E3 2019 officially runs from Tuesday June 11 to Thursday June 13, 2019.
But the action is starting this week, with Google firing the starting gun by dropping lots of information on Stadia on Thursday, June 6.
EA Play is returning this coming weekend, with the FIFA publisher running its own event on the weekend before the show.
The show itself might be a bit more low-key than years past, because Sony and Activision are both skipping it.
Timings for all the live-streamed briefings can be found below.
When are the main briefings being streamed?
All times are correct for the UK.
Thursday, June 6
Google, 5p.m. BST – watch it here
Saturday, June 8
EA, 5.15p.m. BST – watch it here
Sunday, June 9
Microsoft, 9pm – watch it here
Bethesda, 1.30a.m (Monday in the UK) – watch it here
Monday, June 10
Ubisoft, 9p.m. – watch it here
Square Enix, 2a.m. (Tuesday in the UK) – watch it here
Tuesday, June 11
Nintendo, 5p.m. – watch it here
Loads of those companies will be live streaming across the days of the show too, but those are their big reveals.
Why are Sony skipping E3 2019?
Sony has confirmed it’s not going to have a presence at next year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo–the biggest video games event of the year better known as E3.
It is the first time in the show’s 24-year history that the PlayStation maker won’t be making a big splash at the show.
2018 saw the firm offer a slimmed-down showcase, with a press conference just showing off four games, and some of Dreams.
Sony’s games division, Sony Interactive Entertainment, used E3 as their platform to show off the PS3 for the first time in 2005 and the PS4 in 2013.
Indications from Sony had suggested that was overly optimistic, with the “next phase” for the firm not pencilled in to start until 2021.
When the firm canceled its PlayStation Experience event this Autumn due to not having enough new to show, many suggested that was a sign the PS5 reveal was imminent and the reason Sony is reticent to show off new projects, given doing so would mean they had to show off the console they’d be running on as well.
“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” according to a statement the firm provided to Variety.
“PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”
While Sony revealed the PS4 at E3 in 2013, they actually announced it and showed off the first games for it several months beforehand at a separate event.
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Are EA skipping it too?
EA has stepped out of E3 proper for a few years now, but hosted its own EA Play event just down the road.
This has essentially been part of E3 for anyone who isn’t there, as it starts with a lengthy press briefing and is the source of a host of developer interviews, game previews, and the like.
This year that will remain the same, except for that press briefing, which isn’t going to happen.
There will be live-streamed content, but spread over several days and focused around individual games.
Where is the show?
The show is as at the Los Angeles Convention Center, possibly for the last time.
E3 has been held at the LACC every year since it launched in 1995, except for a two-year stint in Atlanta in 1997 and 1998, and a one-year detour to Santa Monica Airport in 2007, when it was briefly branded the E3 Media & Business Summit.
The 2019 show is the last one under LACC’s current hosting contract, and organisers have suggested the show may move elsewhere if the facilities are not modernised.
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