E3 is all about reveals, reveals, reveals. If it's not an entirely new game being announced, we're always hungry for new gameplay footage, new modes, new features. And while it would be nice to have a time machine and just skip to the good stuff, such chronal technology doesn't yet exist - and that means we're relying on the rumor mill and good old-fashioned hunches to predict what we'll see in Los Angeles this year.
Below, you'll find a list of various rumors mixed with some of our own speculation on what's coming to E3 2016. Take a look and enjoy the digital word-of-mouth:
A publisher perhaps best known for expansive, open-world RPGs, Bethesda has made some serious moves in the industry within recent years. Bethesda's parent company, ZeniMax, bought id Software in 2009, and since then we've gotten revamps and reboots of some classic shooters, namely Wolfenstein and Doom. Could a new vision of Quake be in the cards this year? Maybe. But a follow-up to the excellent Wolfenstein: The New Order has more evidence.
Also keep in mind that Bethesda owns the rights to Prey. Prey 2 garnered a ton of buzz when it debuted at E3 2011, though it was confirmed as cancelled three years later. Company vice president Pete Hines said there's still potential for the franchise though, and current rumors suggest that a new developer under Bethesda's umbrella may have taken on the task of rebuilding the brand. Even more exciting: those rumors suggest that the developer is Dishonored studio, Arkane.
If you're big into Bethesda's fantasy RPG series The Elder Scrolls, prepare to get hyped: A remaster of TES5: Skyrim will allegedly be revealed at E3 2016, and much like its post-apocalyptic counterpart Fallout 4, it's said to support mods on consoles.
Lastly, we suspect Tango Gameworks, the studio behind Bethesda's 2014 horror romp The Evil Within, is likely ready to show off whatever it's been working on in the two years since. Reports say that's The Evil Within 2, but it could be anything, really.
Verdict: Mostly accurate. Bethesda began its conference with the reveal of Quake Champions before showing off a rebooted Prey 2 (now simply called Prey and featuring a new concept and story), as well as Skyrim: Special Edition. The only no-show: Tango Gameworks.
Do I even need to say it? . Fans of the long-running series have been waiting and hoping for this for a long time, and all rumors suggest an appearance at this E3. There's also a series of supposedly leaked images , which could be announced at Microsoft's press conference.
Verdict: Accurate. Resident Evil 7 was revealed during Sony's press conference, with a very PT-vibe teaser. The game will support PlayStation VR or traditional controllers, and the demo is available now. Dead Rising 4 was also confirmed at Microsoft's press conference with a holly jolly Christmas-flavored trailer.
CD Projekt Red
The studio behind The Witcher series might have at E3, according to co-founder Marcin Iwinski, but it won't be the highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. And … that's pretty much all we've heard. The Poland-based studio is absurdly good at keeping secrets.
Verdict: Accurate. The week before E3, a trademark application suggested the project in question was a standalone version of Gwent. Lo and behold, that's what we got. Gwent will have both single-player and multiplayer modes, with a beta coming this September.
Okay, so technically these aren't E3 rumors, since EA will be hosting its own, off-site event. But it's happening on the same days and is literally less than a block away, so I'm gonna count it. As to what we can expect, we know that Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 will be making an appearance, but signs also point to a possible reveal of the Visceral Games-developed, third-person Star Wars game, and I feel like things have been too quiet on the Mass Effect: Andromeda front.
Verdict: Accurate. It was all too brief, but we did see a snippet of Visceral Games' adventure in a behind-the-scenes video showing off the various Star Wars games EA is working on. Likewise, our look into Mass Effect: Andromeda was neither a cinematic tease nor a gameplay trailer, but mostly in-development screenshots and assets.
According to and , Microsoft is working on not one, but two new Xbox consoles. One of these new pieces of hardware is said to be an Xbox One Slim (name not confirmed), while the other is a console than the current Xbox One. Microsoft could unveil both or neither at E3, but I'd personally wager that we'll see and get lots of details on the Slim, while the more powerful Xbox (codenamed "Scorpio") will only be teased, if mentioned at all.
On the software side, don't be surprised if we see the usual suspects: , , and . Some other Microsoft partners will likely also show off new footage of games that debuted recently, such as Comcept's , Platinum's , and Rare's . As mentioned above, there's also a rumor going around that Xbox owners will get another entry in Capcom's series.
Verdict: Mostly accurate. Crackdown 3 was the only absentee, but everything else either made an appearance or was confirmed on-stage, with even a few surprises. The Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, for example, is essentially Microsoft's answer to cross-buy, netting you a Windows 10 copy of future Xbox games. The Xbox One S was shown, while Scorpio was teased at the end, confirming the "two Xboxes" theory, while Halo Wars 2, Gears of War 4, ReCore, Scalebound, and Sea of Thieves all got stage time.
Nintendo has said that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be the only playable game it has at the show, so all speculation on The Big N revolves around just how true that will be. There will also be with some time dedicated to Pokemon, Monster Hunter, Dragon Quest, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. As for news on the next Nintendo console (codenamed "NX"), that's a big nope; Nintendo has said it .
So the real question here is: Is that it?
Verdict: So far, so true. Nintendo is still streaming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Microsoft isn't the only company with a new piece of hardware in the works. The PS4 Neo (AKA "PS4K" and "PS4.5") has been known about for a few months now, so keeping it hidden feels somewhat pointless. Whatever the Neo ends up being, rumors suggest we'll see it - or at least have it confirmed out loud by Sony - at E3.
Word of mouth also says that Sucker Punch, the studio behind the Infamous series, is working on a new Spider-Man video game. This is interesting, because Activision is the publisher that owns the rights to Spidey in video game form, but Sucker Punch is owned by Sony. In any case, the web-slinger's appearance in Captain America: Civil War and his upcoming solo film have people pumped for more webhead adventures, so a debut at E3 seems likely.
Hideo Kojima's next game will be coming to Sony's system first, and we suspect he'll be brought onstage to drum up hype for it, perhaps showing off some concept art or basic renderings. He's been doing as much on Twitter recently, where he revealed the mascot for Kojima Productions, and fans are speculating that actor Norman Reedus (who was slated to appear in Silent Hills, before it got cancelled) is behind the helmet. Just don't expect anything close to a trailer or game footage - Kojima Productions hasn't even existed for a full year yet!
has also been popping up, showing Kratos (or someone with the same muscular build and markings) in Norse-inspired settings. It feels like a long shot, but this could be the year Sony's angriest franchise makes a big return.
Verdict: Mostly accurate. Sony managed to keep lots of big surprises under wraps, including a and a . The , nor was it so much as whispered about during Sony's conference. A is coming to PlayStation 4, but it's Insomniac behind the wheel, not Sucker Punch. Hideo Kojima made an appearance and unveiled a . So in that case, my prediction that there wouldn't be a trailer was inaccurate - I've never been so happy to be wrong.
The company behind Rockstar and 2K Games tends to stay relatively quiet during E3, so don't expect anything mind-blowing. Still, for to be made backwards compatible on Xbox One, so a simple confirmation of that could send the internet into a frenzy. There's also a that made the rounds recently, so something GTA related could also be in the cards.
Verdict: Not accurate. At least, not yet. If there's a big Take-Two announcement at this E3, it hasn't happened yet. Both Sony and Microsoft's conferences were considerably lacking in cowboys and gangsters.
The presence of and are no-brainers, but Square Enix had some surprises up its sleeve last year, so maybe don't be too surprised if we get another . Also, as a reminder: there is going to be a Nier sequel.
Verdict: Partly accurate. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is here at the show, but wasn't shown during Microsoft or Sony's conferences. Final Fantasy 15, meanwhile, was a two-fer; the game had a boss fight to show off during Microsoft's conference, while a PlayStation VR fight was unveiled at Sony's. Meanwhile, all's quiet on the Tomb Raider front for now.
Watch Dogs 2 is a given. Ditto for Ghost Recon: Wildlands. And we know there won't be an Assassin's Creed game this year. Evidence still points to another AAA title from the French publisher/developer though, and I'd wager it's going to be something in an established property. Far Cry seems the most likely bet, but there's also images of a supposed Prince of Persia reboot lurking around the internet. Or, you know, maybe Beyond Good & Evil 2 will finally happen.
Yeah, probably not.
Verdict: Partly accurate. Watch Dogs 2 and Ghost Recon: Wildlands did indeed show, but most of the French company's show was a surprise. Grow Home is getting a sequel, the Trials series is going all Blood Dragon on us, a Star Trek VR game looks stunning, and an SSX-like snowboarding game called Steep was also revealed.
Warner Bros. Interactive
Warner Bros holds some of the most valuable franchises, series, and companies in the world in its portfolio, including Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, and Lego. And wouldn't you know it, rumors suggest we'll be getting more of each, with current whispers pointing to a , , and more Lego Dimensions, respectively.
Verdict: Partly accurate. Lego Dimensions is getting way more content, and there is a more Batman from Rocksteady on the way, though it's a PlayStation VR experience. That's either awesome or a huge letdown, depending how you feel about VR. As for Shadow of Mordor 2, one does not simply walk into E3 expecting that game, apparently.