What We Want At E3 2018: Fallout 76, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, And More

E3 2018 is fast approaching and our excitement for the biggest upcoming games continues to build. The show is bound to yield plenty of announcements and surprising reveals from companies, like Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, and more. To prepare you for the upcoming event, we’ve created multiple features on the biggest games we’re likely to hear more about at E3, detailing everything we know so far about them and everything we’d love to hear. Below you can find a list of all the features we’ve made thus far. Be sure to check back often as we update this roundup with even more features.

Anthem

There’s a lot of excitement around Anthem leading into E3 2018 since it’s BioWare’s next big project and new IP. Expectations are high given this is a franchise debut from the same studio that brought us a slew of iconic RPGs: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, and Baldur’s Gate to name a few. To give you a look at what’s ahead, here’s what we know about Anthem, as well as what we’re hoping to see from it at this year’s E3. [BioWare’s Anthem: What We Want At E3 2018]

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

A new Assassin’s Creed game is inevitable; it’s only a matter of time before it comes along. May’s big Walmart Canada leak suggested an announcement could be coming soon, and it increasingly looks as if E3 might be when we get to hear about the game. A new leak has revealed a possible name–Odyssey–and setting for the next Assassin’s Creed, which may be coming out by the end of March 2019. [Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: What We Want At E3 2018]

Battlefield V

EA’s Battlefield V is definitely a game we’re excited to learn more about at E3 2018. Following the game’s announcement earlier this month, EA and developer DICE plan to talk a lot more about it next month at E3. In this feature we’re rounding up important details about the game including what we know about it so far, what’s confirmed for E3, and what we hope to see from the game at the show. [Battlefield 5: What We Want At E3 2018]

Borderlands 3

A new Borderlands game has been expected for some time now. The series is among 2K’s most successful franchises, and Borderlands 3 has been teased time and again. We know 2K has a new (but as-of-yet unannounced) game for one of its big franchises in the works, although it was recently delayed–rather than releasing by the end of March 2019, it’s not due until sometime between April 2019 and March 2020. That suddenly makes it less likely that E3 2018 is where we get a look at Borderlands 3–or whatever the game ends up being called. Nevertheless, here’s what we know about the potential project, as well as what we’d hope to see from an E3 reveal. [Borderlands 3: What We Want At E3 2018]

Call of Duty Black Ops 4

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Treyarch is planning some interesting changes to the familiar Call of Duty formula with Black Ops 4. While every game in the long-running FPS series has had its own spin on things over the years, this year’s game is looking to buck some trends that has already made the community stand up and take notice. There was a lot to take in from the May 17 reveal event, so here’s a more detailed breakdown of what’s coming up for Blacks Ops 4, and we want to see at E3 2018. [Call Of Duty Black Ops 4: What We Want At E3 2018]

Cyberpunk 2077

E3 promises to bring news on lots of big games, and CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely one we’re excited to learn more about. While it is not confirmed to be at the event, signs are pointing to some kind of reveal in June. In this feature we’re rounding up important details about the game like what we know about it so far, what’s confirmed for E3, and what we hope to see from the game at the show. [Cyberpunk 2077: What We Want At E3 2018]

Days Gone

The setting is the Pacific Northwest. Freakers are on the loose. A biker gang rides on at the end of the world. This is Days Gone, the latest game from Sony’s Bend Studio, the team behind the Syphon Filter series and the handheld Resistance and Uncharted games. But Days Gone is bigger than anything Bend has done before. It’s an ambitious, open-world game in which you can travel vast distances while being stalked by hordes of zombie-like enemies. [Days Gone: What We Want At E3 2018]

Death Stranding

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Death Stranding is one of the most exciting upcoming games appearing at E3 2018. The next project from famed developer Hideo Kojima has had us intrigued ever since its provocative E3 2016 reveal trailer. With the game confirmed as one of the four major games Sony intends to primarily focus on during its press conference, our hype and anticipation only continues to build. To prepare you for what’s ahead, here’s what we know about Death Stranding. [Death Stranding: What We Want At E3 2018]

The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division came out in 2016 and it seemed like an ideal cross between shooter and MMORPG. The game immediately set itself apart with its contemporary setting, a realistic depiction of a snow-covered New York City enveloped in a pandemic crisis. Two years later, Ubisoft has announced that a sequel is in the works and that it’s set to appear at E3 2018. [The Division 2: What We Want At E3 2018]

Fallout 76

After nearly 24 hours of teasing on their official livestream, Bethesda has revealed the next installment in its post-apocalyptic series with Fallout 76. Set for release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the next game looks to focus a lot more on life within the insular inner-worlds of Vaults, and what comes after. Though the trailer was a satisfying teaser for what’s the come, there’s still a lot we want to know–so here’s a more detailed breakdown of what Fallout 76 is all about, and we want to see at E3 2018. [Fallout 76: What We Want At E3 2018]

Ghost of Tsushima

Revealed at Paris Games Week 2017, Ghost of Tsushima is one of Sony’s newest exclusives. There’s much excitement around the upcoming open-world game, as its premise as a historically authentic samurai action game is one its most unique aspects. Here’s what we know about Ghost of Tsushima, as well as what we’re hoping to see from it at this year’s E3. [Ghost of Tsushima PS4: What We Want At E3 2018]

Kingdom Hearts 3

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Kingdom Hearts III has been a long time coming. While the series has had several spin-offs and side-stories since Kingdom Hearts II released 13 years ago, this is the game fans have been waiting for. To ready you for what’s ahead, here’s what we know about Kingdom Hearts III today, and what we’re hoping to see from it at E3 2018. [Kingdom Hearts 3: What We Want At E3 2018]

Metroid Prime 4

Knowing full well that it would leave fans wondering what’s to come, Nintendo’s E3 2017 reveal that Metroid Prime 4 is in development was short but sweet. All we got was a logo, and Bill Trinen’s word that it is due to ship sometime “beyond 2017.” We are well into 2018 now and there’s still nary a word about what the game will look like, let alone what studio is currently piecing it together. Assuming that Nintendo makes a big show at this year’s E3, here’s what we hope to find out about the secretive sequel. [Metroid Prime 4: What We Want At E3 2018]

Pokemon Switch

Though not confirmed to appear during Nintendo’s E3 2018 presentation, the upcoming Nintendo Switch Pokemon game is high on our wishlist this year. Here’s everything we know about the game and everything we really want to see come June. [Pokemon On Nintendo Switch: What We Want At E3 2018]

Rage 2

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After a retailer leak and a series of teaser images, we finally got confirmation that Rage 2 is real. Bethesda released a live-action reveal trailer that set the tone for the game and a follow-up gameplay trailer that gave us a glimpse at some in-engine action. Senior vice president of Bethesda Pete Hines has confirmed that we’ll find out even more about the game at E3, so in preparation for that, here’s a wrap-up of everything we know so far and what we want to see more of when June rolls around. [Rage 2: What We Want At E3 2018]

Splinter Cell

The Splinter Cell series has been dormant for quite some time now. Ubisoft has done little with its signature stealth-action game franchise for half a decade, but there have been enough shreds of potential information to think a new Splinter Cell game might finally be happening. With Metal Gear Solid in a weird place after Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami, the time is certainly right. Here’s what we know about the status of Splinter Cell, as well as what we’d hope to see at E3 2018 if Ubisoft does decide to surprise us. [Splinter Cell: What We Know And Want At E3 2018]

Super Smash Bros. Switch

E3 promises to bring news on lots of big games, and Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. for Switch is unquestionably one of the show’s most anticipated titles. Nintendo has already said the fighting game will be the focus of its overall showing this year, so you can expect a lot of news and reveals during the event. In this feature we’re rounding up important details about the game like what we know about it so far, what’s confirmed for E3, and what we hope to see from the game at the show. [Super Smash Bros. Switch: What We Want At E3 2018]

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/what-we-want-at-e3-2018-fallout-76-assassins-creed/1100-6459279/

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: What We Want At E3 2018

A new Assassin’s Creed game is inevitable; it’s only a matter of time before it comes along. May’s big Walmart Canada leak suggested an announcement could be coming soon, and it increasingly looks as if E3 might be when we get to hear about the game. While not yet officially announced, here’s what little we (possibly) know about the game–reportedly titled Assassin’s Creed Odyssey–and what we want to see at E3 2018.

What We Know So Far

Ubisoft has yet to confirm a new Assassin’s Creed, so nothing is certain. The publisher did recently say it has an unannounced triple-A game launching during the current fiscal year, which runs through March 2019. It’s unclear whether this game is a new IP or part of an existing one, but the fact that it didn’t tout it as a new one suggests it’s a sequel–meaning Assassin’s Creed fits the bill perfectly. (Of course, it could also be a new Splinter Cell.)

The aforementioned Walmart Canada leak has already been proven correct about a pair of games, Rage 2 and Lego DC Super-Villains. That doesn’t mean the other games that were listed are real, but it does make the one for something simply called “Assassin’s Creed” a bit more believable.

Further bolstering the case for a new game is a report by JeuxVideo, which obtained an image of a collectible keychain. The packaging features what could be the name of the game, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The keychain itself is what looks like an Ancient Greek helmet; combined with the name, Ancient Greece could very well be the game’s setting.

What’s Confirmed For E3?

Nothing at all at this point, on account of the game not being announced. But the Walmart Canada leak and possible release timing would make E3 the perfect time for an announcement. Ubisoft has teased it’ll have something to reveal during its press conference.

It might feel a little soon for a new game, as Assassin’s Creed Origins only released this past fall. But with the exception of the gap that preceded it, AC has traditionally seen annual installments. Odyssey could be a return to that release schedule.

What We Hope To See At E3

One welcome change we’d love to see is more variety in mission design. Origins frequently boiled down to clearing an enemy camp or rescuing a prisoner from one. Those are fine, but having more things to do–and more options in how to tackle a given situation–would help to keep things fresh, particularly during side quests.

Assassin's Creed Origins
Assassin’s Creed Origins

Origins also improved upon the series’ combat, but it remained relatively loose and unrefined. With Ancient Greece having such a rich history when it comes to fighting and warfare, we’d love to see this area of the game further overhauled.

Likewise, we want to see the world itself bolstered. Origins’ cities were fascinating to explore, but outside of them, there were huge swaths of empty land that did little but pad out the world’s size. One way of doing this could be to provide meaningful reasons to go places and collect things, rather than the numerous “go here and collect an object that serves no purpose” objectives in Origins. Our fingers are crossed that Discovery Tour also makes a return.

After so many rapid-fire sequels, Origins was lauded for introducing a number of new mechanics and RPG elements, even if it wasn’t a complete reimagining for the series. The number of changes can perhaps be attributed in part to the additional development time that was spent on the game. If Ubisoft does plan to bring out a new entry this year, what we’d love more than anything is for it to demonstrate that this is another meaningful step forward for the franchise.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/assassins-creed-odyssey-what-we-want-at-e3-2018/1100-6459337/

E3 2018 EA Press Conference: What Time Is It On And How To Watch

The details of EA’s press conference at E3 2018 are out, and that means we’re getting closer to seeing all the big announcements from one of the world’s biggest video game companies. You’ll be able to watch the event, which should be packed with news about Battlefield V and Anthem, here on GameSpot.

Once again, EA’s press conference is the first event of E3, taking place on the Saturday before everything gets underway in Los Angeles. The event actually kicks off three days of EA events; until June 11, EA Play takes place at a separate venue in Hollywood, featuring player events, featuring lots of demos and fan-centric content. Here’s the exact schedule for EA’s press conference:

EA E3 2018 Press Conference Start Time

Saturday, June 9

  • 11 AM PT
  • 2 PM ET
  • 7 PM BST
  • 4 AM AEST (June 10)

So far, we know EA will be dropping some news about Battlefield V, DICE’s World War II first-person shooter. Here are all the Battlefield V details we have so far. The other big one, BioWare’s Anthem, is still more of a mystery. Anthem will be an open-world action game with a very Destiny-esque feel. We know it will support co-op multiplayer that you will also be able to play it on your own, but there are still many questions left about gameplay and story (battle royale?). Here’s everything we want from Anthem at E3.

We’re also certain to hear more about EA’s sports titles, as well, including Madden NFL 19, which has now been officially announced and will release on August 10 on PS4 and Xbox One. EA Play is open to the public, and if you’d like to attend you can pre-register for the show here.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/e3-2018-ea-press-conference-what-time-is-it-on-and/1100-6459330/

WWE Money In The Bank 2018 Match Card: AJ Styles, Ronda Rousey, Roman Reigns, And More

By the time Money in the Bank rolls around on June 17, it will have been more than a month since the last WWE PPV, and boy oh boy, fans needed a break. It’s a new era for WWE as future major events will feature both Raw and Smackdown superstars, much like Backlash did last month. Coming to you live from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, Money in the Bank will stream over the WWE Network and available on PPV.

Because WWE is pushing this PPV to be a bigger event, Money in the Bank will have an earlier start time compared to other shows, starting at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT, with a Kickoff show starting one hour prior. As of this writing, no matches have been announced for the Kickoff, and currently, there are eight matches on the card with a couple more expected to be booked.

The main events of the evening will be the two Money in the Bank matches: one for the men and one for the women. Last year, Baron Corbin and Carmella–with help from James Ellsworth–won those respective matches with Carmella successfully cashing in her contract earlier this year. In 2018, the ante has been upped as there will now be eight superstars instead of six in each MITB match. As of this writing, all the combatants are locked in, but the New Day just needs to decide which member will compete in the men’s match.

Alongside those two ladder matches, Ronda Rousey makes her singles debut. Her last match was at Wrestlemania when she teamed with Kurt Angle to take on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Rousey will be fighting current Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax for the title. Additionally, Sami Zayn will fight Bobby Lashley, which comes from the fallout of a terrible segment where Zayn interviewed Lashley’s supposed sisters who were men in drag. Even after Zayn gave a heartfelt apology, Lashley still wants revenge.

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However, aside from the MITB matches, the bout to watch will be AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing match. The two men have been involved in a bitter rivalry filled with numerous punches and kicks to the groin, many of which have ended the match for numerous reasons. Now, the only way to lose this match is to be knocked out until the ref counts to 10. Don’t worry, there will still be plenty of low blows in this match.

Money in the Bank Match Card:

  • Nia Jax vs. Ronda Rousey (For the Raw Women’s Championship)
  • Carmella vs. Asuka (For the Smackdown Women’s Championship)
  • Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal
  • Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn
  • The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The Good Brothers (For the Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
  • AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship)
  • Lana, Natalya, Alexa Bliss, Charlotte, Ember Moon, Becky Lynch, Naomi, and Sasha Banks (Money in the Bank match)
  • Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, Bobby Roode, Braun Strowman, The Miz, Rusev, Finn Balor, and one member of The New Day (Money in the Bank match)

Come back to GameSpot on Sunday, June 17 for live coverage of the show.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/wwe-money-in-the-bank-2018-match-card-aj-styles-ro/1100-6459334/

Netflix Orders Locke And Key Comic Book Adaptation

Get ready for another comic book adaptation on Netflix–and this time it’s definitely not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to an adaptation of Locke and Key, the IDW comic by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

For those unfamiliar with Locke and Key, the story follows a family that moves into a haunted estate after the murder of the family patriarch. Once there, the family’s three children discover keys that they must protect from an evil being that wants to gain control of them.

If a Locke and Key TV show sounds familiar, that’s because Netflix wasn’t the show’s original destination. Hulu commissioned a pilot for the series, with Lost and Bates Motel alum Carlton Cuse serving as showrunner. While Hulu passed on the project in the end, The Hollywood Reporter says Netflix saw something there.

Now the streamer is in talks to license the rights to Locke and Key itself and redevelop the project, with Cuse and Hill remaining as executive producers. The original pilot will not be used. Instead, the series will be recast and find a new director.

Andy Muschietti, who helmed It: Chapter One, will be unable to return to the project due to his commitments to the horror franchise. He will, however, still be credited as an executive producer on the show.

Locke and Key joins a growing list of non-Marvel comic book adaptations in the works at Netflix. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, an offshoot of The CW’s Riverdale, is currently in production. Additionally, the streamer has ordered an adaptation of the supernatural comic Raising Dion, to be executive produced by Michael B. Jordan.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/netflix-orders-locke-and-key-comic-book-adaptation/1100-6459299/

E3 2018: Press Conference Schedule, Games, Rumors, And Everything You Need To Know

E3 2018 is almost upon us. The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the biggest event of the year in terms of announcements. Video game companies have increasingly begun to share news in the weeks ahead of E3 itself, and that’s certainly proven to be the case this year–Battlefield V, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Rage 2, and Fallout 76 have already been announced. Still, there’s plenty more to look forward to, both in terms of further specifics about those games–like just what is Fallout 76?–and others still to be revealed.

But in terms of E3 itself, we’ve got a complete rundown on everything you need to know. From the games and companies we know will be there to the press conference schedule and details on the event, you’ll find all of the key information about E3 2018. Be sure to stay tuned to GameSpot in the lead-up and through the event for full coverage.

When And Where Is E3?

E3 officially begins on Tuesday, June 12, and runs through Thursday, June 14. That’s when the show floor is actually open at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as game companies set up booths and demo their games to press, members of the industry, and–in a much more recent move–a select number of public attendees.

While E3 itself lasts only three days, things unofficially begin much sooner. Electronic Arts has branched off from E3 and now hosts its own event, EA Play, the weekend prior. That begins on Saturday, June 9, while other companies–including Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Bethesda, and Ubisoft–will host their own press conference in the days before E3 begins.

When Are The Press Conferences?

EA Play kicks things off, serving as both a mini E3 dedicated to Electronic Arts’ games and playing host to the publisher’s annual press conference. That happens on June 9. On June 10, we’ll get press conferences from Microsoft, Bethesda, and Devolver Digital. June 11 will see Square Enix (new to hosting its own press conference), Ubisoft, and Sony take their turns, in addition to the PC Gaming Show, which is a slightly different sort of beast. Nintendo rounds things out with its online broadcast on June 12, the same day E3 begins.

How Do I Watch The Press Conferences?

Why, right here on GameSpot, of course! We’ll be streaming the press conferences live, followed by reactions from our staff. Additionally, we’ll have a livestream filled with developer interviews and game demos throughout the week. Meanwhile, Nintendo will follow its Direct-style press conference with its typical Treehouse stream that showcases games coming to its platforms. The PC Gaming Show will stream on platforms like Twitch.

What Companies Are At E3?

A huge number of developers and publishers, both big and small, will be in attendance at E3. Of course, just being there doesn’t mean they have something to announce or show, although Witcher fans are nonetheless hoping CD Projekt Red is there to showcase Cyberpunk 2077, not just take meetings.

What Games Are At E3?

Similarly, there are tons of games at E3 that we already know about. That includes big-name ones like Fallout 76, Death Stranding, Super Smash Bros. for Switch, and Battlefield V, along with updates and DLC for existing games like Destiny 2 (the fall DLC/update for which is set to be shown). There’s also sure to be a lot of as-of-yet unannounced games there.

What Are The Big E3 Rumors?

Speaking of which, rumors and leaks have already spoiled some pre-E3 announcements, including Rage 2 and Lego DC Super-Villains. There are plenty of other rumors circling ahead of E3 for games that–assuming they’re real–we won’t hear about until the companies’ respective press conferences, including Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Just Cause 4, and Forza Horizon 4. There’s also word that Fallout 76, which appears to be a pretty standard Bethesda RPG, will have online survival elements.

What Do We Want To See?

Like you, we’ve got a long wishlist of things we’re hoping to see at E3 2018. That includes specific details and features in games that we both know will be there (Rage 2, Death Stranding, Spider-Man) and those we do not (a new Splinter Cell, Borderlands 3, Just Cause 4). We’ve compiled what we know about these projects and what we’re hoping to see at the event.

Is E3 Open To The Public?

Unlike most of E3’s history, yes, E3 is now open to the public, but you can’t just show up and get in. Tickets for the Gamer Pass are up for sale for $249, though you should be prepared for long lines to get into see most things on the show floor. Hours for when you can get in are different than in 2017, as Industry Pass holders (including exhibitors and members of the media) will get in before everyone else on Tuesday and Wednesday.

What Does E3 Stand For?

It’s a seemingly silly question, but given how often the term “E3” is used, it’s easy to never consider what it actually stands for. E3 is short for Electronic Entertainment Expo, although as the show has evolved, the name has changed slightly at times over the years.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/e3-2018-press-conference-schedule-games-rumors-and/1100-6459332/