By Jeff Neuenschwander / August 13th, 2014
Couldn’t stay up late for the Electronic Arts conference? Live in Europe but had to go to work and couldn’t see it? That’s okay. We’ve got you covered with our recap of the happenings at Gamescom. Here’s what EA had in store.
The conference started with an extended demonstration of Dragon Age Inquisition. BioWare calls it the largest game they’ve ever built and looks to immerse gamers in the experience. They also promise over 1 million combinations in terms of character customization as you create the leader of the inquisition. The game will feature the ability to directly control companions while your character leads the charge. You can also use a “tactical camera” to plot your strategy in battle. Dragon Age Inquisition will release on November 18th in North America and November 20th in Europe.
Up next was Titanfall with more content coming to the game. A new map pack called IMC Rising will be releasing later this fall. The team behind it looks to add more content as the game releases alongside Xbox One in new markets.
After that, we start looking at the sports games, with NHL 15 up first. They want to bring even more immersion to the game, which includes how they look at physics, how the fans act during the game, how players will control play, and even live-action recordings of NBC commentators Mike “Doc” Emrick and Eddie Olczyk. The game will launch on September 9th in North America and September 12th in Europe.
After trying to show off his German skills, COO Peter Moore talked about The Sims 4. The game was first revealed at last year’s Gamescom and will launch in a few weeks. To show off the game, they brought in a few people from the Sims Studio to join Peter and Executive Producer Rachel Franklin to demonstrate certain features in the game. One of the new features is the ability to move entire rooms and even the full house. While the game is launching on September 2nd, you can try out the Create-A-Sim Demo starting today.
Up next, we’ve got an update on the free-to-play FIFA World. A new game engine will be launching for the game which will create smarter AI and allow for better dribbling. New rewards and items will also be given to gamers. You can download and begin playing on your PC at this very moment as the game continues to be in Open Beta worldwide.
Following that was FIFA 15, the next installment in the series. One of the newest features is the revamping of goalkeepers to make them act and react more realistically. The game will also include of the Turkish Super League, which will include all 18 teams. Furthermore, EA Sports will also have more immersion of the Barclay’s Premiere League in England, which will include all 20 unique stadiums in the game, better broadcast experiences, and the Goal Decision System that you may have seen at the World Cup this year. You will also be able to play seasons against your friends in Ultimate Team. FIFA 15 will release on September 23rd in North America and September 25th in Europe.
Following the FIFA games comes Star Wars: The Old Republic. The game will have new expansions coming, starting with next week’s release of the Galactic Stronghold Digital Expansion, which will allow for house building in-game. You’ll also be getting Guild Flagships in the future.
Next, we have Dawngate, the MOBA coming from Waystone Games. Alpha servers are now opened in Europe. If you want to sign-up for the beta, check out dawngate.com.
A new original online IP from BioWare Austin was announced. The game is an action RPG called Shadow Realms. The game was inspired by old pen and paper RPGs. It is set in a modern fantasy realm and features 4v1 gameplay. The story will be released in episodes. It will be released on PC next year. However, you can sign up now for next month’s closed alpha at shadowrealms.com.
Finally, we get another look at Battlefield: Hardline.They showed off the single player gameplay for the first time, which the team says will have missions that act like an episode of a TV crime show and provide choices for the players that effects the whole campaign. As you may know, there was a beta for the game back at E3 that many gamers took part in. Another beta will be coming soon before release.
And that is it for the EA Press Conference. What did you think? Did you enjoy what you saw? Were that games they showed not that interesting to you? Let us know in the comments below.
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