EA Play Returns for 2019, No Longer Includes Press Conference

Late last year, Sony revealed that they would not be holding their traditional pre-E3 press conference, signaling a major loss for what is often considered the biggest gaming convention of the year.

Now, another major publisher has decided to forego the standard press conference format for this year’s E3. Earlier today, EA announced that their annual pre-E3 EA Play event would be making its return this year at the Hollywood Palladium on June 7-9, the weekend prior to E3. Just like in years past, a fanfest will be held on June 8 and 9, which will be free to attend and allow lucky gamers to get their hands on some of EA’s biggest upcoming titles, which, in addition to the usual lineup of sports titles, could also include Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and new entries in the Need for Speed and Plants vs. Zombies franchises. However, this year’s EA Play will no longer kick off with a press conference, instead being replaced with live streams that will air on June 7 and 8, which will feature “more gameplay and insights from the teams making the games.” While there will likely still be plenty of intriguing reveals that EA has up its sleeve, the continual disappearance of the traditional press conference format is sure to be disappointing for fans of past E3s.

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