E3 2016 is the first year that gaming giant Electronic Arts will not have a booth at the show floor.
After some early trailer releases (and some less deliberate Titanfall 2 leaks) EA pretty much gave the fans exactly what they’d anticipated, with a few hits on Mass Effect Andromeda, Battlefield 1, Star Wars and more. Here’s how it all unfolded.
Titanfall 2: The release date is October 28 and the biggest change is a single player campaign that you’ll be able to play offline.
FIFA 17: FIFA is basically a license to print money so there was no way that EA wasn’t going to announce something new. The Fifa 17 was realeased ahead of the conference and showcased a brand new story mode that has you playing as Alex Hunter as he make his way through the English Premier League.
The conference has begun and it’s kicking off with Titanfall 2. The Titanfall 2 multiplayer trailer has set the audience absolutely wild and the single-player trailer “for the four people who didn’t see the leak”. It looks like it’s quite heavy on story and that’s actually more exciting to me than any multiplayer. Controversial I know.
There’s a second EA Play event happening in London and we’re apparently cutting back and forth from LA to there. We’re currently discussing Madden 17 from London and the esports community.
EA has a “new approach” to esports, with three new competitions: challenger events, premier series and EA Major, the professional end of the spectrum.
Mass Effect Andromeda: Bioware on stage to discuss the next Mass Effect game. “Building on the things you love” about the old series, but with more freedom for gameplay, and all powered by the Frostbite engine. More information coming in “Fall” and a behind the scenes trailer rather than a complete focus on gameplay. The game does, off course, take place in the Andromeda galaxy, allowing Bioware a lot of freedom to change things up. But don’t panic: the Mako tank is back.
Play to Give: EA is offering in-game challenges on number of its games that will have a charity component. He for She, Code.org, Special Effect and more can all benefit from gamers participating.
More FIFA 17 news, back in London. An entertaining trailer showing the improvements in the graphics from the first ever FIFA game segued into an actor playing the Alex Hunter character from the story mode, The Journey. It’s using the Frostbite engine and it will feature the EPL club managers for the first time. This is apparently quite exciting. FIFA 17 has been revamped with new gameplay physics, new attacking techniques and an active intelligence system all apparently inspired by real life players.
EA Originals: a new program from EA. It’s about supporting smaller developers, with EA partnering with selected projects. EA says it offers a level of security for the developers and all the profits from the game go to the devs. The first EA Original is called Fe from Zoink out of Gothenberg.
It’s a game about our relationship with nature, according to the developer. You play as a young cub — vaguely like a black fox — and you explore a dark forest to learn songs from the animals you encounter. The villains are the Silent Ones that stop the music. Sounds something like Limbo meets Eco the Dolphin, but looks lovel