E3 2018 Highlights: Electronic Arts Press Conference

By Mike Sousa on June 9, 2018, 7:08PM EST
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Thinking of all members of our community who have lost the E3 conferences or just want a recap of what has been announced, we decided to condense all the information in one place, starting with Electronic Art's conference. This year sure looked promising for Electronic Arts with several highly-awaited titles, such as Battlefield V and BioWare's new IP, Anthem.

Electronic Arts started its conference with one of their biggest titles, Battlefield V, and the announcement that Battlefield V will have a Battle Royale mode. Unfortunately, Electronic Arts didn't provide any other details on how this game mode will be featured in the game. A new trailer was also revealed, which focused on Battlefield V's multiplayer, and showcased a lot of action, destructive environments, and several new gameplay features. Electronic Arts confirmed we will receive more details on Battlefield V's campaign at Microsoft's conference, which takes place tomorrow.

Following up, Electronic Arts moved on to Sports games, and the first game to be shown to the public was FIFA 19. Along with a new trailer, it was announced that FIFA 19 will include the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup. These tournaments will be integrated in several game modes, including The Journey and FIFA Ultimate Team. FIFA fans will be able to enjoy this and a lot more when FIFA 19 releases worldwide on the 28th of September. In addition, to celebrate the football World Cup, Electronic Arts announced that FIFA 18 has a free trial available right now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Moving away from games and on to subscription services, Electronic Arts revealed a new PC subscription tier, Origin Access Premier. Included in the Origin Access Premier membership is full access to EA’s upcoming highly-anticipated games on PC, including FIFA 19, Battlefield V, Anthem, among several other titles. Members will also receive the benefits from the current Origin Access Basic membership that already includes an evolving library of 100+ games, 10% discount on Origin purchases, free trials, and more. Origin Access Premier launches this Summer, and will be available for $14.99 per month or $99.99 per year. For players who are not currently a member of Origin Access, there's a free seven-day trial available now through June 17.

During the presentation of the Origin Access Premier, we learned that Madden NFL 19 is coming to PC, making it the first title in the series to release on the platform in more than 10 years. Madden NFL 19 will release alongside the PS4 and Xbox One versions on the 10th of August.

Shortly after, the spotlight turned to Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella, who shared some details on one of Electronic Arts' Star Wars projects. According to Zampella, this new game will be titled Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, and will launch in Holiday 2019. The game will be set between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, a dark time where the Jedi are being hunted down.

This was followed by more Star Wars related news, with Star Wars Battlefront 2' design director Dennis Brannvall taking the stage to outline the roadmap for the future of the game. After admitting that Star Wars Battlefront 2's launch was not perfect and several changes were made in order to satisfy fans, Brannvall revealed that this Summer the game will receive new features, including a new Squad System that help players connect with their friends more easily, and a new Starfighter mode focusing on dogfighting with Hero ships. Further down the line, players can also expect a new large-scale multiplayer sandbox experience focused around capturing command posts and taking out Capital Ships. Finally, Brannvall announced that the Clone Wars are coming to Star Wars Battlefront 2 later this year. This update will add several new heroes and villains, as well as several locations from the Clone Wars.

Next up, Electronic Arts surprised everyone by announcing and releasing Unravel Two. Unravel Two builds off of the original game and centers on the bond between two Yarnys, which can be played as a single player or local co-op drop-in/drop-out experience. The two Yarnys will need to support one another as they work through tricky trials and traverse between beautiful natural landscapes and intricate urban environments, with the surroundings blossoming into new life as they embark on an adventure together. The game features an evocative story filled with energy, intrigue, and inspiration, as well as ominous threats. Unravel Two is available now worldwide on PS4, Xbox One and PC for $19.99.

With the success of titles under the EA Originals program, such as Unravel and A Way Out, Electronic Arts announced it will be working with independent developer Jo-Mei Games to bring Sea of Solitude to PS4, Xbox One and PC in early 2019. Sea of Solitude is a third-person exploration game that will explore what loneliness does to human beings. Playing as Kay, a girl who turned into a monster after feeling lonely for a long time, gamers will have to find a way to change her back into a human.

Electronic Arts went back to sports once again to announce that NBA LIVE 19 will release worldwide on the 7th of September on PS4 and Xbox One. NBA LIVE 19 will bring numerous new features and enhancements to the hardwood, building on last year’s strong foundation. NBA LIVE 19 also marks the introduction of Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech into the franchise, introducing thousands of new animations and smoother gameplay than ever before. The game offers more choices for clothes, shoes and gear, and a new progression-system modeled after some of the sport’s greatest icons. A free demo will be available to download on the 24th of August.

One of the last games to take the stage was Command & Conquer: Rivals, a innovative player versus player real-time strategy game built from the ground up for mobile devices. Taking advantage of mobile’s touch interface, Command & Conquer: Rivals gives players continuous control of their armies as they face off in intense head-to-head battles where skill and strategy are key to victory. True to RTS games, planning and strategy are the keys to victory in Command & Conquer: Rivals. The intuitive mobile controls of the game allow players to focus their efforts on high-level strategy while also engaging in tactical battles. Each match requires a unique approach to a player’s army composition and build order, where players must create winning combinations of infantry, tanks, aircraft, and hi-tech behemoths in order to defend and out-maneuver an opponent.

Electronic Arts ended its press conference with its most anticipated title, Anthem. In Anthem, up to four players explore and battle in a dangerous, mysterious place populated by great characters and a unique BioWare story. Players will also create stories of their own while they play, so no two journeys are the same. Javelin exosuits make their pilots powerful heroes in the world, with awesome weapons and incredible special abilities that allow for combat and exploration in a hostile environment. Players will be able to customize and personalize their suits with unique paint jobs and gear so they’ll have the right tools to confront almost any situation, and look good doing it. Anthem will launch on the 22nd of February for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Origin Access Premier members can be the first to play the full game with unlimited access on PC starting February 15, and EA Access and Origin Access Basic members can enjoy up to 10 hours of play time as part of the Play First Trial.

If you want to see the whole conference, you can check the video below. What is your opinion on Electronic Arts' conference? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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