It may have begun a few minutes late, but EA’s pre-gamescom 2012 press conference more than made up for its slight tardiness with a hectic presentation that was, as usual, rocking with raucous rumbling speakers and completely bathed in bombastic bass!
There was no alliteration during the event, but there was an enormous and powerful line-up of games, representing what is arguably EA’s strongest collection of titles in a long time.
Here is Part 2 of our look at EA’s media briefing ahead of gamescom this year (find Part 1 over here):
While there was no official reveal for Battlefield 4, EA did take the time to show off Battlefield 3’s current and upcoming maps, modes and content with showings of Armored Kill releasing in September, Aftermath in December and End Game in March 2013.
What if you want all of this content in one package?
Then EA and DICE have got you covered with the Battlefield 3: Premium Edition, which will come standard with all of the released downloadable content as well as the upcoming modes and maps when they’re released – a trailer for Premium Edition (out in September 2012 for €59.99, $69.99 in the US) shows it all nice and neatly for you:
Battlefield 3: Premium Edition Announcement Trailer
Rasmus Hojengaard from Crytek (based in Germany, obviously) seemed very excited to show us Crysis 3 during EA’s conference and called onto stage nine players to help reveal Hunter Mode, a cool-looking multiplayer mode that sees a team of CELL soldiers and a group of Hunters fighting off (or stalking, as the case may be) each other in different environments.
The players on stage were lit up with red and blue lights to show which team was which, but as one player was killed, they would be converted to the other faction before one was left and the game ended – the action is intense! The mode’s debut trailer shows off Hunter Mode in Crysis 3 very well:
Crysis 3 – Multiplayer Hunter Mode Reveal
The appearance of Star Wars: The Old Republic was at least a little surprising at EA’s press event given the poor reception at the publisher’s E3 showcase, but now that BioWare has November’s free-to-play feature on the horizon, Matthew Bromberg arrived on stage to announce new high level content for the game, Terror From Beyond, while a new event went live today, The Grand Acqusition – a quick-cut trailer revealed the event:
The Grand Acquisition Race in Star Wars: The Old Republic
Developers from Visceral appeared to provide us with a new look at Dead Space 3 with an extended gameplay section in the depths of space, very similar to those in Dead Space 2 only more action-packed, if that’s possible – the latest trailer shows a glimpse of that plus more horrific action.
Dead Space 3 is out on February 5th in the US and February 8th in Europe:
Dead Space 3 – Gamescom 2012 Trailer
EA saved the most extensive content and feature reveals for last, however, with big guns Andrew Wilson from EA Sports and David Rutter (head of the FIFA game franchise).
Together, they spoke about an enormous amount of FIFA details, including new features for Ultimate Team for FIFA 13, the fact that FIFA Online 3 arrives in Korea in September, new FIFA Seasons and Match Day – we’ll need to round them all up properly because there was a huge collection of news in the FIFA world revealed today.
Importantly, a demo for FIFA 13 arrives on September 11th. Watch out for that as you watch the latest FIFA 13 trailer:
FIFA 13 – Gamescom 2012 Trailer
While nothing new was announced at EA’s pre-gamescom press conference this year, it would be tough to say there was nothing exciting shown at the event, with best-in-class sports games, blockbuster shooters, a high octane racing game and the return of a classic simulation title – EA’s line-up of games for the next year is looking very strong indeed.
Which of EA’s upcoming titles are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to read Part 1 of this feature over here.