E3 2016 begins Sunday a little differently, with Electronic Arts hosting events in Los Angeles and London to showcase their lineup of games. Fans will be able to play “Battlefield 1” and “Titanfall 2” before anyone else at EA Play 2016. The EA Play 2016 live stream begins at 4 p.m. EDT with the multiplayer “Battlefield Squad” event beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.
The EA E3 2016 presentation will be a player-friendly affair, with the company focused on games coming out in the near future. “Battlefield 1,” “Titanfall 2,” “FIFA 17,” “Madden 17” and “NHL 17” will be part of EA Play 2016. The games will also be playable for attendees in Los Angeles and London. While EA wants to highlight games that will be available by the end of 2016, there should be a few surprises for 2017 and beyond.
“Battlefield 1” is set during World War I, a welcome change from the glut of futuristic shooters. There will be tanks, zeppelins and horses engaged in sprawling battles. Trench warfare will also make an appearance, and up to 64 people can compete in multiplayer in teams of 32.
Players can choose between shotguns, SMGs, LMGs, semi-automatic rifles, sidearms, sniper rifles and melee weapons that double as tools in “Battlefield 1.” Different grenade types and bayonet charges will give players more options to wage war.
— Titanfall (@Titanfallgame) June 10, 2016
The first gameplay details for “Battlefield 1” and “Titanfall 2” will be revealed during the EA E3 2016 press conference. “Titanfall 2” was teased in a quick trailer, but it revealed little beyond a futuristic sword. EA continued with a brief trailer on Twitter, but the collector’s edition and the deluxe edition might have leaked online. On the gaming forum NeoGAF, a user published photos featuring the box art for “Titanfall 2,” memorial patches and a pilot bust for the standard special edition and a replica pilot helmet for the “uber” edition.
“Madden,” “FIFA” and “NHL” were always going to show at E3 2016, but fans hope there will be more than the previously announced titles. BioWare stated “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” scheduled for release in 2017, will be at E3 2016 in some capacity. With the spotlight on EA, the company wouldn’t let the opportunity go without mentioning its plans for new “Star Wars” titles. A “Star Wars Battlefront” sequel will be released in 2017 followed by a new “Star Wars” title from Visceral Games. Motive Studios and Respawn Entertainment are also working on new “Star Wars” games.
You can watch the EA Play 2016 live stream below. A multiplayer event featuring celebrities, YouTubers and streamers competing in a 64-person, squad-based match of “Battlefield 1” takes place after the E3 2016 press conference.