E3: Electronic Arts brings updated sports, more adventure content to their games

Electronic Arts kicked off the E3 week by revealing their traditional but upgraded sports titles, alongside some new adventure titles, including a tease to a brand new franchise.

EA is expanding the action in “Battlefront 1” by releasing new content that will move the action to the Eastern Front. The Russian army will be joining the fight in September as part of the Name of the Tsar expansion, the largest so far for the game.

For their sports titles, “Madden” will get its first-ever story mode, telling the tale of a star athlete and their trials and experiences of making it in the NFL. Play as forgotten prospect Devin Wade as he remembers his past as he works toward his future.

“FIFA 18” also tells a story with the return of Alex Hunter as he becomes a player on the move. The game also features updated and improved movement of the players after developers worked with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to incorporate some of his unique moves.

The game will also be available on the Nintendo Switch, including many of the modes that fans know and love.

“Need for Speed: Payback” looked to be a high-speed highway heist in the making. In a video clip, the player had to fight off bad guys and track down a trailer to steal a high-performance vehicle inside. It was fast and furious (where have we heard that before?) and will be available on Nov. 10.

“A Way Out” offered a unique co-op storyline as two convicts figure out how to break out of prison and stay one step ahead of the law. The action in the demonstration was all split screen, and there were instances where one player would be in a cut scene while the other player was still moving around.

“This game is going to bring a co-op experience unlike anything you have ever seen before,” said Josef Fares, writer and director at Hazelight. “We’re also bringing an innovative look into how to tell the story of both these characters. Players will be immersed in the game with the way we change the display from a full screen experience seamlessly to different cinematic split-screen formats.”

EA is ready to reveal a new title, called “Anthem,” but they only showed just a teaser trailer. They promised a more complete trailer during the Microsoft event on Sunday. However, even the brief look made it appear the game will be on an alien world under siege.

A majority of the EA event was spent showing off the changes they are bringing to “Star Wars Battlefront II.” There will be a story mode from the viewpoint of the Empire, and everything in that story is canon to the “Star Wars” franchise.

They said there is three times the content from the first Battlefront and spanning all three eras of the classic franchise. There was a lengthy live demo on multiplayer to highlight the changes to the combat.

“With 'Star Wars Battlefront II,' we’ve really taken feedback from our players to heart, and you see that in the base game, which has so much more content than the first game – a new authentic single player campaign, epic multiplayer, starfighter battles, and solo or co-op PvE on console – a huge game across all eras of the Star Wars films,” says Matt Webster, executive producer on "Star Wars Battlefront II." “But just as important is how we support the game after launch. Our live service is built around the philosophy of keeping our fans playing together, with seasons that will add meaningful content and in game events on a regular basis.”

Expect more announcements from Electronic Arts at other presentations.