EA Play 2019 brings games Battlefield V, The Sims 4, Madden 20, and more! Now for Part Two!
As we continue our E3 Coverage, DICE took the stage to discuss what is new coming to Battlefield V.
EA and DICE immediately started the presentation off with the new Multiplayer map called the Marita, a small town in Greece, Egypt. This takes place in the Battle of Greece which Italy and Germany invaded the country in 1941. The map is of a hillside town with “tight streets” but that also means it will be infantry focused. The Battle of Greece will be released in July 2019.
Onto our other map, Al Sundan, players can operate land vehicles and pilot air vehicles in this giant South African environment. This is part of the mission titled “Under No Flag” which is also part of Battlefield V’s Chapter Four, several maps will be included along with. DICE also revealed that new maps in the Nordic countryside will come to Battlefield 5 later this year. They also mentioned Operation Underground, which takes players to an early 20th-century subway station. The team described it as a passion project for Battlefield 5, and it’ll come to the game this October. Also they’re increasing the Player rank from 50 to 500 with each rank rewarding players with currency and unique emblems. Private games are also coming to Battlefield 5 in September, designed for fans who want to only play with their friends or organize tournaments while maintaining control of their experience. EA and DICE will release Battlefield 5: Chapter 4 on June 27 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. Chapter 5, with the Pacific theater, will come to Battlefield 5 this fall.
We now move to The Sports block of the EA Play 2019.
Here’s what to expect for Madden; Gamers journeys will have a unique draft experience in the green room, waiting for their name to be called by an NFL team. One of the things that will be making a return to Madden is the Pro Bowl, it will give the players another goal for the rookie season and in the future. Madden is also including weekly challenges for gamers that want to bolster attributes, gameplay will be upgraded (which hopefully will be an improvement from last year, one of the things that local gamers had a complaint that the gameplay was lagging and too buggy) through Superstar abilities. You also will be able to activate a player’s special talents by completing objectives, and opponents can deactivate the talent by finishing their own challenges. Finally, playbooks received a comprehensive upgrade with team-specific plays—Philly Special is included for the Philadelphia Eagles, for example—in addition to over 200 varieties of RPO choices.
FIFA fans! In FIFA 20 there are big changes in this year’s title, a career mode blending NBA 2K MyCareer-levels of personalization and customization with FIFA Street-style matches and tricks. One of the big sports games last year was NBA 2K19, which is surprising because Madden was the top dog for years, right up to last year due to issues with the gameplay and lag (previously mentioned in Madden panel above.) One of the biggest things that are introduced this year is Volta Football, this involves part Single Player and part Multiplayer, it is accompanied by a story mode path, A Branch for team play, and league play that involves promotion and regulations. If you’re a big soccer fan and would love to play with your favorite sides and stars, then Volta Football is your new best friend.
Player customizations are up this time, and with shirts, boots, shorts, sweaters, and other vanity items, but according to their website there will be items that can be unlocked through in-game challenges. FIFA 20 launches Sept. 27 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.
Alright, in the final item for this is the new expansion for the Sims 4 called Island Living; the Sims get to lay back and relax on an island called Sulani, where they will be able to participate in activities like swimming, sun tanning, hanging out with dolphins and Mermaids (Wait, MERMAIDS?! I’m sold!).
The Sims 4 Island Living is coming to Mac and Windows PC on June 21, and to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 16.
EA has also partnered with the It Gets Better Project, a nonprofit organization focused on LGBTQ+ youth. As part of that partnership, and timed with Pride Month, new themed pride clothing is coming to The Sims 4 on PC, The Sims FreePlay, and The Sims Mobile, as is a gender-neutral bathroom door for The Sims 4. That content will come to the console versions of The Sims 4 in July.
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