Electronic Arts will return to Los Angeles ahead of E3 2019 for its annual EA Play 2019 event, but the publisher’s independent show will be quite different this year. Taking a move out of the Nintendo playbook, EA is foregoing a traditional press conference in favor of a series of live streams.
EA Play 2019 will “see less talk and more play,” Electronic Arts said in an announcement. The three day event will kick off on Friday, June 7 with a new style of presentation.
“We’re skipping the press conference this year and are replacing it with multiple live streams that will air during the first two days of the event,” EA said, “bringing you more of what you’ve told us you want — more gameplay and insights from the teams making the games.”
EA Play 2019 fanfest, where the public can get hands-on time with new and upcoming games, will run Saturday, June 8 to Sunday, June 9. EA Play 2019 will take place at the Hollywood Palladium, as it has in years past. The event will be free to attend.
E3 2019 itself will take place Tuesday, June 11 through Thursday, June 13, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year’s event will be very interesting. As Sony has decided to bypass the event altogether. Nintendo has been to an E3 in years. That leaves Microsoft with the floor all to themselves. A prime time for them to discuss their disc-less Xbox One S.
Electronic Arts’ announced slate includes it annual sports franchises, as well as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (which will debut at Star Wars Celebration in April), and new entries in the Need for Speed and Plants vs. Zombies franchises. To be honest, EA’s press conference were a bit boring, since their games are shown off in Sony and Microsoft’s own press conference. They won’t be too sorely missed.