2022 EA Play event canceled as publisher focuses on individual announcements

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While Electronic Arts has not been a part of E3 officially for quite a few years now, it has continued to host a separate EA Play event during E3 week to point a spotlight at its upcoming games slate. Since 2020, the event has been digital-only due to the pandemic, but this year, EA is taking a break from the festivities altogether.

In a statement to IGN, an EA representative has said the development schedule is not matching up to show off "everything on one date" to fans. Instead, the publisher is working on having separate reveals for upcoming projects "when the time is right." Here's the full statement:

"We love EA Play Live as it's our way of connecting with our players and sharing what’s new with all of you. However, this year things aren't lining up to show you everything on one date. We have exciting things happening at our world-class studios and this year we’ll reveal much more about these projects when the time is right for each of them. We look forward to spending time with you throughout the year!"

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While a single day of announcements from the publisher is now out of the question for 2022, EA does have a multitude of live service games with updates incoming such as for Apex Legends and Battlefield 2042. The yearly sports games as well as Battlefield and Need for Speed mobile games are also expected to land later this year.

As for its new projects, three Star Wars games are in production under Respawn Entertainment, while new games in the Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Dead Space (reboot) franchises are also in the works. Aside from a JedI: Fallen Order sequel, the rest of the mentioned titles won't be landing in 2022, however, gameplay reveals may still happen.

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