ELECTRONIC ARTS

Monday June 13, 0800 NZST / 0600 AEST

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This year, EA has swapped its typically deafeningly loud E3 show floor booth for an in-all-likelihood-equally-loud off-site event that’s taking place within spitting distance of E3 proper – presumably so the publisher can put all its trash in E3’s dumpsters. EA Play is the name of said event, and it kicks off with a presser that marks the start of a week of E3 madness. The conference itself will only run for an hour, after which all attendees can fight each other to get hands-on with games like Battlefield One, before being thoroughly outnumbered by members of the public two short hours later.

Expected:
Titanfall 2
Battlefield 1
Mass Effect Andromeda
FIFA 17
Madden NFL 17
NHL 17

Maybe:
Mass Effect remastered
Beyond Cars (that cars/helicopters/wingsuits Criterion game from E3 2014)
BattleCry

Long shot:
BioWare's new IP
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Visceral's Star Wars game

BETHESDA

Monday June 13 1400 NZST / 1200 AEST

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Bethesda will be hosting its own off-site show again after last year's presentation, which saw the reveal of Fallout 4, Dishonored 2, and more. Expect Bethesda to gloat about its recent product launches, talk more about Fallout and Doom DLC, and outline a whole bunch of new games. Also expect a strange and incongruous musical performance from Blink-182 to cap off 90 minutes of Bethesda madness.

Expected:
BattleCry
Dishonored 2
Fallout 4 DLC
Doom DLC
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
The Elder Scrolls Online

Maybe:
Prey 2
A Wolfenstein sequel from MachineGames
A The Evil Within sequel from Tangoworks
A remastered Skyrim

Long shot:
A new Fallout from Obsidian
Any of Bethesda Game Studios' "big, crazy" new projects

MICROSOFT

Tuesday June 14, 0430 NZST / 0230 AEST

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As it did last year, Microsoft has lost ground to make up in the neverending console war, so we can all expect to see a truckload of game demos and announcements. The whisper on the wind is that new, updated Xbox Ones will be announced, and we're also likely to see significant tie-in with Windows 10, furthering the link between the two platforms. Mostly, though, the centrepiece attraction will be 90 minutes of Xbox boss Phil Spencer's ever changing, Katy-Perry-esque wardrobe of indie developer T-shirts.

Expected:
Halo Wars 2
Tacoma
Crackdown 3
Scalebound
Sea of Thieves
ReCore
Gears of War 4

Maybe:
Forza Horizon 3
rumoured new Xboxes
Dead Rising 4
State of Decay 2

Long shot:
Halo 5 PC
Oculus Rift tie-in

UBISOFT

Tuesday June 14, 0800 NZST / 0600 AEST

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Ubisoft, the franchising king, will undoubtedly reveal new gameplay footage or even entire new titles from its key game series in its 90-minute presser. But there's a decent chance we'll see something entirely new in there, too. Look for Ubisoft spokesperson and talented improviser Aisha Tyler delivering canned PR jargon through gritted teeth, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announcing new games through a thick French accent, and a dance crew demonstrating Just Dance 2017 to an apathetic audience. We'll also be looking out for any language emphasising Ubisoft's independence, given Vivendi's noted interest in acquiring the company.

Expected:
Watch Dogs 2
For Honor
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
The Assassin’s Creed film
The Division’s first expansion, Underground
Just Dance 2017
New VR titles

Maybe:
A new IP
Assassin's Creed 2017

Long shot:
Prince of Persia
Beyond Good and Evil 2

PLAYSTATION

Tuesday June 14, 1300 NZST / 1100 AEST

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The 800-pound gorilla of E3 conferences is Sony's 90-minute show, during which the company is expected to announce an updated version of the PlayStation 4 and demonstrate its upcoming slate of first-party and third-party games. With PlayStation VR's impending October launch, expect virtual reality to be a centrepiece of the presentation, while Sony executives coast along on a feeling of smug complacency about their place on the console totem pole.

Expected:
PlayStation 4 Neo
Dreams
Horizon Zero Dawn
The Last Guardian
Final Fantasy VII remake
No Man’s Sky
Gran Turismo Sport
PlayStation VR titles galore
Destiny: Rise of Iron
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Maybe:
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Uncharted 4 story DLC

Long shot:
Shenmue III
Hideo Kojima's new action game
Persona 5
Bloodborne 2

NINTENDO

Wednesday June 15, 1300 NZST / 1100 AEST

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Nintendo is more or less sitting this E3 out, demonstrating The Legend of Zelda while everyone in the room and on the stream waits in vain for any mention of the Nintendo NX. Or maybe the company will flagrantly break its vows and drop finished NX consoles from the ceiling for everyone. But it's unlikely.

Expected:
The Legend of Zelda
Behind the scenes stuff with other devs

Maybe:
Mother 3 English translation

Long shot:
Much else, really





For more on which games are confirmed, likely, and unlikely for E3, check out our feature here.

For our completely pie-in-the-sky E3 wishlist, go here.