E3 starts off with a bang this year with EA’s conference. The biggest entertainment expo in the world will bring us an exciting amount of coverage of the newest games from the biggest and smallest companies around the globe. But will EA’s conference excite us or leave us in a cringey pile of goo.
Battlefield V boasts a stronger and more realistic destruction system that Battlefield has always been known for, the ability to grab stationary vehicles, connect them to mobile vehicles and move them around was also added. More options to play with your characters look and feel in their Second world war environment was also boasted and shown along with the expected reveal of a Battle Royale mode tailored for Battlefield V (considering the style of Battlefield this isn’t a huge surprise). Honestly whilst predictable, the World War 2 setting for Battlefield V is something I’m looking forward to trying. EA also promised no lootbox or premium pass in this game, but I’m curious to see how that holds up and the lack of mention of Micro transactions does make you question if they’ll find another way to do that. Battlefield V will be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on October 19th 2018.
Fifa 19 was the next game shown to us, the first thing shown was that the UEFA Champions League will be coming to Fifa 19 this year. Fifa 19 will be coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on September 28th 2018.
EA then talked about a new subscription service letting you play games from the cloud on devices like Android phones, they stated it wasn’t ready yet but it was playable at the event to try as a “promise” too it.
They then talked about Origin Access Premier where they dropped Madden NFL 19 coming to PC (for the first time in over a decade) as well as Fifa 19, Battlefield V and Anthem coming to Origin Access Premier where you can play the latest EA games via a subscription service.
They then talked to Respawn entertainment are working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen order that takes place by the sounds of it between 3 and 4 as a game looking at the hunting of the Jedi after order 66.
They then talked about changes and new modes coming to Battlefront II (As well as a half-assed apology on the microtransactions). Adding the Solo: a star wars story content and even new maps on the Clone wars!
Then they showed us Unravel Two, the sequel to the EA originals Indie darling that captured the hearts of man, the original games use of Yarn to symbolise love is destroyed in the first 10 seconds. The game works as a co-op/dual single play game where you control two yarn characters to go around platforming levels using yarn to make bridges for each other, cross distances and complete puzzles. Unravel Two is available now! It’s available on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Sea of Solitude
With that, the announcement of a new Indie title was bought to the forefront with the announcement of Sea of Solitude. The game follows a young woman called Kay and why she turned into a monster after a huge amount of negative emotions. The action adventure game takes placed in the submerged city based on Berlin. The game boasts a pretty art style and I’m looking forward to seeing it evolve. Sea of Solitude launches in early 2019.
Command and Conquer: Rivals
They then showed off the new CnC game coming to mobile. The game could only be described as a less featured version of CnC with a Moba feel to it as opposed to the more complex systems of the old CnC games. Something that certain CnC fans may feel a little aliented from.
Finally, EA showed off Anthem. The new game from BioWare, an online multiplayer action roleplaying game in a world with no gods and lots of action. The game has a destiny feel to it. BioWare talks about how they like giving players choices and giving unique characters. Bearing in mind this is the team that made Mass Effect Andromeda it’ll be interesting to see how this game is when it drops on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on February 22nd 2019.
Thank you for checking in on E3 day one, we’ll be back tomorrow with E3’s Xbox and Bethesda conferences.