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At Electronic Arts’ EA Play Event for E3 2016, the prolific publisher opted not to host an official E3 press conference event this year but instead hosted their own press event today off the show floor, marking E3’s official start today on June 12th..
To open this year’s show, Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts spoke about how EA is doing things differently this year with EA Play before letting Peter Moore, Chief Competition Officer at EA, speak for a bit on the EA Play event going on simultaneously in London. After confirming that fans would be able to view an hour of live streamed Battlefield 1 gameplay one after after the show’s conclusion, Wilson introduced Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment, who confirmed that Titanfall 2 would be the first time the franchise will be available on PS4. Zampella then showed a highlight reel of multiplayer gameplay footage from Titanfall 2. While it was leaked before the beginning of EA Play 2016, Zampella then revealed the trailer for the single player campaign for Titanfall 2. This time around it seems there will be an emotional connection, and perhaps even a friendship, between pilots and the mechanized Titans, who can now speak and sound like Transformers.
Following Titanfall, EA moved into a reveal montage of its upcoming sports title, Madden NFL 17. New additions this year include a Franchise mode with new ways to enjoy the popular Madden gameplay. EA went on to explain the addition of weekly tournaments and competitions that will be coming to their sports titles. These come in the form of Challenger Events, Premier Events, and EA Major Events. To provide more details on these upcoming Events, Moore introduced two of the best Madden players, Eric “Problem” Wright and Zack “Serious Moe” Lane to share the story of their rise to fame as professional Madden competitors. The two will be competing for the title of Madden Champion out of a total pool of eight of the top Madden players. Next year will see a prize pool of $1,000,000 for the Madden 17 Championship Series.
Aaryn Flynn, General Manager of Bioware was the next presenter to take the stage to provide more details on Mass Effect: Andromeda. Flynn confirmed that Andromeda will run on the Frostbite Engine. Flynn then played a behind-the-scenes video on the development of Mass Effect: Andromeda. While not an official trailer, the video did reveal snippets of Andromeda gameplay and some of the new enemies, squadmates, and planets players will encounter in the game.
After the Mass Effect reveal, Wilson returned to the stage to announce that EA Play 2016 will include playable demos of upcoming game updates and DLC including the upcoming expansion for Star Wars: Battlefront. Wilson also introduced Play to Give, playing games at during EA Play this week and completing challenges will unlock donations that will go towards one of five charities.
Following Wilson’s announcement, Moore returned to the stage to reveal new details on FIFA 17. Introduced by Alex Hunter, EA launched into a trailer for FIFA 17 which appears to have a subtitle of The Journey and a more cinematic career mode that chronicles Hunter’s journey from rookie to FIFA All-Star. EA has also completely overhauled the gameplay and AI for an entirely new FIFA gaming experience.
Next up for the EA Play presenters was Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of EA Studios who announced a new series called EA Originals. EA Originals is a new initiative to embrace and promote new and interesting gaming experiences from smaller indie developers. Soderlund then introduced developer Zoink and the first EA Originals game, Fe. Fe is about our relationship and interactions with nature and how we are linked to it. There is musical them to the game where you learn songs to free the forest from the Silent Ones, the game’s antagonists. Fe’s presentation concluded with a trailer for the game showing off its unique artstyle and gameplay.
Following Fe’s reveal, EA moved into the Star Wars segment of their presentation which was introduced by Jade Raymond, General Managed at Motive Studios. Raymond and her studio are currently working with DICE on development of Star Wars: Battlefront 2 which will include contented from The Force Awakens. Raymond then confirmed two new action adventure Star Wars games currently in development at Visceral and Respawn.
After the Star Wars presentation, EA returned to the stage to show off a new trailer for Battlefield 1. With a disclaimer stating that the trailer is In-Game footage, it appeared to reveal a little snippet of the campaign for Battlefield 1. Following the initial reveal, DICE revealed that two teams would be competing during the 1 hour livestream of multiplayer gameplay for Battlefield 1. Guests for DICE’s presentation Zac Efron and Jamie Foxx will each lead one of the two teams during the livestream. DICE then revealed that the game will have an open beta this Summer before launching on October 21st. To close out the Battlefield 1 presentation and the EA Play 2016 show, DICE revealed the full cinematic trailer for Battlefield 1.
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