E3 2014: EA Press Conference Liveblog
By Dan Casey on June 9, 2014
Well, Microsoft certainly laid the gauntlet down with their press conference, but Electronic Arts has never been one to pass up an opportunity to put on a surprise-and-spectacle-filled press conference. Remember last year when they trotted out Aaron Paul, Drake, and a tantalizing teaser for Star Wars Battlefront? Here’s hoping they outdo themselves, which may be a difficult task considering they’re following the likes of Halo 5: Guardians, Scalebound, and Sunset Overdrive. Still, press conferences are magical places aha anything can happen.
Malik Forte and I will be liveblogging and livetweeting today’s press conference, which starts at 12pm PT, so refresh this page for updates as the conference progresses.
12:56 PM: Well, that’s all she wrote, folks. Let us know what you thought in the comments below and stay tuned for Ubisoft and Sony coming up later today. (DC)
12:53 PM: Battlefield Hardline closed beta goes live today on PC and PS4. Go to http://www.battlefield.com to sign up. First come, first served. (DC)
12:52 PM: If there is no Hans Gruber DLC, we riot. (DC)
12:49 PM: In lieu of a campaign mode, they should just make you watch End of Watch and Heat as a double feature. (DC)
12:48 PM: Okay, firing a bazooka at a load-bearing column to rain debris and tunnel down on pursuers is pretty sweet. (DC)
12:46 PM: They’re showing footage from a 32-person multiplayer match in downtown LA. Cue exploding cop cars, an overturned armored truck, and a familiar interface. (DC)
12:45 PM: “Cops vs. criminals, good guys vs. bad guys. This is the heart of Battlefield Hardline.” Here’s hoping it’s as fun as the old SWAT series. (DC)
12:44 PM: And here’s that Battlefield Hardline trailer we saw recently. Seems almost as crazy as the chase going on in North Hollywood right now. (DC)
12:43 PM: If FIFA 15 could include video of real fans being disappointed in you after blowing a corner kick, I would buy it. (DC)
12:40 PM: FIFA 15 is on the stage now, EA’s number one selling franchise. Expecting them to spend a bit of time on this one. (MF)
12:39 PM: For the most part the game looks like a next-gen remaster of the original. Shall be interesting to see what they (DICE) do to improve from a gameplay standpoint moving forward.
12:37 PM: Here we go! Mirror’s Edge is being shown, DICE at the helm once again! (MF)
12:34 PM: Here goes another developer diary, this one showing EA’s MOBA sweetheart, Dawngate. (MF)
12:31 PM: More Madden for your souls on August 26. Football fans, prepare yourselves! (MF)
12:29 PM: Madden NFL ’15 is going to focus on enhancing the defensive experience, starting with new camera angles and enhanced blocking maneuverability. (DC)
12:28 PM: EA Sports PGA Tour gets the Frostbite 3 engine? Sure, why not! You get a Frostbite! And you get a Frostbite! (DC)
12:26 PM: ATVs, helicopters, boats, and the ability to tether them together — this sounds like the Just Cause 2 of racing games. (DC)
12:24 PM: EA’s Patrick Söderlund, much like Sonic, likes to go fast. He’s about to give sneak peak at a very early racing game from Criterion Games… (DC)
12:23 PM: And now it’s time for our first look at NHL ’15 on next-gen consoles. Looks almost as good as real slow-mo highlight reels. Except fewer drunken fans in the background. (DC)
12:22 PM: EA Sports UFC will drop next week, so practice your submission safety words now! (DC)
12:21 PM: Much like real UFC, this game looks like a terrific erotic hugging/dry humping simulator. (DC)
12:20 PM: A nice dramatic Bruce Lee montage leads to a live demo between Bruce Lee and BJ Penn in EA Sports UFC. (DC)
12:19 PM: “Where else can you find moments like this?” – Sims 4 demo moments after literally murdering your friend with laughter. (DC)
12:18 PM: Impressive demo from The Sims 4, although it doesn’t seem to be quite the graphical leap that we saw between The Sims 2 and The Sims 3. (DC)
12:16 PM: Mass Effect is coming for sure. Of course, we knew this, but it was quiet intriguing watching the crownd get wild over a mere photo of Shepard. (MF)
12:10 PM: We’re getting the low down on everything DragonAge: Inquisition. Everything from character classes to gameplay elements are being detailed. (MF)
12:06 PM: Not even spotty wi-fi could keep this E3 hype train from rolling. EA just began their press conference with some in-game footage from Star Wars Battlefront. The crowd went nuts. Now we’re checking out Dragon Age: Inquisition. (MF)
What do you think of the announcements thus far? Chime in in real time in the comments below.