E3 2016 : EA Conference

E3 2016 : EA Conference

EA made a bunch of announcements this year, most of which were expected. It did have its share of surprises though.

  • Titanfall 2

The awesome multiplayer wallrunning FPS is going to be back soon, in a sequel which promises more explosive action than before, with more abilities. The multiplayer gameplay trailer was mind-blowing. The game is set to release on October 28, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

  1. 6 new titans to kick around with
  2. Single Player mode confirmed!
  • Madden NFL 17

Started off with the reveal trailer, followed by some sweeping changes made by EA for the burgeoning e-sports community. The competitions are going to be divided into Challenger, Premier and  EA Major events.

  • Mass Effect : Andromeda

ME will be running on the Frostbite Engine. A behind-the-scenes trailer for the game was displayed.

  • FIFA 17

The upcoming FIFA installment will run on Frostbite. Reveal of a new mode called “The Journey”, where you get to experience the life of an upcoming player. And Premier League managers are going to be in the game for the first time ever!

Awesome part : When ManU’s José Mourinho showed up suddenly, next to Peter Moore.

  • EA Originals

Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Studios, announces EA Originals, an initiative taken by EA where they fund indie developers making a truly ground-breaking game.

  • Fe

This indie game will be a third-person adventure, where there are no dialogues whatsoever, and everything will be conveyed through music between the different creatures inhabiting the game world.

  • Star Wars

Battlefront, The Old Republic and Galaxy of Heroes will be getting new content throughout the year. Also, seems like every sub-division of EA will be making new content for the Star Wars games.

  • Battlefield 1

Patrick Bach, GM of DICE, talks of the various sweeping changes from the previous iterations of the beloved franchise.

  1. The game features a maximum of 32 vs 32 team deathmatches, so 64 max. players in a game.
  2. BF1 will have an all-natural weather system, where you cannot predict how the weather conditions may change, making each battle a new, unique experience.

Just to really show us all they weren’t kidding about the multiplayer, they had a 32 vs 32 player game with YouTubers vs Celebrities best of three match, after the end of the press conference.

Battlefield 1 will be releasing on October 21, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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E3 2016 : Bethesda Showcase

E3 2016 : Bethesda Showcase

We all remember how everybody went gaga over Bethesda’s announcement of an E3 showcase last year, and deservedly so. It was one of the best conferences ever then. So how did it go this time?

This conference was presided by Peter Hines, Global VP of PR and Marketing, Bethesda.

Let’s jump straight down to the details.

  • Quake Champions

Tim Willits of id Software announced the making of another sequel to the multiplayer killfest Quake, titled Quake Champions, followed by a reveal trailer. Something to look forward to, and possibly the gameplay trailer may be out the next year. Cool thing about the announcement; unlocked frame rates! Hell yeah!

  • The Elder Scrolls Legends : A Strategy Card Game

A board-type strategy card game based in the Elder Scrolls universe, complete with its own story, will be coming out soon. The reveal trailer, the opening cinematic, reveal a character, Kellen, to be the main protagonist of the game. The beta-testing is now open to all of the public, and the final game will be free-to-play. ESL will also be out on iPhone and Tablet, apart from the expected PC release.

  • Fallout 4

Further updates on the bestselling RPG, and improved construction options for the Sanctuary. “Build your own vault!” is now on for real. Also, user-made mods will now be playable even in Xbox One, and the feature will be available soon in PS4 too. And, the game comes to HTC Vive VR handset in 2017.

  • Fallout Shelter

An update to the fun mobile game which helped us tide over from the last year’s E3 to the release of Fallout 4. New enemies to fight and new characters to interact with in the coming update. PC version scheduled to release in July .

  • Elder Scrolls Special Edition 

The classic RPG will be coming out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One will better graphics in this remastered version.

  • Prey

A new first-person psychological horror game in the works, set in 2032, with the protagonist in a spacecraft, the object of an experiment to evolve humans(?). Apparently even mind-bending abilities are present in the game.

  • DOOM

DOOM snapmap updates soon, with the coming of two new game modes and three new free-for-all type gorefests. And the upcoming release of the first DLC for DOOM, titled “Unto the Evil”. And for those who haven’t yet played the game, the first level is free to try out for a limited time period of one week only. Now rev up those BFGs!

  • The Elder Scrolls Online

Presented by Matt Firor, Game Director, The Elder Scrolls Online

  1. TESO scheduled to be released in Japan on June 30.
  2. ” In Tamriel, no one is safe…especially from us” : The Dark Brotherhood DLC releases tomorrow on consoles.
  3. One Tamriel : no level restrictions once the tutorial is cleared; all areas are free to explore, and free group-making from now on.
  • Bethesda VR

Available for DOOM and Fallout 4, free to try out in the E3 Bethesda stalls.

  • Dishonored 2

Presented by Harvey Smith, Co-Creative Director, Arkane Studios

This was the most important part of the conference. First look of Dishonored 2, followed by the gameplay. The game utilizes Bethesda’s Void Engine for rendering of the classic Victorian environments. Important points include the choice to play as both Emily and Corvo. Emily gets all-new abilities, which have been showcased in the gameplay video, which also shows improved vertical exploration. The game has new skill-trees, but don’t fret Dishonored fans; The Outsider is still there in spirit and flesh(pun intended). And the coolest part of the gameplay video was the mission where the player has to switch between timelines to figure out the puzzles and objectives of a decrepit manor.

The game releases on 11.11.16 on PC,PS4 and Xbox One.

For those collector aficionados, Dishonored 2 : Collector’s Edition will be available but be fast, only limited number of these will be made. The Collector’s Edition includes the replicas of Corvo’s mask and Emily’s ring, along with the regular stuff.

For a limited time period, a free copy of Dishonored : Definitive Edition will be given out on purchase of Dishonored 2.

Most awaited games : Quake Champions, Dishonored 2

X-Factor : Prey

 

Whew, Bethesda sure knows how to make them conferences!