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The EA game publisher treated us to a detailed update on what to expect from some of the company’s most popular franchises at EA Play Live. True, if you’re an EA fan many of the listed titles in the works would have come as no surprise. However, they still had a few delightful reveals up their sleeves that we weren’t expecting to be mentioned. Most of the teases were brief, they had a lot to cover during the hour detailing. We heard confirmation that a much loved, horror, fan-favorite is getting a remake snuck in. It’s already causing excitement in spite of its brief and teasing disclosure. All in all, it was an informative event sparking lots of interest not to be missed but if you did- here are some of the more notable highlights. Kickstarting with the aforementioned remake.

NEXT-GEN DEAD SPACE REMAKE

EA Play Live had a lot to announce to cause a buzz but the publishers saved us a doozy for last. A surprising brief teaser for a full-on remake of the original Dead Space! Given how far gaming has come in terms of software development as well as the upgraded hardware we now have to play a game on, classic favorites like Dead Space truly deserve modernization. The company didn’t spill too much on the franchise’s plans at this point. No release date was mentioned and there is little to go on. All we know is that when ready, the brand spanking new Dead Space story arc will start all over again in PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X formats and we can’t wait!

BATTLEFIELD 2042 WILL BE HELLA-CREATIVE

Another surprise that made a big impact and has gotten people talking was EA’s Battlefield Portal mode revelation. The mode will include 7 Battlefield 2042 base maps as well as 6 further maps selected from previous classic Battlefield titles. Portal mode has a focus on user-generated content so each map will be customizable. You will be able to tweak the settings including details like weapons, soldiers, and other content. Your options will be sourced from Battlefield 2042, 1942, Bad Company 2, and BF3. Although you won’t be able to edit the maps themselves you will have access to a logic editor and a lot of freedom. Your user creations will be available to others if you upload them to share. This will no doubt lead to a huge user-created content library making sure players never tire of the gameplay experience. Portal is set to launch on October 22nd simultaneously with 2042.

STUNNING CINEMATICS FROM APEX LEGENDS

We were also privy to a beautiful cinematic Apex Legends preview from developer Respawn. They previously teased the next character, Seer, who will be part of Emergence, the game’s next major update. Up until now, we have only seen him briefly, but now we have seen him shown off in much more depth. The cinematic left Andrew Webster at The Verge pining for an Apex animated movie. The first gameplay trailer is coming to us on July 26th when we will no doubt learn much more about how the character performs and plays. The Emergence update is due to launch on August 3rd and esports fans are getting the second season of Apex Legends Pro League (with a prize pool of $5 million) this coming September.

FILM INSPIRED UPDATES FOR KNOCKOUT CITY 

The EA Play Live event also made mention of a big update coming to Dodgeballs Knockout City. The second season dubbed “Fight at the Movies” will be launching on July 27th. It is bringing with it a brand new map that features a variety of faux-Hollywood sets. Or as the developers describe it “ever-changing movie-inspired arenas.”

STORY MODE IS ON THE CARDS FOR GRID LEGENDS

EA only recently acquired Codemasters studio, but the developers’ next release Grid Legends, which will be launching under the EA umbrella, looks promising. It appears to be focused on movie-style storytelling coupled with realistic racing. The story mode looks to be centered around your classic underdog trope and will bring more interest than your average racing game. Players will have the freedom to create custom races with pick and mix vehicle types, so you can pit an open-wheeler against a truck if you’re tempted to. The actors on board with the project include some pretty big names, Ncuti Gatwa from Sex Education for one. The cinematic preview was impressive too, filmed in XR like The Mandalorian. The launch is slated for 2022 with no real details as yet.

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