• Alberto Mezzalira

EA Play Live 2021 — What can we expect?

Electronic Arts hasn’t directly attended the E3 2021 last month but its Battlefield 2042 trailer still made a huge impact at Microsoft’s showcase. EA is throwing its shindig later this month with EA Play Live 2021, a streaming showcase of upcoming games that will include additional streams focused on certain games and genres.

We already know some of the games that will be there, but what else can we expect from this showcase? Stay with us to find it out!

DICE’s Battlefield 2042 is arguably EA’s biggest game of the upcoming holiday season, and we’re sure to get a deeper showcase of this long-expected FPS. The game features vast 128-player battles on PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and PC, but no campaign mode. Rumours have also suggested an as-yet-unannounced mode containing classic Battlefield series maps and modes, but we’re still waiting on official announcements. EA will hold a “Future of FPS” stream on July 7 to cover both Battlefield and Apex Legends.

EA’s Motive studio (Star Wars Squadrons) is working on a modern revival of the original Dead Space, which could be similar in approach to Capcom’s recent Resident Evil 2 and RE3 remakes. We don’t have any official confirmation at the moment, but a proper Dead Space revival could provide a great jumping-off point to continue the franchise. It has been rumoured to appear at EA Play Live this month, but we’ll have to wait and see whether it pans out.

Madden NFL 22 is coming out in August across a wide array of platforms. The series has seen dwindling review scores over the past few years, with 2020’s Madden NFL 21 seemingly impacted by the pandemic crunch. Both Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes will appear on the cover of this year’s game, with atmosphere-boosting “dynamic gameday” features and a new franchise mode leading the list of additions. It’s out in August, and EA will dig into it during a spotlight stream on July 19. We assume that FIFA 22 will show up at EA Play Live, too, possibly alongside NHL 22.

EA Sports has another stream planned for July 20, with the company teasing “an extremely cool new addition to an extremely popular and long-running EA Sports franchise.” Could it be a new SSX snowboarding game? The new Skate game? Maybe a revival of the NCAA Football franchise? All are possible!

Along with the Dead Space rumours, there are also suggestions that EA will announce a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Respawn’s 2019 single-player adventure. Fans are clinging onto a couple of recent tweets by EA and gaming publication Game Informer as potential teases, although it could well amount to nothing for EA Play Live 2021.

To conclude we remind you that the EA Play Live 2021 will take place on July 22 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) and will stream across YouTube and Twitch. It’s should last around 40 minutes and feature a variety of games, including at least some of the titles noted above.

Moreover, EA is holding four Spotlight streams leading up to the main event. The “Future of First-Person Shooters” stream (1 p.m. ET) will be held on July 8, while “EA <3s Independent Studios” will have a panel discussion with EA Originals developers on July 13 (1 p.m. ET).

Lastly, The Madden NFL 22 showcase will stream on July 19 at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m PT), while the other EA Sports stream for the surprise game is scheduled for July 20 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). More details on all of the Spotlight streams can be found here.

Which games would you like to see during the event? Let us know!