Rumors are circulated that EA will announce the return of a fan-favorite "established IP" at its July EA Play showcase in July.
Speculation began after a comment made by Jeff Grubb, reporter for GamesBeat, during an E3 2021 video stream on Friday, June 18, surfaced to the public thanks to VGC. While talking about the EA Play Showcase this upcoming July 22, Grubb mentioned that the EA Motive studio could be working on an "established IP" revival. Fans believe the game may be revealed during the showcase.
Below we've compiled a short list of our top three picks for what franchise will be making a return at EA Play on July 22.
EA Teases the Return of a Fan-favorite "Established IP" at EA Play
1. Dead Space
This one has quite a bit of evidence. Grubb allegedly spoke of the IP during a Tuesday, June 15 stream, stating "we’re going to see it… if we’re not dead first."
Additionally, EA Motive has got a fresh coat of paint in recent weeks. After the publication of Star Wars: Squadrons, the studio's general manager, Patrick Klaus, mentioned "working on several unannounced projects." Of course, most of these are likely Star Wars-themed, following a few suspicious job postings.
Before Dead Space's old studio, Visceral, closed up shop in 2017, they, too, were working on a Star Wars game—so, fans allege, the connection is there. Could Motive be taking over the revival?
Despite already being announced back in 2020, Skate is one of the top picks rumored for the reveal in July. Although, it wouldn't be much of a reveal—likely more of a continued tease. Regardless if it is the rumored IP or not, fans could still see more information concerning the franchise at the showcase such as gameplay footage or, possibly a time frame for release.
3. Mirror's Edge
Fans haven't heard much about Mirror's Edge since its release in 2008 and reboot in 2016. Lack of content, however, doesn't necessarily mean the franchise is dead. Fans still hold to the beloved "cult classic" title, despite being five years post-launch.
After all, what makes a better comeback story than a concept that players thought long gone?