With the return of E3 this year, the gaming industry is one step closer to normal in the face of the ongoing COVID pandemic. While E3 itself has moved to a completely digital format, fans still manage to visit storefronts from regular companies like Square Enix, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Nintendo, and others. One big difference this year, however, was the lack of Electronic Arts, who chose to host their showcase at EA Play later that summer. Announced in early May, EA has confirmed that your signature June show along with E3 is scheduled for July 22 without any announcements and disclosures. While EA has already revealed several titles that will be featured at the event, such as the recently revealed shooter Battlefield 2042, speculation continues to spread throughout the community, with rumors recently leading up to a Dead Space revival. Without spoiling it too much, EA added another layer of intrigue to its presentation this month by announcing four additional events ahead of the main show later this month. Announced as the Spotlight Series, EA plans a dedication session each week ahead of the main EA Play show on July 22. Each session will essentially be a thematic panel focused on a specific type of game or topic, with studio members on-site to share the development process as well as other industry stories. Better yet, these sessions don't replace the message in the 40-minute main show, but simply supplement it with new information and revelations. It all kicks off on July 8 at 10:00 PT with a session called The Future of FPS that specifically highlights Battlefield 2042 and Apex Legends. According to EA, Stella Chung will host the event with DICE Managing Director Oscar Gabrielson, DICE LA Managing Director Christian Grass, Respawn Founder and CEO Vince Zampela, and Apex Legends Director Chad Grenier. A few days later, on July 13, the next Spotlight session, known as EA Originals <3 Independent Studios, is scheduled to take place. The panel brought together Josef Fares of Hazelight, Olov Redmalm of Zoink, Mel Phillips and Ababarker Salim of Silver Rain and Guha Bala of Velan with moderator Todd Martens of the Los Angeles Times. The July 19 panel will be specifically dedicated to Madden NFL 22 and will examine how the community shaped this year's game and improved gameplay features such as Franchise Mode, Scripting Engine, and Personnel Management. The panel will include EA Sports' Sean Grady, Tom Lishke and Andre Weingarten, and presenter Nick Misesco, who was a game broadcaster for the Madden Championship Series.