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All aboard the moderately-excited-but-our-expectations-are-tempered-after-years-of-crap-from-EA hype train, as Electronic Arts has thrown its hat into the ring and announced the timings for its live E3 2018 press conference. It’s promising to be a loot box full of surprises when it takes place at the rather grand sounding Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

A quick Google tells me it’s anything but grand, although I’m sure beneath its rather uninspiring exterior lurks a venue that will play host to heaps of announcements, like Skate 4, Burnout, Black & White 3, and the glorious return of SSX Tricky. I suspect it’ll just be FIFA 19 and yet another bad Need For Speed game though.

The EA Play press conference will take place on Saturday, June 9th, at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm BST / 7pm CET. Expect the whole conference to last about two hours, and there’ll perhaps be a wild Mourinho lurking in the wings.

EA has said we can expect “gameplay reveals and big announcements”, as well as some camera time for “some of the biggest content creators in gaming.” Anthem will, of course, be there, as will all the usual EA Sports titles. Aside from this, Battlefield V looks to be nailed on, but that’s about all we know in regards to EA’s upcoming projects. A reveal of Respawn’s Star Wars game is a distinct possibility, but other than this we’re just open to being surprised.

If you’re in the area and you’re looking to attend EA Play 2018 for yourself on June 9th, tickets are free but likely to be in hot demand. Pre-registration is now open, which then gives you the chance to register for a ticket on May 25th. From 9am on May 25th, those who are pre-registered will be able to book a show day or gameplay session on a first-come, first-served basis. Rumour has it that for every person who books a ticket and doesn’t show up for the gameplay session, EA murders a loot box. You have been warned.

What are your hopes, dreams, and fears for EA this year? Could backtracking from microtransactions be a big theme at E3 this year, or will EA pull the wool over our eyes once again?