Upcoming Titles That Will Not Appear at E3 2019

This year’s E3 is mere days away, as developers and publishers gear up for an onslaught of reveals, trailers and gameplay demos for a massive lineup of games with enough variety to get gamers of any flavor hyped for the near and far future of releases. Even with a smaller amount of press conferences than usual, E3 2019 is still set to be the biggest week in gaming news this year, but that doesn’t mean every big title is going to get a chance to shine in the spotlight just yet. To set the expectations of fans correctly, developers have recently begun to be more forward as to exactly which previously announced titles will be foregoing the E3 press conferences and show floor for various reasons and below is an up-to-date list on which titles not to expect at E3 2019.

Sony’s First-Party Lineup

One of the most shocking announcements in gaming news last year came in mid-November, when Sony dropped the bombshell that they would not be attending the following year’s E3 in any capacity. With no press conference or space-consuming booth on the floor, PS4 owners will have to continue waiting for updates on Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part II, Concrete Genie and the rest of Sony’s first-party lineup.

Skull and Bones

After an extensive gameplay demo during last year’s Ubisoft E3 briefing, there was a sense of momentum building towards this year’s showing that the multiplayer piracy title would get plenty of new information and footage as it prepared for launch later this year. That was, until last month, when Skull and Bones received its second delay in as many years and the French publisher confirmed that they would not be bringing the title to E3 this year to allow the team to continue working hard on the project.


Beyond Good and Evil 2

Speaking of Ubisoft, their long-awaited sci-fi sequel is also taking a break from the E3 stage, after returning from hibernation at E3 2017 and showing a second cinematic trailer the following year. Fans of the title, however, still have a glimpse of Beyond Good and Evil 2 to look forward to this month, as their fifth Space Monkey Report livestream takes place on June 5 at 9 AM PT, with the previous livestream featuring a lengthy pre-alpha demo.

Starfield

At the very end of Bethesda’s E3 press conference last year, Todd Howard wrapped up the presentation with two brief teases for the developer’s next pair of open world RPGs. The first was a brand-new IP set in space known as Starfield, which Howard has since confirmed during a PAX East panel is still very early in development and will not appear during the studio’s briefing this year.


Elder Scrolls VI

The second tease at the end of Bethesda’s E3 2018 appearance was for the sixth entry in the developer’s mega-popular fantasy franchise. Much like Starfield, nothing has been shown about Elder Scrolls VI since its reveal and Howard also stated during the aforementioned panel that it would not have a presence at E3 this year, since the title is likely due after the release of Starfield.

Need for Speed

Back in February, EA revealed during an earnings call that they would be releasing two new entries in two of their prominent franchises by March 31, 2020, with the first being a new Need for Speed. While next to nothing is known about the upcoming arcade racer, the publisher did share that fans won’t need to keep an eye on E3 this year for the first look, instead hinting that Gamescom could likely be the destination where the newest Need for Speed gets a full reveal.


Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 3

The second of EA’s promised upcoming releases is “a new title in our Plants vs. Zombies shooter franchise,” which seemingly indicates a third Garden Warfare set to launch sometime in the next nine months. While there has not been an official confirmation that this title will not be shown at E3 2019 in some capacity, EA’s abandoning of their usual press conference and the title’s lack of inclusion in the EA Play streaming schedule all but establishes that their latest class-based shooter is not ready for primetime just yet.

Metroid Prime 4

Back in January, Nintendo shared an update on the return of the Metroid Prime franchise for the first time since its brief announcement at E3 2017, sharing that Bandai Namco would no longer be working on the fourth entry and that development of the latest entry would be fully restarted and instead handled by the series’ original owners, Retro Studios. Although Nintendo has not directly stated that Metroid Prime 4 will not show up at E3 this year, the publisher’s usual preference for focusing on titles releasing in the same year, alongside the development of the title having only truly started less than five months ago, seems to indicate that the chances of the sci-fi shooter appearing at this year’s E3 are slim to none.

Rocksteady Studio’s Next Title

Ever since the release of Batman: Arkham VR in 2016, there has been radio silence regarding the next title from the acclaimed British developer, which will be a step in a new direction away from the dark knight. Apparently, three years is not enough for us to get our first glimpse at their newest project, as Rocksteady Studios co-founder Sefton Hill took to Twitter the week before E3 to confirm that they will not be making their way to LA this year.