E3 2016: All the new games and announcements from this year’s show
The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo – otherwise known as E3 – is the biggest video game conference in the world. Here's every game and announcement from the show.
As the biggest video games show on the annual calendar, E3 2016 will be the first time gamers will get to see many of the more than 200 up-and-coming games that they'll be playing later in the year. New titles, the latest releases from major franchises and independent masterpieces will all be on display, competing for the attention of video game players everywhere.
With keynotes from console manufacturers Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, as well as from many of the major publishers, there are going to be plenty of exciting announcements out of the show. As we get closer to the official E3 2016 launch, news is starting to come thick and fast on some of the key announcements and games we can expect to see.
Nintendo Treehouse Direct
New items, armour and more details about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild.
The new Legend of Zelda finally has a name and it is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild.
Sony PlayStation E3 2016
Our favourite bandicoot is also coming to Skylanders Imaginators, reuniting the Sony mascot with his dragon rival, Spyro.
Microsoft Xbox One E3 2016
Microsoft has announced Xbox Play Anywhere, a feature that allows Xbox fans to play their first party titles on both Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. Here is every title confirmed, so far.
A full wrap-up of all the big announcements and reveals from Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference, including new consoles, new hardware and new games.
During today’s Microsoft E3 2016 press conference keynote, the games industry giant announced new consoles and price drops for its existing Xbox One range.
Microsoft closed out its E3 keynote by trying to end the notion of console generations with the announcement of Project Scorpio.x
Microsoft kicked off its E3 2016 keynote with a bang, officially announcing its upgraded console, the Xbox One S.
Ubisoft E3 2016
For Honor gets a release date and an awesome new cinematic trailer that details the how desperation led to war.
"Mum, the new kid is trying to play with the ultimate cube of destruction." Ubisoft showcases South Park: The Fractured But Whole at E3 2016
Ubisoft showcases a tactical extraction mission in Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
Bethesda E3 2016
Hot off the heels of Prey's "re-announcement" at Bethesda's E3 conference, the PS4, Xbox One and PC box art has been revealed for the upcoming psychological thriller.
Bethesda and id Software have announced the next entry in the Quake series and suggested it’s only available on PC - but two weeks ago developer Marty Stratton hinted otherwise.
Here's everything we learned about Dishonored 2 at E3 2016.
"Good morning Morgan, you're not going to like what I have to say next": Bethesda announces Prey 2, now known as Prey, at E3 2016.
E3 2016 Analysis
We’re not too far away from Sony’s pre-E3 press conference on June 13, but we’re a long way from seeing any of its games.
As all eyes in the gaming world turn to E3 2016 in Los Angeles next week, we’ve examined the likelihood that the announced games will be out before E3 2017.
E3 2016 will be the biggest gaming convention of the year, with keynotes from leading games publishers Nintendo, Microsoft, Bethesda and Sony. Here's how to catch all the action.
When is E3 2016?
This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo will be held from 14-16 June 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony will all be offering keynote presentations to showcase what games and developments they are planning to release for their respective consoles for the coming year and beyond.
Major video game publishers including EA, Bethesda and Ubisoft will also have keynote presentations to show off upcoming titles, although in 2016, Activision, Wargaming and Disney have all decided to not attend the event.
Many of the E3 keynote presentations will be live streamed, so you can watch the announcements from the comfort of your desks or lounge rooms without having to attend the event in person. It's worth noting that the time difference between and Los Angeles will mean that for Australians most keynotes will take place in the morning of the day after the official date.
What should I expect from the hardware keynotes?
E3 is one of the best opportunities games companies have to announce their latest projects to the masses. But for Nintendo, the focus is going to be on games – starting with Zelda for the Wii U.
While the company has confirmed that the new Zelda title will be available on both the Wii U and the mysterious upcoming NX console, Nintendo has already confirmed that Zelda will be the only playable game from the publisher at E3. And even though Nintendo has previously stated the NX is set to be released in March 2017, it's doubtful the company will unveil it at E3, where it will have to compete for attention next to Sony and Microsoft's announcements.
Nintendo will also have footage from upcoming titles Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.
From the Sony camp, all signs point towards a focus on Playstation VR, which we already know is destined for a release in October later this year. There's also plenty of speculation around the official announcement of the PS4.5 – or Neo – which will offer improved internal specs over the PS4 as well as the ability to output games at 4K resolution.
Whether or not the Neo actually gets announced is yet to be seen, but it will certainly keep the keynote interesting. On the software front, expect to see updates to some of last year's big announcements – with titles like The Last Guardian, Horizon Zero Dawn recently delayed No Man's Sky sure to get screen time.
Meanwhile, Microsoft's keynote is a bit more mysterious. While it's certainly guaranteed we'll see first party titles like Gears of War 4 and Halo Wars 2 get some screen time, and it's likely Microsoft will promote its cross-platform support with Windows 10, everything else is a bit of a mystery.
Rumours are pointing towards an updated Xbox One Slim, plus some Chromecast-like streaming devices that will help deliver on the promise of the Xbox One being a centralised entertainment hub.
What should I expect from the software keynotes?
Every so often, games publishers manage to surprise the crowd with an unbelievably well-kept secret during an E3 keynote. But most of the time, it's an opportunity to show off fresh new trailers for expected games, hype trailers of things to come and officially unveil games that have been leaking over the past few months.
With the wide range of publishers and developers making their way to Los Angeles, there's going to be a huge range of games on display. Everything from Watch Dogs 2 to TitanFall 2 have all but been confirmed, but there's also hope that we'll see some exciting announcements from the likes of Rockstar Games (rumours of Red Dead Redemption 2 keep heating up) and Activision, despite neither having an official presence at the show.
EA is technically holding its own EA: Play event separate from E3 just before the official festivities kick off. We already know that EA is planning on releasing both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 this year, so it's almost guaranteed we'll see those in some form at E3.
Mass Effect: Andromeda has also been promised for EA Play, which is exciting news for Bioware fans. Plus, it wouldn't be an EA show if there wasn't even a snippet of FIFA 17.
Ubisoft has confirmed it will be taking the covers off Watch Dogs 2, though there's no word yet on when gamers might be able to play the game. Also confirmed for some airtime at the Ubisoft keynote is Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands and For Honor. There'll also be a chance for attendees to experience the new South Park: The fractured but whole and virtual reality experience Eagle Flight.
Bethesda delivered its first E3 keynote last year, but it was so well received that the publisher is back for another year. While Dishonored 2 is the most obvious reveal for the company (following last year's teaser), it would be crazy to not expect some DLC announcements for the recently released DOOM.