Every year in June, the video game industry heads to Los Angeles for a week of showmanship at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Companies debut their upcoming software and hardware, allowing the press and those with industry credentials to get a sneak peak at what they have to offer.
The highlight of every E3 is undoubtedly the press conferences that kick off the show. Publishers and platform holders typically each hold a 1-2 hour press conference packed with announcements and live stream them to fans around the world. While EA is technically skipping E3 this year, they will be hosting their own conference the same week in LA called EA Play.
Over the past couple of years, EA has been showing off games very early on in development with minimal footage. Given the time many of these projects have been in development, I think this is the year that we see a lot more information on them…
Mass Effect Andromeda
This is the slam dunk on my list. Mass Effect Andromeda was announced last year at E3 and will release between January and March of 2017. I imagine that EA will be showing off extensive gameplay and story elements as this will be their biggest chance to show off the game before its release.
Criterion’s “Beyond Cars” Project
At E3 2014, EA showed off Criterion’s follow up to Need for Speed Most Wanted (2012). With a much smaller team and more creative freedom, Criterion showed off a developer diary and some concept art for their next project which they say will “go beyond cars.” While we don’t know much about the project, what was shown off ranged from speed boats to snowmobiles to helicopters. Hopefully we see more in a few weeks!
Visceral Games’ Star Wars Project
Visceral Games has made a lot of noise over the past couple years. They hired Uncharted creator Amy Hennig and announced that she would be heading up a new Star Wars project at the studio. Since then, we’ve gotten hints from Hennig and her friends in the industry that this game could be about Han Solo and in the vein of Uncharted. While EA has announced the title could still be a few years away, all of the hints that have been dropped lately make me think we’ll be seeing this game sooner rather than later.
Since EA has been wearing their heart on their sleeve for a while, there’s not too many surprises they can pull off. While I’m not entirely convinced, this is one that could bring the house down. MVP Baseball 2005 is still widely regarded as one of the best baseball games ever made. While MLB The Show is of extremely high quality, it’s the only full-featured baseball game on the market and is limited to Sony’s consoles, leaving XBOX-owning baseball fans out in the cold. A return to baseball would certainly make a lot of EA Sports fans happy and it seems as though the license would be up for grabs since we haven’t seen an MLB 2K game in years.
Those are my predictions for EA’s E3 (err…EA Play) press conference. What do you expect to see? Let me know in the comments!