EA Sports held its press conference at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, which was hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The showcase was designed to reveal some of the fresh concepts and new games being created for the new wave of next-gen consoles, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
After the company opened in showing off some of its other impending releases such as Star Wars: Battlefront, Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Sims 4, it was time for sports to take center stage. And that division of Electronic Arts didn't disappoint.
Kicking things off was a cutting-edge look at the new UFC game, introduced by a video in which martial arts and movie star Bruce Lee appears. It is implied that he'll be a character available. GameSpot tweeted a screen shot of the late, great Lee in action:
Also included was a breakdown of the detailed wrestling that goes on when the MMA fighters are on the ground in the Octagon. The UFC game will be released next Tuesday, June 17, and the video EA revealed at E3 2014 did nothing to slow down the hype surrounding it.
Next up was NHL 15, which is a game that has garnered immense popularity. Below is a look at the trailer:
Unique controls and fast-paced play makes it an engaging user experience, but the creators promise even more for the new consoles. Viewers were treated to gameplay footage, where enhanced graphics and realistic player movements created an entertaining spectacle.
Tiger Woods' name is no longer attached to PGA Tour video games. SportsBusiness Journal's Eric Fisher supplied context to the move as the inaugural next-gen simulation was revealed:
.@EASPORTS had been with Tiger for 15+ yrs. When they dropped him in Oct, they promised a sim for next gen consoles. This will be that game— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) June 9, 2014
But there's reason for golf fans to be excited about what EA is producing next:
"For the first time ever, we're leveraging Frostbite 3" - Cam Weber on PGA Tour— Electronic Arts (@EA) June 9, 2014
GameZone.com noted one of the crazy scenarios that can happen with the presentation of the new engine:
This trailer does better justice to express how mind-blowing this golf game is going to be. Stylish English star and Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter is the featured player, competing in the most extraordinary course conditions:
Sean Hollister of The Verge weighed in on the eye-popping visuals:
Okay that's pretty cool. PGA Tour will let you golf in fantasy courses. Send that ball flying over a doomed battleship right out of BF1942.— Sean Hollister (@StarFire2258) June 9, 2014
EA Sports GM of American football Cam Weber had to be excited for what followed: The updated take on the prominent Madden NFL video game franchise.
The company tweeted some of the key additions Weber mentioned:
New defensive cameras being shown for #Madden15!— Electronic Arts (@EA) June 9, 2014
"You're going to have more control on defense than ever before." Cam Weber #Madden15— Electronic Arts (@EA) June 9, 2014
PastaPadre.com's Bryan Wiedey highlighted a new tackle cone feature:
Here's a look at the Madden NFL 15 tackle "cone" if you didn't see the presentation pic.twitter.com/hFQ3KPzEuQ— Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) June 9, 2014
Madden NFL 15 hits stores on Aug. 26.
As beloved as that game is in the United States, the rest of the globe will be focused on another kind of football. That's why FIFA 15 will once again be an international hit.
David Rutter of EA Sports went on stage to speak:
“We’ve created a game that lets you feel the emotion of football like never before.” - David Rutter #FIFA15— Electronic Arts (@EA) June 9, 2014
Dan Dickinson of Gothamist.com provided more specificity:
FIFA 15 will have “emotional intelligence” with player memories.— Dan Dickinson (@GothamistDan) June 9, 2014
FIFA 15 is liable to receive an even bigger boost in profile thanks to the quickly approaching World Cup in Brazil. Check out the trailer, courtesy of the game's official Twitter account:
There was even more to the game that EA Sports wanted to show during the press conference, and it linked to a release on its official website with further information regarding the latest version.
More news surfaced when the company tweeted out an exclusive look at NBA Live 15—something that also couldn't be squeezed in for the E3 presentation:
A lot of anticipation preceded the E3 2014 press conference, and EA Sports hit a home run, to stick with sports rhetoric. The PGA Tour game needed something of a jolt without Woods as the headliner, and the fantastical battleship colliding into the course is at once bold and unique—and it just might work.
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It appears that FIFA 15 and the new Madden are going to continue raising the bar. The underrated NHL franchise should continue experiencing a boost in profile based on the thrilling trailer that showed breathtaking animation. The same goes for the UFC, which was wise to pay homage to Lee in recognizing some roots for the company while still looking ahead to its bright future.
A next-gen transition may be what NBA Live needs to be more highly regarded, though it didn't receive the same coverage as the other emerging EA Sports properties.
The proliferation of realism in video games should only accelerate as technology evolves and programming becomes more sophisticated. There is a strong sense of pride from game creators to raise the bar by a considerable margin with each new edition. If the E3 2014 presser was a sign of what's to come, EA Sports has once again delivered in a big way.