Electronic Arts E3 Press Conference: A Summary
As we started into the Electronic Arts E3 Press Conference today there were a few things many of us were anxious to learn about. The anticipation, for me, centered around Battlefield Bad Company 3, Mass Effect 3, and SSX. As the conference began we soon discovered so much more in the works from EA.
The conference began with EA & BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 Presentation. Casey Husdson spoke of how Mass Effect was “designed to be a trilogy” and continued to say that “longtime fans of the franchise will see how all of their choices have lead to the breaking point.” “ This is ALL OUT GALACTIC WAR.” He said. In the demo Shepard attempts to destroy a reaper base. The game play was really compelling, high action, and included large scale action combat. Casey then showed new gameplay trailer “Fall of Earth”
Mass Effect 3 will see release on March 6 2012
EA then went on to discuss that should expect new games and new services over the next year.
Origin.com was announced as the new service for viewing and downloading exclusive EA content.
NFS The Run was presented by Jason DeLong. Like previous Need for Speed titles, The Run centers on a race across the country, From San Francisco to NYC. This year the Autolog feature is weaved into the story so that every second of every race counts towards your development. Unlike previous NFS titles a new component of the game takes you out of the car and put you on foot. NFS The Run will include foot chase gameplay. EA then presented a NFS Demo. The foot chase portions of the game, while they looked awesome, are still a large enough departure from NFS that it seemed less cohesive.
Star Wars Old Republic was discussed briefly by Greg of Bioware. No news for this title was released but EA did show a trailer. This trailer appeared to be included out of obligation and not because there was anything new to offer.
The SSX portion of the presentation started with Trailer. EA spoke of “reinventing the franchise” with an all new slogan: Own the Planet. SSX will be massively open world and will include “ridiculous amounts of content.” With a new trailer for Kiori, a beloved SSX character, EA promised that a NEW character would be announced on the Facebook fan page before end of e3. You can check out Kiori’s trailer at Origin.com