E3 is here again ladies and gentlemen, and kicking it off this year was Electronic Arts. Their (not) press conference this year was titled EA Play, and it had quite a few strong moments, and some not as strong. For this post, I’m just going to focus on the highlights of their presser; what that amounts to is that I’ll be skipping over the sports, mobile, and DLC talk.
1. Titanfall 2 get’s amazing trailers for both it’s singleplayer and multiplayer modes
Titanfall was a big success when it launched in early 2014, and Respawn is looking to improve upon its strengths for the game’s sequel that is coming this fall. Vince Zampella, one of the founder’s of Respawn and original creator of Call of Duty, took the stage to first give gamers a brief look at the game’s multiplayer. Zampella announced that the sequel would feature six additional titan classes, and the trailer showcased many new additions to multiplayer including grappling hooks, magnet grenades, teleportation pads, and new titan abilities including a ground pound and a massive laser attack.
Next, Zampella spoke about the singleplayer that they have added for the sequel. He said it will expand the narrative of Titanfall and explore the distinct link between Titan and it’s Pilot. The campaign will follow Titan BT-7274 and rifleman Jack Cooper, who link together based on battlefield necessity rather than choice after BT’s original pilot dies. Respawn announced their will be a multiplayer stress test later this summer, before the game launches on October 28th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
2. Mass Effect Andromeda looks great, but still seems far off
Bioware took the stage at the conference to talk about Mass Effect Andromeda, the long in development next entry into the Mass Effect franchise. The team didn’t have much to share, but gave eager fans a two minute long trailer that was partially gameplay, partially cinematics, and partially behind the scenes work. EA said they will reveal more about the game this Fall, but the lack of a gameplay demo or cinematics puts serious doubt into my mind that this game will launch in it’s current March 2017 launch window. What we saw however was great. The player will explore new worlds on their ship, The Tempest, that are filled with new races and seemingly some familiar ones as well, with an Asari and Krogan being visible in the trailer.
3. A lot of EA studios are working on Star Wars.
EA has the Star Wars license for the foreseeable future and are making the most out of it. Next year, EA revealed we will see a sequel to Battlefront, and the following year we will see the release of Amy Hennig’s long in development title from Visceral Games (developers of Dead Space and Battlefield Hardlines). Respawn is also working on their own third-person action adventure game of Star Wars that has God of War III director Sitg Asmussen in the lead. It looks like, if the mo-cap footage was saw was any indication, that it will focus on Jedi. Jade Raymond (former Assassin’s Creed lead developer) and her studio in Canada, Motive, are assiting in development of Visceral’s Star Wars title and next year’s Battlefront which is being developed by DICE. On top of all of that, Criterion, best known for the Burnout franchise, are apparently working on Star Wars Battlefront VR missions for Playstation VR. Below is EA’s video on their Star Wars games, including a brief glimpse at gameplay from Visceral’s game.
4. Battlefield 1 wows with massive battlegrounds and Zepplin crashes.
DICE closed the show by showing off their WWI shooter, Battlefield 1. In the trailers and gameplay sessions that followed we were shown new footage of some incredible spectacle moments including dog fights in single engine “Red Baron”-esc planes, tank and artillery in action, and zepplins being flow and crashed. The level-ution that was so highly touted in Battlefield 4 seems to be back to a certain degree, as the zepplin crashed in the sleepy French village around which the two teams were fighting. My descriptions do not even do it justice, so watch both the trailer and gameplay footage I was able to find below.
And those are the best moments from EA’s E3 press conference. What was your favorite moments? Anything you wish we would have seen but didn’t? Let me know in the comments below!
by, Bobby Marquardt