If there is one term that can sum up the EA press conference, it would be mixed bag. As a metaphor, there was not much to get excited about because a lot of the games that were shown at the EA presser were known quantities. However, as a noun, the games shown ran the gamut from third person shooters, to racing, to sports, and to RPGs.
The show kicked off with a demo of “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare”. The game marks the first time developer PopCap Games created a third-person shooter. It also marked the first time that “Plants vs. Zombies” is in the 3D realm. However, it is still a strategy with a huge focus on multiplayer co-op gameplay. The game will be launching on Xbox One first, followed by Xbox 360, with planned releases on other platforms.
EA showcased Respawn Entertainment’s “Titanfall”, but chose to give the developer a chance to talk about what type of game it was intent on creating as the game was fully demoed at the Microsoft E3 press conference.
EA also debuted one of its stalwart franchises, “Need for Speed”. This edition, called “Need for Speed Rivals”, will have a unique feature that allows for instantaneous drop-in, drop-out multiplayer. A game can start in single player and at any moment the game can become a multiplayer street racer/cop pursuit.
The main focus of the show was EA’s bread and butter, sports. The EA Sports franchise talked up the return of “NBA Live”, which EA took a brief hiatus from as it resolved legal disputes surrounding the NBA franchise. “NBA Live 14” will feature a new technology called “Bounce Tek” which separates the player from the ball and allows players to come up with creative maneuvers to outsmart the game’s AI or in competitive play.
The company spent some more time on reintroducing “Madden NFL 25”, “UFC”, and “FIFA 14” after they were previously introduced at the Xbox One reveal event. Nothing new was gleaned from these showings other than each one had annoying introductions from Drake (FIFA 14) and UFC (Dana White).
And, of course, there was “Battlefield 4”, which has been shown numerous times, but this time the multiplayer aspect of the game was shown. There is a new feature called “Commander Mode”. The feature will allow someone with a tablet or smartphone the ability to issue commands and orders to a multiplayer squad as well as provide cover fire with heavy artillery.
There were three things that really got the crowd going. The first debut of “Star Wars Battlefront” was shown. It was brief footage, lasting about fifteen seconds, but the crowd was excited to get a glimpse of the work that DICE is doing after EA was selected to make Star Wars games by the franchise’s new owner, Disney.
EA and Bioware also showed a glimpse of “Dragon Age Inquisition”, the third in the “Dragon Age” series. No gameplay was shown, but the mere showing of the coming battle with the Darkspawn and of Morrigan whet appetites.
And then there’s “Mirror’s Edge 2”. EA capped its show with a brief showing of this game. Faith was getting a tattoo of some strange design on her arm. The trailer would flash back forth between new fight moves that Faith will be able to employ and she runs through The City.
All games demoed at the EA presser have been confirmed to be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 between Holiday 2013 and 2014, except for “Mirror’s Edge 2” which will come, “When it is ready”.