June 2018 is exciting for gamers for one reason, and one reason only; E3 2018, the biggest games convention of the year. Running since 1995, the show sees manufacturers, developers and publishers flock from all over the world to showcase their latest wears, from upcoming games to the latest gaming accessories. Then, in 2017, E3 changed the rules and allowed the public in for the first time ever, giving ordinary gamers an opportunity to play games months before release.
So, with June 2018 fast approaching, it’s time we set our sights on E3 2018. Here’s where we outline everything we know about E3 2018 so far, including dates, ticket sales and companies making an appearance during the show.
When is E3 2018 taking place?
As is the case with most E3 conferences, E3 2018 will span over three days in June – 12-14 June 2018, to be specific. While the specific show opening hours are yet to be announced we assume that it’ll be the same as E3 2017. If that is the case, expect the following opening times:
- Tuesday 12 June 2018: 11am-7pm
- Wednesday 13 June 2018: 9am-7pm
- Thursday 14 June 2018: 9am-6pm
Of course, we’ll update this with official timings as we get closer to the show.
Anyway, while the show itself lasts for three days, game developers and publishers tend to host their own press conferences before the show begins. This gives the likes of Nintendo and Sony a chance to hype up their latest games, before letting gamers and press go hands-on during the show.
If you’re wondering about EA’s E3 plans, we imagine that, as has happened previously, the company will host its own EA-exclusive conference at the same time as E3 2018.
How can I buy tickets to attend?
As was the case at E3 2017 for the first time ever, gaming fans from across the world will be able to wander the show floor at E3 2018 and get hands-on time with games that are months (or even years) away from being released. It’s the biggest event of the year for gamers, and with so many announcements under one roof, it’s not hard to see why.
The good news is that if you’re interested in going along as a fan, you can head over to the E3 Expo website right now and pick up a Gamer Pass, granting access to the show over the three days it runs. The bad news? They’re pretty expensive at $249 a pop, and they’ll only get you in in the afternoon – mornings at the show are reserved for industry and press only.
They’re also first-come, first-served and there are only a limited number of Gamer Passes available, so if you’re interested then we’d advise booking sooner rather than later.
E3 2018 schedule
Though we're still a while away from E3 2018, publishers have started to confirm their attendance and livestream availability. We'll list all confirmed attendees here, and speculate about which other companies could be joining the list below.
Ubisoft has not only confirmed that it'll be at E3 2018, but also confirmed details about its' official E3 2018 conference. The conference is set to take place at the Orpheum Theatre on 11 June 2018 at 9pm BST for those of us watching in the UK.
It's said to be comprised of a live-streamed show, followed by a post-show celebration of Ubisoft's games and players. There's not much more info available right now, but Ubisoft has said it'll announce more details over the coming weeks.
Which companies are going to be at E3 2018?
While the show is still a while away, there’s no official word from most developers and publishers about E3 2018 attendance, though a leak may give us some idea at who will have the biggest E3 2018 presence.
According to a post from Rosti on Resetera, GES (the event planning and marketing company that deals with E3) recently made the exhibitor manual for E3 2018 available, amongst other marketing material. Within the manual are target floor plans, which help to give an early indication about the placement of the biggest booths at the show.
While the PDF by default would only show booth numbers and not company names, the Resetera poster researched which booths corresponded to which company – info that is already online – and uploaded edited copies to the forum, which you can see above and below.
Of course, it’s early days so it’s likely to change, but we can glean some information about who we expect to have a large E3 presence. It seems that Sony has the biggest presence at the show, closely followed by Nintendo. Microsoft is also around, alongside the likes of Bethesda, Bandai Namco, Activision, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Capcom and Ubisoft (which has now confirmed its attendance).