What We Want To See From EA During Not E3

With the summer game season almost upon us, we’re starting to see announcements about games showcases that will be taking place. Those usually include showcases from big publishers, but EA has announced that it will be skipping its usual EA Play Live presentation in 2022. Despite that, we already know that the publisher has some exciting games in development, so there’s plenty to look forward to with or without the event.

We may see EA announcements made at Summer Game Fest Live, or possibly the Xbox conference since the publishers share a close relationship for initiatives like EA Play. Whether there or somewhere else, we’ll be closely watching this year’s Not E3 events for games from EA. Here’s what we’re hoping to see.

The return of Burnout

EA clearly believes in racing games, having acquired Codemasters last year. Yet it’s allowed one of its own marquee racing franchises, Burnout, to go effectively unused for more than a decade–a timespan that has only a seen a remaster of Paradise and a forgettable mobile game. While Paradise’s signature open world has been outdone time and again by Forza Horizon, the earlier games in the series provided a style of high-stakes, destruction-centric racing that no competitor has been able to replicate, with the highlight being the Crash mode that is less about racing and more about embracing the chaos that it excelled in.

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Author: Steve Watts