A Cynical Fat Man’s Take on EA Play

Because we really need another of these

Ah it’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen. The time we games journalists love so very, very much.



Kicking it off with their spin-off was EA at the creatively named EA Play. We’ve been treated to teasers of a Battlefield 1 expansion, a co-op jail breaker called A Way Out and the shock reveal that Bioware still exists.

This is all lovely and I’m certain it’s incredibly important but what I’m really interested in is Battlefront 2. You’ve already guessed that I’m one of the many fans of the original game and wasn’t particularly impressed with EA’s first attempt at doing justice to the IP. So I hope you’re sitting down before reading this shocking revelation…

I’m actually excited for Battlefront 2.

While one of my favourite pastimes is to bitch and moan about EA, Ubisoft, Konami and all the others (right up there with telling people that the game they adore is awful) I’m genuinely hopeful for this latest iteration.

Here’s the problem: I know I shouldn’t be. I want to be excited, I want to be wowed by the bright colours, the pew pewiness (it’s a word now) of the ground battles and the very existence of the space battles should be whipping me into a frenzy of hype. If I didn’t have to bear this incredible burden of being the only one with common sense in this industry I undoubtedly would have pre-ordered Battlefront 2 by now.

However, I’ve been burned by EA before and I won’t let it happen again. EA is the gaming industry’s abusive ex-boyfriend. They promise they’ve changed, they promise it won’t happen again, they tell you that they’re putting you first and for a time you believe it. You believe it right up until they make something new and stuff it full of micro transactions, DLC that should have been in the original release and ridiculous pre-order packages.

I’ll admit that at least one of those evils will be missing from Battlefront 2. Indeed, it appears someone at EA has decided that garnering some good will with players might, shockingly, be a good idea. Titanfall 2 is a perfect example of this suceedeing spectacularly. The game didn’t perform that well sales wise due to sharing it’s release week spotlight with Battlefield 1 but there was an undeniable improvement from the first to the second.

Two paragraphs ago I’m nailing EA for it’s generally scummy practices, now I’m back to praising them. This is precisely what I mean when I say they’re the abusive ex-boyfriend of the industry. I’m so shocked by anything vaguely resembling a modicum of effort going into production and the lack of DLC that it’s enough to believe there might yet be hope. Ultimately I’m in two minds about EA. Half of me wants to let go of the past and look towards the bright future Battlefront 2 offers, the other half remembers the broken promises, half-baked releases and wanton murder of studios and IPs that no longer turned a big enough profit.

Remember to watch this space for regular and timely commentary of E3 over the coming days.

When there’s an executive in a t-shirt and blazer, we’ll tell you.

When there’s a game no-one asked for announced, we’ll be the first to let you know.

When Todd Howard tells his sweet little lies, we’ll be here picking them apart.

Nerds4Life – the cynics’ choice for this year’s E3.

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