E3: Major EA Play 2018 Updates

E3 2018 kicked off today, and EA Sports unveiled significant news on their upcoming games during EA Play 2018. As the teaser earlier this week had promised, EA provided updates on their various sports titles, Battlefield V, Anthem, and more! Below we’ve listed all of the updates that were announced from this year’s EA Play 2018.

Anthem

EA unveiled a brand new game during today’s EA Play 2018 live stream. Set to be BioWare’s rival to Destiny, Anthem is set in a future where humanity lives in cities that are protected by freelancers who wear suits known as “Javelin” mech suits.” There are four types of suits in the game: Ranger, Colossus, Interceptor, and Storm. While performing a mission, players can switch between all four suits. Players can customize their suits as well. The goal of the game is to defend your city and stop an unknown source from using a new weapon fueled with poison. The game will come out in February 2019.

Battlefield V

EA’s World War II shooter game recently unveiled that the new edition of Battlefield will feature a new multiplayer battle royale mode. Players will be able to complete missions in single player mode under “War Stories,” highlighting smaller battles in history. Players will also be able to travel to France and Norway. EA also revealed during EA Play 2018 that the game would feature a female character, which caused some controversy from some fans. The game will feature on EA Access Trial on October 11th. A standard edition of the game will be released on October 16th, with a deluxe copy coming three days later, on the 19th.

Command & Conquer: Rivals

The classic PC strategy game is coming back to life, this time via smartphones. EA revealed during today’s EA Play 2018 that the game will feature as an app on Android and iOS devices. Rivals allows players to control their own military units. Players can then send their units into battle against enemies, with the goal being to take control of other territories. Android users can already download a trial of the game, while Apple users can sign up for registration. The game is set to release later this year.

EA Origin Access

On top of the video game updates, EA unveiled a new PC streaming service that is set to launch later this year. The Origin Access Premier is going to cost $15 US dollars a month or $100 US dollars per year. The premier service will provide players with access to a full online library of EA Games. Games that are set to feature in the membership include FIFA 19, Anthem, Madden 19, and The Sims 4.

FIFA 19

Earlier this week it was revealed that FIFA 19 would feature the Champions League and Europa League. Consequently, the game will also feature Champions League and Europa League content updates in Ultimate Team. On top of that, the game will also feature the final chapter of “The Journey,” featuring Alex Hunter. FIFA 19 will be available on September 28th, 2018 on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Madden 19

The NFL is finally returning to the PC platform, thanks to Madden 19. The new game marks the first Madden title to feature on PC in over a decade. The game will also be available on PS4 and Xbox One. Madden 19 features a new player control system thanks to “Real Play Motion Technology.” The game is set to feature new player statistics on the offence but willl not feature the RPO, or “run-pass option.” Franchise Mode also sees some added customization, with players now being able to customize their drafts. The game will be released on August 10th 2018. A Hall of Fame edition will also be released, with Terrell Owens on the cover.

NBA Live 19

The newest addition to EA’s basketball series is set to launch on September 7th, 2018. The game will be available on PS4 and Xbox One. NBA Live 19 will feature a new chapter of “The One”, a single player career mode which debuted in NBA Live 18. Just like Madden 19, the player control system features the new “Real Player Motion Technology.” The game will also have new additions such as player customization, dances, and emotes. The demo will be available for download on August 24th, 2018.

Star Wars Battlefront II

EA also announced new updates for its Star Wars title set in 2027. Players will now be able to fight in the Clone Wars era. The game will  feature new characters like Anakin Skywalker, Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous. This update will mark the first time that players will be able to play in the Star Wars prequel era. The game will also have an update that adds new content for the upcoming Han Solo season, as well as an all new “Starfighter Assault” mode. The Extraction game mode is set to return as well. The game allows players to play in first-person, and they are also able to play against each other online. The game features content from the two Star Wars movies: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

A new Star Wars game is coming in 2019 thanks to Respawn Entertainment. The new game is set to feature in a period of darkness within the galaxy, in between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. There was very little other information given out, but one certainty is that there will be lightsabers.

Unravel 2

Finally, EA announced that the sequel to Unravel is out now. Players can purchase the game immediately. Just like the first game, players will take part in the adventures of a small, woolen toy named Yarny. Unravel 2 features an all new co-op game mode where two Yarnies can work together to solve puzzles. The game also comes with bonus challenges that are separate from the main story. The game is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

For more updates on E3, be sure to check back often over the coming days.

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