Welcome to a special Weekly Knockout, where I round up all the gaming news from EA’s E3 2016 Press Conference.
Titanfall 2 Single Player & Multiplayer Trailers
After a not so brief introduction, EA kicked off their conference by debuting a multiplayer trailer for Titanfall 2. The trailer showed off new gameplay elements, such as grappling hooks, gravity grenades, and teleporting. There will be a Beta for Titanfall 2, with Respawn set to announced how you can get access at a later date.
Following the multiplayer trailer, we had our first tease of single player. The trailer showed that the Titans are apparently sentient, and also suggested that players will be fighting indigenous wildlife as part of the campaign. Titanfall 2 will release 28th October.
EA eSports Leagues
During their section on Madden NFL 17, EA announced new eSports Leagues, designed to support competitive play across three different skill levels. The first of these, Challenger Events, will allow players to host their own competitions. Up from there are Premier Events, which will be hosted by EA and selected partners. These will be “large-scale events”. Finally, there will be EA Major Events, which will be run on a global scale, and will be the stage for the top players to compete.
Madden NFL 2017
Not much to say here, other than there’s a swanky new trailer that you can check out below.
Mass Effect Andromeda Developer Diary
Unfortunately, very few new details were revealed for Mass Effect: Andromeda. What new information was revealed came in the way of a developer diary. Andromeda is being developed with the Frostbite Engine, and as you might expect the game looks gorgeous. At the end of the developer diary we met a new character, presumably the female version of the player-created protagonist for Andromeda. Interestingly there was no release date given, suggesting the game will be a late 2017 game at the earliest.
Play to Give Announced
EA announced Play to Give, an initiative designed to support charitable organisations. Play to Give presents player communities with in-game challenges that, upon completion, will result in EA donating to certain charities. The first Play to Give event will begin this coming Saturday (18th June), will involve challenges in Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, FIFA 16, and Madden NFL 16, and will support the following charities; Code.org, Code2040, HeForShe, National Center for Women & Information Technology, SpecialEffect. You can find out more here.
FIFA 17: The Journey
As one might expect, EA debuted the latest addition to the FIFA series, FIFA 17. Alongside updated visuals, and gameplay improvements, EA revealed that real managers will be included in the game for the first time. However, the most interesting element of the reveal was a new mode, titled “The Journey”—effectively a story based campaign, where players will play as Alex Hunter, a talented prospect attempting to make his mark on the Premier League. The Journey will feature cinematic cut scenes and even dialogue choices; –
“In The Journey, Alex Hunter’s Premier League career is impacted by your performance on the pitch, and the decisions you make off of it. Make critical decisions throughout the game that will change what happens next and how other characters react to you. Will you put your team first before your own success? The choice is yours.”
Fe, follows in the steps of Unravelled, as the latest ‘indie’ game to be published by EA. Fe revolves around a personal narrative about our relationship with nature. The game will feature no dialogue, instead focusing purely on the game’s music as you play as a young cub, all alone. During the story you will meet new animals, and plants, all with their own unique song. Each song you learn will help you reach new parts of the world. The game will not “hold your hand” leaving you to find out where to go and what to do: “what you discover will be unique to you”.
EA also announced EA Orginals; a new scheme designed to seek out smaller development teams, assist them with the development, as well as other aspects such as marketing and publishing. EA claims that the initiative will ensure that all profits will go to the developers of the games.
Star Wars Developers Diaries
In terms of Star Wars games, EA was fairly tight-lipped. There were quick mentions of Star Wars Battlefront 2—which will include content from the new movies— as well as the Visceral Star Wars game, confirming that the game will feature new characters. All of these recaps were accompanied by a developer diary, which you can watch below.
Battlefield 1 Gameplay Trailer
EA closed out the show with a gameplay trailer for Battlefield 1. The trailer (which you can check out below) showcased a variety of combat scenarios. Also shown was the dynamic weather system, which will apparently also be featured in multiplayer.