It’s nearly that time of year again — E3 is still three months away, but the entire gaming industry is already gearing up for its biggest event of the year. Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, and Bethesda will all take the stage. Nintendo will likely host another live-stream event. EA is planning its third adjacent EA Play show. Perhaps most importantly, this will be the second year where E3 is open to the public, with even more fans likely to be there. It’s a brave new world.
For most of us, though, E3 is all about the games, right? We’re keeping a running list of games that might make an appearance, from those that publishers have confirmed will be there, to the games making the rounds in the rumor mill. We’ll keep updating this list regularly as more news and rumors come our way, so keep checking back regularly to stay up to date!
The games we know will be there
‘The Last of Us: Part II’
The Last of Us: Part II, a sequel to one of the PlayStation 3’s very best games, will flip the script of the original to an extent. This time you play mainly as Ellie, rather than Joel, and instead of themes centered around love, it will largely focus on hate. The Last of Us 2 skipped E3 2017, but Sony treated us to a brutal cinematic trailer at Paris Games Week 2017. Director Neil Druckmann confirmed at the 2017 PlayStation Experience in December 2017 that TLOU 2 would be at E3 2018, and we hope to finally see some gameplay from this long-anticipated sequel. Here’s everything we know about TLOU 2.
‘The Division 2’
Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment have announced The Division 2, a sequel to their 2016 open-world online shooter that’s set in a near-future pandemic-ravaged New York City. The publisher has provided no details so far about the setting or gameplay, but promised it would have more to share at E3 2018.
BioWare revealed Anthem, its next big franchise, at Electronic Arts’ 2017 EA Play press conference. Departing from the studio’s history of single-player RPGs like Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Anthem is a Destiny-style open-world, cooperative shooter set in a futuristic realm where “Freelancers” wearing powered armor suits called “Javelins” help protect a walled city against the horrible monsters encroaching from outside. EA has promised “an inside look” at Anthem at EA Play 2018, though with an “early 2019” launch window, it may not be playable at this phase.
Check out everything we know about Anthem here.
‘Battlefield 2018’ (‘Battlefield V’)
Developer DICE went back to basics last year with Battlefield 1, which took the long-running shooter series to the trenches of World War I. EA has confirmed that the new Battlefield game will be playable at the show, but there’s been no official word yet on what that is. Recent reports suggest the game will be called Battlefield V, and will go back to the franchise’s roots in World War II.
‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘
Activision is ready to crank out another Call of Duty game from its well-oiled machine of three studios working in rotation. Treyarch is back in the saddle for 2018, now that Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 12. The game will be officially revealed at a community event on May 17 , and we wholly expect it to have a large presence on the floor the following month at E3.
EA Sports’ annual FIFA football/soccer series doesn’t always get a lot of mainstream coverage, but it’s quietly one of the most popular video game franchises on the planet. For the past two years, the publisher has debuted its annual entry at its EA Play event just before E3, so we look forward to seeing the latest iteration in June.
The Madden football franchise is the backbone of EA Sports and one of the longest continuously running video game franchises of all time. History dictates that the upcoming entry will arrive in August, just ahead of the NFL season. We don’t know any details about the cover athlete or gameplay features yet, but expect to learn more at EA Play in June.