EA seems to be a fan of the idea of pushing a game’s profitability to new frontiers. Andrew expresses “a view to changing the way you interact with products before they launch”. He goes on to affirm this years E3, the first truly open to the public, is a great opportunity to listen to gamers. To “ask them what they like and especially what they don’t”. This would normally be a great ethos to hear from a CEO of a games company. Will the future ring true in the wake of Andrew’s words? In fact, a suprise lies in the final entry of this article in relation to a free DLC plan, just the same as Titanfall 2.
Madden NFL 18 Longshot
Madden NFL 18 seems to be following the example of FIFA as it introduces a whole new way to experience a campaign. Reminiscent of Coach Carter, players will be treated to a cinematic style story experience. Although this seems to be a modern departure for console sports titles, it seems to be a growingly successful one. Developers now have the chance to get creative with engaging new stories and characters to suck players in. Andrew Wilson CEO of EA says “That’s Madden like you’ve never seen it
Andrew Gullota, Producer of Battlefield 1 eased us into the show with an already released title. After a quick montage of gushing Battlefield 1 fans, Andrew introduces us to Night Maps’ debut, releasing this summer. These are two maps called, Nivelle Nights and Prise De Tahure. He also announces a new DLC called In The Name of The Tsar, bringing players to a new Eastern Battlefield, drenched in snow. This will unlock six new maps to players and interesting new Russian characters to become, include the terrifying sounding Women’s Battalion of Death. Which was a real thing that you definitely read up on! New ways to progress through classes and developments to Operations with new objectives to pursue was Andrew’s final announcement for developments with Battlefield 1. All of this will be released in September.
As per the standard of FIFA releases, FIFA 18 has been announced well before the year of ‘18. A teaser trailer showed Cristiano Ronaldo performing mo-cap for the game. With this technology incorporated into FIFA 18, the game will boast signature movements from the likes of Ronaldo to further compliment a convincing football experience. After FIFA 17’s release, players may be wondering what comes next in the cinematic success story of Alex Hunter. Finally, in the sadly detail lacking reveal of FIFA 18, we are simply told that Hunter will indeed be returning
Need For Speed: Payback
It may come as a surprise to some that Need For Speed is making a return. After previous titles’ lukewarm reception, it seems this time, we’ll be getting something that resembles more a wonderchild born of Fast and Furious and Burnout. The cinematic trend continues in the racing franchise, and rightly so. Ever since EA’s experimentation with it in Need For Speed: Underground, adding a story with character arcs has undeniably enriched the experience. In the case of NFS’s latest entry, that ethos of delivering an exciting cinematic experience has been pushed to new boundaries. We can also look forward to the deepest vehicle customisation yet, as well scooping what are called relics. Abandoned classic cars that will take tender loving care to be returned to their glory days. Check out the first generous trailer below.
A Way Out
Next up, EVP of EA Worldwide, Patrick Soderlund introduces us to the next in EA Originals. This one’s an interesting one. Especially if you were a fan of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The creator of that game, Joseph Fares, has been taken under the wing of the EA Originals initiative to bring what promises to be an equally memorable and unique experience. A Way Out will be an exclusively two-player experience via split or online. Players will make unique choices throughout the story to have an effect on the game itself. It follows a pair of criminals as they plot to escape prison and widen their ambitions in the outside world. It truly promises to be the emotional story and unique experience Joseph Fares is becoming known for.
Anthem is the latest work from beloved studio, Bioware. It is graphically astounding, perhaps made more so by its reveal on Xbox One S. It is being touted as EA’s answer to Destiny and sets the player in a power suit to take on hostilities on the surrounding planet. The full trailer, later revealed in Microsoft’s press conference, showcases teamwork and stunning weaponry.
NBA Live ‘18
We are first told the NBA’s latest entry is the result of “two years worth of work overhauling every aspect of gameplay”. We then see an impressive “replay mode” where players can look forward to full camera control to appreciate those golden NBA moments. New features in how to control the ball promise to mix up player interaction with added tactics and feints. We are also promised a free demo coming in August.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
The best was certainly saved for last. Andrew Wilson said at the start of the conference in reference to Star Wars: Battlefront “We’ve listened to the players. We taken in a lot of positive feedback and a lot of… constructive feedback. We’ve learned a lot and delivered on everything they’re looking for. And even more, I believe”. When Battlefront 2 was introduced, a full twenty minutes of gameplay was all we needed to see. The below video will do all the talking on Battlefront 2’s behalf.