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EA Play 2016: Everything you need to know

EA decided to change things up this year. Instead of having a press conference at E3, they opted to host their event called EA Play. It’s happening at the same time as E3 2016 but fans of EA games are invited to.

EA is hosting their event both in Los Angeles and in London, England, and their press conference at both locales, with EA CCO (Chief Competition Officer) Peter Moore hosting the London event and EA CEO Andrew Wilson hosting the LA event.

EA didn’t announce a whole lot at their press conference, from info on Titanfall 2 to a new trailer for Battlefield 1.

Titanfall 2

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EA officially announce the sequel to 2014’s Titanfall. The new game will build on the first Titanfall’s fast, fluid and fun gameplay. This time around, there will be a new single player campaign which was noticeably absent from the first game.

Respawn Entertainment says that the new campaign will be playable offline and will let fans step out onto The Frontier as a Militia rifleman with the aspirations of being an elite Pilot.

“With the original Titanfall, we focused on nailing the gameplay and reinventing the way you move and fight in a first person shooter,” said Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment and a Co-Creator of the Call of Duty franchise. “With Titanfall 2, we’re building on that foundation by introducing a bespoke single player campaign backed by a deeper multiplayer experience that together will once again push the shooter genre forward.”

Titanfall 2 will be available worldwide on October 28th 2016 for Xbox One, PC and PS4.

Madden NFL 17

EA has released details on the upcoming release of Madden NFL 17. It will still offer a streamlined experience and making playing both on-field and off-field a more seamless and fun experience.

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Also included in Madden NFL 17 is a new commentary team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis and a new mode called Play the Moments. In this mode, players will be able to experience the most important milestone in each game while the rest of the game is simulated.

EA says,

Players will be invited to jump in at critical moments such as red zone drives, vital third downs, game-winning drives and more, offering the chance to prove your mettle in clutch situations. The shortened games allow Franchise players to take their team all the way from opening day to the Super Bowl in just a weekend, maximizing the fun along the way. Of course, those who want to experience the game from kickoff to final whistle can turn off Play the Moments, or opt to jump in and out of moments as they wish throughout the game.

EA is also making Madden NFL an esport and there will be championships that will last all-year long and there’s more than $1 million in prize money.

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Madden NFL 17 will available on August 23rd 2016 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PC.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda

EA and BioWare didn’t give a whole lot of new details on the new Mass Effect game. They said more details will come this fall.

They did say that there would be new star-systems to discover, new aliens and a all-new cast of characters.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released in 2017 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

FIFA 17

This year’s FIFA game will be using the Frostbite engine to help show off the game’s all-new mode called The Journey. Players will be put into the shoes of Premier League prospect, Alex Hunter who is looking to make his mark.

You’ll navigate through new the emotional highs and low of your own story arc, meet new characters and visit new football worlds.

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In addition to the new story mode, EA has added some more new features including Set Piece Rewrite which brings new penalties, free kicks, corners, and throw-ins bring creativity and variety in every dead ball situation, Physical Play Overhaul which is a U.S. Patent-Pending Pushback Technology changes the way players physically interact in every situation and introduces a new shielding system that gives fans more control when in possession or battling to win the ball.

There is also a new Active Intelligence System that gives players the ability to better define and classify space to make smarter decisions off the ball. Players will also have access to New Attacking Techniques.

FIFA 17 will be released on September 27th 2016 for North America and September 29th 2016 for everywhere else for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. 

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EA Originals

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EA has introduced a new publishing label called EA Originals. EA will partner with a indie developer to help bring their game to market.

The first game with the EA Original banner is Fe which is a new adventure game developed by Zoink Games in Sweden.

Zoink says Fe is:

“A game without words.” Playing as a lone cub in a dark forest, players will meet a variety of creatures, all which have their own “song.” Each song players learn will help players gain access to new areas of the forest.

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EA Star Wars games update

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We already know that a few of EA’s studios are working on new Star Wars games and EA didn’t give too much detail about the actual games themselves but they give us somewhat of an idea of when we’ll see them.

The first is Battlefront 2 which is being developed in partnership with EA’s new Motive studio in Montreal which is headed up by Jade Raymond. That will be released in 2017 and will contain content from the new movies.

The story-driven Star Wars game that is by Amy Hening is in development at Visceral Games and will be released in 2018 and it will be a original narrative with new characters.

The third Star Wars game is being developed by Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment and will be a third-person action-adventure game and would explore a “different era of the Star Wars universe.

Battlefield 1

The final announcement that EA showed off at their EA Play press conference was a new gameplay of Battlefield 1.

The new Battlefield game is set in World War I and  will feature Intuitive Destruction, Dynamic Weather, the Largest-Ever Fully Player-Controlled Vehicles in Battlefield. There will also be 64-player multiplayer match with 32 players on each team.

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It will be coming out on October 21st 2016 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC and if you pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, you’ll get the game on October 18th. 

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