Without a doubt, E3 is always the biggest gaming event of the year. It's at E3 when many games are revealed to the world for the first time, and it's also when game publishers offer more extensive looks at the biggest upcoming games that are already announced. This year's E3 has potential to be one of the best yet, as it will feature many high profile games that all have potential to be award-winning, critically-acclaimed releases that fans have been waiting years to see.
While there will be many great games showcased at E3 2018, there are 10 that stand out as especially exciting. Below is our list of the 10 most anticipated games of E3 2018.
But first, keep in mind that we are only focusing on games that are confirmed to be at the show. So while the new Pokemon games for the Switch and Red Dead Redemption 2 are huge games that are likely to have a presence at E3, they aren't eligible for the list at the time of this writing.
After Mass Effect: Andromeda failed to live up to expectations, BioWare is in a position where it needs to regain fans' trust with its next game. Anthem is the next title from the studio, and it is an online multiplayer sci-fi action RPG with absolutely stunning graphics.
While there has been some worry that it will be bogged down by loot boxes and microtransactions, the involvement of people like Casey Hudson and Drew Karpyshyn (who helped pen Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the first two Mass Effect games), does give some hope that Anthem will live up to the hype. The game is set to be the headliner for EA's press conference, and if it has a good showing, it could build significant momentum towards its 2019 release.
9 Battlefield V
At an event on May 23, EA gave Battlefield V a proper introduction, confirming its World War 2 setting, and revealing that it won't have a battle royale mode as previously rumored. However, there's still a whole lot we don't know about the game, so fans should expect EA and DICE to offer a deep dive into what Battlefield V has to offer at E3 2018.
8 CD Projekt Red's Game
CD Projekt Red has made it no secret that it plans on bringing a big RPG to E3 this year, though it has stopped short of confirming that said RPG is, in fact, Cyberpunk 2077. While there's a slim chance CD Projekt Red will be showing off a different title, the most likely scenario is that the company is finally going to give Cyberpunk 2077 a proper introduction at E3 2018, with the chance that fans will get their first look at actual gameplay footage of the long-gestating game.
7 Death Stranding
One of the bigger disappointments from last year's E3 was the lack of Death Stranding, the first post-Konami game from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. Luckily, E3 2018 will be a different story for the game, as it's already been confirmed that Death Stranding will be one of the four featured games during Sony's press conference. Like Cyberpunk 2077, fans are eager to see gameplay footage of Death Stranding, so here's hoping we get our first glimpse at how the game will actually play come E3 in June.
6 Kingdom Hearts 3
Square Enix hasn't hosted an E3 press conference for years, but it is returning to the show next month with Kingdom Hearts 3 as its headlining game. Originally announced at E3 2013, Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally nearing the end of its long development cycle, and the game is expected to have a significant presence at E3 this year. Besides new gameplay footage and other news, it's been suggested by game director Tetsuya Nomura that fans will finally get a release date announcement for Kingdom Hearts 3 at Square Enix's E3 2018 press conference as well.
5 Rage 2
Leaked ahead of time, Rage 2 is one of the few games we know for certain will be shown during Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference. The sequel to the well-received 2011 post-apocalyptic shooter Rage, Rage 2 is looking to address the shortcomings of the original and deliver a stronger gameplay experience all around. Come E3, we should have a better idea of how exactly Rage 2 will accomplish that goal.
Spider-Man from Insomniac Games is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated PS4 exclusive games on the horizon, and as a result, it's been selected to be one of four games Sony will be showcasing during its E3 press conference this year. Insomniac's Spider-Man game is due for release in September, which means E3 will be one of the last chances Sony has to sell the game to consumers, so fans of the webhead should expect for it to receive significant attention at the show.
3 Super Smash Bros.
As of the time of this writing, we are only certain of one new game Nintendo plans on showing at E3 this year, and that's Super Smash Bros. Announced during a recent Nintendo Direct to the shock of fans around the world, Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch is set to be one of the console's biggest releases in 2018, and will serve as one of the main games to try to sell customers on the Switch's paid online services.
While we know the game is in development and that the Inklings from Splatoon will be featured, there's very little else we know about Super Smash Bros. for the Switch. Its proper unveiling will come at E3, where fans should be able to expect gameplay footage, as well as the confirmation of more characters for the game's roster. As for who those characters will be, a recent leak has suggested that Ridley from Metroid and Simon Belmont from Castlevania will be joining the lineup, with every character from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS returning as well.
2 The Division 2
The Division was a flawed but intriguing game, and managed to break sales records for Ubisoft. Considering its commercial success, a sequel to The Division was inevitable, and Ubisoft confirmed its existence a couple of months back. As it stands, we have almost no concrete details about what The Division 2 will have to offer fans, but Ubisoft's E3 2018 press conference should offer some more information.
1 The Last of Us: Part 2
The Last of Us released to near-universal critical acclaim and sold millions of copies, so it's understandable that there's a great deal of hype for The Last of Us: Part 2. We know the game will be one of the featured titles during Sony's press conference, and it will be interesting if it addresses rumors about Joel's death and offers a release window in addition to the promised gameplay footage that will be seen at the show.
Thanks to a large number of high profile titles that will be on display, E3 2018 has potential to be one of the biggest E3 events to date. These 10 games alone would make the show something to remember, but it's worth keeping in mind that there are likely many surprise game announcements in store for fans as well.
The first E3 2018 press conference will kick off with EA on June 9, and the press conferences will conclude with Nintendo on June 12.