EA at E3 2017: the 5 biggest announcements

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The first of many E3 2017 press conferences has drawn to a tepid conclusion. Electronic Arts kicked off the year’s biggest week in gaming news with a handful of announcements on new games, as well as footage from the highly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront II. Though it ended with a strange, lengthy multiplayer match and an ad for a mobile game.

The conference was light on announcements, but tried its best to make gameplay center stage. These are the five moments it really succeeded.

EA will release a new game from Hazelight — the studio founded by Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons creator Josef Fares — called A Way Out. It’s a co-op prison break game that you can only play in cooperative split-screen.

BioWare Edmonton has been working on a new, secret project thought to rival the likes of Activision’s Destiny. Today, we got our first look at it — and learned that it will be called Anthem.

EA had nothing to say about its long-rumored Star Wars open-world game, but the developer did have quite a lot to show from Star Wars: Battlefront II. The sequel to the 2015 action title will include characters reaching back to Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Players who’d rather skip the Darth Maul party can also play as characters from the ongoing trilogy, including Rey.

Madden NFL 18 will include a story mode called Longshot. It focuses on Devin Wade, a young man hoping to play in the NFL. Notably, Devin’s dad, Cutter, is played by Moonlight Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.

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