E3 2018 is now just weeks away, so here are our top picks of the games we know that are coming, what might be making an appearance, and what we hope is coming from each of the major players. If something new is announced, we’ll add it to this article.
First though, here are all the conference times for the big weekend:
- EA – Saturday June 9th – 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET / 7 PM BST
- Microsoft – Sunday June 10th – 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST
- Bethesda – Sunday June 10th – 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET / 2:30 AM BST (*on June 11th)
- Devolver Digital – Sunday June 10th – 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET / 4 AM BST (*on June 11th)
- Square Enix – Monday June 11th – 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST
- Ubisoft – Monday June 11th – 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST
- PC Gaming Show – Monday June 11th – 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET / 11 PM BST
- Sony – Monday June 11th – 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET / 2 AM BST (*on June 12th)
- Nintendo – Tuesday June 12th – 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST
Sony – Confirmed Games
The Last of Us Part II:
Last year’s E3 showed a spot that featured Ellie strumming a six-string as the camera pans out to reveal her face and the nature-infested room she is sitting in. The other half of the team, Joel, then steps into the room and speaks to Ellie as the camera fades to a black screen with the title appearing. The game was featured first in 2016 at the PlayStation Experience. Players assume control of Ellie five years after the events of the first game. We are hoping to get a solid release date at E3 next month.
Ghost of Tsushima:
The best part of 2017’s Paris Game Week was the announcement that Sucker Punch, the same studio that gave us the Sly Cooper series, was delivering us Ghost of Tsushima. Ghost of Tsushima will also be a PlayStation exclusive. E3 2018 will be Sony’s big chance to really show off the title, and deep dive into what Sucker Punch is doing with the game and where they plan to take the game in the near future.
The third PlayStation 4 exclusive, Spider Man developed by Insomniac Games will tell a new story about our favorite wall climber that is not affiliated in any way to any existing comic book, film, or video game. This game is scheduled to be released world-wide on September 7, 2018. Kingpin, Taskmaster, Mister Negative and Shocker are confirmed to appear as the main villains in the game as well as a few others.
Possibly the most mysterious is the fourth Playstation 4 exclusive from Kojima Productions. This game gained instant notoriety with the reveal of The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus. Set in an open world, Death Stranding is a quasi-action game that has new and somewhat different elements that also will include a form of multiplayer functions. Kojima has stated that one of the key aspects of the announcement trailer was the idea of a connection between life and death.
Sony – Rumored Games
Kingdom Hearts III:
Kingdom Hearts III will be the final chapter of the Xehanort saga, and the main protagonist Sora will be accompanied by Donald Duck, King Mickey, Goofy, and Riku as they search for the seven Guardians of Light and a “key to return hearts”. Square Enix will return to develop and publish the twelfth installment of the franchise with no set launch date attached.
Not much has been heard about Days Gone since it was shown during Sony’s conference at E3 2016. Then at the 2017 conference, we were treated to a new trailer, which focused more on the open world aspect of the game rather than the zombie horde combat that we saw the previous year. In the trailer, we see more of Deacon’s day to day life in the zombie apocalypse, featuring some motorcycle traversal and hand-to-hand stealth combat. Hopefully we get a solid released date this year.
Sony – Games we want to see
At this very moment we believe a Bloodborne 2 announcement is 50/50. There is no one on the planet that can’t agree that the original Bloodborne was a mega hit success for Sony. That doesn’t necessarily mean BloodBorne 2 won’t happen, it just means Sony may have to look for another developer to helm the series and steer it into the future.
Microsoft – Confirmed Games
A Microsoft exclusive developed mainly by Reagent Games and Sumo Digital. Crackdown 3 was originally slated to release worldwide in 2016, but that date was pushed back to November 7, 2017 to coincide the super charged Xbox One X. However, that did not occur and the game was pushed back even more to an unspecified Spring/Summer 2018 release date.
Sea of Thieves:
Developed by Rare and published by Microsoft Studios, Sea of Thieves is a pirate themed game with a very unique, but beautiful art style. Although this game is already released, we expect to see plenty of more content being announced.
Microsoft – Rumored Games
Gears of War 5:
One of the many titles hidden away in the Wal-Mart Canada leak, Gears of War 5 is the long awaited sequel to the semi rebooted Gears of War 4 which was released October 11, 2016. If it was likely to be announced anywhere in the near future, it would be E3 2018.
Microsoft – Games we want to see
It has been eight years since Fable 3 was released in October of 2010. Lionhead Studios have been quiet since the release of Fable: Coin Golf. Perhaps E3 2018 is the year for its triumphant return …
Nintendo – Confirmed Games
Super Smash Bros.:
Super Smash Bros. is getting a facelift on the Nintendo Switch. On March 8, 2018 Super Smash Bros. was announced for the Switch via Nintendo Direct, which unveiled the inkling characters from Splatoon would be appearing in the new installment. Certain players will get their hands on the game early via Super Smash Bros. Invitational Tournament. The tournament will run parallel to the Splatoon 2 World Championship at E3 2018.
Roller Coaster Tycoon (Switch):
Roller Coaster Tycoon has been on almost every Nintendo platform, and even an iOS port. In January 2018 Atari Game Partners announced that it was seeking equity crowd funding on the Start Engine platform. Their goal was to create an entirely new Roller Coaster Tycoon for the Nintendo Switch. Although the games funding campaign gathered some negative responses, the game is still happening and will be at E3.
Pokémon Lets Go:
Announced just a few days ago, Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee. These two titles will try the seemingly impossible task of creating the same whirlwind of success that is Pokémon GO! You can read our take on these titles here.
Nintendo – Rumored Games
A leak early this week claimed that a Fallout 3 remaster was coming to the Switch, which is reasonable considering Skyrim made its way to the Switch.
Metroid Prime 4:
The latest entry into another long running Nintendo franchise; Metroid Prime 4 is all but confirmed to be at E3. This will be the first Metroid Prime game not to be developed by Retro Studios, instead it is rumored that Bandai Namco Studios Singapore will talke the helm of this historic franchise.
Nintendo – Games we want to see
Mario Kart Tour:
Announced in January 2018, not much has been said about the mobile entry to the Mario Kart franchise. The only thing we know for sure is that it will be out sometime in the next fiscal year, which runs from April 2018 to March 2019.
How about a proper Pokémon game:
Even though Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee were only announced a few days ago, it would be nice if we were also treated something a little more … traditional. A new world, a new roster of Pokémon, a new lovable main character. Though it seems at present that Game Freak’s priorities lie elsewhere, a new mainline Pokémon game would be a very welcome surprise. And at this point, we can’t see any option other than releasing it on the Switch.
Ubisoft – Confirmed Games
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey:
Assassins Creed Origins redefined a ten year old franchise that was on the verge of falling apart. Then after a leak involving a keyring, Ubisoft flat out revealed that the next installment of the franchise, named Odyssey, will be appearing at E3.
The Division 2:
The Division released March of 2016 as an online only action role-playing romp though New York City on Black Friday. Developed by Massive Entertainment, The Division went on to gross $330 million dollars globally. Ubisoft has announced that we will see The Division 2 within a year, and they also promised that when the game drops it will have way more content than its predecessor.
Beyond Good and Evil 2:
Ubisoft announced Beyond Good and Evil 2 during their 2017 press conference. This was by-far the biggest surprise of every press conference held last year. The original Beyond Good and Evil was a straight shot linear style game; the successor was announced to be a mature rated open world adventure. What more could a gamer ask for?
Skull and Bones:
Announced during last year’s press conference, Skull and Bones is being developed by Ubisoft Singapore, the same studio that created all of the naval battles for Assassins Creed III, Black Flag, Rogue, and Origins. Some say that Skull and Bones is Ubisoft’s answer to Microsoft’s Sea of Thieves. Ubisoft announced a few days ago that Skull and Bones had been delayed to 2019 to give them “more time to work on the game”.
Ubisoft – Rumored Games
Two of those series had a bit of crossover when Ghost Recon Wild lands received its Special Operations I update. This update added new Ghost War PvP and new PvE modes that tied in to Splinter Cell. The Wal-Mart Canada leak had Splinter Cell mentioned among its many other games list.
StarLink: Battle for Atlas:
Mirroring Skull and Bones, Starlink Battle for Atlas was announced at last year’s E3, and then nothing. Ubisoft Toronto has decided to take a Skylanders inspired approach to this game: you purchase physical space ships and then mount them onto your controller for playing in the in-game world.
Ubisoft – Games we want to see
Watch Dogs 3:
When many Assassins Creed fans started bickering about wanting a full modern day game, Ubisoft took what they had built and turned it into the original Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs is in some ways the spiritual successor to a modern day Assassins Creed. Watch Dogs 2 was a hit out of left field. The original did okay, but Watch Dogs 2 was a big seller for Ubisoft. The time is drawing near for the third installment in a franchise that is really starting to gain traction for Ubisoft.
Bethesda – Confirmed Games
RAGE 2 is a post-apocalyptic, open world, first-person shooter. RAGE 2 was first announced on May 14, 1018 with a live action trailer, a full gameplay trailer followed the next day on May 15. RAGE 2 is set to come out in Spring 2019 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox ONE.
Fallout 76 was recently announced by Bethesda. We do not know if this is an entirely new game or an expansion to Fallout 4. Our money is on the expansion. This game will follow the life of the inhabitants of Vault 76 and is rumored to take place 200 years before any other Fallout title. To read up on everything we know so far check out our article on Fallout 76.
Bethesda – Rumored Games
What do we really know about StarField? Nothing really, besides some unproven rumors from people claiming to work for or know someone that works for Bethesda. All that we really know for sure is that Bethesdas parent company Zenimax Media has filed for a trademark for StarField.
Bethesda – Games we want to see
The reboot of Doom in 2016 was a massive hit, seeing it released in VR (or VFR) and for the Switch, and the point that it sold millions of copies across all platforms tells us that a Doom 2 is in the works.
The Elder Scrolls 6:
We KNOW it’s coming, and when it finally does it will be MASSIVE. Bethesda knows this. That’s why they are pumping out all of these other projects before Elder Scrolls 6 hits.
Electronic Arts – Confirmed Games
Battlefield 1 was a juggernaut; in the week after it launched it outsold Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline combined. Could the success of a Battlefield set during World War I mean the sequel will be set during World War II?
BioWare’s Anthem was originally set to come out this year, but was recently pushed further out to March of 2019. The game will feature both a single-player campaign as well as co-operative multiplayer.
Electronic Arts – Rumored Games
Dragon Age 4:
While this is just purely speculation, it is about time to get the first tidbits of information regarding the newest entry in the Dragon Age series. The last one Dragon Age: Inquisition released in November 2014. With the return to form that Inquisition proved to be and the sheer amount of awards, accolades, and praise that it garnered, Dragon Age 4 should be something to behold.
Electronic Arts – Games we want to see
ANY Star Wars title:
It was deeply saddening to hear that the Amy Henning Star Wars game was cancelled and reshaped into an Open World adventure. Visceral Games cancelled project seemed to be the closest to being completed, but Respawn’s untitled Star Wars action game is still coming as of now. With the closing of Visceral Games and Disney about to pull the license from EA, we wouldn’t be too surprised if we got an extended look at whatever Respawn has been working on.
Square Enix – Confirmed Games
Nothing is comfirmed yet …
Square Enix – Rumored Games
Final Fantasy 7 Remake:
With the leak of a new screenshot for the Final Fantasy 7 remake just a few days ago, it wouldn’t be so far from the realms of possibility that we would hear some more information regarding the hotly anticipated title at this year’s E3. This is almost like hoping for rain in the desert, but we can dream …
Shadow of the Tomb Raider:
The third game in the newly rebooted franchise developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. The game will take Lara Croft to Latin America in search of a mysterious Mayan relic that has a connection to her late father. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is set to release on September 14, 2018.
The Avengers Project:
There’s been a whole lot of nothing in the way of new information regarding this game. In the 4 months since The Avengers Project was teased, all we’ve learned is that Square Enix and Marvel have teamed up to create a game featuring the Avengers. Also in on the partnership are Eidos Montréal and Crystal Dynamics, who are both probably busy putting the finishing touches on Shadow of the Tomb Raider. So while that means we probably won’t see anything really substantial, we could be in for another teaser …
Square Enix – Games we want to see
Final Fantasy 16:
Ok, even though Square Enix are busy with a million other projects, wouldn’t it be cool to see something of a totally new Final Fantasy game? With Final Fantasy XV being such a massive hit (relative to Final Fantasy XIII), we wouldn’t be surprised if there was, even at this point, some lovely CGI-only cutscene revealing the new game at E3 2018.
CD Project Red have be rather vague about what they’re bringing to E3. They have confirmed that they will be showcasing an RPG of some description, and while Cyberpunk 2077 wasn’t specified … what else could it be?
At Microsoft’s E3 press conference last year, they showcased Metro Exodus, the next game in the franchise of post-apocalyptic Russian subterranean survival shooters. We say subterranean, but judging by the trailer it looks like we will be spending much more time above ground. And even though it was recently announced that the release of the game has been delayed until early 2019, publisher Deep Silver is in attendance at E3 2018, so hopefully we’ll get to see something to tide us over until launch.
Red Dead Redemption 2:
After a number of teases on Twitter back in October 2016, the highly-anticipated open-world Western game was confirmed … for Fall 2017. Then it was delayed, delayed again, and the current released date pegged at 26th October 2018. While Rockstar generally tend to stay out of the spotlight at E3, we’re still hoping it makes an appearance.
And that’s it! Our highlights reel of games confirmed for E3 2018, and other titles we hope will be showcased. So with the event now just two weeks away, make sure you stay tuned to Gamer Professionals as we dissect and broadcast any tidbits of information that come our way! Also stay with us during the actual event as we will have boots on the ground and bring you breaking news live from the show floor and full reviews of each major press conference!