E3 2019 Check-In: Looking Back on the State of the Announcements From E3 2018

E3 2019 Check-In: Looking Back on the State of the Announcements From E3 2018

Where are they now, E3 2018 edition.

E3 2019 is almost upon us, which means it's a good time to look back on the past and see how past press conferences have panned out. Every year, games are announced, dates are set, and trailers blow us away. But where are all those games a year later?

Some are already out, some are delayed or still coming, and some remain altogether missing. This is our check-in on the games of each conference from last year, including whether we're going to hear anything about them this year.

Microsoft

Microsoft has the floor to itself in 2019 in terms of console conferences, as Sony won't be in attendance and Nintendo will be doing its Direct. For the most part, it seems like Microsoft's press conference was focused on the near-future.

  • Halo Infinite: Release date TBA; rumored to be at this year's E3.
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: Released on March 22, 2019.
  • Fallout 76: Released on November 4, 2018.
  • Crackdown 3: Released on February 15, 2019.
  • Metro Exodus: Released on February 15, 2019.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3: Released on January 25, 2019.
  • Forza Horizon 4: Released on October 2, 2018.
  • We Happy Few: Released on August 10, 2018.
  • The Division 2: Released on March 15, 2019.
  • Xbox Game Pass: FastStart update: Released in July 2018.
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Released on September 14, 2018.
  • Devil May Cry 5: Released on March 8, 2019.
  • Dying Light 2: Release date TBA; rumored to be at this year's E3.
  • Battletoads: Release TBA.
  • Just Cause 4: Released on December 4, 2018.
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition: Released on January 11, 2019.
  • Gears Funko Pop game: Release TBA.
  • Gears Tactics game: Release TBA.
  • Gears of War 5: Release later in 2019; will likely be at E3.
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Release TBA; will be at E3 2019.
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps: Release TBA.
  • Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit: Released on June 26, 2018.
  • Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course: Release later in 2019.

For the most part, especially in third party games, the titles Microsoft featured on-stage were all out before the next E3. As for its first-party games, there are a good few you can look forward to at E3 2019, including Halo Infinite, Gears 5, and Ori 2.


Sony

While Sony won't be there this year, we can at least look back at what they had last year and check up on where their games are at. Sony's conference infamously featured only four preannounced games. (There were also a few in the interim between games, though.)

  • The Last of Us Part 2: Release TBA.
  • Ghost of Tsushima: Release TBA.
  • Control: Release later in 2019.
  • Resident Evil 2 Remake: Released on January 25, 2019.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3: Released on January 25, 2019.
  • Death Stranding: Releasing on November 8, 2019.
  • Nioh 2: Release TBA.
  • Marvel's Spider-Man: Released on September 7, 2018.
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken: Released on September 4, 2018.

We already got a pre-E3 update on Death Stranding and a few more of these came out in the interim between E3s. For the most part though, Sony's first-party games are MIA. Sony has, however, recently reaffirmed its commitment to bringing them to current-gen consoles. When that happens is still up in the air and will, presumably, not be answered this E3.


Nintendo

Nintendo's E3 2018 Direct was all about the Switch, focusing on a few farther-out projects before zooming the lens in on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I mean, really zooming in. This was a lot of Smash Ultimate info. Let's see how it's all shaken out!

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Released on December 7, 2018.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Releasing on July 26, 2019; likely to be at E3.
  • Daemon x Machina: Releasing later in 2019.
  • Super Mario Party: Released on October 5, 2018.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country: Released on September 14, 2018.
  • Hollow Knight: Released on Switch the day of the Direct.
  • Octopath Traveler: Released on July 13, 2018.
  • Killer Queen Black: Release TBA.
  • Overcooked 2: Released on August 7, 2018.
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ: Released on September 28, 2018.

Chances are, Nintendo will roll another montage of games coming to the Switch focused on third-party and independent games. Nintendo also carries the highest potential for a "play it now" announcement, which is pretty exciting in its own right. But this year, we can at least hope for a broader focus on a variety of games.


Bethesda

Bethesda's solo excursion had a lot of game announcements, as well as new stuff for a few released games. Fallout 76 was the obvious highlight, but there were a few teases that could point towards what they'll be showing this year.

  • Rage 2: Released May 14, 2019.
  • The Elder Scrolls Blades: In open early access since April 5, 2019.
  • The Elder Scrolls Legends on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One: Release TBA.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire expansion: Released October 22, 2018.
  • Doom Eternal: Release TBA; will be at E3 2019.
  • Quake Champions: Made free-to-play on August 10, 2018.
  • Prey DLC: Mooncrash available that night; Typhon Hunter released December 11, 2018.
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood: Releasing on July 26, 2019.
  • Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot: Releasing on July 26, 2019.
  • Fallout 76: Released on November 4, 2018.
  • Fallout Shelter on Switch, PS4: Available that night.
  • Starfield: Release TBA.
  • The Elder Scrolls 6: Release TBA.

Bethesda has a few major games to show, mainly Doom Eternal and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, but there's a lot of open room in its lineup. If history has shown us anything, you can likely expect a few small or "available now" updates for existing games, with more details on farther-out projects. A new game or two is entirely possible as well.


Square Enix

Square Enix's 2018 conference was an odd duck. Kingdom Hearts 3, arguably the largest game it had in the near future, featured at several other press conferences. It had major projects in the works, but they were conspicuously absent from the presentation. While that's left a lot for Square Enix to talk about this year, it made its 2018 a little slim.

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Released on September 14, 2018.
  • Final Fantasy 14 + Monster Hunter: World crossover: Monster Hunter: World content arrived in Final Fantasy 14 on August 7, 2018; Final Fantasy 14 content arrived in Monster Hunter: World on August 1, 2018.
  • Babylon's Fall: Releasing later in 2019.
  • Just Cause 4: Released on December 4, 2018.
  • The Quiet Man: Released, regrettably, on November 1, 2018.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3: Released on January 25, 2019.
  • Nier: Automata on Xbox One: Released on June 26, 2018.
  • Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age: Released on September 9, 2018.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake and the Avengers project are both notably absent from 2018, and both have already been confirmed to be shown in some capacity at E3 2019. I suppose E3 2018's woes are E3 2019's riches. What else could we expect to see? Some expansion of existing content, more information on Babylon's Fall, and possibly a new game or two. But the focus is, likely, on the two titans.


Ubisoft

Ubisoft might have just released a lot of games, between Trials Rising, Far Cry New Dawn, The Division 2, and the continuous rollout of content for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, but there are still a few games floating around out there and plenty of rumors about them. Ubisoft could have a very surprising 2019.

  • Just Dance 2019: Released on October 29, 2018, even on the Wii.
  • Beyond Good & Evil 2: Release TBA, is skipping E3.
  • Trials Rising: Released on February 26, 2019.
  • The Division 2: Released on March 15, 2019.
  • Skull & Bones: Delayed out past the 2019 fiscal year, won't be at E3
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas: Released on October 16, 2018.
  • For Honor: Breach mode available on October 16, 2018.
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Released on October 5, 2018.
  • The Crew 2: Released on June 29, 2018.
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong Adventure DLC: Released on June 26, 2018.

While Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Skull & Bones are skipping the shows, Ubisoft has a new Ghost Recon on the way, as well as few more surprises being teased. If 2018 is anything to go by, expect a few add-ons or expansions before Ubisoft gets into all the games planned for the coming year.


EA

While this isn't technically at E3, we're gonna count it anyways. EA Play had a lot of what you would expect, and this year isn't looking too different, with maybe a few exceptions. Let's see how EA's post-E3 2018 panned out.

  • Battlefield 5: Released on November 20, 2018.
  • FIFA 19: Released on September 28, 2018.
  • Origin Access Premier: Service went live on July 30, 2018.
  • Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order: Aiming for holiday 2019; will be at E3.
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2: The Clone Wars DLC trickled out throughout 2018.
  • Unravel Two: Available the day of the conference.
  • Sea of Solitude: Releasing on July 5, 2019.
  • NBA Live 19: Released on September 7, 2018.
  • Madden 19: Released on August 10, 2018.
  • Command and Conquer Rivals: Released on December 4, 2018.
  • Anthem: Released on February 22, 2019.

Overall, expect a similar EA Play to last year's conference, with maybe more of a focus on gameplay and Q&A than a traditional conference due to the planned "streaming day." Jedi Fallen Order and the typical sports crop are both expected, and newcomer Apex Legends is showing up with some new content to add some surprise.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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