E3 2019: schedule, press conferences, games list, and leaks

E3 2019: schedule, press conferences, games list, and leaks

E3 2019’s series of press conferences is halfway over, and that means we have half  of the news, game trailers, and even some beta and hardware announcements.Sunday’s big E3 highlight has been the Microsoft press conference, where we got a better idea of the next Xbox One, the Xbox Project Scarlett. It has powerful specs, a late 2020 release date window, and its first launch game, Halo Infinite.But nothing topped the E3 celebrity cameo from Keanu Reeves, who found his way into Cyberpunk 2077, as seen in the new extended E3 2019 trailer. The game has a release date, too: April 16, 2020. It’s shaping up to be the best Xbox One games at E3 2019 (and good news, it’s also coming to PS4 and the PC).We’re updating this page in real-time because there’s a lot more E3 news coming in the next few days, and our E3 2019 games list grows after each press conference. Bethesda had the latest E3 press conference, and we saw Doom Eternal, Deathloop, Ghostwire: Tokyo and vast improvements to Fallout 76. Some Final Fantasy 7 Remake news snuck in at the same time: it’s coming out March 3, 2020.  E3 2019 leaks allowed us to see games before anyone was supposed to as well, like Watch Dogs 3: Legion and Elden Ring from George R.R. Martin and From Software. More E3 surprises are expected: Square Enix’s ambitious Avengers game and Nintendo game to announced at its Nintendo Direct live stream Tuesday.E3 2019 is the biggest gaming event of the year, no matter how much it changes or which companies show up (we’re still running a best PS4 games at E3 2019, even if Sony isn’t actually here). Here’s what we’ve thought was newsworthy at E3 so far.

E3 stands for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and while that hasn’t changed from year to year, the press conference schedule has gotten shuffled. So we’ll explain it quickly.The official E3 2019 dates are Tuesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 13. However, that’s just for the portion of the show held inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. You know, the massive show floor where game demos happen.E3 press conferences happen in the proceeding days, and this year it started with EA Play on Saturday, June 8 at the Hollywood Palladium. EA’s full day event offered deep dive trailers into EA’s biggest titles. Sunday belonged to Microsoft and Bethesda, while Monday is being reserved for the PC Gaming Show, Square Enix and Ubisoft E3 press conferences. Nintendo has its video presentation Tuesday, right before the E3 show floor opens.
EA E3 press conference timeIt’s over, but we have the EA Play re-cap. It started on Saturday, June 8 at 9:15am PT for fans with tickets at the Hollywood Palladium.What happened?EA didn’t come with surprises, but dedicated about 30 minutes to each previously announced game, providing ample time for game walkthroughs, not just simple trailers and sizzle reels. We actually got to learn about new modes and gameplay mechanics. It was meaningful.
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Project Scarlett is official. (Image credit: Microsoft)Microsoft E3 press conference timeMicrosoft started its press conference on Sunday at 1 pm PST, 4 pm EST and 9 pm BST, but it’s one you have to know about, so here’s the E3 re-cap.What happened?A lot. Microsoft had the biggest E3 press conference from the start, and then out walks Keanu Reeves – yes, that Keanu Reeves. He’s starring in Cyberpunk 2077 from developer CD Projekt Red, and while it’s a multi-platform game coming to the PC and PS4, too, Microsoft’s keynote had release date news first: it launches April 16, 2020.We got the first Xbox Project Scarlett console specs, even if we didn’t get to see the hardware or box it comes in. The release window is end of 2020, so there’s another E3 to tease the form factor. We did, however, get an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, which we plan to go hands-on on the show floor.
Xbox Project Scarlett is the next-gen Xbox Two you’ve been waiting forElden Ring from George R.R. Martin could be the Dark Souls Game of Thrones fans dream ofLego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will collect all nine movies into one family-friendly gameKeanu Reeves will channel his inner ‘Neo’ for Cyberpunk 2077Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 coming November 4Xbox Game Pass for PC is now available as a betaBlair Witch is back at E3 as a videogame – and it actually looks goodOther Microsoft surprises include the revival of the Blair Witch horror franchise in game form and the acquisition of developer Double Fine Games in the run up to its latest Psychonauts 2 trailer. Elden Ring, from George R.R. Martin and Dark Souls’ From Software, was the biggest non-surprise (it leaked ahead of time).Finally, Microsoft ended the show with an extended teaser of Halo Infinite, or Halo 6, which will be exclusive to the company’s forthcoming Project Scarlett console.Microsoft is the only one of the big three console makers that’s definitely at E3 2019 in full capacity – meaning they held a live press conference and a have booth presence at E3.What wasn’t at E3 2019 for Microsoft?
We got information on Microsoft’s next Xbox console, but early rumors talked up two different versions of the console, one with a disc drive and one disc-less, like a more powerful version of the disc-less Xbox One S that came out in May.Microsoft’s Fable franchise hasn’t had a game since 2017, and we still have no official word on the rumored Fable IV game. Also, when Dragon Age 4 from BioWare didn’t show up at EA’s E3 press conference, we were kind up hoping it was because Microsoft wanted to save it for its showcase. That just wasn’t the case.
 Doom Eternal (Image Credit: Bethesda)Bethesda E3 2019 press conference timeIt’s wrapped up, but it happened on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 5:30pm PTWhat happened?No, Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield didn’t show up, something Bethesda told us ahead of time and fans in the audience refused to believe. Hopes dashed, right? Instead, they got some great news about existing games like Fallout 76 battle royal mode, Elder Scrolls Blades expanding on mobile with an update tonight and coming to Nintendo Switch later this year, and two brand new IP, Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop – those two really stuck out.
Deathloop seems like warped-world BioShock with a Groundhog Day twistNintendo Switch is getting The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and it’s going to be freeDoom Eternal was the only game we got hands-on time with at the end of the show, but we expect to see Wolfenstein: Youngblood (announced to release on July 26) and maybe, hopefully Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot (the VR game set for 2019) on the E3 show floor.There’s more Bethesda E3 news still: The Elder Scrolls Online, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and Rage 2 are getting major content updates, Commander Keen is back and more colorful than ever, this time coming to iOS and Android.What wasn’t at E3 2019 for Bethesda?Like we said, The Elder Scrolls VI wasn’t here, and neither was Starfield – though you can expect Starfield before ES6, according to Bethesda’s release schedule. Bethesda Game Studios executive producer Todd Howard did mention the games by name on stage, but no extra details. Not this year at E3 – maybe next year.
PC Gaming Show (Image Credit: PC Gamer)PC gaming Show press conference timeMonday, June 10, 2019 at 10am PT (1pm ET, 5pm UK)  What we expect
If you’re a PC gamer, you won’t want to miss the PC Gaming Show, which will make its fifth consecutive return to the convention. We’re not sure what to expect from the two-hour event, but if it’s anything like previous years it will feature a number of indie games that wouldn’t usually get time up on the big stage alongside hardware announcements.For folks at home, the event will be available to stream on twitch.tv/pcgamer, or on Facebook or YouTube or, if you’re in town, it’s open to the public with an RSVP at The Mayan Theater.  At last year’s event we got the chance to see a number of new indie games like Neo Cab and Maneater, as well as some heavy-hitting titles like Stormlands from Insomniac and Warframe: The Sacrifice from Digital Extremes. We’re expecting some similar big announcements from this year’s show.  The gaming world might be gearing up for a possible reveal of the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Two at E3 2019, but there’s a lot in store for desktop gamers, too. 
Final Fantasy VII (Image Credit: Square Enix)Square Enix press conference time: The Square Enix’s E3 2019 conference will be held on Monday, June 10, at 6pm PT and 9pm ET or Tuesday, June 11 at 2am BST and 11am AEST.What we expect
After the long-awaited release of Kingdom Hearts 3 in early January, Square Enix has been fairly quiet. But that looks like that’s going to change at E3.Thanks to a tweet posted to the Marvel’s Avengers twitter in late May, we know we’re going to see Crystal Dynamic’s game at the show, as well as Final Fantasy VII Remake which recently had a key spot during Sony’s last State of Play event. We know now that it’ll come out on March 3, 2020.We also know that Square Enix is currently working on Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Nintendo Switch, as it was announced during a Nintendo Direct earlier this year, as well as Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition.Outside of those games, it’s likely we’ll hear more about the next episode in Life is Strange 2, as well as DLC for Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix might also use the time during its press event to talk about Just Cause 4 and Oninaki. ‘But is it too early to hear something about Final Fantasy 16?’ Yes. Yes, it is.  

Keynote time: N/ASorry guys, unfortunately Sony is skipping the E3 festivities this year and has said that it will instead find another venue to showcase the games and hardware coming down the pipeline.  That said, we won’t rule out another State of Play event, like the one Sony held back in March.If that doesn’t happen, well, we’ll just have to wait to hear more about The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 (Image Credit: Ubisoft)Keynote time: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 1pm PT (4pm ET, 9pm UK) What we expect
Ubisoft will definitely be back at this year’s E3. The developer-slash-publishing house has a lot on its plate for early 2019 including Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 as well as Trials Rising, both of which came out in the February-March window, but hasn’t said what’s coming later this year.The game we know the most about from Ubisoft that would likely be at this year’s show is Skull and Bones, the ship-focused combat game that looks to carry the torch from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft has yet to give us a solid release date for the game, but it’s likely that’s the sort of thing it’s saving for an E3 2019 keynote. It’s also likely we’ll hear more about Beyond Good and Evil 2 and potentially get our first look at the gameplay at Ubisoft’s keynote… but that could just be wishful thinking on our part.Beyond those two games, we’ve heard rumors that Ubisoft will announce three to four new AAA titles in between March 2019 and March 2020, but we can only speculate what’s to come. The only franchise that’s definitely not going to be there is a mainline Assassin’s Creed game as Ubisoft has said that it will be skipping a release in 2019. 
Animal Crossing (Image Credit: Nintendo)Nintendo Video DirectTuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9am PT (12pm ET)What we expect
While Sony won’t be at this year’s event, Nintendo most certainly will – first digitally in a Nintendo Direct that usually airs Tuesday morning and then physically when its massive booth takes over West Hall. In terms of what games Nintendo is going to bring with it this year, the company says we’ll hear more about Pokemon Sword and Shield, as that’s due out by the end of 2019, plus the Link’s Awakening Remake and Mario Maker 2.We’re hoping we’ll also hear more about Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch, which was announced in 2018 and given a 2019 launch window, but there’s no guarantee from Nintendo that we’ll catch Tom Nook at this year’s show. Beyond those core games, we know Nintendo is developing Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Fire Emblem Three Houses, the latter of which should be available in August unless it’s delayed. Nintendo could also use the time to show off its next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character pack. Either way, we’ll find out more on June 11 at 9am PT.

Devolver Digital E3 press conference time The video landed on Sunday night Pacific time.What happened… or didn’t happen?Devolver Digital always has a weird and bloody E3 presentation, and this year was no different. It’s a parody-filled direct video (not an actual press conference) that could be described as the exact opposite of a Nintendo Direct. It’s kind of refreshing and always strange, care of their fictional CEO Nina Struthers.This year’s announcement? They’re selling bootleg versions of their own games at 1% off. This includes Hotline Milwaukee (really, Hotline Miami) and Catsylvania (really Gato Roboto). 

Google E3 press conference timeTechnically not a keynote, but the first Stadia Connect aired on June 6 at 9 am PDTWhat happenedWhile it’s not technically part of E3 as it doesn’t have a partnership with the ESA, Google has shown that it wants to be part of the big show by leading the week’s events with a Google Stadia announcement.In a 25-minute presentation held on June 6, Google Stadia boss (and former Microsoft VP) Phil Harrison gave us our first tangible details about the new streaming service coming later this year. The TL;DW? Stadia will cost $9.99 per month and will allow you unlimited game-streaming in 4K HDR at 60fps. You can play on your TV with a Chromecast Ultra, or your laptop or desktop in a Chrome browser. You’ll also be able to game on your smartphone… as long as you own a Google Pixel device. Want to know more about Google’s ambitious venture into video games? We’ve got all the details in our complete Google Stadia guide.
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