E3 2018 has kicked off and the first cab off the rank is EA with its separate EA Play conference event.
A new trailer has been released for Battlefield 5. Take on classic modes like Conquest or experiences like Grand Operations, where you’ll participate in vast historical battles across multiple maps and relive moments of bravery and desperation while fighting your way to the final objective. There is also a new Battle Royale mode coming to the Battlefield series, simply called “Royale”.
Available October 19th on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
UEFA Champions league focus in a new game and the Journey of Alex Hunter continues. More gameplay details to be released later this year. Free update to all versions of FIFA18 to include Russia 2018 World Cup content.
Available September 28th on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Madden 19 challenges you to achieve gridiron greatness with the introduction of Real Player Motion. With all new ways to play and new legends, including Terrell Owens who makes his return to Madden Ultimate Team.
Available August 10th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Origin Access: Premier
A new subscription tier that EA teased during their conference. It appears another subscription tier is going to be added to EA’s Origin Access payment system. There weren’t any details available yet but more information with be coming later this year.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 – Updates
New Starfighter mode, New heroes, villains and planets as the developers delve into The Clone Wars universe. Say “Hello there” as Obi-wan Kenobi and General Grievous do battle on the largest map that has been created in Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Unravel Two is a very different world to its predecessor. Losing everything right from the get go and when things are the darkest, you are able to find hope. Unravel Two is a co-op Unravel experience. A game about fresh starts and second chances. Play it alone or play it with a friend and explore this adorable world of puzzles together.
More playful, challenging and fun. Pick up and carry the other Yarny along unless you need to be split for problem solving moments. Escape from angry chickens, explore puddles of water and explore a new, adorable world!
Available Today on PS4, Xbox One and PC!
Sea of Solitude – Developed by Jo-Mei
The premise of this game was told as “When humans get too lonely they turn into monsters”. Sea of Solitude was created from the lowest point in the developers life and they used it to try and create something beautiful. You play as a female character called Kay and you explore the world to find out if you can turn her back into a human. On her search to change, she soon finds out that her biggest enemies are not the huge monsters that she meets on her way through the Sea of Solitude, but something way more dangerous.
Available Early 2019
NBA Live 19
Available September 7th on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Command & Conquer: Rivals
Mobile iteration of Command & Conquer coming to iOS and Android. Android players are able to play the pre-alpha today on the google play store.
Here’s what we have all been waiting for. “In-engine footage” trailer depicts a harsh world with tough characters that are fighting to survive and triumph as one. Halic, Fae and Owen appear to be characters from the game that you will communicate with as you explore the world of Anthem.
Javelin suit classes appear to be separated into four types: Ranger, Colossus, Interceptor and Storm. Cosmetic and vanity options are going to be purchasable at launch of the game and the focus appears to be on the co-op experience. Hopefully they will still allow for the Single-player experience to feel worthwhile.
Available February 22, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Conclusion and Thoughts
With the first cab off the rank, EA Play is done and dusted. Unfortunately, I didn’t expect much from the EA this year and they delivered exactly what I expected. Anthem looked to be the big finale which meant we needed to get through the cinematic trailers, awkward on stage moments and the predictable shoutcast event. Then Unravel Two popped up out of nowhere and to top it all off, it’s available today?! Forget everything else this year for E3, this is what I’m going to be playing for the next few days. I’m not a sports game fan outside of dabbling every so often in FIFA so it fell flat a little for me with little to no information on the upcoming yearly title but hopefully we will be getting some more information as the week continues.
I can’t believe they spent five minutes reminding everyone that Command & Conquer is dead and has now been retired to the mobile platform. At least we didn’t have YouTube personalities trying to make a name for themselves and forgetting what scripted lines they were meant to dish out, which is a plus. I was hoping for more from the Anthem showing and while it was nice to have some answers from the developers regarding micro-transactions and customisation, I’m getting a lot of Destiny vibes so take that as you will.
Next up we have Microsoft, kicking off at 6:00am AEST tomorrow (11 June) so stay tuned for more E3 2018 coverage.