For the second year in a row, the ESA opened E3 registration to the public. Starting on February 12, 2018, anyone could register for a "Gamer Pass" at a price of $249 USD. After a mixed reaction to allowing the public into the expo in 2017, changes were made to the schedule for 2018. On the first two days of E3, industry professionals are given three hours on the floor before the public is allowed inside.
|Date||Industry Pass||Gamer Pass|
|Tuesday, June 12||11:00 AM - 7:00 PM||2:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, June 13||9:00 AM - 7:00 PM||12:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Thursday, June 14||9:00 AM - 6:00 PM||9:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
Giant Bomb vs. E3 2018
Giant Bomb @ Nite
Nite 1 - July 12, 2018
- Segment 1: Mike Chapman (Rare), Thomas Mahler (Moon Studios), Chris Charla (Microsoft), Dan Greenawalt (Turn 10)
- Segment 2: Kirk C. Scott (Nintendo), William Pellen (Team Cherry), Ari Gibson (Team Cherry), Phil Duncan (Ghost Town Games), Oli De-Vine (Ghost Town Games), Nikita Mikros (Bumblebear)
- Segment 3: Warren Spector (OtherSide), Joe Fielder (OtherSide), Anna Megill (Remedy), Peter Bartholow (Lab Zero), Earl Gertwagen (Lab Zero)
- Segment 4: Andrew Shouldice (Dicey), Rebekah Saltsman (Finji), Adriel Wallick (Vlambeer), Harris "Forest" Foster (Finji), Adam Saltsman (Finji), Rami Ismail (Finji)
- Segment 5: Tina Amini (IGN), Chelsea Stark (Polygon), Chris Plante (Polygon), Pat Gill (Polygon), Mike Mahardy (Gamespot), Brian Feldman (New York Magazine)
Nite 2 - July 13, 2018
- Segment 1: Phil Spencer (Microsoft)
- Segment 2: Day 2 Staff Check-In
- Segment 3: Jacob Mikkelsen (IO Interactive), Sven Liebold (IO Interactive), Ed Boon (NetherRealm), Eric Pope (Ubisoft Montreal)
- Segment 4: Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Enhance Games), Mark MacDonald (Enhance Games)
- Segment 5: Nathan Gelman (Untitled Publisher), Chris Dwyer (Untitled Publisher), Ben Esposito (Donut County), Cukia Kimani (Nyamakop), Ben Myres (Nyamakop)
- Segment 6: Danika Harrod (Waypoint), Patrick Klepek (Waypoint), Austin Walker (Waypoint), Andy MacNamara (Game Informer), Kahlief Adams (Spawn On Me), Danny O'Dwyer (No Clip)
Nite 3 - July 14, 2018
- Segment 1: Day 3 Staff Check-In
- Segment 2: Giancarlo Varanini (Ubisoft San Francisco), Drew Scanlon (Cloth Map), Mary Kish (Twitch), Jeff Bakalar (CNET)
- Segment 3: Vincent Perea (Chance Agency), Janina Gavankar (Night School Studio), Adam Hines (Night School Studio), Felix Kramer (Free Agent), Sean Krankel (Night School Studio), Patrick Ewing (Chance Agency)
- Segment 4: John T. Drake (SIEA), Kelly Wallick (Indie Megabooth), John Bellomy (Naughty Dog), Matt Pascual (Deep Silver)
- Segment 5: Robin Hunicke (Funomena), Nathan Vella (Capy), Helen McWilliams (Harmonix), Austin Creed (UpUpDownDown)
- Segment 6: Adam Boyes (Iron Galaxy), John Vignocchi (Funemployed), Dave Lang (Iron Galaxy)
EA Play 2018
Saturday, June 9 - 11:00 AM PDT - The Hollywood Palladium
- Andrea Rene (Gaming Personality) introduced herself as the presentation's host and highlighted EA's offerings outside of the presentation.
- Oskar Gabrielson (General Manager) and Lars Gustavsson (Senior Producer) from DICE took the stage to discuss Battlefield V. The two outlined changes introduced in Battlefield V as well as the concept behind the game's "War Stories" singleplayer campaign. They also announced that the game would not have loot boxes or a premium pass, and that it would have a battle royale mode.
- A trailer for Battlefield V was shown.
- A trailer for FIFA 19 was shown.
- Aaron McHardy (Executive Producer on FIFA) and Lina Ingvarsdottir (Senior Producer on FIFA) took the stage to discuss the introduction of UEFA Champions League to the game, stating that the league plays a major role in every mode of the game. The two then announced that FIFA 18 would be free to play for a limited period following the show.
- Andrew Wilson (CEO of EA) appeared to discuss streaming distribution models, announcing an event demo of Project Atlas, the company's cloud gaming service.
- Wilson announced Origin Access Premier, a premium subscription service offering additional game access, including free access to the company's older titles.
- A trailer for Origin Access Premier was shown.
- Vince Zampella (CEO of Respawn) appeared among the crowd to announce the title of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and establish that the game is set between Star Wars Episodes 3 and 4. Zampella also gave a release window of Holiday 2019.
- Dennis Brännvall (Design Director on Star Wars Battlefront II) took the stage to address the game's rough launch and subsequent changes. Brännvall also discussed upcoming additions, including a squad system, new modes, and the addition of General Grievous, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku, and Anakin Skywalker.
- Martin Sahlin (Creative Director on Unravel Two) got on stage to describe the concept behind the game and gave a live gameplay demo showing the game's co-op mode.
- A trailer for Unravel Two was shown, launching same-day.
- Patrick Söderlund (Chief Design Officer at EA Originals) discussed previous EA Original releases before announcing Sea of Solitude.
- Cornelia Geppert (Creative Director on Sea of Solitude) outlined the core idea of the game and introduced a trailer.
- A trailer for NBA Live 19 was shown, coming September 7.
- A video played introducing Young Kiv (eSports Competitor), who took the stage alongside Juju Smith-Schuster (of the Pittsburgh Steelers) to discuss Madden NFL 19. Kiv discussed his history with playing Madden NFL at an eSports level before introducing a trailer for Madden NFL 19.
- Michael Martinez (General Manager at Redwood Studios) and Nathanias (Shoutcaster) announced and live-commentated a match of Command & Conquer: Rivals.
- A trailer for Command & Conquer: Rivals was shown.
- Wilson returned to emphasize EA's commitment to improvement and listening to fans. Wilson then discussed EA's "Play to Give" charity event before introducing Anthem.
- A trailer for Anthem was shown.
- Rene was joined on stage by Casey Hudson (General Manager), Mark Darrah (Executive Producer), and Cathleen Rootsaert (Lead Writer) from BioWare. The three discussed Bioware's recent history, plans for Anthem, and the process of working on the game. They also answered questions asked via Twitter, and showed off gameplay footage of the title. Hudson announced that Anthem launches February 22, 2019.
- Rene thanked presentation attendees and concluded the conference with a highlight reel of titles shown throughout the evening.
Xbox E3 2018 Briefing
Sunday, June 10 - 1:00 PM PDT - Microsoft Theater
- The presentation began with a trailer for Halo Infinite.
- Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox) introduced the show, stressing the number of games to be featured at the show and his appreciation for gaming communities.
- A trailer for Ori and the Will of the Wisps was shown.
- A trailer for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was shown, with a 2019 release window.
- Todd Howard (Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios) discussed Bethesda's history with Xbox, announced that Fallout 4 was launching on Xbox Game Pass, and introduced a trailer for Fallout 76.
- A trailer for The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit was shown.
- A trailer for Crackdown 3 featuring Terry Crews was shown, highlighting the game's weapons, vehicles, and explosions.
- A trailer for Nier: Automata Become as Gods Edition, was shown.
- A trailer for Metro Exodus was shown.
- Phil Spencer highlighted the diversity of games on offer and emphasized Xbox's developer involvement.
- A trailer for Kingdom Hearts III was shown, focused around the game's new worlds and the return of Organization XIII.
- A Sea of Thieves trailer was shown, centered around the game's Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores content updates.
- A trailer for Battlefield V's "Nordlys" War Story campaign was shown.
- A trailer for Forza Horizon 4 was shown.
- Ralph Fulton (Creative Director at Playground Games) appeared to commentate gameplay footage of the title and introduce the game's Seasons system. Fulton concluded by announcing that the title would be available on Xbox Game Pass from launch.
- Phil Spencer returned to state an increased focus on games from Microsoft, announcing the formation of The Initiative and Microsoft's acquisition of Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games.
- A trailer for We Happy Few was shown.
- A trailer for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was shown.
- A trailer for Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition was shown.
- A trailer for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 was shown, highlighting the game's backstory followed by an extended gameplay demo featuring pre-recorded team banter.
- Ashley Speicher (Head of Engineering for Xbox Game Pass) took the stage to discuss public response to Xbox Game Pass. Speicher then announced FastStart, a machine-learning game boot-up system, highlighted titles coming to the service in 2018, and thanked developers who were working with Xbox Game Pass.
- An ID@Xbox highlight reel played, showcasing a number of indie titles coming to Xbox One.
- A trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider was shown.
- A trailer for Session was shown.
- A trailer for Black Desert Online was shown.
- A trailer for Devil May Cry 5 was shown.
- Hideaki Itsuno (Director) and Matthew Walker (Producer) from Capcom stressed that it would be a sequel to the Devil May Cry series, emphasizing Itsuno's involvement and the development team's focus on fan expectations.
- A trailer for Cuphead's The Delicious Last Course DLC was shown, alongside a 2019 release window.
- A trailer for Tunic was shown.
- Phil Spencer praised the reach of gaming, and stated that the rest of the presentation would be previously unannounced games.
- A trailer for Jump Force was shown.
- A trailer for Dying Light 2 was shown.
- Chris Avellone (Narrative Designer with Techland) appeared to discuss Dying Light 2's narrative design and introduce a second trailer.
- A trailer for Battletoads was shown.
- A trailer for Just Cause 4 was shown.
- A trailer for Gears Pop! was shown.
- Rod Fergusson (Studio Head at The Coalition) talked about the history of the Gears of War franchise, and announced Gears Tactics.
- A trailer for Gears 5 was shown.
- Phil Spencer concluded the presentation by recapping the show and reaffirming Microsoft's dedication to video games, only to be interrupted by a fake glitch.
- A trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 was shown.
- The presentation concluded with a highlight reel of titles seen throughout the show.
Bethesda E3 Showcase
Sunday, June 10 - 6:30 PM PDT - ?
- The presentation opened with daily-life shots of Bethesda employees both at and away from the office.
- A highlight reel played showing a number of Bethesda-published titles.
- Pete Hines (Global Sr. V.P.) introduced the show. Hines praised fans' fondness of Bethesda titles. Hines then introduced Rage 2, briefly joking about the game's leak a few days prior.
- Andrew W.K. performed "Ready to Die", Rage 2' promotional theme.
- Tim Willits (Studio Director at iD Software) and Magnus Nedfors (Game Director at Avalanche Studios) discussed the planning behind Rage 2 and the process by which iD and Avalanche came to work together on the title.
- A trailer for Rage 2 was shown.
- Christian Van Hoose (Community Manager for The Elder Scrolls Legends) talked about the game's changes up to that point, announcing that the game would receive a visual overhaul and launch on consoles.
- A trailer for The Elder Scrolls Legends was shown.
- Matt Firor (Game Director for The Elder Scrolls Online) noted the game's popularity and mentioned the release of the game's Morrowind and Summerset expansions. Firor then announced two upcoming DLC for the game, Wolfhunter and Murkmire.
- A trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset was shown.
- An announcement trailer for Doom Eternal was shown.
- Hugo Martin (Creative Director on Doom Eternal) and Marty Stratton (Executive Producer and Game Director) described the game as a sequel to Doom, stated it to have twice as many demons as its predecessor, and announced that the game would debut at Quakecon 2018.
- Joshua Boyle (Community Manager for Quake Champions) stressed Quake's history with eSports, announcing a few tournaments for the game. Boyle then announced that the game would be available for free throughout the week.
- A trailer for Quake Champions was shown.
- Susan Kath (Production Director on Prey) and Ricardo Bare (Lead Designer) appeared via video to acknowledge Prey's popularity and announce New Game+ and a Survival mode for Prey. The two then announced Prey: Mooncrash, a roguelike DLC gamemode.
- A trailer for Prey: Mooncrash was shown.
- Kath and Bare appeared on stage to announce Prey: Typhon Hunter.
- Jerk Gustafsson (Executive Producer) and Jens Matthies (Creative Director) from MachineGames took the stage to announce Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
- A trailer for Wolfenstein: Youngblood was shown.
- Pete Hines returned to talk about Bethesda's VR offerings, announcing that Prey: Typhon Hunter would be available in VR, alongside announcing Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot.
- Todd Howard (Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios) discussed his history with E3, and joked about Bethesda bringing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to a new platform before introducing a Skyrim: Very Special Edition trailer featuring Keegan-Michael Key.
- A trailer for Fallout 76 was shown.
- Howard explained Fallout 76's basic premise, announcing that the game would be an MMO and going into the development team's reasoning for wanting to pursue an online game.
- Howard announced that Fallout 76 would have a beta testing phase, jokingly called the "Break-it Early Test Application", as well as a collector's edition featuring a map of the game environment, figurines, and a replica Power Armor helmet.
- Howard announced that Fallout Shelter would receive PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch ports, both released the day of the presentation.
- Howard announced The Elder Scrolls: Blades, for mobile, PC, and VR.
- Howard announced Starfield, introducing a teaser trailer for the game, followed by a teaser trailer for The Elder Scrolls VI.
- Hines returned to the stage to conclude the presentation.
Sunday, June 10 - 8:00 PM PDT
Square Enix E3 Showcase 2018
Monday, June 11 - 10:00 AM PDT
- The conference opened with an introduction from Yosuke Matsuda (President and CEO of Square Enix).
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider was introduced, with Daniel Chayer-Bisson (Senior Game Director at Eidos-Montréal) introducing the game's plot, followed by gameplay footage showing the game's stealth-combat system. Bisson concluded by introducing a trailer for the game.
- A trailer for Final Fantasy XIV was shown, highlighting the Stormblood expansion, as well as introducing a crossover event with Monster Hunter: World.
- A trailer for The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit was shown, featuring Michel Koch (Creative Director) and Raoul Barbet (Creative Director) from DONTNOD introducing the game and discussing how it fits into the larger Life is Strange series.
- A trailer for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was shown, followed by the announcement of a crossover event between the game and Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.
- A trailer for Babylon's Fall was shown, slating the game for a 2019 release on PlayStation 4 and Steam.
- A trailer for Nier: Automata Become as Gods Edition, was shown.
- A pre-launch trailer for Octopath Traveler was shown.
- An overview trailer for Just Cause 4 was shown, highlighting the game's weather system, vehicles, and story.
- A trailer for The Quiet Man was shown, featuring live action cut-scenes from the game.
- A trailer for Kingdom Hearts III was shown, focused around the game's new worlds and the return of Organization XIII.
- The presentation ended with a highlight reel of games featured throughout the show.
Ubisoft E3 Media Briefing 2018
Monday, June 11 - 1:00 PM PDT - Orpheum Theater
- The show was opened by a live dance performance promoting Just Dance 2019.
- A trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 was shown.
- Guillaume Brunier (Senior Producer) and Gabrielle Shrager (Narrative Director) from Ubisoft Montpellier restated Beyond Good and Evil 2 to be a prequel to the original and showed pre-alpha footage of the game's environments. The two also announced the "Space Monkey Program", a collaborative asset development system built around HitRecord.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Co-Founder of HitRecord) joined the two on stage to explain the concept of HitRecord.
- Justin Kruger (Community Developer on Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege) announced that the game had reached 35 million players and highlighted upcoming Rainbow Six: Siege eSport events as well as Another Mindset, a documentary about several professional Rainbow Six: Siege players.
- Antti Ilvessuo (Creative Director) rode into the presentation on a motorbike, wearing a Trials-themed outfit, to announce Trials Rising.
- A trailer for Trials Rising was shown.
- Brad Hill (personality behind the "University of Trials" Youtube channel) talked about creating the tutorials for Trials Rising alongside other community members. The two also announced that the game would release February 2019, following a closed-beta period.
- Julian Gerighty (Creative Director on Tom Clancy's The Division 2) introduced the game's story.
- A trailer for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 was shown.
- Gerighty continued by talking about the post-game "specializations" class system, raids, and post-launch content plans.
- A second trailer for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 was shown, coming March 15, 2019.
- Xavier Manzanares (Lead Producer on Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle) talked about the game's Donkey Kong Adventure DLC, introducing Grant Kirkhope to the stage to conduct a live performance of music from the DLC. As the band performed, a trailer for the DLC was shown, coming June 26, 2018.
- A trailer for Skull & Bones was shown.
- Justin Farren (Creative Director on Skull & Bones) outlined the concept of the game and described the game's planned "Fortunes" system of world events.
- A gameplay video for Skull & Bones was shown.
- Elijah Wood (Creative Director on Transference) and Benoit Richer (Game Director) discussed the concept behind the game.
- A trailer for Transference was shown, coming Fall 2018.
- A trailer for Starlink: Battle for Atlas was shown, coming October 16, 2018.
- Laurent Malville (Creative Director on Starlink) described the story of the game and introduced a crossover featuring Star Fox characters.
- Yves Guillemot (CEO of Ubisoft) and Malville discussed the crossover, thanking Shigeru Miyamoto (Representative Director at Nintendo) and offering him a Starlink statue featuring Fox McCloud and the Arwing.
- Roman Campos-Oriola (Creative Director on For Honor) thanked the game's fans for helping shape the game and announced that the game's Starter Edition would be free throughout the week following the presentation.
- A trailer for For Honor's Marching Fire update was shown, coming October 16, 2018.
- Campos-Oriola announced the update would feature a new faction, themed around China, as well as a new "Breach" gamemode.
- Delphine Dosset (Creative Director on The Crew 2) announced that the game would have an open beta starting June 21, 2018.
- A trailer for The Crew 2 was shown, coming June 29, 2018.
- A trailer for Assassin's Creed Odyssey was shown.
- Jonathan Dumont (Creative Director on Assassin's Creed Odyssey) outlined the game's physical and historical setting, taking place in ancient Greece following the Peloponnesian War.
- Dumont announced that the game would feature two different playable protagonists, with the player choosing from either Alexios or Kassandra.
- A gameplay video for Assassin's Creed Odyssey was shown, coming October 5, 2018.
- The presenters who appeared throughout the show returned to stage as a collective group, with Guillemot concluding the presentation by stating his optimism about the future of video games and technology.
PlayStation E3 2018 Showcase
Monday, June 11 - 6:00 PM PDT
- The presentation began with Shawn Layden (Chairman of SIE Worldwide) greeting the "congregation" to "church", making light of the presentation's unusual venue setup. Layden then stated that Sony would be trying a different setup for E3 2018, focusing on in-depth looks at their upcoming games.
- Gustavo Santaolalla (Composer for The Last of Us Part II) took the stage to perform a song from the game on the banjo.
- After Santaolalla's performance concluded, a trailer for the game played, showing Ellie and Dina dancing in a building resembling the presentation venue, followed by an extended gameplay segment showing the game's stealth-combat.
- The presentation's live-stream cut to an intermission live-commentated Sid Shuman (Senior Director for SIE Content Communications), Ryan Clements (Social Media Manager for SIE), and Shawn Layden. The trio recapped the trailer shown as well as talking about SIE Worldwide's previous releases, announcing that God of War would be receiving a New Game+ update.
- Layden talked about Sony's thought process behind their E3 2018 setup, stating that the presentation was built primarily around The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, and Marvel's Spider-Man.
- A trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops III was shown, highlighting remastered maps from the Black Ops series coming to the game's multiplayer.
- Shuman introduced Meredith Molinari (Event Host for SIEA) and Ramone Russell (Brand Strategist and Communications at SIE), talking more about Call of Duty: Black Ops III and announcing that the game would be on PlayStation Plus. Shuman then introduced a highlight reel of PlayStation announcements made in the days before E3.
- A trailer for Destiny 2: Forsaken was shown, coming September 4, 2018.
- The presentation continued, located in a new building, with a man on stage playing a song on a shakuhachi.
- A trailer for Ghost of Tsushima was shown, featuring the game's combat and a number of story moments.
- A trailer for Control was shown, slated for 2019.
- A trailer for Resident Evil 2 was shown, releasing January 25, 2019.
- A trailer for Trover Saves the Universe was shown
- A trailer for Kingdom Hearts III was shown, highlighting the game's Pirates of the Caribbean world. A Kingdom Hearts III-themed PlayStation 4 Pro was announced.
- A trailer for Death Stranding was shown, focused around the game's environments.
- A trailer for Nioh 2 was shown.
- A trailer for Marvel's Spider-Man was shown, ending the presentation.
Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2018
Tuesday, June 12 - 9:00 AM PDT
- The presentation began with an announcement trailer for Daemon X Machina, slated for 2019.
- A trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country was shown.
- Reggie Fils-Aimé (President of Nintendo of America) appeared to introduce the presentation, acknowledging the popularity of the Nintendo Switch and foreshadowing information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon later in the show.
- Fils-Aimé then talked about Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu!/Eevee!, detailing the Pokéball Plus accessory's interaction with the game.
- A trailer for Super Mario Party was shown, slating the game for release on October 5, 2018.
- A trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses was shown, featuring story details and a look at the game's strategy layer.
- A trailer for Fortnite was shown, announcing the game's Nintendo Switch port for same-day launch.
- Fils-Aimé returned to introduce a slate of indie titles coming to the Nintendo Switch, talking over Overcooked! 2, Killer Queen Black, and Hollow Knight.
- Fils-Aimé outlined Nintendo's post-presentation plans, including tournaments for Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros., and a Nintendo Treehouse stream. He then announced a demo for Octopath Traveler before introducing a highlight reel of upcoming titles.
- Shinya Takahashi (General Manager at Nintendo EPD) stated that Nintendo was working on a number of titles, before introducing Masahiro Sakurai (Director at Sora) to talk about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Sakurai explained the concept of Super Smash Bros. and introduced a video showing the game's playable characters. The video revealed that all fighters from previous games are present in Ultimate, including DLC characters and previously removed characters such as the Ice Climbers and Solid Snake.
- Sakurai highlighted the changes made to every fighter, including new alternate costumes for several characters, altered visual designs and voice acting, and tweaked movesets. Sakurai also introduced Echo Fighters, a new way of denoting fighters with similar movesets, introducing Princess Daisy as an echo fighter for Princess Peach.
- Sakurai outlined the moveset of Inkling, featuring an ink-centric moveset and a level themed around Splatoon's Moray Towers map.
- Sakurai went over assist trophies, including announcing assist trophies for Bomberman and Splatoon's Callie and Marie.
- A highlight reel of various maps from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was shown.
- Sakurai looked at a number of techniques possible in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Sakurai announced that the Nintendo GameCube controller and Amiibo would both be compatible with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- The presentation concluded with a trailer announcing Ridley's addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable fighter.
Game Critic Awards
The Game Critics Awards are decided by an independent group of worldwide 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 2017 Game Critics Awards were announced on June 28, 2018. Winners were announced on July 2, 2018. Leading the nominations with five was Anthem. Ubisoft Entertainment, for the second year in a row, had more nominations than any other company.
Best of Show
Best Original Game
Best Console Game
Best VR/AR Game
Best PC Game
Best Action Game
Best Action/Adventure Game
Best Family/Social Game
Best Fighting Game
Best Racing Game
Best Sports Game
Best Strategy Game
Best Online Multiplayer
Best Independent Game
Best Ongoing Game
Special Commendation for Graphics
Special Commendation for Sound
- The Last of Us Part II - Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment America
Special Commendation for Innovation
- Cyberpunk 2077 - CD Projekt Red / CD Projekt SA