It might be a couple of months away but plans for E3 2017 are already firming up.
Microsoft has confirmed its press conference details, for example, and it's a shoo-in that the firm's new, 4K super console, Project Scorpio, to be unleashed.
So here's what we know about E3 2017 so far, in a company by company breakdown. We've added confirmations, rumours, some of our own thoughts and games we'd like to see at the show. And we'll be updating the feature regularly so come back often.
When and where is E3 2017?
This year's E3 once again takes place in Los Angeles, at the LA Convention Center in downtown. It opens its doors at midday on Tuesday 13 June, running each day until 5pm on Thursday 15 June.
As is traditional, however, press conferences will take place on the Sunday and Monday before the show itself. Xbox, Sony, Ubisoft and Bethesda hold major press events, while as of last year, Electronic Arts does something different off site with a brief highlights keynote.
Xbox at E3 2017
Microsoft arguably stole press conference day in 2016, with the announcement of the Xbox One S and, more surprisingly, its next games console, codenamed Project Scorpio.
It has already announced its press conference for 2017 and it has been shifted to the Sunday before the show (normally takes place on the Monday morning). So the Project Scorpio launch event will occur on 11 June from 2pm PT - that's 5pm ET and 10pm in the UK.
The invite shows the same sort of tech we saw as part of the original Project Scorpio announcement, so there's little doubt that'll be the main focus. However, Xbox One fans should also see a healthy line-up of games considering the new machine is expected to be compatible with all existing and future Xbox games. It'll just play them with better graphics and the like - adding 4K resolutions, for example.
- Crackdown 3
- Sea of Thieves
- State of Decay 2
PlayStation at E3 2017
With PlayStation's own 4K console released at the end of last year, we don't expect to see any hardware news. The company will more than likely focus entirely on the games, much to fans' delight.
Sony is yet to reveal details of its press conference, but if it follows form, it'll take place at 6pm PT Monday 12 June - that's 9pm ET and 2am Tuesday 13 June in the UK.
- Days Gone
- Death Stranding
- Detroit: Become Human
- God of War
- Gran Turismo Sport
- Knack 2
- The Last of Us 2
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Nintendo at E3 2017
Nintendo's E3 will undoubtedly be all about the Switch. It doesn't hold a press conference at the show anymore, but will more than likely host an online presentation, showing off a swathe of Switch games.
Hopefully, Super Mario Odyssey will be playable at the show itself.
- Super Mario Odyssey
EA at E3 2017
Electronic Arts made the bold decision last year to pull away from the show itself and host its own, invite-only showcase off-site. it'll do the same this time, kicking off with an hour-long keynote address. However, instead of the Sunday prior to the show, as in 2016, EA has confirmed to Pocket-lint that its first day will be Saturday 10 June.
After the main press day, EA will open the doors to its showcase venue to members of the public, although they will have to have an invite and sign up first.
- FIFA 18
- FIFA for Switch
- Need for Speed
- Star Wars: Battlefront 2
Bethesda at E3 2017
Like Microsoft, Bethesda has announced its E3 2017 press conference nice and early. The company's VP of PR and marketing, Pete Hines, has noted that its event will be the same day and same time, which makes it the Sunday before the show, starting at 7pm PT.
A company tweet also confirmed that it will be on Sunday 11 June. That means it will be live at 10pm ET and 3am UK time.
It is likely that the star of the event will be Quake Champions, as announced last year, but what's the betting something even bigger could be in the works: new Elder Scrolls anybody?
- Doom VR
- Fallout 4 VR
- Quake Champions
Ubisoft at E3 2017
Ubisoft always hosts its press conference on the Monday prior to the show doors opening and we see no reason for that to be different this year.
We're hoping that the star of its event will be a new Assassin's Creed game, considering the company has previously said it was taking a year off last year, not "years". And how about a new Far Cry?
- Rayman Legends Definitive Edition for Switch
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole
- Steep for Switch
Activision at E3 2017
Activision opted for a low-key E3 in 2016, with its only presence at the show being behind closed doors.
We expect a bigger showing this year though, with Destiny 2 already announced and a much-rumoured return to the second World War for Call of Duty WW2.
- Call of Duty WW2
- Destiny 2
What other games companies will be at E3 2017?
Hundreds of publishers and developers show their wares at E3 each year, either on the show floor or behind closed doors (BCD) in private rooms. This year's event will be no different.
As well as the companies above, there will be plenty of other games publishers and hardware manufacturers.
The other major companies we expect to see at E3, therefore, are as follows:
- Bandai Namco
- CD Projekt Red
- Deep Silver
- Focus Home Interactive
- Square Enix
- Warner Bros
E3 2017 predictions
Alongside the games we've predicted for the major publishers, these are the games we think could be shown, even playable, at E3 2017. There are only a few for now, but as the event gets closer, this list will expand.
- Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Metal Gear Survive (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- NBA 2K18 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
- PES 2018 (PS4, Xbox One)
- Project Cars 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Project Sonic (PS4, Switch, PC)
- Vampyr (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
There will also be plenty of virtual reality games for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, no doubt.
What we'd like to see at E3 2017
While we always learn about certain games ahead of E3, there are several we hope for even though the chances are slim. The same applies to hardware.
Here then is what we are hoping for at E3 2017.
We say it every year and every year we are disappointed. Maybe this year though?
Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar has already confirmed Red Dead Redemption 2 for a Q4 release this year but the developer rarely attends E3.
Maybe we'll see actual gameplay during the Sony or Microsoft press conferences though, most likely the former considering the alliance Rockstar has had with PlayStation in the past.
Oculus Rift 2
With Oculus Touch now in everybody's hands - literally - the next phase for the company could be an all-new version of the headset. Maybe we'll even see something announced during E3.
More SteamVR headsets
HTC might also soon announce a HTC Vive 2 device, but considering Valve's exclusive may be running out soon, we might be about to see other manufacturers jump on board. Asus, for example, has recently revealed that it is to invest heavily in VR this year.
We'll add more to our wishlist as they occur to us. If there are games or hardware you would like to see announced or shown at E3 this year, let us know in the comments below.