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gamescom 2013: EA conference video stream and live blog

By and Matthew Reynolds
Following Microsoft's briefing this morning comes the first of two streamed conferences from gamescom 2013 from EA. Once it's done, be sure to stick around for Sony's at 6pm UK time.

What can we expect? New footage for Need for Speed Rivals, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, EA Sports UFC, Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare and Command & Conquer.

There will also be the first reveal of The Sims 4. If you want more on that in particular, stick around to midnight tonight where Digital Spy will post a first look preview with even more details.

> Follow our ongoing gamescom 2013 coverage

You can keep track of the announcements with the following live stream or via our blog updates below. The conference will start at 3pm UK time, 10am ET and 7am PT.



16:14And that's it! EA's gamescom conference is over. Thanks for joining us.


16:10New obliteration mode: Destroy the enemy target before they destroy yours. Only one bomb in the map, though, that can be detonated. Intense action.


16:09Battlefield 4 Premium is a membership service for anyone who loves the series. You get content early - get the new game modes, weapons, vehicles, expansion packs before anyone else.


16:05Now for Battlefield 4, running on Frostbite 3.


16:02EA Sports closes their FIFA 14 talk with another trailer.


15:57FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Legends, exclusive for Xbox consoles. Lothar Matthaus comes out on stage to discuss the idea of having classic superstars grace Ultimate Team.


15:56If you're playing on Xbox 360 or PS3, you can transfer your progress to the Xbox One and PS4 respectively easily.


15:5533 official leagues, 600 authetic clubs, 16,000 real world players.


15:54FIFA 14 demo available on September 10-11. Final game launches in late September.


15:51FIFA 14 on mobile devices will be free-to-play. New touch controls. And free-to-play FIFA World for PC - coming to Brazil and Russia.


15:49This all looks really neat. Very impressive video.


15:46Titanfall from Respawn Entertainment. Here's some live gameplay footage on a map called Angel City.


15:44Ferrari has been announced to appear in Rivals. The game is out in late-November.


15:42Need for Speed: Rivals. Speedlists are a series of objectives the player tries to achieve in order to unlock new things.


15:39It will come out on Xbox One, PlayStation 4.


15:39EA Sports showing pre-alpha gameplay, while explaining how fighters will act and scrap like real people. "Dynamic striking". "Real-time exertion".


15:36The world's "fastest-growing sport", apparently. The next UFC game by EA Sports will be released in spring 2014.


15:35Next is UFC, the mixed martial arts franchise.


15:32Enjoyed Peggle? Here's gameplay footage of Peggle 2 on Xbox One.


15:32Finally, we get a tease of boss mode, exclusive content for Microsoft platforms (including Smartglass). Uses Kinect/tablet touch screen, though they don't get specific how it plays.


15:29Available Xbox One and Xbox 360 first in the spring.


15:28They're showing a decent mix of zombie classes - the soldier, all-star, engineer. The scientist can teleport short distances.


15:27You can play as zombies in Garden Warfare. They're showing a trailer demonstrating the different classes.


15:26Plants vs Zombies spinoff Garden Warfare is a "refreshing" action experience. Up to 24 online multiplayer.


15:25The development team is currently working on the first add-on world: Far Future.


15:24Plants vs Zombies 2 has been downloaded nearly 16 million times since its launch days ago. It's the biggest EA launch in history.


15:23It's out in autumn 2014, which is a long way to go.


15:20BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition: Epic storytelling, complex characters, real choice, real consequences.


15:19And now they're showing a trailer for the episodic stuff, which is set in the Generals universe.


15:18It will launch this year as a free live service. It's currently in alpha. They'll also release episodic story-driven missions for players.


15:17Yep, they're showing off a multiplayer game. A couple of guys are commentating over it. Looks nice.


15:14It looks like they're setting up a head-to-head Command & Conquer match.


15:13Next up: Command & Conquer.


15:12The producer on stage announces that they'll be able to pre-order the game, before concluding: "The Sims 4 is the next generation of great Sims games, where your sims come to life."


15:10EA are showing a love-triangle scenario, demonstrating characters' different emotions. Bored, angry, sad...


15:09New Create-a-Sim allows you to sculpt new characters and set walking styles.


15:08The sims have evolved into intelligent emotionally aware beings, where every action is affected by their emotional state.


15:06The first game they show is The Sims 4. "Landing 2014," says a trailer.


15:03Peter Moore opens by greeting everyone in German.


15:01EA's gamescom conference begins with a flashy trailer of the company's various upcoming games.

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