“A Galaxy Far, Far Away”
Electronic Arts’ press conference managed to cover a lot of projects, with both good and not so good demos from their upcoming games. EA has a lot of titles in the works, from their annual entries in NBA Live, FIFA and Madden, to the highly anticipated Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and new, Mass Effect. Unfortunately, the conference took a bit of a hit due to some pacing issues and prolonged focus on a select few titles, but there were some great showings as well. Below is a run down of what games made a splash at EA’s show this year.
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
As I predicted, the next installment in the Sci-Fi RPG series Mass Effect was revealed. Titled as Mass Effect Andromeda, BioWare has confirmed the game will take place far away from, and long after the events of the original trilogy. Players will be exploring an all-new galaxy, right alongside a new team of companions to accompany them in their adventures. Mass Effect Andromeda will be available for the 2016 holiday season on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
You can see the official Mass Effect Andromeda announcement trailer below:
Need for Speed
The new Need for Speed reboot got a confirmed release date along with a gameplay trailer that touched on the intensity of in-game police chases. The gameplay looks promising, but fairly straightforward. What’s most exciting is the fact the reboot will put an emphasis on making players feel like they’re behind the wheel in a busy and intense open-world. The new Need for Speed is set for release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, November 3.
You can see the official Need for Speed trailer below:
Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Battlefront is defiantly the biggest game EA currently has in the pipe. Their press conference finally gave the public a first look at DICE’s take on the license, with a very impressive gameplay demo. The demo was a busy, beautiful re-creation of a clash between the Rebel Alliance and Empire on Hoth. Visually, the demo was absolutely stunning, reinforced by authenticity only found in the Star Wars Universe, thanks to spot-on models and sound design. Battlefront was bound to deliver a stellar demo, but what we got was even more exciting than anticipated. The game is set for a release date of November 17 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
You can see the Star Wars Battlefront: Multiplayer Gameplay trailer below:
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
As I stated in my E3 predictions post, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst has lots of promise with the ability to embrace a longer, more fully-featured title. EA’s press conference showed in the hands of DICE, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is shaping up to be just that. Prior speculation leading up to the conference rang true as it’s been confirmed Catalyst will tell the origin story of main character. We saw a few snippets of gameplay, but not enough to really have a feel for all the bells and whistles Catalyst will come packaged with. The first-person action platformer will release February 23, 2016.
You can see the official Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst announcement trailer below:
If there were a category for most adorable presentation, Unravel would take home the award. Definitely one of the more surprising and compelling titles we’ve seen this week, Unravel is physics-based platformer from Swedish developer Cordwood Interactive. It stars Yarny, a doll like creature compiled of yarn, that’s able to use his makings to explore the stylistic world around him. Unravel stole the hearts of many, myself included.
You can see the official Unravel announcement trailer below:
To keep up with my thoughts on all things E3 as the expo continues, along with a whole bunch of other nonsense follow me on Twitter @BraxHaugen