E3 2018: All The EA Games From EA Play Press Conference
Check out every game featured during the EA Play E3 livestream
The gaming industry's biggest event of the year, E3 2018, is officially underway. Electronic Arts kicked things off with its EA Play event, the highlight of which was the company's press conference. It featured everything from sports sequels to amobile real-time strategy game, and we finally got a deeper look at Anthem, the next big game from famed RPG studio, BioWare.
Though there were only ten games on display, there was a lot of news associated with some of EA's bigger titles. We learned that Battlefield V will receive a post-launch battle royale mode, following in the footsteps of the industry at large in the wake of Fortnite's runaway success. The announcement was made that Madden 19 will be the first game in the series since Madden 08 to arrive on PC.
We were also clued into a lot of great announcements for Battlefront II fans, including the growing roster of heroes, and the tease of future content based on the Clone Wars time period. Not one to make a mere solo Star Wars announcement, EA also had Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella reveal the name of his studio's upcoming game: Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. We don't yet know a ton about the game, but we do know the time it's set and what type of character you'll be playing, along with the fact that you'll use a lightsaber.
The show wrapped with a panel of BioWare developers talking about their vision for Anthem, and EA also announced the game's release date: February 22, 2019.
There were more exciting games shown during the presentation, so check out the rest of this gallery for a look at what else EA had to show.
Anthem is easily BioWare's most ambitious title. Focusing on the exploits of heavily armored freelancers on a hostile alien planet, you'll work together with other players online to take on dangerous missions while exploring the furthest reaches of the world. While this sounds a lot like Destiny, BioWare's approach to the concept of the shared-world shooter looks like an interesting change of pace from other games of the genre, and we can't wait to see more.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: February 22, 2019
For 2018's Battlefield V, EA and DICE are taking players back to World War II. Like Battlefield 1, its single-player campaign will be comprised of shorter War Stories that focus on specific aspects of the war. Multiplayer will see the introduction of playable female protagonists and--in a change from recent entries--dump the season pass model in favor of free post-launch maps and updates. In addition, it's going to feature a battle royale mode.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: October 19
Battlefront 2 — New modes
This year Battlefront 2 will get heroes and maps from the prequel conflict, including several new heroes and villains as well as iconic locations from the Clone Wars setting. New Heroes will include General Grevious, Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker. The update will be set between Episodes III and IV in the movie universe.
Command and Conquer: Rivals
Command and Conquer: Rivals brings the iconic RTS franchise to mobile devices. While it can be played single-player, it also allows for wireless competitive play.
Platforms: iOS, Android (Expected) | Release Date: TBA
FIFA is consistently one of the biggest releases of the year, and in a year where a World Cup will attract many new fans to the sport, FIFA 19 will likely be no different. The game will boast the UEFA Champions League license after primary rivals PES and Konami lost the rights to all UEFA club competitions earlier this year. The news means FIFA has a near monopoly over the world's major soccer licenses, including the 2018 World Cup, which came to FIFA 18 just recently.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch | Release Date: September 28
Madden NFL 19
EA's annual American football franchise returns this year promising better visuals and gameplay. Franchise mode sees new additions in Madden NFL 19, which is good news after 2017's game left a lot to be desired in that department. And for the first time in several years, the game will also be coming to PC.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, | Release Date: August 10
NBA Live 19
The latest basketball game from EA Sports was revealed; NBA Live 19 shows some new features like dances, emotes, player customization, and a bunch of fresh kicks. This feeds into the return of the player creator and single-player story mode called The One.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: September 7
Sea of Solitude
Sea of Solitude is an upcoming EA Originals game about a lonely girl whose emotions manage to turn her into a monster and the world into a flooded post-apocalyptic world. She must explore this world in order to find a way to turn back into a human.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is the upcoming Star Wars game created by Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind the well-received Titanfall series. It takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope during the Jedi hunts.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: Holiday 2019
Unravel 2 focuses on the adventures of Yarny, a small, woollen toy. Developer Coldwood says the sequel will be a more upbeat affair than the original, with a slight shift away from puzzler and towards the platformer end of the spectrum. Yarny is more agile than before, and this is utilized in some of the story mode's trickier sections. New to experience this time around is the addition of drop-in / drop-out co-op play.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC | Release Date: June 9