The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016, commonly known as E3 2016, was the 22nd Electronic Entertainment Expo, during which several hardware manufacturers and software developers and publishers from the video game industry presented new and upcoming products to the attendees, primarily retailers and members of the video game press. The event, organized by the Entertainment Software Association, took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 14 to 16, 2016. Approximately 50,300 people attended the event, slightly down from the previous year's.[1] With video game consoles currently a couple years into their 8th generation, the focus of E3 2016 was primarily on new software titles, with new hardware revisions and auxiliary equipment to support the growing market sectors of[4K resolution displays and virtual reality headsets.[2]

The Expo started two days after the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida nightclub. To show support for victims of the tragedy, the exhibitors at the Expo made changes to their presentations and plans. Flags outside the Convention Center were lowered to half-mast. Bethesda and Nintendo wore rainbow-colored ribbon pins during their press conferences in support of the victims, Microsoft and Nintendo opened their presentations with a moment of silence for the victims. Sony's Chairman Shawn Layden started their presentation with a brief speech on the Orlando tragedy. Other developers planned to alter their approach to social media announcements during the Expo to avoid statements that would be counter to the current national mood after the event.[3][4][5]

Press conferencesEdit

All times in Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)

CAPCOM At E3 2016Edit

Capcom revealed three of their upcoming titles in E3 2016.


Sony Interactive Entertainment hosted a press conference on June 13 at 6:00 p.m.[6] Sony announced the cost and release date of the PlayStation VR headset on October 13, 2016, with fifty games to be supported at launch; additional VR games announced included Batman: Arkham VR, Star Wars: Battlefront X-Wing VR, and Farpoint. Sony announced the release date for the long-awaited The Last Guardian for October 26, 2016, and a planned remastering of the first three Crash Bandicoot games. New games announced included a new God of War, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Death Stranding, Days Gone, and a new yet-titled Spider-Man game to be developed by Insomniac Games.[7]


Nintendo, for a fourth consecutive E3, decided to forego hosting a traditional or pre-recorded press conference, in favor of two separate day-long Treehouse Live shows. The first broadcast on June 14 was dedicated to the full reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U and Nintendo NX, and Pokémon Sun and Moon.[8]

It also featured other third-party games that will appear on the Nintendo 3DS, including Capcom's Monster Hunter Generations.[9]


  1. Saed, Sharif (June 17, 2016). E3 2016 attendance down over last year's, E3 2017 dates revealed. VG247. Retrieved on June 17, 2016.
  2. Molina, Brett (June 17, 2016). 5 big video game trends from E3 2016. USA Today. Retrieved on June 17, 2016.
  3. Orland, Kyle (June 13, 2016). In wake of Orlando attacks, some "sensitivity" tweaks from E3 publishers. Ars Technica. Retrieved on June 13, 2016.
  4. McCormick, Rick (June 13, 2016). Microsoft started E3 with a moment of silence. The Verge. Retrieved on June 14, 2016.
  5. Donlan, Christian (June 14, 2016). PlayStation E3 conference report: No Neo, no mic drop, but games to spare. Eurogamer. Retrieved on June 14, 2016.
  6. Pereira, Chris (May 16, 2016). Sony's E3 2016 Press Conference Time and Date Revealed. GameSpot. Retrieved on May 16, 2016.
  7. Espileni, Matt (June 14, 2016). All the News From Sony's E3 2016 Press Conference. GameSpot. Retrieved on June 15, 2016.
  8. Makuch, Eddie (May 5, 2016). Sounds Like No Nintendo Direct E3 Briefing This Year. GameSpot. Retrieved on May 5, 2016.
  9. Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 highlights upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS releases. Nintendo (June 15, 2016). Retrieved on June 16, 2016.
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