During today’s EA Play 2020 live stream, Electronic Arts revealed its upcoming slate, which includes the “Lost Treasures Collection Event” for Apex Legends and the highly-anticipated Star Wars Squadrons. It was also announced that a new Skate game is in development!
Three new EA Originals games were also unveiled. Hazelight Studios’ It Takes Two, Zoink’s Lost in Random and Final Strike Games’ Rocket Arena will be published under the EA Originals label, which was established to work with the best, boldest and most passionate independent studios across the world.
EA also revealed that an upcoming team-based action game from NY based Velan Studios will be built using the developer’s new game engine under the EA Originals banner.
You can watch a replay of the EA Play 2020 live stream below and read on to see the individual reveals.
Apex Legends Lost Treasures Collection Event
Apex Legends’ Season 5 has the highest level of per-play engagement seen to date, the highest daily retention of any season and the largest number of new players since Season 1. When Apex Legends launches on Steam and Switch with cross-play support this fall, the game will welcome even more new players to the battle.
During EA Play 2020, the team at Respawn also unveiled that the “Lost Treasures Collection Event” will start June 23. The event features a new mode, limited time exclusives and a new Town Takeover — Crypto’s Map Room. Players can see the return of the game’s sniper and shotgun only mode – Armed and Dangerous – with a few twists such as Evo Armor and an all-new piece of loot, Mobile Respawn Beacons.
The Sims 4
The Sims, created by Maxis, has always empowered players to express themselves through the Sims they create, the stories they tell, and the worlds they design. The Sims 4 plus all its post-launch packs are now available to even more players via Steam. The life simulation game has seen more than 2.5 million new players join the community in the past two months and has also seen a peak high of nearly 10 million playing the game monthly in the past quarter.
It Takes Two
It Takes Two is the next IP from the critically-acclaimed Stockholm based studio behind A Way Out, which was also published under the EA Originals label. Under the leadership of multi BAFTA award-winning game director Josef Fares, Hazelight Studios is setting out to deliver a visionary game that reinvents the genre, taking players on a wild and wondrous adventure together.
Launching in 2021, Josef Fares outlines his vision for the title as a uniquely varied co-op game that takes audiences through an emotional journey in a fantastical world.
Fares said: “It Takes Two is a crazy beautiful world, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. We can’t wait for everyone to experience the magic of our co-op gameplay that disrupts everything gamers typically expect from a platformer game.”
Lost in Random
Gothenburg based studio Zoink’s Lost in Random is a gothic fairytale action-adventure, with a very modern message. As another new IP set in a twisted dystopia where uncertainty and chaos are feared, the game follows Even, a courageous young girl, and her living dice companion, Dicey.
Together, the two embark on a perilous journey where they must learn to embrace the unknown and play the hand they’ve been dealt, in a bid to break the curse of Random. Players can play Lost in Random in 2021 when the game releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Origin and Steam.
“Everyone can relate to feeling helpless about juggling all the randomness and chaos that occurs in their life. With Lost in Random, we hope to transport our players to an alternate world where they can find power in that randomness,” said Klaus Lyngeled, CEO & Game Director of Zoink.
Developed by Seattle based Final Strike Games, Rocket Arena is a newly evolved cross-play hero arena shooter where players and teams master the art of the rocket through a roster of diverse heroes, customizable play styles and highly competitive action. Set in the vibrant World of Crater, Rocket Arena introduces new blast and recovery mechanics, powerful rocket launchers that can be used in combat or to propel heroes around the map and signature character abilities to create a completely new shooter experience.
The game will also feature regular seasonal events packed with free content, including new heroes, maps and in-game events. The first season kicks off July 28, just two weeks after launch. Players can experience Rocket Arena on July 14, 2020 when the game launches with cross-play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Origin and Steam.
Kevin Franklin, Co-Founder of Final Strike Games, said: “Rocket Arena is a celebration of our team’s experience and love of working on multiplayer shooters. We’re excited to have our uncompromised vision for the game be realized with the support of EA Partners and for everyone to start playing it next month.”
Star Wars: Squadrons
Fight alongside your squadron to tip the scales in monumental fleet battles and compete in intense 5 vs. 5 dogfights. Get into the cockpit and triumph as a team by completing tactical objectives across known and never-before-seen battlefields, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.
Customize the loadouts of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter and divert power between their weapons, shields, and engines as you roar into the fray. Immerse yourself in strategic multiplayer space battles and a thrilling Star Wars single-player story, seen from alternating perspectives between the New Republic and the Empire.
Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience Star Wars: Squadrons. The game will be available October 2, 2020 (pre-order at Amazon) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Origin PC, Steam, Epic Games Store and Virtual Reality on PlayStation 4 and PC with cross-play support. Watch the reveal trailer by clicking here.
EA SPORTS Madden NFL 21
This year Madden NFL 21 goes all out to bring players closer to the gridiron than ever before with fresh new features, innovative gameplay enhancements and will deliver distinct football experiences across current and next generation platforms. Madden NFL 21 will be available worldwide August 28, 2020 (pre-order at Amazon) for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Origin and Steam.
EA Access and Origin Access members will be able to try the game starting August 21st; Origin Access Premier members will also have full access to the game on PC starting that day. All Access members will continue to receive on-going benefits in Madden NFL throughout the season. Madden NFL will come to Google Stadia this winter and Madden NFL 21 Mobile launches August 6th with a brand-new app.
EA SPORTS FIFA 21
This year, fans of EA SPORTS FIFA can unlock new innovations powered by PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Go from visual to visceral with blazing fast load times, deferred lighting and rendering, enhanced animation technology, off-ball humanisation, and more. FIFA 21 will launch worldwide on October 9, 2020 (pre-order at Amazon) for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam and Origin – and will come to Google Stadia this winter.
EA Access and Origin Access Basic members will be able to try the game starting October 1st, and Origin Access Premier members will get full access to play. All Access members will continue to receive on-going benefits in FIFA throughout the season. Fans can also pre-order FIFA 21 to get early access to the game along with other incentives.
Skate is back! In response to the voices of incredibly passionate fans for nearly a decade, Chief Studios Officer, Laura Miele, left one last surprise for players. Cuz Parry and Deran Chung, the game’s Game Director and Creative Director respectively, shared that while this is just the beginning and there is a long way to go, work on the next evolution in the Skate franchise has begun.