E3 2016 is a little less than a week away and it's basically gamer Christmas. E3 is the biggest event of the year, where investors, developers, publishers, and especially fans gather to see the best and brightest of the coming years. We at APG are here to get you ready for all of the upcoming press conferences and game announcements. So much has already been confirmed and so much will surely come out of the show, so stay tuned to APG all week starting Sunday, June 12, for all of the latest and greatest news.
EA (Sun., June 12, 1PM PST)
What we know: EA chose to move their press conference off of Monday this year and lead the show, so they must have something big in store for us. EA has only confirmed 3 games as of now: Battlefield 1, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and Titanfall 2. These games alone are pretty exciting, seeing as Battlefield 1 is one of the most liked trailers on Youtube, Mass Effect Andromeda is an all new addition in one of the most successful franchises of last generation, and Titanfall 2 is the sequel to one of Xbox One's best exclusives.
What we are expecting: EA has two big cards to play at every E3, sports games and Star Wars games. We can almost definitely expect FIFA and Madden, along with maybe an NBA, UFC, or NHL game. Battlefront 2 has been all but confirmed for 2017, so I wouldn't be surprised if we saw that at the show, along with the possibility of Visceral's, Motive's, Respawn's, or Bioware's rumored Star Wars games. Popcap, Maxis, and Criterion are also always wild cards at E3, so maybe a game or two from them will fill out an already strong roster from EA.
Bethesda (Sun., June 12, 7PM PST)
What we know: Bethesda is holding its second ever E3 press conference, and they have a lot to live up to after the success of last year's show. Bethesda has only confirmed one game for the show; Dishonored 2. After a strong cinematic trailer last year, expectations are pretty high for this sequel, so hopefully Bethesda can deliver.
What we are expecting: Bethesda doesn't have many other announced games in the pipeline. Last year the linchpin for their entire press conference was Fallout 4, so could we be seeing a new Elder Scrolls this year? Even though id software just released Doom last month, maybe we see a teaser for their new game? Little is known about this conference, but they must have a big surprise if they are willing tho host their own show for it.
Microsoft (Mon., June 13, 9:30AM PST)
What we know: Not much is confirmed for Microsoft's conference yet. Microsoft has only officially confirmed one game for E3: An Untitled Forza. The popular racing franchise will surely be there in a lengthy demo as usual.3rd party games will also be making an appearance, and while we don't know exactly which, some are fairly good guesses. With Call of Duty and Sony partnering up last year, we may see Battlefield 1 hit the Microsoft stage this year. Square Enix is also bringing tons of games, so it's possible one may show up here, even though they usually appear at Sony conferences.
What we are expecting: Microsoft has loads of potential first party titles to show off this year. Below, Gears of War 4, Crackdown 3, ReCore, and Scalebound are all likely contenders to make an appearance at the show. We would be seeing the first footage of ReCore if it were to show up, and many are interested in how the Keiji Inafune game will play. We also haven't heard anything from Rare's Sea of Thieves since last year, so its likely that will show up here as well. Many people expect Microsoft to announce a brand new version of the Xbox One, especially seeing as the last one went on sale for $50 dollars cheaper just recently.
PC Gaming Show (Mon., June 13, 12PM PST)
What we know: Last year's AMD PC gaming show was the first of its kind, but it's execution left a little to be desired. The laid back "conversationalist" tone was interesting, but it ran too long and was often boring. This year the show is reigned into 90 minutes and will feature several presenters. A full list can be found here, but some of the notable ones are Square Enix, Microsoft, Relic, Sega, and Oculus.
What we are expecting: It's hard to get a read on exactly what the show will be this year, but here's to hoping that the pacing is right and we get some cool announcements. With Relic presenting there's a good chance we see Dawn of War 3. Some other PC games have been confirmed for the show, so it's likely they end up here. Among them are: Square Enix's Black the Fall and The Turning Test, as well as Civilization VI from Firaxis.
Ubisoft (Mon., June 13, 1PM PST)
What we know: Ubisoft's 2016 release lineup is missing one of its biggest guns without Assassin's Creed, but it has some big games to replace it anyway. Last year's huge surprise hit For Honor will be making an appearance this year, as well as Ghost Recon Wildlands and the official announcement of Watch Dogs 2.
What we are expecting: Ubisoft always has some things consistent. Aisha Tyler will likely host and we will see at least one Ubiart game. Other good bets include South Park: The Fractured, But Whole and something from the Rayman franchise. While there are several interesting sequels and IP's showing up at Ubisoft's show, don't count out a brand new IP.
Sony (Mon., June 13, 6PM PST)
What we know: Sony hasn't confirmed a single first party title for E3, but that doesn't mean that we don't know anything about their press event. Sony always has a big 3rd party presence, and we almost definitely know some of the games that will be there. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has been confirmed for E3, and with the partnership formed last year it will almost definitely appear at Sony's conference. Atlus has confirmed Persona 5 for E3, and seeing as it's still a PS3 and PS4 exclusive it will likely appear at this show. Square Enix is also bringing several games that will likely appear at Sony's conference: Final Fantasy XV, I Am Setsuna, and Star Ocean: Faithlessness and Integrity.
What we are expecting: Even though there is no confirmation of first party games, Sony will definitely be bringing several first party games that they confirmed last year. Horizon: Zero Dawn and Dreams are expected to be there after strong showings last year. Rumors have also been circulating of a Norse based God of War game coming next year, so you can expect those rumors to be confirmed (or possibly denied) at E3. Sony has also been talking about single player DLC for Uncharted 4, so it's likely we'll see it here. Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake, while not confimred, would also be a big addition to this show. Like Microsoft, many expect Sony to show off thier new console, rumored to be called the Playstation 4 NEO. VR will also most likely be present, possibly in conjunction with the announcement of the NEO.
Nintendo (Treehouse Livestream Beginning Tues., June 14th at 9AM PST )
What we know: Nintendo has made interesting decisions regarding E3, electing not to show off any of their next console or mobile gaming, as well as only bring one playable game to the show floor. Legend of Zelda Wii U will be the only game you can play at Nintendo this year, but the two demos should take around 90 minutes to complete. Nintendo will be livestreaming Zelda U all week, along with Pokemon Sun and Moon, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, Monster Hunter Generations, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. They will also be holding a Q&A for their mobile title Pokemon GO.
What we are expecting: There is not much else to expect from Nintendo this year since they have basically told us everything they are bringing. It would be awesome to get some surprises, but I think we can expect a very focused show that reveals a lot of great new information about Zelda Wii U.