EA Play Live 2021’s Biggest Announcements

At EA Play Live, the game publisher spent about an hour describing the future of some of its biggest franchises. And while much of the news was to be expected, a few surprises crept in — including an all-too-brief tease of a return to a horror favorite. If you missed the show, here are the most notable things EA revealed.

Empty space is getting a next gen remake

The best was saved for last, with a quick tease of a full remake of the original Empty space, which promises to update the survival horror classic for modern hardware. Not much to do yet – it doesn’t even have a release date – but the new version of Empty space launches on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X.

Battlefield 2042 gets some kind of creative mode

One of the bigger surprises was the unveiling of Battlefield Portal, a mode for Battlefield 2042 that is built around user-generated content. The mode includes all seven cards from the base 2042 game, along with six cards from classic Battlefield titles, which can then be remixed by adjusting modes, settings, along with weapons, soldiers, and other content taken from multiple eras Battlefield games: 2042, 1942, Bad Company 2, and BF3. There’s even a logic editor (although EA says you can’t edit the maps), and user creations can then be uploaded for others to play as well. Portal launches simultaneously 2042 on October 22.

A nice new one Apex Legends cinematic

Developer Respawn previously teased the following Apex Legends character, Seer, but now we can watch him very well, thanks to this beautiful movie that makes me long for a Top animation film. You’ll be able to learn more about how he actually plays when the first gameplay trailer comes out on July 26. Seer will be part of the game’s next major update, called Emergence, which launches on August 3. And for esports fans, the second season of the Apex Legends Pro League is scheduled to start in September, with a $5 million prize pool.

Knockout City gets a new season

Multiplayer dodgeball game Knockout City gets a big update, when a movie-inspired second season called “Fight at the Movies” kicks off on July 27. Most notably, the update adds a new map that takes place in what appears to be a wide variety of faux-Hollywood sets, which the developer describes as “ever-changing, movie-inspired arenas”.

Grid Legends brings story to racing

Codemasters is now under the EA umbrella, and the studio’s next release looks set to combine movie-like storytelling with realistic racing. Grid Legends features a story mode complete with real actors — including Sex education star Ncuti Gatwa – and movies that were filmed in XR, just like The Mandalorian, to tell what appears to be a classic sports underdog story. Players can also create custom races that mix and match vehicle types; so you can make an open wheel race car crash into a truck if you want. The game is scheduled for 2022.