E3 2017 @ SCG: EA Play event (Update)

EA is putting on an early event called EA Play and that’s where it’ll hold its press conference; tune in today at noon for our live blog

Update: It’s over! What did you think of EA’s conference? Let us know in the comments or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

EA is doing things its own way this year, which isn’t too unlike the company’s usual strategy.

This year, EA is holding its EA Play event prior to the official start of E3 on Monday. It’s not the only publisher that will present prior to Monday’s official kickoff as Microsoft, Bethesda and Devolver Digital will hold press conferences tomorrow.

We’ll be live blogging every E3 press conference this year as we always do, so be sure to check back often or follow along during the show (you’ll have to use the refresh button since we’re poor and don’t have any of those fancy auto-update tools the big sites have).

Following the press conference, we’ll be linking new games and announcements to trailers and information as soon as possible.

There are lots of sites covering E3, but SCG is the only one that keeps it simple and easy to follow along. Support local gaming journalism and follow us starting today at noon with EA’s press conference!

Watch it below and/or follow along with our updates for all the latest and greatest from EA.



Madden 18 – Longshot trailer details story-driven mode similar to 2K’s MyCareer in the NBA 2K series.
Battlefield 1 – Night maps coming; ‘In the Name of the Tsar’ expansion coming with six new maps, the Russian army, more weapons and more; new assignments, player upgrades and more. Eight new maps in total. Gamescom will feature announcement about more competitive modes coming to Battlefield 1.
FIFA 18 – Trailer shown.
Need for Speed Payback – New trailer shown with gameplay from the campaign. Looks like a mix of GTA and Need for Speed The Run and Fast and the Furious.
EA Originals: A Way Out – Trailer shown. New game from developer of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Looks like a mix of Prison Break, The Last of Us and Uncharted. Looks to have similar co-op as Brothers. Gameplay shown.
Anthem – New IP from Bioware teased. More to be shown at Microsoft’s press conference. Teaser trailer shown.
NBA Live 18 – “The One” mode announced. Free demo coming in the fall that will allow progress to carry over to the full game. “The One” trailer shown.
Star Wars Battlefront II – Heavy emphasis on new story mode. Story takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Multiplayer gameplay trailer shown. Finn and Captain Phasma to be free DLC along with the new planet from Last Jedi this fall. ALL new maps, characters and other content will be free for everyone. Live multiplayer demo.

Other Announcements and/or Notes:

FIFA –  Real-world championships coming in the fall. Players can represent their favorite real-life team. Trailer shown.
SEED – Searching for Extraordinary Experiences Division. A new research team looking into innovative game design ideas announced.
Madden 18 – Screenshots from Project Scorpio version shown.
Free games – EA Origin/Access free for the week and free trials coming to PS4 (PS4 does not have EA Access).