Update 7/20: Added new information from the FIFA 22 livestream.
EA was one of the first publishers to announce their non-E3 2021 plans with a showcase in July. This year’s EA Play Live may be planned further away from all the other events, but hopefully, it will give us a much-needed dose of game announcements, especially since there’s usually a drought of news after E3. If you’re wondering what EA has up its sleeve this year, here’s everything you need to know to watch its showcase and what to expect from it.
When is EA Play Live?
EA Play Live is scheduled to stream on July 22 with a pre-show starting at 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm BST. That’s on July 23 at 3am AEST. EA has yet to announce exactly how long its main showcase will run for. In addition to the main EA Live Play event, the company has also announced an EA Play Live Spotlight Series that included four broadcasts that happened weeks to days in advance of the main livestream.
The Future of First-Person Shooters – July 8, 10am PT EA <3s Independent Studios – July 13, 10am PT Madden NFL 22 All-Access – July 19, 4pm PT More EA SPORTS! – July 20, 10am PT
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Everything Announced Ahead of EA Play Live
FIFA 22 – Official Gameplay Reveal Spotlight
FIFA 22 dropped it’s first official trailer revealing the game’s all-new HyperMotion gameplay system. Basically HyperMotion makes your virtual soccer matches look even more like the real-life games by animating motion at an almost 1:1 scale. This way every pass, shot, and block looks like something straight out of the Euro or World Cup. The new feature will only be coming to the PS5, Xbox Series X, and Stadia though. For even more about HyperMotion and FIFA 22, check out our preview.
Separate from all of EA’s livestream, the developers at Full Circle revealed a minute-long behind-the-scenes video of the next Skate game. The video didn’t show any footage of the next game but rather mo-capped skaters and reactions of players that have seen the game. The tease suggested players will be able to explore an open-world with board pop-ups and board drops, as well as the ability to climb things off-board.
Madden NFL 22 All-Access
We’ve already gotten a hearty look at Madden NFL 22 with our our preview, but the All-Access livestream gave us even more details on the upcoming football game. Namely the Madden 22 Franchise mode is getting some much needed attention and a scouting feature will be coming in September, a month after the game releases.
Instead of using a scouting points system, gamers can make key choices throughout the season to help propel players up the draft board. Gamers will be able to affect the draft board on a weekly basis with their decisions and see the scouting board changes throughout the season. Of course, gamers can also choose to not interact with the system and just let the game handle it in the background.
EA <3s Independent Studios
EA held a panel featuring indie developers Josef Fares, Melissa Phillips, Abubakar Salim, Guha Bala, and Oliv Redmalm, where they discussed the role indie games play in the industry. The showcase highlighted A Way Out, Lost in Random, Knockout City, and more. Check out the entire discussion above
The Future of First-Person Shooters
IGN’s own Stella Chung sat down with Vince Zampella and heads of Apex Legends and Dice to discuss well the future of first-person shooters.
We got one little tidbit that Battlefield 2042 will feature a third multiplayer mode. So far it has only been described as a “love letter” to series fans that will bring back some fan-favorite maps to Battlefield 2042. Leaks have pointed to this new mode being called Battlefield Hub and it will supposedly also bring back previous weapons and maps to give them a Battlefield 2042 twist with new features and mechanics.
Additionally, DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson also said that cloud computing will bring big changes to first-person shooters in a couple of years. Gabrielson explained Battlefield, for example, cloud computing could benefit the game’s destruction and visual fidelity. However, Gabrielson wouldn’t comment on whether cloud computing would come to Battlefield 2042.
What to Expect from EA Play Live
While EA hasn’t officially revealed what it plans to show at the showcase, it’s been banking up a collection of new games and developers over the last couple of months, so we might see quite the showcase come July. Here are some guesses at what we could see.
Battlefield 6 got its own reveal event on June 9th and we got to see some of the first multiplayer footage from the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase during E3 2021. We expect EA will show off more gameplay footage or another trailer during its Play Live event. We’d love to get a deeper dive into the weapons, tools, specialists, maps, and more about the game. So far we know Battlefield 2042 will use AI bots to fill multiplayer matches and the game will feature some of the series’ largest maps ever.
Mass Effect 4 and Dragon Age 4
New Respawn Game
Respawn has been EA’s golden child lately with smash hits like Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The developer recently announced it was in the early days of building a new franchise and we hope to see the tiniest teaser or at least a title card during EA’s big livestream.
Madden NFL 22
Another year, another football game. Madden NFL 22 will have to wow the online crowds as last year’s Madden NFL 21 was a disaster. So far the newest game is confirmed to add a few new features like home-field advantage, M-Factors, and Gameday Momentum. Madden NFL 22 also promises to bring more realism to the game with better stadiums, close-up shots of the virtual crowds, and an improved presentation of the Super Bowl. We’ll see plenty more of Madden NFL 22 during its dedicated All-Access livestream on July 19 at 4pm PT.
Fan-Favorite Series Revival
Apparently, we can expect to see a fan-favorite series revival according to corroborate reports from GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb and Eurogamer. The two reports confirmed that EA Motive is working on an “established IP” that will be revealed during the event. EA Motive previously released Star Wars Squadrons and worked on Star Wars Battlefront 2, but with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla director Eric Baptizat joining its ranks, the studio could be moving in a new direction. There’s open speculation as to whether this revival might just be Skate 4, a remake of Dead Space, or something entirely different.
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