E3 2016 – EA Play Press Conference

It’s the event gamers have been waiting for…E3 Expo! Opening the parade of press conferences, Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts (EA) takes the stage to “invite us to play.” The press conference promised to and give us a peak at Star Wars, Mass Effect, Battlefield 1 & Titanfall 2.

Graphic courtesy of Electronic Arts
Graphic courtesy of Electronic Arts

Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment announced Titanlfall 2 with the exciting inclusion access on PS4. The trailer looks to bring even more fast-paced action game-play, including 6 new titans, expanded pilot game-play options and more among the features in this sequel. Single-player campaign finally makes its debut with a complete story mode to further expand on the titan-pilot bond. Titanfall 2 will be available 10/28/2016 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Madden NFL 17 is back on PS4 and Xbox One. The newest title boasts new commentary mode.

Peter Moore, Chief Competition Officer, announced EA’s commitment to E-Sports with the promotion of new EA sponsored E-Sports events at 3 levels: Challenger, Premier & EA Major, beginning with the Madden NFL 16 Championship. Next year, the Madden NFL 17 Championship series increases the prize purse to $1 million.

Aaron Flynn, General Manager of BioWare, introduces Mass Effect: Andromeda. The next iteration in the franchise promises a new adventure full of new characters and powered by Frostbite. Expect Mass Effect: Andromeda to drop in Fall 2016.

Andrew Wilson took the stage again to announce the largest addition to the EA Access Vault with new game-play expansions and new titles. Wilson also announced their “play  to give” initiative which pairs achievements with charitable giving.

Peter Moore returned to announce FIFA 17: The Journey with a bit of stage-craft to introduced us to Alex Hunter – the new face of the FIFA game franchise. The newest title add story like FIFA games have never seen before and gives players a new perspective on the game, on the pitch and off. For the first time, Premier league managers have been added to the game.

Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Studios, announced EA Originals, their initiative to partner with small, innovative game developers. Promises all profits will go to the developers. The first game is Fe from Zoink, a Swedish indie studio. You play as a young animal with no awareness of who or what you are but as you play you explore the world and observe the sounds and songs of the other animals and unlock the story. The open-world design looks to offer a unique play experience as gamers embark on their own self-guided journey of discovery.

Jade Raymond of Motive Studios to announce EA Star Wars titles, including Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Star Wars: Battlefront, all available now. Motive Studio’s update to Star Wars: Battlefront to include new content, including content from the new Star Wars films. Visceral Games is creating a new story with new characters within the familiar universe, while Respawn Entertainment is crafting an original third-party title.

Partick Bach, DICE General Manager, gave us a look at game-play. Set on the backdrop of WWII with new weapons, dynamic weather and behemoth vehicles, Battlefield 1 looks to create the most epic experience in the franchise to date. Battlefield 1 also brings 32 on 32 player squad game-play to the beloved franchise. Battlefield 1 drops on 10/21/2016.

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