Electronic Arts hypes 'Star Wars' games at Electronic Entertainment Expo



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Electronic Arts' upcoming expansion for the online role-playing game "Star Wars: The Old Republic" dubbed "Knights of the Fallen Empire" is showcased during the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


Samantha Ryan, SVP and Group GM, EA Mobile presents upcoming "Star Wars" themed games during the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


Samantha Ryan, SVP and Group GM, EA Mobile presents upcoming "Star Wars" themed games during the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


Samantha Ryan, SVP and Group GM, EA Mobile presents "Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes" at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, June 15, 2015. The video game publisher heavily focused on its forthcoming "Star Wars" games during a Monday briefing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


Brazilian soccer legend Pele, top, speaks at Electronic Arts' brief for upcoming "FIFA 16" game with EA CEO Andrew Wilson, center right, during the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


FILE - This June 13, 2013 file photo shows, the Sony booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. Project Morpheus, Sony's virtual reality system that works in tandem with the PlayStation 4 console, is expected to take center stage at the company's briefing at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry's annual trade show. The expo runs June 16-18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)


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LOS ANGELES — The Force is with Electronic Arts.

The video game publisher heavily focused on its forthcoming "Star Wars" games during a briefing Monday at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

EA showed off an extended look at the upcoming multiplayer game "Star Wars: Battlefront." The PlayStation 4 footage showcased a land-air skirmish between Empire and Republic forces on the icy planet Hoth, culminating with Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader locking light sabers.

"Today, by far the best place to truly lose yourself and interact with 'Star Wars' is video games," senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir told the crowd inside the Shrine Auditorium.

EA also announced an expansion for the online role-playing game "Star Wars: The Old Republic" dubbed "Knights of the Fallen Empire" and a new mobile collectable card game called "Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes."

Other titles teased included the cartoony shooter sequel "Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2," the free-running romp "Mirror's Edge: Catalyst," a photorealistic rendition of racer "Need for Speed" and a new platformer about a creature made of yarn called "Unravel."

Besides "Star Wars," EA spent a considerable chunk of its 90-minute presentation on sports installments "NHL 16," ''Madden NFL 16," ''NBA Live 16" and "FIFA 16." Soccer great Pele appeared on stage, and EA premiered a "FIFA 16" trailer narrated by him.


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