E3 might not be going ahead in a typical fashion this year, but that doesn’t look to be getting in the way of big announcements and impressive showings from the industry’s big players.
Sony, Microsoft and Guerilla Collective have all held a digital event in the past few weeks, but now it’s time to see what EA has cooking. EA Play 2020 took place yesterday morning (19 June) and it was a solid showing that gave us gameplay for previously announced games, first looks and some other exciting reveals. If you haven’t had a chance to look over what EA brought to the table don’t stress, here’s what was shown:
Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale title doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, especially after this showing. The new Lost Treasures Collection Event got a snazzy trailer, introducing a new limited-time event, the new mobile respawn beacon, a new map location and a bunch more. That’s not all Respawn had on offer though, as it was also announced that Apex Legends will be coming to Switch later this year, alongside cross-play, so you can play against everyone across every available platform.
The Sims 4
A quick but cool announcement next, as The Sims 4 is now available through Steam. This is likely to be a welcome announcement for all of those who want all of their game library in one place.
It Takes Two
We took a turn to the indies at this point, taking a look at what Josef Fares and the team at Hazelight (the developer behind A Way Out and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons) have been working on. It Takes Two is a cooperative action-adventure platformer that deals with some heavy themes in a whimsical way. A young girl deals with her parents’ divorce by creating two dolls that come to life and become the protagonists of the game. It’s another cool concept from an interesting dev team, take a look:
Lost in Random
Staying with the indies, we got our first look at the next game from developer Zoink Games, the team behind Fe. Lost in Random looks like a playable Tim Burton film, with plenty of otherworldly characters and spooky imagery shown. This action-adventure title is centred around a walking, talking die and a little girl that set out on an adventure together. This one is firmly on my radar, have a look for yourself:
This one isn’t a new game, as it’s been in development for a while now, but its change of publisher to EA does put it back in the spotlight. Rocket Arena is a 3v3, third-person hero shooter that’s focused on, you guessed it, rockets. Plenty of colours, cool characters and whacky weapons are littered throughout this trailer, so hopefully, it does enough to set itself apart from other games in the genre. Rocket Arena is launching on PS4, Xbox One and PC on July 14, 2020.
Star Wars: Squadrons
This is what I was most keen to see during EA Play and holy shit, I was not disappointed. A solid amount of gameplay was shown off alongside a slew of information. The singleplayer component of the game will be separated into two campaigns where you either play as an Imperial pilot or a New Republic pilot. Two class-based 5v5 multiplayer modes, customisable starfighters (unlocks that are tied to progression, not microtransactions), VR support on PS4 and PC, there’s a lot to be excited about here. Star Wars: Squadrons releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 2, 2020.
EA Sports – Madden and FIFA
Par for the course of any EA event, we got a look at the next-gen instalments of FIFA and Madden. Both games will be launching on PS4 and Xbox One and will receive a next-gen update that allows you to play your copy on PS5 and Xbox Series X which is great to hear.
Next-gen First Look
Not so much an announcement, but rather a tease, EA showed off snippets of footage from titles that are currently in development such as Battlefield, Need for Speed/Criterion’s next game, Dragon Age as well as a handful of other titles from BioWare and EA Motive.
I’m probably not taking a huge leap here when I say that folks are keen on another Skate game right? The Skate series is massively popular and fans have been clamouring for Skate 4 and it’s finally happening. We didn’t get a trailer or even a confirmation that it will be a numbered sequel, but more Skate is on the way and that can only be a good thing.
There we have it, what a show. EA Plays in that past have been pretty hit and miss, but this iteration was a success. What did you think of the show? What was your favourite announcement? Let us know.