IT’S CHRISTMAAAAAASSSSSSS! Or at least the game industries version of Christmas. Yes, it’s officially E3! And what would E3 be without conferences and games and game announcements and…stuff!
So to officially kick off the conferences for this year was EA. Now, lets be honest, last years EA conference was a bit rubbish. They had Pele wheeled out on stage for 20 minutes to talk about the footballs and bore everyone senseless, all the while a lower third teased what people really came to the press conference for; that hot Star Wars Battlefront footage. So, how did they fair this time around? Not too bad actually. Here’s a run down of what EA had to offer at this years press conference.
Right off the bat we got Vince Zampella from Respawn Entertainment on stage to talk about Titanfall 2 which had been teased earlier in the year. Guess what? It’s got Titans in it, with swords and they have feels and emotions and stuff. The main part of the presentation was the added single player mode that Titanfall was missing. Not only that but it’s gone multi-platform and will now come out on PS4 as well as Xbox One and PC. The game looks great and makes me wish there were a lot of people playing original Titanfall. Regardless, this highly anticipated sequel will be released October 28th this year.
Next up was Madden 17. Not really much to say on this one other than YAY sports?! The only thing I can take away from this was that there was some kind of competition to crown the ultimate Madden player and one of the guys heavily featured in a video package broke his collarbone due to having a footrace with a friend and not tying his shoes correctly?…MADDEN 17 folks!
Next up was the brief showing of Mass Effect Andromeda, a game that has been teased with footage for the past 2-3 years now. A video package was played, showing behind the scenes footage of the game being mixed with tiny snippets of actual footage of the game. No release date was announced.
EA then announced something called EA Play to Give, a scheme that supports various charities. EA are donating $1 million to these charities and allowing gamers to get involved by participating in numerous in game challenges that have been patched into games such as Battlefield 4 and Hardline and Star Wars. For more information click here.
Next up was FIFA. The main take away from this is that there will be a story mode in the game called The Journey. BUT FIRST! Here’s a guy telling “his” story about how he wants to become the greatest footballer ever. Cringe worthy. As Alex Hunter stands on stage, with a very amateur dramatics delivery of inspiration and kicking all the footballs. Meh.
EA then announced their EA Originals series. This felt very much like the Unravel segment from last years EA press conference. EA are going out of their way to support indie studios and first up in the EA Originals line up is Fe.
Jade Raymond took to the stage to talk about the numerous Star Wars properties currently in development. A new instalment of Star Wars Battlefront was announced to be released next year. In 2018 we’ll be getting a new action game from Visceral Games of Dead Space fame, all being fronted my Amy Hennig of Uncharted fame. Maybe just check the video below…
Finally was Battlefield 1. Enough said really. They showed a brief trailer, a lot of multiplayer footage, oh, also the surprise appearance of Jamie Foxx and Zac Efron looking complete unaware of where they were and what they were doing. I half expected one of them to say how much they loved Call of Duty and was super excited for it.
And that was it. That was your EA Press Conference for 2016! Next up was Bethesda!