EA today confirmed that their annual EA Play Live will return, but at a much later date than anticipated.
EA hasn’t attended an E3 since 2016 when it split off from the ESA’s annual event to create its own. EA Play was a big success that year, offering players and media alike a chance to try major titles, including Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. Every year, like clockwork, EA would announce EA Play would take place alongside or slightly before E3. Even in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down E3, EA still held EA Play Live digitally during the traditional E3 time. For 2021, however, this isn’t the case.
Taking to Twitter, EA announced that EA Play Live 2021 will take place July 22. No other details were provided.
EA Play Live is coming back July 22nd. Save the date! pic.twitter.com/qh9OOGhPTm
— Electronic Arts (@EA) May 11, 2021
EA Play Live arrives long after E3 2021 ends. That event takes place June 12 through June 15. It also means we could be waiting longer to see gameplay for hotly anticipated games, including the new Battlefield. While we may get a reveal in early June, EA and DICE are notrious for showcasing ‘Game Engine’ trailers at reveals and reserving gameplay for their own events. Of course, it’s still possible that Battlefield gameplay shows up at E3 via Microsoft’s event. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
EA Play Live airs July 22. We’ll let you know when EA releases more details about the event.