We’re just a few days away from the start of E3 2015. This year is sure to be packed with exciting announcements from the big three — Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo — as well as EA, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and for the first time, Bethesda.
We’re going to be live from the massive event all week long, and to help you follow along, we’ve put together a press conference guide that you can refer back to when you’re waiting for the next live stream.
We’ll have links to all the live streams below as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, here’s the full schedule:
Bethesda (Sunday at 7:00 pm PDT)
Despite having released some of the biggest hits of last generation, Bethesda has never held its own press conference. That changes this year. We know that Fallout 4 and Doom are both scheduled to appear during Bethesda’s presentation, but
Microsoft (Monday at 9:30 am PDT)
Xbox head Phil Spencer made a surprise appearance at the Oculus pre-E3 press conference on Thursday to reveal that the Xbox One controller would ship with every Oculus Rift. A partnership between Microsoft and Facebook is a pretty huge deal — can any Xbox One announcements top that?
We already know we’re getting a 1TB Xbox One and that Halo 5 is deep into development. We also learned that Scalebound and Crackdown will be missing E3, presumably in favor of showing off a more polished product at Gamescom in August. What surprises does Microsoft have in store?
EA (Monday at 1:00 pm PDT)
Madden, Sims, yeah, ok. The reason we’re all here is for the Battlefront reboot and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. There’s also a pretty good chance EA will show us more of the next Mass Effect — all we saw was some concept art last year, so temper your expectations until someone from BioWare actually takes the stage.
Ubisoft (Monday at 3:00 pm PDT)
Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the series as a whole, I am excited to hear more about Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The closer the Ubisoft brings the series to modern day, the more I’m tempted to give it another shot. We should also hear more about The Division (which has been delayed to 2016), Rainbox Six Siege and maybe some games from the Reflections studio that released Grow Home earlier this year.
Sony (Monday at 6:00 pm PDT)
Sony was a bit lacking in the first-party department for the first half of the year, so we’re hoping to see plenty of great exclusives at the conference this year. Uncharted 4, Ratchet & Clank and The Guardian even says that The Last Guardian is going to reappear at E3 2015. But as long as Rocket League gets a minute or two in the spotlight, I’ll be satisfied.
Nintendo (Tuesday at 9:00 am PDT)
Nintendo made the right decision last year by opting out of the live press conference in favor of a goofy yet impactful pre-recorded stream. Rather than waste time bringing executives out on stage, we got what we wanted — video game announcements.
Of the big three, I’m most curious to see what Nintendo is bringing to its home console in 2015. Splatoon was fantastic, but if its the last big first-party game we’re getting on the Wii U before the fall, I’ll be more than a little disappointed.
Square Enix (Tuesday at 10:00 am PDT)
Square Enix is publishing three of my ten most anticipated games at E3, but I’m more interested to see what they have to show from their own development teams. Will we see more of Final Fantasy XV? Is Kingdom Hearts 3 ready for primetime? Is Final Fantasy X already being remastered for the PS5? Who knows, but we’ll find out next Tuesday right before the show floor opens.
PC Gaming Show (Tuesday at 5:00 pm PDT)
I don’t really understand the point of the PC Gaming Show. I play games on my PC as often as I do on any console, but I don’t think PCs need their own show. That said, if Blizzard announces a new Hearthstone expansion, I’ll be the first to change my tune.
And that’s E3 2015! We’ll have live blogs, hands-on impressions, photo galleries and more all week long, so be sure to check back often for all the latest from the show floor.