As we continue our journey through the remnants of a cancelled E3, our next stop is with Electronic Arts. In the 45 minutes of new information, we saw many trailers for AAA games, smaller titles, and other additions to games already thriving. CEO Andrew Wilson started the show with a strong message of solidarity with emergency workers and the EA developers making games from home. From there, we went straight into the announcements.
Apex Legends’ Season 5: Fortune’s Favor is the strongest launch of any Apex season to date. Today they announced a new Lost Treasures collection event with new PvE goals as well as a boatload of new cosmetics to chase. Armed and Dangerous mode is set to return along with a new location: Crypto’s Map Room. This Fall, Apex Legends will now come to Steam, the Nintendo Switch, and will open up crossplay across all platforms.
EA’s The Sims came out with a heartfelt video attribution to all of its players from all walks of life. There was also a trailer showing off the fact that The Sims is now available on Steam with all content included.
It Takes Two
From the makers of Brothers and A Way Out, comes a new co-op action adventure platformer, It Takes Two. Play as a clay caricature that displays emotion through gameplay in a journey that is said to be an absolute rollercoaster of the heart. Coming 2021.
Lost in Random
The Swedish studio Zoink Games is back with dark, gothic fairy tale: Lost in Random. The trailer felt deeply like a cross between Alice in Wonderland and the (disturbing) movie Coraline. Players must embrace the power of chance by using their dice companion “Dicey” to roll for powers that can alter the world around them. No release date on this one.
I’ve played this one! Originally showed off at E3 2019, Rocket Arena is a 3v3 hero arena shooter, but players can only use rockets and abilities. Similar to Super Smash Bros, the goal isn’t to kill your opponents, but to boop them out of the arena. The more hits you take the further you fly. I got to play as the Pirate hero but there are many others with 100 levels of progression for players to pursue. Looking forward to this with crossplay on Xbox, Playstation, and PC.
Star Wars Squadrons
In what was absolutely the keynote of the show, Star Wars Squadrons got its full gameplay reveal. Apparently a team of Battlefront 2 developers loved Galactic Assault so much that they decided they wanted to make a whole game out of it. The game includes both a single player story as well as multiplayer modes. The two modes are a straight 5v5 dogfight and Supremacy-esque Fleet Battles with multiple stages to victory. The game looks much deeper than I originally gave it credit. Star Wars Squadrons hits Xbox, Playstation, and PC with Crossplay on October 2nd, 2020.
The final “major” announcement was, yes, SKATE. It seems to be the year of the skateboarder as the presence of this game comes hot on the tails of Activision’s Tony Hawk Remastered coming this Fall. There was no gameplay and no information given outside the fact that the game exists. Obviously this is meant to be a next-gen game so more info will likely come soon.
Overall, this EA showcase was…fine? I was excited for potential teases of upcoming games like Dragon Age, the Crysis remaster (which was already announced) and others. I also was hopeful for some spicy returns of older IPs like Titanfall and Dead Space but alas these were absent. Getting new info for Star Wars Squadrons was great! Having played Rocket Arena, I’m also excited to finally see the full release as well. Getting the pseudo announcement for SKATE was also a great moment but overall, this reveal event fell a bit flat for me.
There was a big push for crossplay today which is a great step in the right direction for the industry overall. I think EA has some huge cards up their sleeve for next gen, but it’s just too early to show them off. Historically, E3 showcases the year before a generational gap are relatively tame so this isn’t entirely unexpected. Did you enjoy the show? Comment down below with your favorite trailer and what you hope to see next gen from EA games!