On Saturday, E3 went into full swing with the first big showcase of the event, EA play. Among many expected announcements, there were a few surprises, but overall the live event was the usual blend of forced humor and tantalizing trailers. Here’s a recap of what we learned.
As planned, Bioware came out and unveiled a brand new Anthem gameplay trailer packed with exosuit flying goodness and a towering fiery golem. Later a four minute co-op game play demo was broadcast with insight into a probable in-game mission, and underwater footage, which looked stunning. Bioware has set a release date for February 22nd 2019 and confirmed Anthem won’t feature loot boxes, and relies on pivotal friendships rather than romantic entanglements.
Not surprisingly FIFA 2019 was revealed and, as long speculated, includes the UEFA Champions League licence lost by PES earlier. This means official names, stadiums, clubs, and a dedicated Champions League tournament mode.
Command & Conquer: Rivals
Command and Conquer is back, but on mobile. Titled Command & Conquer: Rivals, the game is a re-purposing on the original concept to fit mobile screens. The format is 1v1 and games should last a matter of minutes featuring many streamlined elements normally associated with RTS games.
NBA Live 2019
EA’s long-running NBA Live series returns with a 2019 iteration on September 7th, including a career mode, new international locations, and a limited free demo running from August 24th.
Unravel 2 was announced, the sequel to the brilliantly delightful Unravel. Uncommonly, the game is available right now. Players can play in co-op with a friend as two Yarnys. A short game play demo was featured as well.
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
The well-respected Respawn Entertainment, responsible for Titanfall, teased an upcoming Star Wars title named Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. It is set during ‘the dark times’ as CEO Vince Zampella confidently revealed. This falls roughly between the third and fourth episodes at a time when Jedi’s were pariahs and widely hunted. Nothing more is known for the moment, other than a planned release date for the end of 2020.
Sea of Solitude
EA Originals revealed the moody Sea of Solitude from Jo-Mei Games with the sufficiently intriguing tagline ‘When humans get too lonely, they turn into monsters’. The reveal trailer depicts a red-eyed and feather-skinned young woman who seems not all together human. She explores a world peppered with abandoned structures and streets half-submerged under water. Sea of Solitude is coming to PS4, PC, and Xbox One.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Star Wars Battlefront 2 is set to include content focused on the Clone Wars with a new map, and a selection of new characters.
DICE came out and confirmed an anticipated Battlefield V battle royale mode simply dubbed Royale. It promises to take a very Battlefield-esque take on the genre with vehicles and destructible landscapes. We also got a brief trailer of the first War Story content, called Nordly’s War Story, with DICE promising more details during Microsoft’s showcase tomorrow.