Key takeaways from EA Play

EA’s E3 alternative covered everything from sports to Star Wars to new IPs.

Star Wars Battlefront II

DICE’s Battlefront sequel seems to be bigger and deeper than its 2015 release. For the first time since Pandemic helmed the IP over a decade ago, Battlefront is returning to Naboo for prequel sequel gameplay. Check out the trailer:

Key takeaways:

  • No Premium or season pass
  • All heroes, maps, vehicles will be free to players
  • No hero or vehicle pick-ups
  • heroes and villains of different eras can participate in the same battles

Battlefield 1

After the first expansion, “They Shall Not Pass” released in March, Battlefield 1’s next expansion, “In the Name of the Czar” has been delayed until the fall. It will focus on the western front and the Russian army.

Key takeaways:

  • In the Name of the Czar will release sometime in September
  • Nivelle Nights is coming this month as part of the June Battlefield 1 update
    • The map has more cover than it did in the PC test environment
    • Nivelle Nights will be the first time DICE will start Conquest mode with points A, B and E, F being held by opposing sides with only C and D being unmanned at the start of the match
      • This decision, according to DICE, was meant to streamline action at the start of Conquest matches
      • DICE said this will likely move to other maps in Conquest mode

Need for Speed Payback

Payback’s EA Play debut was all about the game’s story mode. Scenes seem intense with frequent cinematics. The gameplay perspective changes from protagonist to protagonist depending on what’s going on in the mission.

Key takeaways:

  • Customization is driven by player preference and will have greater cosmetic options than previous games
  • The Fast and the Furious was hugely influential on the campaign’s narrative design
  • Classic cars can be revamped for modern appearance and performance

Anthem

Previously known as Project Dylan, Bioware’s new IP, Anthem’s reveal trailer is brief and offers “Mass Effect meets Destiny” visual design.

Key takeaways:

  • Anthem will be shown in greater depth tomorrow during Xbox’s presentation tomorrow (June 11 at 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST)
  • The game isn’t slated for release until the later part of 2018

A Way Out

From the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, A Way Out is all about the trust two men must build as they work to escape prison and rebuild their lives.

Key takeaways:

  • The game will have both couch and online co-op gameplay throughout
  • EA is calling the game a “two-player experience”, so it looks like completing the game alone is unlikely
  • Launching in early 2018

FIFA 18

FIFA 18 will see the return of it’s singleplayer story following Alex Hunter, and the gameplay has been refined while adding detail to the field and the stadium experience.

Key takeaways:

  • Alex Hunter’s campaign will take him out of his UK team and into the international arena
  • Characters in the story will have a greater impact and influence on Hunter’s decisions
  • Player choice will be more significant than in FIFA 17

Madden 18

Following FIFA’s narrative lead with Longshot story mode. It’ll follow fictional Devin Wade as he finds his place in the NFL. The game will also feature similar field and stadium improvements that FIFA is implementing as teams refine the experience on the Frostbite engine.

Key takeaways:

  • Longshot boasts several big names including Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali and former NFL quarterback Dan Marino.
  • Longshot takes cues from Friday Night Lights
  • The game will take full advantage of Xbox’s Scorpio console

And that about does it for the EA Play recap. Feel free to share your thoughts on the conference and what games you’re looking forward to in the comments or on Twitter.

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