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Press Conferences


Thursday, June 6 - 10:30 AM PDT / 1:30 PM EDT / 5:30 PM GMT

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Monday, June 10 - 9:30 AM PDT - Galen Center

Microsoft's media briefing is about to begin.

Electronic Arts

Monday, June 10 - 1:00 PM PDT - The Shrine Auditorium

Peter Moore takes the stage.


Monday, June 10 - 3:00 PM PDT - Orpheum Theater

Aisha Tyler returns to host for the second year in a row.
  • Hosted by Aisha Tyler.
  • Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell opened the show with a rendition of "Man in a Box" and immediately went into a live demo of Rocksmith 2014, which will release in October.
  • Aisha Tyler presented a trailer for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
  • Aisha Tyler presented a trailer for Rayman Legends, which will release September 3.
  • Louis-Pierre Pharand (Brand Creative Director, Ubisoft Montreal) presented a trailer for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot.
  • Aisha Tyler presented a trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth.
  • Yves Guillemot (CEO, Ubisoft Entertainment) spoke about the importance of developing games for the next generation. He then presented the debut trailer for The Crew, a new racing game from Ubisoft Reflections and Ivory Tower.
  • Julian Gerighty (Creative Director, Ivory Tower) took the stage to explain how single-player and multiplayer merge together in The Crew. He then presented a live, 4-player demo of how this works.
  • Dominic Guay (Senior Producer, Ubisoft Montreal) presented a new trailer for Watch Dogs.
  • Aisha Tyler presented a trailer for Just Dance 2014.
  • Aisha Tyler announced that, in collaboration with Nickelodeon, Ubisoft is bringing "Rabbids Invasion" to American television. Adrian Lacey (IP Business Dev Director, Ubisoft French Studios) joined Aisha on stage to explain how viewers of the show can interact with the show through Xbox One and tablets.
  • Aisha Tyler presented the debut trailer for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Jean Guesdon (Creative Director, Ubisoft Montreal) joined Aisha on stage to talk about being a pirate in the Caribbean. He then showed a gameplay trailer.
  • Aisha Tyler presented a trailer for Trials Fusion for next-gen and Trials Frontier for mobile.
  • Yves Guillemot returned to the stage to present the debut trailer for Tom Clancy's The Division, an online open-world multiplayer game in development at Ubisoft Massive.
  • Niklas Cederström (Creative Director, Ubisoft Massive) to provide some details about what The Division is all about. He then presented a live, multiplayer gameplay demonstration including one player interacting via a tablet.
  • Aisha Tyler thanked everyone for coming and ended the briefing. Many of the developers returned to the stage for a post-show Q&A as Aisha took questions from Twitter.


Monday, June 10 - 6:00 PM PDT - Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

Andrew House dropping the megaton bomb of E3 2013.
  • Hosted by Jack Tretton (CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America).
  • The presentation began with a lengthy montage of PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4 games.
  • Jack Tretton took the stage and spoke the importance of PlayStation Vita. Vita owners own more than 10 games on average. 60% of those titles are digital. There will be 85 new titles in 2013 including Batman: Arkham Origins, CounterSpy, Destiny of Spirits, Doki Doki Universe, Killzone Mercenary, Tearaway. Also coming to Vita are remastered titles like God of War HD I & II, Final Fantasy X & X-2, Flower, and Dead Nation.
  • Jack Tretton announced a new Vita bundle with The Walking Dead.
  • Jack Tretton spoke briefly about the continued support for PlayStation 3 and introduced a series of trailers from Sony’s worldwide studios including The Last of Us, Puppeteer, Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Gran Turismo 6.
  • Jack Tretton said Sony is also proud of continued support from third parties on PS3 and introduced a trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins, which will feature exclusive DLC on PS3.
  • Jack Tretton announced a Grand Theft Auto V PlayStation 3 bundle in partnership with Rockstar Games for $299.99.
  • Andrew House (President & Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment) took the stage to begin the PlayStation 4 portion of the show and introduced the world’s first look at the hardware.
  • Michael Lynton (CEO of Sony Entertainment & Chairman/CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment) came up to the stage to speak about the importance of Sony’s other divisions including film, television, and music joining the PS4.
  • Andrew House returned to announce that Video Unlimited will be available at launch for PS4 featuring over 150,000 films and television shows for rental and purchase. Music Unlimited will also be at launch including over 20,000,000 songs.
  • Shuhei Yoshida (President, Sony Worldwide Studios) took the stage to announce there are currently thirty PS4 titles in development within Sony’s Worldwide Studios alone, twelve of which are brand new IP.
  • Shuhei Yoshida introduced the world premiere trailer for The Order: 1886, a PS4 game from Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica.
  • Shuhei Yoshida presented a montage of footage from Killzone: Shadow Fall, Driveclub, inFamous: Second Son, and Knack. He then presented a tech demo called The Dark Sorcerer from Quantic Dream.
  • Adam Boyes (Vice President, Third Party Relations SCEA) came up to the stage to talk about Sony’s focus on independent developers and bringing them to PS4. He announced The Witness will come to consoles first on PS4.
  • Amir Rao and Greg Kasavin of Supergiant Games joined Adam Boyes on stage to present a trailer for Transistor.
  • Adam Boyes announced independent developers will be able to self-publish their games onto PlayStation Network for PS4.
  • Adam Boyes presented a series of simultaneous, on-stage, live demos including Don’t Starve from Klei Entertainment, Mercenary Kings from Tribute Games, Octodad: Dadliest Catch from Young Horses, Secret Ponchos from Switchblade Monkeys, Ray’s The Dead from RagTag Studios, Outlast from Red Barrels, Oddworld: New ’n Tasty from Oddworld Inhabitants, and Galak-Z from 17-Bit Games. All of these games will make their console debut on PS4.
  • Adam Boyes announced Diablo III is coming to both PS3 and PS4 with exclusive PlayStation-themed items in the game.
  • Tetsuya Nomura (Director, Square Enix) appeared via video to introduce the world premiere trailer for Final Fantasy XV, which was previously known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. He then presented a teaser trailer for Kingdom Hearts III.
  • Adam Boyes returned to introduce a live demo of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
  • Jonathan Morin (Creative Director, Ubisoft Montreal) came up to talk about how their team has spent four years to create something completely new with Watch Dogs and then presented a live demo.
  • LeBron James had a discussion with digital LeBron James followed by a trailer for NBA 2K14 on PS4.
  • Adam Boyes presented a new trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online, which will come to PS4 in Spring 2014 and be in beta first on PS4.
  • Adam Boyes introduced the world premiere trailer for Mad Max from Avalanche Studios.
  • Jack Tretton returned to the stage to announce over 140 games are in development for PS4, 100 of which will be available in the first year.
  • Jack Tretton confirmed there will be no restrictions on used games on PS4. When a player buys a game on disc, they are free to sell it to another person, trade it in at retail, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever. He also confirmed disc-based games do not require an online connection to play with no periodic check-ins either.
  • Jack Tretton confirmed that PS Plus memberships will carry over to PS4, which means Plus memberships work across PS3, Vita, and PS4 for the same price.
  • Jack Tretton announced PS4 owners who are PS Plus members will get Driveclub: PS Plus Edition for free on day one. Don’t Starve, Outlast, and Secret Ponchos will also be party of the Instant Game Collection within the first year.
  • Jack Tretton introduced the world premiere gameplay trailer for Destiny from Bungie followed by a live demo.
  • Andrew House returned to announce that PlayStation’s cloud service based on Gaikai technology will begin bringing the PlayStation library to PS4, PS3, and Vita beginning in 2014 in the United States.
  • Andrew House announced that PlayStation 4 will launch at $399.99, €399.99, and £349.
  • The show closed with another video montage of PlayStation titles.


Tuesday, June 11 - 7:00 AM PDT - Global Internet Live Stream

Iwata closing out the presentation with a tour of Nintendo's E3 2013 booth.
  • Duration: 41m:18s
  • Presented in the form of a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct, hosted by Satoru Iwata (president of Nintendo Co. Ltd.), instead of a live on-stage media briefing.
  • Iwata welcomed viewers by revealing he was standing in a large conference room on the seventh floor of Nintendo's old Kyoto HQ where they also hold their shareholder meetings.
  • He started off the show by revealing Pokémon X/Y (3DS) for the first time with an overview trailer featuring gameplay footage and feature introductions.
  • Iwata then did a quick recap of the new features and also confirmed the global release date of October 12, 2013.
  • He then transitioned into unveiling Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) with a trailer consisting entirely of gameplay showing off the multiplayer, special Toad-levels and new gameplay features such as the Cat Suit power up.
  • Again, Iwata did a recap of what was shown and explained new gameplay elements and multiplayer. A release for December 2013 was announced (the game actually released earlier than that).
  • The next game making its worldwide debut was Mario Kart 8 (Wii U), also with a trailer entirely made-up of in-game footage taken from the game's replay feature called Mario Kart TV.
  • Iwata went on to explain the anti-gravity gameplay and how it would affect track-design. The game was said to be released in Spring 2014.
  • Next was a Wii Party U (Wii U) gameplay trailer. Iwata explained they needed more time to fine-tune the game and the release would be pushed from Summer 2013 to October 2013.
  • Similarly, Iwata explained that Wii Fit U (Wii U) would receive a similar delay due to the addition of new features. The game was pushed from Spring/Summer 2013 to December 2013 (it eventually first launched in November 2013 as an eShop exclusive free trial that could be turned into the full-game).
  • Iwata commented on the creative talent being displayed on Miiverse before revealing a new Art Academy (Wii U) title in development for Wii U which was not close to completion. In the meantime, iInspired my the Miiverse drawings, they would be releasing an eShop-exclusive Art Academy (SketchPad) (Wii U) title in Summer 2013 that lets users share more complex drawings directly on Miiverse. This title would only offer drawing tools and no new lessons like the full Art Academy titles.
  • A third party software reel was shown, featuring Assassin's Creed IV (Wii U), Batman Arkham Origins (Wii U), Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate (3DS), Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Director's Cut) (Wii U), Disney Infinity (Wii/Wii U/3DS), Just Dance 2014 (Wii U), Rayman Legends (Wii U), Scribblenauts Unmasked (3DS/Wii U), Disney's Planes (Wii/Wii U/DS/3DS), Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS), Skylanders: SWAP Force (Wii U/Wii/3DS), Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Wii U), Sonic Lost World (Wii U/3DS), Watch_Dogs (Wii U).
  • This was followed by a trailer reel for Nintendo eShop download-only games. The games featured were: Ballpoint Universe (Wii U), Cloudberry Kingdom (Wii U), Crazy Coaster Deluxe (Wii U), DuckTales Remastered (Wii U), Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Wii U), Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Wii U), Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty (Wii U), Scram Kitty & His Buddy on Rails (Wii U), Shovel Knight (Wii U/3DS), Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (Wii U), A World of Keflings (Wii U).
  • Iwata continued the first-party showcase by debuting the first footage of the previously announced The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U) followed by a brief explanation of the visual and gameplay enhancements in this remaster such as the removal of the Tingle Tuner in exchange for the Tingle Bottles that integrate with Miiverse.
  • Next up was new footage of The Wonderful 101 (Wii U) that presented some information about abilities, the basic premise and the five-person multiplayer mode. Iwata also announced a special The Wonderful 101-focused Nintendo Direct that would be airing closer to the game's release.
  • The reveal of the much-anticipated Wii U debut from Retro Studios was next. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) made its debut with a gameplay trailer showing off the rotating cameras as well as the return of Dixie Kong as a playable character. A release of November 2013 was announced but the game ended up being pushed back to February 2014 in the end.
  • Up next was the first gameplay footage of Nintendo's second PlatinumGames collaboration: Bayonetta 2 (Wii U).
  • Iwata commented on Bayonetta's new shorter haircut and updated outfit before showing off more gameplay footage and announcing a 2014 release for the game.
  • Next in line was a brand new teaser for MonolithSoft's untitled RPG project, often just referred to as "X," (Wii U) which mixed some in-game cut-scene footage with more gameplay. Iwata explained that Tetsuya Takahashi's team is aiming to create a large-scale open-world for players to explore seamlessly, building on their experience gained from making Xenoblade. A 2014 release was announced.
  • The final game debut would be Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Wii U/3DS), with the typical mix of CG-character introduction trailer evolving into gameplay footage. The big focus was the reveal of the Villager from Animal Crossing and Mega Man joining the roster. A release of 2014 was announced.
  • Iwata announced they would be opening a Miiverse community for Smash Bros. after the Direct.
  • The E3 Direct was concluded with a behind-the-scenes sneak peak tour of Nintendo's E3 booth by Iwata who also explained that press reports of Nintendo not going to E3 were completely false.

Game Critics Awards

The Game Critics Awards are decided by an independent group of North American media outlets. They have selected the most promising games of each Electronic Entertainment Expo since 1998, and have thus become recognized as the most respected "Best of" awards that come out of the annual show. Games qualify for nomination by having hands-on playable versions of the game at the show.

Nominees for the 2012 Game Critics Awards were announced on June 26.

Titanfall led with six nominations while Destiny and Watch_Dogs both had five. Electronic Arts led all publishers with sixteen nominations and Xbox 360 led all platforms with 37 nominations of games.

Best of Show



Best Original Game



Best Console Game



Best Handheld Game



Best PC Game



Best Hardware

Oculus Rift

  • Developer: Oculus VR


Best Action Game



Best Action/Adventure Game



Best Downloadable



Best Online Multiplayer



Best Racing Game

Need for Speed: Rivals


Best RPG

The Elder Scrolls Online


Best Social/Casual

Fantasia: Music Evolved


Best Sports Game

NHL 14


Best Strategy Game

Total War: Rome II



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