June is an exciting month for gamers for one reason, and one reason only; E3, 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.
While it was traditionally limited to press and industry members, recent E3 shows – including the upcoming E3 2019 – have been accessible to the public, giving ordinary gamers an opportunity to play games months before release.
Here’s where we outline everything we know about E3 2019, including dates, ticket sales and keynote details.
When will E3 2019 take place?
Like past E3 conferences, E3 2019 is set to span over three days in June – 11-13 June 2019, to be specific. If you're one of the lucky people that picked up a Gamer Pass for the show, you'll be able to access the show floor at these times:
- Tuesday 11 June 2019: 2pm-7pm
- Wednesday 12 June 2019: 12pm-7pm
- Thursday 13 June 2019: 9am-6pm
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 Microsoft a chance to hype up their latest games before letting gamers and press go hands-on during the show.
We’ll explain in a little more detail below.
How can I buy tickets to attend?
In a trend first started in 2017, gaming fans from across the world will be able to wander the show floor at E3 2019 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 (around £192) a pop, and they’ll only grant you access to the afternoon session – mornings at the show are reserved for industry and press only, with the last day of the show being the only exception.
Tickets are 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 2019 livestreams
Of course, most of the excitement of E3 comes before the show itself. The keynotes and livestreams from the likes of Microsoft, Bethesda and Square Enix are what fans tune in for, and while some companies have dropped out of E3 this year, there’s still a lot to come.
Google at E3 2019
While Google's not technically at E3 2019, the giant is set to host a live stream on 6 June 2019 at 9am PT/5pm BST where it'll reveal key information about its' upcoming cloud-based gaming service, Google Stadia. According to the company, we'll find out more about pricing, game availability and most importantly, release information.
Microsoft at E3 2019
Microsoft has confirmed that it’ll be at E3 2019, and that it’ll be hosting a livestreamed keynote prior to the show on Sunday 9 June 2019 at 9pm BST for those in the UK, or 1pm for those in LA.
While the company has largely kept tight-lipped about what it has in-store, the company has teased that it "can't wait to share more about what we've got up our sleeves for the future" so chances are we'll find out the first details of the next-gen Xbox Two – especially since Sony has confirmed not only the first details of the PS5 in recent months.
Microsoft doesn’t need to reveal much to get the crowd excited, but we’ve got a feeling it might.
Hardware aside, it’s likely that we’ll hear more on Microsoft’s upcoming game streaming service, XCloud, along with updates to the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. In terms of games, we’re hoping to see updates on Gears of War 5, Halo Infinite and maybe even a new Forza title.
Sony at E3 2019
As mentioned above, Sony has confirmed that it won’t be making an appearance at E3 this year, neither in the form of a keynote or presence on the show floor. The firm has decided to skip the show entirely, and will instead find a different venue to showcase games and hardware coming soon.
The company hasn’t released specific details about where this event may be or when it’ll take place, but we’re confident that we’ll get a better look at The Last of Us Part II, Ghosts of Tsushima and the ever-elusive Death Stranding at the event, along with our first proper look at the PS5.
Nintendo at E3 2019
Nintendo has confirmed its presence at E3 2019, both in the form of a Nintendo Direct livestream where the company will release details about upcoming games, and in the form of booths at the show itself.
The Nintendo Direct livestream is set to take place on Tuesday 12 June 2019 at 9am PDT, or 5pm BST for those of us in the UK, and can be viewed via the Nintendo E3 2019 microsite.
In terms of potential announcements, it’s likely that we’ll get more details about the hotly-anticipated Pokémon Sword and Shield, which is due out later in 2019. As well as the Pokémon title, we expect to find out more Animal Crossing on Switch, which was first revealed in 2018 with a 2019 launch window.
Whispers on the internet also suggest we may hear more about Luigi’s Mansion 3 and get a look at Nintendo’s next Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC character pack, but this is unconfirmed for now.
Bethesda at E3 2019
Bethesda is set to showcase its wears on Sunday 9 June 2019 at 5:30pm PT, or 1:30am on Monday 10 June 2019 for those of us hoping to tune in from the UK.
The late night should be worth it though, as the company is likely going to announce new features not only for Fallout 76, but Elder Scrolls Online too. We’ll also hear more about Doom Eternal and Elder Scrolls Blades, which is currently available on iOS and Android in Early Access form, and it’s likely that we’ll see new Wolfenstein: Youngblood gameplay ahead of release in July.
However, those hoping to hear more about Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield will be disappointed, as during as Bethesda EP Todd Howard confirmed at PAX East that it’s still too early to talk about those games.
Ubisoft at E3 2019
Ubisoft’s keynote is set to kick off on Monday 10 June at 1pm PT, or 9pm BST for those watching from the UK, and it's set to be an exciting one.
We suspect Ubisoft will finally reveal the release date for the long-awaited spiritual successor to AC: Black Flag, Skull and Bones. It's also the perfect time to present more details about Ghost Recon Breakpoint, announced last month, and to tease a new Splinter Cell title.
We’ve also got our fingers crossed for new Beyond Good and Evil 2 gameplay, but that’s just wishful thinking for now.
We do know that there won’t be an Assassin’s Creed title at this year’s event, as the developer has previously confirmed that the long-running franchise is taking a break in 2019.
Square Enix at E3 2019
After teasers on Twitter, Square Enix has confirmed that it's returning to E3 after a less-than-stellar appearance last year.
The livestream is another late one for us Brits - it's due to kick off at 6pm PT on Monday 10 June 2019, or 2am BST on Tuesday 11 June 2019 - but with updates on The Avengers Project and the Final Fantasy 7 remake promised, it could be an exciting show.
Those interested in tuning in live can do so via the Square Enix website.
Activision at E3 2019
While Activision will be present on the showfloor at E3 2019, the company has confirmed that it won't be hosting a keynote this year.
It's understandable as the only big title on the cards at Activision is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and it's likely that it'll be featured in one of the other big press conferences at the show.
EA Play 2019
As has been the case for the past few years, EA is set to host its own show - EA Play - at the same time as E3 2019, complete with a flurry of games for attendees to go hands-on with.
The company has confirmed that there won’t be a traditional keynote to reveal new gameplay, but there will be livestreams showing off upcoming titles like the single-player Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order and FIFA 20. The livestreams are set to go live on Saturday, 8 June 2019, and the full schedule is as follows:
- 9:15am PDT / 5.15pm BST: Countdown to EA PLAY
- 9:30am / 12.30pm EDT / 5.30pm BST: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- 10:00am / 6pm BST: Apex Legends
- 10:30am / 6.30pm BST: Battlefield V
- 11:00am / 7pm BST: FIFA 20
- 11:30am / 7.30pm BST: Madden NFL 20
- 12:00pm / 8pm BST: The Sims 4
So while EA technically isn’t at E3, it kind of is.
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