Electronic Arts @ E3 2016 Preview & Predictions

Only two more press conferences to preview and predict for! Today, we turn our attention to the 2-time winner of Consumerist’s “Worst Company in America” tournament: Electronic Arts.

While they won’t be at E3 2016, they will hold a concurrent event in Los Angeles, as well as hold their own press conference. Meaning for many who won’t be attending E3, nothing has really changed except for the time they need to watch.

Electronic Arts E3 Press Conference in Years Past

The last two years for EA have come off as a bit of a build-up. 2014 was unequivocally the worst press conference of the year, with most of what was being shown outside of the EA Sports games, Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Sims 4 were too far off for anything of meaning to be shown. Sure, games like Star Wars Battlefront, Mass Effect, and Mirror’s Edge were mentioned or announced, but at most, pre-Alpha footage was all they could show of such games. At its lowest point, Criterion Games didn’t even show any gameplay, only showing their developers talking about a game they were planning on making– one of the few games that we still haven’t seen anything from since.

Last year was a lot more about showing off games, but it was clear that most non-sports titles on their docket were targeted for 2017 or later, meaning that many games we’d known about going into E3 ended up not being shown.

As for those that were, Mass Effect: Andromeda opened the show, but even then, no gameplay was shown– something likely to change this year, even with the game being delayed into Q1 2017. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst– a reboot releasing next week– was also given ample time on stage.

There were, of course, titles from 2016. The Need for Speed reboot by Ghost Games was shown off, alongside the premiere of the least-EA title ever shown on EA’s stage in the charming Unravel. The peaceful nature of that game was immediately ruined by Plants vs. Zombies 2: Garden Warfare, which had been announced at Microsoft’s press conference earlier in the day. And BioWare showed off a very cool-looking expansion to The Old Republic MMO that blurred the lines between it and its RPG predecessors in Knights of the Old Republic.

EA Sports and EA mobile, of course, took up a large percentage of the time EA had to show off games, with not a single sports title releasing within the year not receiving a trailer.

The key 2016 game, of course, was DICE’s reboot of Star Wars Battlefront that ended the show. Likely not the last time we’ll see the game on EA’s stage.

Known EA Titles

NBA Live 17, Madden NFL 17, PGA Tour 17, FIFA 17, and NHL 17 will all be shown at the press conference in some capacity. I don’t know why or how, but they will happen. The same could be said for Mobile like last year, but likely only if it’s enough of a tie in to show it off like Minion’s Paradise was for EA last year.

The two known and unreleased games come E3 to keep an eye out for are Battlefield 1 and Mass Effect Andromeda. It’s entirely possible that both games end up as EA’s opening and closer, considering their weight– with only one not-before-seen-game as likely to take one of those spots. (But we’ll get to that later.) Both games are highly anticipated, with the prior of the two currently holding the record for most likes for a game trailer on YouTube.

Other games that we know about and could see at the show include a few games already released. The Old Republic and The Sims 4 have both gotten constant expansions since release, with the prior getting time on the E3 stage last year. Either getting more time this year isn’t out of the question in the slightest.

The one game released last year that is very much likely to get more time at E3, however, is Star Wars Battlefront, which has several unreleased expansions and a few more unannounced expansions that we still haven’t seen anything from. If there’s anywhere to show them off, it’s during an E3 presser.

Predicted and Unannounced EA Games

The one game that could easily take the spot as an opener or closer at EA’s press conference is Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2, which was mentioned as being in development last year and should be targeting a Q4 2016 release. There’s little to no chance that it is not shown off at EA’s press conference this year if that is the case, and I, for one, am very interested in seeing what kind of improvements they’ve made on the original game that many thought was lacking.

It’s been two years since Criterion began talking about their new racing game, and it’s been long enough since the release of a game that they were the main developers of. Historically it has only taken them two years before a new game comes out. Need for Speed: Most Wanted released in 2012. It’s time to show what they’ve been working on.

The last predicted game is a toss-up, but it is undoubtedly Star Wars related. Both BioWare and Visceral Games are known to be working on a new game in that franchise, and while a release is not likely until 2017 or 2018, it is soon enough that I can’t imagine EA not making one or both put out at least a teaser for what they’ve been working on. My bets are on Visceral, if only because BioWare already has a huge space-related RPG title being shown off this year. They’ll likely save it for after Mass Effect: Andromeda comes out.

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Visceral Games has done a lot of teasing over the course of the past year and a half.

 

Electronic Arts E3 2016 Predicted Lineup

Mass Effect Andromeda
Battlefield 1
Titanfall 2
Star Wars Battlefront DLC
Unrevealed Burnout/Criterion Racing Title
Untitled Star Wars Visceral Title
NBA Live 17
Madden NFL 17
PGA Tour 17
FIFA 17
NHL 17
Unknown Mobile Title

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