This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short, looks to be truly unique in comparison to past years. Both Sony and EA have announced that they would not be hosting their traditional press conferences highlighting their upcoming games and DLC for fans to look forward to. While Sony has decided to stay away from E3 all together this year, EA has decided to host a fan event again called EA Play, which will occur on Saturday, June 9th starting at 9:30 AM Pacific. The event will feature a series of live streams highlighting their upcoming games as well as add-ons to their already released games. EA themselves have already released a schedule, showing what games will be streamed and when:
Despite knowing what games will be shown off during the live stream, here are some predictions as to what we might expect to see from each of these games.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The first of the games to be shown off at the event is Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is arguably the publisher’s most anticipated title this year. Given that there is only a 30 minute time slot for the game to be shown off, I think it’s safe to assume that about half of the time will be filled with a 15-20 minute gameplay demo of the game, while the rest of the time will see the developers at Respawn go into more detail about the kind of gameplay mechanics and other things the Jedi: Fallen Order has to offer to players. The game is currently slated for a November 15th release date.
Apex Legends Season 2
Following up Jedi: Fallen Order is Respawn’s hit battle royale game, Apex Legends. With Season 1 winding down for Apex Legends, it’s a no-brainer that the portion of the live stream dedicated to Apex Legends will focus on the upcoming Season 2, which is launching in June. Respawn will likely go into detail about the new season, discussing new rewards players can unlock, revealing a new Apex Legend for players to play as, and showing the new change to the King’s Canyon map that the developer has been teasing. While all of this is almost a given already, I feel like Respawn will announce that Season 2 is now out that same day. It will definitely be interesting to see how the battle pass has improved for Season 2 in comparison to the underwhelming one released for Season 1.
Battlefield V has undergone a rocky first year of releasing to this point. The game was bogged down by poor marketing decisions and a delayed Firestorm mode, which made almost no impact on the battle royale genre. On the brighter side of things, people have said that the multiplayer is almost the best it has ever been in the series, and EA will probably show how they’ve expanded on that during the Battlefield V portion of the live stream. Expect new maps and a few new multiplayer modes coming to the game and maybe even a tease for a new Firestorm map coming later this year.
After Battlefield V comes FIFA 20, EA’s newest entry in their annual soccer franchise. While we can expect a continuation of modes like Ultimate Team, it would be nice to see a return of some old classic favorites like the Creation Centre. If EA has listened to fan complaints about FIFA 19, they should release a smoother, more balanced playing experience with FIFA 20. I’d also expect them to introduce a new story mode where players will be able to create their own character and progress through the game until they’re able to win a cup title. Given EA’s consistency with releasing their FIFA games in September, I’d expect this one to release in September as well.
Madden NFL 20
The annual football franchise makes its return with Madden NFL 20. Some details about the game have already been revealed such as the new career mode which allows players to create their own QB and which college they attend. From there, they will have to prove their worth in the college football playoffs and the NFL combine to determine when they will be drafted. The choices players make throughout the story will impact their draft stock going into the draft. From there, they will have to prove their worth in the NFL in hopes of winning the Super Bowl and/or MVP award. Aside from the new career mode, there will be more features for Madden Ultimate Team and players will be more balanced than in previous entries. I’d expect a deep dive into the story mode and Madden Ultimate Team during the EA Play stream which will showcase gameplay from both modes. The game is set to be released on August 2, and will be available 3 days prior for those who purchase the Ultimate or Superstar editions of the game.
To end the show, the Sims 4 will be shown off. While the game has been out for nearly 5 years, the game has constantly evolved as new packs and add-ons have been introduced. I’d expect the stream to show off some upcoming add-ons to the game and discuss the new things players will be able to do with their Sims. With so many expansion packs and add-ons already available, it’ll definitely be interesting to see what new ones the stream is going to show off. I’d expect that whatever is shown off will also be made available that day. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s true, but thankfully we won’t have to wait long!
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