E3 2014 press conferences: When, where and what to expect
E3 has arrived once again and that means the games industry is readying to reveal the hottest titles for next- and current-gen consoles for the rest of 2014 and beyond.
The trade-only show starts on Tuesday 10 June in the Los Angeles Convention Center and runs until Thursday 12 June, but all eyes will be on the press conference day on Monday 9 June. It's here that the biggest companies will be hosting their annual press conferences to unveil the games they believe will steal the headlines.
We won't have new technology this year, apart from Sony's Project Morpheus and, perhaps, a global rollout announcement for PS Vita TV, but there will still be plenty to get excited about. Last year was about PS4 and Xbox One. This year, we get to see the games that make them truly next-gen machines.
So who is having a press conference and what highlights can you expect to see? Here's Pocket-lint's quick and handy guide on the timings for 9 June. And sorry UK, as usual you might be forced to stay up rather late.
Microsoft starts the whole E3 bandwagon a-rolling. It will be holding its Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing from 9.30am on the Monday LA time (PT). That means you will be able to watch a live stream in the UK from 5.30pm that day.
It will last around 90-mins and while last year's show was fairly celeb-free, that was mainly because the Xbox One was the star of the show. Traditionally, Microsoft likes to bring a star or two out to herald its products and with Spielberg's Halo and other shows to make it onto Xbox Live this year, we expect some surprises.
Game highlight: The most obvious one is Halo 5 on Xbox One. Teased at the end of the E3 2013 press conference (well, before Titanfall), we expect to see some in-game action or an extended trailer at least.
Other games: Gears of War 4, Project Spark, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, Fable Legends and possibly a teaser for Forza Horizon 2 (aka Forza Deep South).
EA is next in the busy day of conferences. Its EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Preview event starts at 12pm LA time (PT), so you will need to keep your eyes out for EA news and the live stream at 8pm in the UK.
The EA event is scheduled to last two hours and, like Microsoft, traditionally rolls out a few movie or sports stars to add a bit of flair to proceedings.
Game highlight: Star Wars Battlefront. The next-generation Star Wars game and first product of the collaboration between EA and Disney is something everybody is awaiting with baited breath.
Other games: FIFA 15, Battlefield 5, Dragon Age: Inquisition, EA Sports UFC, Madden NFL 15, and could we see the first major trailer for Mass Effect 4? We sure hope so.
French publisher Ubisoft is next up on the agenda. Its press conference starts at 1.30pm in LA, so the live stream will start at 9.30pm in the UK.
As Ubisoft has, over the last couple of years, unveiled the games that have perhaps excited E3 goers the most (Watch Dogs in 2012 and Tom Clancy's The Division last year), the Ubisoft press event is always a hot ticket. Just what will the company pull out of the bag this time?
Game highlight: Bar more on Tom Clancy's The Division, which will undoubtedly be a big title this year, Assassin's Creed Unity will have a lot of attention, we think.
Other games: Tom Clancy's The Division (natch), Far Cry 4, and The Crew.
The PlayStation E3 2014 Press Conference is the one that only the most dedicated of UK fans manage to get through. Although it starts at a reasonable time of 6pm in LA, with a fun-filled build-up beforehand for those attending, the UK live stream is broadcast from 2am on 10 June, so doesn't finish until 3.30am at the latest.
Still, we know plenty who will be happy to stay up to find out how Sony will follow-up such an amazing year for the gaming division.
Game highlight: A PS4 Uncharted is expected to be announced and shown at E3 2014 and we can't think of anything we'd rather see on the next-gen machine.
Other games: The Order: 1886, DriveClub, The Last of Us PS4, and while Destiny is coming out on multiple platforms, we think the Sony angle will be strongest as Activision is using PS4's exclusively to demo the game.
Nintendo, like last year, will not be hosting its own live press conference in Los Angeles. It will instead stream a pre-recorded (or perhaps live) Nintendo Direct online feed highlighting the games it plans to show at E3 itself. This is expected for 9am LA time (PT), 5pm in the UK.
It will be interesting to see how much will be dedicated to new Wii U titles as the company itself now seems to be backing away from its intuitive games console. Its own sale estimates for the forthcoming year suggest that support will tail off.
Game highlight: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U could well the ailing consoles swansong and we sincerely hope that it appears in some form at E3 2014. It could be many gamers' reason to pick up a Wii U on the cheap.
Other games: Hyrule Warriors, Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Super Smash Bros, and the latest in the Xeno franchise, currently codenamed X.
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