E3 2019

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Paul Hunter - Senior Editor

 

Avengers, Cyberpunk 2077, Control, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Dying Light 2, Star Wars Jedi, COD Modern Warfare—I’m looking forward to SO many games! Beyond that, I’m thrilled to be at E3 again this year to experience the thrills and pageantry first-hand. E3 is always a dream come true!

John Jacques - Writer

 

Gears of War is my all-time favourite series, so I’m excited for Gears 5 and to hopefully witness a good Marcus cameo. I also can’t wait for Cyberpunk 2077—the entire world looks so enticing! I’m also excited to see how FIFA 20 shapes up given just how much I play this franchise!

Brad Dicks - Content Mgr

 

Attending E3 has been a literal dream of mine since I first developed the upper body strength to hold a controller, sadly in my late teens. I promise the SOG team will hustle and work our collective asses off to make sure you are well-represented on the E3 battleground. Follow us, cheer us on and we will do you proud fam!

Riley Little - Writer

 

I can’t wait to see Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s next DLC character(s) and gameplay of Halo Infinite is something I’m chomping at the bit for. Of course, I’ll also be keeping my fingers crossed for a return of Banjo-Kazooie, as has become my annual tradition for the event.

Steve Vegvari - Writer

 

As many of you can relate, I’m looking forward to the surprises. With leaks and rumours sprouting up each day, the announcements that manage to make it through to their official reveal are always impactful. I’m also hoping to see an official announcement of a new Fable or Bioshock!

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What Is E3?

An article by Matthew Rondina

Welcome to E3, let’s level up your experience!

The biggest annual event in the video game industry is just around the corner, so let’s get you geared up for the biggest show on Earth, E3! You might be thinking, “Is it really that exciting?” The short answer: Yes, yes, it is.

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I’ve attended the show three times, once as a fan and the rest as a member of the media. Every single time I’ve gone to E3 there's always been an incredible surprise, whether it's a chance meeting with an industry idol or other unpredictable fun. A key example is during my very first visit to the big show in 2005 had had me come face-to-face with the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto. Or how about that time I rode a dragon from Middle-earth: Shadow of War!

What is E3?

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is the biggest event for video games and the interactive entertainment industry as a whole. Tens of thousands of developers, members of the media, and fans descend upon L.A. to experience the excitement and innovation of what’s coming next in the gaming industry.

Every single time I’ve gone to E3 there’s always been an incredible surprise, whether it’s a chance meeting with an industry idol or other unpredictable fun.

The central part of the show takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center right in the heart of LA. It’s within walking distance to other major venues such as Xbox Plaza, which plays host to many of Microsoft’s E3 activities.

E3 takes place from Tuesday, June 11th – Thursday, June 13th 2019. If you are planning a trip to attend the show, I highly recommend getting into the city a few days early, as many events such as EA Play and Xbox Fan Fest take place before the show actually begins.

The current price for a pass for the general public is $249 USD, which grants you access to all 3 days of E3.

E3 proper runs from June 11th – 13th this year, but many key events take place before the doors to the LA Convention Center even open.

Electronics Arts kicks off its EA Play event at Hollywood Palladium and this is always a great way to go hands-on with unreleased titles. The lines are often long, but it’s the only way to play certain titles months ahead of their street date. Talk about some serious bragging rights!

Nintendo’s first event of E3 is an esports tournament featuring top players from around the globe facing off in a winner-takes-all showdown. The first competition is the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3, the event will be streamed live. The second is the Splatoon 2 World Championship where you can watch some of the world’s top squid squads battle it out for gaming glory.

Microsoft kicks off their Xbox E3 briefing June 9th at 1PM PT / 4 PM ET. This is one you’ll definitely want to tune in for, as rumours are abundant that the company might show off next-gen hardware along with more Halo Infinite news. I love traditional press conferences like these because they're so exciting and have the potential to feature game-changing announcements. Developer Bethesda will also have their press conference on the 9th, but little is known about what they could be showing off at this time. They usually tend to bring their “A game” with big surprise announcements, making it another must watch!

Ubisoft will be hosting their keynote June 10 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET.  There hasn’t been much in the way of confirmed titles yet, but rumors are swirling that Watch Dogs 3 reveal might be incoming. I also have my fingers and toes crossed for a Splinter Cell related announcement. It’s a fantastic franchise you should totally check out!

Historically, Nintendo has its video direct around this time, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

Doors open to both professionals and the public at the LA Convention Centre for E3 2019!I hope these tips help you to better navigate E3, either virtually or in-person. Be sure to stay tuned for lots more coverage of E3 as we get closer to the date. Enjoy the show!