E3 2012 Day Zero – Electronic Arts Press Conference

e3 2012 ea press conference

Ten amazing games from ten different developers, that’s what John Riccitiello promised at the beginning of Electronic Arts’ press conference. Thankfully, the publisher kept their promised and they ended up presenting ten great titles. The first one of them was Dead Space 3 (developed by Visceral Games) which seems to be much more action oriented than previous games in the series. The demo promised new locations, characters and modes, including a cooperative one. Regarding the latter, I wonder if the presence of another companion will make the experience less scary. Dead Space 3 is expected to come out February 2013 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Madden 13 was also shown and it’ll make use of Infinity Engine Technology. As those people who are interested in this game are going to buy it anyway, I’ll skip a meticulous description and move on to the next titles. There will be two new SimCity titles, but before you get way too excited, the new one is a Facebook game. In fact, maybe you should get excited as even the Facebook game (called SimCity Social) seems pretty interesting. SimCity Social will come out soon on Facebook. SimCity was also shown and this game in particular looks really good. I’ve never been a fan of the SimCity series or strategy games in general, but the idea of creating a city from scratch seems quite inviting. The game will be released on February 2013.

Battlefield 3 will receive a new service called Premium which is basically Call of Duty Elite. Users will pay $49.99 and they will receive early access to content such as new maps, weapons, vehicles and so on. In my opinion, initiatives like these are great for those players who are going to spend money on all those anyway, what I don’t understand though, is why EA decided to announce this at their E3 press conference. The service is available now on PlayStation 3 and is coming to PC and Xbox 360 in a few days.

Star Wars: The Old Republic doesn’t seem to be performing as well as Bioware was expecting, so starting this July, users will be able to play for free up to level 15. Some people are already predicting that a year from now a similar announcement will be made, but without the level cap.

A demo of Medal of Honor: Warfighter was shown and from a technical standpoint the game looked amazing. Some slow motion kills were featured (surprisingly similar to the ones in Splinter Cell: Blacklist demoed at the Microsoft press conference.) The title will have multiplayer and is coming on October 23.

EA presented a free to play game called Madden NFL Social. Additionally, it was confirmed that Argentinian football player Lionel Messi will be in the cover of the upcoming FIFA 13. Electronic Arts officially unveiled their new partnership with the UFC so expect more announcements related to this really soon.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted, which I can describe as one of the best games of the show, was featured during the presentation. In simple terms, Most Wanted looks like the perfect combination of the premise of the old Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Burnout Paradise. In other words, the two best non-simulation racing games of the current generation. The game will be an open world racing game in which you can race, chase and explore. Most Wanted is being developed by Criterion and comes out on October 30.

The presentation ended with a demo of Crysis 3 and even when I’m not a huge fan of the franchise, it did look good. The game is coming out on February 2013 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Finally, those who missed Electronic Arts’ Press Conference can watch it right here: