By Jeff Neuenschwander / June 9th, 2014
After one of their most tumultuous years, Electronic Arts had a year that yielded rather mixed results. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was good but was criticized for having a lack of replayability. Battlefield 4 was pretty good but was marred by many bugs at launch. Titanfall was impressive with its gameplay but was a rather hollow experience.
So, with releases of Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mirror’s Edge and Star Wars: Battlefront looming, EA has a lot to prove to the consumers. And what else will they bring to the table this year? Let’s find out…
The conference started big with a showing of Star Wars: Battlefront under development. It appears to be releasing sometime next year.
After the opening, we get our second look of the day at Dragon Age: Inquisition. They showed it off with an amazing trailer and live music from a solo celist. This was then followed by some gameplay and a look at some of the heroes that will be in the game. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be coming October 7th, 2014.
BioWare wasn’t done. They moved on to tease a new Mass Effect game. So far, it appears that it’s in the conceptual stage with prototype designs. Meanwhile, BioWare’s Edmonton team is developing a new IP.
Moving on from BioWare, we get a new look at The Sims 4. The game will release on Windows and Mac OS on September 2nd, 2014.
After The Sims, we get a look another look at the upcoming UFC game. During the talk, they revealed that the legendary movie star Bruce Lee will be part of the game. The UFC game will release next week. Also featured from EA Sports is NHL 15 as it gets a trailer.
Next up is a new game from Criterion. It’s still in the Prototype stage but they were so excited that they wanted to show it off.
Over on the Tiberon side of EA Sports, we have a look at their PGA Tour game, using the Frostbyte 3 engine. The game will include normal courses you see on tour as well as some “extreme course”. The game will release next Spring.
Madden NFL 15 was then talked about. With it comes talk about a focus on defense this time around. They also promise to replace scripted scenes with real-time emotions. Madden NFL 15 launches August 26th, 2014.
Next, we have more prototype stuff. First we have Dawngate, a MOBA from EA. The development team behind it is looking to improve on the meta-game and create characters that have a purpose.
Next is Mirror’s Edge, which was teased last year at the end of the E3 conference. The game still appears to be in an early development stage. A conceptual prototype was shown off during the conference.
FIFA 15 was up next, with EA Sports putting a focus on player emotions. New ball physics were also shown as well as how players battle for the ball. The turf will also be dynamic, leaving marks where players had slid or kicked up grass during a free kick. FIFA 15 will release in the Fall.
The latest Battlefield installment, Battlefield: Hardline, was shown last. A new Heist mode featuring a battle between cops and robbers was demonstrated in a 32 person match. Battlefield: Hardline will have the Beta launch right now at Battlefield.com for PC and by downloading through your Battlefield 4 copy on PS4.
And that is it. Did you enjoy the conference? Were you hoping for more game announcements? Let us know in the comments below.
And, as always with events like this, this article will be updated periodically as more info, images, and trailers become available.
Special thanks to Brandon Rose for the oprainfall @ E3 2014 image.
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