As the 2020 summer of gaming continues, Electronic Arts debuted its live-streamed video conference, EA Play Live, this past week. For the last few years during E3, EA has always hosted its own press conference and unique hands-on gaming experience. So even though they sadly couldn’t organize their live event, we still got some exciting upcoming news about several new titles during EA Play Live 2020. 

The live stream opened with words from EA’s CEO, Andrew Wilson. He started by thanking first responders and the EA teams working hard from home during this time. And of course, he thanked the players. Additionally, he reinforced EA’s stance on the Black Lives Matter movement and reiterated the diverse and inclusive actions that EA is taking to improve their games, community, and company. 

Apex Legends: Lost Treasures Collection Event

Apex Legends‘ Season 5 is in full swing, and the Lost Treasures Collection Event is the next upcoming installment of the Season. This event will feature stunning new skins, a new limited-time mode, “Armed and Dangerous – Evolved.” Additionally, the new mobile respawn beacon will allow you to choose when and where you bring your teammates back. There is also a new town takeover- Cryptos Map Room. Players can play to unlock exclusive content and items, including Mirage’s heirloom: a trophy of himself. Lost Treasures will be available on Tuesday, June 23rd. 

This Fall, Apex Legends is not only coming to Steam but also the Nintendo Switch. Moreover, the game will support cross-play, so regardless of what platforms you and your friends play on, you can always squad up together. 

The Sims 
EA PLAY LIVE 2020: Trailers and Announcements

The Sims 4 (EA /Maxis)

We then got a sweet message from the Sims community about the importance and power of creative freedom. Regardless of who you are, you can be anyone you want to be in the world of The Sims. We also got the announcement that The Sims 4 will be coming to Steam as well. There were no pack announcements or even the rumored The Sims 5 tease, but Lyndsay Pearson, General Manager of The Sims-Maxis, promised that more Sims news would be coming out later this year. 

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection

The Sims 4 isn’t the only EA title headed to Steam. More games are headed to Steam this week, EA Access is headed to Steam this Fall, and new releases will also release on Steam. One of the most recent new releases to head to Steam earlier this year was the Command & Conquer Remastered Edition. EA is truly all about cross-play, as they confirmed that more titles would be coming to more consoles, including seven new games coming to the Nintendo Switch for the rest of the year. These announcements further solidify EA’s new goal of providing the ability to play what you want, where you want, and when you want. 

Josef Fares and It Takes Two

At the beginning of the EA Originals section, we got to hear from Josef Fares, the Hazelight Studios creator. His third title is all about pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a game. It Takes Two is a co-op action-adventure platformer about two dolls who represent a troubled couple on the brink of divorce. This title promises to be a thrilling experience that marries gameplay and story. Players can look forward to playing It Takes Two in 2021.

Lost in Random

The latest title from Zoink feels like it’s right out of a gothic dream. Lost in Random invokes the imagery of Tim BurtonLaika, and even a bit of Alice: Madness Returns. In this game, you step into the shoes of Even and journey along with Dicey, her companion. With Dicey’s unique abilities, you’ll be able to manipulate the kingdom of Random around you. If you had a chance to change your life, would YOU roll the dice? Lost in Random is currently in development with no set release date.

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Rocket Arena

Get ready to get rockin’ with Rocket Arena! Final Strike Games have teamed up with EA to release an all rockets multiplayer shooter. This fast-paced title features characters with unique abilities, fun and engaging battlegrounds, and many rockets at your disposal! And it is no surprise that this game will also feature cross-play support straight from launch. Rocket Arena launches on July 14th, 2020

Star Wars: Squadrons

After the beautiful cinematic trailer debuted earlier this month, we finally got an in-depth look at gameplay for Star Wars: Squadrons. The game starts with a single-player story that focuses on the pilots of two factions, The Empire and The New Republic. Players will meet brand new characters and encounter many familiar faces, including Hera Syndulla from Star Wars: Rebels (as seen in both trailers). 

The game features eight different ships from four different categories: Fighter, Interceptor, Support, and Bomber. You’ll be able to customize your pilot in addition to how your ship fights and flies. Moreover, the game features two different multiplayer modes: quick Dogfights and tiered Fleet Battles. It will be teamwork that ultimately determines who will be victorious in the galaxy.

Star Wars: Squadrons will be available on October 2, 2020, for the PlayStation 4Xbox OnePC through Origin, Steam, and the Epic Games StorePSVR, and VR for the PC. 

EA Sports: FIFA 21 and Madden 21

The next segment of EA Play Live highlighted the next level of EA Sports: FIFA 21 and Madden 21. We got a truly epic trailer showcasing both titles in the next-gen systems. Madden 21 will be available on the PS5 and Xbox Series X after their release, and FIFA 21 will release later this year.

The Future of EA

Laura Miele, Electronic Arts’ Chief Studio Officer, then came on to showcase the next generation of EA games. We got a look at the models and development of Battlefield 6, as well as a teaser look at Bioware’s Dragon Age 4. While this segment was a fun summary of what EA’s currently working on, it would have been nice to hear from the studios themselves. Finally, the showcase concluded with an unexpected announcement: the confirmed production of Skate 4.  

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Overall

Ultimately, the EA Play Live showcase featured some fun new titles and emphasized EA’s new emphasis on cross-play. A lot of us at Geek Girl Authority expected a bit more from the digital conference. But hopefully, this means that next year’s EA Play Live will be all about their latest and greatest titles headed to the next generation of consoles. 

What was your favorite announcement from EA Play Live? Let us know in the comments below or on social media. 

 

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