At a press conference in Cologne, Germany, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) announced and revealed several new features for its upcoming games. The press conference at Palladium Cologne featured several games from EA, including “Battlefield 4,” “Need for Speed Rivals,” “Plants vs. Zombie Garden Warfare,” “FIFA 14,” “EA Sports UFC,” “Command and Conquer,” “Dragon Age: Inquisition,” “Titanfall” and more. “The Sims 4” was also unveiled at the press conference. Take a look at new features from these games here.
The Sims 4
“The Sims 4” introduces new Sims, emotions and creative tools that allow players to customize every aspect of their Sims and their environment. The enhanced intelligence of the Sims allows them to behave and react even more naturally. Houses can also be built in a blueprint fashion to complement a player’s finely detailed and customized Sims.
“The Sims 4” is expected to be released in 2014.
Command & Conquer
EA also released a story-driven campaign mode trailer for the new “Command & Conquer.” This latest installment in the “Command & Conquer” real-time strategy (RTS) video game series is the sequel to the “Command & Conquer: Generals” storyline, featuring three factions including the European Union (EU), Global Liberation Army (GLA) and Asian Pacific Alliance (APA). This installment of the “Command & Conquer” franchise will be the first game in the series repurposed as a free-to-play game.
Its release date is unknown at the moment, but EA is accepting applications for the “Command & Conquer” beta.
FIFA 14 is back with 34 licensed stadiums, 30 licensed leagues and 600 teams. For the mobile platform, new touch controls will make it even easier to control your player and team on the go. “FIFA 14” commentaries will also be available in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German, giving players more ways to get immersed in the game.
“FIFA 14” will be released on Sept. 24 for Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, iOS and Android platforms in North America and Sept. 26 for other regions. It will also be available for the Playstation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One upon release.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
EA announced new features for the upcoming cooperative third-person shooter and tower defense video game based on “Plants vs. Zombies,” developed by PopCap Games, a subsidiary of EA. New to “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare” is Boss Mode, a Xbox One Kinect and Smartglass feature that allows players to play the game similarly to classic “Plants vs. Zombies,” in a top-down perspective of the entire map. Players will be able to support their team in this mode using Kinect motion controls or via a Smartglass-compatible tablet device. This feature bears a striking resemblance to the Commander Mode in “Battlefield 4.”
EA released new gameplay footage for “Titanfall,” a first-person shooter video game developed by Respawn Entertainment, that features players fighting on foot or inside giant robots called Titans. Respawn Entertainment was founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella, who previously developed the Call of Duty franchise at Infinity Ward.
“Titanfall” is expected to be released in early 2014 for Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
EA SPORTS UFC
While “EA Sports UFC” is still in development, pre-alpha footage was shown during the press conference demonstrating some of its refined graphics. Using EA Sports Ignite technology, “EA Sports UFC” takes a leap forward with fluid movement that complements its real-life counterpart. “EA Sports UFC” is currently under development by the same team that built the “Fight Night” franchise. It is expected to be released in Spring 2014.
Need for Speed Rivals
The undercover-cop feature was revealed in the latest “Need for Speed Rivals” trailer. With gameplay similar to “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit,” players can take on both sides of the law as racer or cop. Racers can use gadgets to shake the police off their tail, and cops can use abilities such as calling in roadblocks to stop racers in their tracks.
“Need for Speed Rivals” will be released Nov. 19 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, with the PS4 and Xbox One versions following later in 2013.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
A new trailer for “Dragon Age: The Inquisition” introduces The Inquisitor, a protagonist created by the user that is tasked with finding the villain responsible for unleashing demons throughout the fictional game world of Thedas. “Dragon Age: The Inquisition” is an upcoming role-playing game developed by BioWare, a subsidiary of EA.
“Dragon Age: Inquisition” is scheduled to be released for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC in Fall 2014.
“Battlefield 4” fans will be able to take more advantage of the action with “Battlefield 4 Premium,” a membership service that will offer five downloadable content (DLC) packs, including “Battlefield 4 China Rising,” “Battlefield 4 Second Assault,” “Battlefield 4 Naval Strike,” “Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth,” and “Battlefield 4 Final Stand.”
A new map was also introduced, set in the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea along with gameplay footage on the map. Also new to “Battlefield 4” is the Obliteration Mode, where teams attempt to annihilate each other with one large bomb that randomly spawns on the map.
“Battlefield 4” is expected to be released in October 29 and shortly after for Xbox One and PS4.
“Battlefield 4 Premium” will be available for all platforms for $50.
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