Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A substantial portion of the conference was dedicated to Star Wars: Battlefront II with developer DICE making several interesting announcements. There will be no season pass for this game, with themed content being released for free – including maps, characters, vehicles, modes, weapons and star cards. The first load of free content will coincide with the Last Jedi movie release later in the year. Player feedback appears to have driven a lot of the changes with this sequel - evidenced by the single player campaign. The showcase concluded with a reveal of the new multiplayer gameplay, complete with a 20 v 20 match with clones facing off with droids in the “Assault on Theed” map.
One of the biggest reveals of the conference was the new IP from Mass Effect developer Bioware. The new title Anthem looks like it is set in a post-apocalyptic world where people are protected by a large wall. Presumably players will go beyond that wall (otherwise whats the point right?) where "Out there, you either live with the choices you make, or die trying to change them…" The game looks a little bit Destiny and a little bit Titanfall and hopefully full of a lot of what players love about Bioware titles. While we don't know much more at this stage (such as platforms and release dates) hopefully more will be revealed soon.
Battlefield 1 DLC - In the name of the Tsar (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A trailer for Battlefield 1 DLC coming in September was revealed titled In the name of the Tsar. There will be eight new Battlefield 1 maps released this year including two French themed night-time maps released in June and July, along with six tied into the Tsar expansion. Tsar will based off the Eastern Front of World War One and introduce female soldiers (a series first).
Need for Speed Payback (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A new gameplay trailer for Need for Speed Payback was revealed centering on a team attempting to capture a semi-truck while taking out enforcer cars in the way. The trailer is peppered with radio banter from the team, giving it a very Fast and Furious feel. Payback is set to release November 10.
A Way Out (PS4, Xbox One, and PC)
Hazelight revealed a trailer for A Way Out – a cooperative 70s heist game coming in early 2018. The trailer starts with a prison escape and promises an emotional story with a heavy emphasis on cooperative gameplay with the trailer exhibiting a lot of split screenplay.
FIFA 18 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
FIFA 18 is set to continue the story of fictional football player Alex Hunter – with EA revealing a trailer of real world pundits referring to the rise of the player. It was also revealed that Christiano Ronaldo’s play style was being emulated in the game through the use of mo-cap. FIFA 18 will be available 26 September in the US and 29 September elsewhere.
Madden NFL 18 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Another sports game that will feature a story mode in 2018 is Madden NFL 18. The story mode “Longshot” follows an aspiring athlete’s journey to the big leagues. Oscar winner Mahershala Ali lends his voice to the franchise in the role of the players mentor figure. Tom Brady will feature on the cover of the game – set to release in August.
NBA Live 18 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
NBA Live is returning in September with a demo slated to be shown in August. NBA Live 18 will feature a mode called The One, with a customizable character that players can tune to their liking in a RPG-esque way. The game will also bring back the popular street ball mode.