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Everything you need to know about EA Play Live ahead of E3 2021

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With the next E3 just a matter of weeks away now, gaming fans are getting very excited with huge announcements set to be unveiled!

Here's all the latest information you need to know, including the late withdrawal from Konami and PES 2022.

Latest - PES 2022 withdrawn from E3

It has just been revealed that Konami has withdrawn from the E3 2021 event.

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WAITING PATIENTLY: The hotly anticipated event fans chomping at the bit

This means that we won't be seeing any news or trailers on PES 22 at E3.

No real reason has been revealed other than suggesting that the gaming company is working on 'other projects'.

With Konami's next football sim set to be released in around six months time, the withdrawal has not filled PES fans with much confidence.

The community on Reddit believe that perhaps we will see the first real PES 22 trailers at Gamescom.

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E3 2021 Schedule (So Far)

We know it isn't a complete picture so far, but here's the latest on the E3 2021 Presentation schedule.

June 12

  • 12:00 PST / 15:00 EST / 20:00 BST - Ubisoft Forward

June 13

  • UNKNOWN - The PC Gaming Show, from PC Gamer
  • UNKNOWN - The Future Games Show, from GamesRadar

June 14

  • RUMOUR - 09:00 PST / 11:00 EST / 16:00 BST - EA Play Live
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E3 2021 is going to take place over several days, from June 12th to June 15th, so there's plenty of announcements still to come! We'll make sure we keep this updated as and when more information is revealed.

Leaked Screencaps From Trailer

That's right! We've got some brand new Battlefield 6 leaks for you. We already knew that this title was going to signal the return of "all-out-warfare" (even though we don't really think they're missing that in Battlefield 1 and V) and we also know that it is supposedly just called "Battlefield".

However... That's pretty much all we know. Thankfully, it looks like we might be getting a new reveal soon as a couple of leaked images have popped up.

According to CharlieIntel, the leak was "sitting on Reddit for over two weeks" before it was actually spotted.

Either way, you can check it out below and the ever-insightful Tom Henderson has confirmed that these images are apparently true.

The images themselves just show an island/coastline of some kind and then a low-rendering of an Attack Helicopter interior (by our guesses).

Of course, there are also claims that these are from an old build of Battlefield and/or fake due to their quality. Henderson also had a response to those claims too...

What do you think? Is this image legit? If so... Is it going to make it into the final cut of any reveal trailers we might see later this month?

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New Battlefield confirmed?

It looks like a Battlefield 6 showcase could be on the way at EA Play Live, after EA revealed that a new game in the series is on the way.

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ARE YOU READY - Another look at Battlefield 6 looks to be on the way

EA and DICE have revealed that the game is coming in 2021 - and with this new coming just six weeks away from EA Play Live - we'd be surprised if we didn't see a reveal at this point.

For our take on the news head here.

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When is EA Play Live?

EA Play Live will be a part of E3 2021.

E3 2021 will begin on Saturday, 12 June and ends on Tuesday, 15 June.

This year’s EA Play Live event is rumoured to take place on Monday, 14 June at 4pm BST / 11am ET.

How to watch?

EA will release a livestream of the event, which will go live on all their social channels.

Here's last year's EA Play Live in full, lasting 50 minutes:

FIFA 22

We’re usually treated to the first FIFA trailer during the event, so a FIFA 22 teaser is likely to feature during EA Play Live.

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COVER CONCEPT: Could Erling Haaland be the cover star for FIFA 22?

As for Ultimate Team, in years gone by we have seen many new features announced in June.

Career Mode received its largest update in years last time around, but players will be expecting more changes again this year.

FIFA 21 only received a Next Gen "update", so perhaps a fully-fledged version for PS5 and Xbox Series X could be in the works this time around.

FIFA 22 is expected to be released in October 2021.

Madden 22

We can expect to see a gameplay trailer for Madden 22 at EA Play Live, along with a developer interview which should give us some insight into the new NFL game.

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GO LONG: A Madden 22 trailer could arrive at EA Play Live
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GO LONG: A Madden 22 trailer could arrive at EA Play Live

We've already seen a teaser into what EA is working on for the title, and with EA Play Live only arriving two or so months ahead of full release - we could see the Cover Athlete revealed too.

Madden 22 is set to be released in August 2021.

NHL 22

We expect NHL 22 will be optimized for next-gen consoles, so hopefully, we'll see a next-gen trailer at EA Play Live.

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SMOOTH SKATING - NHL 22 is expected to release in October

While the NHL 22 release date is yet to be determined, we can assume the game will be coming around September if it keeps on track with other releases from the series.

EA Sports PGA Tour

The golfing community were surprised last month with EA pinching the PGA Tour licence off rivals 2K, announcing the return of EA Sports PGA Tour.

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WE ARE BACK - EA's PGA Tour franchise is returning

The Masters (as well as the other three majors) has already been confirmed, so we hope to see some licenced golfers in a trailer and even an insight into gameplay at the EA Play Live showcase.

With no release date set in stone, perhaps EA will announce the official date at EA Play Live, or even a Ryder Cup announcement.

The Sims 5

It has been rumoured we will see The Sims 5 at EA Play Live 2021.

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THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER: Could we see a Sims 5 trailer at EA Play Live 2021?

If the rumours are true, we'd love to see a trailer, however, this is likely to be very short with the game not being released for a while yet.

Sims 5 is expected to be released in Spring 2022.

NBA Live 22

Is the NBA Live franchise coming back?

We haven't heard anything from the Live team since before the Coronavirus pandemic, so a huge question mark remains over the franchise.

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With EA announcing the return of the College Football and PGA Tour franchises, there's every chance that an NBA Live 22 (or even 23) statement could arrive.

If NBA Live 22 were to launch it would likely arrive in late August 2021, so EA may be running out of time.

Battlefield 6

Battlefield 6 is definitely a game fans will be looking out for.

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TEASER: EA is set to release a trailer for Battlefield 6 at E3
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TEASER: EA is set to release a trailer for Battlefield 6 at E3

Hopefully, we'll see a gameplay trailer at EA Play Live, after receiving a sneak peek last year.

Battlefield 6 is set to be released Holiday 2021.

Skate 4

We are not sure if Skate 4 (possibly called just Skate) will be included in EA Play Live 2021, but we'd love to see a teaser trailer if it is!

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WAITING PATIENTLY: Fans can hope EA will announce a release date for Skate 4 at EA Play Live
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WAITING PATIENTLY: Fans can hope EA will announce a release date for Skate 4 at EA Play Live

EA has not yet confirmed a release date for Skate 4, so perhaps there will be an announcement on a specific date that fans can look forward to.

It was announced Skate was returning at last year's EA Play Live showcase - but it's been radio silence ever since.

EA Sports College Football

There's a slim chance we'll see a very small EA Sports College Football teaser at EA Play Live 2021.

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OUTTA NOWHERE - The countdown has begun on a new College Football game, but when will it arrive?

Despite being announced earlier this year, the game is not expected until 2023 - so anything shown at E3 would be a bonus.

Knockout City

Knockout City arrives this May, but with Seasonal content to come, expect to find all about Season 1 at EA Play Live.

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Apex Legends

Season 9 of Apex Legends arrives in May, meaning that EA Play arrives at an awkward time for their Seasonal cycle - so what could Respawn reveal?

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EVOLVE - It's been a big year for Apex already, with the game now on Switch

We haven't heard anything about Apex's Next Gen port - so if the team does decide to reveal something, expect it to be future plans for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Star Wars

EA did lose the exclusive rights to the Star Wars franchise, but will continue to make games for a "galaxy far, far away".

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We aren't expecting any EA Star Wars announcement, but don't rule anything out just yet.

Codemasters titles?

Racing fans could be in for a treat too, as EA's newest Studio Codemasters could get involved this year. What could Codemasters bring to EA Play Live 2021?

Well, what about exclusive F1 2021 details or the announcement of DiRT Rally 3.0! We'll just have to wait and see what the British racing masters have in store.

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