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June 6, 2011

In Monday’s second big conference, EA announced some new projects, showed off features of upcoming games and rolled out the carpet for a few marquee titles.

Among EA’s announcements this year was the much-anticipated new multiplatform project from Insomniac Games. Overstrike, a near-future team-based action shooter, is the first from the company to appear on a non-Sony console.

The company’s making a big push for Star Wars: The Old Republic, the upcoming massively-multiplayer RPG from heralded developer BioWare. The game allows players to choose to defend or destroy the Republic and live the life of a Jedi or Sith.

Mass Effect 3, also by BioWare, had a large presence, with the sci-fi RPG getting a release date: March 6, 2012. The game ends the story of Commander Shepard with a massive battle on Earth.

Battlefield 3, the company’s flagship large-scale war game, features the company’s new Frostbite 2 rendering engine. It’s scheduled for an October 25 release.

EA’s high-profile new IP, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is the first project from Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios, and includes work from high-profile fantasy writers and artists like Todd MacFarlane and R.A. Salvatore. It releases in 2012.

Also shown off were Need for Speed: The Run, with both running and driving sequences; SSX, the return of the snowboarding series out in January; a version of The Sims for Facebook and new versions of FIFA and Madden.