World premiere announcements and reveals

Danial Norjidi

Electronic Arts (EA) showcased a variety of world premieres in the form of game announcements, reveals and updates during their EA Play Live 2021 digital conference.

Hosted by WWE Superstar Xavier Woods, the presentation kicked off with a trailer for developer Codemasters’ latest project GRID Legends.

Launching in 2022, GRID Legends is described as “a high-stakes driving experience that combines thrilling unpredictable motorsport, incredible race variety, and an immersive driving story”.

Speaking at the event, Codemasters Senior Game Designer Becky Crossdale said, “First and foremost, the GRID series has always been about delivering gameplay excellence, and with Grid Legends you are still getting that same immersive racing experience that you know and love, but this time we are taking things up a notch and adding another layer on top of that. We are really proud of this new story mode.

“We are giving you a classic underdog tale. We are putting you straight into the driver’s seat, right in the middle of the GRID World Series, where you’ll be facing off against the all-dominant Raiden West team. For the rest of the story, you’ll just have to wait and see.

“There are so many vehicles. We are giving you big rigs, stadium trucks, drift cars, open-wheelers, muscle cars, electric cars and hypercars. We are also giving you multi-class mixed racing which means that you can take any of those cars and put them together on the same track.”

Lost in Random. PHOTO: ZOINK GAMES
Apex Legends. PHOTO: RESPAWN ENTERTAINMENT
GRID: Legends. PHOTO: CODEMASTERS

She added that the game will have new features for fans to sink their teeth into, including some new modes such as Beast Mode and Elimination Mode, as well as new locations such as Moscow and London.

The showcase then continued with a segment highlighting the latest season of Apex Legends, a free-to-play game that first launched in February 2019.

Titled Apex Legends: Emergence, the latest season features a new legend named Seer, a map update for World’s Edge, a new weapon called the Rampage LMG as well as
Ranked Arenas.

Also featured during the presentation was Lost in Random, a new action adventure game from studio Zoink under the EA Originals label.

Lost in Random, which was an official Tribeca Film Festival selection this summer, is described as “a dark and twisted fairytale where anything can happen with the roll of
a dice.

“Together, with your companion Dicey, you’ll battle fearsome opponents as you travel through the six shadowy realms of Random on a mission to save your sister from an evil Queen.”

Speaking at the showcase, Zoink Creative Director Olaf Redmalm spoke on what he called one of the most unique aspects of the title’s gameplay, dice battles, which he explained is “an exciting, explosive blend of real-time action and time-stop tactics, where every roll of the dice unleashes incredible powers out of the head of your jack-in-the-box buddy, Dicey”.

The creative director revealed that Lost in Random is coming to PC and consoles on September 10.

Next up was another EA Originals title Knockout City, a team-based multiplayer dodgeball game that launched In May.

Velan Studios CEO Karthik Bala said, “We’re so grateful to our community for the massive response to Knockout City. With millions of new brawlers, hundreds of thousands of crews and nearly a billion KOs landed, your response has really been a knockout.

“As an indie team dedicated to taking creative risks, having all of you embrace this unique thing we’ve made is an amazing feeling, and I just want to say thank you.”

Bala announced the second season of Knockout City, titled Fight at the Movies, which launches tomorrow and brings various new features, including a new map called the Holowood Drive-in, the all-new Soda Ball, as well as a new season of League Play, new cosmetics and playlists.

The presentation then shifted focus to first-person shooter Battlefield 2042, the latest entry in the long-running Battlefield series, which has an October 22 release date.

According to EA, “Battlefield 2042 marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. Adapt and overcome dynamically changing battlegrounds with the help of your squad and a cutting-edge arsenal. With support for 128 players, prepare for unprecedented scale on vast environments.”

The presentation highlighted that Battlefield 2042 is built up by three epic experiences, the first of which is all-out warfare, which sees Conquest and Breakthrough modes make a return at a huge scale for up to 128 players. Secondly is Hazard Zone, an all-new high-stakes multiplayer experience.

Special focus was put on the third experience, Battlefield Portal, which is described as a community-driven experience where players can “change the rules of war and discover unexpected battles across the wide universe of Battlefield. Replay the re-imagined classics Battlefield 1942, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 – or deploy on those timeless maps with the modern arsenal and content of Battlefield 2042“.

The showcase concluded with a special teaser trailer announcing a remake of Dead Space, a survival horror game that first launched in 2008.

According to the game’s official YouTube channel, “The sci-fi survival horror classic Dead Space returns, completely rebuilt from the ground up by Motive Studios to offer a deeper and more immersive experience.

“Harnessing the power of the Frostbite game engine and next generation consoles, this remake brings jaw-dropping visual fidelity and improvements to gameplay while staying true to the original. Dead Space will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.”