E3 2014: EA Preview


While last year’s E3 was dominated by news surrounding the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, E3 2014 is shaping up to be a different type of beast.

The consoles are out in the market with sales in the millions, but there remains not much substance behind the consoles in terms of truly next-gen titles to play. That’s where companies like Electronic Arts come in.

EA is expected to touch on all aspects of their gaming line during their conference-opening press event on Monday afternoon. From the usual suspects of Madden, NHL and FIFA to the newly announced Battlefield: Hardline, EA will be in full swing for the next-generation of gaming.

Before diving into the next-gen, though, EA will likely touch on what they will bring to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 early in the conference. The only thing fans should expect from the company regarding last-gen gaming is a few announcements about what games will be coming to the consoles. Other than that, fully expect EA to focus on the Xbox One and PS4 with their game discussions.

Most, if not all, of the games shown will be shown in “next-gen” footage. But what games will EA actually show are their biggest conference of the year?

It’s already been confirmed that EA will be showing fans six “new” games at E3 2014. Now, new could mean that the games included new installments of already announced games like Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15 and NHL 15, or games that just simply aren’t out on consoles yet.  However, there is rumor that a new IP could be included in EA’s reveal.

People are expecting information regarding either a new Mass Effect or more on Mirror’s Edge 2. While it would be awesome to see announcements for both titles, don’t be surprised if only one or the other shows up. It wouldn’t be like EA to give fans information regarding both because of the potential to take away the buzz from each other. And with the packed show that EA is expected to put on, it wouldn’t be right to mix both titles in the middle of it.

Fans saw Mirror’s Edge 2 last year, so it would only make sense to see Mass Effect this year. We can only hope.

One game fans are almost guaranteed to see (aside from sports titles, but more on those later) is Star Wars: Battlefront. Fans of the films and games have been clamoring for new information regarding the game, and EA has confirmed that the game will be present. How much will it be a part of an event, that’s a question that has no answer just yet.

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A big title that many are expecting to see, and rightfully so, is The Sims 4. The game will be released later this year, and is one of the most anticipated titles from EA this year. We won’t likely see much in terms of gameplay, but a short trailer followed by a release date is a possibility.

On to the sports side of things, EA Sports will be showing trailers for FIFA 15, Madden NFL 15 and NHL 15. In terms of the annual hockey title, EA Sports is expected to show off the first full gameplay trailer this week. It’s the game’s first jump into the next-generation, and EA will want to get the fans hyped.

Also expect trailers for Madden and FIFA, but those will likely be more of what we seen in the past, just with updated visuals.

As mentioned before, EA’s press conference is expected to a loaded event with news and trailers coming fast and furious. The focus will be on how much more these games can be on the newer consoles, and expect EA to deliver in a big way.

What do you want to see from EA on Monday? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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