E3: EA shows off Star Wars Battlefront, Battlefield 4, PvZ

EA showed off a host of games for core gamers and sports gamers today, including Star Wars Battlefront, Battlefield 4, a new 3rd-person Plants vs. Zombies shooter, UFC, NBA Live 14, FIFA 14, Need for Speed: Rivals and more.

EA showed off a host of games for core gamers and sports gamers today, but the real star of EA's 2013 E3 press conference was Star Wars Battlefront.

While there wasn't much to see - it was just a teaser - we do know that a new Battlefront game is in development at Battlefield developer DICE.

DICE also showed off Battlefield 4's ability to host up to 64 players by bringing 64 gamers on-stage to play. DICE's Patrick Bach said the game would be playable on the Xbox One and PS4. However, while it was implied, he did not confirm that the game would be able to handle 64 players on consoles.

Bach said there would be a new game mode in Battlefield, called Commander mode, where an extra player had a bird's eye view of the battlefield and was able to provide their team with intelligence.

Commander Mode: New tactical role in Battlefield 4 multiplayer.

Mirror's Edge 2 is also coming "when it's ready", according to DICE.

After Battlefront, the title that seemed to generate the most excitement in the room was a newly announced Plants vs. Zombies game, Garden Warfare.

That's a strange thing to say - Garden Warfare is created by PopCap, a company known for creating casual games such as Bejeweled and Peggle. The original Plants vs. Zombies was itself a casual tower defense game.

Garden Warfare is entirely different, however. It's not a tower defense game, but a class-based third-person shooter. Sunflowers are healers, cacti are snipers, and pea shooters are your regular soldiers.

Garden Warfare: Plants vs. Zombies meets class-based shooter?

PopCap also announced a sequel to Peggle.

Representatives from EA Sports also took a look at a host of sports titles, including UFC, NBA Live 14, and FIFA 14.

Fantasy RPG Dragon Age: Inquisition and driving game Need for Speed: Rivals rounded out EA's lineup. Need for Speed: Rivals features multiplayer with two teams - cops and racers - and has a mode that starts out as a single-player mode before shifting into multiplayer.

Need for Speed: Rivals: Team multiplayer, Cops vs. Racers

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