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E3 Preview: Electronic Arts

The road to E3 continues, and today we’ll be taking a look at Electronic Arts and what they could potentially show off when they host EA Play, which runs from June 9-11.

There’s a lot of new information that we could potentially see from EA, so let’s talk about games and announcements that could make an appearance this year.

Battlefield

We already know that we’ll be seeing the first footage of the latest Battlefield game at E3 this year, but we’ve been given no information about where the game’s set or what it’s about.

Battlefield 1’s return to World War I was a massive success for the franchise, so it’s possible that EA and DICE will stick to this and set their latest game in the same era, or possibly in World War II.

Another possible option, and one that many fans have been wanting for years now, could be a new addition to the Bad Company series. It has been rumoured over the past year, so E3 could be the time when fans get their first look at the return of Battlefield: Bad Company.

Star Wars

EA have had the rights to develop Star Wars games since 2013, but outside of the rebooted Battlefront series we haven’t seen anything from the multiple developers that are supposed to have Star Wars games in development.

Prior to their closure, Visceral Games had been working on a linear, story-driven Star Wars game for close to 4 years. The property has since been transferred over to EA Vancouver with other studios assisting where needed.

There’s also Respawn Entertainment, the developers of Titanfall. They’ve been working on a Star Wars project since 2015, but not much is known about it just yet. It’s possible that with Battlefront not getting a new entry this year that we’ll finally get a proper reveal for one of these titles.

Titanfall

Star Wars isn’t the only possible announcement that we could see from Respawn Entertainment. Titanfall 2 was released in 2016, and if EA have greenlit a third entry in the series, it’s likely that we’d see an announcement for it at E3.

Despite being a great game, Titanfall 2 didn’t quite meet EA’s sales expectations thanks to an untimely release date that fell between the releases of Battlefield and Call of Duty. Titanfall is a quality series, but it doesn’t have the following to stand up against these gigantic franchises. If EA were to announce a sequel, I’d like to think they’d avoid releasing it during the same window again and would instead opt to release it in the first half of 2019 instead.

EA Originals Program

After the outstanding success they achieved with Unravel, EA implemented their own program to support independently-developed games, known as EA Originals. Since then, we’ve seen the company support games such as Fe, and A Way Out, which has seen a great amount of success.

It’d be great to see EA put the spotlight on another game this year as well. Sea of Solitude will be published through the program, so it’s possible that we could see EA attempt to generate some interest by showing off the game but let’s not rule out the possibility that EA could reveal a brand-new title under the program.

Anthem

Last year EA revealed their newest AAA title; Anthem. Viewers were lucky enough to see a lengthy gameplay demo, and it definitely piqued the interest of many. Developed by Bioware, Anthem is an action RPG with a heavy emphasis on online multiplayer. After the disappointing Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware have a lot riding on the success of Anthem.

The game allows for up to four players to play together, where they can take on rabid wildlife, and dangerous marauders. Bioware have stated that the story of Anthem is going to receive a lot of attention during its development, which should be expected after the criticisms that Mass Effect: Andromeda’s narrative received.

Aside from cooperative gameplay with others, neither EA or Bioware have opened up about what else we can do with each other online. Whether there’s a PVP element to it, or if microtransanctions will be prevalent remains to be seen, but it’s possible that we’ll hear about these details when EA share more information on the game at E3.

What’s been discussed here doesn’t even cover everything that EA could possibly have prepared for E3. It’s almost guaranteed that we’ll see what advancements have been made in the EA Sports series of titles, and it’s also possible that we see what other teams such as a Criterion and Ghost Games, are working on. No matter what, I think we’ll definitely have something to talk about once EA’s conference is over.

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