E3 Important Dates and Info

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The 2016 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the most important (but not necessarily biggest, that goes to GamesCom) videogame trade show of the year, is coming up in June and we have all of the important info and dates you need to know.

What Is E3?

E3 is an industry-only show, which means you have to be in the industry as a developer, publisher, retailer, journalist, PR, artist, etc. (or know someone cool) to be able to go.

  It allows industry folks to talk business, plan out coverage for the Fall, and generally just play a lot of new games.  Despite being closed to the public, however, E3 gets tons of media coverage and it is where just about every major announcement is made that will dictate the course of the entire industry for at least the next year and usually beyond.  E3 is kind of a big deal.

Something interesting about E3 in 2016, however, is that many big names, mainly Electronic Arts and Activision, have chosen not to have displays at the show and rather do their own separate events.  E3 is still going to be big, but not quite as big as we’re used to.  Not that it matters to gamers, however, as the coverage coming out of these events should be the same as a normal E3, but for attendees it will make things a little more complicated.

E3 2016 Press Conferences (so far)

  • Electronic Arts – Sunday, June 12 at 1 P.M. PST
  • Bethesda – Sunday, June 12 at 7 P.M. PST
  • Microsoft – Monday, June 13 at 9:30 A.M. PST
  • Ubisoft – Monday, June 13 at 1 P.M. PST

Not announced yet, but Sony usually does its conference on Monday night, and Nintendo usually has a presentation on Tuesday morning of E3 week.

How to Watch E3 2016

You’ll be able to watch all of the E3 press conferences as well as lots of extra coverage in many different ways.

  Twitch is the official streaming partner of E3, but you’ll be able to watch on YouTube as well. 

What to Expect at E3 2016

E3 2016 has the potential to be pretty huge for a number of reasons.  We’ll definitely get our first glimpses of Nintendo’s new NX hardware and games, but there is also the potential for upgraded Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles being revealed as well.  Virtual Reality will also be pretty much everywhere (except Xbox … let’s hope it stays that way). 

As far as games go, Activision will show off a new Infinity Ward developed Call of Duty with Sony.  EA will have new Mass Effect info.  Microsoft will show off Crackdown 3, Halo Wars 2, Gears of War 4, ReCore, Scalebound, a new Forza (likely Forza Horizon 3) and lots more.  Ubisoft is expected to show off Watch_Dogs 2 as well as other surprises.  Rockstar Games should have something new as well, and all signs are pointing to a new Red Dead game.  Bethesda will have Dishonored 2 as well as a peek at what’s coming next (Elder Scrolls VI, maybe?).  Square Enix promises Final Fantasy XV news as well as a potential date for the first Final Fantasy VII remake release. 

More to Come

And, of course, there’s lots of stuff we can’t even imagine that will be announced.

  Keep an eye on this page as we’ll update it with new press conference dates and important info.