Happy E3 2014, everyone! We’re going to be live blogging ALL of the conferences and adding in our thoughts as they’re announced. You can watch the press conferences via the Twitch stream below! We will be responding to EA’s announcements, and we’ll also be providing analysis during/post show. Fingers are crossed for a Skate 4.
– EA opens up their E3 presentation with a look inside Dice Studios, as they work on their upcoming and highly anticipated Star Wars game. The team traveled to the actual movie locations to recapture the visuals and the feelings surrounding iconic Star Wars battles. The game is officially revealed as a new Star Wars Battlefront, with the promise that we will see more of the game in the spring of 2015.
– EA’s message is similar to Microsoft’s in the company’s introduction: they are committed to listening to gamers and giving them the games they want to see. They will also be structuring their entire presentation around “behind the scenes” looks at games that are currently in progress.
– We are then treated to a new look at Dragon Age: Inquisition, accompanied by some stunning live music. The game looks fantastic as always, and players will lead a team of heroes into battle against the forces of evil, as evidenced in a new gameplay demo that features a fiery fight against a menacing dragon.
– Heroes that make up the titular inquisition in the game include brave warriors from all across the world, from a ruthless warden, a wildcard archer, the Iron Bull mercenary, and an ambitious and powerful mage.
– But that’s not all that BioWare has brought to E3…
– Yup, we then see a video of the BioWare developers discussing the progress of the next Mass Effect game! We don’t get to see much about the work-in-progress, but we do know that the story is said to take place in an entirely different location.
– Another team at BioWare is currently knee-deep in a brand new IP, although we don’t get any information about this one, not even a title.
– As expected, EA then took some time to show off some new features in the upcoming The Sims 4. The Sims themselves will be smarter this time around, as players are able to choose different personality traits to really fine-tune the people who populate your game world. For instance, Chuck the hot-head gym buff is furious after reciting his bad poetry for an elderly neighbor the night before, resulting in a physical altercation. The moods of different characters will actually affect the tone of every other Sim around them, and you’ll even be able to import other players’ Sims directly into your own game world. Then the demo takes a dark turn as Chuck literally dies from laughter at a house party. The Sims 4 will officially be released on September 2, 2014.
– Next up we have an in-depth look at Bruce Lee, who has already been confirmed to be a character in the upcoming EA Sports UFC. We then get to see an exclusive gameplay demo of Bruce Lee in action. The game will be available next week on June 17, 2014.
– Continuing along the sports section of the showcase, we get to hear some new information about the physics of NHL 15 and watch the very first gameplay footage of the upcoming release.
– After making it clear that their next game is still in the very, very early stages of development (because no one can seemingly keep a secret in gaming anymore), Criterion Games talks about a brand new racing IP that features all sorts of different vehicles. It is also strictly a first-person racing game. Sadly, there was no mention of the actual title of this new game just yet.
– The Frostbite 3 engine is being used for the upcoming EA Sports PGA Tour, which is described as “golf without limits.” And to be fair, the accompanying trailer looks absolutely breathtaking. In addition to actual real-life courses, you can even golf through intense fantasy courses, like one in the middle of a coastal war battle with firing battleships.
– Madden NFL 15 is focused on making the defense components of the game much more intuitive and fun to play. There is also an emphasis on different camera angles that aim to capture the emotion of the players much like you would find when watching an NFL game tape. Madden NFL 15 will launch on August 26, 2014.
– After all of the massive sports game, EA switches gears to cater to the MOBA crowd with a new look at Dawngate. The development team of hardcore MOBA players discusses their desire to have every character in the game be fighting for a purpose.
– Okay, so here we go now: a new look at the upcoming Mirror’s Edge game. We are given a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the character creation of protagonist Faith for her next outing, as well as the different parkour artistry that the team studied to build Faith’s actual movements through the game. But again, no official title or release date was given.
– Circling back to sports, you didn’t think EA would forget about FIFA 15 now did you? We get a big presentation for the upcoming soccer game that’s all about the game’s physics, dynamic presentation, and even the footprints that will be left on the field by the players. The game will be launching this fall.
– As we near the end of EA’s presentation, they decide to really start bringing out the big guns with Battlefield Hardline. Even though the game was prematurely leaked a few weeks ago, it’s still very exciting to see the blistering shooter in action. The foundation of Hardline is all about cops vs. robbers and good guys vs. bad guys.
– We then get an exclusive gameplay demo of Hardline’s multiplayer. Specifically, we get to see the 32-player Heist mode where some players are trying to make off some loot, while the cops are trying to stop them.
– A closed beta for Battlefield Hardline on PC and PS4 will be launching TODAY. The beta is first come first served, so you’d better get moving if you want in on the very first taste of the upcoming Battlefield. PS4 owners can jump in on the beta right now by using their copy of Battlefield 4. The official game will be released on October 21, 2014.
– And with that, the Electronic Arts presentation comes to a close. Be sure to check back later today for our full reflections and analysis of EA’s latest!