E3 2014: EA press conference – Mass Effect 4, Star Wars Battlefront, Hardline beta

Monday, 9th June 2014 14:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

FIFA 15! Mirror’s Edge 2! Mass Effect 4! EA’s E3 2014 press conference was full of teases regarding your most anticipated titles from the firm. Did you miss the show? No worries. We’ve got you covered below.

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EA kicked off its conference with a pre-filmed video of DICE discussing the “Star Wars game it always wanted to make”: Star Wars Battlefront.

According to the video, the team has a passion for the franchise, and went to the original Lucas Arts studio to have a look at the movie props  in order to make the game look and feel Star Wars.

Battlefront will be released in 2015.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson took the stage after the Battlefront announcement to discuss how the firm is “putting gamers first.” He then introduced Dragon Age: Inquisition and announced two more titles which are are coming from Bioware – one of which is a new IP.

Aaryn Flynn, studio head at Bioware, revealed some new DAI gameplay footage and discussed how to control your party. The first look at  the player’s team heroes was also provided.

A few Mass Effect 4 pieces of concept art were shown in the works at Bioware Montreal, and the game was confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One – which we knew already.

The new IP in the works at Bioware Edmonton was shown, but it was only a glimpse of environments. The game’s title was not revealed, but it looks rather post-apocalyptic; however, since no information or moving imagery was provided, our impression of it is just speculation at this time.

The Sims 4 was also given a release date during the show, and it’s out on PC September 2.  After the Sims 4 date, previously announced titles EA Sports UFC and NHL 15 were shown, before executive vice president of EA Studios Patrick Söderlund took the stage to discuss Cirterion’s new IP – which goes “beyond cars”. It has boats, jetskis, planes, motorbikes, plenty of terrain. A title was not announced.

Because you are such massive fans of golf, a new PGA game was shown using the Frostbite engine. It’s out in spring 2015 and the tagline is “Golf Without Limits.” Chucking a ball over a battleship is apparently something you can do. Because you always wanted to, you know.

Other titles shown were Madden 15; Dawngate, the in-development MOBA from Waystone Games and a short look at FIFA 15. More on FIFA 15 is through here.

One of the most anticipated E3 titles, Mirror’s Edge 2, was given some love courtesy of a  pre-recorded session from its developer, DICE.

The firm said it was building on the premise of the first Mirror’s Edge title, but expanding upon Faith’s character in order to convey her reasons “for doing what she is doing.”

DICE said it was recreating Faith for a “new generation,” and invited parkour artists in to make her moves more fluid, and based in reality. A release date was not provided, however, based on what was shown, we don’t expect it to release until sometime next year.

Visceral Games’ Battlefield game, Hardline – which pits cops and badguys against one another on the streets – closed out the show, with DICE’s Karl-Magnus Troedsson and Visceral’s Steve Papoutsis touching upon its premise and the 32-player multiplayer map.

The beta for Hardline launches today on PC and PS4, and in order to get in on the action, Battlefield 4 owners just need to access their game, and click the Hardline beta. It’s first-come, first-serve, so you need to be quick.

Battlefield Hardline is out in October.

For a full run-down of the rest of the conferences and ongoing reveals and demos in LA this week, use Steph’s exhaustive E3 coverage guide, including an insane schedule from Twitch.



  1. kingsuperdustin

    This conference will probably be as exciting as Microsoft’s. We will see 3 new Assassin’s Creed games, UFC, and Madden. Yawn.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. POOhead

    battlefront 3 or fuck off

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Darkfield

    @kingsuperdustin This just in: New Assassin’s Creed on EA E3 conf!

    #3 7 months ago
  4. kingsuperdustin

    @Darkfield My bad bro. That should have went on the Ubisoft comments.

    #4 7 months ago
  5. CyberMarco

    So here’s my guess:

    Battlefield Hardline
    Mirror’s Edge (2)
    Star Wars Battlefront
    Need for Speed
    Dragon Age

    Next to Ubisoft…

    #5 7 months ago
  6. POOhead

    @CyberMarco i dunno about need for speed, first time it aint coming out this year, id change need for speed for an unannounced star wars title, also afew arcade games, my guess is citroens next game is gunna be another terrible arcade game

    #6 7 months ago
  7. CyberMarco

    yeah DICE, do NOT fuck Star Wars Battlefront as you did with Battlefield. -.-

    #7 7 months ago
  8. Armitage Shanks

    Mass Effect 4 please

    #8 7 months ago
  9. polygem

    he shouldn´t wear pink. he´s a green guy…maybe blue.

    #9 7 months ago
  10. Darkfield

    Lags, stutters and leaps, sums up the EA e3 conf for me

    #10 7 months ago
  11. polygem

    i totally dig the halo reach aesthetics!

    #11 7 months ago
  12. Erthazus

    So far so good.

    Concepts are interesting.

    #12 7 months ago
  13. salarta

    I laughed so hard at the laughter at the start of the Sims portion. It’s just so obvious.

    #13 7 months ago
  14. Mus42

    They didn’t say Star Wars Battlefront was out in Spring 2015 – only they would show more then

    #14 7 months ago
  15. CyberMarco

    UFC: Kama Sutra Edition, pre-order for exclusive DLC! :P

    #15 7 months ago
  16. Hcw87

    Too many goddamn sportsgames. Such a waste of time.

    #16 7 months ago
  17. polygem

    what happened to this industry. i think it needs to crash again.

    #17 7 months ago
  18. CyberMarco

    @polygem Fine by me!

    #18 7 months ago
  19. CyberMarco

    PGA Tour: Golf with levolution

    #19 7 months ago
  20. Erthazus

    It’s ok. Nothing really that drops a bomb so far. Mass Effect and Sports. Everyone expected it just like SW small concept demo.

    #20 7 months ago
  21. polygem

    hey og, whatya thinking about d-fense?

    #21 7 months ago
  22. Edo

    The worst conference by far…basically “here’s nothing”.

    #22 7 months ago
  23. polygem

    just like all the presenters…the games look all the same.

    #23 7 months ago
  24. Erthazus

    Only concepts. This is Stupid. This is E3 not a show for playtesters.

    they showed a bunch of concepts and “Games are coming”.

    #24 7 months ago
  25. kingsuperdustin

    They are working on “stuff” and “thangs”.

    #25 7 months ago
  26. polygem

    i just wish there wouldn´t be so mucht to complain about

    #26 7 months ago
  27. Erthazus

    Amazing idea with beta. I’m going to sign just now.

    #27 7 months ago
  28. Legendaryboss

    Unprecedented relationships. 1080p 60fps for the resolution wars. And a battlefield hard line beta.

    #28 7 months ago
  29. Lv01

    good presentation. criterion’s new one looks ambitious, and could be amazing if they can pull it off. a lot of scope for some great gaming moments in that!
    loved how they focused on defence for madden. made it into a skill for the game, rather than just ‘hope-you-mash-square-at-the-right-time’.
    the stadia in fifa 15 did look awesome.
    and battlefield hardline looked intense! big e3 moment announcing a live beta NOW, too. looking for a headline. after microsoft didnt really provide one, they might just have!

    #29 7 months ago
  30. ddtd

    This is the grumpiest place for E3. :)

    #30 7 months ago
  31. harr0w

    EA conference was totally piss poor.

    #31 7 months ago
  32. kisame

    their conference was boring and those peoples in the stage failed to be funny
    all we saw was developer diary’s FAIL EA

    #32 7 months ago

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