E3 2014: EA Conference Recap

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Posted June 10, 2014 by Eduardo Gueiros in Video Games

Today we got a very sports-oriented look at EA, as was to be expected. Unfortunately, however, we did not get to see a lot of content to some of the most expected games such as the next Mass Effect installment and Star Wars Battlefront. Most of what we saw was what we already expect, since they are annual titles. However, there were some highlights that we were treated to, including a detailed look at one of Battlefield: Hardline’s new multiplayer modes and a look at the next Mirror’s Edge. So here’s what we saw:

Dragon Age: Inquisition

This game needs no introduction and has been on many people’s radars for a while now. EA showed us the vast and beautiful world this game will take place in, and introduced a little bit of the context behind the lore in this universe. The game really looks as though it will be beautiful, with characters and landscapes full of gorgeous colors and amazing detail. In addition to the general trailer, we were also treated to some gameplay footage, as you can see below.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on October 7, 2014 in North America, and October 10, 2014 in Europe on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Credit: GameSpot

 

The Sims 4

The next installment of The Sims franchise was also explored in significant detail, as we were told about what we can expect from the game in the future. The emphasis was on the character creation aspect of the game, which promises to give players more freedom and more options in order to create unique people in the world. In addition to being able to fully customize all the aesthetic features of your character, players will also be able to set certain emotional characteristics that will develop as you evolve through interactions and experiences.

The Sims 4 will be released on September 4, 2014 on PC and Mac.

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EA Sports UFC

Next up we started to delve into the world of sports at EA. This segment started with footage of an interview with Bruce Lee, as we were slowly introduced to other members of the current wold of mixed martial arts, including current UFC fighters, who speak highly of the legendary fighter. Next, we were introduced to the game itself, which includes Bruce Lee as a playable character. We were introduced to the gameplay, which looks beautiful and incredibly realistic running on EA’s new Ignite engine. Below you can see footage from the fight, which naturally contains Bruce Lee, to get a taste of what awaits fans of the sport.

EA Sports UFC will be released on June 17, 2014, and will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Credit: E3 Trailers

 

NHL 15

Continuing with the sports theme (after all no one does sports like EA), we got to see some of NHL 15, which also looks gorgeous. Throughout the video there were moments where I couldn’t tell if we were watching a trailer or actual footage from the NHL itself, so I’m excited for more gameplay so I can see just how good this will look in-game.

NHL 15 will be released on September 9, 2014 in North America and on September 12, 2014 in Europe, and will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Credit: EA Sports

 

Untitled Criterion Extreme Sports Game

This one was a little puzzling simply because we weren’t really given much in terms of what to expect. We weren’t given a name for this project, nor were we given a release date. However, we were treated to some of the ideas behind the concept of the game. The interviews with the development team focused heavily on the inclusion of different vehicle types in the game, with jet skis, boats, planes, and even wingsuits making appearances in the limited footage we were able to see. I guess we’ll have to wait for more information, but the idea and the passion behind making speed (in any shape or form) the most prominent component of the game seems incredibly interesting.

Below you can see a little more about the views the team has for this next speed-oriented game, including some more vehicles they have been toying with:

Credit: GameSpot

 

Mass Effect Project

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see much about the next Mass Effect installment. We weren’t even given a name or a release window. However, we did get a teaser trailer with some intriguing art concepts as well as interviews with members of the Bioware, who talked about their vision for their game. What we did get from this teaser is that the next game will focus on the exploration of new areas of space as well as new characters. I was somewhat disappointed that we didn’t get to see more, but that’s entirely due to my excitement surrounding the eventual announcement.

In addition to the Mass Effect teaser, the Bioware team talked briefly about a new, unnamed IP. Below you can see the teaser trailer we got at E3:

Credit: E3 Trailers

 

Star Wars: Battlefront

Similarly to Mass Effect, this was somewhat of a disappointment because we didn’t get to see much of the actual game. While it was incredibly refreshing to see the extent to which the developers are going to in order to stay true to the original Star Wars movie, it would have been nice to see a little more footage from the actual game. The glimpses we did get looked stunning, so hopefully that’s indicative of the project as a whole.

Below you can see what we did get form E3, which was mostly behind-the-scenes content regarding the development and research processes surrounding the game.

Credit: EA Star Wars

 

PGA Tour

For golf fans this was actually a pretty interesting announcement that flew under the radar a little given how briefly we got to see the game. I was personally very intrigued by the concept EA Sports unveiled even though I’m not a big fan of golf. In addition to being able to play the classic courses included in previous versions of the game, players will also be able to take a shot at “extreme fantasy courses.” These will include what might be most appropriately described as significant outside interference, in the shape of giant Destroyers crashing through the course as you take your shot, amongst other things I’m sure. You know, the usual stuff.

Below you can get a glimpse of what PGA Tour has in store, which didn’t get an official release date, in all its (surprisingly destructive) glory:

Credit: EA Sports

 

Madden NFL 15

After the revelation earlier this week that Richard Sherman will feature on the cover of the next installment of Madden NFL, we were able to hear a little more about the new features to the upcoming title. The focus was, fittingly, on the defensive side of the ball. EA has heard the complaints from consumers about defense being hard or tedious, so they plan on significantly improving the gameplay from that perspective. Firstly, when playing defense, players will be able to rotate the camera so that it faces the direction they are going (as in the offense), which will create more opportunities to read plays and react quickly. Additionally, EA made a point to emphasize that tackling has been redesigned, shedding blocks has become more maneuverable, and control over the defense as a whole will improve.

Madden NFL 15 will be released on August 26, 2014 in North America, and on August 29, 2014 in Europe, and will be playable on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.

Below, you can see a more detailed explanation of the features mentioned above, as well as footage of some of these being implemented.

Credit: IGN

 

Dawngate

Dawngate is a new Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game, that has focused on creating maps and characters that revolve around an actual story arc concept that will improve the gaming experience. EA made a point to emphasize that the game was built with gamer input throughout the process, with the hope of created a product that would truly connect to gamers.

We The Nerdy reported on this particular game in more detail earlier, and you can find this information, as well as the trailer shown at E3, here: http://wethenerdy.com/e3-2014-ea-updates-information-moba-named-dawngate/

 

Mirror’s Edge

Another highly anticipated game from EA in the past few years has been the follow-up to Mirror’s Edge. We got a glimpse of what to expect, and were able to see a lot of gameplay, as well as some of the components that helped significantly throughout the development process. As you can see in the video below, a lot of focus was put on creating a true parkour experience while traversing the world in the game. Parkour artists were used as consultants in an attempt to optimize the mechanics in the game, in order to allow players to use a plethora of moves to discover highly rewarding and difficult paths, as well as longer but slightly easier ones, on their way to a specific destination. Unfortunately, however, we did not get a release date so we’ll have to eagerly await more information.

Below, you can check out what we got to see at E3:

Credit: Mirror’s Edge The Game

 

FIFA 15

This is probably the most anticipated sports release every year, so I’m sure it drew a lot of attention from fans. The features highlighted at E3 were mostly small, mechanical things that were improved for gameplay. Players will have memories, so that they react differently to plays depending on the context of each game up to that point. Additionally, tackling and physical contact has been reworked and fine-tuned in an attempt to create a more realistic atmosphere on the pitch. Speaking of atmosphere, EA promised to bring stadiums to life through fans in order to augment the experience further.

This game promises to be yet another successful upgrade for the franchise, as the trailer looks smooth and beautiful. Also, the fact that Idris Elba narrates it with incredible passion for the sport (as well as the World Cup being only days away) makes the prospect of playing this game even more exciting.

FIFA 15 is set to be released on September 23, 2014 in North America, and September 25, 2014 in Europe, and will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Credit: EA Sports FIFA

 

Battlefield: Hardline

Finally, EA closed the show with a detailed look at the next Battlefield game, which promises to be drastically different from what we’ve seen before from the franchise. This game will focus on the traditional cops versus criminals format, and will contain new game modes that fit this context more appropriately. At E3 we got an extensive example of the game’s new “Heist” mode, in which criminals have to acquire certain loot and evade that cops attempting to stop them. The game looks amazing aesthetically, and the environment seems as destructible as ever, staying true to a key franchise characteristic.

EA also announced that a beta for the game would be made available on PlayStation 4 and PC immediately after the end of the conference, as previously reported on We The Nerdy.

Battlefield: Hardline is set to be released on October 21, 2014, and will be playable on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Below you can find the gameplay footage of the Heist match, which give s an amazing example of what we can expect.

Credit: GameSpot

 

Overall, the conference was a little bit of a let down for EA because we didn’t really get to see anything we didn’t already know was coming. Although looks at Battlefield and Mirror’s Edge were entertaining, it felt as though EA fell a little short of the high expectations its come to illicit. With that said, I am still incredibly excited to get my hands on most of these game, because they all look beautiful.


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