E3 2016 conferences are less than a week away, and the Internet is already buzzing with all kinds of news. Trailers will be shown, new titles will be announced, and fans will begin to pencil release dates into their calendars. At last year’s E3, EA showed off titles that have released like Unravel, FIFA 16, and Star Wars Battlefront, as well as talking about some titles that still haven’t appeared on market like Mass Effect Andromeda.
The Obvious: It would be more surprising if these didn’t show up
EA Sports – It’s in the game
Ok getting the extremely obvious stuff out of the way first, we expect to see the regular show from EA Sports with their new lines of FIFA 17, Madden 17, NFL 17, and NHL 17. These will probably all be back to back talking about all kinds of new graphics upgrades and other features coming to the latest installments in these long running franchises. There might even be another interview with a famous football player in store for us.
After being rumored for however long, Titanfall 2 was finally given the official teaser on the 11th of April. With the tease we also learned that we would be getting to see a game play trailer on the 12th of June, coinciding with the EA press conference. Some of the other information about this sequel is that it will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and will have a full single player campaign and mech swords.
Announced last month at the Battlefield 1 event, there is plenty more that fans are expecting to hear about this trip back in time. Since that announcement, we know to expect a new trailer shown at the conference as well as word from the developers on some changes to gunplay. It has been said that all weapon classes will have distinct advantages and disadvantages to give them particular situations that they are best for.
After his amazing introduction to the world last year, it seems that Yarny will be coming back in another adventure. No real information has come up about this sequel, apart from the initial word from EA when a representative told PC Gamer that the game they are helping Coldwood Studios with “will be for the next Unravel.”
Criterion Games’ Beyond Cars
Another title that we haven’t heard much from Beyond Cars was first announced as Criterion Games’ untitled project way back in 2014 when all we saw of it was wire frames and the promise of an action packed experience. Moving away from only cars, as the title suggests, in Beyond Cars Criterion Games allows you to drive Boats, Planes, and plenty of other vehicles as well as perform stunts between them.
Mass Effect Andromeda
This is the one that everyone is looking forward to. After two years of teasing and plenty of leaks and rumors on the continuation of the Mass Effect franchise, this might be the year we get some solid information on Andromeda. On a mission sent by Commander Shepard himself, in Andromeda you will get to explore a brand new set of worlds for potential human expansion.
The Maybes – High risk, potentially high reward
It has now been over 6 years since we last had a new Skate game, developed by EA and Black Box. Plenty of people have been asking for a new entry in the franchise, especially as there haven’t been any good skateboarding games made in recent years. With an emphasis on realistic physics and fun objectives like the Hall of Meat challenges, a new entry on current systems could allow the franchise new levels of realism.
In among the talk of PlayStation VR and how it will change the way you play video games, we’re thinking we might hear a bit more about the PSVR specific experience that Sony is working with DICE on. The aim for this game is to “really show gamers what it means to be in the world of VR.”
Visceral Games’ Star Wars
Another game that we haven’t heard from in a while is the Star Wars project that Visceral Games confirmed they were producing back in 2013. The last that was heard about this project was back in July of 2015 when Jade Raymond and her EA subsidiary Motive Studios announced that they would be co-developing the game with Visceral. The only thing that we really know about the game, and that might have changed, is that the game will feature a story independent of any previous or upcoming Star Wars films and it is being developed on the Frostbite 3 Engine.
Need for Speed
Even two months after the release of Need for Speed in 2015, Ghost Games had already started hiring on the next game in the Need for Speed franchise. No word has come since then so we’re really not sure what to expect from here.
The Don’t Hold Your Breaths – Better get your good luck charm
A new Command and Conquer
This is another franchise that we haven’t heard from in a while. The last release was way back in 2012 with Command and Conquer: Tiberium Alliances. While a continuation of this series is something that many fans are hoping for, there hasn’t been any kind of peep in the rumor mill, leading us to believe that we probably wont see it this E3.
Motive Studios’ new IP
Motive Studios, the studio currently co-creating the new Star Wars with Visceral Games, also is working on their own IP. The head of this studio, Jade Raymond, previously worked for Ubisoft Toronto as the Managing Director and helped on games such as Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Taken from the job listing it is known at least that this will be an open world game or sandbox style game and that the team has been working closely to BioWare on its development. This might show up, but probably won’t.
What do you think of our predictions? Are there any that you agree or disagree with? and most importantly do you think there are any EA games that we might have missed?