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E3 2018 Press Conference Schedules

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The 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo officially kicks off June 12-14. Much of the news, trailers, and announcements will come from the various press conferences held by the biggest companies in gaming leading up to the show. Stay tuned for Pixelkin for the biggest headlines, and see below for the schedule of conferences throughout the week and weekend, beginning June 9.

Saturday, June 9

EA Play 2018 – 11 am Pacific/3 pm Eastern

We’re expecting many more details and trailers surrounding BioWare’s Anthem. Other than that expect the usual slew of sports games like Madden and FIFA, and perhaps some new EA Originals indie announcements.

Sunday, June 10

Microsoft – 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern

Watch live video from Xbox on www.twitch.tv

Microsoft has been exceedingly quiet in the weeks leading up to E3, which could be a bad thing or a good thing. The Xbox has lagged behind this generation, due in large part to a dearth of console exclusives. Might we see a price cut to the Xbox One X? Expect Microsoft to push Mixer as the next big Twitch platform.

Bethesda – 6:30 pm Pacific/9:30 pm Eastern

Watch live video from Bethesda on www.twitch.tv

Bethesda’s press conference in the past has been late at night, but thankfully they’re bumping it up a bit this year. Bethesda has already announced sequels Rage 2 and Fallout 76, with the latter spurring lots of speculation on what kind of game it is. Expect to get some answers Sunday night.

Devolver Digital – 8 pm Pacific/11 pm Eastern

Watch live video from Devolver Digital on www.twitch.tv

With Bethesda vacating the late night spot, indie publisher Devolver Digital slides right in. Last year’s inaugural press conference was highly irreverent and very goofy. Yet they still managed to show off lots of neat trailers for upcoming games. Best of all, the whole thing only runs about 15 minutes.

Monday, June 11

Square Enix – 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern

Watch live video from Square Enix on www.twitch.tv

Despite Square Enix publishing several high profile games each year, including Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest, and Deux Ex, the publisher hasn’t held an official E3 press conference in two years. We can expect updates on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest XI, and especially the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III.

Ubisoft – 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern

Watch live video from Ubisoft on www.twitch.tv

Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins was hugely successful. Ubisoft has already announced Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as the next game, so expect their marquee franchise to be the highlight of the show. Will it actually come out this year? And will we see actual gameplay of the mysterious Beyond Good and Evil 2?

PC Gaming Show – 3 pm Pacific/6 pm Eastern

Watch live video from PCGamer on www.twitch.tv

Since the PC doesn’t have a single big publisher press conference, media outlet PC Gamer has taken on the reigns in the last few years. It features a more late night talk-show format, with less fancy trailers and more deep dives with developers.

Sony – 6 pm Pacific/9 pm Eastern

Watch live video from PlayStation on www.twitch.tv

Sony may have the least surprising press conferences of the bunch, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We expect major updates on Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, Days Gone, and maybe a little more Death Stranding, one of the most mysterious and talked about games from last year’s E3.

Tuesday, June 12

Nintendo – 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern

Watch live video from Nintendo on www.twitch.tv

Last but certainly never least is the pre-recorded Nintendo Direct. The Switch remains in full swing and Nintendo has many exciting franchises to announce, tease, and detail. We fully expect the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Switch to be the main focus, but perhaps we’ll get teases for Metroid Prime 4 and the new Pokémon games.

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Skyrim’s New Survival Mode Will Be Free for One Week

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Bethesda Game Studios announced a new Survival Mode for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. If you own the Special Edition on Steam you can opt in to the beta right now. Survival Mode will be added to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One “early next month.”

Here’s how to access the Survival Mode beta on Steam:

  1. Log into Steam.
  2. Right Click on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition in your Library.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Select Betas.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select the available beta option
  6. Select OK.
  7. Wait for the game to update.

Survival Mode will be free for one week when it launches. Then it will be added to Bethesda’s controversial paid mod program, Creation Club, which was announced earlier this year at E3.

Survival Mode adds lots of challenging new features and gameplay quirks aimed to make Skyrim play more like an open-world Survival-Crafting game, which have become popular in the last few years.

Here are a few of the major changes Survival Mode includes:

  • Hunger – You’ll need to eat food to live, or risk some nasty penalties. You’ll also need to cook food to avoid food poisoning.
  • Disease – Speaking of food poisoning, diseases are much more harsh. You’ll have to donate money at a shrine to cure them.
  • Fatigue – You need to regularly sleep in a bed or suffer numerous penalties to magicka and stamina.
  • Temperature – Skryim is generally a cold place, and that will be reflected in this new mode. You can die from exposure. Campfires become your lifeline.
  • Fast Travel – Disabled. Pay for carriages and boats, or get a horse. Long journeys will leave you fatigued.
  • Health Regen – Disabled. Need food, potions, and spells to gain health.
  • Leveling – You’ll need to sleep in a bed to level up, as in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
  • Carry Weight – This one hurts. Carry weight has been significantly reduced, and encumbrance will cause fatigue.

The one bright spot in this harsh new mode – vampires and werewolves can feed on victims to restore hunger, and are more resistant to the cold weather. Embrace your dark side!

The Creation Club has been met with some harsh criticisms from the large Skyrim and Fallout fanbase. It’s a way for Bethesda to host mods on their website rather than the Steam Workshop, and make sure all mods are compatible, localized, and (mostly) bug-free. But mods have traditionally been purely community driven and curated, with the best modders often receiveing donations or even setting up Patreon accounts.

Much of what this Survival Mode adds can be found in an old mod called Frostfall, for example.

Skyrim Survival Mode is set to launch in Early October. Grab it while it’s free in the first week.

 

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E3 2017 Conference Schedule

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E3 2017 officially starts Tuesday, June 13. As in previous years all the major publishers will be presenting press conferences and media showcases in the days leading up to the biggest video game event of the world.

For this year’s E3 we’re expecting news on: Super Mario Odyssey, XCOM 2 expansion, Star Wars Battlefront II, Far Cry 5, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, new Bethesda announcements, Project Scorpio, and most of the games Sony showed last year that have yet to come out.

Here is the full schedule of conferences and links to where you can watch them.

Note that once again Nintendo will be presenting a pre-recorded Nintendo Spotlight in lieu of a live conference. It will be followed by Nintendo Treehouse live streaming.

Saturday, June 10

Electronic Arts 12 PM Pacific/3 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube

 

Sunday, June 11

Microsoft 2 PM Pacific/5 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter

Bethesda 9 PM Pacific/12 AM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube

Devolver Digital 10 PM Pacific/1 AM Eastern, via Twitch

 

Monday, June 12

PC Gaming Show 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern, via Twitch, Facebook, Steam

Ubisoft 1 PM Pacific/4 PM Eastern, via Twitch

Sony 6 PM Pacific/9 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook

 

Tuesday, June 13

Nintendo 9 AM Pacific/12 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube