EA is skipping E3 2017 for its own event again, fingers crossed we see Visceral’s Star Wars and Dragon Age 4 there

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 19 January 2017 04:42 GMT

EA has announced the date and time of its E3 2017 satellite event, which inspired us to wonder just what it has lined up for this year.

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EA will host its own event on the outskirts of E3 2017, the publisher has announced.

This year’s EA Play event will be held June 10 through 12 at the Hollywood Palladium. That means EA games won’t be on the E3 2017 show floor itself, where booth hire is horrendously expensive, unless they’re on show at Microsoft and Sony stands.

As usual, EA will host a press conference and livestream it to everyone in what has become a much more convenient way to experience all the news, announcements and new trailers from E3. You can sign up with EA for notifications on its schedule.

But what will the publisher have to show? We scratched our heads a bit and came up with some speculation.

With any luck we’ll get at least an early look at Visceral’s Star Wars game, even if it doesn’t make release this year.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is slated for a holiday 2017 release, so it will almost certainly be at E3 2017.

The annual sports games will get an airing, with FIFA 18, along with the as yet untitled FIFA game for Switch, Madden NFL 18, NHL 18 and possibly EA Sports UFC 18 if the series hasn’t been thrown on the scrap heap yet.

EA Originals Fe and Sea of Solitude will probably show up to remind us EA brought Unravel to the world, which is nice.

Mass Effect: Andromeda releases in March, so we might get a look at some future DLC or expansions. Similarly, we could see new content for Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2.

If Dragon Age 4 follows the same reveal schedule as Mass Effect: Andromeda, which first showed more than two years before release in the form of an amazingly uncommunicative video, we might see some early concept art and get the game in 2020. I’m hoping BioWare is moving a bit quicker than that, though.

There’ll almost certainly be something embarrassing like another Plants vs Zombies spin-off or some sort of dancing game, because no E3 is complete without one of those from each major publisher. It may well be time for another Need for Speed game, or something new from the SimCity and The Sims family, too.

EA will likely surprise us, too, because as predictable as this business is sometimes, shorter PR cycles are becoming really fashionable.

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