E3 2018, short for Electronic Entertainment Expo aka the mega celebration of gaming, is set to take place between June 9 and 14 in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Public access will be allowed on June 12, this being the second consecutive year that E3 will be open to the public. With a host of new announcements, game trailers, and playable demos anticipated at the event, E3 2018 is set to bring lots of surprises to blow our minds away.
However, weeks before the event actually happens, several titles have been accidentally leaked in what seems to be a major blooper by Walmart’s Canadian website.
Why the Leak Is Legit
First of all, before you dismiss the news as yet another unfounded rumor, here is why we think the leak is for real- a game called Rage 2.
No, if you remember (you probably don’t), the first Rage released way back in 2011. The first-person shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world garnered average to positive reviews had modest commercial success, and that was just about it. It was not a game that would see a sequel anytime in the future or had legions of fans pondering over any new versions or DLCs.
However, imagine our surprise when Bethesda Softworks actually announced Rage 2, apparently a response of being outed by the Walmart Canada leak. So if Rage 2 is a confirmed release then it likely means that other titles in the leak are also expected to see an official launch in the future.
Leaked Games That May Appear At E3 2018
9. Borderlands 3:
Borderland 2 came nearly 6 years ago and fans have since constantly enquired about the release of the 3rd installment of the game. Though there is no official announcement yet, Gearbox chief Randy Pitchford has indicated that the studio was heavily involved in such a project.
However, Pitchford has also denied that Borderlands 3 will see a release at E3 2018, where the developer is expected to show off other projects.
4/ For example, I could write it out now precisely and specifically that “Borderlands 3” will not be at E3 and many of you will choose not to believe it. Many of you will find a way to interpret the intent to suit what you want to believe regardless of what is true.
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) May 15, 2018
8. Dragon Quest Builder 2
This game has actually been already announced, but only for the Japanese market so far. Sales for North America and Europe is expected in the near future. Like the first Dragon Quest Builder, the second version by Square Enix will be a role-playing game where you will venture out on quests to collect resources that are then utilized to build various creations. You can read about the additions and updates to Dragon Quest Builder 2 here.
7. Lego DC Villains
Enough of the superheroes, bring in the supervillains. After announcing LEGO The Incredibles, Warner Bros. Games are set to launch LEGO DC Villains on May 29, 2018. A teaser website and the not-so-cryptic tweets by the developers TT Games confirms that. Hopefully, we will see more of it at E3 2018.
— TT Games (@TTGames) May 23, 2018
6. Destiny 2 update
Destiny 2: Warmind launched on May 8, but Bungie has already announced a new development roadmap for Destiny 2, which is set to be released on May 29. The tweaks will include three new features- Faction Rallies Improvements, Exotic Armor Sandbox Changes, and Crucible Labs.
This is what Bungie lead designer Derek Carroll had to say about Crucible Labs:
“Crucible Labs will give every player of Destiny 2 access to experimental PvP content. We’ll then have a chance to solicit your feedback to guide our final iterations. You’ll learn more about Labs before launch.”
Apart from the new roadmap, Destiny 2 is also set to get a massive expansion update in Fall 2018, which promise to bring a new mode that is unlike seen anything in the game before. According to an earning calls transcript by Collister Johnson, Activision president, and chief operating officer:
“But even more of what’s coming this fall into the innovations and gameplay there, including to what we think will be an incredibly engaging new mode, one that introduces a whole new style of play for first-person shooter gaming generally and certainly for the shooter space that Destiny created.”
5. Untitled Assassins Creed
The Walmart Canada listing also mentioned an untitled Assassin’s Creed game. Whether a trailer will debut at E3 remains to be seen, as Ubisoft is using a ‘live service’ release model to continuously update Assassin’s Creed Origins with new content. Whatever it is, we don’t expect a 2018 launch, but it has us stoked about the many possibilities that the game could explore.
4. Splinter Cell
Apart from showing up in the Walmart Canada leak, a new Splinter Cell was also revealed by Amazon Canada back in March (these Canadians can’t stop revealing stuff, can they). This one is not a question of ‘if’, but a ‘when’ as protagonist Sam Fisher made an appearance in Ghost Recon Wildlands with original voice actor Michael Ironside. Ubisoft would certainly not go to such lengths unless they had another title in the works.
3. Just Cause 4
There was no announcement, no tease and no hint from Avalanche Studios regarding the fourth installment of Just Cause, but it showed up anyway on the Walmart Canada listing. The previous version of the game received mixed reviews, mainly due to technical glitches but the new game could be more stable with current-generation engines.
2. Forza Horizon 4
The leak mentions the game as ‘Forza Horizon 5’ which would be quite surprising but we are sure that’s an error and the latest in the Forza franchise will be Forza Horizon 4. Usually, Forza has one big release every year. Forza Horizon 3 came out in 2016, followed by Forza Motorsport 7 in 2017. So the next version of the arcade-style racing series Forza Horizon is expected this year.
1. Gears of War 5
Around two years have passed since Gears of War 4 came out and it is about time that a new entry in the series was launched. Gears of war is a marquee Xbox franchise produced by Microsoft and we saw a whole bunch of new protagonists being introduced in the previous installment. Thus, it won’t be at all surprising if we see Gears of War 5 being announced at E3 2018.