E3 06: Crysis, Spore, Next-gen Madden top EA E3 roster

Lineup from industry's biggest publisher includes playable versions of Madden NFL 07 for Wii and PS3; Army of Two raids 360, PS3; Spore grows on PCs.

LOS ANGELES--Those who have attended the Electronic Entertainment Expo in the past know exactly when they've entered the Los Angeles Convention Center's South Hall. Immediately through the front doors stands the Electronic Arts booth, complete with some of the biggest displays of the show, letting people know just how much of a force it is in the industry.

While the fancy TV screens and booming sound systems may satisfy the needs of gearheads, it takes more than lights and wires to impress gamers. Today, EA announced its lineup of games that it will be showcasing at the expo, and it includes a mix of familiar mainstays as well as new intellectual properties.

Madden NFL 07 returns gamers to the gridiron and will be released, as usual, in August. This year Madden is tackling the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, PC, PlayStation Portable, DS, and Game Boy Advance. A Wii version was previously revealed as being in the works, and tonight EA confirmed that the Wii version will make an appearance--and be playable--at this year's E3. The title's PlayStation 3 version will also be playable on the show floor, EA confirmed tonight.

The running game will be fleshed out even more this year, with the ability to control the lead blocker before filling in the running back's shoes, as well as player-specific moves with the all-new "highlight stick."

Those who prefer the more traditional use of shotguns and bullets will get some looks at the first-person shooters Battlefield 2142 and Crysis, both for the PC. For a more broad look at combat, EA will show off the newest Command & Conquer game, C&C 3 Tiberium Wars, also for the PC. Army of Two shows itself for the first time, and represents EA's sole PS3 game announced for the expo.

A few titles that gamers had hoped to see were not included in EA's list. Medal of Honor: Airborne and the recently revealed Project Gray Company are noticeably absent, as well as any other games for the Wii. One mainstay franchise that won't be appearing at EA's booth is James Bond, as Activision recently picked up the license.

This is the list of games that EA has given the media a heads-up on, and there will likely be a few surprises at the show as well, including some more Wii and PlayStation 3 games.

For a full list of EA's announced E3 lineup with updated release dates (where applicable), see below:

Army of Two--PS3, Xbox 360 (2007)
Battlefield 2142--PC (fall 2006)
Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars--PC (2007)
Crysis--PC (winter 2006)
Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover--PSP
The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II--Xbox 360 (summer 2006)
Madden NFL 07--Xbox 360, PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PC, PSP, DS, GBA (August 2006)
NASCAR 07--PSP
NBA Live 07--PS3, Xbox 360
NCAA Football 07--Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, PSP (summer 2006)
Spore--PC (TBD)
Superman Returns: The Videogame--PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox, GameCube, DS (Q4 2006)

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Discussion

84 comments
hcsif
hcsif

are they going to release nascar 07 for xbox 360 or NHL 07 for the 360??

icarusinc
icarusinc

Spore... what more can i say... just wow... i hope i can play it on a console... cos i'm cheap like that. Thanks Will Wright for being a freaking genius. 'nuff said.

wizdom73
wizdom73

Saving my pennies for Crysis and C&C 3. Holla.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Spore, Crysis, NHL 07... Laugh at EA now, dudes! ;)

Hervard
Hervard

I just want Spore :(

programexpert
programexpert

I'm extremely waiting forwards to Spore, CnC 3 and Battlefield 2142! Very strong EA lineup this year, we'll see if the games live up to their hype...

Shingo
Shingo

That actually doesn't seem like very many EA games. Madden, Crysis, and a few other seem cool

ZenZill
ZenZill

Crysis is why i'm gonna get a Direct x10 graphics card.

noodles12345678
noodles12345678

Crysis will be teh ownage along with battlefield 2142

way2Baked
way2Baked

why is there no godfather for 360.....i thought they were making it

chargr67
chargr67

what? no need for speed???? .. uhg....

Animal91X
Animal91X

SPORE is amazing and is going to be amazing !!

DevJin
DevJin

They should release their games only at PS3, if they wanr to sell their product reall BIG!!

DrKill09
DrKill09

I hope Crysis gets ported to the 360.

foofightersrule
foofightersrule

Madden, NCAA, Spore, all should be good, and for those talking about Madden on Wii... Don't even bother, that's probably the lamest thing I have ever heard. That game will be so fake.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Madden Wii is going to be playable? Cool. I'm kind of curious about that game.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

I'm really waiting for Project Gray Company. That would have been a real RPG. Still Spore and Crysis are nice...

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

Def jam PSP? is this a joke? it made me laugh. go away EA you suck big

Flimsyfishy
Flimsyfishy

i think hockey is still up in the air, expect a good battle for the hockey games. baseball and basketball are 2k, and football is EA. I am somewhat unimpressed by EA this year, they are the largest third party video game developer in the world and all they have to show is 12 games... I liked espn nfl 2k5 better than madden, that actually looked like football. EA needs to update their player models more.

daveg1
daveg1

crysis is one great looking game!!

s0l0123
s0l0123

Looking forward to see what footage they show of Spore & maybe C&C 3.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

I'd expect a PS3 Madden 07 to launch with the system. No NHL game - have they given up on hockey? I know they tried to get NHL licensing rights but NHL said no.

cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II OMG, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i've been waiting for this games 4 a while now!

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Sounds awesome! Can't wait to see NCAA 2007!!

Limonadi
Limonadi

crysis! nba!! wii will sucks

paradyme777
paradyme777

I hope they announce Crysis coming to the 360 or something.

Gaara79
Gaara79

Grrrrrr Where they heck is SSX?

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

All I want to see is Crysis and Spore on the 360 and PS3 then I will be HAPPY.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

NOOO!!!! ea is gonna make a ton off crysis. oh well. it will own!

shasam712
shasam712

C&C3, Madden Wii and gonna be the ones i am looking forward too

yr175065
yr175065

Crap, i wanted crysis on the 360

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

NCAA Football I'm looking forward to...I'll wait on Madden 07

Sandman100
Sandman100

Where MOH:Airborne. It think this is one of the surprises there waiting for in tell the show. Maybe there show another trailer, and some screenshots.

Sandman100
Sandman100

This is a pretty good listed of games. I would love play Madden NFL 07 on Wii. That would be so cool. This is going to be the best E3 ever. Madden NFL 07 Battlefield 2142--PC (fall 2006) NCAA Football 07 Spore

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

PCs getting a lot of great games! Crysis, Spore, C & C-3..............

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

Pc is getting all the good stuff. Lots of People hate EA becasue all their good games are for PC and take years to make it to the cheap slow consoles that can't run them how the are ment to be run.

YoshIsfunky
YoshIsfunky

Army of Two the only PS3 announcement? What about Madden and Final Fight? Ok, no release dates yet, but they are announced nevertheless.