For the third year in a row, the ESA opened E3 registration to the public. Starting on February 2019, 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. Those changes remain for 2019. 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 11||11:00 AM - 7:00 PM||2:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, June 12||9:00 AM - 7:00 PM||12:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Thursday, June 13||9:00 AM - 6:00 PM||9:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
Giant Bomb vs. E3 2019
My Third First E3
Giant Bomb @ Nite
Nite 1 - June 11, 2019
- Segment 1: Editor Check-In
- Segment 2: Rod Fergusson, Saxs Persson, Carl Ledbetter, Mike Brown
- Segment 3: Dan Greenawalt, Rebecca Ford, Mark Noseworthy, Luke Smith, Ryan Payton
- Segment 4: Vince Zampella, Drew McCoy, Rayme C. Vinson
- Segment 5: Felix Kramer, Rebekah Saltsman, Kelly Wallick, Harris Foster, Adam Saltsman
- Segment 6: Gita Jackson, Chris Plante, Dante Douglas, Pat Gill, Chelsea Stark, Tina Amini
Nite 2 - June 12, 2019
- Segment 1: Phil Spencer
- Segment 2: Jack Buser, Marty Stratton, Hugo Martin
- Segment 3: Emma Kinema, Jocelyn Monahan
- Segment 4: Scott Strichart, Mark MacDonald, Asheesh Thukral
- Segment 5: Wan Hazmer, Robin Hunicke, Cara Ellison, Chris Avellone
- Segment 6: Tamoor Hussain, Mike Mahardy, Lucy James, Andy McNamara, Michael Higham, Caty McCarthy
Nite 3 - June 13, 2019
- Segment 1: Editor Check-In
- Segment 2: Nina Freeman, Mary Kish, Danny O'Dwyer
- Segment 3: Luis Antonio, Alex Hutchinson, Brooke Maggs
- Segment 4: Rich Gallup, Mike Bithell, Sean Krankel
- Segment 5: Adam Boyes, Mike Bilder, Dave Lang, John T. Drake, Samantha Kalman, Casey Malone
- Segment 6: Natalie Watson, Janina Gavankar, Austin Creed, Austin Walker, Patrick Klepek, Drew Scanlon
- Segment 7: Austin Creed, Kenny Omega
Xbox E3 Briefing
Sunday, June 9 - 1:00 PM PDT - Microsoft Theater
Bethesda E3 Showcase
Sunday, June 9 - 5:30 PM PDT - ?
Sunday, June 9 - 7:00 PM PDT
Ubisoft E3 Media Briefing 2019
Monday, June 10 - 1:00 PM PDT - Orpheum Theater
- Immediately before Ubisoft's presentation, a live symphony performed music from the Assassin's Creed series accompanied by cinematics from games in the series, labelled "Assassin's Creed Symphony", to highlight the symphony's worldwide tour.
- The presentation opened on an extended trailer for Watch Dogs: Legion, highlighting the game's gameplay loop and recruitment mechanic. Following the trailer, Clint Hocking (Creative Director at Ubisoft Toronto) took the stage to further discuss Watch Dogs: Legion's story, setting, and mechanics, followed by a second trailer announcing a March 6, 2020 release date.
- Rob Mcelhenney (Creator of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) appeared to announce a partnership with Ubisoft for Mythic Quest, a fictional television show about an MMO development team, as well as premiere a trailer for the show.
- Parker Mackay (an eSports commentator) appeared from a Ubisoft stage outside of the conference hall to mention a post-presentation Rainbow Six: Siege competition featuring celebrity guests, as well as show a trailer for Warden, a character introduced by the game's thirteenth season.
- A trailer for Brawlhalla was shown, announcing a crossover between the game and the Adventure Time series.
- A narrative trailer for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint was played, followed by Jon Bernthal (an actor and voice of Breakpoint character Cole D. Walker) appearing on stage, joined by a dog. While on stage, Bernthal discussed the game's basic concept and story, followed by a second, cinematic trailer for the game.
- After the second Breakpoint trailer, Laura Cordrey (Community Developer at Ubisoft Paris) appeared on stage to announce that the game would feature AI teammates, as well as "Delta Company", a community hub focused on the Ghost Recon series. Cordrey was followed by Nouredine Abboud (Executive Producer at Ubisoft Paris), who announced the game would release on October 4, 2019, following a September 5, 2019 beta period.
- A trailer for Tom Clancy's Elite Squad was shown.
- A ten-year anniversary trailer for the Just Dance series was shown, leading a group of dancers (including a dancer in a panda outfit) to take the stage for a live dance routine announcing Just Dance 2020.
- A trailer teasing For Honor's "Shadows of the Hitokiri" event was shown.
- An announcement trailer for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine was shown, slated for early 2020. Bio Jade Adam Granger (Lead Game Designer at Ubisoft Montreal) took the stage to discuss the game's design principles and ambitions, alongside a few core details of the game.
- A highlight reel of influencer's reactions to Tom Clancy's The Division 2 was shown, followed by Terry Spier (Creative Director at Red Storm Entertainment) appearing on stage to announce a free play period for the game, alongside detailing the game's first three "episodes" of content updates, concluding with a trailer for Episode 3 and the announcement of a partnership with Netflix for a movie themed around The Division series.
- Brenda Panagrossi (V.P. of Platform & Product Management at Ubisoft) took the stage to announce Uplay+, a subscription service for Ubisoft's titles, followed by a montage showing various Ubisoft titles alongside the announcement of a partnership between Uplay+ and Google Stadia.
- An announcement trailer was shown for Roller Champions, with Stephane Drapeau (Product Manager at Ubisoft Montreal) appearing to discuss the game, announce a demo for the game available following the presentation, and show a gameplay trailer for the game.
- Yves Guillemot (CEO of Ubisoft) went up on stage to conclude the presentation with a statement about the value of video games, as well as bring Marc-Alexis Cote (Senior Producer at Ubisoft Quebec) on stage to introduce Gods & Monsters (later known as Immortals: Fenyx Rising), as well as a trailer and February 25, 2020 release date for the game.
Square Enix E3 Showcase 2019
Monday, June 10 - 6:00 PM PDT
- Square Enix's showcase started with a trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake, showing the remade visuals of the original game's intro.
- Yoshinori Kitase (Producer) appeared on stage to thank fans for waiting for Final Fantasy VII Remake, as well as announce that the remake would be split across several discs, the first focusing on Midgar. Neal Pabon (Senior Manager of Product Marketing) joined Kitase on stage to showcase the game's combat mechanics.
- Tetsuya Nomura (Director) joined Kitase and Pabon on stage to announce that the game would be playable at Square Enix's booth, as well as show an extended trailer of Tifa Lockhart's remastered design and combat mechanics, alongside a release date of March 3, 2020.
- An accolades trailer for Life is Strange 2 was shown, featuring reactions from influencers.
- A trailer for Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition was shown.
- A trailer for Octopath Traveler's PC port was shown.
- A trailer for The Last Remnant Remastered's Nintendo Switch port was shown, launched the same day.
- A trailer for Dragon Quest Builders 2 was shown, alongside a release date of July 12, 2019, and a demo release of June 27, 2019.
- A trailer for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S was shown.
- A highlight reel showcasing Square Enix Collective's previous releases was shown, alongside the announcement of Circuit Superstars.
- A gameplay trailer for Batallion 1944 was shown.
- A trailer for Square Enix Music was shown, announcing that Final Fantasy soundtracks had become available on streaming services.
- A trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3's Re:Mind DLC was shown.
- Naoki Yoshida (Producer, Director) took the stage, detailing the new additions of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, as well as showing a new trailer for the expansion.
- A trailer was shown for Dying Light 2, alongside a tenative release date of Spring 2020.
- A trailer for English-language multi-platform releases of Romancing SaGa 3 and SaGa Scarlet Grace Ambitions was shown.
- An announcement trailer for War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius was shown.
- An announcement trailer for Outriders was shown, with a tentative release date of Summer 2020. Sebastian Wojciechowski (Head of People Can Fly) appeared to briefly discuss the game and introduce a video from Bartosz Kmita (Creative Director) to introduce the studio's reasoning behind developing the game.
- A trailer for Oninaki was shown, alongside a release date of August 22, 2019.
- An announcement trailer for a remastered port of Final Fantasy VIII was shown.
- A story trailer for Marvel's Avengers was shown, with Shaun Escay (Creative Director at Crystal Dynamics) and Bill Rosemann (V.P. and Creative Director at Marvel Games) taking the stage to discuss the game in detail.
- A trailer was played showing the game's main cast discussing their feelings about The Avengers and their roles as those characters.
- Scott Amos (Head of Crystal Dynamics) and Meagan Marie (Senior Community Manager at Crystal Dynamics) appeared on stage to discuss Marvel's Avengers' multiplayer and planned post-launch content. The two concluded by introducing a release date trailer slating the game for May 15, 2020.
Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2019
Tuesday, June 11 - 9:00 AM PDT
- Following the pattern from previous years, Nintendo's presentation was held digitally, followed by a post-presentation "Nintendo Treehouse" stream showing gameplay and additional details.
- The presentation opened with an animation showing various colors of Nintendo Switch hardware, alongside brief appearances from already-released games.
- Following the title-card animation, a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cinematic was shown announcing a new DLC fighter, The Hero from the Dragon Quest series, slated for a Summer 2019 release.
- The Super Smash Bros. cinematic was followed immediately by a trailer for a Nintendo Switch port of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S, alongside a release date of September 27, 2019.
- Yoshiaki Koizumi (then-Executive Officer) appeared to introduce the presentation, as well as then-newly hired President of Nintendo of America, Doug Bowser. Doug Bowser's introduction was preceded by a joke about the character Bowser being confused by the overlap in names.
- A trailer for Luigi's Mansion 3 played, showing gameplay and introducing the game's basic plot. A number of new Poltergust-3000 mechanics were introduced, including Gooigi, a slime-based, independently controllable copy of Luigi. Also introduced was a new mode, the co-operative "ScareScraper Mode".
- Doug Bowser appeared again to state his enjoyment of the Luigi's Mansion series, as well as emphasize the post-presentation Nintendo Treehouse stream.
- An announcement trailer for Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Tactics played, showing some gameplay and a tentative 2019 release window.
- A trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening was shown, alongside the game's new dungeon-building mode, and a September 20, 2019 release date.
- Two side-by-side trailers for a remake of Trials of Mana and an English-port of Collection of Mana were shown.
- A trailer for a Nintendo Switch port of The Witcher 3: Complete Edition was shown.
- A new story trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses was shown, alongside an announced release date of July 26, 2019.
- Koizumi reappeared to reference the benefits of the Nintendo Switch, as well as segue into a live-action trailer for Switch ports of several Resident Evil games.
- An announcement trailer for No More Heroes III was played.
- An announcement trailer for Contra: Rogue Corps was played, alongside a same-day launch trailer for Contra Anniversary Collection.
- A trailer for Daemon X Machina was shown, alongside a release date of September 13, 2019.
- An announcement teaser for Panzer Dragoon was shown.
- Shinya Takahashi (General Manager for Nintendo EPD) appeared to recap the announcements regarding Pokémon Sword/Shield made in a previous Pokémon-themed Nintendo Direct, as well as show a few additional details, such as announcing a new gym leader, Nessa.
- A story trailer for Astral Chain was shown, alongside a release date of August 30, 2019.
- An announcement trailer for Empire of Sin was shown.
- A new trailer for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was shown, alongside a July 19, 2019 release date.
- A pre-launch trailer for Cadence of Hyrule was shown, alongside a June 13, 2019 release date.
- A trailer for Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was shown.
- Koizumi reappeared to introduce an extended segment looking at Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as announce that the game had been delayed to March 20, 2020.
- A highlight reel showcasing a number of upcoming Nintendo Switch titles was shown.
- A second Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cinematic was shown, announcing another new DLC character: the duo of Banjo and Kazooie, from the Banjo-Kazooie series.
- Takahashi reappeared to conclude the presentation, as well as introduce "one more thing", a teaser trailer for a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Game Critics 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.
The Outer Worlds came away with the most nominations (4), while Xbox Game Studios was the publisher with the most nominations (9). However, Final Fantasy VII Remake and Square Enix won the most categories (3 each), both winning Best of Show, Best Console Game, and Best RPG Game.
Bolded titles below denote which game won in each respective category.
Best of Show
Best Original Game
Best Console Game
Best PC Game
Best VR / AR Game
Best Hardware / Peripheral
Best Action Game
Best Action / Adventure Game
Best Role Playing Game
Best Racing Game
Best Sports Game
Best Strategy Game
Best Family / Social Game
Best Online Multiplayer
Best Independent Game
Best Ongoing Game
Special Commendation for Graphics
Cyberpunk 2077 - CD Projekt Red
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