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EA at E3 2018: The 6 best and biggest announcements

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From Unravel 2 to Battlefield 5 and a new Star Wars game

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Yarny and ... Yarny Prime? in Unravel 2.
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Electronic Arts kicked off E3 2018 with its EA Play conference, announcing some exciting new games and debuting fresh trailers.

We learned more about games like Battlefield 5, Anthem, FIFA 19 and Madden NFL 19, and also saw first footage from new games like Unravel 2.

Here are the most exciting announcements from EA’s E3 2018 conference.

An in-depth look at BioWare’s Anthem

Anthem is BioWare’s next big game, and the game’s story received an in-depth look from the developer today. That includes a new trailer, seen above.

The game is described as a “living-shared world,” which means that everyone who’s playing Anthem is seeing the same thing. Players go out on missions and then return to their home bases, where they can turn in their rewards, talk to other players and deal with the consequences of their actions, according to the development team.

Storms, gigantic monsters and other external forces will threaten players, which is why they’ll have to wear special exosuits called javelins. Players will play as a Freelancer, piloting these giant suits, who will face off against their enemies called the Dominion. There are four different javelins, and each javelin will allow players to experience the game in different ways.

Anthem is being designed to provide players with new experiences for years to come, meaning that lore will be a big part of Anthem’s appeal. This should please Mass Effect fans who are looking for a new, futuristic game to sink their teeth into.

Anthem will be released Feb. 22, 2019, on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

Battle Royale mode confirmed for Battlefield 5

It should come as no surprise that EA is following the biggest trend in gaming this year by introducing a battle royale mode to Battlefield 5. The mode was rumored during Battlefield 5’s reveal a couple of weeks ago, but developer DICE didn’t comment. Today, however, the developer said Battlefield 5’s battle royale mode is “reimagined with the core pillars of destruction, team play, and vehicles,” according to a tweet from the game’s official account. “It will be unlike anything you’ve played before, and we’ll have more to talk about later this year.”

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order announced

A new Star Wars game is headed your way. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order takes place between Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.

Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella said the game takes place during a “dark period” and, based on the name of the game, it will allow players to explore this turbulent setting as a Jedi.

There’s no trailer or footage to show just yet, but Zampella said the game is expected to be released holiday 2019.

Unravel 2 announced — play it now!

Yarny is back! Everyone’s favorite adorable, yarn-made character is returning with Unravel 2.

The platformer is a follow up to 2016’s first entry in the series, and will build on the cute aesthetic that made the first one so beloved in the first place.

Unravel 2 is available to play now PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

UEFA Champions League comes to FIFA 19

One of the biggest soccer leagues in the world, the UEFA Champions League, is officially coming to FIFA 19.

EA announced the new mode with a trailer, which can be seen below.

“There’s two iconic trophies that every young person dreams of winning, and for your club, it’s this one,” producer Aaron McHardy said during the presentation, before showing the World Cup trophy.

The team also announced that a free trial of FIFA 18 including the free 2018 World Cup add-on is available right now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Sea of Solitude gets a beautiful new trailer

Sea of Solitude was first announced as an EA Originals title in 2016 and, since then, the team has taken its time to create what looks like a stunning game.

A new trailer for Sea of Solitude aired during the conference today, and easily bumped into this author’s most anticipated games of early 2019.

The game is being developed as part of the EA Originals branch for independent titles. We first described the game as:

Sea of Solitude tells the story of Kay, a young woman so lonely that she was transmogrified into a monster. Kay putters around a deserted, partially submerged city on a small motorboat, encountering other creatures like her as she tries to understand what has happened to her.

Or, as our own Colin Campbell said, Sea of Solitude looks like a lovely game about suffering.”

Sea of Solitude will be available to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.