Hello, and welcome to the first press conference (and Ground Punch live blog) of E3 2017, brought to you by #Skate4.
Join the Ground Punch staff as we give you our hot takes on the latest announcements as they happen, or check the archive after the event for an easy recap of the event’s biggest news. We’ll be live blogging all of this year’s press conferences, so make sure you stick around for the down and dirty on all of the biggest news at E3 2017.
I don’t know if Skate is every coming, actually.
And that possibility is disheartening.
But we both know it isn’t coming for at least another year at the earliest
I do too
Stop playing, man.
I want Skate, dammit.
EA has so many great old IP they’re sitting on and doing nothing with too :/
Skate, SSX, Syndicate, Sim City, Burnout, Command and Conquer…these press conferences always hurt me.
or still nothing lol
Oh I bet we’ll be seeing A LOT of sequels this week.
Hmm so Amy star wars at the Sony conference on Monday?
Ubi has the fifth far cry sequel, the 10th AC sequel, the 2nd Crew game…
Just no open world please
South Park, AC and Farcry and You know they are showing Splinter Cell this time
I mean, EA had one exciting new thing. Which is about as much as I expect from Ubi.
So that concludes our live blog of EA’s E3 2017 press conference. Be sure to stick around for more live blogs as we move into the craziness that is E3 week.
Yup but what an amazing 30 minutes
Ubi has some big hitters to show
There’s always going to be Just Dance and lame shit, but yeah, at least AC should be a gem. EA didn’t have anything crazy or unexpected.
Only showed meaningful footage of one new IP, not even from an EA-owned studio, and spent 30 minutes on an already announced sequel.
The conference was disappointing.
Yeah I think they typically duke it out with Ubisoft for most underwhelming cringefest.
I am happy with it but yeah not a great conference
Let’s hope Ubisoft delivers with loads of Rabids!
Yah, Prison Break was the only “new” thing we saw.
Even if the rest of Ubi’s conference sucks, AC should be in full swing, and should make it all peachy.
I dunno, Ubisoft always finds new ways to disappoint, but I certainly hope this is the worst of it.
Also BF2 was everything I wanted!
At least my pizza will be here soon. Not all hope is lost.
Unless you’re just into really iterative sports games.
Idk we shall see. The prison break game looked good
Yup, that was a pretty nothing conference.
So, we can already say that EA’s conference will probably be the low bar of the week, right? Lol.
It’s *a* Star Wars thing.
He just said “Let’s play,” but doesn’t he know that Sony patented that phrase?
Well, they gave you half of your wish, Kev.
Or. Not. Lol.
PLEASE END THIS CONFERENCE WITH AMY’S STAR WARS THING. PLEASE. SOMETHING. ANYTHING.
skate4 surprise annoucement incoming.
That was it? Really?
I’m not impressed.
Yay, we can play a Star Wars mobile game in the meantime. I’m totally going to do that, wink wink.
Nope I am excited.
Definitely going to be a bummer that you have to watch it again, John. 😉
Looking forward xbox tomorrow
Not terrible not the best
Oh, you thought it was over. Wrong!
Bummer going to have to watch this again later on YT to see how pretty
“What did you guys think?”
“I’m going to be honest, that was hot trash.”
Spoilers: The player who gets Darth Maul will probably always get first place.
Tips for taking Maul down: Have the low ground.
IT’S A TRAP!
Tips to taking Maul down: Be Obi-Wan.
OH NO. THE MATCH IS OVER. SHUCKS.
Lol except Obi Wan
Yeah if it was force awakens Rey
It’s safe to say Maul would fuck up a lot of the Jedi.
Let’s be honest, Maul would whoop Rey any day.
Nope This is better
Maul and Fett in the same fight! This isn’t fair for the other time at all.
That spin is realll nice.
You and your son need to go outside and fly a kite, like Kelson’s brother.
The 30 minutes this is taking EA could’ve spent presenting something else, like Amy’s Star Wars. Or, I don’t know, FUCKING SKATE 4.
Darth Maul with that hot Sam Witwer voice!
So is this like Battlefield Operations but in Battlefront?
They said a full match lol
THIS IS ONLY THE END OF PHASE ONE?! JEBUS. I CANNOT.
Me and my son are having a great time watching this
Yah, this is going on for a little too long.
Not really! You just don’t care about it. Those who do care this is exciting
Just hoping they sneak in a new teaser for Amy’s Star Wars thing at the end. So I don’t hate myself completely for watching this.
And how dare you, Kelso? How dare you.
I think EA is wasting time here. We don’t need this much multiplayer gameplay. It is, for better or for worse, more of Battlefront. What I would’ve liked to see is a presentation of how they’ve changed Battlefront II in response to the criticism leveled against the first game.
SO. BORING. JOHN. Lol.
I don’t know how to break this to you, Jer, but I may have eaten all of the pizza.
I like just getting to see raw gameplay that isn’t scripted
This is just exciting to me lol
Cool. Let me know as soon as you mail that slice, Kelso. <3
I’m so bored. Time to order pizza. I’ll mail you all some as well. <3
I assumed so but it is all in 3rd which is interesting
Chicken-walkers have always been a bad idea, as evidenced by the guy immediately getting shot off of it.
Oooo, a combat roll!
Of course, John. You’ll definitely be able to play in first person.
But can they right the ship from the last Battlefront and make it fun for more than 5 hours? That’s what I need to know.
We know they can make a gorgeous, smooth game with vehicles and infantry.
I wonder if they area sticking with that or is it like the last one with 3rd and 1st
I feel like this game doesn’t need much footage to sell it. Battlefront is a known quantity at this point. The only things that matter are story mode, and whether or not they’ve made the progression less shallow.
So everything is in 3rd person
You don goofed, fighter.
Clones fighting droids on Naboo! What is happening?
Hahahahahahaha. James Harden DLC confirmed.
Pretty sure that was a technical error but I loved it.
It is so damn pretty
Lol. Gotta throw NBA in there because… Because.
SNEAK IT IN THERE
YES MORE BASKETBALL
I like this!
No he wont be
Is live gameplay actually necessary? Really nothing else that EA can spend time on? eyeroll
THE DUDE IS DEAD, KEV!
There are no other Black Jedi’s dammit! I need another one.
Spoilers, Jer, Finn is definitely not a Jedi.
That is a badass dress
How dare you insult Mr. Samuel L. Jackson, Jer.
Whoa I was on the fence before, but a FREE LIGHTSABER MASTERY STAR CARD?
Now I’m pre-ordering for sure.
Now she is out by then Kev
All I care about is Finn. I need another Black Jedi, man. MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Free dlc nice
Can’t wait for Phasma to get thrown into some trash cans and stuff! Compelling gameplay!
Of course he will be, because $$$.
It’s our prince, John Boyega!
From that movie!
Hi guys, it’s me, black Star Wars man!
Fuck that was absolutely amazing!
I guess I might play this one.
Y’all need to chill with the fanboy hype though fam <3
Darth Maul is always dope, my friend. RIP, my lord.
Single player stuff probably with a longer trailer with Sony then!
Never been so turned on!
I’M EMOTIONAL, THIS LOOKS SO FUCKING AWESOME
Darth Maul looked dope.
Ha, the droids and clones have the canonical voices from Clone Wars and Rebels.
There better be a whiney young Anakin DLC character, or I will RIOT.
I’m hoping for a mic drop at the end.
“And before we go, one more thing…”
*Skate 4 Trailer Plays*
*There’s a skateboard beneath everyone’s seats*
*The city of Los Angeles sinks into a Skateboard-shaped sinkhole as the crowd jump from their seats and applaud*
STONEMOUNTAIN64, THE REAL MVP
So damn pretty
IT’S SO DAMN PRETTY
I can’t wait to mow down some Gungans again, ahem, I mean save the galaxy, or something.
Nope I want this!!!! Just this over and over and over again
Asshole, EA. Give us what we REALLY want: SKATE 4.
Lol. Sorry, Sam. I’ll be quick, because, you know, these generic White dudes speak for the entirety of the gaming population.
Clones, my dudes. Clones!
Is that what they call their QA people to make them feel important?
GIVE ME THE STAR WAR
Shush, Jer. The eagamechangers are talking 😉
NO! I don’t want to hear from these dudes.
John, curb your enthusiasm.
Nope, don’t care.
Where’s the gameplay?
Let’s count the number of generic white dudes.
Dibs on review I will write it tomorrow
“Let’s show stock footage of generic white dudes who love playing Star Wars!”
Yay, we now know she’s going to cuddle with someone. I’m so glad I now know that.
Yup fucking sold
“More than three times the content of the first game”
Oh, so it’ll launch with the content of a $60 game, then? Most excellent, Madame Anger.
But what am I saying, the game has Darth Maul, I’m definitely going to get it.
That screenshot is so pretty
3 x 0 is still 0. HAHAHAHAHA.
If Ahsoka isn’t in this game I’m boycotting it.
She’s extra intense, holy hell.
I dig it.
That sass, dude. She’s, like, prepared to kill people.
I am already losing my shit lol
I AM REALLY ANGRY ABOUT STAR WARS AND WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT >:(
I love it
Wow, she’s really intense.
She is WAYYY too intense, wow.
Star Wars is cool and all, but I would have preferred Skate 4.
So fucking excited!
Which one of these guys is Darth Vaydoor?
Fake EA Twitter looks weird.
Full story mode confirmed for Battlefront 2.
STAR WARS, BABIES!
Free trials on Playstation for major EA titles this week? That’s neat I guess.
All of this is actually just reminding me that I need to cancel EA Access, since I only used it to play Mass Effect early.
So, EA is going to solve bullying and prejudice? They’re partnering with Pepsi? Interesting.
Fuck off with this good charity shit I want star wars!
People are loving that Kendrick record, huh?
No Skate, but wasting 30 minutes on Star Wars? God, say it ain’t so.
A special thanks to Hoop Gawd, the real mvp of EA.
No. Nooo, please no. No.
I would be down with that
Of course they slip some Kendrick in there.
Nah, John, NBA Street.
Bring back NCAA
Hello, Mr. Lamar. Nice to see you here.
Wait this is just like the prelude lol
I would rather just have an NBA Street game.
In August, there is a demo that will be available for NBA Live 18. Apparently, your progress will carry over to the full game as well.
Yay! Easy 1000g
That was nothing impressive.
It looked like 2K17, or Live 17.
Lol that isn’t classic Lebron I didn’t see him fake fall once
Wow, that was real nice.
Right stick dribble control. I’m going to attack the basket.
Time too zone out and play some Zelda…… Oh wait
Why does EA continue to pretend that people don’t choose 2K over NBA Live?
Hey ME wasn’t terrible
Tha return of Tha Hoop God?
Fuck off NBA 2k is better
Gameplay reveal is tomorrow with Microsoft, so stay tuned for that.
Yeah more sports
Anthem is a cool name. Will it be good and break Bioware’s streak? We can only pray.
Did you get a little excited? FUCK NO YOU DIDN’T. HERE’S NBA LIVE.
Bioware’s new IP, Anthem. More with Microsoft!
Last of horizon
Time to see what Bioware is working on.
REUSING EVOLVE MONSTER ASSET BECAUSE NO ONE PLAYED THAT GAME.
Bioware is making a Skate game? Weird.
Sam, don’t play. I want Skate 4 so bad!
First tease of new IP from Bioware. More coming with Microsoft’s conference.
NEW IP. BIOWARE DESTINY GAME.
Oooooo, look at those knees!
Oh, right. Forgot to mention. This whole live blog is also brought to you by skate4.
Microsoft and EA and Scorpio going hand in hand!
I thought he was going to say the games become you.
Ha, the Twitch chat is spamming Skate4. You’ll appreciate that, Sam.
(Because seed is slang for semen.)
Deep learning, lol. Deeply sophisticated artificial intelligence.
(I am 12 years old.)
SEED. SEED IS A SMALL STEALTHY TEAM. DEEP LEARNING. SEED. SEEEEED.
No, John, brothers! Brothers!
I love that the dude fell for that, too, Kelso.
Yay! Star Wars!
Motorcycles in the jungle chasing down a truck.
If you had any doubt, take it out of your mind. This is secretly Uncharted 4.
Nice little surprise tucked in there! NOW TIME FOR MORE STAR WARS. BLAH BLAH BLAH.
I think this might make a good wife/husband series for the site
The oldest trick in the book: hit a guy in the back of the head and then point at someone else.
Uncharted for sure.
It will be super interesting to see the online co-op experiences that come from this though.
Nah they become lovers kev! That’s the twist
Nailed it, Kev.
You play as Vincent and Elvis—I mean, Leo.
I think the weirdest thing about all of this to me is that EA is publishing. Seems very unlike most of their portfolio (but in a good way).
The twist is, that THEY BECOME LIKE BROTHERS!
And now we have gameplay from Hazelight Studios’ new IP, A Way Out.
I want more people like this dude presenting
My dude Fares is super fucking hype. I love it.
I like this guy lol
The return of couch co-op.
So it’s like Brothers except you’re a criminal and probably kill a lot of people. Interesting direction from Brothers. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This is a nice change!
I’m into this “split-screen co-op only” idea.
I immediately thought of Uncharted 4, Jer.
Wait that sounds like uncharted 4
You can’t fool me, EA.
Prisons, Brothers, Dragging people over counter tops, Slow-Mo Cliff Jumps
This looks awesomeeee.
It’s Uncharted: Prison Escape.
Brothers was such a great little experience, so I’m all in on A Way Out.
Wrong game. I meant 3D The Escapists.
WAIT, THEY TRICKED US. THIS IS JUST UNCHARTED 4
Color me intrigued as heck.
Prison Break season 8 has a wild new direction, apparently.
Yes prison break the game!
This looks like Mafia in prison.
Co-op prison escape game? INTERESTING.
Three cheers for new IP! Also, the devs of Brothers!
I still have yet to play Brothers. It’s been remastered for PS4 and Xbox One, so I’ll play it. Eventually.
This sure looks a lot different than Brothers! Elvis man!
I still need to play that game
See, now I’m fucking excited. A Way Out.
Yeah it will be interesting how the end product is.
BROTHERS. DON’T REMIND ME AND MAKE ME CRY, EA MAN.
I don’t know how I feel about Payback.
It seems too reminiscent of 2015’s Need for Speed, which wasn’t a good game.
“What if we did a Russian nesting doll, but with cars!” Perfect, Kelson!
Last I played was Underground 2 on GameCube. Unbelievable soundtrack. But this looks cool too.
I like me some car wrecks and explosions, though, so I’ll remain optimistic.
I’m hoping the full game is maybe a little less cinematic than this demo. Seems like every other action is scripted or a cutscene.
Oh dang, she just drove that one car out of another car, escaping all of the other cars!
Game looks fun but do we need more Fast and Furious?
You can easily say though, that this looks 1000% cooler than the FMV nonsense they did in the last game.
They got dark at some point.
Definitely. Have you played Most Wanted, Kelso?
Lol no Kelson
Only in certain iterations, Kelso. But…yes? Occasionally?
Is murder a usual feature of Need for Speed?
Actual gameplay of Payback right now.
What engine is it powered by?
I like me a good vehicular takedown. This game might be alright.
Apparently that first car was made of styrofoam!
Where’s Megatron at, Kev?!
This VO sounds like Owen Wilson’s weird younger brother.
Spoilers, the people are Transformers, Jer.
You don’t “play” three different characters, you “drive” three different characters.
I liked it more than I should’ve, Kev.
Jesse Wellens, the nervous YouTube creator.
Did anyone here actually see the NFS movie with Aaron Paul?
M dude, the YouTube creator, is super nervous. Wow.
Apparently the teleprompter is pranking him right now.
This YouTube creator doesn’t sound like a very good YouTube creator.
Oh boy, Jesse’s about to prank us real good!
Ooh, it’s the Need For Speed Douchebag™
Hoping this is a gritty action RPG origin story of Alex Hunter.
Nope. Alex Hunter is Tom Cruise’s newest action hero. You heard it here first!
No one has scored 60 million goals in one season.
This song is the perfect metaphor for how I feel about conference right now: should I stay and watch it or should I go?
*Career mode? Whatever sports games call it.
Alex Hunter is a fictional person, Kev. Nothing is real.
Pretty sure Alex Hunter is the fictional star of the story mode.
I’d like to imagine that Alex Hunter is the next action hero, played by our Lord and Savior, Tom Cruise.
Should I stay or Should I Go remains a good song.
I have no idea who Alex Hunter is. But apparently I should?
You have to admit, those blazers are snazzy.
OH MY GOD…
I’m snoozing pretty damn hard right now.
I WOULD RATHER WATCH STAR WARS NONSENSE RIGHT NOW.
BEAUTIFUL HEAD OF HAIR
Think this EA conference has unlocked the potential of my brain having psychic powers, Kelson.
I’ll save my cringes for whatever nightmares Ubisoft have up their sleeve.
Hey, they’re good at talking and have their routine down. I don’t care about soccer (err-“football”) but whatever. I’m not cringing particularly hard just yet.
DUDE THE ATMOSPHERE
He actually is right now. How did you know?
Yeah, this is bullshit.
EA is losing the audience by boring them to death.
Tell your brother to go fly a kite, Kelson.
My brother, a huge soccer/football fan, would be really excited right now.
I don’t like this. I don’t like this at all. 😐
God dammit, this is terrible.
The Men in Blazers make an appearance.
This song is going to be the death of me.
Welp, glad we got that over with.
Moving onto Fifa 18, powered by the Frostbyte engine.
FUELED BY THE DATA OF RONALDO!
Make sure you do overnight on that pizza slice.
Now time for FIFA. Yay…?
THIS COULD BE US, FRIENDS! THIS COULD BE US!
In college, we played Drunk FIFA, a shot for every goal scored on us. That’s REAL competitive gaming.
Sure, I’ll mail a slice over to you.
Hey, Kelso, you going to share that pizza?
Join on in for this exclusive challenge to viewing E3’s many conferences.
Nope, don’t care.
What does this have to do with anything?
Let me tell you, trying to eat pizza, watch the stream, and do this live blog all at the same time is the official GP hard mode of E3 2017.
Let’s go become a competitive FIFA team, guys.
Battlefield is already competitive, no?
Competitive Battlefield experience coming.
Lots of stabbing, confirmed.
THAT DUDE JUST JAVELINED THAT OTHER DUDE FROM A HORSE
EA is clearly doubling down on partnering with Twitch streamers and content creators.
“You will hear thunder and remember me.” My new Twitter bio.
Those maps are going to be super pretty.
“Battlefield Moments” have been a part of their marketing since 4, Jer Bear. It’s dumb but also kinda true?
In The Name in the Tsar is coming in September. That’s cool.
Dope. Women’s Battalion of Death featured in the new expansion. That’s cool.
Which we already knew a little bit about, but I’ll take it.
Woot, Russia maps incoming!
..Wait, six maps in one expansion? I’m actually kind of interested.
Don’t patent that, EA. “Only-In-Battlefield” moments. That’s not a thing. Don’t make it a thing.
New maps and a new DLC, In the Name of the Tsar!
Night maps confirmed! HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS.
Now give us some cool DLC stuffs!
Ugh, more cringe.
Battlefield Friends, I believe. They were good for maybe six episodes.
I’m not sure which I care for less, Battlefield or Battlefront? Gouge my eyes out or bite my tongue off? The choices!
I know right, Sam! I can’t even remember the name of that series.
Starting with a look at the Battlefield 1 community. Interesting move. We’ll see if it plays out for them.
Cringed to death because of that animation.
Jeremy Winslow is no longer alive. This is his ghost.
Oh, they still make these animations. I blocked them out of my memory.
Lol. The “Creator Cave.”
Lots of talking here about how games are an expressive medium. Thanks, Andrew. Let’s see some games — no, not Battlefield 1. Ugh.
Battlefield 1 DLC, boys!
That new Bioware Destiny IP, Jer! Or, you know, EA Sports Handball 2018.
A look at “new IP,” huh? Whatcha got, EA?
I love me some Star Wars but that seems a bit much.
THIRTY MINUTES OF BATTLEFRONT 2? IS THAT WHAT THIS MAN SAID? LORD. SAVE. ME.
Lol. Get the fuck outta here, Kevin!
Same, Kelson. He actually compelled me to want to watch EA’s conference. SAD. DAY.
Eight new experiences, huh?
I HATE YOU ALL FOR BEING ON STREAMS THAT ARE BEHIND! THEY JUST ANNOUNCED THAT BATTLEFRONT IS CANCELED FOREVER! SORRY GUYS!
Andrew Wilson is EA’s CEO, btw.
I just remembered we won’t be seeing Mr. Peter Moore this year. Shed a tear.
Andrew Wilson just took the stage to talk about EA Play.
Mahershala Ali in a Madden story mode??? Interesting.
Interesting. It seems Madden is taking the Fifa 17 approach to its campaign.
It seems the narrative is canned, though. No character customization?
I believe FIFA 17’s story mode was similar.
Long Shot! At least they got a rising star in Ali!
Ball is life, confirmed!
A sports game on Frostbite! Is that a new thing?
Madden story mode. At least those who like Madden, have something extra!
Of course, opening montage of all of EA’s upcoming, already-confirmed titles.
We see Battlefield 1, probably promoting the new expansion, FIFA 18, Need for Speed: Payback, Star Wars Battlefront II.
And now, quick diversion to Nick Cannon’s DrumLine.
Hope that this is a new Madden VR tie-in! VR DRUMLINE! BRING BACK NICK CANNON!
The hell am I watching?
Starting with Madden! And, umm, a drumline!
Here we go! <3
60 seconds! Here we go!
What you guys hoping EA comes out with.
It might be wishful thinking, but I’m hoping for a Skate 4.
Just about five minutes until the conference starts.
Are you guys ready to see like four Star Wars games? Me too!
Less than 30 minutes until the show! Please, EA, show us some surprises, and like, hardly any Star Wars! 😉
As long as EA starts on time, about an hour until their showing! I’m definitely going to miss Peter Moore though! :,-(