This year’s EA conference at E3 was largely focused on giving us more information about games we already knew existed. That’s not exactly a problem, but did mean the once-a-year presser was a little light on surprises, beyond the heavily-trailed reveal of Bioware’s Anthem. Paired with the fact at least one announcement leaked, EA’s conference got E3 off to a slow-and-steady start: read on for the full list of what the publishing giant announced.
- Battlefield V’s single player mode was teased, with a full reveal of a mission called Nordys War Story during Microsoft’s press conference tomorrow. It’ll feature no loot boxes or premium passes, as EA runs ever-further from the Battlefront II debacle. Oh, but it WILL feature a battle royale mode, creatively titled Royale. Little else was shown, apart from a tank driving clean through several buildings, which is always nice.
- Fifa 19 is getting the European Champions League, which will be incorporated into all the game’s main modes, while — perhaps a touch more surprisingly — Fifa 18 is getting a patch bringing the World Cup into the game. GOOOOOAAAAAL! This comes alongside a free trial of Fifa 18 on all platforms, so you can get in and play the World Cup stuff for free right now.
- Unravel Two was revealed – a sequel to 2016’s lovely woolly adventure, but this time, Yarny’s got a buddy. The game can be played entirely in co-op, but most excitingly, it’s out right now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. BOOM, surprise launch!
- EA’s trialling a streaming service which’ll let users play their games on any device, anywhere — as long as there’s a decent internet connection. It’s not yet ready for public consumption, but far enough along the pipeline that EA's hyping it.
- Origin Access Premier was unveiled, a more expensive, fancy version of Origin Access that’ll give PC players access to all of EA’s games as soon as they’re released. It’s coming at some point this summer, and will set you back £15 a month, or £90 a year. Not bad if you’re likely to buy a few EA games a year anyway.
- There’s a new Star Wars game in the works from the team at Respawn. It’s called Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, and it’s coming in late 2019. We didn’t get to see anything, though.
- Sea of Solitude is a new EA Originals title, about a world where being lonely makes you into a monster. Doesn’t sound too far from reality to me. It’s releasing in early 2019, and will follow a young girl trying to learn to balance her emotions, and return to being a human.
- There’s a new Command & Conquer game coming — but it’s for mobile. Called Command & Conquer: Rivals, the game will be out later this summer, and there’s a beta available on Android right now.
- Anthem finally got its moment in the spotlight today, and while there was lots of buzz words being thrown around, we did see some gameplay and learn the game is releasing on 22nd February 2019. Anthem has, which could really have been EA’s slogan this year, ‘No LOOT BOXES!’ But it will try to sell you stuff through means unknown. Here are our more fleshed-out thoughts on what EA showed.
And there you have it, everything we learned from EA’s E3 2018 press conference. We’ve got more in-depth stories on all of these announcements elsewhere, and that’s number one on the E3 2018 list ticked off. Ooh, isn’t it exciting?