EA Play has finished, and it seems like Electronic Arts is learning this lesson. EA is infamous for their microtransactions and, at times, pay-to-win features, along with overpriced monetization. But, with the revival of Star Wars: Battlefront II, the success of Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, EA seems to be going the right route.
It’s also been confirmed that titles like The Sims 4 and Titanfall 2 are coming to Valve’s game market Steam, making Origin obsolete.
Apex Legends is one of the better battle royale games out there. Serving as a subtle competitor to Epic Game’s cash cow Fortnite: Battle Royale, Apex Legends is a tactical class-based team-based battle royale, set in Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall universe. While EA had previously confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will not have many of their games, Apex Legends seems to be turning that around. Yes, Apex Legends has been announced on the Nintendo Switch, allowing crossplay between PC, Xbox and PlayStation players. The game is currently in it’s fifth season of content, this time themed around exploration, pirates, adventure and treasure hunters.
It’s in the game. Obviously, EA games adds a new installment to their EA Sports franchise every year. This year, despite many global problems, is no different, as the FIFA and Madden franchises will get new games for 2020. Last year, both FIFA 20 and Madden 20 were universally panned, with some referring to the games as “the worst [FIFA/Madden] games in history”. It’s doubtful EA will put much thought into FIFA 21 and Madden 21, but with the directions the game studio is taking, it could be likely.
The first indie game we know about is It Takes Two, a game revolving around a child witnessing a rough divorce happening to her parents. This will be a Co-Op game and will release in 2021, created by Hazelight. Lost in Random was also announced, and it revolves around a person meeting random people and trying to save her world before it gets destoyed.
We also got some teases at upcoming projects for EA. DICE, after ending development for Battlefront II in April, is moving to Battlefield VI, in attempts to turn the franchise around after the poorly-critiqued Battlefield V from 2018 and the moderately decent Battlefield I from 2016. Skate 4, the next entry in the popular Skate franchise has also been announced.
Rocket Arena is EA’s new tactical team deathmatch. Bearing similarity to Blizzard’s Overwatch, Rocket Arena has you choose from a roster of kooky characters to battle it out in 3v3 matches, using nothing but rockets and rocket-based weaponry. The game will be released on July 14, 2020.
Star Wars: Squadrons
This is an interesting one, and EA’s fourth Star Wars game. Unlike Battlefront I or II, where you take control of a soldier or hero on a battlefront, and unlike Jedi: Fallen Order, where you play as a Jedi, Squadrons seems to be starfighter-focused. Taking place after Return of the Jedi, the game has almost no monetization outside of paying for the base game as you can participate in flights, cosmetically customize your starfighters and pilots and pledge your allegiance to the Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance.