E3 '07: UFC main events THQ conference

Publisher shows off Xbox 360 Destory All Humans! and Darksiders: Wrath of War, brings in Quentin "Rampage" Jackson to present UFC.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--With the dust still settling from day one of the E3 Media and Business Summit, THQ held its press conference at the Fairmont Hotel. The publisher has a number of brand-new games it could focus on, including two new Destory All Humans! games, the just-revealed Darksiders, and De Blob. It could also give the audience more in-depth looks at previously announced games like Conan, Frontline: Fuel of War, Stuntman: Ignition, or the Supreme Commander follow-up.

As attendees enter the conference room, they are presented with a bit of "Best Grillz" bling, a shiny strip of "jewels" meant to be placed over one's teeth. Though it isn't a mouth guard by any stretch of the imagination, the faux teeth say "UFC" on them, referring to THQ's recently acquired Ultimate Fighting Championship property. The crowd is filing into the conference room a bit late, and they're looking to start ASAP, so it's about time to get rolling.

[9:31] THQ's Liz Pieri comes to the stage, and quickly introduces one of the WWE Divas, Candice Michelle, who appears on stage with a title belt. She is joined shortly by fellow Diva Michelle McCool.

[9:32] The two pose and smile on stage while their theme songs play, then approach the podium. Michelle says they're here to promote SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008, and that Raw is going to kick SmackDown's butt. The Divas say they came to play, and they're going to go at it with the Wii version of the game.

[9:33] "The following contest is scheduled for one fall. On the way to the ring, from West Newbury, Massachusetts, weighing in at 248 pounds, John Cena."

[9:34] And his opponent is Triple H, but his entrance is cut short.

[9:36] McCool and Michelle mimic Cena's "You Can't See Me" and Triple H's crotch-chop taunts with the Wii, and the game reacts accordingly. "This is just dumb," the play-by-play announcer says. "You don't win a wrestling match by taunting your opponents."

[9:37] The two play on stage for a while, exchanging punches and moves for a while until a referee comes on stage and breaks them up.

[9:38] The referee is THQ's senior vice president of marketing, and he gets a surprisingly loud round of applause.

[9:40] He's here to show how THQ is creating mayhem on all major platforms for years to come, he says. He talks about WWE and the company's new Pixar games, Cars: Mater-National and Ratatouille. He brings up Conan and introduces a trailer.

[9:41] Conan is shown with a massive bladed staff, fighting a dragon, cutting his way through hordes of enemies with contemptible ease, and generally just being a bloodthirsty barbarian.

[9:42] Now it's time to talk about original IP. Here's Kelly Flock, executive vice president of global publishing, to talk about what's new at THQ.

[9:44] Dressed in a non-executive-like T-shirt, Flock introduces Frontlines: Fuel of War. "Given the new requirement that any given publisher have at least three military simulators in development at all times, this is our first one," Flock deadpans. "We'll have six more next year."

[9:45] Flock intros one of the Frontline developers to talk about the game. He mentions the diversity of the single-player campaign and takes the audience through a trailer and a demo of the game.

[9:46] The trailer shows a squad of soldiers prepping to go into a hostile base and take out an ICBM. The squad has an embedded journalist with them, offering an interesting wrinkle to the story.

[9:48] To start the demo, the player jumps into an attack chopper and quickly takes out a tank with a barrage of missiles. The helicopter deploys a soldier in the base, and the developer notes the intensity of the combat in the ensuing firefight, saying it was a focus for the team.

[9:49] The player calls in a cluster bomb air strike to take out a fortified tower, then tells an gunship to obliterate a tank and other artillery.

[9:50] The last assist equipment he shows is a remote controlled little helicopter that flies around firing tiny missiles at soldiers. Flock takes the stage back and intros Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furons.

[9:52] Flock intros John Knowles from Sandblast Studio to show off the Xbox 360 version of the game. Knowles says the game will take place in cities based on Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Hollywood, Paris, and another world far, far away.

[9:53] The game opens with the alien Crypto running a casino in Vegas when he is eventually called to a kung fu monastery to seek enlightenment.

[9:55] There, an alien monk tells Crypto about his psychokinetic ability, and offers to teach him more. It doesn't go well, so Crypto says, "Let's get ready to rumble" and proceeds to beat up a posse of monks with his mental powers, which let him lift up enemies and then stick them to one another. "Also back is the classic anal probe."

[9:56] Crypto then uses the temporal fist, which allows him to stop time and reposition people and objects to set up an impromptu game of "Monk Bowling" with unwilling monk pins and a giant boulder bowling ball.

[9:57] Knowles talks about how the time-freezing ability lets players mess with objects to set up Rube Goldbergian chain reactions and play with the game's sandbox qualities.

[9:59] Crypto then jumps into a new flying saucer that has a death ray that leaves persistent scars across the world, a plasma cannon, and homing "seeker drones." The tornado-tron also lets Crypto create a tornado and direct where he wants it to go. Speaking of "high fidelity destruction," Knowles shows that Crypto's death ray can carve a smiley face into a skyscraper, and it will stick around until the building is destroyed.

[10:01] He wraps it up with a shot of the Quantum Destructor, a bomb that lets Crypto take out four city blocks at once. Flock comes back on to talk about the racing genre. "We have 12 racing games in production, like every other publisher," he jokes. Juiced, Stuntman, MX vs. ATV are a few of THQ's.

[10:04] Flock fires up a trailer that shows a bit of Stuntman and the fake movies it will feature, a Juiced trailer showcasing the lifestyle aspects of the game, MotoGP's weather effects and crashes, and finally, a teaser for MX vs. ATV Untamed set to overly dramatic music, and ending with a December 2007 announced release date.

[10:05] Flock says he's tight on time, so he's going to go over the next few quickly. He introduces one of the developers on de Blob to talk about the game. It's a live demo that shows the amorphous main character's abilities.

[10:09] An evil force is draining a city of all its color, which de Blob tries to restore to the world. The developer shows off the control scheme and moves the blob around collecting paint and then adding color to the buildings of the city. As he adds color, the music changes in response and liberates the citizens by doing things like finding his way inside a courthouse, which then turns into a music hall. Each color adds a different instrument to the soundtrack, so the composition of the city affects the audio experience.

[10:10] He shows off a bit of combat that has the blob leaping into the air and then crashing down on inky enemies. As the demo ends, the audience applauds and Flock returns to introduce Darksiders.

[10:11] David Adams and Joe Maderera of Vigil Games talk about the game, which puts players in the role of War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

[10:13] They show some concept art of the various characters in the game and talk about the comic-inspired style. They say the game will be very open-ended, allowing players to navigate the world as they choose, and they talk about the many locations they'll eventually find their way to.

[10:15] They show off some gameplay footage, as the main character at an early stage in the game takes on a massive hellish beast. There are a few action sequences that take the action through scripted cinematic sequences (sort of like God of War).

[10:17] They talk about how the main character advances during the game, and can eventually pick up cars and buses. They go through a few of War's weapons, from his main sword to a chaingun, but they say his steed Ruin will be the most destructive.

[10:18] Finally they introduce current light-heavyweight champion, Quentin "Rampage" Jackson, to show off UFC.

[10:20] Jackson asks how the crowd is doing tonight, then realizes it's morning and apologizes. He also says he's a big gaming freak and then asks the THQ execs to hook him up with the games they showed in an intimidating manner.

[10:22] They show a clip of Rampage versus the Ice Man in a back-and-forth brawl, and Jackson howls as it ends. The clip appeared prerendered. Jackson takes exception to how much offense Chuck "Ice Man" Liddell got in during the clip.

[10:22] Jackson says goodbye to the crowd and the show is over.

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felshs
felshs

i wonder why there are so many FPS games..........and yet they never make a gun controller like SUPER NINTENDO did..........................how foolish is that. i mean gun would make game more realistic and fun

shadcake
shadcake

when does this sik game come out

alex-38
alex-38

i'm really looking forward to frontlines: fuel of war it looks friggan sick

southy787
southy787

I'm looking forward to Destroy All Humans...

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

Sooooo Nothing about any new Warhammer (40K) games? I know there's a mmo and a handheld in the works. No news on them?

icytower
icytower

UFC as a video game, well WWE pulls it off so UFC can eaily.

Comingcurse
Comingcurse

UFC looks amazing-check out the vid. The character models are near photorealistic and the animation is smoothh silk. If this is running in real time, color me impressed.

shinian
shinian

I downloaded Stuntman from marketplave. This game is weak.

boobush
boobush

Maybe THQ's getting bored of Smackdown 8.

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

they announce a ufc games then douchebags start chaning "pride is soo much better, waaahaa" stfu and don't purchase the game or watch ufc then. my only concern is as awesome as the trailer is, i don't think they could make gameplay like that - if you notice there is no crowd or ref, just camera snaps, and I would be fine w/ that if the gameplay looked that lifelike - but it won't. I just don't think they can do things like that during play at this time yet. too bad though because that trailer really got my attention.

green11420
green11420

Cant wait to see the list of fighters in the game. I hope there's a real good create a character mode.

gamerTag-shank
gamerTag-shank

"To bad Wanderlei Silva is to afraid to fight Chuck Liddell." ------ **** Dana White is pissed that Wandy is gonig to be coaching an MMA team in a new Brazilian version of the IFL. Chances are, Dana demanded that Wandy bail on the other show if he wanted to fight in the UFC, and Wandy refused. The UFC will only sign fighter's to exclusive contracts, they're kind of draconian that way. Silva is afraid to fight anyone. He's fought much tougher competition than LIddell over his career.

44504
44504

Please have a smoother running UFC game this time round. The trailer looks really good though.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

Man there were some cool games, and some of them seem very bad

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Can't wait to grab my hands on Destroy All Humans 3

Sambo234
Sambo234

haha KDD wandy would eat chucks face.. did you see how Quinton handled him the 2nd time around? Chucks next fight should be against Sokoudjou so he can taste canvas yet again.

Steel_Rain777
Steel_Rain777

All ufc games sucked in the past, and this one won't be any different

KDD555
KDD555

To bad Wanderlei Silva is to afraid to fight Chuck Liddell.

Obsession88
Obsession88

It's about f'n time someone makes a new UFC game, but THQ...really? Dear THQ please, please don't don't mess this up. It's not the WWE, it's not the same game engine. PLEASE DON'T EFF THIS ONE UP!

dillmaster5
dillmaster5

pride fc never died, pride sold itself to ufc

LOL88
LOL88

Who Has seen the trailer the Graphics are so F***** sick I only hope that thats what it looks like during gameplay

Sambo234
Sambo234

haha I'd take a HEROS game over UFC... Marcelo Garcia to make MMA debut this fall!

danxxx
danxxx

dan henderson will destroy rampage MARK MY WORDS¡¡¡¡

firstspar
firstspar

is ufc going to be on the xbox ?

hellisgoodbye
hellisgoodbye

UFC, meh. A Pride game would be nice, but since its gone, something like HERO'S Dynamite 2007 or Shooto: Professional MMA would be nice. Guess I can keep dreaming lol.

danielryan
danielryan

Ah, come on guys, give us some news on DoW II. Even if no date can be given, your plans (even if subject to change) for DoW would be really appreciated by your faithful fans. Go on, toss us a bone please :)

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

If I got to ask THQ one question it would be why in the hell can't they make a wrestling game that works exactly like the ones they had on the N64. I dont understand why the ones on the ps2 have to have such retarded graphics and horrable controls. If anything they should have been able to use higher polygon count characters, real 3d audiences, and much bigger stages. Did THQ not create that 3d engine that was used in the wrestling games on N64?? Was that the ASCII guys or whatever??

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

Why the hell do they have diva's and freaking RAMPAGE JACKSON to present games to a bunch of nobodys!!! The people at that meeting probably dont even know who those people were!!! Ultimate fighting what?? THQ makes a few good games but why dont they stop being Disney's B$&*h and drop the pixar crap like a hot potato and work on some REAL games.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Yay for another Destroy All Humans game. I loved the first one. I haven't played the second one yet. I was waiting for it to hit the $20 mark (which it's at now). Anyhow, good news to me. Still, I wish THQ would put pressure on Relic to develop Dawn of War for X360, with all the expansions.

Handlerer
Handlerer

Darksiders sounds interesting. Can you play as all 4 of the Horsemen or do you only play as War. That would be pretty interesting if you could pick from all 4 with each of them having unique moves and such.

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

UFC game usually suck, but i hope this one turns out good

HeadSawed
HeadSawed

I want The Outfit 2. Please.

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

Polybren rocks! Keep up with the updates:D.

bforrester
bforrester

Does_Not_Expire, Rent some Pride DVDs (Shockwave 2005 and the '03 MW Grand Prix were my favs). You won't be able to look at UFC the same if you've never seen Pride (Which UFC now owns). the Ring > the cage

bforrester
bforrester

Sambo, I want to see Fedor go to the UFC and whipe up their heavyweights. It takes Rampage 2 fights to take the UFC LHW belt when he couldn't touch Wanderlei or Shogun in Pride. Chuck Liddell is a joke.

Does_not_expire
Does_not_expire

UFC is the most amazing sport so it should only be right that they make a game that is as good.

Sambo234
Sambo234

Pride never die! His name is Quinton Jackson not Quentin.

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

It's about time for a NEW UFC game.

Einhanderkiller
Einhanderkiller

I'm looking forward to Frontlines: Fuel of War. It looks incredible.