Electronic Arts E3 2013 press conference: From Star Wars Battlefront to Mirror's Edge 2

EA wants balance in war between Sony and Microsoft

Sony's press conference trouncing of rival Microsoft was a gift to the news media and to anyone who enjoys high drama. But for third party publishers like Electronic Arts, the balance of power between console manufacturers is something worth preserving.

We can't be an industry that is dominated by one manufacturer.

According to EA chief operating office Peter Moore, an overly dominant first-party power would be "terrible news for the industry". For EA, it's not enough that many consoles are bought and sold, they need to come from more than one company. Rivalry between Sony, Microsoft and...

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E3 2013: EA event recap

Battlefield 4 about 'emotion, immersion and being connected'

At its press conference demo for Battlefield 4, Electronic Arts showed off multiplayer level Siege of Shanghai. The 64-player level features multiple vehicular combat including helicopters, jet-skis and parachutes. Also on display was the ability to call-in artillery and tactical support using a tablet.

In the demo, players landed in combat-zone downtown Shanghai, via helicopter, fought through an underground transport system using environmental damage to tactical advantage, across waterways via jet-ski, and then to the top of a skyscraper. Under fire, a player called in heavy artillery...

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FIFA 14 introduces precision movement and improves team intelligence

Precision movement, a greater midfield build-up and team intelligence are among the features EA Sports is introducing to FIFA 14, according to senior gameplay producer Aaron McHardy.

Speaking to Polygon, McHardy said one of the first things fans of the series will notice when they play FIFA 14 is the precision movement, which is a brand new feature that has step-based locomotion. This means that when a player is running and has to suddenly change direction, momentum is preserved, and he can curve his path, run around the ball and find better ways to approach the ball.

"We've been able to...

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New next-gen Mirror's Edge coming from DICE and EA

A new Mirror's Edge coming to next-generation systems was announced at today's Electronic Arts's E3 2013 press conference today.

"The stake is in the ground," writes Mirror's Edge senior producer Sara Jansson on the game's official website. "This new game will be a first-person action adventure starring Faith and I am here to tell you that we will stay true to Mirror's Edge."

The new Mirror's Edge will come to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game "reboots the franchise for the next generation," EA says, and delivers an all-new origin story for Faith.

"We are still in early stages of...

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NBA Live 14 showcased at EA's E3 press conference

NBA Live 14 developer EA Canada discussed the game for the first time at EA's E3 2013 press briefing, highlighting physics-based dribbling technology dubbed BounceTek.

Executive producer Sean O'Brien came out onstage with Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers to explain that with BounceTek, the basketball is separated from the hand in every dribbling animation. According to O'Brien, that allows for unprecedented creativity in getting around defenders.

NBA Live 14 is in development on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It's unclear whether the trailer O'Brien showed contained gameplay video or...

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EA Sports UFC launching next spring for PS4 and Xbox One

EA Sports UFC will launch next spring for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Electronic Arts announced today at its E3 press conference.

The next title in the UFC mixed martial arts video game series will include several new gameplay tweaks meant to immerse players in a realistic fighting experience. The game's new AI system will let players organically alter their strategies in the middle of a fight. The game will also include full body deformation designed to make players connect with their fighter and really feel every punch and tackle.

Last year at its 2012 E3 press conference, EA announced...

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Madden NFL 25 is a launch title for PS4, Xbox One

Electronic Arts showed the next-generation version of Madden NFL 25 running on the EA Sports Ignite engine for the first time during its E3 press briefing June 10, and later confirmed it as a launch title for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Cam Weber, the general manager of American football at EA Sports, introduced in-game footage showing off advances in player movement (foot planting), AI (players who get past obstacles intelligently) and line blocking. A gameplay trailer highlighted Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, who is the cover athlete for the next-gen versions of the...

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Dragon Age: Inquisition coming fall 2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition will come to next-generation platforms in fall 2014, developer BioWare announced at Electronic Arts' E3 press conference today.

The game, which is running on DICE's Frostbite engine, will feature "a vast, open world, where your choices not only affect the story, but the world around you." Dragon Age: Inquisition, which has seen the "3" dropped from its title, is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

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Need For Speed Rivals' tablet integration demoed during EA's E3 press conference

At its conference, Electronic Arts showed off Need For Speed Rivals' cross-platform integration, in which players can affect in-game multiplayer races from iOS and Android devices. Using a tablet, a demonstration showed how a player can call in helicopter support during a cops-vs-racers car-chase.

Need For Speed Rivals focuses on open-world racing, vehicular customization and seamless multiplayer or co-op gameplay. The game uses the AllDrive system of connecting with other players. Upgrades are unlocked by collecting 'Speedpoints' via missions.

It's being developed by EA's new studio...

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Star Wars Battlefront in development at Battlefield studio DICE

Battlefield and Mirror's Edge developer DICE is developing a new entry in the Star Wars: Battlefront series, publisher Electronic Arts announced at E3 today.

Star Wars: Battlefront's announcement came in the form of a very brief teaser, seemingly set on the ice planet Hoth, with the crunch of an AT-AT foot punctuating the teaser.

The announcement was foretold by EA last month, which said it would offer "a first look at our plans for the Star Wars partnership with Disney" at E3 2013.

In May, EA announced it had secured exclusive rights to develop and publish games based on the Star Wars...

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Peggle 2 coming this year

Peggle 2 was announced during the Electronic Arts E3 2013 press conference and will launch this year.

No other details were provided about the game. Peggle initially launched on Windows PC and Mac before it was ported to more platforms, including PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. The arcade game was developed by PopCap.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare announced, third-person shooter set in the PvZ universe

Plants vs. Zombies; Garden Warfare is a third-person action game set in PopCap's PvZ universe, EA announced during its E3 press conference today.

The game is slated to launch in spring 2014, according to a press release from EA. It will include four-player co-op and 24-player competitive modes. Players will also get the choice of playing as either plants or zombies. The game is coming first to Xbox One and later to Xbox 360 as well as "next-generation platforms and PC." PopCap will develop the game in the Frostbite 3 engine.

PopCap showed off the game's cooperative survival mode on stage,...

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EA bringing 'next-generation' Battlefield, Madden and more to E3 2013

Electronic Arts will introduce the "next generation of gaming" at pre-E3 2013 event called "The Download: EA 2013 Preview" next Monday, June 10, 2013, the company announced today.

The event, which begins at 4 p.m. ET, will include EA Sports UFC, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14, Need for Speed Rivals and the world premiere of Battlefield 4's multiplayer component. EA also hinted at "other surprises."

EA 2013 will take place June 11-13, and Polygon will be at the EA event and on the show floor to bring you all the news. For more on this year's show, be sure to check out our pre-E3...

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