Everything that happened at EA’s E3 2016 press conference: announcements, trailers and more

EA kicked off this year’s E3 with a killer mix of returning franchises and surprise announcements.

We saw a resurgence of single player campaigns, diverse and exciting multiplayer games, and some interesting new initiatives from the company.

Below you can find all of the important announcements, trailers, and more:


Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 kicked off the conference with a multiplayer gameplay trailer featuring six new titans (9 total), grappling hooks, and awesome new pilot abilities, including black holes and new melee kills.

The sequel will also include a full offline single player mode (something that some felt the original game sorely lacked), featuring a crafted campaign that explores the unique bond between man and machine.

Players will step on to The Frontier as a Militia rifleman with aspirations of becoming a Pilot. Stranded behind IMC enemy lines, and against overwhelming odds, you must team up with a veteran Vanguard-class Titan and uphold a mission you were never meant to carry out.

Titanfall 2 will launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC on 28 October 2016.


Madden 17 and EA eSports

Madden 17 was up next with a new debut trailer and the news that it will be a springboard for EA’s new eSports initiative (although it will apply to all competitive EA games).

This initiative will feature three tiers of competition, allowing players of any skill level to join the fun.

EA will begin the initiative by hosting an NFL 17 Championship Series with a $1 million prize pool across four majors and a finals series.


Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s big selling point is that you will be considered the “alien” in a brand new galaxy.

The game is being built on the Frostbite engine, meaning it will also be the prettiest game in the series by far.

New information was relatively scarce, but we were shown a new trailer and promised more details later in the year.


EA Play to Give

Play to Give is a charity initiative by EA that rewards players for competing challenges in its games.

“Players can feel great about playing the games they love, as they’ll be able to contribute to charities simply by unlocking in-game achievements largely based upon cooperation.”

He for She, National Center for Women and Information Technology, Code.org, Special Effect, and Code 2040 will see contributions based on players completing in-game challenges.

The titles involved include Battlefield 4, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars Battlefront, FIFA 16, and Madden 16.


FIFA 17

FIFA 17 will debut an entirely new engine, Frostbite (the same engine that powered the recent Battlefield, Battlefront and Mirrors Edge games), allowing for improved graphical fidelity and new physics and gameplay options.

This includes rewritten set-pieces, a new intelligence system, and new ways to create and finish in front of goal.

For the first time in the series’ history, FIFA 17 will also have a story mode. Make your mark on and off the pitch as the Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter. Play at any Premier League club for authentic managers and alongside some of the best players on the planet.

Premier League managers will also be making an appearance for the first time, with all 20 being specially modeled in-game (with Jose Mourinho making a special on-stage appearance).

The game will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on 29 September 2016.


EA Originals

This is an extension of EA’s previous partners program that prioritises the publishing of unique indie titles.

As a key part of the initiative all of the profits made from the program will be given directly to the developers to help promote the “indie” space.

The main title being displayed was Fe, a puzzle-platformer starring a prickly fox-like creature.


Star Wars

No specific Star Wars game was focused on, with EA instead choosing to focus on a number of titles coming in the next couple of years.

The first will be a new Battlefront title from DICE games some time in 2017. It was also confirmed that Visceral (Dead Space) and Respawn (Titanfall) were working on unnamed titles.

Visceral’s title will be a “story-driven action-adventure” while Respawn’s game will be a third-person shooter.


Battlefield 1

EA closed its show with our first proper look at Battlefield 1 and a special hour long livestream.

The gameplay showed off stunning graphics with beautiful European landscapes and fiery, war-torn battlefields.

Weather and destruction will be key elements of the title, with trench and open warfare both making an appearance.

Ultimate Vehicles will be making their first appearance, including armoured-trains and massive zeppelins.

Battlefield 1 will launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC on 21 October 2016.


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