As the gaming masses descended on Los Angeles, Electronic Arts was the first company to show its hand with its all-new EA Play Showcase.
Here is everything EA unveiled during its hour-long press conference, including trailers, screenshots, and the conference itself, if you missed it.
EA opened with Respawn Entertainment founder, Vince Zampella, introducing additional Titanfall 2 footage. During the opening footage, we saw new Titans, extensive player customization, grappling hooks, and vast improvements to its high-paced gameplay. Not only will Titanfall be returning to Xbox One and PC, it is also coming to Playstation 4.
More importantly, Titanfall 2 will feature an offline single-player campaign, tackling one of the major complaints from the first game. From the trailer, the story seems to revolve around a semi-sentient Titan, and the bond it shares with protagonist, Jack Cooper.
Madden NFL 17
Peter Moore, who was simultaneously hosting EA play in London, took to the stage to introduce Madden NFL 17. This year’s instalment will feature a brand new commentary system.
Mr. Moore further spoke about the larger focus that EA has adopted for eSports and its growing community. Madden NFL will now be involved in various competitive events: Challenger, Premier, and EA Major.
- Challenge: Players host their own in-game tournaments.
- Premier: Competitive events are hosted by EA partners.
- EA Major: EA hosted events on a global stage, where finalists battle it out for a substantial amount of prize money.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Bioware General Manager, Aaron Flynn, came out to introduce a brand new trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Hundreds of years after the events of Mass Effect 3, players will travel millions of miles across the cosmos to a new galaxy where “you are the alien”. The six-wheel vehicle, the Mako, returns for planetary exploration and combat.
While the Korgan and Asari make an appearance, all-new species will appear throughout the game. The final shot of the trailer shows a lone woman waking up, expressing her relief that “we’ve made it”.
The biggest sports game in the world took up the majority of the conference, as a new cinematic campaign mode, the Journey, was announced for the latest title. Players guide a fictitious footballer, Alex Hunter, through a lengthy campaign, where he must overcome his on and off the field difficulties.
As for the base game, Premier League managers appear for the first time in the franchise. Peter Moore was joined on stage by the newly-appointed, Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, as they revealed the in-game versions of Pep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger, Jürgen Klopp, and Mourinho himself.
EA Originals: Fe
Executive Vice President of Electronic Arts, Patrick Soderlund, joined the conference to talk about the EA Originals program. Building on the success of last year’s Unraveled, EA will continue to work with independent developers in creating new and innovative titles. Soderlund said that all profits generated from these games will be returned to the developers.
The first EA Originals game, Fe, was announced by Swedish developer Zoink. The game represents a personal narrative about the balance of nature. You awaken as a young cub, with no idea who you are and how you got there.
Each creature in this mystical forest has its own unique language and song, which the young cub must learn, if he wishes to communicate with them.
The Silent Ones have corrupted the forest, silencing every creature. The developer indicated the game “will not hold your hand” as you progress through the story.
EA Star Wars
Motive boss, Jade Raymond, popped up to outline EA’s list of upcoming Star Wars titles. With Galaxy of Heroes, The Old Republic, and Battlefront readily available, Raymond discussed the other Star Wars game currently in development. The gaming calendar seems to replicate the movie format, in which Star Wars titles will be released annually.
Next year will feature a new batch of content for Star Wars: Battlefront. Meanwhile, EA Visceral, led by former Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig, has promised a Star Wars title drop in 2018.
Finally, Respawn Entertainment is working on its own “third-person action adventure” title, led by God of War III’s Stig Asmussen.
Following up on the cinematic trailer, Battlefield 1 demonstrated its all-new dynamic weather system, where it will force players to adapt, and rethink their tactics.
During EA’s 64-player Battlefield 1 match, we had the opportunity to see a handful of Behemoth- class vehicles. Battling it out on the war-torn terrain were battleships, zeppelins, and armoured trains, which players can call on to dramatically change the dynamic of the match.
Battlefield 1 is set to release October 21st, 2016 on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One with an open beta coming this summer for EA Insiders.