EA’s digital replacement for its customary E3 presentation took place earlier this afternoon, and if you didn’t get to see the brief, 45 minute presentation as it happened, you honestly didn’t miss much. There was a Star Wars, three indie games were shown off, and someone that works at EA said the word “skate,” but that was about it. You might expect more from one of the three biggest publishers in the industry, mere months before a new generation of consoles hits shelves (we certainly did), but the pandemic has changed everything so drastically that it’s difficult to pin the underwhelming performance entirely on EA.
Anyway, here’s everything that Greg Miller was paid to be excited about this afternoon:
Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch (and Steam I Guess)
Y’all remember Apex Legends? Well it’s coming to Nintendo Switch sometime this fall, presumably still for free. Developer Respawn Entertainment didn’t show footage of the game actually running on a Switch, so who knows what the hell that’s gonna end up looking like, but by then Respawn will have implemented cross-play between all platforms, so people playing with joy-cons can get headshot by players using real controllers. And speaking of platforms, Apex Legends is coming to Steam this fall for some reason. Footage was also shown for Apex Legends‘ upcoming Lost Treasures event, which we’ve known about for some time, so nothing new or surprising there.
Sims 4 on Steam Right Now
Sims 4 and all of its various expansion content are available on Steam as of right now, so if you’re someone who loves the Sims but has spent the last six years doing a hunger strike until the game was available on your DRM platform of choice, well, congratulations. You did it!
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection Exists
EA must have needed to fill some time at this point, because it spent the next little bit talking about Command & Conquer Remastered Collection, a game that came out almost two weeks ago on June 5. The launch trailer is embedded above so you can experience the excitement of being confused about why this was included along with the rest of us.
The “Fuck the Oscars” Guy Is Back to Show You His Game
The guy that said “fuck the Oscars” during the Game Awards a couple years ago is back to show you his studio’s new game, It Takes Two. One of the three indie games shown during today’s presentation, It Takes Two is a “co-op action-platformer” coming to undisclosed platforms in 2021.
Lost in Random
The show then cut to Zoink Games CEO Klaus Lyngeled in Sweden, who lamented his inability to provide us with gummy fish, in addition to giving us the first details about Zoink’s next-gen title, Lost in Random. The decidedly Butron-esque tale takes place in a world where everyone’s personal fate is determined by the roll of a dice, save for our hero, who has seemingly found a dice of her own. As with Fuck the Oscars Guy’s thing, Lost in Random is expected sometime in 2021 on unknown platforms.
Rocket Arena is a 3v3 arena combat game where everything is rocket launchers, not entirely unlike the beloved rockets-only modes found in ancient classics like Unreal Tournament and Quake 3, both of which recently came back as free-to-play titles and were unable to successfully capitalize on any of the enthusiasm for their earlier iterations. We sincerely wish Rocket Arena the very best of luck competing in the incredibly crowded hero-based multiplayer shooter market when it comes out on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on July 14.
Star Wars: Squadrons “””Gameplay””” Trailer
We were then given our first look at what EA and Motive Studios are aiming for (haha) with Star Wars: Squadrons, the brand’s recently announced return to spaceship combat. (Yes I know that Battlefront 2 has spaceship combat, I’m talking about spaceship-only Star Wars games. Let’s stay on target.) I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that “gameplay” and “in-game” are different things, and while all in-game footage is gameplay footage, not all gameplay footage is in-game footage. Someone can tell you that you’re watching gameplay and technically be telling you the truth, even if the video is entirely pre-rendered and isn’t actual footage of a functioning video game being played by a human being. Just something to keep in mind!
Anyway, if the real game looks anything like all this proof of concept stuff, I’m down for it. I like the idea of customizing my pilot and filling the inside of my incredibly cramped spaceship with trinkets and bobbles, just like I’ve done with fast food bags and energy drink cans in my IRL car.
Despite everything, sports!
Dragon Age, Battlefield Tech Demos
Who knows if these games would have been present in any meaningful way without a pandemic going on, but as it is the words “Dragon Age” and “Battlefield” were only spoken during this tech demo of improvements being made to EA’s Frostbite engine in preparation for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. The demo also showed off some tech from Criterion Games, which hasn’t put out an original title of its own since 2012’s Need for Speed: Most Wanted, as well as some jetpack thing.
Two men, both of whom work at EA, have said the word “Skate.” Specifically, project creative director Cuz Parry said “Skate’s happening.” This is the full extent of the information available about this project at this time.
And that’s it!
You can watch us talk constantly over the presentation in the VOD above if you’d like that for some reason! Stay tuned for more information about Skate in like five years probably!