During today’s EA Play Live, Electronic Arts announced a remake of Dead Space, the new Battlefield Portal, GRID Legends, Apex Legends Emergence, Lost in Random, and the second season of Knockout City.
EA studio Motive announced that Dead Space, the sci-fi classic survival horror game, will be returning as a remake completely rebuilt from the ground up. Dead Space is being developed exclusively for next generation consoles and PC, raising the level of horror and immersion to unprecedented heights for the franchise through stunning visuals, audio and controls powered by the Frostbite game engine.
Fans will experience an improved story, characters, gameplay mechanics and more as they fight to survive a living nightmare aboard the desolate mining starship, the USG Ishimura, all while uncovering the dreadful mystery of what happened to the slaughtered crew and ship – watch the official teaser video here.
“The Dead Space franchise made a huge impact on the survival horror genre when it was released 12 years ago, and I came to Motive as a fan first to specifically work on this game,” said Phillippe Ducharme, Senior Producer of Dead Space.
“We have a passionate team at Motive who are approaching this remake as a love letter to the franchise. Going back to the original and having the opportunity to do so on next-gen consoles excited everyone on the team. As we look to modernize the game, we’ve reached out to dedicated fans and invited them to provide us with feedback since the early stages of production to deliver the Dead Space game they want and for new players to enjoy as well.”
In Dead Space, Isaac Clarke is an everyman engineer on a mission to repair a vast, sprawling starship, the USG Ishimura, only to discover something has gone horribly wrong. The ship’s crew has been slaughtered and infected by some alien scourge… and Isaac’s beloved partner, Nicole, is lost somewhere on board.
Now Isaac is alone with only his tools and engineering skills as he attempts to uncover the nightmarish mystery of what happened aboard the Ishimura. Trapped with hostile creatures called “necromorphs”, Isaac faces a battle for survival, not only against the escalating terrors of the ship, but his own crumbling sanity.
EA introduced Battlefield Portal, an all-new, community-driven platform that will give players the ability to discover, create and share unexpected battles. This mode will allow you to take fan-favorite maps from across the Battlefield games and build custom experiences featuring characters, vehicles, gadgets and weapons in near-endless combinations – a whole army from World War II vs. a squad of 2042 Specialists? Of course! Tank vs. Snipers? Absolutely!
You’ll be able to set your own rules and go beyond anything you’ve been able to create before in the franchise, when Battlefield Portal launches in Battlefield 2042 on October 22, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. You can learn lots more here.
Codemasters and EA also announced GRID Legends, a high-stakes driving experience that combines thrilling motorsport action, incredible race variety and an immersive story that puts the player at the heart of the action. Featuring the series’ renowned race handling, GRID Legends delivers exciting, unpredictable racing across traditional race tracks and city circuits.
The game also boasts a race creator that will enable players to select mixed-class vehicles and battle across all circuits, including new city locations, London and Moscow. GRID Legends will be released in 2022 on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, alongside PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The legendary GRID World Series returns and, this year, players are front and centre in a fly-on-the-wall documentary that captures every moment on and off the track. Drivers encounter fierce personalities, internal team politics and the infamous Ravenwest Motorsport, which hopes to take a sixth World Championship.
Developed using innovative virtual production, which brings players closer to the action, the underdog tale features an eclectic cast, including award-winning British actor Ncuti Gatwa.
GRID Legends delivers drama across every inch of the track. Unique driver personality AI creates unpredictable racing as cars jostle for a place on the podium. Compete on over 130 routes, including real-life tracks such as Brands Hatch and Indianapolis, to iconic GRID city circuits like San Francisco, Paris, and more.
Race and upgrade over 100 vehicles from classic touring cars to big rigs, single-seaters, to stadium trucks. With the inclusion of the race creator, players can take their favourite mixed-class rides onto the track and battle it out online.
“GRID Legends combines everything our players love and adds more exhilarating race features, including our new epic story mode,” said Chris Smith, GRID Game Director at Codemasters.
“We’re giving players more variety and choice, whether that’s creating their ultimate races using our race creator or bringing back the community-requested Drift mode. This is just the start of the journey, and we can’t wait to reveal more in the coming months.”
APEX LEGENDS EMERGENCE
Respawn showed off Apex Legends Emergence, the next major update for the blockbuster first-person shooter. Emergence introduces an entirely new Legend named Seer, a recon-focused character who’s able to track and hunt down enemies — even through walls.
The update will also add Ranked Arenas, the next evolution of the new 3-on-3 Arenas mode that’s sure to make these high-stakes contests even more competitive. And speaking of competitive, we also learned that the Apex Legends Global Series will be returning for year two this September, bringing with it crossplay between PlayStation, Xbox, and PC; Pro League and Challenger Circuit competitions; and a base prize pool of five million dollars.
Emergence arrives August 3 and you can learn more here.
LOST IN RANDOM
Get ready to play the odds in Lost in Random, a gothic fairytale-inspired action adventure from the award-winning Swedish game studio, Zoink. On September 10, 2021, players can experience the Kingdom of Random worldwide, in which they will need to quickly learn how to tip the odds in their favor in a dark wonderland where only the brave survive.
“When we first started this project, we knew we wanted to create a fairytale that was a bit darker than what we’ve made in the past; we ended up drawing these different characters and concepts, but it wasn’t until this painting of a girl and her dice appeared that we knew there was something more to explore,” said Olov Redmalm, Creative Director and Lead Writer for Lost in Random, during the EA Originals Spotlight at EA Play Live 2021.
“A tricky aspect we had to deal with was determining what the gameplay would be like – we wanted the theme and gameplay to revolve around the dice, but had to consider what was too random and what was just random enough. We feel it’s all grown very naturally out of that central idea.”
Ruled by a wicked Queen, the Kingdom of Random is divided into six shadowy realms where life is dictated by a cursed black dice. Journeying as Even, players will walk the land’s mysterious cobbled streets, meet its unpredictable residents and take on courageous quests in order to save her sister, Odd, from Her Majesty’s clutches.
Along the way, they’ll team up with Dicey, a small and strange living dice, and together uncover an age-old tale with a surprisingly modern message not typically explored in gaming: Randomness in the world isn’t something to be feared or controlled, but a power that can be harnessed by embracing it and learning to roll with its punches.
Random rules all in the Kingdom of Random, and this principle is deeply embedded in Lost in Random’s innovative gameplay. Coins are collected that enable Even to learn new attacks, abilities and more – all of which come in handy during unique tactical combat. Players will use Even’s slingshot to attack deadly foes and knock off energy cubes that power Dicey.
Once charged, they can roll Dicey to freeze time itself and unleash his powerful magic. Players will need to adapt their battle strategy on the fly within evolving board game arenas in order to defy a cursed fate and truly harness the power of randomness.
Starting today, Lost in Random is available for pre-order on select platforms, and will be available September 10, 2021 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC on Origin and Steam.
EA also previewed Season 2 of the hilariously-chaotic dodgeball game Knockout City. Dubbed “Fight at the Movies,” the new season features a cinematic theme as players explore a new map, the Holowood Drive-In. The new arena features dynamic areas inspired by classic films, from the Cathedral of Horror to the Bridge of Love.
Also new this season is the Soda Ball (which blinds opponents with sticky syrup), a lineup of movie-themed gear, a new season of League Play, and new cosmetics, playlists, and more.
The season launches July 27 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Origin, Steam, and the Epic Games Store (plus PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S through backwards compatibility). Xbox Games Pass, EA Play, and Epic Games Store members can play Knockout City for free, and everyone else can try for free up to Street Rank 25.