If there’s any publisher thought to be as bad as Konami, it’s Electronic Arts. They are the masters of trying to extort as much money out of their consumers as possible, and are known for buying popular developers and then killing them when whatever game they make under EA’s direction doesn’t perform to EA’s high expectations. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be excited about coming from EA.
Release: March 2019
Anthem is EA’s biggest title on the horizon and Bioware’s one and only project at the moment(Sorry Dragon Age fans, but that team has been put on Anthem until it’s done.). Last year it was EA’s huge reveal, but they gave the big gameplay demo to Microsoft to show off the Xbox One X. This year there is no question that Anthem will be presented on EA’s stage. Here’s to hoping they have a story trailer that shows me that this is really a Bioware game, and not the Destiny clone I fear it to be.
2) Battlefield V
Status: Unannounced, but leaked complete with logo.
EA has already confirmed that the next installment in the popular Battlefield franchise will be at E3, and the announcement date was just revealed as May 23rd, making E3 the big blowout. Following in Battlefield 1's footstep’s of traveling to the past, V will have a World War II setting with the same campaign structure. At least that’s what most of the leaks suggest. Other rumors have said that Battlefield: Bad Company 3 is coming and might take V’s spot this year, or that it’ll just be a Battle Royale mode, or that the BR mode is for V but will not be ready for launch. It’s a confusing mess, but odds are that Battlefield V is this years title.
3) Something Star Wars
Status: Multiple announced games, but nothing concrete other than developers.
If EA went a single E3 without a Star Wars announcement of some kind I would be very surprised. We’ll likely get a trailer for Battlefront 2 content, but beyond that is anyone’s guess. With Visceral’s Star Wars project having been cancelled and handed off to another studio to be reworked that won’t be showing up. I recall hearing that Bioware was working on a Star Wars game, but that’s likely on the backburner while Anthem is cooking. So really that leaves Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars game. So maybe we’ll see something from that this year.
4) Titanfall 3
It’s been a year and a half since Titanfall 2 released, and if Respawn cranks these out as fast as I think they do, we’re up for Titanfall 3 either this year or next year, so there’s a decent chance it will appear at this year’s E3 show. We know it’s coming, EA has said that it is, just not when.
5) Sports Games
Status: Doesn’t need to be announced.
I am not making 50+ entries on this list for every sports game EA is gonna bring to the show. It’s a yearly affair(And typically the most boring part of the show, for me at least.) so there’s no “but will they?” about it. Yes, they will.
6) Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster
Normally this is something I’d label as a long shot, but I want to believe that EA has finally gotten their head out of their ass. They recently put out a remaster of Burnout Paradise, breaking their “no remasters” policy. So that means Mass Effect is fair game. With the mixed reception to Andromeda, it wouldn’t be out of the question for EA to use a remaster of the original trilogy to gauge interest in continuing the franchise. Moving the games to Unreal Engine 4(They were built on Unreal Engine 3.) and upgrading the graphics for PS4, Xbox One, and PC would go a long way to gaining at least a little faith back from the community.
7) Dragon Age: Origins Remaster
Dragon Age: Inquisition released back in 2014, but since then the franchise has been quiet despite the fact that a Dragon Age 4 was inevitable. However, according to recent leaks/rumors, Dragon Age 4 had barely just begun development last year. Now, the Dragon Age team has been moved onto Anthem in order to get it out the door. EA, and by extension Bioware, are putting all their eggs into a single basket. That doesn’t mean, however, that another team can’t be contracted to remaster the original, aging game in order to keep fans happy in the event that Bioware isn’t taken to the middle of nowhere and shot dead in a ditch by EA after Anthem releases. Since they’ve already broken their “no remaster” policy, this isn’t out of the question.
Long Shot - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake
With EA having broken their “no remaster” policy, anything is fair game for a remaster or remake treatment, and there is no better use of it than for Knights of the Old Republic. Largely considered the best Star Wars game ever made, fans have been clamoring for a remaster or remake of this game for years, and while the 10th anniversary has long since come and gone, it’s never too late to revive a classic with a new coat of paint. Since EA currently has the Star Wars license they can do it if they so choose. It would certainly go a long way to pleasing Star Wars fans after the debacle that was Battlefront 2.