Electronic Arts hypes ‘Star Wars’ games at E3

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. (Photo credit: AP photo by Damian Dovarganes)

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. (Photo credit: AP photo by Damian Dovarganes)

By DERRIK J. LANG
AP Entertainment Writer

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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