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It's never too early to start talking about E3, but the time has finally come where rumours about the content of this year's E3 are starting to swirl about all over the place.

This year's E3 proper will be taking place from June 12th until June 14th, with conferences expected from June 9th up to June 12th.

Based on recent precedent, it is currently expected that: EA will hold a conference on Saturday 9th; Microsoft and Bethesda will hold a conference on Sunday 10th; Ubisoft and Sony will hold their conferences on Monday 11th, which will also see the start of the PC Gaming Show; and Nintendo will reveal their Direct-esque video on Tuesday 12th.

The preliminary E3 2018 floor plans (which are subject to change) are also up, which are always fun to talk about. 

West Hall

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South Hall

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Worth noting is that Microsoft's exhibit looks like it will be even smaller than it was last year, and that Square Enix's is surprisingly large. Maybe they'll be playing host to their own show again this year?

I'll be sure to update this post as we learn more about this year's E3 schedule, but what would you nice folks want to see at this year's E3, be it with regards to games or to how conferences play out? I kind of hope that Sony allow those at home to watch trailers in full without awkwardly cutting to an in-theatre camera to show off their special effects, and with regards to games, I really want to learn/see something about/from Final Fantasy VII Remake, Cyberpunk 2077Pokémon Switch and Metroid Prime 4

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I'm just hoping it's better than last year. I broke my stupidly long tradition of taking the week off from work to watch it because I had a feeling it was going to be rough and sure enough it was. 

Microsoft's booth is stupidly small. I wonder if they are going to back away from E3 and do their own thing?

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20 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

I'm just hoping it's better than last year. I broke my stupidly long tradition of taking the week off from work to watch it because I had a feeling it was going to be rough and sure enough it was. 

Microsoft's booth is stupidly small. I wonder if they are going to back away from E3 and do their own thing?

Yeah, I get exactly how you feel about last year’s show. I found Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight to be short (perhaps a bit too short?) but completely to the point, which I liked, and I also enjoyed a fair few parts of the Ubisoft conference.

Sony’s felt like it might as well have been a Direct-esque approach for those at home, and whilst I enjoyed seeing what was on offer, it seemed to lack momentum to me completely, and had petered out by the midway point. Closing up with some QTE footage from Spider-Man, a game that was already announced, seemed completely nuts to me, especially considering that they opened the show fairly strongly with announcements for Shadow of the Colossus Remake and Monster Hunter World.

EA’s stuff always seems like a public business meeting - scummy - and it felt, to me at least, that Microsoft were trying to revive the console war with PlayStation with “(Timed) Xbox One (& Windows 10) Exclusive” — despite being so far behind in all regards this generation.

I (very optimistically) think that E3 2018 has to be better than last year’s showing because, if nothing else, the start of the “next generation” with PS5 and Xbox Two/Infinity/720/1080/Home Premium is fast approaching, so I think we’re going to start seeing PlayStation and Xbox throwing the kitchen sink at us. I could be completely wrong, but, at the latest, I think we’ll be seeing the start of the “next gen” (or smartphone-like iteration) by Q4 2020, which would give them some two and a half years or so to start delivering on games that we’ve already seen announced. The Last Of Us Part Two and Final Fantasy VII Remake in particular come to mind.

It’s also worth mentioning that we know offensively little about H2 of this year, the only game with a fixed release date at this point being Red Dead Redemption 2 on October 26th. 

Of the “Big Three”, then, I think that Nintendo is going to be - as ever - the completely unpredictable loose cannon. I don’t know about you, but the lack of a true Direct in January seemed like something of a missed opportunity to me, even if it is a wise one in the event that they have no new major tentpole first party games to reveal and release before E3; they’ve still done a good job of filling H1 with a vast array of titles for all audiences, in large part thanks to its indie offering. 

I think that Nintendo has to have a longer Spotlight than last year because, whereas 2017 was almost purely about pumping out excellent games, 2018 is being set up to be the year which decides the console’s future. I don’t think that they can leave it much later than E3 to reveal the plans for their online infrastructure, which launches only three months later in September, and fans have had a hankering for Virtual Console on Switch since it launched. Unlike the Wii and Wii U, and arguably even the 3DS, the constant stream of support for Switch, should it continue, doesn’t seem to allow for a quiet window to fill with the launch of Virtual Console, and nor should it. I think this is Nintendo’s chance to get Virtual Console right, and I seriously hope that it isn’t in the form of a Netflix-like service.

As someone who has a very long backlog of Nintendo games to plough through in particular, I want to have ownership of these games, and don’t want them taken away like PS Plus games. Perhaps paying for their online service could offer users an amount of points which could be used on Virtual Console titles: each month of their subscription, users get 1000 points, with NES games costing 500 points, SNES games costing 1000 points, GC games costing 1500 points and Wii games costing 2000 points. Users can then spend and save their accrued points as they please, with the points being tied directly to their account. Heck, much simpler: just offer users of the online subscription service an exclusive discount on Virtual Console games.

We know so little about Nintendo’s offering this year that I think they have to go big at E3 if they do plan on holding the majority of their top tier games (Fire Emblem, and possibly games like Animal Crossing, Smash Bros. Switch and Pokémon Switch) back for the latter half of this year.

I doubt I’ll be watching EA’s and Microsoft’s conferences this year, but Bethesda could also show off something amazing, like Elder Scrolls VI or that rumoured new sci-fi space-venturing IP, Starfield.

And we can probably expect news on Cyberpunk 2077. And Shenmue 3. And Shenmue 1+2 HD. And other stuff. 

I’m optimistic that it’ll be better than last year, and hopefully by a long shot :p

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I think Nintendo will probably focus their E3 on their online plans and what games will support it. If rumours are to be believed, Nintendo overhauled their initial plans of the service for something more appealing. Who they are trying to appeal to remains to be seen. It still baffles me how they are going to go about this. I mean, are they going to start charging for playing games that are free now or do these get a free pass? It's such a weird thing to do when you are already a year and a half into the consoles life cycle.

There was an interesting discussion on this weeks Easy Allies podcast in regards to game announcements. The guys pointed out that a lot of games that were announced at E3 last year are now already out. This is hopefully a trend that continues this year, with more publishers keep the games a secret until the games are actually ready to be shown. S-E are terrible for this kind of thing and hopefully they get in line with what others that are doing when it comes to showing their games off.

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I'm not expecting much from MS or Sony this year, outside of Death Standing and Bloodborne 2 for the latter (no doubt we'll finally get our first look at gameplay for both games, even if they're not launching this year).  Nintendo however are in a position to blow everyone away.  I expect big things from them... especially from Retro Studios! (it has to be time now!)

 

No doubt Devolver Digital will be the ultimate winners though; they've got a hell of an encore to fulfill after last year's incredible stunt, but I have full faith in them to deliver! :D 

2 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

I think Nintendo will probably focus their E3 on their online plans and what games will support it. If rumours are to be believed, Nintendo overhauled their initial plans of the service for something more appealing. Who they are trying to appeal to remains to be seen. It still baffles me how they are going to go about this. I mean, are they going to start charging for playing games that are free now or do these get a free pass? It's such a weird thing to do when you are already a year and a half into the consoles life cycle.

There was an interesting discussion on this weeks Easy Allies podcast in regards to game announcements. The guys pointed out that a lot of games that were announced at E3 last year are now already out. This is hopefully a trend that continues this year, with more publishers keep the games a secret until the games are actually ready to be shown. S-E are terrible for this kind of thing and hopefully they get in line with what others that are doing when it comes to showing their games off.

 

Ditto.  E3 seems like the right time for a grand reveal of their paid online service, especially if it's due to launch in September.

 

Also, you know... the inevitable Smash Bros Switch reveal...

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13 minutes ago, Dcubed said:

I'm not expecting much from MS or Sony this year, outside of Death Standing and Bloodborne 2 for the latter (no doubt we'll finally get our first look at gameplay for both games, even if they're not launching this year). 

Bloodborne 2 is a maybe I’d say. There is some speculation that Shadows Die Twice could be a Tenchu reboot of sorts. 

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3 minutes ago, Nolan said:

Bloodborne 2 is a maybe I’d say. There is some speculation that Shadows Die Twice could be a Tenchu reboot of sorts. 

I've seen some speculation about it, but I just don't see it being anything else.  The imagery doesn't make me think of Tenchu, the font used is reminiscent of Bloodborne and the SoulsBorne games are massive money spinners for From Software right now.

 

Easy hype spinner for Sony too.  They'd definitely be willing to fund an exclusive sequel that helps sell PS4 Pros; much less so for something like Tenchu.

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No surprises here: the next Battlefield title will be playable at this year’s EA Play.

If I recall correctly, Battlefield 1 was announced in May, but from a quick look around it seems that prior Battlefield games were announced in March, so we could be hearing something about it very soon.

I’m very curious to see which direction they decide to take with regards to DLC/seasons/MTX (microtransactions)/etc. for the game after Battlefront II’s lambasting. 

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