Battlefield 3 co-op demoed at EA Gamescom briefing

Gamescom 2011: New FIFA Street disclosed, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and The Secret World dated, and new free-to-play Warhammer Online game detailed during Electronic Arts' press event.

COLOGNE, Germany--Electronic Arts kicks off its Gamescom show today with a press briefing where it is expected to go through its upcoming slate of titles, from the highly anticipated Battlefield 3 to the next installment in the globally successful FIFA 12 series.

[7:03] We're seated in a packed auditorium, ready for the EA Gamescom 2011 press conference. And they've just dimmed the lights.

[7:04] Time for B-roll from every last EA franchise to a banging soundtrack. Are anyone else's ears bleeding?

[7:06] Here's a big announcement from EA Sports, they say…

[7:07] It's footage of street football/soccer. "It's the ground of the youth," says the voice-over, "owned by local heroes… The rhythm of the streets beats as the heart of the game."

[7:08] It's Andrew Wilson and Gary Paterson of EA onstage now, to announce a new FIFA Street game, in development in Vancouver. It'll be out early next year.

[7:08] It will be "the most authentic street football game ever," says Wilson.

FIFA! On the street! Also known as FIFA Street.

[7:09] "The team led by Gary have been working for months," says Wilson, using FIFA's latest tech, including the new player collision engine.

[7:11] Moving on to EA Sports Football Club, FIFA Street will be connected into it. And then moving on to EA's Season Ticket scheme, subscribers are going to get early digital access to FIFA Street.

In America, it's called "Foot Soccer."

[7:12] And here we go, it's the first FIFA Street trailer. International locations… London, Shanghai, Riot. FIFAStreet.com is the official site.

[7:13] Up next, Need for Speed: The Run. "Winning Is His Only Option," says the trailer. Also, "Race For Your Life."

[7:14] Welcome to Jason DeLong, executive producer on The Run. "Today we're going to demo an all-new level, Independence Pass." It's a road closed for avalanche blasting, he says.

[7:16] So, we've got racing along snowy cliffside roads and through mountain tunnels, with rocks and snow pouring down off the slopes above.

That is one dangerous road.

[7:18] Need for Speed The Run will launch in Europe November 18, with a North American debut November 15.

[7:19] Time for BioWare. It's Dr Ray Muzyka. Hi, Dr Ray! He's talking about Dragon Age Legends and then announces Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, a free-to-play PC Warhammer title.

[7:20] Trailer time! Who guessed action-heavy cel-shaded fantasy MMO game? Those people guessed right.

Dr. Ray here to announce a new Warhammer game.

[7:21] Star Wars: The Old Republic. Setting preorder records for BioWare, says Dr Ray. "We're gearing it up to be smooth, right from the start."

[7:21] Ready for an in-game cutscene? With dialogue options? "This time in German! For Gamescom!"

And now for some Old Republic!

[7:22] I don't speak German. But there are Star Wars dudes saying things, OK?

[7:23] "Today, we're showing you the first operation in the game: the Eternity Vault," says Dr Ray.

You probably didn't realize EA was training an Army of TOR players, did you?

[7:25] The Eternity Vault is an ancient alien prison, they say. We're watching the demonstrators go about classic MMO raid play--tanking, healing, and whatnot.

[7:28] Murdering bots and turrets. And now the players take on a giant mech "formerly used to wipe out civilisations."

Giant murderous robots just can't catch a break in the world of Star Wars.

[7:28] Dr Ray returns. He wants to jump into Mass Effect 3. Fine by us!

[7:30] "The scale of the action and emotion are at an all-time high," he says. "The ultimate action RPG," he says.

[7:30] Oh look, there are Mass Effect 3 release dates: Europe has March 9 2012, March 6 in North America.

[7:31] Time for a "combat reveal." It's Shepard, Liara, and Garrus doing their thing.

[7:32] Specifically, their thing was done against a huge mech suit.

And it appears giant murderous robots just can't catch a break in Mass Effect, either.

[7:33] No waiting. ME3 combat reveal ends with Shepard tossing a grenade. Then boom! Into SSX.

[7:34] "Upload and compete against ghosts," they say. You can compete against your friends' ghosts when they're not online. You make money as you move up the leaderboard and use that cash to buy better gear.

[7:35] You also earn money when your friends try to beat your ghosts and fail.

SSX: Now on Facebook!

[7:36] Now we're being shown pre-alpha gameplay of the multiplayer offering, which will feature online global tournaments. "SSX also offers fully customisable custom events."

[7:36] "We're also excited to announce Rider Net," a social multiplayer feature inspired by Need for Speed's Autolog.

[7:37] SSX hits the slopes in January 2012, and here's an all-new trailer.

Don't worry, there's actual snowboarding in SSX too.

[7:37] Mont Blanc, Mount Everest, and Kilimanjaro appear on a globe.

[7:38] The trailer shows off wingsuits, downhill pipelines, night runs, and racing against neon ghosts of past runs.

[7:39] "Up to 100k players online at once" in the global tournaments, it says.

[7:40] They're pointing out the execs in the front row now. John Riccitiello's down there, as is Peter Moore.

[7:41] Oh boy, it's "your humble servant" Ken Rolston. "Today, we return to the World of Amalur."

[7:41] "Amalur is the massive, endlessly explorable, brave new world of Reckoning."

[7:42] Hundreds of thousands of magical weapons in our "elaborate theatre of combat." Also: "Fast, fluid combat," he says and "expansive character development."

[7:42] Would you look at that, a release date: European launch is 10 February 2012.

[7:43] That's the only date we're given.

[7:44] Trailer time. Elves, magic. "Madness and rage," intones one elvish dude. "Madness and rage," he says again.

[7:46] Straight into The Secret World. Here "all the myths, conspiracies, and legends are true," says Ragnar Tornquist, with Templars, Illuminati, and the like fighting for power.

[7:46] At Gamescom we are revealing our persistent, player-versus-player battlefields, he says.

[7:46] The official beta registration will open on August 26, and the game comes out on PC April 2012.

[7:48] Let me tell you about the trailer. There's a Mexican standoff with shotguns and katanas and fireballs.

[7:49] Then a wrecked train crashes into the battlefield. It heralds the arrival of an enormous dust cloud. And then: I don't know, what is that, a Cthulu? It's a big monster.

[7:49] So it looked like four-player co-op against a big boss monster. And now? FIFA 12!

[7:50] Andrew Wilson ushers David Rutter, senior producer on FIFA 12, onto the stage. "It became apparent we had something special on our hands," he says of the development.

[7:51] He mentions the player impact engine, the youth academy, and more authentic play by famous players.

[7:52] New online friendlies mode. And EA Sports Football Club, "connecting you to millions of FIFA players around the world." Testing challenges injected into your game "on a weekly basis."

[7:53] For the first time ever, FIFA Ultimate Team will be launching on-disc with FIFA 12.

[7:54] On September 20, go to easportsfootball.com to start your team. Demo comes out September 13, with the full game out on September 27 and 29 (US and EU).

[7:55] Trailer features precision dribbling, "pro player intelligence," tactical defending, that player impact engine again, and "true injuries." Transfer deadline day is in there, too.

Battlefield 3: Now with co-op AND doorways!

[7:56] That BZZZT BZZZT BZZZT over the speakers means it's time for Battlefield 3.

[7:57] They're reminding us what we've seen of Battlefield 3 so far. They remind us of the Andy McNab Battlefield 3 novel, too. But today, they're showing off co-op mode for the first time.

[7:58] "Features a full range of Battlefield gameplay." So that's vehicles, urban combat, and the rest. And here's a live co-op PS3 demo.

[7:59] Our two players creep into a building together, dropping guards stealthily, two at a time. One shoots out a camera.

[8:01] But now they've triggered an alarm. One player is shotgunning his way up the stairs. There is a lot of (in-game) soldierly trash talk. "That all you got? Come on, baby!"

Night vision!

[8:01] Out onto the street, grabbing the target objective (a dude) and jamming him into a jeep.

[8:01] It's night outside, and our players are escorting the jeep, at which RPGs are now being fired.

[8:02] Some night vision sniping there. When one player goes down, the other runs in to revive him.

[8:04] They're working their way down the street, more sniping through a night vision scope. Smoke and fire up ahead. "And that concludes our co-op demo," they say. The game will be playable on the show floor here at Gamescom.

Battlefield 3: Now with jets!

[8:05] "We want to take playing together to a whole new level," they say, showing off the game's friend- and stats-tracking features.

[8:06] Patrick Soderlund: "Battlefield 3 will not let you down." At Gamescom, he says, you'll see the return of jets, in the 64-player PC Conquest mode.

[8:07] And now for some multiplayer footage with those jets. Dogfights ahoy!

[8:09] Which, all of a sudden, brings the show to a close. We'll have more on all the above just as soon as we all pour into the Gamescom show halls tomorrow.

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Discussion

47 comments
Gombut
Gombut

the best battlefield was the downloadable 15 dollar 1943 or whatever. if this is anything like that, it will be awsome. personally i thought bc2 was pretty weak. sniping was really fun, but the other weapons sucked. can't wait to fly some jets!!

visi0nz
visi0nz

Really looking forward to BF3 now!!!!

simon1812
simon1812

so warhammer online goes free2play?! I bet SWtOR will go the same way eventually, I will wait XD !!!

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

@silentsniper321 Yeah, I prefer tactical, more strategic multiplayer, so that's why I love Battlefield. :D

silentsniper321
silentsniper321

@jasonzilla11 no you are wrong. lol jk i guess its just personal taste for me

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

@silentsniper321 Battlefield doesn't take itself seriously, either. The two Bad Company games had comedy in them, which is what makes them so unique. Battlefield has always been the king of multiplayer, ever since its first game. But we could argue for days.

silentsniper321
silentsniper321

@jasonzilla11 dude have you played Timesplitters Future Perfect?? Im guessing not. TS has the best multiplayer and it doesnt take itself to seriously. Meanwhile BF is the same generic modern war game.

nima_metal90
nima_metal90

i hope the co-op can be played online not like kz3!

scarabD
scarabD

If we have night vision it should be interesting to have some night maps too.

AbandonedFish
AbandonedFish

@simon_levane What is this 'onslaught' you speak of? :P We PC gamers didn't get any sort of slaught, on OR off, at all!

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

The Battlefield 3 multiplayer trailer was jaw-dropping. That jet combat looks so good. The PS3 co-op demo, however, didn't really impress me. The graphics look really good--not as good as PC, of course, but still really good--it's just that the section of gameplay shown wasn't thrilling enough.

simon_levane
simon_levane

I thought I read that "Onslaught" would be returning due to its success on "Bad Company 2". Is two player co-op in addition to this? Or is "Onslaught" out of the picture?

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I was impressed with the Co-Op. This shows again BF3 will be a great game.

veeks
veeks

@crazymonkey007 there will be reduced map sizes as well, which will mean a reduced numbers of vehicles available and reduced fly-zones.

veeks
veeks

@lilflex1, there will be a multiplayer beta in September, it is a public beta with 48 hour early access to those who purchased MoH LE or pre-order BF3 via Origin. Check out the official site for more info.

lilflex1
lilflex1

will there be a multiplayer beta like bf2?

beefalo
beefalo

co-op...yes!!!! please support split-screen as well!!!!

dstv
dstv

The only game before battlefield 3 to ever bring me joy was street cleaning simulator ....i love life

shinspikes
shinspikes

Can we please have a replay of EA's press briefing?

Thuganomic05
Thuganomic05

For all you that are saying jets are only on PC, you're wrong. Read the monologue again. It said, they were playing it on the PS3... not PC. Read....Read...Read.

JGMRACING
JGMRACING

Is the BF3 co-op actual split-screen? Or is it just another 'Onslaught' style mode that's only over the internet? If this is a split-screen feature, MW3 can go to the trash can.

crazymonkey007
crazymonkey007

@joeytman @adiyn006 There will be jets in console version...it was announced way back...the only that will change is # of players and maybe the graphics bumped down slightly

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Yeah, Battlefield 3 is by far my most amped game this year. I wonder which version is going to perform better, the PS3 version, or the 360 version? I prefer the 360's controller and I have more friends on Xbox Live, but if the PS3 version is better then I may have to get my copy 0n that. I have a feeling it is going to be identical across both consoles though. Either way, it is going to be great and I hope us console gamers get to fly jets also.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

No one noticed the unmanned robot? Anyone?

joeytman
joeytman

@adiyn006 i am pretty sure that the jets will only be available on the PC :( My computer sucks and can barely play tf2 so i gotta get battlefields on the ps3

Zephol
Zephol

co-op sounds great. But I think it would be best if I had co-op in the campaign.

adiyn006
adiyn006

Patrick Soderlund: "Battlefield 3 will not let you down." At Gamescom, he says, you'll see the return of jets, in the 64-player PC Conquest mode.....please tell me I misread that and jet's will also be available on the console verison

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

@silentsniper321 HA HA ha, you're funny! :D

Raxyman
Raxyman

Split screen needed. Enough said.

idk95
idk95

How come they didn't have video's of this gameplay, uh guess im going to see what youtube has to offer.

idk95
idk95

See this is why battlefield is 1 out of the only 2 games im pre-ordering this year.

silentsniper321
silentsniper321

No Timesplitters 4 huh? Thats just sad, it would destroy any other FPS this generation including your precious BF3 (Which still looks good by the way)

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

@Henrique2324 Yes, but what does it have to do with what I said?

lowkey254
lowkey254

I like co-op. I wonder if that's for consoles as well. #BF3

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

@Crash_WL - What has been seen, cannot be unseen.

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

I'm SOOOOO happy that the one and only military shooter that I like is finally getting the Co-Op treatment!

Dark_December
Dark_December

Where in the world is Riot? Yeah I know, it's a typo.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

You can't spell "great" without EA.

nemesis4x
nemesis4x

I hope they announce Mortal Kombat for PC!!!!! Pleaseeeee.....

kassador
kassador

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topsemag55
topsemag55

Nice article. I can't wait to buy Mass Effect 3.:D