Today's the day: Electronic Arts' EA Play event kicks off today, continuing the long series of not-E3 showcases over the summer. EA and its studios have already put out teasers for the showcase later today, so in some respects we have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
EA Play starts later today, on Thursday, June 18, at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. You can watch the stream either through the video embed below, or through EA's official Twitch channel.
Will We See Next-Gen Madden?
Yes, Madden NFL 21 will make an appearance at EA Play. There was meant to be a full Madden reveal event earlier this month in June, but this was scrapped due to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality.
Earlier this week, Lamar Jackson was revealed to be the cover athlete of Madden 21. While there's been some new gameplay information from EA by way of the new Skill Stick feature, you can expect to see a full gameplay reveal of Madden NFL 21 later today at EA Play.
Star Wars: Squadrons Is a Lock
If you've been hoping for a new TIE Fighter game (like our Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey certainly has), then your prayers might be answered later today. Revealed earlier this week in a cinematic trailer, Star Wars: Squadrons is the next game from EA Motive, one of the developers that worked on Star Wars Battlefront 2. We'll receive another look at it later today at EA Play.
What About FIFA 21?
FIFA 21 will be at EA Play, but temper your expectations. Just yesterday, EA revealed a complete slate of FIFA announcements set for August, including gameplay, Ultimate Team, and Volta reveals. So while FIFA 21 will make an appearance at EA Play, it's unlikely much will be revealed about the game.
Apex Legends Will be There, In Some Form
Earlier this month, Apex Legends teased big information for EA Play. But what information could this be? There have certainly been rumors of Apex Legends unveiling cross-play and next-gen plans at EA Play, but right now nothing has been confirmed for certain.
What About BioWare?
Well, isn't this the question on everyone's lips. What we know for definite is that BioWare is developing two projects: Dragon Age 4, and a complete rework of Anthem. There have also been rumors of another Mass Effect game in development.
There's really no way of knowing if BioWare will show up in any capacity at EA Play. Smart money has Anthem's overhaul still months away, while Dragon Age 4 could simply be too early in development to be shown off in any meaningful capacity. Then again this is Dragon Age 4 we're talking about, so even a tiny teaser would be the talk of the town.
Then there's the Mass Effect trilogy rumors. A Mass Effect remaster of some sorts has been a pipe dream of many for years now (especially for our News Editor Eric Van Allen), but was lately rumored to be on the cards from a report by VentureBeat. There's the possibility that a Mass Effect trilogy remaster could show up today at EA Play, but it's not a certainty.
Hazelight Studios' Next Project
Just last week, Hazelight Studios' director Josef Fares teased that the studio would have an announcement to make at EA Play. You might recall that Fares and Hazelight developed 2018's A Way Out, a game that focused on co-op in a big way. Whatever Hazelight Studios has cooking, you can be sure it'll show up in some form at EA Play.
Expect A Few EA Originals
Remember Yarny? EA's Originals program is still rolling on, having produced two Unravel games, Sea of Solitude from Jo-Mei Games, A Way Out from Hazelight, and several additional smaller projects. In the same vein as Unravel and A Way Out, you should expect to see some smaller projects from EA, which the publisher typically quite likes pushing on the E3-level stage.