Though there were a handful of console-exclusive experiences shown during the EA World Premiere: E3 Preview this afternoon, many of the announced experiences that EA revealed at its E3 stage show will be available on PC and downloadable through Origin. But we’re here to celebrate all the announcements the company made in Los Angeles today.
The entire presentation will soon be archived and watchable on the EA E3 page, and you’ll probably want to head over there to watch these Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC games in action. This is what went down starting noon PDT today.
The presentation opened with a video from DICE. This is the team working on Star Wars Battlefront, and the progress they’re demonstrating with recognizable locations from the original Star Wars trilogy is absolutely stunning. The team visited the shooting locations for Endor and Hoth, and the attention to detail is definitely obvious in the early footage shown today. No release date was announced for Star Wars Battlefront.
After a short introduction from our tuxedo’ed boss Andrew Wilson, we’re led straight into a demo of the upcoming Dragon Age Inquisition. It’s all about the choices you make in this next generation fantasy role-playing game, and in the footage we got a chance to watch a team take down one truly terrifying and freakin’ massive dragon. Dragon Age Inquisition ships in October and it can be pre-ordered today.
As BioWare works to complete Dragon Age Inquisition, the team revealed that it’s also working on two additional projects: the next in the Mass Effect series which will expand the franchise with new stories and new characters, and a brand new franchise that has yet to be revealed. Release dates for both of these games weren't revealed.
The Sims 4 made an awesome stage presentation at this year’s E3. All the great features of the next generation of The Sims were on display: Create a Sims, Build Mode…and how personality can change the shape of your Sims story. We shouldn’t spoil the surprise if you haven’t seen it, but why not…your happy Sims can literally laugh themselves to death. The Sims 4 for PC ships on September 2, and you can pre-order it now.
Next week marks the arrival of UFC on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with the playable Bruce Lee included. The short demo pit Bruce Lee against BJ Penn and showed off the takedown and grapple system that you’ll be able to experience when the game ships on June 17.
The cool-as-ice NHL 15 is looking hotter than ever for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The next generation console hockey game’s got a fantastic look and promises improved gameplay elements including brand new puck physics. The presentation shows off some really fantastic detail in the game engine, too.
The Burnout racing franchise is one of our favorites (especially Burnout Paradise), and yes, we were excited to see that they dedicated a little time in the presentation to show off its current project in development…even if it is wicked early. The action/racing game is inspired by the extreme sports videos that pop-up online. You’ll be able to drive ATVs, boats, cars…pilot helicopters…even skydive. No name or systems were announced, and no current release date has been revealed, but we’re already jazzed to see more on this game.
The PGA Tour series is getting the Frostbite 3 treatment. You know, the powerful engine that drives games like Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Rivals and Dragon Age Inquisition? That power will push golf into new directions, both in realism AND in fantastical situations. Yep, you’ll be able to play on extreme fantasy courses, as demonstrated when a battleship plowed right through the fairway. PGA Tour won’t be ready until Spring 2015, but we’re already polishing our clubs.
Football season’s coming up and with it comes Madden NFL 15. The game has advanced with a huge focus on defense that pulls the camera behind the defensive line and gives players better control over how the defensive line drives the opposition’s direction. Madden ships for consoles later this year.
The multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game Dawngate got a chance to share the stage at E3. If you’re not familiar with Dawngate, why not give it a shot? It’s free.
Announced at last year’s E3, Mirror’s Edge is being reimagined by the DICE team for the next generation, and at this year’s show we got a chance to see early concepts of the gameplay. If you’re a fan of the original Mirror’s Edge you’ve got a lot to look forward to, and if you’re unfamiliar with the original game, it’s now on sale.
FIFA 15 is coming to PC, and it’s going to be just as stunning and emotional as what the console gamers are getting. It’s gorgeous, it’s intelligent and it’s going to give you one heck of a challenge with new moves and new physics. The game ships later this year, but you can pre-order the PC version now.
Finally, the presentation ended on a high note. Or rather, a hard one: Battlefield Hardline, the collaboration between DICE and Dead Space developers Visceral will put cops against criminals in this TV drama-style presentation. If you want to see what the game’s like first-hand, the teams have given access to a closed beta. Sign up for your chance to experience a sampling of what you’ll be playing in October. Already in? Pre-order Battlefield Hardline right now. We recommend the Origin exclusive Digital Deluxe Edition.
Three more days to go!
Posted by Craig Harris on June 09, 2014