E3, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo that previews the year’s biggest upcoming video games, officially starts Tuesday, but Electronic Arts kickstarted the week of gaming goodness with its EA Play event on Saturday where they showed off sports games, Star Wars, more sports games and… Mahershala Ali?
The Oscar-winning Moonlight actor is lending his voice and likeness to Madden 18: Longshot, which, in the football franchise’s first-ever story mode, sees you playing an aspiring young player trying to make it to the NFL. The game launches August 25.
Additionally, the Need for Speed series is getting a makeover clearly inspired by The Fast and the Furious films. The trailer shows cars careening down highways, taking out other cars Burnout-style, and culminates in a character jumping off the roof of a vehicle over an oncoming car and landing on a truck. It releases November 11.
The publisher also showed off the next game from the creators of critical darling Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. A Way Out is a two-player, co-op-only game that is played entirely in split-screen, so you’ll always see what your partner is doing. You each play as inmates attempting to escape prison and must work together to break out. The game is scheduled for early 2018.
Next, EA showed a tantalizingly brief teaser for Anthem, the new game from Mass Effect developer BioWare. More details will be unveiled at Microsoft’s Xbox conference on Sunday.
Finally, the publisher showed more of Star Wars Battlefront II, the sequel to the 2015 multiplayer-only shooter. Noting that fans have been clamoring for a single-player story mode (The Force Awakens’ John Boyega even tweeted at the developer requesting it), Battlefront II will feature an original story set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Boyega then showed up on video to announce that Finn and Captain Phasma would be coming to the game as downloadable content later this year, and all of Battlefront’s DLC will be entirely free. The Force re-awakens on November 17.
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