Electronic Arts(EA). You know the name. You have been playing their games since you were a wee lad, or lass. EA is the second-largest gaming company in the Americas and Europe by revenue and market capitalization after Activision Blizzard. Founded in 1982, EA became a pioneer of the home computer games industry. Now EA is a household brand when it comes to games whether by publishing or developing. They have done it all and continue to produce amazing products.
Now, a couple of these titles will be familiar and you may even be ecstatic for them, but never underestimate the power of the little guy, so to speak. Without delay, let’s dive in and see what’s on the agenda:
1. Star Wars: Battlefront II
Now this may be one of the more popular on this list. When the original Battlefront game came out in 2004 it was very well received both critically and sales were great. A year later the second installment also made the fan base even happier. Unfortunately, the franchise came to a halt for various reasons(unconfirmed reports and loss of rights sort of stuff) and in 2015 EA rebooted the series and now two years later, with some much needed improvement, we are finally getting what we hope will be a blockbuster seller. With a story-driven single-player campaign and the multiplayer will be expanded with free downloadable content(DLC), with a free EA account. Numerous playable characters from the movies and new worlds to make for devastating battlefronts, this sequel, and fourth in the franchise for consoles, seems to be shaping up nicely and we can only hope that EA does it correctly. Set for release Novemeber 17, 2017.
2. A Way Out
I think this entry will be quite interesting. A Way Out is a third-person action-adventure game designed by Hazelight and published by EA. Announced at E3 2017, the game is designed to be played online or split screen co-op with no single-player option. Players will play the roles of two convicted criminals who break out of prison and stay on the run from the law. Since the both stories of the characters are told at the same time their progress may not be synchronized, meaning while one player is moving about, the other may be watching a cutscene. A Way Out will bring out the cooperative nature of players to the max as that is what it will take for the game to progress. Also character roles are not fixed which offers replayability. A Way Out is scheduled for an early 2018 release.
Another game shown in the class of E3 2017 is Anthem. Developed by BioWare, Anthem is an online-only multiplayer action role-playing game(that’s a mouthful). The player takes on the role of a Freelancer, a bold and courageous group that leaves civilization to explore the exotic and frightening landscape. In this open-world game your character uses an exosuit known as a Javelin, which you can customize to fit your style or needs. Featuring both single player and co-operative multiplayer-up to four squad members per team-fans of the Mass Effect series will be drawn to Anthem as they share similarities. According to EA vice president, Patrick Söderlund, BioWare plans to keep the game updated with new content long after the game has released and that launch will be the “start of a 10 year journey” for BioWare. Anthem is scheduled to launch in late 2018. check out the gameplay trailer here:
4. Need for Speed Payback
Ok, so this series may be one of the oldest franchises in the history of racing games. I honestly do not know how they keep doing something different other than visuals to continue coming out with another one. Anyway, I digress. Need for Speed Payback, developed by Ghost Games is the twenty-third installment in the franchise. Set in an open-world environment, players will use the various skills of the game’s three playable characters to pull off amazing action sequences. Your three characters will attempt to take down “The House”, a cartel that controls the underworld of villainous activity. Unlike the reboot in 2015, this iteration will include an offline single player option. Payback is scheduled for November 10, 2017 release.
5. Sea of Solitude
If you like easy-going exploration games then Sea of Solitude(SoS, which I’m dubbing it) may be for you. Developed by Jo-Mei Games out of Berlin, SoS pits you in the role of Kay, a young woman as she explores an abandoned underwater city and the creature that lives within to discover why she herself has been transformed into monster. Intriguing plot I must say. Jo-Mei Games announced the game in February 2015 and as of yet there is no release date but it will be something to keep your eyes on for sure. Electronic
Arts will release the game under it’s indie label EA Originals.
Fe will be the first game in EA’s “Originals” line. In the game, the player controls a fox-like creature named, Fe. Acting as a guardian of the forest you fight to defend the forest from the evil beings referred to as the Silent Ones. The player will have minimal instructions, forcing the player to experiment and observe on how to progress. Early reports show Fe has been compared to games such as Shadow of the Colossus for this type of “hands off” take to the game. Fe‘s targeted release is for early to mid 2018.