E3 2018 – EA’s Press Conference Recap


By Mario Wario

E3 2018 is here, as such the festivities got going with Electronic Arts’ press conference yesterday morning in Los Angeles.

It began with the multiplayer trailer of Battlefield V, as well as the announcement that the new game will include a battle royal mode, which is not surprising to see. Mostly every game out there being made is getting the battle royal treatment as we speak, thanks to the huge popularity of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. Likewise, with H1Z1. As for Battlefield V, more information about the game itself should come out this week since it is E3 after all.

Once that part was done, it was Star Wars time! Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella (the company’s CEO) announced that Jedi: Fallen Order is coming out next year: holiday 2019. The new game will be set between Episodes 3 and 4, yet nothing else was said after that. I do, however, hope this release date can be met without any issues popping up.

As for Star Wars: Battlefront II, this game is getting some DLC love from DICE, and that DLC will focus on the Clone Wars madness. Expect new maps and characters for this one, which is always nice to see.

Moving right along, Unravel 2 was shown and it looks cute! Speaking of which, it is available now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Sadly, no Nintendo Switch love.

As for the rest of the press conference, EA talked about expanding their subscription package with the EA Origin Access Premier plan. Basically, it is all about playing the new games right away online, as well as playing the classics for a certain fee.

The sport games genre, however, had their moment in the spotlight, with NBA 19, Madden 19 (which is coming to PC now) and FIFA 19 (which is coming out on September 28) all being highlighted. The games do look great in the graphics arena.

Sea of Solitude, meanwhile, offered something different to the gaming world, and that difference is about dealing with depression in a unique way. Thus, I do recommend using Google on this one, as describing on here won’t do it justice. This game will be released in early 2019.

Command and Conquer: Rivals, it had a decent amount of RTS screen time thanks to a long on-stage demo. If this is your type of game, the pre-alpha is available for Android devices right now. It does look fun to play, so try it out if you can.

Of course, saving the best for last, BioWare’s Anthem had a rad trailer shown on-stage (and online), as well as a interview segment to highlight the game a bit more. Overall, the game looks gorgeous and the game play looks fun as well. I am also enjoying this Avatar like world that BioWare has created. By the way, the game will be out for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on February 22, 2019. (Lastly, I will try the demo tomorrow afternoon at EAPlay, unless the LA traffic has anything to say on this matter…)

And that is it with EA’s press conference. The conference itself was fine and it did what it needed to do: showcase the games. As for E3 2018, it went into overdrive today with the Xbox briefing, which will conclude with the Bethesda conference at 6:30pm PT. Remember, each briefing will be watchable online, thus follow their social media accounts for the links. Overall, I am really looking forward to E3 2018, as well as trying out the new games that are coming out this year, or next. This E3 is shaping up to be good!

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