Electronic Arts has announced that it will not be hosting its annual EA Play Live event this year.
The company has held a separate live event from E3 since 2016. This year, the company stopped holding a traditional press conference and instead opted for showcase-style announcements.
Speaking to IGN, an EA spokesperson explained that instead of an event in 2022 for each game, it will be making announcements “when the time is right” for each of them.
“We love EA Play Live as it’s our way of connecting with our players and sharing news with all of you,” the statement said. “This year, however, things aren’t geared towards showing you everything in one day. Exciting things are happening in our world-class studios and this year we will reveal much more about these projects when the time is right for each. We look forward to spending time with you throughout the year.”
At the first EA Play event in 2016, Titanfall 2 multiplayer was unveiled, Mass Effect Andromeda was demoed, Battlefield 1’s operational mode was revealed, the company revealed what was coming to Star Wars Battlefront in the form of additional content and concept art Visceral’s canceled Star Wars game was shown and of course details were shared on the annual Madden and FIFA games. EA also announced its EA Originals initiative for small indie developers and the first game under that label was Fe by Zoink Games.
Fast forward to 2021: the EA Play Live event was broadcast in July instead of June. Many companies opted for purely digital events this year due to the ongoing Covid pandemic. Leading up to the main live stream, EA hosted four separate shows in July covering EA Sports, a discussion on Apex Legends and Battlefield 2042, a discussion on the role of indies in the industry, and Madden NFL 22 All-Access.
This year E3 2022 will again be online only due to Covid concerns. Last year, many developers and companies held virtual presentations before and after the main event, while the main show included showcases from Devolver Digital, Microsoft and Bethesda, and Square Enix. Ubisoft Forward, PC Gaming Show, Future Games Show and Nintendo Treehouse Live also took place during the main show.
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