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E3 2018 Roundup: EA kick off proceedings

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as it is more commonly known, is arguably the biggest event on the gaming calendar. Each year, top developers and studios showcase the products they've been working on, showcasing to the world what they can expect in the coming months. At E3 2018, EA kicked off the event by bringing fans some of the expected sporting content, expansions for previously-explored worlds and more. Here, we've covered everything on display at EA's E3 press conference.

Anthem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=dWXj3pzxhgk Bio-Ware's third-person shooter Anthem had already been announced ahead of time, but details were rife on the game prior to E3. It was announced the Anthem would be releasing in the opening quarter of 2019 – 22nd February, to be exact. Anthem Game Director John Warner also provided a live demonstration of the game in action, with four minutes of open world co-operative exploration gameplay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=9TrdCtCkghg If you're a fan of Mass Effect, Destiny or Horizon Zero Dawn, we think you'll like this game.

Unravel Two

EA surprised viewers when they revealed that Unravel, which was originally unveiled at E3 2015, would be getting a sequel. The original was well-received by fans and critics alike and a feel-good soundtrack accentuated the fun nature of Unravel Two for its unveiling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGJf267HBDo Unravel is hard to compare to many other games, but the sequel certainly seems to be following in the footsteps of its older brother. Co-op play is encouraged and emphasised for the game, though solo play is also a possibility. As with every year, there had to be at least one "and this is available to you right now", and EA opened up the floodgates to this. Unravel Two is available right now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Sea of Solitude

"On her search to change, she soon finds out that her biggest enemies are not the huge monsters that she meets on her way through Sea of Solitude, but something way more dangerous." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPKIdXqqeWM Sea of Solitude is an EA Originals title, described as an adventure that focuses on exploration, following protagonist Kay as she goes on a journey of self-discovery. The game is set to release in early 2019. It looks and sounds eerie and has left a lot to the imagination – we'll have to wait to see how this turns out.

Battlefield V

Battlefield V is set to come with a Battle Royale mode, because in 2018 why would it not? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWVtV59mczk Battlefield V is not set to be Battle Royale-exclusive though, as it will continue with the usual expectations of a Battlefield game; vehicles, team play, big maps and deathmatch style gameplay that the non-BR fans can still enjoy.

FIFA 19

FIFA is arguably EA's magnum opus, the flagship game that provides EA with the bulk of its profits. At E3, EA unveiled FIFA 19 and revealed that they had, at last, received the UEFA Champions League licence, allowing players to fight through the trials and tribulations of conquering Europe's elite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEUXwFix9eY For the second year in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo is featured as the game's cover star, especially fitting following his recent Champions League win with Spanish giants Real Madrid. FIFA 19 will be available on 28th September, but those who preorder will be able to gain access as early as 20th September.

Madden NFL 19

Madden is a game very similar to FIFA, in that it attracts such a huge audience and playerbase each and every year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hwexYd8aNM Similarly, the game does just look like a newer, slightly updated version of previous Madden instalments, as the trailer depicts New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning passing the ball off to new man Saquon Barkley. At the event, Pittsburgh Steelers wide-receiver and honourary FaZe Clan member JuJu Smith-Schuster interviewed Madden 18 champion Shay "Young Kiv" Kivlen. The standard edition of Madden is available on 10th August, with the Hall of Fame edition available three days prior on 7th August.

NBA Live 19

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2tMMb4rh1c EA managed to push out the NBA Live 19 announcement trailer to coincide with the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA final. The game is set to feature both NBA league play as well as street basketball, combining the best of both worlds to give players a multitude of options. NBA Live 19 releases on 7th September 2018.

Jedi: Fallen Order

Although no gameplay was shown at the event, it was confirmed that EA will be bringing Jedi: Fallen Order to players in "holiday 2019". The game was initially announced in 2016. Fallen Order is set to take place during the dark ages of the setting when Jedi are being hunted down, very much similar to the witch-hunting of yesteryear. Although there's no set release date, fighting to save the livelihood of Jedis is a hard opportunity to pass up and makes Fallen Order a must-have for Star Wars fans. We just wish it had a more revealing introduction.

The Clone Wars

Even more Star Wars content was revealed at E3, this time in the shape of new Star Wars Battlefront II content. The next season of Battlefront II is going to be titled The Clone Wars, bringing in new content such as playable characters Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku, General Grievous and Anakin Skywalker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZifWuik9Yi8 The Clone Wars expansion will be available from 12th June, free to all Star Wars Battlefront II players. So what did you think of EA's E3 press conference? Is FIFA getting Champions League licensing from the hands of Pro Evolution Soccer the final nail in the coffin for the PES franchise? Anthem looks set to do well and new, exciting Star Wars content could never be a bad thing. Although EA's E3 appearances can often be hit or miss, it's good to see some great content coming from the company. Click below to catch-up on everything E3. [ginx-watch-live-button url='https://ginx.tv/category/e3/' text='Everything E3']

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