E3 2018 may still be four months away, but that’s no reason not to get excited. 

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Centre June 12-14, and public ticket sales begin next week. Gamer passes for the general public that wish to attend the mania go on sale 4am AEDT Tuesday the 13th – the first 1000 people to grab one will get the discounted price of US$149, while afterwards they increase to US$249.

The biggest show on the gaming calendar every year, E3 always plays host to the biggest developers showing off their latest and greatest games. There are no short of celebrity visits and every year yields at least one weird surprise – last year’s, for example, was Ubisoft and Nintendo working together on Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.

This year, E3 will feature extended show floor hours, in order to provide “industry and media exclusive time on the show floor without cutting short gamers’ opportunities to play the most anticipated games of the year”. The E3 Coliseum is also back, full of interviews, panels, and behind-the-scenes info, and hosted by The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley.

“Gamers raise the energy of E3 to a fever pitch, reinforcing its place as the world’s preeminent event for video games,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA, in a press release. “We are excited to fuel that passion and enhance the gamer experience at E3 by extending show hours and adding a third day to the wildly popular E3 Coliseum.”

The extended show hours mean that the floor will now close at 7pm PT on the Tuesday and Wednesday, and 6pm on the Thursday.