trailer featured a huge amount of environmental storytelling depicting a gorgeous neon Blade Runner-esque setting.
Gears of War
Gears of War had a big block of time on stage to open the curtain on three separate projects underway. The first, surprisingly, is a mobile Gears in collaboration with Funko Pop. Gears POP! launches next year.
Next, we got to see some pre-alpha footage of Gears Tactics, an RTS game a la Halo Wars.
Lastly Gears 5 was finally confirmed to be launching in 2019, and The Coalition showed off an in-engine cutscene to set the tone leading up to launch next year.
Just Cause 4
Another victim of Walmart Canada’s leak, Just Cause 4 is a game we more or less knew was coming, but the game looks beautiful and, more importantly, wonderfully destructive.
At long last, the meme of all memes has come to pass: Xbox is resurrecting the classic and infamously difficult platformer, Battletoads. It’s planned to launch in 2019.
Dying Light 2
Nathan Fillion narrated the gameplay premiere of Dying Light 2, an ambitious sequel to the successful zombie survival title which this time around wants to let player choice completely change the state of the world by the end of its campaign.
Bandai Namco revealed a Shonen Jump mash-up fighter starring anime characters like Naruto, Goku and Luffy duking it out in New York City.
Tunic returns after a long period of silence with a beautiful new trailer.
Devil May Cry 5
At long last, Devil May Cry 5 has been confirmed and unveiled with a pretty decent look at its design in this first trailer. Nero returns as the game’s protagonist, but Dante does return at the end looking much older than we remember.
The hugely successful Korean MMO is coming to Xbox One.
EA may have skipped out on the rumored Skate 4, but developer Creature Studios seems to be answering the call anyway with their own unexpected skateboarding title, Session.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Back on the Xbox stage after bringing Rise of the Tomb Raider a couple years earlier, Square Enix (and new developer Eidos Montreal) offered a new look at the end of Lara Croft’s new trilogy.
The Division 2
Ubisoft debuted footage of The Division 2, featuring their new Washington D.C. setting in a lengthy, beautiful gameplay demo.
Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition
The beloved 2008 JRPG is coming to PC and Xbox this Winter.
New First Party Studios
As part of their revitalized focus on first-party titles, Phil Spencer announced the formation/acquisition of five new Xbox studios:
- An untitled new studio
- Undead Labs
- Playground Games
- Ninja Theory
- Compulsion Games
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 was leaked by Walmart leading up to E3 weekend, and the game was formally debuted on stage with a gorgeous 4K trailer.
Sea of Thieves Update
A brief CG tease hinted at two new expansions coming to Sea of Thieves down the road, titled Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores.
Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts III showed off new footage, including a look at Frozen world.
The newest trailer for Metro Exodus highlights the game’s first real foray above ground in open air.
Nier Automata ‘Become As Gods’ Edition
Yoko Taro’s cult hit Nier Automata comes to Xbox on June 26th, with the game’s expansion and a few extra skins.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
DONTNOD is releasing a spin-off adventure in the universe of Life is Strange, and it’s completely free.
Todd Howard gave us our first look at Fallout 76, promising more to come later today at their own conference. We didn’t get any confirmation on the game’s online nature, but the wasteland does look pretty as ever.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
FromSoftware revealed the game teased at last year’s game awards with an enigmatic teaser, and it’s a beautiful marriage of Souls game design and a more conventional action-adventure game.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori is one of Xbox’s most intriguing new characters, and the newest trailer for Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks as good as we hoped.
Microsoft opened the Xbox conference with a brief look at Halo Infinite, depicting a group of soldiers and a quick shot of Master Chief, before cutting to a title card saying the game is powered by the new ‘Slipspace Engine’.
Update [10:41 AM ET] Assassins Creed Odyssey Screenshots Leaked
The first collection of screenshots for Assassins Creed Odyssey have been found and shared online. Odyssey, which leaked earlier this month, is to be set in ancient Greece.
Update [1:35 AM ET]: Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date Confirmed
KINGDOM HEARTS 3 FINALLY HAS A RELEASE DATE. January 29, 2019! pic.twitter.com/DBaUNy9zKQ
— Alanah Pearce @ E3 (@Charalanahzard) June 10, 2018
The release date for the immensely anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3 was just confirmed during Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts World Tour Orchestra: The game is slated to launch January 29, 2019 in the West (Japan will get it a few days earlier on January 25th, according to Famitsu).
Day One: June 9th, 2018
EA Press Conference
Taking a page out of Ubisoft’s book with their host, Aisha Tyler, EA hired gaming personality Andrea Rene to open and close their conference this year, likely hoping to inject the show with a much-needed human connection. Rene wasn’t given the stage time to make a dent in EA’s low energy, lackluster show, though, and we’d have loved to see the publisher lean harder into shaking up their routine. Ultimately EA offered very little new information, banking on talking a bit more about their known quantities and stubbornly moving forward with dedication to stilted, scripted on-stage banter. Here’s what EA announced in their conference this year, in reverse chronological order:
Closing off the show, BioWare debuted a new cinematic trailer and a dose of gameplay footage for their upcoming Destiny-like, Anthem. Host Andrea Rene sat down with BioWare members including general manager Casey Hudson to talk briefly about the game’s structure and design. The sit-down talk is one of the best things we’ve seen from EA at E3 in years, allowing fans to see the game in action and gain a bit of context from hearing the team give context to the snippets of gameplay. BioWare confirmed that the idea with Anthem is to build a story-driven experience that can be compounded on with new stories of various shapes and sizes over time, and clarified that out in the world player experience is shared, while back in hubs players will transition to a singleplayer instance; this way BioWare can maintain the the co-operative experience of other MMO-like games out in the wilds while still offering players a choice-driven, narrative experience while picking up quests and interacting with NPCs. The team went on to announce Anthem will launch February 22, 2019.
Command & Conquer: Rivals
EA brought out two 20-something year olds to debut Command & Conquer: Rivals live, with a “shoutcasted” match of the new mobile game. Both players mobilize their own army to try and control and launch a missile at the center of the map. It’s a smart thing to bring the Command & Conquer brand to phones and tablets, but a very misplaced way to demonstrate the game during a live conference.
NBA Live 19 & Madden 19
The two annual sports games return this year. Madden launches August 7th, while NBA Live follows September 7th.
Sea of Solitude
Sea of Solitude is another EA Originals game, this one being headed out of Germany. The game features a girl who’s become a monster and is searching to find out how to turn back into a human as well as learn to balance this new monstrous side of herself. The game looks rough around the edges and it’s hard to get a great grasp on its gameplay from what we’ve seen so far, but we always love to see EA share the stage with some of their smaller, more creative projects.
Unravel is one of the successful indies to come from the EA Originals program, and not only has the team come back with a sequel, it’s also out right now: Unravel Two was debuted on stage during a lengthy, repetitive and stilted gameplay demo, but EA’s inability to infuse energy into their presentation wasn’t enough to damper our feelings about it entirely: Unravel is a cute little platformer with a heart, and in Unravel Two the same focus on an emotional story returns, albeit with a partner – Unravel Two can be played solo or entirely with a friend.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
DICE apologized for their invasive micro-transaction strategy before announcing they’re adding new content from Clone Wars, including General Grievous, Obi Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker, though they didn’t show any footage.
Respawn Confirms the Title of Their Star Wars Game
In the lowest point of an E3 presentation we’ve maybe ever seen, Respawn’s Vince Zampella awkwardly unveiled the title of their Star Wars game, which has long been in development, while sitting in a row of seats off-stage at EA Play. Beyond the name Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Zampella could only say that the game took place in “the dark times” and that players “will likely play as a Jedi,” finally suggesting the game will launch Holiday 2019. No trailer, artwork, or even B-roll footage of staff milling around their desks. After a long tradition of EA seemingly forcing E3 attention onto Star Wars games that aren’t ready to be shown, this is the worst case of it by a long shot.
Origin Access Premier
EA CEO Andrew Wilson took the stage to announce a new initiative from EA to focus on cloud gaming. The plan is to have players able to stream games onto just about any device from anywhere. In conjunction with that, Wilson revealed a new tier of their Origin Access program, Premier, which will include all of their new PC games, plus a comprehensive library of past EA games and titles from other publishers. The service will go live later this year.
FIFA returns again this year, but for the first time ever it will include the UEFA Champions League.
Battlefield V offered a short reel of gameplay showing off the beautiful Frostbite engine and more of the same chaotic, destructive warfare the series has perfected. Most importantly though, DICE confirmed two things on stage that could dramatically affect the success and future of the Battlefield franchise: First, the game will have no premium pass, a strong walk-back of EA’s previous no-holds barred approach to loot boxes, micro-transactions and DLC. Second, Battlefield V will, as speculated, feature their own Battle Royale mode. Lifted from PlayerUnknown’s Battle Grounds and Fortnite, which popularized the King of the Hill style multiplayer mode, this is the first of many E3 announcements expected to chase the trend.
Check back here as we continue to update this space with all the news from today and the rest of the weekend!
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