What Should We Expect to See At EA’s Press Conference?: An Analysis

In a move that was likely based off of the success of Bethesda last year, EA has not only decided to do their press conference one day early, but will also be holding a separate event, with playable games including Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, and a series of EA Sports titles, for fans and the press. But the big focus is the main show, where we’ll likely see a barrage of new announcements, and new info on the hot ticket games for the publisher such as Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. But will there be any more surprises in store, and what are the chances? Let’s find out below.

We’ve also sorted the list into three categories, Likely, Somewhat Likely, and Unlikely, based off of sources and probable speculation.

Likely:

Battlefield 1:

Chance of Arriving: 100/100

Expected Run-Time: 10 minutes

Reasoning: In what will likely be the most talked about game at this years E3, Battlefield 1 has been confirmed to appear at the show’s stage with not one, but two teasers. The real question is if a beta will be announced and when. There’s been no reliable rumors on the release so far, but you can still sign up for your shot.

Mass Effect Andromeda:

Chance of Arriving: 100/100

Expected Run-Time: 10 minutes

Reasoning: This titles been teased since 2014, and won’t get a release until 2017, but EA has stated that there will be a far bigger look at the game during this year’s conference. What’s disappointing is that it only seems like press will receive the most in-depth demos, as the game isn’t listed as being playable for fans at EA Play.

Sports (FIFA,Madden,NHL):

Chance of Arriving: 100/100

Expected Run-Time: 20–30 minutes

Reasoning: While Call of Duty’s presence at another conference may be a simple bathroom break moment for the uninterested, EA Sports lineup takes the cake for the ignorant and uncaring. We’ll likely see new looks at FIFA 17 and it’s upgraded Frostbite Engine, NHL 17, and Madden 17. The other title that might jump in is a new PGA Tour, but this does depend on how it fits into EA’s timeframe as it isn’t an annual franchise.

Titanfall 2:

Chance of Arriving: 100/100

Expected Run-Time: 10 minutes

Reasoning: Taking a second place to Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2 has also been confirmed to be at EA’s event, but we don’t know if we’ll get a peek at the game’s new single-player direction, which was announced quite earlier. We’ll also see beta details and an earlier Holiday release date, if certain leaks hold any reliability.

New Mobile Titles:

Chance of Arriving: 100/100

Expected Run-Time: 10–15 minutes

Reasoning: EA has been one of the few video game publishers that’s had great success with mobile instead of jumping in directly (we’re talking about you Konami) and as boring as it was last year, it’s a good thing to show to investors with it being

Star Wars Battlefront DLC:

Chance of Arriving: 90/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: Star Wars Battlefront has a DLC plan that’s supposed to run all the way throughout 2016, (which would fit well considering that EA does not have a new Star Wars title among the release of Rogue One.) so get ready for some shots of new heroes, maps, and maybe a bit of free goodies as EA originally promised.

Star Wars The Old Republic DLC:

Chance of Arriving: 90/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: Just based off of track record alone, EA has released a new Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion since 2012. And while 2015 had it in the limelight partly due to a combination of the new movie and a weak conference, there’s still more improvements that need to be added, according to the hardcore players of the game. With the MMO not exactly having the biggest player base at the moment, it would be stupid for EA not to listen.

EA’s Unannounced VR Games:

Chance of Arriving: 85/100

Expected Run-Time: 15 minutes

Reasoning: Although EA originally wrote off VR in 2015, other companies willingness to jump on the product has certainly changed their mind a bit. New roles have been added to the company to strengthen the financial boundlessness of these pursuits, and it would be a nice aside to the companies regular activities for not only gamers, but also stockholders. We’ll see when the time is ready however.

Criterion’s Next Game:

Chance of Arriving: 80/100

Expected Run-Time: 10 minutes

Reasoning: Criterion was heavily downsized after 80% of the team moved to producing Need for Speed franchise reboots down at Ghost, but the skeleton team back in Guildford has still been teasing their next project. Maybe this is the non-FPS multiplayer hit EA’s so desperately wanted? We’ll likely see shortly.

Visceral’s Star Wars Game:

Chance of Arriving: 80/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: Originally announced alongside Star Wars Battlefront, Visceral’s Star Wars project has been rumored to appear from VGX 2013, all the way to the most recent Game Awards that briefly included Jade Raymond. We suppose that the game may be under a bit of reworking now that Motive has helmed some of the help, but a CG trailer wouldn’t kill anyone. (OK, maybe just Han Solo, that is)

Bioware’s New IP:

Chance of Arriving: 80/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: Another EA production that’s been left on the backburner since it’s vague 2014 tease, Bioware’s New IP has been rumored to launch around 2018 thanks to Twitter leaker Tamaki (also known as Doctor_Cupcakes) who has done a bit of archiving video game work in the past. EA has said they’ll show games that are very far in advance during the conference, so this might just be a guarantee.

Hazelight:

Chance of Arriving: 75/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: Shown in a surprise Game Awards reveal during late 2014, Hazelight was described as an action adventure game by the people behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, that had just entered pre-production. However, EA’s new focus on indies such as Unravel may give this game the spotlight, as the sequel to the aforementioned yarn platformer was announced in the same breath as a long distant title in EA’s financials.

Next Maxis Game (Worlds):

Chance of Arriving: 70/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: Spotted in a resume by the “journalistic” spies over at NerdLeaks, Worlds seems like a smaller indie sim, heading to consoles & PC. While Maxis did shut down last year, the games they worked on were instead moved to other studios for development, so this could easily be a throwaway announcement for EA’s fiscal year.

Star Wars Battlefront 2:

Image taken from first Battlefront

Chance of Arriving: 70/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: Although the first game received tepid response and longevity, it did bustling numbers for EA, which could be improved on massively by a sequel with strong word of mouth, and not just the appeal of a license. The bigger question is how EA will balance this alongside DLC announcements, as the sense of an overpowering announcement could certainly be felt.,

Somewhat Likely:

Motive’s Star Wars Game:

Mock-up, not official image

Chance of Arriving: 60/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: Also known as Jade Raymond’s new studio, Motive has mostly been headhunting, with little work started on their Star Wars project until now. However, the worst EA could do is pull an early CGI announcement in a packed show, as the only thing it would hurt is our patience.

Unravel 2:

Image taken from first game

Chance of Arriving: 50/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: If EA goes with Hazelight as their main indie title, this will definitely be on the backburner for the next couple of years. Marketing approaches between with games like these and AAA titles are much different, and it wouldn’t make sense for a 3 year wait. They might jump the gun early, but it seems unlikely besides a quick mention.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst DLC:

Chance of Arriving: 50/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: The game just came out, but EA could possibly talk about DLC or free add-ons to boost sales by bringing on those who only came for Battlefield 1, or something else entirely. There’s no denying this would do well, but we’ll be unsure if EA takes this risk among everything else they might have.

Unlikely:

Respawn’s Star Wars Game:

Mock-up, not official image

Chance of Arriving: 45/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: With Respawn even going as far to say that 2016 is the year of Titanfall, (with TV and merchandise to boot), we’re skeptical that this would make it’s debut. EA can only do so many epic Star Wars teasers, as much as everyone would love to see them.

NBA Live (And the return of the Hoop Gawd):

Chance of Arriving: 40/100

Expected Run-Time: 5 minutes

Reasoning: EA recently announced that a new NBA Live console title would ship, but not until early next year. This last ditch effort is probably to test the waters for more oriented adaptations, as Madden and FIFA have both done well in those portable markets. However, EA never shows their sports games off until at least 6 months in advance, so it’s not a major thing to expect.

Skate 4:

Mock-up, not official image

Chance of Arriving: 35/100

Expected Run-Time: 10 minutes

Reasoning: Take one glance at EA’s Instagram, and every comment is Skate 4, Skate 4 Please, or Make Skate 4 (with some vulgarity urged in between). Yet, all of EA’s sport oriented studios are occupied with important franchises, and the previous developer of the franchise was shuttered by EA. (Smart move there guys!) A lot of this demand can be attributed to popular Lets Players such as Pewdiepie publicizing the product, but it might be too expensive beyond a couple of reprints.

A New NCAA Football:

Mock-up, not official image

Chance of Arriving: 20/100

Expected Run-Time: 10 minutes

Reasoning: Lawsuits killed this franchise forever ago, and EA’s denied that teases have gone anywhere substantial. Fans of the series might have to boot up their last gen consoles to get one last play of the game, with futures looking dim.

A New Burnout:

Mock-up, not official image

Chance of Arriving: 20/100

Expected Run-Time: 10 minutes

Reasoning: It’s a Skate 4 situation for this one, in all honesty. While there is passion for a Burnout reboot, (evidenced by Backwards Compatibility petitions) Criterion’s new game has hang gliders and planes, all things that are the exact opposite of Burnout. Crashes will never be the same!

A New Command & Conquer:

Mock-up, not official image

Chance of Arriving: 15/100

Expected Run-Time: 10 minutes

Reasoning: EA’s last attempt at a Command & Conquer game ended with a studio shutdown and a game cancellation, and games like Company of Heroes have probably acquired that market in EA’s eyes. There’s always hope, but EA’s studios are too busy to do anything else.

A New Darth Maul Game:

Chance of Arriving: 5/100

Expected Run-Time: 10 minutes

Reasoning: Revealed as a secret Red Fly project by GameInformer a couple years back, the game’s creator admitted EA has not accepted his pitch, maybe due to the fact that Maul’s a prequel character. Either way, a rereveal seems highly unlikely, unless EA can get it out of the door and not create mixed messaging with Rogue One.

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