Published on June 5th, 2012 | by Andre Gamble, Contributor
E3: Electronic Arts E3 2012 Recap
One of the biggest developers and publisher giant Electronic Arts showed off a group of its upcoming games during E3 earlier today.
First up was the highly anticipated Dead Space 3.
Dead Space 3 is being developed once again by Visceral Games. The sequel to 2011 survival horror blockbuster will feature a co-op campaign, a first for the series, along with new characters and an expanded multiplayer mode. The game was given a February 2013 release date.
From EA Sports comes Madden NFL 13, the latest installment of the award winning football franchise. Using a real-time physics engine called the “Infinity Engine”, the creators of the game promise no two tackles will be the same. The next big feature is connected career.
By connecting Franchise, Online Franchise and Superstar mode EA Tiburon wants to create one connected universe. With the help of NFL legend Michael Irvin, EA showed off its connected Career mode. Using generated storylines, popular football personalities and social media the game hopes to create a unique experience for every player. You will also be able to track you progress on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Sim City Social, Maxis’ social media driven game, is coming soon to Facebook. The official trailer for the game took a couple of friendly potshots at Zynga’s ‘Ville series. Maxis wasn’t done however: they also showed the first multiplayer Sim City with a gameplay trailer. The things you do to your city will affect your neighboring cites positively or negatively.
A quick shout out was given to Respawn Entertainment founders Jason West and Vince Ampulla for Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, but no mention of the game they’re working on.
Mr. Riccitiello then introduced everyone favorite tattooed executive Peter Moore, and the executive producer on Battlefield 3 Patrick Bach. Together they debuted Battlefield Premium, a subscription service not unlike Activision’s Call Of Duty Elite. Battlefield Premium will offer players new weapons, maps and vehicles two weeks before non-premium players.
Players will also be able to access five Battlefield expansion packs, Back to Karkand (available now), Close Quarters (available now to Premium members), Armored Kill (coming in September), Aftermath (coming this December), and Endgame (available March 2013). For now, Battlefield Premium is only on the PlayStation 3, and it will run you $49.99.
Dr. Ray Muzyka from BioWare talked a bit about the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic. He boasted that over 1 million players signed on at launch making it the biggest launch day in MMO history. New updates are coming to the MMO including new companions, new playable species and a new planet. The game will also go free-to-play up to 15 levels this July.
Medal Of Honor: Warfighter is the sequel to 2010’s Medal of Honor. Every in-game mission has some connected to real battles or real global hotspots. Warfighter’s Multiplayer mode is called “Global Warfighter”, and will feature 12 Tier 1 operators from 10 different counties. Medal Of Honor: Warfighter will be released Oct. 23, 2012.
EA Sports comes back with another announcement, this time for Madden NFL Social. EA promises that players will be able to start games on their consoles, then counties them on their phones using Madden Social.
EA gives a quick run down of their sport titles coming this year including NHL 13, NBA Live 13 and FIFA 13.
FIFA 13 tries to continue its run as the world’s most popular sports game. The 11 million members of the FIFA Football Club will have the stats, levels and experience points carried over from FIFA 12, FIFA Street and Euro 12 into FIFA 13. Returning players will also get in game currently to spend on exclusive in game items. There will also be companion apps on IOS and Android for FIFA 13. The developers hope gamers will enjoy its improved AI, dribbling and physics engine.
The big EA/UFC announcement was next. You can check out more info on it here.
Criterion’s second Need For Speed game, Need For Speed: Most Wanted took the stage next. Intense police chases and an updated Autolog system were Criterion’s biggest focus for this game. Need For Speed: Most Wanted will be available Oct. 30, 2012.
Crytek’s Crysis 3 was last on stage with a demo. Crysis 3 will be available February 2013.
Day 1 of the Electronic Entertainment Expo is now complete. Stay tuned to GAMINGtruth.com for more from E3 in Los Angeles.