The year’s biggest week in gaming is almost here. 

If you’re planning on getting up in the wee hours of the morning to see what your favourite publisher or console has in store for you over the next 12 months or so, as part of our E3 countdown, here’s 6 conferences you aren’t going to want to miss at this year’s E3. All times are in AEST – for the full schedule check out our summary.

1.EA Play – Sunday, June 10th – 4am AEST

Though not technically part of the whole E3 escapade, EA Games still like to show up and take advantage of the many gamers in attendance that week. EA will have the new Battlefield game, more on their mysterious new IP Anthem, as well as – you guessed it – more FIFA.

2. Microsoft – Monday, June 11th – 6am AEST

First cab off the rank – as usual – is Microsoft. Though not much has been officially announced, you can expect to see more of Crackdown 3, and probably the next instalment in the Forza Horizon series, as well as a bunch of third-party titles. EA’s Anthem will probably make another appearance here, following a showing at EA Play.

3. Bethesda – Monday, June 11th – 11:30am AEST

Later that night (day if you’re watching from home) is Bethesda. They’ve already announced Rage 2 and the next instalment in the Fallout series, but it will be interesting to see what else Bethesda has in store for us this year – not to mention how they will top last year’s guests The Chainsmokers.

4. Ubisoft – Tuesday, June 12th – 6am AEST

Having only a few days ago announced the next title in the Assassin’s Creed series – Odyssey, thanks Mario – chances are there’ll be heaps going on at Ubisoft’s 2018 E3 press conference. There will be Just Dance, hopefully some more Beyond Good + Evil 2, and maybe they’ll even do something similar to what they did last year with their Nintendo collaboration. Will we see Master Chief in the next Division game? Time will tell.

5. Sony – Tuesday, June 12th – 11am AEST

Sony’s press conference is at the very reasonable time of 11am, so you shouldn’t have to get out of bed at any unruly hours for this one. We’ve been promised four games – Ghosts of Tsushima, Death Stranding, Spider-Man, and The Last of Us Part II. Not sure if we’ll get more than that, but it definitely won’t be less. This conference is one to look out for.

6. Nintendo – Wednesday, June 13th – 2am AEST

Last but certainly not least, we have Nintendo. They’ll have heaps more for the Switch, including the recently announced Pokemon games, and we hope to see some new 3DS titles too.