June is right around the corner, and for gaming enthusiasts, that means a whole plethora of gaming goodness is in store. From new gameplay and trailer reveals to surprise announcements, there’s always something to look out for at every edition of E3.
E3 2019 is no exception. A yearly affair for the community, its press conferences are where the newest developments and latest happenings in the industry take centre stage. Those fortunate enough to attend the LA-hosted event have a shot at some hands-on sessions, which leaves the rest with only the live streams to play catch-up.
Converting time differences, thus, should prove to be a familiar process for non-US-based gamers (like us). To our fellow peers in Singapore, we’ve done the math so you don’t have to, and compiled the entire schedule in both Pacific Time (PT) and Singapore Time (SGT) for easy reference:
|Date||Publisher||Time (PT)||Time (SGT)|
|June 8 (Sat)||EA (Separate from E3)||9.15am||12.15am (June 9)|
|June 9 (Sun)||Microsoft||1pm||4am (June 10)|
|June 9 (Sun)||Bethesda||5.30pm||8.30am (June 10)|
|June 10 (Mon)||Ubisoft||1pm||4am (June 11)|
|June 10 (Mon)||Kinda Funny Games Showcase||4.30pm||7.30am (June 11)|
|June 10 (Mon)||Square Enix||6pm||9am (June 11)|
|June 11 (Tues)||Nintendo||9am||12am (June 12)|
In an extremely rare break in tradition, both Sony and EA will be missing out on the show floor. Unlike the latter who still has an EA Play event for the public to attend in the last few days leading up to E3, the former is sitting out entirely. The industry giant’s chief absence will most definitely be felt, especially in light of the recent release date announcement for Death Stranding, as well as the hype surrounding heavy hitter titles like The Last of Us II and Ghost of Tsushima.
Meanwhile, Bethesda has confirmed that the highly-anticipated Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield will not make an appearance, so time on the stage would most probably be directed to Doom Eternal instead, among other reveals.
Following an official announcement in E3 2018, the likes of Halo: Infinite, Gears 5, and CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 look set to bask in the limelight for Microsoft’s showcase. Accompanying the two titles could be news about the development of the next Forza game, any in-development next-gen consoles or project, and even the future of their surprising cloud service partnership with Sony.
Ubisoft is known for its laid-back presentation style, with dancing panda mascots taking to stage in last year’s iteration. This time, various other forms of animals may just appear on reel with possible Beyond Good and Evil 2 news (a pig, a monkey, and a panda walked into a bar….), alongside a Watch Dogs 3 potentially on the horizon.
The Kinda Funny Showcase is all geared up for a return to E3 this year. Considering how the previous stream saw a one-hour rapid firing of both fresh and announced titles, an identical or similar presentation style should be the case here as well.
With the latest Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer reigniting throes of passion from fans, Square Enix’s presentation would presumably focus primarily on the refreshed classic JRPG iteration, alongside the worldwide premiere of the Marvel’s Avengers game. Announcements about the Switch ports for Dragon Quest 11 andDragon Quest Builders 2 are expected as well.
Lastly, while Nintendo will see a one-week tournament run for Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, their actual presentation should include further details about Animal Crossing, Pokemon Sword and Shield, Fire Emblem Three Houses, and just about every other title that is heading over to the Switch.
The absence of Sony at E3 2019 is admittedly a little bit of a bummer, but that doesn’t mean the hype for this year’s event has been dampened. There are some strong, promising leading titles that look set to deliver great excitement, so stay tuned to our coverage as the days near!
Si Jia is a casual geek at heart – or as casual as someone with Sephiroth’s theme on her Spotify playlist can get. A fan of movies, games, and Japanese culture, Si Jia’s greatest weakness is the Steam Summer Sale. Or any Steam sale, really.