Electronic Arts opened this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo videogame extravaganza with a preview day and presentation featuring trailers for World War I-era Battlefield 1, sci-fi shooter Titanfall 2, and soccer game FIFA 17.
The first significant slice from Battlefield 1, set for an Oct 21 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and, via EA's Origin platform, Windows PC.
Going back to the World War I setting of the franchise's first entry, 2002's Battlefield 1942, this revisiting features the same penchant for impressively high-fidelity visuals as Star Wars: Battlefront had this time last year.
Along with the looks there are some clever gameplay hooks: In team battles, players on the losing side push back with thunderous reinforcements, while an Operations mode promises front-wide engagements over the long-term.
Almost indecipherable underneath the thud and blast of EA's trailer is Wiz Khalifa track "No Limit."
A single-player trailer for Titanfall 2 introduces an enhanced role for the giant, mechanised suits of armour called Titans, with a storyline that revolves around the link between foot-soldier pilots and the AI machines themselves.
But it was multiplayer that formed the focus of 2014's Titanfall, the debut title from a new studio co-founded by the same pair behind Call of Duty, and shows off new moves from infantry and titans alike, new maps, and a grappling hook feature that, for better or for worse, will send players flying.
The game's out on PS4, XBO and PC from October 28, 2016.
As with Titanfall 2, EA Sports offering FIFA 17 delivered two trailers, whose timing coincided with the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France.
One, narrated by new Manchester United coach José Mourinho (previously of Chelsea and Real Madrid), featured Real's Rodriquez, Chelsea's Hazard, Dortmund's Reus, and Man U's Martial, whose likenesses showed off new features coming to FIFA 17, including revisions to set pieces, physical play, AI, and attacking techniques.
The other plunged into an overhauled single-player mode which sees fictional 17-year-old Alex Hunter go from newcomer to English Premier League star; in the trailer, he signs for Manchester United, recalling the rise of this past season's revelation, Marcus Rashford.
FIFA 17 is due on PS4, XBO and PC from Sept 17. Alternate versions are set for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. — AFP Relaxnews