Electronic Arts Teases Several Projects; But Not Quite Ready to Show Them All Off
Electronic Arts took quite a different approach with its E3 2014 Press Conference than Microsoft. Whereas Microsoft announced game after game with trailers and/or gameplay, EA focused more on developer discussions, with many of the biggest games not quite ready to be shown. Kicking the conference off was Star Wars: Battlefront, with EA providing some behind-the-scenes look at the game's development, but sadly not much in the way of actual gameplay. EA did follow up with actual gameplay from Dragon Age: Inquisition, as well as delving into introducing some of the companions. Bioware then kept the focus, briefly mentioning that a new Mass Effect was in the works, along with a brand new IP; but only showing some scenes from a "conceptual prototype." Sims 4 gameplay was next, with the tag line "Smarter Sims. Weirder Stories." The gameplay demo shown certainly lived up to the "weirder story" theme, though I won't spoil it.
Next up was the sports game segment of the show, starting with EA SPORTS UFC. Launching June 17, the trailer and gameplay shown focused on the legendary Bruce Lee. Next was a trailer for NHL '15, which EA actually leaked earlier today on its Facebook page. Criterion Games then took the floor to unveil a brand new IP, but it was so early in development that we weren't even told a name. What we do know is that the developer of the Burnout franchise is taking its vehicular knowhow to new heights, with the game featuring all sorts of driveable vehicles from ATVs to helicopters to wingsuits to jet skiis; and they will only be driveable in first-person. Next up was EA SPORTS PGA Tour being developed using the Frostbite 3 engine, and it looks like Tiburon is taking advantage of some of the Battlefield assets - aside from the fully rendered real-world courses, there will also be "extreme fantasy courses," such as the one shown in the gameplay trailer featuring an aircraft carrier. Rounding out the sports portion of the show was Madden 15, with its focus of new defensive changes to make playing defense more fun and useful.
Breaking up the sports portion was Dawngate, EA's MOBA. Then came a segment about the highly anticipated Mirror's Edge 2, showing off some behind-the-scenes look like with SW:BF, but also showing some early footage of gameplay. EA was keen to point out that this was "Faith for a new generation." EA then decided to go back to sports to show off FIFA 15, which features new emotions and ball physics for even more realism.
EA then decided to end its conference on a high note, officially unveiling Battlefield Hardline, a brand new Battlefield game pitting cops vs. criminals. Visceral Games showed off some gameplay of a 32-person Heist match, where the criminals had to secure some loot while the cops chased them down - it was like an intense action movie scene. Hardline will launch on October 21st, but you can sign up for the beta today at Battlefield.com.
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Source: E3 2014