A Look at E3 2018: EA

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Kicking things off for this year’s E3 was EA‘s “PLAY” event, promising more information on games such as Battlefield V, FIFA 19 and Anthem, amongst others.

So, what did we get from the folks at Electronic Arts this year?

Battlefield V

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EA started the show off with some news about Battlefield V, revealing that the game’s multiplayer mode will feature a huge amount of customisation and the ability to move weapons in your infantry.

The biggest announcement? The addition of “Royale” mode, which had been rumoured for a while. How will this stack up against the heavy hitters of that genre such as Fortnite and PUBG? We’ll find out more at Microsoft’s upcoming conference.

Not forgetting single player, Battlefield V will include a single player campaign that will focus on World War 2’s “Untold Stories”, starting off with “Nordlys War Story”.

Thoughts: The genre of “Battle Royale” is the biggest trend in gaming right now, so it’ll be interesting to see how Battlefield V‘s multiplayer will set itself apart from the increasingly saturated marketplace.

FIFA 19

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This year’s instalment in the FIFA series will see the inclusion of the UEFA Champions League, with details coming later in the summer in regards to the game’s respective career and story modes.

It was also revealed that FIFA 18 would be getting some new content in time for the this year’s World Cup. The team also announced that a free trial of FIFA 18, including the free 2018 World Cup add-on, is available right now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Thoughts: The addition of the UEFA Champions League has been highly requested from fans for quite some time now, so this will help to boost FIFA’s popularity even further!

Origin Access Premier

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Next up was the reveal of Origin Access Premier; a new tier within the Origin Access subscription service. Among other things, it will give access to even more games in the EA online library. Origin Access Premier is slated to launch sometime this summer.

Thoughts: With the gaming world starting to embrace cloud technology more and more every year, it makes sense for EA to introduce this service.

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

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Titanfall developers Respawn Entertainment made an announcement in regards to their upcoming Star Wars game. It will be called Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, and will be set during “The Dark Times” between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. The game is scheduled for release during the holiday season of  2019.

Thoughts: We’re in the really early stages of development on this game right now, so expecting anything other than a quick “this is what the game is called” announcement would have been daft.

Star Wars Battlefront II

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Star Wars Battlefront II didn’t get off to a good start upon its release last year, with massive amounts of controversy over its use of lootboxes. Luckily, DICE has seemingly fixed these issues, and revealed a bunch of content that is sure to keep players somewhat satisfied. There won’t be loot boxes, for example, and the things players pay extra money for will be purely cosmetic. In addition to this, players will be getting content from The Clone Wars series.

Thoughts: The eradication of pay-to-win lootboxes is a no-brainer, and the addition of characters from The Clone Wars is pretty nifty too.

Unravel 2

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A sequel to 2016’s well-loved fantasy game Unravel was revealed, and is available right now! The main difference in this sequel is that there are now two Yarnys, who work together to progress. They can be controlled by a single player, or by two players in local co-op mode.

Thoughts: Unravel was a great game, so seeing these new additions to familiar gameplay is very nice indeed. One game that I’ll be playing in between conferences for sure!

Sea of Solitude

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Originally announced as an EA Original back in 2016, Sea Of Solitude saw a proper reveal ah this year’s E3, and looks fantastic. Centered around the theme of loneliness, Sea of Solitude looks to be a visually striking game about traveling through a dystopian future where cities have been flooded by rising waters.

Thoughts: For me personally, Sea Of Solitude is a game that I can not wait to see more of. Definitely one of my anticipated releases of 2019.

NBA Live 19

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Revealed during the conference, the new trailer for NBA Live 19 shows off some new features like dances, emotes, player customization, and a bunch of fresh-looking kicks. This feeds into the return of the player creator and single-player story mode called The One. The game is set to launch on September 7th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Thoughts: It wouldn’t be an EA E3 conference without a bunch of EA Sports games being announced, and this new entry in the series looks quite impressive!

Madden NFL 19

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Alongside PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Madden NFL 19 is coming to PC, making it the first game in the series to hit the platform since Madden 08. The game will see a release on August 10th.

Thoughts: This is great news for fans of the series who play via PC. Over 10 years is a long time to wait for it to return to the platform!

Command & Conquer Rivals

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EA announced a new instalment in the long-running Command & Conquer series, a free-to-play mobile title, Command & Conquer Rivals, which will place PvP action at its heart.

The game features two factions and familiar real-time strategy gameplay where you attempt to balance resource management and unit placement. Games are played over the internet against friends or strangers. Rivals will also feature a tier system for rewards and for which units you’re able to equip.

Thoughts: Introducing a whole new generation of players to Command & Conquer via a free-to-play mobile game could prove to be a massively successful decision, but it all depends on whether the game can stand out against its competition.

Anthem

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EA closed out their conference with a closer look at Bioware’s upcoming title, Anthem. Anthem is an online, co-op shooter with a heavy emphasis on RPG elements. Players assume the role of warriors known as Freelancers and must band together to explore uncharted worlds and fight to protect humanity.

Bioware’s general manager Casey Hudson made it clear that it wouldn’t be selling randomised loot boxes for the game, but players can purchase cosmetic items in-game.

The game will see a release on February 22nd, 2019.

Thoughts: After it’s reveal at E3 last year, players had been dying to know more details about Anthem. Now that it has had a bigger reveal, it’s clear that the game has a massive task of proving itself against similar games like Destiny 2.

Overall, EA played things relatively safely with its E3 conference this year. The confirmation of Battlefield V getting a battle royale mode, a closer look at Anthem and a few little surprises in the form of Unravel 2 and Command & Conquer Rivals. Not bad for a company who’ve not had the best of years.

What did you think of EA‘s E3 conference this year? Let us know in the comments below, or send a tweet our way!

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