[E3 2012] EA! Brings New Games, Updates Existing Titles3:46 pm am June 12, 2012
With games ranging from the newest version of Madden to a version of Sim City you can play on Facebook, EA’s E3 2012 announcements introduced new games, and showcased updates and enhancements coming to titles you already know and love.
Check out the highlights:
Dead Space 3: Set to be released in February 2013, Dead Space 3 builds off the existing Dead Space series, and will feature drop-in, drop-out co-op play with Isaac Clarke and his companion, John Carver.
Madden 2013: Now with an Infinity Engine, the game takes into account the size of a player so smaller players won’t easily be able to plow through larger ones. Hall of Fame NFL player Michael Irvine took the stage to talk about the game’s new Connected Career feature, that allows a player in the game to earn points and achieve different career milestones, ultimately earning a place in the Hall of Fame.
A virtual Twitter feed talks talks about your league. Accomplishments can be shared on Twitter and Facebook. Madden NFL Social, a game you can play on Facebook and your mobile phone – interchanging between the two as you like – will be available this fall.
Sim City: Sim City Social is also coming to Facebook, and a new Sim City is headed to the PC. The updated version of the game will have constructable worlds, simulation, data visualization, and a multi-player mode for playing the game along with others – the first multiplayer version of the game. Maxis is also running a contest to name the burger joint in the game by texting ‘SIMCITY’ to 44144.
Battlefield 3: Over 50 million people are playing the Battlefield worldwide. Now a new premium version of the game –in the form of 5 expansion packs — will offer hundreds of additional hours of gameplay as well as new vehicles, maps, and more. The packs are available $49.99, and will be released over the next 9 months with the first available today.
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Star Wars: The Old Republic is adding both a new planet and a new species into the mix. This July everyone will be able to play Star Wars the Old Republic for free up through level 15.
Medal of Honor Warfighter: Set to hit store shelves on October 23, the game introduces 12 global fighters and all new exciting gameplay.
FIFA 2013: All returning FIFA ’12 players will carry these standings into FIFA 2013. Mobile versions on iPhone, iPad, and Android will connect to FIFA Football Club, allowing you to maintain an identity and accumulate rewards across devices.
UFC: EA and the UFC have signed a multi-year, multi-title deal to create a series of UFC fighting games.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted: An open-world driving game, the goal of the game is to become the “most wanted” in the game. Everything in the game is a competition. Everything you do earns speed points, which drive you up on the Most Wanted list where you can triumph over your friends. Launching October 30.
Crysis 3: Crysis’s highly acclaimed sandbox gameplay returns in this sequel, offering more open levels to let you choose your path and approach and advanced weaponry.
According to an interview between AllThingsD and EA at E3 in Los Angeles this week, Earl( Nick Earl, who heads up EA’s mobile and social worldwide studios) said the dominant model will be “freemium” in mobile. As with other game makers who depend on this model, EA will allow players to download the games for free, but then will charge a fee to buy virtual goods that enhance the game.
“We are all over that,” Earl said. “There will be a few one-time download games in the future, but they are such the exception, and the norm will be freemium games.”