In the second part of my E3 expectations, we’re gonna talk about Electronics Arts.
Please don’t close the tab. This year should be good.
EA had a bad habit in the last few years of showing off “conceptual footage” or “alpha footage” of the games they would announce. We all remember the first footage of Star Wars: Battlefront, Mass Effect: Andromeda and that Visceral Games’ Star Wars title.
For the love of God, EA, don’t do that again.
I have good expectations for EA, this year, however. Mostly Star Wars ones. And as a fan of Star Wars games this good news for me.
Obviously, we should see the first gameplay footage of Star Wars: Battlefront 2; the follow up to one of 2015’s best game with the least amount of content.
I mean, NO SPACE BATTLES. Seriously!?
At the very least Battlefront 2 promises more content from the get go, with characters, locations and vehicles from every Era of Star Wars, including the sequel Era. It has also already been confirmed to feature a single player campaign and no season pass. That’s a start, right?
If not I’ll just go back and play Pandemic’s Battlefront II, God bless them.
Next we have Visceral Games’ third-person action game set in the Star Wars universe. I’m hoping we’ll see this one at E3, but I recall rumors of development issues. Not much is known about it, other than Kim Swift of Portal fame working on it alongside Amy Hennig (Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Uncharted) and her Visceral team, with help from Jade Raymond (Assassin’s Creed) and EA Motive, who is also working on the single player campaign of Battlefront 2.
Last but not least on the subject of Star Wars; Respawn Entertainment, makers of Titanfall/2 (best FPS campaign of 2016, and this ISN’T a discussion) have also been confirmed to work on a game set in the Star Wars universe.
Even less is known about this one. All we have to go on is that it is a third-person action game, it’s using Unreal Engine 4 and is being directed by Stig Amussen, known for God of War.
Again I’m hoping we’ll see this one at E3, but I won’t hold my breath. EA just might not want to drown us in too much Star Wars.
As far as non Star Wars games go.
I believe there’s a chance we’ll see BioWare’s new IP. And let’s just say that after Mass Effect: Andromeda, they need a winner. The game is said to be a action-adventure with RPG element and a “live service” game, similar to Ubisoft’s The Division and Bungie’s Destiny. Right now I’m interested, but until I see the game I can’t say much more.
I want to believe.
As far as other games go, I’m not sure what else we can see from EA. We’ll obviously get the yearly FIFA and Madden releases with a few tweaks, as usual, which for most of us will be the perfect opportunity to go to the bathroom.
A new Dead Space wouldn’t hurt, either.
And these are my expectations for EA’s Press Conference at E3 2017. Next up: Bethesda, Devolver Digital and the PC Gaming Show.