EA Play Live is only a month away! Watch our pre-show July 22nd starting at 10AM PT/1PM ET, followed by the main showcase. See you then. 👋 pic.twitter.com/1PZ5IXRYePJune 22, 2021
In May, EA announced that its normally E3-adjacent reveal event is happening later than usual this year. The big E3 2021 press conferences and livestreams happened in mid-June, but EA Play Live will take place on July 22.
Following the end of E3, EA made the announcement more specific: The EA Play Live pre-show will start at 10 am PT/1 pm ET on July 22, and the "main showcase" will follow. Presumably, the pre-show is 30-60 minutes, but EA hasn't specified.
In previous years, EA has announced new Battlefield games in advance of E3 before featuring live gameplay demos during the big conference. It seems like it's doing the same thing here, just with the date of its E3 event moved back. Battlefield 2042, which will be out on October 22, was announced prior to the E3 streams, and then a gameplay trailer was shown off at the Microsoft and Bethesda E3 Showcase. At EA Play Live, we can probably expect to see some extended, uncut gameplay footage.
We also know that EA will reveal a new Battlefield 2042 mode made by DICE LA, which is said to be a "love letter" to series fans.
Aside from Battlefield, we'll surely hear news about Apex Legends and the usual sports games. Something related to Dragon Age 4 also seems likely. Less likely is information on BioWare's new Mass Effect game—it seems too early in production—but it could get a mention. Star Wars: Squadrons studio Motive has games in production that we could hear about, and there's also the next Need for Speed, although the most recent news was that it was delayed until next year.
It's slightly odd that EA chose to do its event a month later than everyone else. Maybe it just needed more time to get trailers and demos together, but it makes one wonder if the company is waiting for something.