It’s that time of the year, again, E3 is here. Which means it’s also time to ruin my average of correct E3 predictions but also push along the #GageWasRight movement. It’s a busy time of the year for me.
It should be noted that this is purely for fun. I don’t use these articles to actively spoil any announcements and everything I write about that are considered “rumors” are public knowledge at the time of writing.
Every year I break down the top conferences of E3 and give some insight on what to expect from each show. As well as dive into some of the rumors circling around the Internet. This year will be a little different, however. Sony dropping out took away one full article from our line up. So, instead of being a month-long, once a week thing, you’re getting each E3 2019 preview article this week. A new one every day until the event kicks off with EA’s live stream on Saturday.
Since EA is going first this year, again, we’re going to start with them. Here is the schedule EA has given us regarding their live stream. (Times are in PST)
- 9:15 am: Countdown to EA PLAY
- 9:30 am: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Hosted by Greg Miller and Andrea Rene)
- 10:00 am: Apex Legends (Hosted by Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez)
- 10:30 am: Battlefield V (Hosted by Julia Hardy and Adam Freeman (EA))
- 11:00 am: FIFA 20 (Hosted by Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez)
- 11:30 am: Madden NFL 20 (Hosted by Adam Rank)
- 12:00 pm: The Sims 4 (Hosted by Andrea Rene)
The unfun part of this is that EA has already shown us their cards for their live stream. They’ve broken it down for us so we know exactly what they’ll be talking about and when. Which isn’t as much fun for us, but it keeps our expectations in check. And you’ll know exactly when to tune in or out.
With that said, I don’t think we’ll get out of the entire weekend without some surprise (something different from their given list) from EA. I’ll talk more about what those could be later but let’s look at what EA has told us they’ll spend most of their time with.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
In year’s past, EA has always had a flagship game to anchor down their conference, and this year is no different. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be the big push for EA this year and I imagine we’ll know a lot about the game before the live stream is over.
The unfortunate part is, EA’s flagship E3 game hasn’t faired very well upon release in the past few years. Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Anthem being the last two big pushes from the publisher. Two games which put the company in a much worse position in the public’s eye than they already were. Luckily, it seems like Jedi: Fallen Order will be able to avoid the issues the other two games went through since it’s a different breed.
No microtransactions. No loot boxes. And no, we won't be adding them. A single-player Star Wars story for those of you who are ready to become a Jedi. https://t.co/kTheWVBjJc
— EA Star Wars (@EAStarWars) April 13, 2019
We know that Jedi: Fallen Order is a single player Star Wars game. We also know that the game doesn’t include loot boxes or microtransactions, both of which brought much outrage from the video game community. Respawn seems to be taking the necessary steps to avoid public backlash with their latest game, a welcome change from the games that EA has been publishing.
I don’t plan on getting too into what we’ll see from Jedi: Fallen Order on June 8 because I believe we’ll see just about everything this game has to offer during their 30-minute time slot. This game will be a big contributor to Star Wars’ eventful year along with Episode IX hitting theaters in December and the newly launched Disney Land/World attraction, Galaxy’s Edge. But, if there’s one thing I want from this game, it’s for my tweet below to come true.
Super excited over #StarWarsJediFallenOrder so far. Love the idea. But if you tell me the first mission is a young version of your character escaping from an angry Anakin during Order 66 in a survival horror, RE2 Mr X like style, I'd buy 10 copies.
— Gage Edwards (@GageEdwards) April 13, 2019
Help me, Respawn, you’re my only hope.
Apex Legends has been falling off dramatically. The game is just updating too slowly to keep rotating players interested. Especially when compared to Fortnite, who seemingly have something new to offer every few weeks including new guns, in-game events, new game modes and updating challenges. Apex’s presence at E3 will surely be all about getting those players back.
EA has already laid out some of their plans for Apex Legends second season which will include some of the things I mentioned they’re missing. Such as daily and weekly challenges and a Limited Time Event. Along with detailing a bit of Season 2 and going over the improvements coming with the new season, I anticipate other new bells and whistles to get players back.
The one change I would make, put a weapon in every chest. Give me a fighting chance, please. It could be me, moving on…
Last year I had a, debatably, fun section for each conference preview where I made a guess as to what property would include some kind of Battle Royale mode. Maybe for this year, I should make that segment about games with a Battle Royale mode that we forgot about. And someone will spend way too long talking about the success of the game mode in their IP and how it’s going to change over the second half of this year.
I think Battlefield V will be exactly that.
Along with other updates to multiplayer but largely about their Firestorm game mode.
FIFA 20 & Madden 20
EA is giving you a full hour to discuss their upcoming top sports titles. For a lot of you, this is an hour-long break to go do anything else. I love sports games, so I’ll be tuning in, paying attention to the subtle differences to this year’s version of each game.
I’m guessing since Patrick Mahomes is the cover athlete for Madden 20 that the game is going all offense and is actually removing all defensive players.
The Sims 4
I can only imagine this will let you have 99 made characters at once and you can play out your own Battle Royale mode with your Sims trying to outlive each other in a swimming pool that you just removed the ladders from.
Since EA has told us everything they plan to talk about, I’m willing to bet they’re smart enough to know that people won’t casually watch for surprises and reveals if they know what is being talked about and when. I’m thinking any surprise or new game from EA will be shown off elsewhere in the E3 week, namely at Microsoft’s conference. Easy pick since Sony doesn’t have a conference this year.
However, I don’t expect to be caught off guard with anything EA will have. I think they’ll try to win the week with Jedi: Fallen Order.
Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 3: Last year I talked about the Battle Royale game that EA could push out that wasn’t something to do with Battlefield. My guess was Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 3. EA has confirmed we’re going to see a PvZ game in this fiscal year, so before March 2020. I’m still holding out that this could be a big multiplayer game but I wouldn’t be surprised if they went back to the other PVZ GW games and made it standard multiplayer plus some hoard modes.
Or they could just work on a hoard mode version of the game, launch it in an Early Access state and shortly after push out a wildly successful Battle Royale mode while everyone forgets the hoard mode. It’s worked well for another IP…
Dragon Age 4 is STILL not shown off. I’m ready to be wrong on this but Dragon Age 4 and Bioware have both had their troubles. Dragon Age 4 has been completely overhauled during development while Bioware was having issues with Anthem in 2017. The first version of Dragon Age 4 was canned in favor of moving developers, including executive producer Mark Darrah to Anthem.
This left a small team to work on what Dragon Age 4 is now. Has it been long enough for Bioware to have a Dragon Age 4 teaser ready? Yes, I guess. But the recent Anthem debacle, let the team working on the next Dragon Age breathe a bit and get something solid together so Bioware can attempt to win us back. But, at this point, we’ve all got to be cautious of what they push out.
Skate 4 IS happening now. And it’s happening for the worst reason it could BUT it can still be worth a damn if one thing is included: TONY HAWK. Alright, I say this every year and really, I talk about it with the other writers at n3rdabl3 all year long. It’s a nice little joke, but hear me out on this year’s reasoning. Last year Microsoft brought the skateboarding game Session, what is looked at as a spiritual successor to Skate, to their big stage and made a big deal out of the game. Good on them, because we’re starved for a good skateboarding game.
Remember when Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live were announced around the same time, in the same year and launched in that same year? This is going to be a similar situation except with skateboards. Companies watch trends, obviously, and with Session being a welcomed surprise at Microsoft’s conference last year, now is the time for someone else to provide some competition.
EA is bringing back Skate to get in on the upcoming skateboarding game hype. If someone else is doing it and making money on it, EA will want in and they have the perfect, largely requested IP to do so. It’s a spite game born out of greed that can easily fail but, if you include the Hawk, the sky’s the limit.
I can think of nothing that would be more EA than this. Hell, throw your microtransactions in it for different decks and things. Every part of the skateboard can be won in a loot box. Terrible idea but that’s some EA-ass stuff and they’d do it.
Tomorrow, June 4, I will be back with a dive into what Microsoft will be bringing to their E3 conference. We’re expecting big things so we’ll have a bit to go over.