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June 6, 2014



The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the video game industry’s largest trade show, will be held next week at the Los Angeles Convention Center, attracting more than 45,000 developers, analysts, journalists and other attendees. After the launch of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles last year, a combination of both original creations and the latest installments in long-running series will be a major focus at this year’s show. The AP plans comprehensive coverage across all formats, with a daily combination of longer-form content and shorter items. Here are some of the stories we plan:

Moved Wednesday:


LOS ANGELES — The recent success of “Titanfall” and “Watch Dogs” has laid the foundation for several new video games that don’t contain numbers in their names to be hyped at next week’s E3. With anticipation building for several all-new titles, have game developers finally found the cure for sequelitis? By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. SENT: 560 words, photos.

Moving Sunday:


LOS ANGELES — The launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U is in the video game industry’s rearview mirror, so the spotlight at this week’s E3 is expected to shift back to games. From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of driving away from E3 with The Next Big Thing. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video.

Moving Monday:


LOS ANGELES — After reversing on several required features for the Xbox One, Microsoft will attempt to win back gamers at E3 with a slate of titles that will include new “Halo” and “Fable” installments. The company will also likely hype the console’s latest “all-in-one” entertainment capabilities. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video. Developing from 12 p.m. EDT presentation.


LOS ANGELES — With sales of the PlayStation 4 topping both the Xbox One and Wii U, Sony is headed into a victory lap at E3. The electronics and gaming giant is expected to tout new games coming to the PS4 and its handheld PlayStation Vita system, as well offer looks at its PlayStation Now streaming service and its prototype virtual reality headset Project Morpheus. By Lou Kesten. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video. Developing from 9 p.m. EDT presentation.

Moving Tuesday:


LOS ANGELES — Nintendo has stalled with the Wii U. The Japanese gaming giant is again forgoing a flashy E3 presentation for a streaming video presentation highlighting games coming to its much-maligned console, as well as its more popular Nintendo 3DS handheld system. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video. Developing from 12 p.m. EDT presentation

Other Possible Stories Throughout the Week:

— GAMES-E3-VIRTUAL REALITY: Game makers will be showing off titles for the not-quite-ready-for-primetime Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus virtual reality headsets. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang.

— GAMES-E3-SURPRISES: A list of sequels and new games that no one saw coming.

— GAMES-E3-FEMALE PROTAGONISTS: An increasing number of games are featuring women in leading roles. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang.

— GAMES-E3-WINNERS AND LOSERS: A summary of this year’s high and low points at E3. By Lou Kesten.

— Spontaneous separates on merits.

Other Formats:

Two video crews and several photographers have been assigned to each day of the event, offering a continuous flow of imagery to not only complement the text content but also providing special photo and video packages.


— Derrik J. Lang (text), 213-446-0269, djlang@ap.org, @derrikjlang.

— Lou Kesten (text), 571-275-1729, lwkesten@msn.com, @lkesten.

— Steve Loeper (text and photos), 213-952-1250, sloeper@ap.org, @sloeper.

— Ryan Pearson (video): 310-430-4979, rpearson@ap.org, @ryanwrd.

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