E3 2016: Electronic Arts Predictions

E3 2016: Electronic Arts Predictions

Can you believe that E3 is two weeks away? Leading up to the video game industry’s biggest event, we’ll be bringing you our predictions for each of the main press conferences. Today we are discussing Electronic Art's who's up first on June 12, 1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. BST.

Bring On Amy Hennig by Allen Kesinger

I miss Amy Hennig. I felt her absence a bit in Uncharted 4 and ever since she made the move to her partnership with EA to develop a third person Star Wars game, I’ve been waiting with baited breath. EA is going to use its stage to talk about Star Wars in some shape or form, be it Battlefront 2 or Visceral’s game. I predict that Hennig will grace the stage and share what she and Todd Stashwick are doing with Star Wars, be it a tie-in to the new franchise or a “Haha, just kidding. We’re totally making Star Wars 1313.” Whatever it ends up being, I just want to know what she’s doing.  

All-In on Black by Hiram Mojica

Another year, another time for me to come out here and say hey everyone, they’re totally going to announce whatever Criterion’s been working on this year! Alright! And even though I’m not sure if I’ll really care what it is, since so many of the founders and people who’d been around during their heyday have gone, it’s time for them to finally sate my curiosity. What’s up with Criterion, who’s been mostly mum since 2013? They’ve got to be working on SOMETHING, and I’m endlessly curious what the people who brought you Burnout might come up with next. Black 2?! Hopefully not!

Mass Effect or Bust by Jonathan Miley

It’s Mass Effect Andromeda or bust. I mean, sure, Respawn is working on a Star Wars game, that’s cool, and I hopefully we’re going to see that Visceral Star Wars game and Titanfall 2 is exciting given it has giant robots with giant swords. But for reals, yo, it’s all about Mass Effect. The amount of time they dedicate to the game will directly influence whatever rating I give their press conference. So, I don’t want to see a development diary. I don’t want to see another pre-rendered trailer. I want real gameplay. I want renegade punches. I want to see the Mako. I want to see conversation-wheels. I want turians and asari and krogans and then I want a whole bunch weird stuff. And then I want that awesome galaxy map music.

A Return to the Diamond by Jon Fisco

This is a terrible prediction but it’s one I want to happen. I want my MVP Baseball back. EA announced Titanfall 2 and “three unnamed sports titles” to be playable at their E3 event. I want one of those titles to be a baseball game. I miss the days of competing sports titles because, just like in sports, competition makes everyone better. MLB The Show has been a favorite franchise of mine for the past three years, but I want more. I want the franchise to take chances and be daring, and it will only do that if the sports behemoth that is EA gets back into baseball in some way.

An Entire Show About Mass Effect by John K.

I can’t remember the last EA game that I really cared about.  Dead Space 2, maybe?  It has been a little while since we heard from Bioware, so I expect their new IP and the next Mass Effect to get plenty of air time this year.  There will be the usual assortment of sports titles and flagship IPs getting ported over to mobile platforms.  Another Battlefield will surely make an appearance.  

A Predictable Showing by Jordan Hurst

If EA actually manages to surprise me this year, I’ll be impressed. They did it last year with Unravel, but I seem to be the only person that really cared about that, so they may have given up on new ideas again. Other than that possibility, I feel like I know everything that’s going to happen already: sports games, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Titanfall 2, A Star Wars thing, and a bunch of mobile and casual games that no one who pays attention to E3 actually cares about.

A Return to Greatness for The Minions by Brian Tyler

Last year saw a whole ten minutes devoted to Minions Paradise, a cute, albeit throw away mobile title starring America’s favorite yellow skinned raving lunatics. This time, in effort to stay current with events, the Minions are running for office in a brand new, throw away mobile title, Minions Race to Greatness. While I don’t have a firm grasp of the atrocious microtransactions the game will include, I can only assume that, much like normal politics, you’ll be able to buy your way to victory!

Burnout Paradise HD by Grant Gardner

Hopefully EA has realized by this point that the average E3 audience member doesn't particularly care about their various sports titles. All they really have to do is allocate a large chunk of their conference to showing off Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay. I feel as though they're going to give it the same treatment that Bethesda did for their showing of Fallout 4 last year. Of course there's always Battlefield 1 which has been getting a lot of buzz lately thanks in part to a finely crafted trailer. Even if they just show those two games, EA might be gearing up for one of the more interesting conferences at E3 this year. I also think there might be some talk about what Criterion are up to. I know there has been shake-ups in house with key staff leaving and a lot of folks shifting over to the Need for Speed franchise, but man, I miss Burnout. Even if we just get a Burnout Paradise remaster, I'd be all over that.  

A Knockout for EA by Jonathan Paris

EA will have another solid E3 I believe. Of course we'll see Madden, Battlefield 1, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and some Battlefront DLC. Those are the obvious. I'm hoping we see a substantial amount of Mass Effect and not another teaser seeing as the game was originally scheduled for this year. I'm admittedly a Battlefield junkie so I’m naturally excited for that, but recently there has been rumblings about EA making a new IP to contend with Ubisoft's open world games and Activision's Destiny. I predict that EA will finally announce new IP and it will be the "next big thing" like Destiny and The Division. In a perfect world, I would finally get another Fight Night, but I’m pretty sure that ship has sailed for the foreseeable future.  

Roger Federer's Grand Slam Tennis by Joel Szerlip

It's time. In the first three years of this generation of consoles there have been a total of zero tennis games. The last major tennis video game was released in 2012 and that was Grand Slam Tennis 2. It's time for EA to bring back one of the first video games ever made (Pong) into the future. I predict, or rather I hope with every fiber of my being that this is the year Electronic Arts announces Roger Federer's Grand Slam Tennis.

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