OK, get you ear protectors ready, it’s time for the EA conference! Come on in and get comfy. It’s going to be dramatic.
No need to refresh, just enjoy my reaction to the barrage of eye candy. I’m sure we’ll hear more about FIFA and maybe Titanfall, with maybe a few surprises. Let’s watch!
Straight in with the Star Wars theme with DICE talking. Battlefront!
Lovely montage of the DICE team photographing the original costumes and visiting the locations for authenticity.
The early in-game footage looks AMAZING
Star Wars Battlefront, out Spring 2015. SOLD.
Like Microsoft, we’re going to see a mix of games almost finished and those due out over the next year(s). They’re committed to us, the gamers. Aah.
Dragon Age Inquisition first. It looked great earlier.
Live cellist playing over sweeping DA:I vistas. Bioware also showing something new afterwards. Mass Effect?
No in-game footage but it does look lovely.
Bioware guy explaining now that DA:I has “expansive open-world gameplay” so you can proceed however you wish.
Live gameplay demo now.
The Twitch stream is being hammered so I can’t really comment of graphic quality, but it does look incredibly intense.
It also has a tactical camera where time freezes and you can play the battle more strategically. Must be a nightmare to implement the two styles of play so they fit together.
Stream is crapping out, but there’s a few snippets of new Mass Effect. Shiny, of course. Interview montage with Bioware guys about building stories is their priority (just not endings).
New Sims 4 footage now. Part of the crowd went crazy. Big Sims love out there, I guess.
Certainly looks like a Sims game. Isn’t this the game where you can permantly lock someone in a toilet? Might give it a try.
What is happening. There are Sims doing Sim things. Parties and telling jokes and such.
“Smarter Sims, weirder stories”. Out September.
Interview with Bruce Lee to sell new EA UFC title. You can play him in game.
Lots of other UFC fighters telling us how amazing Bruce Lee is.
I believe it’s been developed by the Fight Night devs, and it’s got that high sheen of quality.
NHL 15 now. The hockey players come alive on next-gen, apparently. Because those dead players were a real problem on last gen.
NHL 15 gameplay footage now. They’ve applied physics to every player and the puck. Extra physics all round. All the physics.
EA exec talking about making fun. And making money from it, probably.
What are they cooking up?
New IP – moving beyond cars. Helicopters, buggies, wingsuits.
It looks like an openworld game with tones of different vehicles to use as you jet around. Prototype gameplay shows you, in first person, leaping from a heli to a buggy. Lots of stunts too. Could be cool!
EA PGA Tour, now completely Tigerless.
Uhhhh it seems to have fantasy golf courses where you have to hit over a crashing battleship.
That’s so EA, isn’t it? “How can we make golf more exciting? EXPLODING BATTLESHIP ON COURSE”
You don’t see that on St. Andrew’s.
Madden Madden Madden. He’s saying some words about playing American handegg. I don’t feel I’m the best person to comment on this part.
He said “football” Grr.
Madden out August 26th.
I feel that this game is taken seriously by a great many people, and that this game is for them.
Oh boy. Madden to MOBA. Dawngate is EA’s attempt to take a slice of the most popular type of game in the world.
Soon there’ll be something I’m able to talk about! Sorry. Ignorant to all things MOBA.
OK. Next. Guy saying about how much he loves E3.
“We embrace the open and honest dialogue”. And your wallets.
DICE again. Mirror’s Edge 2!
Focus on Faith’s design.
Concept footage of the new parkour moves.
“We’re recreating Faith for a new generation”. Uh-oh. The concept footage of combat looked OK, though. Just as long as combat isn’t the game’s focus.
FIFA 15 now. I know this one!
New features focus again on reactions, emotions and physicals. That’s where the next-gen bandwidth is going, then.
ANIMATED CORNER FLAGS
That emotion word again. Feel feel feel feel the game. That’s their buzzword this year then.
Trailer with SAFFF LANDAN guy telling us how amazing football is.
I mean, it looks fine, but it looks like FIFA, so.
The important thing will be if the new physics actually make a difference.
Oh, it was Idris Elba. Of course.
Battlefield Hardline now. I wonder if they’ve got anything left to say about it that hasn’t already been leaked this week.
It’s Battlefield but cops and robber instead of faceless military campaign. Which sounds wonderful, so be honest.
Made by Visceral, makers of Dead Space. I wonder if they can actually make this one work.
Much bigger focus on single player campaign. Will play like an exciting TV show.
MP still massive focus. 32 player battle gameplay footage starting now.
It’s a heist.
Robbers going in, cops stopping them. It’s a simple thematic shift but I love it. Like Payday but much bigger in scale.
Hmm. This gameplay footage does seem extremely staged, what with destructive masonry falling on enemies at just the right moment as your car sweeps round the corner.
Oh yeah, there is no way this is naturally occurring gameplay.
It’s bedlam. They get this playing like the video, it’s going to be a blast.
The robbers are smashing their way up a skyscraper while the cops fire from across the street. Walls, tables, furniture all shredding.
I’m struggling to find anything to say about any of this.
Exciting stuff, but I’ll be extremely interested to see how it matches actual gameplay footage.
Battlefield Hardline PC and PS4 beta signup starting NOW
Haha, EA site has just gone CRUUUUNCH. If you have it on PS4, go to game tile and download beta from there. You lucky buggers.
The beta is live now, marked with jet streams basting up from the stage.
And that was also the end of the show. He really should have yelled PEACE OUT from the steam.
Well, apart from Star Wars Battlefront and some possible cops vs robbers action, what I’ll take from this is the enduring image of an exploding battleship crashing into a PGA Tour golf course. EA, everyone!
Mirror’s Edge too, but I’m extremely worried that their “new generation” Faith will basically be a combat queen.
Anyway, thanks for joining me. See you at 3pm for Ubisoft!
Matt: BOOM with your EMOTIONS