EA took a different tack than previous years with their 2019 EA Play, announcing the titles that they’d showcase in advance.
While there may have been no massive surprises this way, at least we had an idea whether there was anything that we really wanted to catch. Needless to say, there was!
It all started with the big – if “big” is, erm, a big enough word – one, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Starring Cameron Monaghan, who many will recognise as Jerome/Joker from the TV series Gotham, as Jedi-in-training Cal Kestis, we were treated to an extended preview of what to expect when it hits on November 15.
Check out our Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order extended gameplay preview.
Meanwhile, here’s the complete EA Play reveal:
Next up? Apex Legends. It was time to get a peek at the Season 2 Battle Pass, which is due to hit on July 2. Entitled Battle Charge, it will feature a new weapon (Titanfall‘s L-Star), a new Legend (defensive dynamo Wattson), a new six-tier ranked mode and new buffs. All this and tweaks to challenges, as well as yet-to-be-detailed new content that’s set for a later reveal.
Here’s the EA Play Apex Legends show:
A bunch of new Battlefield V content was detailed next, with the game heading to the Pacific in forthcoming Chapter 5 free update. The main thrust of this will be the arrival of the USA and Japan in WWII, and will include the battle of Iwo Jima as well as two more maps. This will also herald the arrival of new weaponry, vehicles and more when it releases in the Australian spring.
Additionally, the maximum rank will be increasing from 50 to 500 sometime in August, while several new maps were announced. The first, the South African-set Al Sundan, is coming on June 27, followed by the continuation of the Battle of Greece in Marita this July. Meanwhile, exciting news for those who want to play amongst friends is that September will see the arrival of private games.
Get a whole lot more info on all the Battlefield V new stuff in this handy EA Play video:
The annual event that every soccer fan marks on their calendar came next. Yes, FIFA 20 is imminent, and you can mark down this year’s model – including fab-looking new street football mode Volta – as arriving on September 27. Get more details here: Hit the street with FIFA 20.
Watch the full FIFA 20 lowdown from EA Play here:
From one football to another, a deeper look at Madden NFL 20 was next. The EA Sports people reached out to fans to tell them what they want, what they really, really want, and have implemented some much-requested features in response, including an onscreen scoreboard. Also, a short beta will hit for a couple of days from June 15 (next weekend) – keep an eye on EA’s socials for ways to score access codes.
Add to this new challenge scenarios, a heap of gameplay tweaks, and a shiny new career campaign entitled Face of the Franchise and there’s much for Madden fans to get hyped for. Set to hit on August 2, you can get the full EA Play Madden NFL 20 enchilada right here:
Proceedings all wrapped up for this year with a visit to world of The Sims 4. The big news for fans is that the next expansion pack will be Island Living, introducing – you guessed it – island living! As well as new tropical cossies and colours, there will also be open water gameplay. Water sports, woohoo!
Another brilliant addition involves a raft of Pride content that’s coming from June 18, the product of EA’s teaming with LGBTQ+ youth support service It Gets Better Project.
Here goes with the full EA Play The Sims 4 extravaganza:
So, once again no huge surprises, but with the buzz on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order we’re not going to complain. Roll on November!
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