The annual convention and promotional event for the video game industry, known as E3 or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is almost here. For 2018, the show is back at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA.
As E3 grows year on year, sometimes grows, sometimes shrinks (and sometimes), early reports indicate that this will be a pretty typical year of press conferences, gaming announcements, and promotional events ,
The biggest recent change is one that officially began last year, where the formerly pure trade showwith a limited number of for fans. (This replaces a poorly maintained secondary E3 fan event that took place nearby in 2016.)
The fans have definitely given the show an energy boost, even though it leads to larger crowds and clogged corridors. After attending the show since 1999, I opened thefor the public already in 2010 (and ) after the show's performance ] a few years ago.
What to expect, how to attend and where to keep up with the biggest press events.
When and where is E3?
The show will be held June 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown LA. The general pass for people in the gaming industry is free. A three-day pass for members of the public costs $ 250 (a limited number of early bird passes was $ 150). A business pass with access to VIP services and panel discussions costs $ 995.
View the opening times below and note that gamers have different opening hours than industry visitors. More details can be found on E3Expo.com.
E3 show 2018 hours
|Industrial Times (PT)||Player hours (PT)|
|Tuesday, June 12th||11-17 o'clock||14.00-19.00|
|Wednesday, June 13th||9-17 o'clock||12.00 – 19.00|
|Thursday, June 14th||9-18 o'clock||9-18 clock|
The Big Press Events
Most big news and announcements come at events hosted by the major game publishers and console hardware companies in the days leading up to the opening of the E3 show. Many of them are streamed live online. So look at the links and instructions for watching.
Saturday, June 9
- Electronic Arts – 11 pm PT (2 pm ET) [livestream]
Sunday, June 10
Monday, June 11
- Square Enix – 10 pm PT (1 pm ET) [livestream]
- Ubisoft – 13 pm PT (4 pm ET) [livestream]
- PC Gaming Show – 3 pm PT (6 pm ET)
- Sony – 6 pm PT (9 pm ET) [livestream]
Tuesday, 12. June
- Nintendo (Livestream Only) – 9 pm PT (12 pm ET) [ ]
Leaks and Forecasts
The biggest pre-E3 message was an alleged list with upcoming ones Play that Walmart had accidentally released. The list included Rage 2 – officially confirmed – as well as Just Cause 4, Borderlands 3, Gears of War 5 and others. (If you do not remember the original rage, it was a technological marvel from 2011.)
The two current PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles ($ 449.98 on Amazon.com) are around five years old, meaning that everyone is speculating about the next generation of console hardware. Both Sony and Microsoft have changed the game by releasing 1.5 versions of their consoles in 2017 – the and Xbox One X (499.99 at Dell Home) – ie a PS5 or next-gen Xbox is certainly far from a safe bet.
Nintendo rides high on the success of the Fortnite port, and more details on the next version of .console. At the E3 2018 we can learn about a supposed new Star Fox game, a possible
For more accurate forecasts for major gaming companies, see:
We will update this story with new information as E3 approaches 2018.
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