E3 2018 is right around the corner, which means plenty of announcements and/or full reveals are on the way. At this time of the year, the biggest developers and publishers in the video game industry converge on Los Angeles and showcase their upcoming slate of games, from indie titles to triple-A blockbusters, many of which have been in development for years.
While every E3 is chock-full of surprises from all the major publishers, there are already quite a few titles for gamers to look forward to. Some of those titles have been previously announced and/or revealed and some that have been heavily rumored for a little while now. It can be daunting to keep up with them all, which is why we've compiled them into a list below.
The next Battlefield game releases in fall 2018, and it looks like it's going to be set in WWII. Multiple reports from various sources recently stated that there are two Battlefield games in development - Battlefield V and Battlefield: Bad Company 3 - though it was unclear which one is going to release in 2018. Many fans have been wanting a Bad Company 3 for eight years now, so that made it a possible option this year, but it seems that Bad Company 3 will release in 2019 or 2020, with a WWII-centered Battlefield V hitting store shelves in 2018. Expect more information on the new title, including lots of gameplay, at E3 in June.
Halo 6 is definitely coming; the question is not if but when? Microsoft confirmed Halo 4, 5, and 6 way back in 2011, and now that the first two installments have released, it's time to look forward to the next installment. Halo 6 has remained out of the spotlight in recent years, but its ripe for a release this fall. There was a three-year gap between Halo 4 and Halo 5, and 2018 marks the third year since Halo 5 released. Plus, there are unsubstantiated rumors that Halo 6 will make an appearance at E3 2018, which makes sense since Microsoft is in need of major first-party exclusives.
The Elder Scrolls 6
The Elder Scrolls 6 is long overdue, and Bethesda Softworks reportedly has two unannounced games that are releasing this year. The publisher has the tendency of announcing games around E3, either during the expo or at their pre-E3 showcase, and then releasing those titles later that same year. They did just that with Wolfenstein: The New Colossus last year, so why can't they do the same this year? The thing is, The Elder Scrolls 6 isn't supposed to release for quite some time, but the publisher is rumored to be teasing the game at E3 2018 this summer. That will surely get gamers off their backs for a little while.
The Splinter Cell franchise is long overdue for another installment, and that may finally happen this year. Michael Ironside returned to voice the iconic stealth character Sam Fisher in a surprising crossover event mission in Ghost Recon: Wildlands earlier this year, which got the ball rolling on rumors that Ironside would be reprising his role in another mainline Splinter Cell installment in 2018. Plus, there were already reports of a Splinter Cell reboot coming soon, so perhaps the two rumors are actually one in the same.
The Division 2
Ubisoft announced The Division 2 earlier this year, and they are gearing up to showcase the first footage from the upcoming sequel at E3 2018. Massive Entertainment's first game, The Division, released in 2016 after being teased for several years. While the game initially started out strong, interest sharply declined due to a lack of content, which was eventually remedied. The game has since seen a resurgence, and hopefully, the studio will be able to continue their newfound success with The Division 2. Massive said they will apply everything they learned from the first game to the sequel, along with an upgraded Snowdrop engine.
Super Smash Bros Switch
A new Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Nintendo Switch this year, but not much is known about the game at this time. Nintendo announced the game back in March, and the silhouette characters have caused quite a stir amongst franchise fans. Although the company doesn't host their own pre-E3 press conference like other publishers, they do have a Nintendo Direct in which they unveil key details about their upcoming games. So, it's entirely possible that they'll reveal new bits of information about the game at that time, or at least its release date.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
It's Treyarch's turn to release a Call of Duty game this year and their new installment is going to be Black Ops 4. It's the first time that one of the story arcs has been numbered beyond three. (Remember, Modern Warfare was the first game in a new story, despite being Call of Duty 4.) Along with potentially changing up the shooter franchise for the better, the game will include a Battle Royale mode, titled Blackout, as well as a Zombies mode with three different experiences that take players through time - from ancient Rome to the RMS Titanic.
Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 6 released in 2013, which means there hasn't been a mainline Gran Turismo game for this console generation. Sure, Gran Turismo Sport was fun and had intriguing VR capabilities, but racing fans have been clamoring for a mainline sequel for several years now - and it looks like it might finally happen soon. A new rumor suggests that Sony will make a surprise Gran Turismo 7 announcement at E3 2018, but there's no indication as to when it will hit store shelves. Judging by past titles, though, that might not be for quite some time, at least another year or two.
CD Projekt Red will have a presence at E3 this year, where they will be showing off a new action-adventure RPG game. Since The Witcher 4 is never going to happen, then it would seem that the only logical choice would be the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077. The studio first revealed the game way back in 2012 but they refrained from discussing the project any further until The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt released in 2015 (that's also why we've included it here). And now, they've once again started teasing Cyberpunk 2077 on social media. Plus, recent reports have suggested that CD Projekt will be bringing a new trailer to E3 in June.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Square Enix's third and final game in their Tomb Raider reboot trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, was officially unveiled in April. While there's still quite a bit about the story that hasn't been publicly revealed yet, franchise fans can look forward to seeing more of Lara Croft's journey come full circle - as she finally becomes the eponymous Tomb Raider - at E3 in June, where the publisher plans on hosting an E3 showcase. At the moment, it's unclear if this will be the final Tomb Raider game from Square Enix or if the publisher will pursue another trilogy with Lara all grown up.
Forza Horizon 4
Turn 10 Studios released Forza Motorsport 7 in October 2017, so it makes sense that the next game is heavily rumored to be Forza Horizon 4 - the open-world version of the studio's Xbox-exclusive racing franchise. The game hasn't been confirmed yet, but several rumors suggest that it should be revealed at E3 2018. Unless, of course, players want to go based on the recent Walmart leak, in which case Turn 10 will be showcasing Forza Horizon 5 instead of Forza Horizon 4 - but that's probably not what's happening.