The Electronics Entertainment Expo is the single largest event in the gaming calendar, and E3 2019 is already promising to offer a smorgasbord of news, announcements, and even glimpses of the next geneation of videogames.
A number of the biggest names in gaming have already announced their plans for press conferences and showcases, but what about the games themselves? That’s where our handy list comes in, outlining every game that’s confirmed for the show so far (as well as a few that have been heavily hinted at).
The confirmed games
CD Projekt Red were fast out of the gates to confirm their hotly anticipated role player will be at this year’s show. Will we get a release date?
Microsoft and 343 Industries are building a whole new engine to realise the next Halo game. Here’s hoping for a true gameplay reveal in Los Angeles.
Quakecon 2018 provided us with our first slice of uninterrupted Doom Eternal gameplay, and the footage was jaw-dropping. There’s no official release date for this infernal sequel just yet, so surely Bethesda’s E3 press conference would be the perfect moment to announce one.
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 takes place 15 years after the events of the first game, thrusting players into a world that’s even more dangerous than ever before. You’ll need more than a machete to survive this time around, thanks to the introduction of detailed faction interactions and fully-formed role-playing elements.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Your Padawan training got off to a rough start, with the Jedi Order being almost obliterated in the aftermath of Order 66. Seek out the surviving Jedi, avoid the dangerous Inquisition, and complete your Jedi training if you dare… Look out for the special Star Wars experience at the EA Play event, which will include a special inside look at the game.
You can already sign up to attend the EA Play event over on the EA website, and if you do you can book a slot to get a sneak peek at FIFA 20. Who will be the cover star this time, we wonder?
Look out for Apex Legends at EA Play, because there’ll be news on Season 2, a brand new Legend, and some mysterious changes to Kings Canyon…
Multiplayer action shooter Anthem will also be featured at this year’s EA Play event. Could there be a new announcement to look out for?
The almost certains
Gearbox unveiled Borderlands 3 as part of a show-stopping PAX East showcase in March, and the game is sprinting towards a September 2019 release date (probably while howling wildly and waving a machete above its head). With news about endgame content set to arrive around the same time as E3, the show seems like the perfect moment to show off the refined looting and shooting gameplay.
With Gears 5 due to launch this year, alongside Rod Fergusson appearing on the lastest Inside Xbox, expect to see Marcus and Kate at this year’s show.
Fans of the Skate series will want to keep a close eye on Session, the skateboarding sim that’s currently scheduled to ollie onto Xbox One and PC in 2019. It was shown as part of the Xbox E3 presentation last year, so we might see an update on the project on the same stage this time around.
Ori & the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Blind Forest seemingly emerged from nowhere to become one of our favourite games on the Xbox One, and its sequel looks set to deliver even more action-packed platforming, even more elaborate environments, and even more beautiful visuals.
Skull & Bones
The naval sections in the Assassin’s Creed series have always deserved their own game, and now they’re getting one! Sort of. Skull & Bones might not explicitly take place in the AC universe, but it does bring the series’ superb seafaring to even more vivd life.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Ubisoft’s sequel to 2003’s Beyond Good & Evil was first announced back in 2008(!), but since 2017 there’s been a regular stream of updates on the game thanks to the Space Monkey Program, which lets the development team communicate with their community directly.
The latest game from the creators of Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Quantum Break looks set to be a future cult classic, building on the studio’s stellar storytelling heritage. The game casts you as the latest director of the Federal Bureau of Control as you take up arms to defend your New York HQ from a horrifying assortment of paranormal threats.
The Outer Worlds
The developers of the acclaimed Fallout: New Vegas are back with a single-player RPG set in a rundown sci-fi future. Think Fallout, but even weirder, and you probably have a good idea of what to expect from The Outer Worlds.
Call of Duty
Call of Duty games are typically revealed ahead of E3 and then presented in playable form at the show itself. And while we may not know much about the next instalment in the venerable shooter series, Activision have confirmed that the next COD will be developed by Infinity Ward and feature an ‘entirely new campaign, a huge and expansive multiplayer world, and some fun co-op gameplay’.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Gaming’s greatest scaredy-cat is back, armed with his trusty Poltergust and a luxurious ‘tache. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is currently scheduled for a 2019 launch, so there’s every chance that it’ll make an appearance at Nintendo’s E3 showcase.
Animal Crossing Switch
Reacquaint yourself with the cutest predatory lender in gaming when Tom Nook hands you the keys to Animal Crossing Switch. This one’s due to launch in 2019, so an E3 showing seems eminently paws-ible.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
Can’t wait for the latest Pokémon adventure? You’ll be able to meet Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble in late 2019, so there’s every chance Sword and Shield will be shown in some form at E3 2019.
The Elder Scrolls VI
Bethesda announced the latest entry in the Elder Scrolls saga in this teeny teaser at their E3 2018 event, but they went on to suggest that Starfield is further along in development. That means we probably have a while to wait for The Elder Scrolls VI, but a new trailer at E3 2019 would certainly stoke the fires of fan anticipation.
Bethesda announced their ‘first wholly original franchise in 25 years’ at E3 2018 with this tantalising glimpse of Starfield, a spacefaring single-player RPG. Little else is known about the project, but this year’s event could be the perfect time for the studio to share the first concrete details of this sci-fi spectacular.
Back in 2017, Square Enix announced a ‘multi-year, multi-game’ partnership to develop games based on Marvel superheroes. This Avengers projects is the first of those titles, and it’s being developed by the studio responsible for the superb Tomb Raider series. Could we see a new trailer at E3 2019?
Dragon Age 4
Electronic Arts unveiled this tantalising teaser for the next Dragon Age game as part of the 2018 Game Awards, so surely E3 would be the perfect time to lift the lid on the latest instalment in the epic role-playing series.
Forza Motorsport 8
Forza Motorsport developers Turn 10 have confirmed that they’re hard at work on an as-yet unnamed new game in the series, and have promised to reveal more on 7 May. Hopefully that means that we can expect a full announcement at Microsoft’s E3 press conference.
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