Monday, June 4, 2012

E3 2012: electronic arts the download

Live at the Orpheum Theatre on South Broadway in LA. Speculation time is over this event is streaming live around the world and airing on Spike and sister networks. Kicking it off is logo montage of the big EA titles we are going to see. Cheers and claps for the fan favorites.

Join us below the jump for the rest of the keynote.

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Taking the stage is EA CEO, John Riccitiello. Exclaiming that today's show will be "less like the Oscars more like Sundance". I bet that sounded pretty cool to him but not really the case when you are only showing AAA titles.

A trailer for Viceral game's Dead Space 3 gets the crowds attention. VP and General Manager at Visceral Games, Steve Papoutsis is on hand to describe the new locations like the frozen, xenomorph invested planet shown. DS3 will (finally) have drop-in, drop-out co-op! The new character alongside Isaac is John Carver. They played a frantic live demo of co-op for the crowd. The game will be released in February, 2013.

Moving along, it's Madden time. The intro video is a heart-string pulling video of Ray Lewis the Baltimore Ravens Superstar. Madden 13 will be powered by a new “Infinity Engine,” which adds run-time physics to the game. Cam Weber, GM of American Football at EA Sports breaks down what's new this year “Pre-determined outcomes—they’re history.” Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin has taken the stage to discuss career mode. You can also manage your Madden team from your PC, tablet, or smartphone. Can this connection to Facebook and Twitter as well end of days of pen-and-paper fantasy football?

Lucy Bradshaw, SVP of Maxis, presenting SimCity. Two titles this year the first, SimCity Social is coming to Facebook. promising to be the best building game on Facebook. It's coming in a "just few weeks". SimCity for PC “…will revolutionize simulation with our new Glassbox engine.” Gameplay choices affect not only the Sims of your city, but also the cities surrounding you as well.

CEO John Riccitiello returns to congratulate DICE Executive Producer Patrick Bach and EA COO Peter Moore on Battlefield 3. They give us some fun stats to repeat like over 1.6 trillion bullets have been fired by 50 MM people world wide. Battlefield 3 Premium has been officially announced. Digital membership will cost $49.99 with you will get in-game gear and all current and future expansion packs. This equals roughly 100 hours of new gameplay. New expansions announced: Armored Kill, will focus on all-out vehicle warfare, Aftermath will be set in a city destroyed by a massive earthquake and motorcycles will be introduced in End Game.
Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare, has stepped on stage to talk Star Wars the Old Republic (Rebel anthem playing in the background). The Old Republic will be adding new PvP warzones to the game with more challenging group and high-level content. Along with a new difficulty setting called Nightmare, new companion characters, a new playable species called the Cathar and a new planet called Makeb. The level cap and combat abilities will also be expanded. The F2P version of SW:TOR is growing, play up to level 15 for free.

Greg Goodrich, Executive Producer on Medal of Honor Warfighter takes the stage. Adding to the authenticity of the MOH franchise, Warfighter's global stories will "draw a dotted line to actual event or real world hotspot". To underline the global aspect Warfighter will introduce 12 Tier 1 units from 10 different nations to choose from. The trailer is frighteningly realistic looking; about as close to Somalia as I ever want to get. Will this be MOHs latest attempt to dominate the FPS category once again. We'll find out, when MoH: Warfighter is released on October 23, 2012.

Andrew Wilson, EVP of EA Sports, has taken the stage to talk about the full lineup of sports titles EA is famous for. First the focus is on social platform games. Madden NFL Social has been announced and will launch this fall. It will be playable on both Facebook and mobile devices. Next we focus on Soccer. 11 million people are registered members of the EA Sports Football Club. FIFA 13 is coming. It will be playable on iPad, iPhone, and (of course, later on) Android. All aspects of the game will be connected to Football Club online. This year Lionel Messi will be the FIFA 13 cover athlete. FIFA 13 will connect soccer fans as a global platform for futbol.

Now, what sports fans are really interested in: UFC (mixed martial arts). Exciting to see Dana White, President of UFC, has just walked out onto the stage. EA is announcing a new partnership with UFC to create a brand-new fighting game! Dana shares some facts like UFC is the fastest growing sport in the world. Sadly, this was just an announcement and we'll have to wait for the next game (previous UFC games were released by THQ).

Time for Need for Speed Most Wanted! EA confirms that Criterion (of Burn Out fame) will be producing the game. Criterion Producer, Matt Webster, just said they put NFS back on the map when they released NFS Hot Pursuit. Most Wanted will once again integrate the Autolog system to maximize competition between your friends and rivals. Open world driving is back (ala Burn Out) The trailer includes rivals, billboard smashing and of course slo-mo crashes. Need for Speed Most Wanted will release on October 30th. Matt walks off stage saying "God save the queen".

Cevat Yerli, CEO and Founder of Crytek, shows off the Crysis 3 game demo to end the show (which is over the allotted time slot at this point). “We are pushing the limits of shooter gameplay to deliver adaptive warfare, stunning visuals, and intense sandbox action.” Crysis 3 will introduce seven new areas called “The Seven Wonders,” ranging from canyons to deadly swamps, and more. Crysis 3 is available in February 2013.

CEO John Riccitiello closes the show. proud of his team, welcoming the crowd to enjoy the rest of the expo.

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