It’s finally here; Gamer’s Christmas, E3 2019. As gamers flock from all corners of the globe into the nerve centre of gaming to catch press junkets and big game announcements of the latest and craziest in the game industry, let’s look at the biggest games that we can expect to see at E3 2019.
But it wouldn’t be E3 without a few surprises. In fact, they are normally highlights. Hell, I’m half expecting Bethesda to officially announce that they are nuking the world to give gamers the most visceral Fallout experience possible. In all seriousness, E3 has changed drastically over the years. We can’t wait to see what’s in-store to mark 3 days of live streams and Internet buzz.
With E3 2019 right around the corner, let’s dive right into it. Here are the dates and schedules for E3, as well as 15 biggest games that we expect (and some we hope) to see at E3 2019.
WHEN IS E3 2019?
In case you didn’t know, E3 2019 is closer than you might think. The gaming celebrations start off with EA Play between June 7 – 9, replacing the usual press conference that is typical of starting off E3. This is followed by a press conference that runs from Sunday, June 9 until Monday, June 10.
E3 2019 officially starts from Tuesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. That’s nearly a week of gaming news and speculation. Are you feeling ready?
APEX LEGENDS – CONFIRMED
We never thought we would see the day that a game took the spotlight away from the Battle Royale colossus Fortnite. But when Apex Legends launched onto the hugely popular BR scene in February, it briefly happened. Briefly.
E3 sees Apex start their second content season, giving developers’ Respawn a chance to put Apex Legends back into the public mindset following a disappointingly unfulfilling first season. Prepare to see at least one new character and the potential for a foray of new weapons. I’m even hopeful that we might get the hint of a new map (learning from PUBG’s mistakes), but that is a long-shot. Still, Apex made its mark early in the year and there is still time for it to win us back at E3 2019.
FIFA 20 – CONFIRMED
FIFA games are almost always a definite at E3. The popular football (yes, I’m British) franchise has become one of the most successful names in games, and FIFA 20 is almost guaranteed to continue their successful trajectory.
Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer has been a big contender for FIFA’s competitive title and FIFA 20 is going to have to pull out all the punches to truly win back its often loyal fanbase. We expect to see significant and improved gameplay, perhaps even a better designed FIFA version for the Nintendo Switch.
RESIDENT EVIL 8 – EXPECTED
Following the huge success that was the visceral horror instalment Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, there is a huge chance that we are going to get Resident Evil 8 in the coming spring. Considering the success of Biohazard and the amazing Resident Evil 2 remake, Capcom has fans eating out of the palm of their T-virus infected palms.
Because Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was a soft reboot of sorts, taking the franchise back to its horrifying roots, the probability of what Capcom has planned next is very exciting. Resident Evil 8 was already in motion when Biohazard was launching, so let’s see what demented nightmares they have for us.
BORDERLANDS 3 – CONFIRMED
The Borderlands series turns 10 this year, and with that comes the highly-anticipated ‘looter shooter’ sequel that we’ve all been waiting for. Honestly, I can’t put into words how excited I am to see what we can expect from Borderlands 3 at E3 2019 (my housemate has been replaying the first two chronological games in anticipation). And what better a place to see it first-hand than E3?
From what we’ve already seen of Borderlands 3, it’s sticking close to what we traditionally love about the franchise. Only two of the four playable characters have currently been unveiled, so hopefully, we will see more of the rest of the Vault Hunters in action.
Prepare for a classic to be redefined as the wackiness and insanity of Borderlands is repackaged for modern gaming at E3 2019.
FABLE 4 - UNCONFIRMED
It’s official, Fable 4 IS happening! Not much is known about the game other than a leak that confirmed its very existence, but plot details reveal that a Mad King has destroyed Albion with an asteroid, and it’s up to you to time travel to another planet to talk to Theresa and the Guild and save your home (not just a trip to the shops then).
Could we see a reveal trailer at E3 2019?
CYBERPUNK 2077 – CONFIRMED
The game I’ve been waiting for since it’s announcement in May 2012 (appearing in a couple of previous articles of mine; here and here), and we are finally getting a better glimpse at Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 2019. It only took 7 years! Regardless, the hype is real.
In case you’ve been living in your own cyberpunk dystopian future, Cyberpunk 2077 is the next open-world RPG from CD Projekt Red - developers of The Witcher 3. Cyberpunk 2077 swaps the fantasy realm for the gritty underbelly of a cyberpunk city plagued by crime and high-octane mayhem. The third-person is replaced by first-person action. And instead of being an otherworldly Witcher, we are a low-level gun for hire.
We were treated at last year’s E3 to an hour-long gameplay demo and we all lost our collective virtualised minds. Hopefully, this year’s E3 will deliver a more hands-on reveal that dwells further into the game and brings Cyberpunk's release date further from the near-future and closer to the present.
FORZA MOTORSPORT 8 - EXPECTED
Microsoft releases a new title in the successful Forza racing franchise annually, so a new game is always expected at E3. Last year we had Forza 4, and this year it looks like its time to get into gear for Forza Motorsport 8! Vroom, vroom.
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS – CONFIRMED
In the faraway past of 2017, developers Square Enix entered a licencing agreement with Marvel that would span multiple years and multi-games, featuring Marvel’s beloved superheroes. The first game in their slot was The Avengers. Then, radio silence. That was until an announcement on Twitter revealed that The Avengers would be featured for the first time at the Square Enix E3 2019 press conference.
From initially leaked gameplay information, The Avengers will be an adventure game structured similarly to Destiny. The rumours support that it will be a mix of cinematic storytelling with continuous single player and co-operative gameplay for up to four players. Master the amazing abilities of various heroes and customise them to stand out on the battlefield.
With some of the best talent in the industry working on this one, we expect the reveal to be nothing short of super.
GEARS 5 – CONFIRMED
What defines the Gears of War franchise? It’s soft-spoken diplomacy? Clear regard for the topical issues of climate change? No. For years, Gears of War has been defined by the mountainous muscles of burly men and the rev of chainsaw-guns slicing through Locust flesh.
Finally, the series is getting a change in direction. We haven’t heard much about Gears of War 5 since last June, other than the announcement that it would be released this year. E3 2019 marks the perfect opportunity for an unveiling that sees the familiarity of GOW left behind. Kait takes the lead this time around, going on a brutal odyssey of blood and butchery to discover the origins of the malevolent Locust horde that have contested our protagonists for over a decade in games.
HALO INFINITE– CONFIRMED
As Sergeant Johnson once said upon the destruction of the original Halo ring, “This is it, baby. Hold me”.
The epic saga of Master Chief continues 18 years later with Halo Infinite. We all squealed at the announcement last year as Master Chief’s iconic helmet got held at his side at the end of the trailer. The 12-year-old in me nearly imploded from excitement, as if I’d just been stuck with a plasma grenade.
As the third entry into The Reclaimer Saga - started in 2012 by developer 343 Industries (taking the reins from long-time Bungie) - Halo Infinite serves to completely change the world of Halo. Not that this is a remake, more of a “spiritual reboot. Halo Infinite will continue the story of Master Chief inside a world that has reportedly been made “a little bit more realistic and compelling”.
Built on the Slipspace Engine to accommodate the long-running sci-fi franchise into the next generation of gaming, Infinite may very well be the prettiest Halo yet – a hard task for a series with some of the most iconic imagery in gaming. Additionally, split-screen multiplayer is back, baby! 343 has already confirmed that you will be able to play online with up to four players on a single console, an aspect of the original games that made the series so attractive and compelling (get ready to have your friendships tested again, people).
As E3 2019 brings Halo Infinite one step closer to an official release date, prepare to step back into the world of energy weapons and double jumping for a first-person shooter that hopes to be out of this world.
STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER – CONFIRMED
The Star Wars universe continues to expand with the latest game from Respawn Entertainment, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Yes, I know, it’s not Titanfall 3, but I’m still stoked to see dual lightsabres in glorious third-person action.
Set after the onslaught of Jedi in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Fallen Order follows a young Padawan trying to survive in a post-Jedi world, battling the murderous executions of the Emperor’s Order 66. Get ready to witness the Jedi resurge at E3 2019, with the possibility of playable demos available to watch throughout the week.
DOOM ETERNAL – CONFIRMED
Bethesda’s id software 2016 Doom reboot was such a success that we are back with Doom: Eternal for E3 2019. There will be smashing. There will be shooting. There Will Be Blood (minus Daniel Day-Lewis, this time).
Doom: Eternal heralds’ crazier weapons, a new dash ability, and a whole school of twisted enemies for Doomguy to rage upon. Bring hell to your screens as more about Doom: Eternal is revealed at E3 2019.
THE OUTER WORLDS – CONFIRMED
From the developers of arguably the best entry into the Fallout Universe, Fallout: New Vegas, The Outer Worlds is bringing the adventurous possibilities of space to our living rooms. The directors of the original Fallout series are onboard, and Obsidian Entertainment has a close to flawless track-record with genre-defining entries in gaming.
The Outer Worlds is a first-person space adventure odyssey that brings back the classic roleplaying Fallout that original fans fell in love with. Microsoft is sure to push this one, so keep an eye out for it during their E3 press briefing.
HARRY POTTER RPG – UNCONFIRMED
Playing the game companion of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone was one of the original tests of my sanity. Remember the nightmare that was little pixelated Harry screaming ‘FLIPENDO’? Repeating it over, and over, and over, and ov…-- Sorry, I trailed off there.
The magic of the wizarding world is set to be re-lumos’ed (a little spell joke there) with an ambitious Harry Potter RPG from Warner Bros. games. We all may finally get that letter to Hogwarts! The game hasn’t been confirmed for the E3 2019 lineup, but with Sony out of the picture at this year’s E3, it makes sense for Warner Brothers to steal the spotlight with what is set to be a truly magic game.
Below is a screenshot from reportedly leaked footage of the upcoming game, with rumours attached that Rocksteady is somehow attached. If those rumours are true, then to quote the titular character's best friend, Ron Weasley: "bloody hell".
POKEMON SWORD AND SHIELD – CONFIRMED
The latest Pokémon games already look fantastic and we can’t wait to see more of them at E3 2019. Precisely how much we will see of the games is up for debate; The Pokémon Company has already announced a video presentation on the two games, but just how much they will reveal is up for debate.
All I’m saying is, give me that green Grookey monkey matey as my leaf starter any day of the week. That water-type is the kind of beast that you see right before your final moments.