As a gamer, E3 is the most exciting time of year and 2016 already has some pretty cool offerings with the likes of Watchdogs 2, FIFA 17 on Frostbyte, and the new Legend of Zelda game expected to be detailed this year.
But we know there’s more to come. Much, much more.
Last year we got Shenmue 3, Final Fantasy 7 remake, Halo Wars 2, Xbox One Backwards Compatibility. Oh, and a little game called The Last Guardian.
So, yeah, we’re expecting big things. More of an emphasis on VR than ever before with PS VR due later this year, and people already having access to Oculus and Gear VR, but also returning IP as well as exciting original products.
Here’s where to watch all the conferences, including times, and some slight hints on what to expect.
When: Sunday, 9pm on Twitch
DLC: Almost certain to show off Star Wars: Battlefront Bespin and maybe additional content through title updates. We also wouldn’t be surprised if Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst gets some form of DLC or additional runner-missions announced.
And yeah, both Battlefront 1 and Titanfall 2 will get a Season Pass.
Anything else: We speculate a console release date for The Sims 4. Plants vs Zombies: Heroes is in Soft launch and will probably get an official release date. There’s also certain to be a new Star Wars game coming out around christmas to support the Rogue One release (maybe just after). We also think EA Access will receive additional benefits making it an even more attractive package, maybe adding more games to the library on PC or a PS4 announcement?
As for the big news? We reckon it’s between a brand new Burnout or – we’re going out on a limb with this one – Mass Effect remastered. The recent trend in the industry is really pointing towards the classics getting more love and a new lick of paint. It could happen! It should happen because it’d sell a truckload.
When: Monday, 3am on Twitch
DLC: With the Fallout 4 Season Pass in full swing and Far Harbor now getting released last month, we expect to find out more about the next piece of story content for the game.
You’ll also find out more about mods for the game and more details on when PS4 owners can get hold of them.
We’ll definitely hear more about DOOM and upcoming title updates with new modes. I would also suggest that the first DOOM 4 DLC will get a release window, likely in July.
We should also hear more from The Elder Scrolls Online with The Dark Brotherhood just releasing.
And like Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, don’t be surprised if Dishonored 2 gets announced to have some form of Season Pass or Special Edition for additional missions.
Anything Else: There is strong speculation that Quake will be the next game to get the reboot treatment with Wolfenstein and DOOM already getting successful adaptations for current-gen. Domains have even been purchased.
Speaking of Wolfenstein, speculation is rampant that MachineGun Games are working on a sequel and that will get revealed at the show.
There’s also word doing the rounds that Prey 2 is going to make a resurgance, come back from the dead, and get a full reveal at E3.
And to cap it all off, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is said to be getting the full remaster treatment for current-gen platforms, likely with mod support.
None of this is confirmed of course, but Bethesda has potential to have THE conference of the show.
When: Monday, 5.30pm on Twitch
What: There’s plenty of uncertainty around the Xbox One conference this year, but one thing we do know is that Halo Wars 2 will have an open multiplayer beta test starting on Monday. It is expected to run until June 20th.
As for certainties, Gears 4 will be there in force as it’s Microsoft’s biggest release this year. We’ll also find out more about Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, and there will be something Forza-related.
We can also expect to find out more about Rare’s new piratey IP, Sea of Theives, the delicious looking Scalebound, and there’s likely to be a hardware announcement of some sort, whether it’s a VR headset, or a new Xbox console that supports 4K resolutions. Perhaps both.
Oh, and Dead Rising 4 screenshots have leaked. So that’s a thing that’s happening. Because Dead Rising 3 was an Xbox exclusive, it’s sort of safe to assume this will be following the same pattern.
DLC: Gears 4 Season Pass is totally happening. We’ll also get more news on the Fallout 4 Mod support, perhaps something Quantum Break related, and
Anything Else: Final Fantasy 15 has been spotted with specific Xbox branding at E3. Could this mean some sort of exclusive collaboration between Microsoft and Square?
Now Microsoft have lost Call of Duty to Sony and the Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity is coming to an end, we’re expecting them to push out some big guns at the show. Limited Red Dead Redemption 2 exclusivity? Resident Evil 7? Injustice 2? They may seem idealist, but who knows?
The Battletoads teasing continues. We got a taste last year as part of Rare’s Retro collection, but will we finally get a full-blown sequel?
We’ve also heard some rumours that a sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest might get announced. This would make some sense as theg ame recently got a full re-release recently and has outperformed expectation.
There will definitely be some new (and old) IP announcements for 2017. We also expect backwards compatibility to be part of the show, with new titles announced at the conference.
League of Legends was rumoured to be shown off last year, and a new logo was uncovered recently ‘League of Legends Supremacy’ – Could this be a surprise reveal?
Besides the new hardware and the VR announce, we’re really unsure about this one. There’s been a lot of leaks around, but MS have done a fantastic job of keeping their cards close to their chest. We’ll find out for sure on Monday.
When: Monday, 9pm on Twitch
Beyond that, Ubi will be keen to talk about The Division and its further expansion and development. For Honor is also coming later this year, and Wildlands got announced last year so there’s bound to be more on that. There’s the new South park: The Fractured but Whole game, and their other VR experiments, like Eagle Flight.
Also, are we safe to assume Aisha Tyler will present this? We are? Thought so.
DLC: We’ll get some form of Division announcement here, I expect. Perhaps something for Rainbow Six Siege as well.
Watchdogs 2 will have a Season Pass as well. Bank on it.
Anything Else?: Dare we dream about Beyond Good & Evil 2? Probably not.
Details on the new Assassin’s Creed are extremely unlikely considering the franchise is taking a year “break”.
Beyond that, Ubi always manage to keep one surprise back, and I have a feeling this years won’t be in the Tom Clancy series. I’m actually predicting another new IP.
When: Tuesday, 2am on Twitch
While it’s been confirmed, we’ve been told not to expect details on PS4 Neo at E3. That’s likely being saved for Gamescom or even Tokyo Games Show where Nintendo are rumoured to be unveiling NX.
As for everything else, No Man’s Sky is coming this year so that’ll get a lot of attention, and David Cage’s next project is bound to feature. Horizon Zero Dawn is likely to get more attention, as will Media Molecule’s Dreams, and more on The Last Guardian
DLC: Call of Duty Black Ops 3 DLC will, of course, play a part. We can also expect PS4 to be the place to get Infinite Warfare DLC first.
Uncharted 4 DLC may get unveiled at the show, and we can also anticipate further DLC exclusives.
Anything else?: Like Microsoft, there’s lots being talked about. The big speculation is we’ll get our first glimpse at The Last of Us 2. I personally think it’s a bit soon with Uncharted 4 only just out the door, but who knows.
However, I would be very surprised if we didn’t see more from Shenmue 3 and the Final Fantasy 7 remake. Additionally, a Final Fantasy 12 remaster has been confirmed and I imagine Sony is going to want to make a big deal about that. I would also bet money that we’ll get a Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 release date, along with perhaps some exclusive PS4 content to apologise for the hold-up
We’ve also heard of a Spider-Man game being made by Sucker Punch, and that God of War 4 is deep in development and will have a Norse setting.
Sony is also working on a western title of sorts and some concept art has trickled out, but info is light on this. There’s also a game called Without Memory being volleyed around, but it’s unclear what this is.
Should we expect anything else? Well, there are LOTS of rumours.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is widely tipped to get revealed at the show. This wouldn’t be a massive surprise as Take Two are due to give some details on their latest internal projects and this ties in with some accidental leaks on LinkedIN.
Shadow of Mordor 2 is also supposedly in development, and will get a full trailer at the show.
Bluepoint Games are working on a CP9 Project and CD Projekt may not be as done with The Witcher as they’d like you to believe with a Gwent card game.
From Software have 3 internal projects on the go (none of which are Dark Souls) – 1 is a reboot (Demon Souls?), 1 is a new IP, and 1 is a game similar in style to Dark Souls (Bloodborne 2?)
Injustice 2 will get fully detailed at the show, and we’ve also heard rumblings that both Resident Evil 7 and Devil May Cry 5 might rear their head. We’ll also get more on Telltale’s latest products, including Season 3 of The Walking Dead, Batman, and maybe Season 2 of Game of Thrones.