EA News From E3 2019 - Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Apex Legends, FIFA 20
The full scoop on EA's entire slate of E3 games.
E3 2019 is over, and EA's portion of the announcement festivities has long come and gone. The company's annual EA Play event is a two-day affair that takes place in Los Angeles during the weekend leading up to E3, but it, and the livestream dedicated to sharing fresh announcements and trailers, has concluded. Here's everything the company had to announce at E3, both during and after the stream, which you can watch a replay of above.
Rather than a standard press conference, EA hosted a three-hour livestream where it went in-depth with each of the featured games. The event started out with the proper reveal of Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, the new action game from Respawn Entertainment. The highlight of this was getting to see Jedi Fallen Order's first gameplay, but we also learned more about its story, how combat works, and just how cute your droid companion is.
Jedi's segment was followed by the unveiling of Apex Legends' Season 2 and its new character, Wattson, as well as a new gun and a tease of more of what's to come starting in July. Battlefield V was up third, as we got a look at what's coming to the game over the next few maps and beyond--the game is headed to the Pacific Theater. There was also news regarding The Sims 4, Madden NFL 20, and FIFA 20, and even Anthem made a brief appearance.
Somewhat surprisingly, EA didn't deviate from its schedule at all--there were no unexpected game announcements or anything of the sort. In fact, the only thing that wasn't specifically on there was a brief discussion about Anthem that didn't actually reveal any new information. After the show, however, EA did confirm it's publishing several new indie games, including the new game from A Way Out developer Hazelight.
Read on for the full breakdown of everything that was at the show.
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
The first presentation featured the upcoming action game from Respawn Entertainment, the studio best known for Titanfall and Apex Legends. This included the first deep dive into gameplay, as we got a sense for what using a lightsaber is like and what Respawn means when it says the game features "thoughtful combat." We also got some new story details.
- Gameplay reveal
- Full Jedi Fallen Order E3 presentation
- New story details
- Force powers
- How combat works
- Saw Gerrera
As promised, the next round of Apex Legends content was detailed during its portion of EA Play. That includes what's coming in Season 2, which will be challenge-based, unlike Season 1. We also got a look at the new character, Wattson, and the new gun, as well as a tease of some kind of dragon that may appear in the game.
- Season 2 start date
- Full Apex Legends E3 presentation
- Season 2 is challenge-based
- New character, Wattson
- New gun
- Mozambique buff
- Dragon tease
The third game was another shooter, Battlefield V. The presentation was focused primarily on the new multiplayer maps coming during Season 4, though there was also some talk about an increase to max rank and the introduction of private servers. Most exciting may have been news concerning Chapter 5, which will see the game move to the Pacific Theater, which will see an Iwo Jima map and the M1 Garand added.
- Full Battlefield V E3 presentation
- New maps
- Pacific Theater
- Battlefield 5 now on Origin Access Basic
- Battlefield 5 free on EA Access for PS4 and Xbox One
The FIFA 20 segment of the broadcast dug into the nitty-gritty details of what's being added and what's being changed. Much of the big news actually came prior to the stream, as EA confirmed the releases date (September 27) and a new FIFA Street-style game mode.
While not on the schedule, BioWare did get a few minutes to talk about Anthem during EA Play. Specifically, the studio talked about how it has work to do on Anthem; this was less about specifics and more about generally reassuring fans that it remains committed to improving the game based on feedback. It also reiterated that the recently announced Cataclysm event test is underway on PC.
Madden NFL 20
As with FIFA 20, the Madden segment primarily focused on granular details about gameplay changes coming in Madden NFL 20. Among other things are new superstar abilities that allows certain players to make particularly spectacular plays, whether on offense or defense.
The Sims 4
The Sims 4's new expansion has been detailed, and it's called Island Living. As that name suggests, it adds a variety of island- and water-themed features, such as mermaids, volcanoes, boats, the ability to move seamlessly into the water, fishing, jet skis, and more.
New Indie Games
EA highlighted three indie games it's publishing in a press release shared after the EA Play livestream. This includes an unnamed new co-op game from Hazelight, the developer of A Way Out; Lost in Random from Fe developer Zoink; and RustHeart from Glowmade.
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