2 Months And E3 2019 Will Be Here!
Find out all you need to know about E3 2019, including dates, ticket sales and keynote timings
June is an exciting month for gamers for one reason, and one reason only; E3, the biggest games convention of the year. Running since 1995, the show sees manufacturers, developers and publishers flock from all over the world to showcase their latest wears, from upcoming games to the latest gaming accessories.
While it was traditionally limited to press and industry members, recent E3 shows – including the upcoming E3 2019 – have been accessible to the public, giving ordinary gamers an opportunity to play games months before release.
Here’s where we outline everything we know about E3 2019, including dates, ticket sales and keynote details.
When will E3 2019 take place?
Like past E3 conferences, E3 2019 is set to span over three days in June – 11-13 June 2019, to be specific. If you’re one of the lucky people that picked up a Gamer Pass for the show, you’ll be able to access the show floor at these times:
- Tuesday 11 June 2019: 2pm-7pm
- Wednesday 12 June 2019: 12pm-7pm
- Thursday 13 June 2019: 9am-6pm
Anyway, while the show itself lasts for three days, game developers and publishers tend to host their own press conferences before the show begins. This gives the likes of Nintendo and Microsoft a chance to hype up their latest games before letting gamers and press go hands-on during the show.
We’ll explain in a little more detail below.
How can I buy tickets to attend?
In a trend first started in 2017, gaming fans from across the world will be able to wander the show floor at E3 2019 and get hands-on time with games that are months (or even years) away from being released. It’s the biggest event of the year for gamers, and with so many announcements under one roof, it’s not hard to see why.
The good news is that if you’re interested in going along as a fan, you can head over to the E3 Expo website right now and pick up a Gamer Pass, granting access to the show over the three days it runs. The bad news? They’re pretty expensive at $249 (around £192) a pop, and they’ll only grant you access to the afternoon session – mornings at the show are reserved for industry and press only, with the last day of the show being the only exception.
Tickets are also first-come, first-served and there are only a limited number of Gamer Passes available, so if you’re interested then we’d advise booking sooner rather than later.
E3 2019 livestreams
Of course, most of the excitement of E3 comes before the show itself. The keynotes and livestreams from the likes of Microsoft, Bethesda and Square Enix are what fans tune in for, and while some companies have dropped out of E3 this year, there’s still a lot to come.
Microsoft at E3 2019
Microsoft has confirmed that it’ll be at E3 2019, and that it’ll be hosting a livestreamed keynote prior to the show on Sunday 9 June 2019 at 9pm BST for those in the UK, or 1pm for those in LA.
While the company has kept tight-lipped about what it has in-store, many are hoping that Microsoft will tease the next-gen Xbox Two – especially since Sony has confirmed not only the first details of the PS5 in recent weeks, but also that it won’t be showcasing anything at this year’s expo. Microsoft doesn’t need to reveal much to get the crowd excited, but we’ve got a feeling it might.
Hardware aside, it’s likely that we’ll hear more on Microsoft’s upcoming game streaming service, XCloud, along with updates to the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. In terms of games, we’re hoping to see updates on Gears of War 5, Halo Infinite and maybe even a new Forza title.
Sony at E3 2019
As mentioned above, Sony has confirmed that it won’t be making an appearance at E3 this year, neither in the form of a keynote or presence on the show floor. The firm has decided to skip the show entirely, and will instead find a different venue to showcase games and hardware coming soon.
The company hasn’t released specific details about where this event may be or when it’ll take place, but we’re confident that we’ll get a better look at The Last of Us Part II, Ghosts of Tsushima and the ever-elusive Death Stranding at the event, along with our first proper look at the PS5.
Nintendo at E3 2019
While unconfirmed at this point, we’re confident that Nintendo will make an appearance at E3 2019, both in the form of a Nintendo Direct livestream where the company will release details about upcoming games, and in the form of booths at the show itself.
In terms of potential announcements, it’s likely that we’ll get more details about the hotly-anticipated Pokémon Sword and Shield, which is due out later in 2019. As well as the Pokémon title, we expect to find out more Animal Crossing on Switch, which was first revealed in 2018 with a 2019 launch window.
Whispers on the internet also suggest we may hear more about Luigi’s Mansion 3 and get a look at Nintendo’s next Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC character pack, but this is unconfirmed for now.
Bethesda at E3 2019
Bethesda is set to showcase its wears on Sunday 9 June 2019 at 5:30pm PT, or 1:30am on Monday 10 June 2019 for those of us hoping to tune in from the UK.
The late night should be worth it though, as the company is likely going to announce new features not only for Fallout 76, but Elder Scrolls Online too. We’ll also hear more about Doom Eternal and Elder Scrolls Blades, which is currently available on iOS and Android in Early Access form, and it’s likely that we’ll see new Wolfenstein: Youngblood gameplay ahead of release in July.
However, those hoping to hear more about Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield will be disappointed, as during as Bethesda EP Todd Howard confirmed at PAX East that it’s still too early to talk about the games.
Ubisoft at E3 2019
Ubisoft’s keynote is set to kick off on Monday 10 June at 1pm PT, or 9pm BST for those watching from the UK. While the publisher had a lot on its plate at the beginning of 2019 with titles including The Division 2, Far Cry New Dawn and Trials Rising, Ubisoft currently doesn’t have any big titles due for release later this year.
We expect that will change at E3 2019, as we suspect Ubisoft will finally reveal the release date for the long-awaited spiritual successor to AC: Black Flag, Skull and Bones. We’ve also got our fingers crossed for new Beyond Good and Evil 2 gameplay, but that’s just wishful thinking for now. We do know that there won’t be an Assassin’s Creed title at this year’s event, as the developer has previously confirmed that the long-running franchise is taking a break in 2019.
Activision at E3 2019
While the company hasn’t confirmed its keynote just yet, it’s likely that Activision will showcase this year’s Call of Duty game alongside new details about Call of Duty Mobile, the FPS game set to come to the West for the first time this year. We could see a surprise reveal or two as, like Ubisoft, Activision doesn’t currently have any big-name releases coming out later this year.
EA Play 2019
As has been the case for the past few years, EA is set to host its own show – EA Play – at the same time as E3 2019, complete with a flurry of games for attendees to go hands-on with. The company has confirmed that there won’t be a traditional keynote to reveal new gameplay, but there will be upcoming titles like the single-player Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order available to play at the show.
So while EA technically isn’t at E3, it kind of is.
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