It’s Sunday 12th June and that means one thing for us here at GP, the biggest event on the calendar for the gaming industry is about to kick off. Before the party really gets started, let’s take a look at what we can expect from E3 2016, along with when and where to watch.
Taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on 14th-16th June, with the major showcases happening before the event officially begins, E3 really kicks off this evening for us Brits at 9PM with the EA Play showcase. Following suit with Nintendo in previous years, EA have opted for their own event, rather than hosting a conference at E3. Folk are hoping for Mass Effect Andromeda news this evening, so it’s definitely one to watch, along with more on Battlefield 1 and FIFA 17.
Bethesda follows in the early hours of Monday morning, with Fallout 4 and Doom expansions expected to be announced. News on The Elder Scrolls: Legends should also be included in the conference, which was initially announced at last year’s event.
Gears of War 4 and possible console or hardware announcements are expected from Microsoft on Monday, with plenty of rumours flying around about complete Xbox integration into Windows 10 or a slimmer console. Ubisoft and PC Gaming conferences are also lined up for Monday evening, with Watch Dogs 2 anticipated as the focus for Ubi.
Sony is another early morning/all-nighter for us Brits, taking place in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Rumours of a more powerful console are doing the rounds, but Sony are denying and console unveils during the event. Nintendo finish off the major conferences on Tuesday evening, once again not presenting at the show itself but with their own ‘Nintendo Treehouse’ event. This promises to be entirely focused on the upcoming Legend of Zelda game for 2017, but Nintendo are also denying any console unveiling for the NX. As a massive Zelda fan, this is sure to be my highlight of the conference and I’m hoping to hear much more about the game that keeps getting pushed back.
Other rumours for the event include an unveiling of a sequel to Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption which would be pretty darn fabulous, as well as something to celebrate Lara Croft’s 20th Anniversary this year. Virtual Reality is likely to be another popular topic, with possible news about Sony’s Playstation VR.
Geek Pride are going to be with you throughout E3, bringing plenty of updates, round-ups and exciting announcements. We’ll be covering the major conferences, pulling plenty of all-nighters and keeping our lovely readers informed. For now, here’s a run down of the major Press Conferences taking place over the next few days, along with where to stream the event.
Press Conference Schedule (BST)
EA – Sunday 12th June, 9:00PM
Bethesda – Monday 13th June, 03:00AM
Microsoft – Monday 13th June, 5:30PM
PC Gaming – Monday 13th June, 8:00PM
Ubisoft – Monday 13th June, 9:00PM
Sony – Tuesday 14th June, 02:00AM
Nintendo Treehouse – Tuesday 14th June, 5:00PM
How to Watch E3 2016
There are plenty of places to watch E3 conferences online, along with various apps to watch directly on your Xbox One, PS4 or handheld devices like phones and tablets. Reliable streams can be found via the following links for YouTube, IGN and Twitch.