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E3 2016 - On the heels of EA's major E3 press conference, the publisher outlines the future of its massive Star Wars games library in a neat timeline.
Now that EA wants to "release a new Star Wars game every year until 2020," all of EA's first-party studios are working on future Star Wars games: Motive, DICE, Visceral Games, Respawn, BioWare, Capital Games and Criterion are all working alongside LucasFilm to bring amazing Star Wars stories to the gaming world. Each future game is set in unique timelines and are all powered by DICE's Frostbite engine. With such a dream team medley of developers we know something special is cooking up, and EA didn't reveal exact details, but we did get a nice little tease of what each studio plans to offer.
We also got our first gameplay footage of Visceral's new action-based Star Wars adventure due out in 2018, which is set in a unique timeline and spins a"groundbreaking" narrative. Titanfall developer Respawn also promised that its third-person action-adventure game will "deliver the Star Wars awe like you've never seen before" Check below for a loose timeline of EA's future games.
E3 2016 - In less than an hour Bethesda's E3 presser kicks off, and we're expecting some pretty big reveals and teases from the studio this time around.
As we highlighted in our giant E3 2016 compendium guide, we expect to see some interesting things at Bethesda's press conference. Wolfenstein 2, Prey 2 and The Evil Within 2 have been rumored, as well as the Skyrim Definitive Edition remaster on PS4 and Xbox One with full mod support.
And let's not forget Quake. How could we? That's right, id could take the stage and show off the next Quake game, or at the very least announce or tease it. Other notables include more Dishonored 2 gameplay footage and details, and possibly new Fallout 4 and DOOM DLC. Don't expect to see The Elder Scrolls VI revealed any time soon.
You can also tune into the Bethesda press conference on YouTube.
E3 2016 - Dead Space devs at Visceral Games have been working on a new Star Wars adventure for some time now, and we finally get a look at the fruits of their labor.
Based on the newly revealed footage, Visceral's new Star Wars game may be told through the eyes of an Imperial agent. The clip shows us a brief look at what appears to be an Empire-occupied Tattooine, with Galactic Empire flags emblazoned upon the sandwalls and a huge Star Destroyer looming in the distance. A few Tie fighters fly overhead, fully signifying this is enemy-controlled territory.
But what if you're a Rebel spy posing as an Imperial agent, or maybe an outlaw? The new concept art (see below) gives a very outlaw bounty-hunter type of feel, so I'm thinking you're a hired gun that gets thrown into an interstellar battle between the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire. We didn't get any hint of Jedi or Sith powers, so this could definitely be one of those unique Star Wars avenues for sure.
E3 2016 - The open beta for Halo Wars 2 might start on Monday, but the full game has reportedly been delayed until February 21, 2017 - a few months away from its scheduled Q4 2016 release window.
The news is coming from NeoGAF user Gwyn, who first leaked the Dead Rising 4 screenshots, and got a glimpse at the Halo Wars 2 trailer before Microsoft removed the assets from the website. As for Halo Wars 2, there will be a Season Pass on offer, with multiple editions of the game to be made available. We can expect the Deluxe version of Halo Wars 2 to cost around $80, and it should include the Season Pass.
If you missed out on the screenshots of Halo Wars 2, check them out here.
E3 2016 - It's all-out WW1 chaos in Battlefield 1's first-ever 64-player multiplayer sessions, showing what to expect when the game hits in October.
Like previous Battlefield games before it, DICE's new WW1-themed Battlefield 1 will sport absolutely crazy 64-player combat. In the 32-on-32 player match we'll see epic Great War battles re-created in real-time, with hulking tanks smashing over infantry and behemoth zeppelins getting blown to smithereens by rocket launchers. This time around DICE has added in even more immersion to the fray with dynamic weather sequences and even more destructible environments, plus we also have a huge arsenal of authentic weapons, gadgets, biological warfare, and much, more more.
Celebs like Zac Efron, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, and Jamie Foxx will lead the two teams alongside major YouTubers, so expect just hilarious and eye-opening in-your-face action. The 64-player action might be included in DICE's upcoming open Battlefield 1 beta this summer.
E3 2016 - DICE showed off a brand new explosive gameplay trailer for Battlefield 1 at E3, delivering even more authentic Great War carnage with aerial combat, insane firefights, and dynamic weather that ensures no battle is ever the same.
The latest Battlefield 1 footage showcases the game's incredibly dynamic warscapes, with ultra-destructible environments and brutal explosions there's this distinct feeling of danger at every turn. What's more is the trailer shows everything without HUDs, giving an increasingly loose feel that mirrors the technics of the times--no auto-aim or aim-assist will be included in this game. Just your wits, luck, and skill as you take on some of the most epic battles in World War I history. Oh, you'll even be able to reign down explosive chaos in the skies atop a zeppelin.
"In Battlefield 1, we engage in some of the biggest battles you've ever seen, with multiplayer matches with up to 64 players. Through the power of Frostbite, intuitive destruction, dynamic weather, and a variety of weapons makes this the most immersive Battlefield game ever. In Battlefield 1, destruction is more intuitive than ever, this creates unlimited gameplay possibilities to impact the world around you," said DICE's Patrick Bach.
E3 2016 - BioWare took the stage to showcase one of the most anticipated games in EA's upcoming lineup, but instead of getting a massive gameplay trailer, we only got a small snippet of footage.
Honestly, I expected more from EA's Mass Effect: Andromeda footage. EA has talked more about its eSports focus than it has one of its most hyped future games, and we didn't even get an official release date for the sci-fi RPG. BioWare's Aaron Flynn did talk the game up, of course, promising that Mass Effect: Andromeda will leverage DICE's Frostbite engine to deliver unprecedented freedom and visuals. He also said something that gave me shivers: in this game, you're the alien.
"In Mass Effect; Andromeda, you are part of an ambitious expedition in the Milky Way Galaxy to help humanity find a new home. You travel millions of light years across the galaxy...to wake up. So what now? Everything is new. You encounter new species, new technologies. You have to be among the most courageous to make this journey; because in this galaxy, you're the alien. How far will we go? That question is also at the heart of Mass Effect: Andromeda," BioWare's Aaron Flynn said on stage.
E3 2016 - Respawn just showed off the latest Titanfall 2 footage at their E3 press conference, revealing key details about the upcoming game like singleplayer and multiplayer, and an upcoming "stress test" beta.
The first-ever Titanfall 2 campaign footage is now live, showing gamers a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming FPS. Repsawn's Vince Zampella affirms that the campaign will be a more intimate experience between pilot and Titan, focusing on the dynamic bond between man and machine. Zampella also confirmed six new titans with "dynamic new abilities", affirming that Titanfall 2 will have "everything you asked for" in the sequel.
We also got a small glimpse of the new grappling hook--honestly I expected Respawn to sell this much more than it did. A "multiplayer stress test" will be held on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, so jump over the official Titanfall website to sign up.
Titanfall 2 drops on October 28 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Meet the Xbox One S, the 40% smaller Xbox One that supports 4K playback in a High Dynamic Range (HDR) of colors. Microsoft will have "multiple SKUs" of the Xbox One S, possible with a 2TB option, a 4K option, and a vanilla 1080p option. The Xbox One S sports an internal power brick and stands vertically unlike the original bulky Xbox One. Specs are unknown, but it's likely the new Xbox leverages some pretty nifty mobile hardware from AMD, possibly in the new Polaris lineup.
Check the leaked images below and tell us what you think.
The EA Play E3 2016 press conference is almost live! Catch all the reveals and gameplay footage in our handy live stream.
EA is expected to reveal a huge smattering of games and gameplay including Battlefield 1, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Titanfall 2, Battlefront 2, new Star Wars games and BioWare's mysterious new IP. Catch all that action in the livestream above.
Electronic Arts also promises a few surprises at their E3 showcase, so there's a good chance that Visceral's new action-based Star Wars game could make an appearance!