Electronic Arts' E3 2013 Press Briefing: You Gotta Have Faith

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Posted by Alex (1973 posts) -

Nobody goes into third-party publisher press conferences expecting huge things. Hell, there barely even are any third-party publisher conferences anymore. Now we're pretty much down to EA and Ubisoft, with Konami bringing up the rear with their pre-recorded silliness each year. These are typically pretty simple listings of what games will be ahead for the year, light on competitive jockeying and more just a way to add a little pizzazz to the usual E3 proceedings.

We expected to see a bunch more of Battlefield 4, and we most definitely did.

So with that said, going into EA's press conference this morning, I don't expect many were holding out for anything terribly drastic or surprising. We knew more Battlefield 4 would be shown, that there would be ample footage of Need for Speed Rivals, and that there would be sports, because there are always sports. Heck, even the bona fide surprise of the day--the brief, show-closing tease for Mirror's Edge 2--turned out to be something generally expected by most, due largely to persistent rumors and a leaked help page on EA's support site last week.

Still, even if expectations were minimal, it's safe to say that they were met accordingly. More Battlefield 4 was indeed shown, in the form of a lengthy multiplayer demo which showcased both its new commander mode and some of the more destructible environments you'll see. Need for Speed Rivals got a lengthy demo showing off the game's integration of single-player and multiplayer content, while also playing as an opening act to a lengthy, generally dull promotion for the forthcoming Need for Speed movie, starring Aaron Paul. Paul was on hand to remind us that he is a gamer (just like us!) and shill a bit for the movie. That he did not punctuate any sentences with the word "bitch" was perhaps the most disappointing element of the entire presentation.

EA Sports delivered its expected lineup, including next-gen Madden, NBA, FIFA, and UFC offerings. Numerous sports celebrities were trotted out to talk about things like dribbling mechanics and "full body deformation," including a typically mouthy and stand-offish Dana White, who proceeded to tout the merits of men beating other men senseless while goading people to buy the upcoming UFC game.

Fortunately, the rest of the event was a bit more fun. The opening salvo from PopCap, a bizarre parody shooter called Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, had the distinction of looking like a lot of silly fun, despite the idea of a Plants vs. Zombies shooter sounding maybe a tad crass in concept--like, who asked for this? PopCap's John Vechey also managed to yelp out the existence of Peggle 2, before running off the stage in what looked like a bit of a daze. No word on when that one might be coming out, sadly.

Dragon Age 3, now renamed Dragon Age: Inquisition, also got a bit of stage time. It's been quite a while since we've heard anything about the game, which makes it not terribly surprising that the game has slid into a 2014 release window. Still, it's just good to hear anything at all about it, really, and the trailer was pretty good.

I don't care if we did pretty much see it coming: I'm just glad DICE is giving Mirror's Edge 2 a go.

One thing we'd perhaps expected to hear more about was EA's upcoming slate of Star Wars games. Nobody was expecting much video content, of course, since that licensing deal is still extremely recent. However, the only mention of the Star Wars license came in a very simple teaser for a new Star Wars: Battlefront, coming from DICE's LA division (formerly known as Danger Close).

Finally, the show closed out with a post-Battlefield 4 teaser for Mirror's Edge 2. Again, we had an inkling that this was coming, but it was still good to see it make an appearance in brief teaser trailer form. DICE isn't projecting a release date for it yet, but hey, it's in development at least!

We'll bring you more on EA's E3 2013 lineup later this week as we peruse the show floor.

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#1 Edited by slyspider (1153 posts) -

Need more battlefield, mirrors edge. and dragon age pls. No real surprises but still solid.

#2 Edited by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

Mirror's Edge sucks guys.

#3 Edited by Cold_Wolven (2211 posts) -

Mirror's Edge 2 is one I personally am really excited for and hopefully won't take forever to be made. Other than that DA: Inquisition and Battlefront are the other bits of good news I can take away from that conference.

#4 Edited by mattchops (70 posts) -

Lots of big announcements with EA. I thought this was a pretty good showing.

I feel like they have no where, but up to go with Dragon Age.

#5 Posted by Coafi (1481 posts) -

YOU GOTTA HAVE FAITH, FAITH, FAITH!

#6 Edited by HaltIamReptar (2029 posts) -

yo Alex your link to the Dragon Age trailer leads to D

edit: that shit is fixed.

#7 Posted by Animasta (14648 posts) -

Mirror's Edge sucks guys.

look at this opinion

look at this super wrong opinion

#8 Posted by GaspoweR (2805 posts) -

@animasta said:

@mideonnviscera said:

Mirror's Edge sucks guys.

look at this opinion

look at this super wrong opinion

It had problems but it had did stuff that it did great as well. Hopefully they would do it better the 2nd time.

#9 Posted by Chibithor (574 posts) -
#10 Posted by AlisterCat (5482 posts) -

I tweeted Patrick about this, maybe came across a bit hostile.

It just seems like "Mirrors Edge OMG" while the reaction to everything else has been "Next generation? More like SAME Generation".

I want to play a new Dead Rising. There's 3 dead rising games, 2 Mirrors Edge games. Neither breaking much new ground, or setting the world on fire. I just don't get the reaction. It shouldn't get a pass. It's no different.

#11 Edited by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -
#12 Edited by Abendlaender (2763 posts) -

@animasta said:

@mideonnviscera said:

Mirror's Edge sucks guys.

look at this opinion

look at this super wrong opinion

LOOK AT IT. Marvel in its wrongness

#13 Posted by jdh5153 (1034 posts) -

@animasta said:

@mideonnviscera said:

Mirror's Edge sucks guys.

look at this opinion

look at this super wrong opinion

Thought it was pretty lame myself.

Incredibly excited for FIFA and Madden, and of course Battlefield 4 and Dragon Age look great.

#14 Edited by Hailinel (23901 posts) -

More than anything, I want someone at EA to explain why they're rebooting (yes, rebooting) Mirror's Edge after only one game.

#15 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (3556 posts) -

I don't know what's worse, that Alex made that awful George Michael pun, or that I thought of the same thing when I was watching the Mirrors Edge 2 trailer.

#16 Edited by BenderUnit22 (1446 posts) -

Could've done without the sports hour and the testosterone overdose in the UFC bit, but overall a solid showing. That building crashing down in BF4 looked pretty dope.

#17 Posted by Boosh (21 posts) -

FAITH!

#18 Edited by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

Well now I regret saying Mirror's Edge sucks because I'm gonna have to empty my inbox so much.

#19 Edited by RetroVirus (1457 posts) -

I honestly can't believe we're getting a new Battlefront game. This makes up for everything.

#20 Posted by MocBucket62 (1153 posts) -

I've been likely all the press conferences thus far. Yes each have had their share of embarrassing moments, but damn we're getting some reveals of highly requested games, which is a good sign for the game industry in my mind.

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#21 Edited by FoxMulder (1630 posts) -

Never finished Mirror's Edge because I found too much of it an overload of trial and error. I might finish it, but probably not. Optimistic for them to get a 2nd go at it!

#22 Posted by aseddon130 (63 posts) -

Battlefield 4 multiplayer demo has made me install Battlefield 3 !!!

#23 Edited by RazielCuts (2930 posts) -

I'm not going to call all you people saying Mirror's Edge 'sucked' stupid but yeah, you're stupid. Had flawed elements? Yes. Completely sucked? No, you're stupid.

You either couldn't wrap your head around the controls and innovative fluid movement or see the rough gem that was buried under bad gunplay combat that just needed to be polished. This sequel is the promise of that polish.

#24 Posted by Nictel (2380 posts) -

Mirror's Edge, finally. About time.

#25 Posted by Rasmoss (433 posts) -

Seemed like a very safe conference. They didn't really tell a convincing narrative going forward. Sure, they presented Dragon Age, Battlefront and Mirror's Edge, but they didn't really show how they are taking those franchises into the next gen. Battlefield was the most convincing demo in terms of looking ahead.

#26 Posted by theanticitizen (258 posts) -

@mideonnviscera: Well maybe it would have helped if instead of making a blanket statement you just explained why Mirror's Edge didn't appeal to you or simply said "Mirror's Edge isn't my thing but this and this looked cool" instead of just telling everyone that it sucks, especially when your opinion is in the minority.

#27 Edited by AiurFlux (901 posts) -

Wait wait wait. DICE LA is Danger Close? The same dummies that made both the Medal of Honor games?

Fucking shit. I WAS excited.

#28 Posted by DexterKid (668 posts) -

I don't give a fuck about Mirror's Edge. So I was pretty disappointed in the EA thing.

#29 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

@mideonnviscera: Well maybe it would have helped if instead of making a blanket statement you just explained why Mirror's Edge didn't appeal to you or simply said "Mirror's Edge isn't my thing but this and this looked cool" instead of just telling everyone that it sucks, especially when your opinion is in the minority.

It's a videogame. I didn't have fun with it. That's really all there is to explain. I'm not a journalist for a reason. My opinion can't be too far in the minority or we'd be on Mirror's Edge 7 by now haha

#30 Posted by csl316 (8110 posts) -

Battlefield looked good, Battlefront is exciting, and Mirror's Edge 2 could be cool. Bitch.

#31 Edited by Venatio (4482 posts) -

Yay for Mirror's Edge! Been waiting for so long

#32 Posted by Eddie_and_the_Fist_Monkeys (79 posts) -

@mideonnviscera: To be honest until today and that trailer I thought the opinion that Mirror's Edge sucked was the prevailing one. Never knew so many people felt otherwise.

#33 Edited by RuthLoose (780 posts) -

@mideonnviscera: To be honest until today and that trailer I thought the opinion that Mirror's Edge sucked was the prevailing one. Never knew so many people felt otherwise.

It's like Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island up in here all of a sudden!

#34 Edited by GreggD (4477 posts) -

I came away from that presser with five games I'm planning to buy. Titanfall, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Battlefield 4, Battlefront, and Mirror's Edge.

Peggle 2, duders! Peggle 2!

And this, of course.

#35 Posted by Cozmicaztaway (216 posts) -

Peggle 2, duders! Peggle 2!

#36 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

@eddie_and_the_fist_monkeys said:

@mideonnviscera: To be honest until today and that trailer I thought the opinion that Mirror's Edge sucked was the prevailing one. Never knew so many people felt otherwise.

It's like Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island up in here all of a sudden!

Would this be a bad time to say I don't like that game? haha

#37 Posted by fargofallout (276 posts) -

I sort of wonder if I'm just too jaded to even watch these sorts of events. Nothing really piqued my interest during this event other than Dragon Age, and that's more curiosity than anything.

#38 Edited by radioactivez0r (829 posts) -

As I mentioned on the trailer post, I don't think the words "Mirror's Edge 2" were said or displayed anywhere, whatever that implies.

The Peggle 2 run-by announcement was hilarious - that guy jumped in the air like he wanted to be freeze framed.

#39 Edited by Brendan (7687 posts) -

@theanticitizen: His apathy towards ME is not in the minority, hence the lengthy period before getting one sequel, from a publisher known for quickly putting out sequels to successful products (that's most publishers but you get my point). I don't have a love or hate boner for ME 2. If its good, great.

#40 Posted by LKPOWER (154 posts) -

I really wanted a new Freedom Fighters. I guess there's always next E3

#41 Edited by BrohannSebastianBach (7 posts) -

Pretty psyched for Mirror's Edge 2 and Dragon Age 3, and more FIFA is always welcome. Would have liked to have heard something about more Mass Effect though.

#42 Edited by JayDee (439 posts) -

if u don't like mirrors edge ur a piece of garbage

#43 Posted by mnzy (2911 posts) -

As I mentioned on the trailer post, I don't think the words "Mirror's Edge 2" were said or displayed anywhere, whatever that implies.

The Peggle 2 run-by announcement was hilarious - that guy jumped in the air like he wanted to be freeze framed.

It's apparently a prequel, so maybe it won't be named "2".

#44 Edited by Draxyle (1792 posts) -

If they cut out all the sports nonsense, EA's conference wasn't that bad at all. Not nearly as crushingly depressing as last year.

Those few seconds of Battlefront trailer were probably the only work done on the project so far, but good on them for confirming the most ideal scenario for the Dice teams.

#45 Posted by Y2Ken (1071 posts) -

@mideonnviscera: It's cool, it's more a case of saying "I don't care about Mirror's Edge" vs saying "It sucks".

Anyways, for me I was way more into the Battlefield stuff than I was expecting. I'm potentially interested for some kind of PvZ/Dungeon Defenders crossover title, and I really like Mirror's Edge so I'm definitely in on that.

Oh yeah, and Battlefront. Aww yiss.

#46 Posted by KingdanglerBK (110 posts) -

No Bio Forge Announced yet :(

#47 Posted by buemba (89 posts) -

Mirror's Edge 2 and Peggle 2 are day one buys for me. Titanfall and Battlefield 3 could be interesting, even though I'm not really that into multiplayer FPS anymore.

Dragon Age: Inquisition, though? After DA2 they'll have to work very hard to win me back.

#48 Posted by Tesla (1907 posts) -

Decent showing from EA, but it's all potential right now with little to no gameplay of the things that caught my interest. Glad to see lots of destructible environments in BF4 though.

#49 Posted by rebgav (1429 posts) -

Oh, Morrigan! Remember when Dragon Age wasn't the worst thing? Those were the days.

#50 Edited by Ghostiet (5224 posts) -

@hailinel said:

More than anything, I want someone at EA to explain why they're rebooting (yes, rebooting) Mirror's Edge after only one game.

The story of the first one was pretty much cliche crap, so I'm fine with that. I'd say that just too much time passed since the original to tie that stuff in, but the aesthetic and Faith's design is too strong to throw out.

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