We're Liveblogging EA's E3 Press Conference [Update: We're Done]

E3 kicks off earlier and earlier every year, and 2017 is no exception: Electronic Arts is beginning this year’s show at noon Pacific time today with its annual press briefing. Star Wars Battlefront II is a given. What else? Gita Jackson and I will lay it all out for you live, starting in a few minutes.

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Chris Kohler

Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.

I think it’s... over? I think? Is it over? There’s a trailer for Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, the mobile game, and it’s now flipped over to Galaxy of Heroes talk, but I think that’s the end of the official press conference. Thanks, Gita, and thank you all for being here with us.

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Patrick Soderlund is back on stage, thanks everyone.

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And that’s the game. Darth Maul was MVP with 36 kills. The bad guys win! Yay!

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Aaaaaand Darth Maul murdered the hell out of Han.

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Can John Boyega tweet that we need to be able to play as Watto?

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“This is when it gets insane,” says one commentator. Everybody’s in a much more confined area now. More heroes will come out now because players have racked up more Battle Points, which they can spend to transform from lowly Troopers and Droids into individuals such as Darth Maul et al.

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Was that just a hint of Han Solo?

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Rey showed up for two seconds and was immediately murdered.

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“Fall back to the throne room.” Phase 2 didn’t take too long, and Phase 3—the final phase—is imminent.

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Boba Fett can use a “rocket barrage” in this game to “lay down suppressing fire.”

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And Boba Fett. And now they’re fighting each other.

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“The separatists try to breach the security points. The clones defend the area.” That’s what’s up in the highly anticipated Phase 2. And here comes fan-favorite character Darth Maul.

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“Fall back to the palace.” Phase 1 is over! Phase 2 begins now!

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“Phase 2" takes place “inside,” apparently, where things are “really going to heat up.” This seems pretty hot already!

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Somebody just shot him and his robot horse.

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Now somebody’s in a tank, rollin’ down the street. It is chaos down there. Now a clone trooper is on an AT-RT, which is basically a robot horse.

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He’s holding a thermal detonator!

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“I love using the shotgun,” says one commentator. But of course.

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Air vehicles fighting each other, air vehicles going down for bombing runs trying to take out many players at once, etc. It’s a big map, a colossal city.

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In phase one they have to escort an NPC down the street, and if you’re successful you go to... wait for it... phase two.

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Here we go. There are three phases to the battle, iJustine says. Currently, they are in phase... wait for it... one.

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Gavankar now kicks it over to the previously-mentioned two YouTubers and a developer to talk us through the 20-on-20 insanity.

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