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.
As well as hosting the semi-finals of the Splatoon 2 World Championships during E3 2018, Nintendo has announced that it'll be hosting a "video presentation" showcasing some of the best games coming to the Switch in 2018, with a look at the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros alongside other titles. It's set to begin at 17:00 BST on Tuesday 12 June 2018.
Nintendo has already confirmed that it won't be discussing post-2018 games during the conference; that'll reportedly come at a later date. Then, following the conference, Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 2018 will begin three days of live gameplay, developer interviews and a better look at upcoming games.
Microsoft has also confirmed its' E3 2018 presence, offering a week of Xbox-themed content during the show. The company is kicking off the week with a press conference on Sunday 10 June 2018 at 21:00 BST and promises "in-depth looks at previously-announced games, to trailers for our unannounced games coming in 2018 and beyond".
Though the company didn't elaborate on what titles we should expect to see, it's safe to assume that we'll at least get an update on Crackdown 3, a title that Microsoft has been teasing for years.
Sony is the latest publisher to confirm a presentation at E3 2018, as confirmed in a recent PlayStation Blog post. But unlike other publishers that aren't disclosing what to expect, Sony has outlined a list of games that we'll get to see during its' presentation - and it sounds amazing. Expect to see updates not only from Spider-Man ahead of release later this year, but also The Last of Us 2, Ghosts of Tshushima and the hugely anticipated Death Stranding.
The press conference is due to take place on Tuesday 12 June at 2:00am BST for those in the UK. It's certainly a late one, but it'll be worth the wait!