With E3 2019 just a few short weeks away now, we thought it might be a good time to go back and look at the games revealed over the past year that are likely to show up at next month's conference. This list isn't made using any special behind-the-scenes knowledge: we're just looking at games that we know exist but haven't shown up for a while. We'd expect to see most of these when gaming's biggest news week rolls around.
Watching back over Square Enix and its short E3 press conference from last year, there's not much it announced that hasn't come out yet. Babylon's Fall is a scheduled 2019 release made in collaboration with Platinum Games, but all we really know about it is that it features knights fighting in the year 5040. Hopefully we'll get a better sense of what the game actually is, and whether it's still on course for release this year.
We also learned from a recent State of Play presentation that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be making an appearance at E3 2019, so expect some lavish CG of Cloud getting emo.
Square Enix also has an Avengers video game on the way. Given that Marvel's just wrapped-up that whole movie saga, it would be the perfect time to piggyback some of that hype.
When it comes to Bethesda at E3 2019, there's a few games we can safely expect to see, and a few we have been explicitly told won't be shown.
Last year's E3 presser saw the reveals of Doom Eternal and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, both of which are still scheduled for 2019, and likely to be shown off during the company's upcoming press conference.
With next generation console talk having started with Sony's next-generation PlayStation teases, many hoped this year would be when we got more information about Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI from Bethesda but, according to an official statement, neither game will be at the show. Hmm... if the latter doesn't get at least another teaser trailer, colour us surprised.
OK, I have no idea what games to expect from Devolver Digital's press conference. Last year it announced Metal Wolf Chaos XD by blowing up a man who got pedantic about the pronunciation of GIF.
That press conference also ended with the presenter being murdered, then reassembled like Robocop, so perhaps we can expect a press conference hosted by the gleaming metallic future of gaming executives.
When it comes to Ubisoft and E3 this year, the company is following Bethesda's lead and confirming up-front some of the games it's not showing.
The ambitious Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still in development and, having shown up at E3 for the past couple of years, is likely to repeat that. Ghost Recon Breakpoint was also recently revealed, and we should see more of that.
Fans of Assassin's Creed shouldn't hold their breath for anything, however, as Ubisoft has confirmed that the franchise will once again be skipping a year and back in 2020. Pirate action game Skull and Bones was meant to be a 2019 release, but that recently got delayed until at least 2020, and Ubisoft has stated the game is skipping this year's E3.
Pretty much the only guarantee? Just Dance 2020. Show me ya moves!
Nintendo is in an odd position when it comes to E3, because rather than traditional conferences it now uses Nintendo Directs to pepper a lot of announcements throughout the year.
Nintendo has announced its E3 2019 Direct will focus on 2019 releases, and will not involve new hardware. We won't see that rumoured Switch redesign at E3, and Metroid Prime 4 will probably be absent thanks to its development being scrapped and starting over with Retro Studios earlier this year. Heck, we'll probably be lucky to see that at E3 2020.
In terms of 2019 Switch games, there are a few titles either confirmed or suspected to release this year. Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Daemon X Machina and Astral Chain all have July or August 2019 release dates, so expect some glossy showreel from each of those. Additionally, the Zelda rhythm game Cadence of Hyrule was initially slated for 'spring 2019', so you'd hope to finally get a glimpse here. Surprise release perhaps?
Pokémon Sword and Shield are due to release during 2019, but The Pokémon Company likes to host its own Direct presentation shortly before E3 to its own news. So expect updates on those around E3, but probably before Nintendo's main Direct.
Other than that, expect to see more of Link's Awakening, Luigi's Mansion 3, Animal Crossing, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, and a new Smash Ultimate DLC character reveal. Plus, you know, a bunch of unexpected stuff. Nintendo has never been known for predictability.
Sony is skipping E3 2019, with no conference or booth space, but we wouldn't be surprised if it coincidentally had a State of Play presentation at some time during the event to reveal some of their slate for the rest of the year. Come on, just tell me when I can play The Last of Us 2 already.
Microsoft is in an interesting place with E3 this year, as rumours circulate it may be on the cusp of revealing the next generation Xbox console. As well as that, there are plenty of games and services announced which haven't yet surfaced.
Halo Infinite is the biggie, and is looking like one of those 'end of this generation / start of the next one' titles. Everyone wants to see gameplay, but we might just get another CGI trailer.
Last year's Microsoft conference also saw trailers or reveals for Gears 5, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, a skating game called Session, Dying Light 2, and a new Battletoads. None have released yet, and most still lack dates, so you'd expect them to pop up here.
Beyond that, Microsoft last year spent much time at E3 discussing Project XCloud, its upcoming game streaming service, and the acquisition of several studios including the UK's Ninja Theory.
Microsoft ended last year's conference with a trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, which got a lengthy gameplay presentation during the summer shown to the public. It looks like Xbox is investing big in this, even if it's a third party title, so we wouldn't be surprised to see something similar.
These are the games we reckon have the best chance of showing up again at E3 2019. This is only the stuff we already know exists, whereas what's far more exciting every year is being blown away by the surprises. These next few weeks can't pass fast enough.