This year’s E3 is going to feel slightly smaller than it has done in a very long time. Last year Sony announced that not only was it not holding any conferences at E3 2019, but it wasn’t even going to have any booths. Now last week, EA has stepped up to land another major blow by announcing that they too won’t be holding any conferences this year. However, EA will still be holding their annual EA Play though it will be prior to E3 itself. EA has announced that it will be broadcasting a number of livestreams focusing on various video games and developers.
So, with two of the previous major contributors to E3 now seemingly skipping 2019, and perhaps beyond, where do we stand for one of the industries largest annual events? Well, we do know it will be taking place between Tuesday 11th June and Thursday 13th June 2019 and we also know that Microsoft has officially announced that they will still be attending with both a conference and physical floor presence as always. Microsoft has a massive opportunity to really put the spotlight on their Xbox brand and its future. Rumours going around says we should expect to see the first details on their next generation consoles as well as updates on titles such as Gears of War 5 and Halo Infinite. Who know, perhaps we will see some unannounced titles from a couple of previously acquired developers, or some new studios being added to that growing list.
We can also safely assume that Bethesda will also be holding a conference as they have done for the past several years. Ubisoft is also a no brainer as they often go large announcing updates to existing games, some major new announcements… and some bizarre dance routine, because… why not?
Although Nintendo has long since abandoned doing live conferences in favour of multiple Directs throughout the year, we know they still be broadcasting their traditional E3 Direct. As they have done for the past few years, we should expect there to be one major holiday release taking centre piece of their entire Direct and show floor. This year, expect that game to be Animal Crossing though we will also expect to see some significant updates regarding titles such as Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
We will be putting together a more thorough article detailing what we hope to see from each of the known major parties attending E3 this year – Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft and Nintendo. We will also be looking at what EA maybe looking to announce this year through their EA Play and livestreams,