E3 2018 schedule: When to tune in for every major game reveal

E3 2018 is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for the show’s many, many big game reveals, trailers, and surprises. Every year, most of the biggest, need-to-know game news comes out of a series of press conferences that take place before the official show floor opens. Digital Trends will be on hand to tell you all about it — so stick with us for complete E3 coverage. But until then, we’ve put together a handy E3 press conference schedule so you can know when to tune in for each presentation.




EA 11 a.m. PT June 9 Hollywood Palladium
Microsoft 1 p.m. PT June 10 Microsoft Theater
Bethesda 6:30 p.m. PT June 10  Los Angeles Convention Center
Square Enix 10 a.m. PT June 11 Video presentation
Ubisoft 1 p.m. PT June 11  Los Angeles Convention Center
Sony 6 p.m. PT June 11 TBA (Livestream confirmed)
Nintendo 9 a.m. PT June 12 Video presentation

EA: 11 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 9

anthem reportedly delayed 2019 microsoft e3 2017 12473

EA will kick off the E3 press conference parade with its EA Play event at the Hollywood Paladium. We know we’ll see BioWare’s next franchise, Anthem, and the next Battlefield game. We’re also sure to get looks at upcoming Madden and FIFA entries. Here’s our complete look at what we expect from EA.

Microsoft: 1 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 10

most anticipated 2018 games crackdown 3
Crackdown 3

Microsoft doesn’t have very many announced exclusives right now, but expect the long-in-development and often delayed Crackdown 3 to make another appearance, hopefully with a concrete 2018 release date. It would also make sense to see either Halo 6 or Gears of War 5 on display, and if a Walmart Canada leak proves accurate, Microsoft could be poised to reveal the next Forza Horizon game. The leak said “Forza Horizon 5,” and there hasn’t even been a Forza Horizon 4 yet. So … who knows? Here’s everything we’ve managed to glean so far.

Bethesda: 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10


Bethesda’s showcase should be interesting purely for the fact that we have no idea what the studio is up to. The studio behind Doom, Prey, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and Wolfenstein currently has exactly zero announced games. A recent leak suggests that Bethesda may announce Rage 2, the surprising sequel to Id’s post-apocalyptic 2010 shooter. Fallout studio Bethesda Game Studios is also due to announce something, as its last game (not counting VR ports) was Fallout 4 in 2015. Here’s a complete list of what we expect from Bethesda … such as it is.

Square Enix: 10 a.m. PT on Monday, June 11

most anticipated 2018 games kingdom hearts iii
Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix hasn’t held its own press conference since 2015, so this one should be fun (it’s a video presentation). The Japanese developer has numerous anticipated games in the pipeline, including Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Dragon Quest XI, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Both Dragon Quest XI and Shadow of the Tomb Raider have September launch dates, so those have to be there. And Kingdom Hearts III is currently on track for a 2018 release, so Square Enix’s return to E3 seems like a perfect time to follow up with a specific release date. Here’s our full take on what to watch for from Square Enix.

Ubisoft: 1 p.m. PT on Monday, June 11

The Division
The Division

We can check one box for sure: The Division 2 will be unveiled at E3. Racing game The Crew 2 launches a couple weeks after E3, so we imagine we’ll get one last look at it during Ubisoft’s press conference. Piracy sim Skull & Bones is expected to launch later this year, so that appears to be a safe bet as well. Beyond that, could we see more of Beyond Good and Evil 2 or perhaps a new Splinter Cell game? Here’s everything to watch for from Ubisoft.

Sony: 6 p.m. PT on Monday, June 11

e3 games preview tloupart2ellieguitar
The Last of Us: Part II

Sony’s showcase will take place in its traditional time slot, but the setup will be different from previous years. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Shawn Layden outlined the change to a video format in a PlayStation blogcast. Layden revealed that the showcase will focus primarily on four core exclusives: The Last of Us: Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, and Spider-Man. Whew! There’s bound to be more of course … here’s a complete list of what we expect from Sony.

Nintendo: 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 12

Nintendo Direct 1.11.18
Mario Tennis Aces

Nintendo will once again go with its Nintendo Direct livestream format in place of a traditional E3 press conference. We know the stream will center on Super Smash Bros. for Switch, and there’s a good chance we’ll get one final look at Mario Tennis Aces right before it launches a week after E3. Last year, Nintendo teased Metroid Prime 4 and revealed a core Pokémon game for Switch. Perhaps those will be on display, and it wouldn’t be surprising to learn of more third-party ports coming to Switch. Also, watch out for looks at upcoming 3DS titles. Despite expectations, Nintendo appears to be focused on supporting its aging handheld through at least 2019 — here’s our complete guide to Nintendo’s E3 presentation.


Open-world video games are getting too big for their own good

As technology has progressed, open-world video games have grown increasingly bigger. What seems like a universal positive has shown problems preventing the genre from truly moving forward, however.

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.

Adobe MAX 2018: What it is, why it matters, and what to expect

Each year, Adobe uses its Adobe MAX conference to show off its latest apps, technologies, and tools to help simplify and improve the workflow of creatives the world over. Here's what you should expect from this year's conference.
Android Army

With the E5's arrival, Moto's entire E-range lineup unites in the U.S.

Struggling to figure out your E5 from your G6? No, it's not a weird chromatic scale -- it's just Motorola's new roster. But how do you know which is right for you? Find out with our guide to Motorola's 2018 phone lineup.

Grab a comfy saddle — ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ campaign clocks in at 60 hours

According to Rockstar Games co-founder and head writer Dan Houser, Red Dead Redemption 2 features a 60-hour story. Houser said "superfluous" content was removed from the game. It launches October 26 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Jump into an internet DeLorean and play free Commodore 64 games online

The Internet Archive has added more than 8,800 full Commodore 64 games to its software library. Here's how you can play them completely free in your browser without the need for a joystick.

‘Fortnite’ in-game tournaments will give you the chance to beat the pros

Epic Games is introducing in-game tournaments to Fortnite. The initial schedule includes five tournaments, with commemorative pins going to the victors. Down the road, the pins might grant you access into additional rounds.

Here's how you can keep up with your favorite streamers at TwitchCon 2018

From sessions with your favorite streamers to epic Esports tournaments, there's plenty to look forward to at this year's TwitchCon 2018. We cover how you can attend, where you can watch if you can't, and which events you don't want to miss.

Monsters you get in ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go’ can be transferred to the next main RPG

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eeevee! monsters will be able to be transferred to the next main Pokémon RPG on Switch, according to game director Junichi Masuda.

Turbo-powered Quadcrasher crashes the party in new ‘Fortnite’ update 6.01

Season 6, week 4 marks the arrival of Fortnite update 6.10 patch notes. It brings with it the arrival of the new Quadcrasher vehicle, in-game tournaments, a ton of Save the World additions, and much more.

What you should know about 'Red Dead Redemption 2' before it launches

The long-awaited (and long-rumored) sequel to Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption is confirmed. Red Dead Redemption 2 will arrive next spring. Here's everything we've heard about the game so far.

PS4 ‘Spider-Man’ game gets ‘The Heist’ DLC, new costumes on October 23

The first downloadable content pack for Marvel's Spider-Man, The Heist, is out October 23. The pack adds three new suits for Spider-Man to wear, and its story focuses on Felicia Hardy.

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.
Product Review

'Black Ops 4' outshines the games it copies with that Call of Duty polish

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s omission of a campaign could have been a deal breaker, but multiplayer, Zombies, and the new Blackout mode make it one of the best shooters of the year.