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E3 2018: 86 games you’ll be able to play this year

Matt Sayer 13 June 2018 NEWS

More than half of the games shown at this year's E3 are set to arrive before Christmas.

One of the best trends we've seen in recent years is the shift away from companies announcing games as early as possible. More and more often, new games are only revealed during the last year of their development cycle, avoiding the fatigue that sets in when a game is hyped up for years on end.

In keeping with this trend, E3 2018 played host to a wealth of games slated for release before the end of the year. 86 titles shown during the various press conferences were accompanied by a 2018 release date, more than half of the 162 that shared the spotlight throughout the event. This is a considerable increase over last year, where just 49 of the 109 games shown were slated for a pre-Christmas release.


While we've been keeping track of all the games shown at E3 2018, we've also put together a list for those more interested in games they'll be able to get their hands on in the near future. Below, you'll find every PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC game shown at E3 2018 set to release before the year is out.

Name Game info Description Trailer
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Switch
Release date: 7 December 2018
All characters from every Super Smash Bros. game make their return in the largest Smash game yet. Fighters like Link, Fox and Mario have been upgraded with new moves inspired by their latest Switch games. Watch trailer
The World Ends With You Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: Switch
Release date: Spring 2018
From Nintendo DS to Nintendo Switch, this quirky 2D RPG gets another chance to charm your pants off. Watch trailer
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Developer: NIS America
Platforms: Switch, PS4
Release date: 7 September 2018
A 2D, 2v2 fighting game that features the most popular female characters from SNK games like The King of Fighters. Watch trailer
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Switch
Release date: 13 July 2018
One of the Wii U's best hidden gems gets a second lease on life on the Nintendo Switch. Watch trailer
Dragon Ball FighterZ Developer: Arc System Works
Platforms: Switch
Release date: 2018
Go Super Saiyan with this fast-paced anime fighter, coming to Switch in all its cel-shaded glory. Watch trailer
Arena of Valor Developer: Tencent Games
Platforms: Switch
Release date: Spring 2018
One of the most popular mobile games in the world arrives on Nintendo Switch this year. Watch trailer
Hollow Knight Developer: Team Cherry
Platforms: Switch
Release date: Out now (2018)
A moody Metroidvania set in a grim world populated by monstrous beetles. Watch trailer
Killer Queen Black Developer: Bumblebear Games
Platforms: Switch
Release date: 2018
The classic arcade action-strategy game is now available in digital form on Nintendo Switch. Redesigned from the ground up, it now features online play. Watch trailer
Overcooked 2 Developer: Ghost Town Games
Platforms: Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 7 August 2018
The co-operative cooking game gets even more hectic with new environments, online multiplayer and the ability to throw ingredients. Watch trailer
Fortnite Developer: Epic Games
Platforms: Switch
Release date: Out now (2018)
The most popular battle royale game in the world arrives on Nintendo Switch in its full glory. Watch trailer
Super Mario Party Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Switch
Release date: 5 October 2018
The Mario Party franchise makes its Switch debut in Super Mario Party. The series' trademark board game traversal and mini-game mayhem is all here, plus a bunch of new modes including one that spans two Nintendo Switch consoles. Watch trailer
Pokemon Let's Go Eevee / Let's Go Pikachu Developer: Pokemon Corporation
Platforms: Switch
Release date: 16 November 2018
The Switch's first true Pokemon game lets you catch and carry around Pokemon in the real world via the optional Poke Ball peripheral. Watch trailer
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country Developer: Monolith Soft
Platforms: Switch
Release date: September 2018
A new chapter in the Xenoblade Chronicles franchise set 500 years before Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Features a refined battle system and a brand new story. Watch trailer
Deracine Developer: From Software
Platforms: PSVR
Release date: 2018
A new direction for From Software, Deracine aims to tell a more intimate story in virtual reality. You play as a spirit summoned by a young girl, tasked with helping the students in a boarding school. Watch trailer
Spider-Man Developer: Insomniac Games
Platforms: PS4
Release date: 7 September 2018
Everyone's favourite web-slinger shows off his new moves as he attempts to stop some of his most iconic villains from staging a prison escape. Watch trailer
Destiny 2: Forsaken Developer: Bungie
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 4 September 2018
A sneak peek at the story coming in the next addition to Destiny 2. Watch trailer
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Developer: Treyarch
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 12 October 2018
Remastered maps from Black Ops and Black Ops II are coming to Black Ops 4 when it launches later this year. Watch trailer
Rapture Rejects Developer: Galvanic games
Platforms: PC
Release date: 2018
A top-down take on the battle royale genre styled after the Cyanide and Happiness comic strip. That same comedic tone is in full force as players duke it out in bloody battle. Watch trailer
Anno 1800 Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: PC
Release date: Winter 2018
The Anno series ventures into the 1800s where you build out your empire city by city. Watch trailer
Ooblets Developer: Glumberland
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release date: 2018
This adorable mash-up of Pokemon and Harvest Moon sees you build a farm and grow magical creatures to battle it out in dance-based combat. Watch trailer
Realm Royale Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
Platforms: PC
Release date: Out now (2018)
Hi-Rez's take on battle royale differentiates itself by having you craft legendary weapons mid-match at attention-attracting forges. Along with standard shotguns and assault rifles, you can equip yourself with fantasy weapons like ice staffs, crossbows and swords. Watch trailer
Two Point Hospital Developer: Two Point Studios
Platforms: PC
Release date: 2018
Design, build and run your own hospital, deciding how to manage and cure your patients. Wacky humour brings plenty of levity to this simulation game from the creators of the original Theme Hospital. Watch trailer
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Developer: Telltale Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: 14 August 2018
Unscripted combat makes its debut in the final season of Telltale's lauded narrative-focused adventure game. Unlike previous games, you now have greater control over the camera and can explore environments at will. Watch trailer
Overkill's The Walking Dead Developer: Overkill
Platforms: PC
Release date: 6 November 2018
From the studio that developed the Payday games, this take on The Walking Dead sees you and up to three friends shoot, stab and loot your way through hordes of shambling undead. Watch trailer
Don't Starve: Hamlet Developer: Klei Entertainment
Platforms: PC
Release date: December 2018
Eke out your survival in a brand new world festooned with deadly monsters and more dangers than you can poke a stick at. Watch trailer
Genesis: Alpha One Developer: Radiation Blue
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: 4 September 2018
Hunt down alien creatures then harvest their DNA to improve your crew in this sci-fi survival game. Watch trailer
Jurassic World Evolution Developer: Frontier Development
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: 13 June 2018
Jeff Goldblum knows that this dinosaur park simulator is certain to bring about your doom. Watch trailer
Overwhelm Developer: Untitled Publisher
Platforms: PC
Release date: Right now (2018)
A blood-splattered side-scrolling platform shooter with a minimalist pixel-art aesthetic. Watch trailer
Bravery Network Online Developer: Untitled Publisher
Platforms: PC
Release date: 2018
A 2D turn-based strategy RPG with a cartoon art style. Watch trailer
Killing Floor 2: The Summer Sideshow Developer: Tripwire Interactive
Platforms: PC
Release date: 12 June 2018
A spin-off of Killing Floor 2, The Summer Sideshow has you slaughtering circus robots atop an airship. Watch trailer
Yakuza Zero Developer: SEGA
Platforms: PC
Release date: August 2018
The excellent Yakuza prequel makes its way to PC. Watch trailer
Warframe: The Sacrifice Developer: Digital Extremes
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release date: June 2018
The latest entry in Warframe's cinematic story campaign, The Sacrifice brings the Umbra Warframe to the massively-popular multiplayer game. Watch trailer
Archangel: Hellfire Developer: Skydance
Platforms: PC
Release date: 17 July 2018
Single and multiplayer mech combat with a heavy focus on destructible environments. Watch trailer
Hunt: Showdown Developer: N/A
Platforms: PC
Release date: Out now (2018)
A vintage crossbow, throwing knife and sticky bomb along with the new Water Devil monster come to the co-op first-person shooter. Watch trailer
Star Control Origins Developer: Stardock
Platforms: PC
Release date: 20 September 2018
With thousands of different planets to explore, Star Control Origins sees you journey on an epic narrative while interacting with alien races and engaging in fast-paced combat. Watch trailer
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy: Future Tense Developer: Vicarious Visions
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Release date: 29 June 2018
A brand new level built for the remastered PlayStation platformer. Coming to all platforms. Watch trailer
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 5 October 2018
Taking place in Ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War, Assassin's Creed Odyssey follows the two characters Kassandra and Alexios, Spartan warriors sent on a mercenary adventure across the world. Will feature a greater focus on sailing and ship combat, with the ability to assemble your crew and customise your boat. Watch trailer
The Crew 2 Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 29 June 2018
Fly planes, race boats and drive all manner of four- and two-wheeled machines in The Crew 2's open-world America. Watch trailer
For Honor: Marching Fire Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 16 October 2018
A new faction, four new fighters and more single-player content are coming to Ubisoft's historical 3D fighter. Competitive players will also enjoy a new 4v4 multiplayer mode: Breach. Watch trailer
Starlink: Battle for Atlas Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: Switch, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: 16 October 2018
Combining the toys-to-life genre with space combat, Starlink sees you journey across different planets in the Atlas star system as you battle against the Forgotten Legion. Nintendo Switch players will enjoy exclusive content in the form of Star Fox's iconic ship. Watch trailer
Transference Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, VR
Release date: Spring 2018
A psychological thriller set in a digital simulation built from the minds of a troubled scientist's family. Watch trailer
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: Switch
Release date: 26 June 2018
This DLC expansion for Mario + Rabbids adds Donkey Kong and a Rabbid version of Cranky Kong to the turn-based strategy game. Watch trailer
Just Dance 2019 Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release date: 25 October 2018
Another entry in the phenomenally-popular dancing franchise. Just Dance 2019 will feature 40 new songs including tracks from Bruno Mars, MC Fioti and more. Watch trailer
Cosmic Star Heroine Developer: Zeboyd Games
Platforms: Switch
Release date: August 2018
This sci-fi, turn-based RPG takes inspiration from classics like Chrono Trigger while streamlining gameplay with modern sensibilities. Watch trailer
Octopath Traveller Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: Switch
Release date: 13 July 2018
Beautiful sprites and semi-3D worlds bring a deep RPG experience to the Nintendo Switch. Watch trailer
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4, PC
Release date: 4 September 2018
Dragons, flaming swords and spectacular magic look even better in Dragon Quest XI's cel-shaded world. Watch trailer
Team Sonic Racing Developer: Sumo Digital
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release date: Summer 2018
Sonic and co. return for a team-based kart racer full of high-speed stunts and vibrant visuals. Watch trailer
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise Developer: SEGA
Platforms: PS4
Release date: 2 October 2018
Set in the world of the Fist of the North Star manga, Lost Paradise imagines an alternate reality where Earth has been reduced to a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Protagonist Kenshiro will take on thousands of thugs in a customisable buggy. Watch trailer
SCUM Developer: Gamepires
Platforms: PC
Release date: August 2018
Channelling the spirit of The Running Man, SCUM throws you into a battle for survival on the island of Bagne de Cayenne. Prisoners must contend with basic needs like hunger and temperature while crafting weapons and tools to ensure they're the last one standing. Watch trailer
Metal Wolf Chaos XD Developer: General Arcade
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 2018
From Software's classic mech game is back for PC and consoles with updated visuals and widescreen support. Watch trailer
The Elder Scrolls: Blades Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Platforms: iOS, Android, PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: 2018
A full first-person RPG with free movement and swipe-based combat. Features hand-crafted and procedurally-generated dungeons. Watch trailer
Fallout Shelter Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch
Release date: Out now (2018)
Now PS4 and Nintendo Switch owners can join the millions of people who've managed their own fallout shelters in the post-apocalypse. Watch trailer
Fallout 76 Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: 14 November 2018
A multiplayer-focused online prequel to all other Fallout games. Set in West Virginia, it promises a world four times the size of any previous Fallout title. Building and survival play a prominent role, with you taking charge of rebuilding the world after the bombs have fallen. Watch trailer
Prey: Typhon Hunter VR Developer: Arkane Software
Platforms: VR
Release date: 2018
A PvP VR experience as well as a separate single-player experience designed specifically for virtual reality.
Prey: Mooncrash Developer: Arkane Software
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: Out now (2018)
An infinitely-replayable expansion to Prey set on the Moon. Taking cues from rogue-likes, each time you die the world changes, promising a unique experience each time. Watch trailer
The Elder Scrolls: Legends Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release date: 2018
Bethesda is completely overhauling the visual design of its Elder Scrolls based card game for release on current-gen consoles. Watch trailer
Just Cause 4 Developer: Avalanche Studios
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: 4 December 2018
If you've been yearning for more Rico, your prayers have been answered in Just Cause 4. Huge explosions and death-defying stunts are just some of the absurd antics coming later this year. Watch trailer
Black Desert Developer: Pearl Abyss
Platforms: Xbox One
Release date: Spring 2018
The popular Korean open-world MMO makes its way to Xbox One this year. Watch trailer
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: 14 September 2018
Lara's latest adventure looks to be as jam-packed with crumbling ruins, ancient puzzles and brutal survival gameplay as ever. Watch trailer
Ashen Developer: Aurora44
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release date: 2018
Taking cues from the Souls games, Ashen features difficult combat, a dark world and passive multiplayer components. Watch trailer
Dead Cells Developer: Motion Twin
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Switch
Release date: 2018
A procedurally-generated "Metroidvania", Dead Cells places a heavy emphasis on brutal combat, exploration and steady progression each time you die. Watch trailer
WarGroove Developer: Chucklefish
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Switch
Release date: 2018
Inspired by Advance Wars, Wargroove aims to bring that same pick-up-and-play tactical action to modern platforms. Watch trailer
The Wind Road Developer: Jiayuan Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release date: 2018
A combat-focused RPG built around Chinese martial arts. Watch trailer
Bomber Crew Developer: N/A
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Switch
Release date: 2018
Manage a crew of bomber pilots as you fly into enemy territory and dodge AA guns, radar installations and other enemy pilots. Watch trailer
Harold Halibut Developer: Slow Bros.
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: 2018
Trapped in a wrecked space ship on a planet consumed by ocean, Harold Halibut must find a way to repair his refuge and discover the secrets of this alien world. Watch trailer
Planet Alpha Developer: Planet Alpha ApS
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch
Release date: 2018
An atmospheric platformer that combines puzzles, stealth and exploration with a vibrant alien world. Watch trailer
Super Meat Boy Forever Developer: Team Meat
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch
Release date: 2018
Dynamically-generated levels based on difficulty and an attack button add a whole new dimension to the brutally-tough platforming of Super Meat Boy. Watch trailer
Below Developer: Capybara
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release date: 2018
The long-awaited rogue-like adventure game is set to finally release this year. Watch trailer
Warhammer Vermintide II Developer: Fatshark
Platforms: Xbox One
Release date: Winter 2018
The fantasy spin on Left 4 Dead is on its way to Xbox One later this year. Watch trailer
The Golf Club 2019 Developer: H.B. Studios
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: 2018
A brand new PGA Tour career mode joins a slew of enhancements in the latest round of golfing simulation. Watch trailer
Kingdom Two Crowns Developer: Raw Fury
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch
Release date: 2018
The third entry in the Kingdom series brings local co-op and a story campaign to the 2D strategy series. Watch trailer
Outer Wilds Developer: Mobius Digital
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release date: 2018
Explore the vast reaches of the solar system by flying from planet to planet and venturing into the ruins of an alien civilization. Watch trailer
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Developer: Namco Tales Studio
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch
Release date: Summer 2018
A remaster of the classic 2008 Japanese role-playing game. Watch trailer
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Developer: Bluehole Studios
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release date: Summer 2018
A brand new Winter-themed map comes to PUBG later this year. Watch trailer
We Happy Few Developer: Compulsion Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PC, PS4
Release date: 10 August 2018
The bizarre British adventure of We Happy Few shows off more of its weird, weird world. Watch trailer
Forza Horizon 4 Developer: Playground Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release date: 2 October 2018
Set in Britain, Forza Horizon 4 focuses on weather and changing seasons to add a new layer to its open-world racing. This time around, the game features a shared online world for multiplayer mayhem. Watch trailer
Battlefield V Developer: EA
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: 19 October 2018
A quick tease of Battlefield V's campaign. Watch trailer
Nier Automata Developer: Platinum Games
Platforms: Xbox One
Release date: 26 June 2018
The critically-acclaimed sci-fi RPG makes its way to Xbox One later this month. Watch trailer
Command and Conquer: Rivals Developer: EA
Platforms: iOS and Android
Release date: 10 June 2018
Command and Conquer: Rivals returns in 2018 with a mobile title focused on competitive multiplayer. Android players can sign up for the pre-alpha immediately. Watch trailer
NBA Live 19 Developer: EA Tiburon
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Release date: 7 September 2018
Both Madden 19 and NBA Live 19 introduce Real Player Motion tech. NBA Live 19's The One lets you build your squad from the ground up to take over the globe. Watch trailer
Madden 19 Developer: EA Tiburon
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Release date: 10 August 2018
For the first time in a long time, Madden is coming to PC with Madden 19 as well as Xbox One and PS4. Watch trailer
Unravel Two Developer: ColdWood Interactive
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 10 June 2018
Unravel's epic Yarny returns with an adorable multiplayer focus. Two players must work together to survive and solve puzzles using threads of yarn. Watch trailer
FIFA 19 Developer: EA
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Release date: 28 September 2018
EA's FIFA 19 brings back Alex Hunter's Journey and for the first time allows you to compete in the legendary UEFA tournament. A free trial was announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC available immediately and a demo mode also coming to Nintendo Switch. Watch trailer
Paladins Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
Platforms: Switch
Release date: 12 June 2018
Hi-Rez Studios class-based online shooter makes its way to the Nintendo Switch, retaining its 60fps performance and adding support for cross-platform multiplayer with players on Xbox One. Watch trailer
Hitman 2 Developer: IO Interactive
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 13 November 2018
Agent 47 is back for another jaunt through a world of assassination. Featuring six new large-scale environments, a new story campaign and the return of the much-loved Elusive Targets, HITMAN 2 looks to deliver plenty more of what made the first game so successful. Watch trailer
Tetris Effect Developer: Q Entertainment
Platforms: PS4
Release date: Spring 2018
A new take on the classic Tetris formula, developed by the studio behind Lumines and Rez. With pulsing music and a cornucopia of explosive visual effects, the game looks to tap into the same sense of synaesthesia Q Entertainment's previous titles are known for. Watch trailer

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