GameSentral Rewind #071: EA Play 2016

Editor’s Note: This is a special edition of the GameSentral Rewind, focusing on EA’s Play conference.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

BioWare has debuted an extended look at Mass Effect: Andromeda.

As previously announced, the game will take place “far away from and long after the events of the original trilogy.” The game will also introduce an online component, along with new species and alien races.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is slated to launch in early 2017 for Xbox One, PS4, and Windows.

Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2

EA has confirmed that Titanfall 2 will have a single-player campaign.

“Titanfall 2’s single-player is crafted to dive deeper into the Titanfall universe, exploring the unique bonds between Pilot and Titan, and taking full advantage of the movement and combat, to deliver a feeling of being unstoppable together.”

-Devin Bennett, EA senior communications manager

A multiplayer trailer for the game (embedded below) showed more versatile Titans that can do anything from a ground-pound to utilizing a beam cannon.

Other core gameplay pillars are returning, including wallrunning for traversal and aim-down-sights style first person shooting.

Pilots also have a number of new abilities, such as a teleport and gravity grenade that sucks enemies in for picking off.

Additionally, a new grappling hook was shown for moving around the environment. It can also be used to pull pilots out of the air for an up-close kick.

A multiplayer beta will be launched for Titanfall 2 sometime before its October launch.

The game will launch on October 28 for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Star Wars

EA released a status update for the company’s numerous Star Wars games, including projects in development from DICE, Visceral, Motive, BioWare, and Capital Games.

The update confirmed that Motive Studios is collaborating with DICE on a sequel to Battlefront.

Here’s a quickie guide to everything EA is working on related to Star Wars:

  • DICE, Motive: Collaborating on new Star Wars Battlefront game
  • Respawn: Third-person action adventure game
  • Visceral: Action game launching in 2018
  • BIoWare: Continued development on Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Capital Games: Continued development on Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
  • Criterion: Assisting on development of unspecified Star Wars project

FIFA 17

FIFA 16 will have a new story mode, which follows Alex Hunter as he makes his way in the English Premir League. A trailer is embedded below.

The mode will not be featured in the game’s Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions.

Madden NFL 17

Madden NFL 17 bakes in Play the Moment into its franchise mode, which allows for a game to be turned into a 15-minute compilation of playable highlights.

If you’re pressed for time, you can set Play the Moment to only run offensive or defensive plays, without losing the management appeal of Franchise Mode.

“None of the moments are formulaic, scripted, or forced. It’s more of an organic ‘What happens?’ simulation. Our algorithm takes and chooses what it thinks are key moments. They’re snippets but they’re the snippets with the most impact. You’re playing an exciting, condensed version of Madden.

“A 17-week schedule is a long time and we continue to listen to the fans on how they want to play and manage their teams. Play the Moment is all the more meaningful when Frnachise mode can last 30 seasons.”

-John White, Madden NFL 17 franchise mode designer

As it stimulates, you get updates on what’s happening in the game. In between Moment plays, you can watch the game unfold with the broadcast camera or you can just stick to the Moments.

Immersion is further enhanced through the Franchise-exclusive score ticker that feeds you developments from around the league during games.

E-Sports

EA revealed plans for a major tournament series with a million-dollar prize pool and community support for users that want to stage their own events.

According to company chief competition officer Peter Moore, Madden NFL’s Championships will comprise with four “EA Major” events with a combined $1 million prize pool. An eight-player elite tournament will also kick off today and run throughout E3 2016 week, hosted by ESPN’s Stan Verrett.

Those events will have low-level challenger events and a mid-tier premier class.

“We want to make stars of all our players with new competitive modes and weekly contests [in the games themselves].”

-Peter Moore, EA chief competition officer

Battlefield 1 will also be included in the program.

EA Originals

EA has launched EA Originals, a new publishing program aimed at spotlighting indie games.

The first game in the program is Fe, which is being developed by Swedish studio Zoinc. A trailer was shown off during the conference (embedded above).

Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 will span the full length of World War 1, from 1914 through 1918, with a campaign designed to deliver several perspectives in a collection of shorter stories that take place in different times and locations worldwide.

The game’s multiplayer reworks the use and assignment of vehicles, and includes multiple nations, the danger of changing weather, and the introduction of tide-turning, endgame behemoth weapons.

“It provides interesting perspective into how the old way of war was and what it turned into. This is kind of where the old way of war was destroyed and a new sort of war was created.

“It’s an interesting perspective that we haven’t explored much in popular culture like movies and books. This is a cool opportunity to bring some of these stories and maybe start some interest in an area that hasn’t been explored much.

“There is a potential to tell some interesting stories from this era.”

-Aleksander Grondal, Battlefield 1 senior producer

According to Grondal, World War I doesn’t get the same attention as World War II because it hasn’t had its breakthrough yet.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. atthematinee says:

    Great coverage! Have you shared this on any gaming sites? 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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