E3 2018 Conference Guide: Australian dates, times and where to stream
If you're watching this year's E3 press conferences from Australia, you may want to stock up on coffee.
As it is every year, 2018's E3 is sure to be full of wonderful surprises, highly-anticipated gameplay trailers and more than a few on-air gaffs. However, unless you're one of the lucky few Australians actually jetting out of the country for the event, you'll know too well the familiar routine of sitting alone in a room illuminated only by your computer screen, coffee in hand, trying to keep the volume down on your gasps and guffaws. Don't worry, we'll be doing the same.
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The PST to AEST timezone difference can be a cruel and inconsiderate beast at times with conferences starting as early (or late?) as midnight in Australia and New Zealand.
To save you the hassle of scrambling around for a stream at the crack of dawn, we've listed the times and dates for every E3 stream and exactly where you can catch them on the day.
|EA Play||10 June||Sunday||4:00 AM||3:30 AM||2:00 AM||4:30 AM||6:00 AM|
|Microsoft/Xbox||11 June||Monday||6:00 AM||5:30 AM||4:00 AM||6:30 AM||8:00 AM|
|Bethesda||11 June||Monday||11:30 AM||11:00 AM||9:30 AM||12:00 PM||1:30 PM|
|Devolver||11 June||Monday||1:00 PM||12:30 PM||11:00 PM||1:30 PM||3:00 PM|
|Square Enix||12 June||Tuesday||3:00 AM||2:30 AM||1:00 AM||3:20 AM||5:00 AM|
|Ubisoft||12 June||Tuesday||6:00 AM||5:30 AM||4:00 AM||6:30 AM||8:00 AM|
|PC Gaming Show||12 June||Tuesday||8:00 AM||7:30 AM||6:00 AM||8:30 AM||10:00 AM|
|Sony/PlayStation||12 June||Tuesday||11:00 AM||10:30 AM||9:00 AM||11:30 AM||1:00 PM|
|Nintendo||13 June||Wednesday||2:00 AM||1:30 AM||12:00 AM||2:30 AM||4:00 AM|
We've embedded the relevant streams below for your convenience.
No doubt, everyone is going to love ragging on whatever EA shows off after the absolute carnage around Battlefront II's microtransactions and subsequent sacking of Visceral and shady repurposing of its highly-anticipated single-player Star Wars game.
With that said, I'm quietly excited to see a little more of Anthem and fondly remember the lovely little surprise that was A Way Out from last year's show.
Last year, Microsoft spent the majority of the show talking up the Xbox One X. Now with their powerhouse console out in the wild, we're hoping Xbox spends some time focusing on software. There have been whispers of both a new Halo and a new Gears of War but personally, I'm keen for Microsoft to show off some totally new IP.
Last year's Bethesda conference wasn't short of leaks but it still managed to blow us away with one insane trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Rage 2 and Fallout 76 have already been announced so we'll no doubt see a lot of those games, but it's still possible Bethesda has a third, unannounced surprise up its sleeve.
Devolver's presentation last year was a gratuitous satire of E3 press conferences and it was bloody beautiful. Here's hoping it can be topped this year.
After dropping the series, Square Enix's 2018 E3 conference will have a gaping hole where Hitman 2 could have been. Hopefully its filled with enough Kingdom Hearts III, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy VII remake gameplay footage to make up for it.
Another year, another leaked Assassin's Creed. Assassin's Creed Odyssey did a terrible job of sneaking into this year's E3 but lets hope there's some more surprises like The Division 2 and Beyond Good and Evil 2 in the bank.
PC Gaming Show
The PC Gaming Show is typically seen as the "everything else" conference where smaller studios get their chance to tangle with the big AAA publishers. Last year's gave us a little more XCOM 2, BattleTech and more.
The big (and naughty) dog of E3 is usually the one to beat in terms of well-kept secrets and huge game announcements. We know for sure we'll see more of The Last of Us Part II and the upcoming Spider-Man but fingers-crossed we get a closer look at Ghost of Tsushima and a few extra surprises for old time's sake. Hold on the Death Stranding for now, thanks.
The anti-social, anti-E3 Ninty has extended an olive branch this year and has specifically titled its Nintendo Direct "Nintendo at E3 2018". There will be a Super Smash Bros. invitational (very excite), a Splatoon 2 World Championship and no doubt some Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee and hopefully... hopefully, some Metroid Prime 4 and/or 2019 Pokémon news.