For the past few years, EA (also still known as ‘Electronic Arts’ in circles of ancient import) has brought a mighty line-up of videogames to the events the publisher has attended with truly blockbuster-level action games and sports titles of superb quality.
EA’s media briefings have always been incredibly impactful, too, and not only for the amount of raw audio power the company’s presentations pack year after year – EA’s pre-gamescom conferences, for example, have previously brought enough bass to shake the soul and more than enough volume to crack a skull or two, but the games still manage to remain centre-stage.
Ahead of gamescom 2011, EA showcased ten games that the publisher claimed would be ‘the best you would see all year.’ With titles like Crysis 2, FIFA 12, Battlefield 3, FIFA Street and more, the declaration wasn’t far off.
Then, ahead of E3 this year, EA once again brought ten games and experiences that would be tough to deny as anything but the best-in-class, including Medal of Honor: Warfighter, FIFA 13, SimCity, the announcement of a new EA-developed UFC game, Crysis 3, Dead Space 3 and Need For Speed: Most Wanted.
What about gamescom 2012? What EA games can we expect to get very excited about before the event begins in Cologne, Germany this month? Let’s take a look.
EA’s primary line-up of games seen at E3 will definitely be present at gamescom 2012, both at the pre-conference media briefing, on the show floor and behind closed doors ‒ here’s what we can bet on seeing:
- Battlefield 3 downloadable content (Armored Kill, Aftermath and End Game)
- Crysis 3
- Dead Space 3
- FIFA 13
- Medal of Honor: Warfighter
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted
- Madden NFL 13
- The Sims 3: Seasons
While those are the games and add-ons we can expect to see at gamescom, what else is likely for the show this year?
EA’s recent announcements (and showing of support) for the Nintendo Wii U and the launch line-up plans for games like Mass Effect 3, FIFA 13 and Madden NFL 13 are likely to feature in some capacity as we get to go hands-on with these titles on the upcoming home console.
New looks at Mass Effect 3’s upcoming singleplayer downloadable content, Leviathan, will also likely be available and EA will most probably continue to showcase its massively multiplayer online game, Star Wars: The Old Republic and new features, while reminding us that the game goes free-to-play later this year. An appearance by The Secret World isn’t expected, but the showfloor might host a station or two for attendees to see and play.
EA and EA Sports have also been teasing an announcement of some kind regarding the pair’s recently released SSX snowboarding game, with heavy nods towards the addition of simultaneous, fully-featured multiplayer for the title. Seems very likely.
A new game in the Army of Two co-operative franchise, The Devil’s Cartel, was also announced last week at EA’s Summer Showcase event and we’ll be hoping to see more of the third-person shooter (developed by Visceral Games) at gamescom 2012, with first prize being some hands-on time with it behind closed doors.
There’s also a very good chance that we’ll see the first fruits of the deal between EA and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the resultant mixed martial arts game. I would personally be very surprised if we’re made to wait any longer to see the first glimpse of the game.
What would be nice to see at gamescom 2012 from EA?
The very first teases, if even the slightest morsels ‒ a logo, anything ‒ for Battlefield 4 and The Sims 4 would be amazing, but knowing EA’s focus on Medal of Honor: Warfighter ahead of that game’s release in October, as well as the company’s continued investments in The Sims 3 and the upcoming SimCity, it would be difficult to imagine either of them even being whispered into existence, let alone formally announced.
Personally, I’m really looking forward to playing more Need For Speed: Most Wanted and Medal of Honor: Warfighter to see how those games are coming along, and hands-on time with Crysis 3 and Dead Space 3 would be a fantastic opportunity, too. These four titles (from a single publisher, no less) would no doubt be represented on many a gamer’s list of ‘the most exciting upcoming games’ this year and next, which points to the strength of EA’s line-up.
That tease for Battlefield 4 at gamescom 2012 wouldn’t hurt, either:
Gamescom 2012 will run from August 15th through to the 19th in Cologne, Germany. El33tonline will be there covering the event so don’t miss out on the latest news and impressions from the world’s most spectacular videogame showcase.