E3 is here again and that means it’s time for another slew of announcements, updates, trailers, and presentations of…drumroll…the FUTURE of video games.

The first entry in the big line-up of pressers was EA. Though they may still fit in the schedule, the company itself will be holding its own event away from the floor. Apparently it was rather successful last year so they’re continuing to hold their own, while still taking advantage of the news cycle that comes out of this week. So what do they have to kick everything off with?

Not a whole lot, really.

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Battlefield 1 lead the charge with the announcement of upcoming content for the World War One shooter, including new night maps and a look at the upcoming “In the Name of the Tsar” DLC. There will apparently be nine new maps released in total, with an entirely new army and a historical look at the 1st Russian Women’s Battalion of Death. There will also be new competitive modes and a greater focus on teamplay.

Then it was on to sports. A pair of commentators came on to fumble through a series of poorly written lines praising Ronaldo in his full-body mocap suit, to reveal that he would be the star of the game.

From footy to driving as Need for Speed Payback came in with a trailer showing off one of the heists available. The game will feature an open-world structure similar to the Burnout series, and stylistically seems to take most of its cues from the Fast and the Furious franchise. Can we expect tanks and submarines to be in the DLC?

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Over the past few years, EA has made a show of bringing out smaller indie titles. These have typically been cutesy platformers such as Unravel, but this year the title trotted out is from the recently formed Hazelight Studio, founded by the developers of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The new game, A Way Out, features a pair of prison inmates who work together to escape. Unlike Brothers, the two characters will be controlled by different players. On stage, it seemed as though there will be no AI partner for those who wish to play alone, but both couch and online split-screen co-op will be available.

Looking to give everyone a way to forget the bad taste left behind by BioWare’s Mass Effect: Andromeda, the company’s next IP was revealed in a brief teaser. Anthem features a giant wall, a world with abundant nature, and mechanical suits. Microsoft will be the one to really talk about this, socheck out our article on their announcements.

Back to sports. The next iteration of NBA Live was on display for an incredibly brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment featuring some of the dribbling animations. EA held off on releasing a title in this series last year due to the overwhelming popularity of the NBA 2K franchise, but it looks like they hope to get some of that market back.

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The last half hour was devoted to nothing but Star Wars: Battlefront 2, which might seem like an amazing thing, were it not for the fact most of that time was taken by a single multiplayer match. While understandable, given that it’s the market they’re clearly looking to entice, I personally would have preferred a look at one of the missions in the intriguing single-player campaign, a new addition that was missing from the first entry. At the very least, it looks like we’ll be able to play as droids in this game and that’s faaaaantastic.

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