8 New Games and Trailers that Electronics Arts Unveiled at EA Play 2017
Article by George Norman
On 12 Jun 2017
E3 2017 is here, but Electronic Arts couldn’t care less. Just like last year, EA did not attend the E3 video game conference, deciding to hold its own EA Play 2017 event instead. It featured performances by Nas, DJ Green Lantern and Dave East, live music, hands-on demos, and trailers for a whole bunch of new games.

Focusing on the last bit, here are the 8 games and game trailers that EA unveiled at EA Play 2017.

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1. Anthem

This is the teaser trailer that was presented at EA Play 2017.



And this is the gameplay trailer that was unveiled during Microsoft’s E3 2017 showcase.



Let’s face it, BioWare dropped the ball with Mass Effect Andromeda. But all that can be forgotten if Anthem turns out to be a great game. This new IP is a shared-world multiplayer action RPG that lets you explore a huge open world that’s filled with amazing technology and forgotten treasure – but also savage beasts and ruthless marauders. Team up with up to 4 friends, put on a powerful Javelin exosuit, and go explore the wilds.

Anthem will be released in the fall of 2018. The game will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.


2. A Way Out

This is the reveal trailer.



And this is the gameplay trailer.



EA Originals (the initiative where EA funds and supports small developers who have an interesting idea for a game) presents A Way Out, a co-op only game where two players have to work together to get Leo and Vincent out of jail and continue on together beyond the prison walls.

“This game is going to bring a co-op experience unlike anything you have ever seen before,” said Josef Fares, Writer and Director at Hazelight. “The idea for A Way Out came when me and a friend tried to find a story driven co-op game that wasn’t a drop-in/drop-out experience. We simply could not find a game like that. We’re also bringing an innovative look into how to tell the story of both these characters. Players will be immersed in the game with the way we change the display from a full screen experience seamlessly to different cinematic split-screen formats. By focusing on the two characters in different ways, it opens up a huge variety of gameplay, as we really wanted to avoid repetitions so they will get to know the characters through very different situations.”

A Way Out is going to be released early 2018. The game will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.


3. Need for Speed Payback

This is the gameplay trailer presented at EA Play 2017.



And this is the reveal trailer that EA published on June 2, when it announced NFS Payback.



The Need for Speed franchise is adding one more title to the list and, in case you were wondering, this is the 23rd installment in the series. NFS Payback features extensive car customization, cop chases, and all the other bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from NFS. What it doesn’t features is always-online, meaning that you can enjoy a single player experience completely offline and pause the game.

"Need for Speed returns this year to challenge what players expect from racing games," said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer. "We’re still delivering everything our fans love about the franchise – the deepest customization, an impressive roster of cars, intense races and open world pursuits – but with Need for Speed Payback, we’re bringing together all those elements in an all new blockbuster driving experience. From the story, to the different characters you can drive as, to the varied missions, to the edge-of-your-seat moments, this is our vision for what action driving entertainment means today."

Payback is going to be released on November 10, 2017. The game will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

NFS Payback is available for pre-order right now on Origin. Pricing starts at $60 for the Standard Edition.


4. Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar



In the Name of the Tsar is the biggest DLC for Battlefield 1 so far. It comes with new maps, new weapons, new vehicles, new operations, and the Russian Army, of course. You’ll get to fight in the snow-covered raviness of the treacherous Lupkow Pass, take part in the skirmishes of the Albion assault in a freezing archipelago, push back the Austro-Hungarian forces in the Russian countryside, and more.

In the Name of the Tsar will be released in September 2017 and will be offered for free to everyone who owns Battlefield 1 Ultimate Edition, which is currently discounted by 50% on Origin and available for $65 instead $130.


5. FIFA 18

This is the gameplay trailer.



And this is the Hunter Returns teaser.



Since FIFA 17 received a lot of praise for the full-fledged single-player story The Journey, they’re bringing it back for FIFA 18. Alex Hunter is back after a breakthrough first season in the Premier League.

FIFA 18 is going to be released on September 29, 2017. The game will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

FIFA 18 is available for pre-order right now on Origin. Pricing starts at $60 for the Standard Edition.


6. Madden NFL 18 Longshot



According to EA, the Frostbite engine delivers photorealistic players, crowds and stadiums to Madden NFL 18. On top of that, the game comes with its first-ever cinematic story mode, Longshot. You play as Devin Wade, a former five-star high school quarterback who has been away from the game for 3 years. Your goal is to help Wade on his quest to football superstardom, to help him make his way to the pros.

Madden NFL 18 is going to be released on August 25, 2017. The game will be available for Xbox One and PS4.


7. NBA Live 18 The One

This is the reveal trailer.



And this is the slightly longer welcome trailer.



NBA Live 18 features a career mode called The One. You’ll get to create your individual player identity and embark on your quest to become a legend.

A free NBA Live 18 demo will be released in August 2017 for Xbox One and PS4.


8. Star Wars Battlefront II



One of the biggest problems with the first Star Wars Battlefront game was the fact that it didn’t have a proper single player mode. Looks like EA listened to all the complaints and is giving Battlefront II an "emotionally-gripping single player story." What about the multiplayer, you ask? Well, they’re expanding it of course.

Star Wars Battlefront II is going to be released on November 17, 2017. The game will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Battlefront II is available for pre-order right now on Origin. Pricing starts at $60 for the Standard Edition.


In related news…

Check out the 10 announcements Bethesda made at E3 2017.




Tags: E3, EA, Electronic Arts, EA Play, Anthem, A Way Out, Need for Speed Payback, Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar, FIFA 18, NBA Live 18, Star Wars Battlefront II
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