E3 was a bit of a mixed bag this year, with some conferences overdelivering while others fell on the other side of the scales. One big player that was missing from the annual event was EA, a publisher that has been drifting further and further away from E3 as the years go by. Obviously, they were absent for a good reason, as they had plans for their own livestream event.
This morning’s EA Play Live showed off what the publisher has in store for us for the rest of 2021 and beyond, with some pretty exciting surprises thrown in. This show was a banger straight from the word go, as my boy Austin Creed/Xavier Woods was hosting baaaaaby. Take a look at everything that was announced during EA Play Live 2021:
Veteran racing game developer Codemasters opened the show by announcing GRID Legends. Legends is a racing experience that you would expect from Codemasters, injected with an added layer of story, featuring a number of live-action actors pushing the narrative forward. Of course, the cars are still front and centre, with a new mode allowing you to mix and match any number of car classes in one race. Grid: Legends releases in 2022 on consoles and PC.
Apex: Legends Season 10 – Emergence
Respawn sure know how to put together a hype-filled trailer. First things first, we got a look at season 10’s new Legend, Seer. This stylish fella is a tracker, similar to Bloodhound, who uses microdrones to show enemies through objects if they’re moving quickly. His Ultimate will create a dome that allows all of your squadmates to see fast-moving enemies in the dome’s radius. It was just a brief look today, so we’ll have to wait for the Seer gameplay reveal coming on Tuesday.
Lost in Random
Announced during last year’s EA Play, the action-adventure title Lost in Random got a new gameplay trailer that showed off the game’s dice battles, where you’re able to roll your companion Dicey to activate a random ability mid-fight. The game continues to look creative, creepy and fun and I can’t wait to jump into it. It was announced that Lost in Random will be releasing on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch on September 10.
This multiplayer dodgeball game has been very well-received, so the announcement of Knockout City Season 2 is likely to make more than a few people happy. This season goes Hollywood, with all of the content being focused on going to the movies. With new skins, a new ball and plenty more on offer, players will be keen to get amongst it when Season 2 drops on July 27.
This was a huge announcement. We’ve previously heard about the All-Out Warfare and Hazard Zone modes that will be a part of Battlefield 2042, but all of us Battlefield fans were waiting to see what Ripple Effect (previously DICE LA) had cooked up. It was worth the wait, as Battlefield Portal was officially announced. Bringing back six fan-favourite maps from previous Battlefield games (3, Bad Company 2 and 1942) is just the beginning, as Portal will allow players to create their own experiences by using a game builder to mix and match elements from across the Battlefield series in their own custom game modes. It’s a community-driven mode that gives you a whole lot of flexibility in how you play and you can read more about it HERE. Battlefield 2042 releases on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC on October 28.
That’s how you end an event, Isaac Clarke and the Necromorphs are back! An ominous teaser trailer made Twinkle Twinkle Little Star sound creepy as all hell as a Necromorph threateningly entered the screen. Then, after getting a good look at its awful, pointed limbs, we got a brief glimpse at Isaac in his iconic suit followed by the title card revealing Dead Space. We don’t know anything more about this game other than it’s coming to PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC and that we’re crazy excited.
There we have it, that was EA Play Live 2021. With a few announcements, some closer looks at previously unveiled titles and a bombshell finish, I’d say that’s a successful event.
What did you think of this EA Play Live? Are you as excited for Dead Space as we are? Let us know in the comments or on social media.