On July 22, Electronic Arts held a presentation of EA Play Live. It also showed a sandbox mode for Battlefield 2042 and announced a remake of Dead Space. We tell you how the stock market and the gaming community reacted to the event.

EA Play Live had a slight impact on the company’s shares. On the morning after the presentation, their value increased by 1.12%. Now they are trading at a price of $142.29 apiece, and at yesterday’s closing of trading, the value of one share was $140.72.

Benji-Sales analyst was impressed by the presentation and noted that the company is trying to correct the mistakes made in recent years. “EA is preparing to show itself well in this generation of consoles and has the potential to improve its image. I hope they will succeed,” he wrote.

Most players also seem to have been satisfied with EA Play. Geoff Keighley published a survey in which almost 13 thousand people took part at the time of publication of the news. The majority (39%) rated the event by 4 points. 16.8% gave him an A, and 23.6% gave him a three.

The loudest announcement of the show was the remake of Dead Space, rumors of which first appeared a few months ago. Soon after, the game hit the top spot on Twitter trends in the “Games” category.

The remake of Dead Space will be a reboot of the series. The developer of the project, EA Motive studio, notes that he learns from past mistakes and intends to listen to the opinion of fans. There will be no microtransactions in the game, but the plot will be improved and gameplay mechanics will be updated.

Jeff Grubb from VentureBeat noted that this year we will see more news on Dead Space. According to him, EA approved the development of the project after the success of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Resident Evil remakes.

The network also had a lot of jokes about the announcement of the project. “Dead Space [a play on words: space means both “space” and “space] — that’s what EA calls the Visceral Games office,” wrote analyst Daniel Ahmad, recalling how the company closed the original games developer studio in 2017.

Glen Schofield, the former general manager of Visceral Games, was also impressed by the announcement. “Leading the development of the original Dead Space was one of the highlights of my career. I’m looking forward to what the EA Motive team will do with the project,” he wrote.

Another important announcement of EA Play Live was the Battlefield Portal project, which will be available to all owners of Battlefield 2042. This is a revolutionary mode for the series, representing a sandbox for players.

Users will be able to play on different maps from classic Battlefield games. Thus, it will be possible to combine elements from different projects and eras — for example, to arrange a battle between soldiers of the Second World War and the modern army.

Portal will also allow players to configure matches as flexibly as possible in the web interface and change gameplay conditions, limiting the number of players on the map or changing the health of soldiers. The project is being developed by Ripple Effect studio, formerly known as DICE LA.

Battlefield Portal was positively received by both ordinary players and people from the industry. A lot of memes are dedicated to the project — there were no comparisons with the Portal game either.

In addition, a number of other projects were announced on EA Play Live:

  • GRID Legends is a new part of the racing series, which is being developed by Codemasters studio, which recently joined EA;
  • Lost In Random is an adventure RPG from Zoink Games, the action game of which is built around a map system and combines turn—based and realtime battles;
  • Apex Legends — a new season of “Rebirth” with a ranked arena mode and a new hero Ciara;
  • Knockout City is a new season with new maps, hero looks and playlists.