E3 2011: EA touts OverStrike, Battlefield 3, EA Sports Football Club

Electronic Arts' Monday afternoon media briefing sees Insomniac's shooter named, DICE's FPS get a free online stat-tracking service, and FIFA 12 get a social mode; Star Wars: The Old Republic shown off, Facebook Sims unveiled; full video inside.

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LOS ANGELES--Electronic Arts' Monday press conference at The Orpheum Theatre is scheduled to go only an hour, but the publisher has a surplus of projects to talk about in that time frame.

The Old Republic is set for release this year.

Insomniac Games has already confirmed that its first multiplatform title will be unveiled during the show, and EA has a handful of its own heavy hitters sure to require some time in the spotlight. First off, there's Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare's long-in-development massively multiplayer online role-playing game that has become something of a staple of EA's annual E3 showings. Then there's the developer's other much-anticipated sci-fi title, Mass Effect 3, which was recently pushed back to a 2012 release (and rumored to support the Kinect). DICE's first-person shooter Battlefield 3 should also command a chunk of time during the show, as EA is counting on the title to help crack Call of Duty's hold on the military shooter market.

Other candidates for EA's conference include 38 Studios' fantasy role-playing game Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, the Black Box-developed Need for Speed: The Run, and the not-quite-announced Burnout Crash. That's not even counting a segment devoted to EA Sports' Madden 12, FIFA Soccer 12, and NHL 12 (and potentially new cross-platform profiles). And for fans of dark horses, EA could be ready to start talking about its Wheel of Time adaptation, or perhaps even give a glimpse of the next installment of its on-hiatus NBA franchise.

One anticipated EA title that definitely won't be appearing at the show is the debut game from Respawn Entertainment. Last month, the developer's Twitter feed carried the glum news that Respawn wouldn't be announcing anything at this year's E3.

Electronic Arts' E3 2011 press conference will begin at 12:30 p.m. PDT Monday, June 6. GameSpot will be live-streaming video of the event.

[12:27] The storied Orpheum Theatre is full of gaming press and industry luminaries, all waiting to see what EA has up its sleeve.

[12:29] The seats have been full for some time, with a restless crowd waiting for the last half hour for EA to take the wraps off its lineup.

[12:29] A voice comes over the loudspeaker, asking the audience to silence their electronics and saying the show will begin in just a few minutes.

[12:31] The crowd reflects EA's global reach, with the audience din consisting of myriad accents and languages.

[12:31] The lights dim, and a trailer roles. It's showing news footage from around the world.

[12:32] Then a signal is lost, and it shows a devastated metropolitan skyline. It looks like an alien invasion, and the Mass Effect 3 logo at the end confirms it.

[12:32] Casey Hudson comes on stage to talk about the series, and how it was designed from the beginning to be a trilogy.

[12:33] On March 6, 2012, Mass Effect 3's war with the Reapers will begin.

[12:33] It's up to players to mount a counter-offensive against the Reapers in a game Hudson says will pay off all the choices they've made throughout the series.

[12:34] He introduces a live demo, with Commander Shepard calling in an orbital bombardment.

[12:34] Correction, that's not orbital. However, it is a very big explosion and starts the music swelling.

[12:36] They promised Mass Effect 3 would be action-packed, and the demo backs that up. Shepard is shooting people left and right before a cutscene takes over and shows his crew coming to help.

It's ME3 time.

[12:36] That leads to a turret sequence with Shepard shooting up a giant Reaper walker, like a scarier version of the spider from the end of Wild Wild West.

[12:37] He promises that the story will have "tremendous emotional impact," and that Mass Effect 3 will be the best in the series.

[12:38] He cuts to a gameplay trailer now, with Shepard shooting up all kinds of stuff.

[12:38] It shows off Shepard's new melee attacks, a good bit of shooting, and the March 6 release date again, drawing another round of applause.

[12:39] John Riccitiello comes out and welcomes the audience to the event, which EA has called "Game Changers."

ME3 will be coming to Origin.

[12:39] Riccitiello recaps the Mass Effect 3 promises, and plugs Origin.com, the publisher's recently revealed online store and service.

[12:40] Jason DeLong is out to talk about Need for Speed: The Run now.

[12:41] It's an illicit high-stakes race across the country, DeLong says, and talks about how Autolog has changed the series.

[12:41] DeLong says the action will go beyond the car this time, with "intense, high action moments on foot" as well as the standard racing.

Need for Speed: The Run.

[12:42] DeLong picks up the controller for a live demo. This section of the race is going through Chicago.

[12:42] Driving a white Shelby, DeLong quickly reduces its blue book value by sideswiping buildings.

[12:43] He then gets T-boned going under the elevated train tracks and has to leave the car for one of those on-foot segments.

[12:44] His character is being chased across rooftops by a helicopter spraying machine-gun fire at him, and he seems to be progressing simply by hitting quick time prompts.

[12:44] The quick time on-foot segment ends with DeLong fist-fighting a cop and stealing his police car before continuing his flight from the helicopter.

[12:45] Street lights, cars, barriers, and other debris are tossed around like toys. The helicopter brings the chase to an end by blowing up a gas tanker ahead of DeLong, whose car wipes out and flips off the side of the road.

Not a great position to be in when you're on… The Run!

[12:45] Onto train tracks.

[12:46] DeLong has to complete another quick time event to escape the wreck before the train hits. As he dives to safety, the trailer ends.

Now for The Old Republic.

[12:47] And Dr. Greg Zeschuk comes out to the opening bars of the Star Wars theme and plenty of applause.

[12:48] Zeschuk says BioWare has done a lot of games, but never anything as big as The Old Republic.

[12:48] He calls Star Wars fans the most loyal and demanding audience in the history of entertainment.

[12:48] Zeschuk says making the game has demanded much from the studio and its developers, but that the results have been worth it.

[12:48] He leaves the stage and cues a trailer.

[12:49] The trailer sets up the story from both the Sith and Jedi perspectives, with the game starting at the end of a centuries-long peace.

[12:51] Bounty hunters, clone troopers, dual-bladed lightsabers, and starship battles play heavily in the trailer, which ends with fog machines spewing clouds into the Orpheum.

SSX.

[12:52] Another trailer starts up, showing a view of mountain ranges and a pair of snowboarders.

[12:52] It's the new SSX, with snowboarders shredding through crashed planes in Alaska, tricking off the Great Wall of China, and base jumping in the Himalayas.

[12:53] Peter Moore takes the stage after the trailer, and says fans have been waiting for the series to return for years.

But which will YOU choose, Peter Moore?

[12:53] He says it's a "massive" open-world, and puts extra emphasis on massive, saying it will let players drop into every major mountain range on the planet.

[12:54] "Race it, trick it, survive it" are the three main gameplay goals, Moore explains.

[12:54] The game is set to launch in January.

[12:54] Moving on, Moore turns to FIFA 12.

[12:55] More than 42 million consumers enjoyed FIFA 11, Moore says, whether it be on consoles, smart phones, or Facebook.

FIFA 12 is up next.

[12:56] He says ball control is also being improved, and talks about the "player impact engine," which should let players jostle over the ball and take more unique spills.

[12:58] A trailer shows a variety of soccer players, gamers, and celebrities talking about FIFA and why they enjoy it.

[12:58] Some soccer players use it for scouting opponents; Lil Wayne uses it to clear his head before going into the studio to record.

In case you were wondering if Lil Wayne was going to show up at the press conference… here he is.

[12:59] Bilbey introduces the EA Sports Football Club, a live service "injecting challenges and story lines" taken from the week's biggest matches.

[12:59] He emphasizes the social aspect of it, saying players will compete against one another to complete goals.

[1:00] It will kick off in FIFA 12 for no charge, and will create one identity that will work across all FIFA games going forward.

Introducing EA Sports Football Club.

[1:01] He gives an example of a player being challenged to avenge their favorite team's latest loss. If they complete the challenge, they rise in the leaderboards.

[1:02] Next up is a Madden 12 trailer with a Vince Lombardi look-alike giving a pep talk to the audience.

[1:03] It's time to get better, he says.

[1:03] "True to victory. True to the game" is the tagline.

[1:03] And here's Ray Lewis.

[1:04] "Victory is waiting on me because defense wins championships," Lewis says as the soundtrack from Inception blares in the background.

[1:04] Peyton Hillis and Clay Matthews show up to give their own spiels about victory, then pose with the Vince Lombardi trophy.

[1:05] Peter Moore properly introduces the trio to loud applause.

Peter Moore brought a few friends.

[1:06] Moore says Lewis will love the new collision system and defensive AI in Madden 12. He says as a clutch player, Hillis will love the new player confidence system. And Matthews should appreciate trying to build a dynasty in the game, seeing as how his Green Bay Packers are hoping to start their own.

[1:07] Madden kicks off August 30, and Moore thanks the crowd before leaving the stage.

[1:08] Riccitiello is back on stage now, talking about EA's vision of a cross-platform profile, from PCs to mobile phones to Facebook.

[1:08] He announces The Sims Social for Facebook, which drew cheers (but also a handful of boos).

[1:08] The Sims Social is alive, Ricitiello says, and intros a trailer.

The Sims Social, coming to Facebook.

[1:09] The trailer chronicles a woman's attempt to woo one of her Facebook friends who just changed his relationship status to single, and ends with an implied fling in the shower.

[1:10] Ricitiello comes back on stage to introduce Curt Schilling, founder and CEO of 38 Studios.

[1:10] Schilling is out to talk about Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

Curt Schilling now takes the stage.

[1:11] Schilling says being on hand to talk about Reckoning is as thrilling or exciting as talking about any of his World Series wins.

[1:11] He talks about working with Ken Rolston, Todd McFarlane, and R.A. Salvatore, then introduces a new trailer for the game.

[1:12] It shows a variety of sweeping landscape shots, then some one-on-one knightly combat, elves, monsters, and magic.

[1:12] The trailer ends with a vague 2012 release window.

There will be blood… in Reckoning.

[1:13] Ricitiello introduces Insomniac president and CEO Ted Price to unveil his EA Partners project.

[1:13] It's the first multiplatform game for the developer, and it's called Overstrike.

[1:14] Set in the near-future, Overstrike follows four elite agents who use gadgets to take down their targets.

Insomniac's new game is Overstrike.

[1:14] Price says the four are misfits, but they're the only option left.

[1:15] A trailer introduces Overstrike leader Dalton Brooks, and showcases some of his skills and gadgets in prerendered form.

Overstrike's characters are quite a cast.

[1:17] Electrical crossbows, a magnetic bullet shield, invisibility cloaking, and rapidly expanding, incapacitating foam are among the weapons featured.

[1:18] The trailer caps off with the four working together to take down a Terminator-like cyborg as Brooks delivers a bit of a wisecrack.

[1:18] That segues right into a Battlefield 3 trailer.

And now onto Battlefield 3.

[1:19] The clip shows off brief glimpses of military shooter action before DICE GM Karl Magnus Troedsson takes the stage.

[1:19] He talks about the Frostbite 2 engine and shows off a trailer touting its virtues.

[1:19] The clips are designed to highlight the animation, destruction, scale, and audio the engine is capable of.

[1:20] Troedsson says the series has always been known for its multiplayer, and says it's time to take a peek at what the new game's multiplayer is all about.

Battlefield 3 multiplayer in action.

[1:21] It's a map set in the center of Paris, and clips show players fighting it out on the subway, blasting the facades off buildings, and generally causing mayhem.

[1:21] Troedsson talks about BattleLog, a free social stat-tracking feature of Battlefield 3.

[1:21] The multiplatform open beta will take place in September, and will let gamers check out all the new features.

[1:22] A live demo for the game is next, set in the Tehran desert.

Tanks!

[1:23] It appears to be a turret sequence, with the player riding atop a tank in charge of the heavy machine gun.

[1:23] A squad of tanks with helicopter backup are crossing a desert, on their way to an apparent skirmish.

The deserts of Iran.

[1:25] The player drops down to take control of the tank as it continues across the wasteland.

[1:26] The quiet is broken suddenly and quickly turns into all-out tank warfare.

[1:26] The player dispatches the enemy armor, leaving little more than burning wrecks on the battlefield.

[1:26] The fight isn't over yet, as switching to thermal camera reveals more tanks cresting a hill.

Killin' by gunship.

[1:28] After dispatching those stragglers, the player then has to identify bombardment targets before moving back on their way.

[1:28] One of the tanks in the convoy suffers a direct hit, with a soldier jumping out of the burning wreckage.

It's a rough life for a tank driver.

[1:29] The player continues onward in the face of enemy fire, and the tanks finally arrive at the outpost that is their target.

[1:29] The tank's machine gun cuts down enemy soldiers who stumble and fall after being hit.

[1:30] A warning light blares over the speakers as more soldiers sprint across the player's crosshairs and are cut down.

[1:30] Battlefield 3 arrives October 25.

[1:31] Riccitiello wraps up the event, thanking the crowd for attending.

Discussion

64 comments
Linex12
Linex12

Battlefield 3 = already pre-ordered

DrKill09
DrKill09

I see the words EA and "Strike" in the same sentance, it better be a new Desert Strike game. :roll:

svdbygrce02
svdbygrce02

so far its BLT I had for lunch > EA Press Conf. > MS Press Conf. More to come...

D-RS
D-RS

Nothing new? Expect for that overstrike game , i want SW Bf3 !:P

hush404
hush404

That was kind boring. Not NEARLY as bad as the Kinect-fest, but eh... there isn't anything new here for me to salivate over.

CTR360
CTR360

ME3 BF3 need for speed run fifa 2012 new burnout game and insomniac new multi game

Pete5506
Pete5506

Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3, I will be watching this

sabas10
sabas10

Mass Effect THREE, Battlefield THREE and the THIRD game in the Star Wars KOTOR story. Im wondering if the to-be-unveiled game will feature a THREE in it's name.

Bepedos
Bepedos

Oh dear, Kinect for Mass Effect 3. I really hope Bioware doesn't screw its game because it tried to add that feature, especially since the technology still has a lot of flaws (for any game featuring FPS combat, clearly, mouse+keyboard > console controller >>>>> Kinect). Hopefully it's just a hoax. It probably is. Too few people can do a Vanguard's charge in their living room without injuring themselves.

Phaselinear
Phaselinear

Well, so much for ME3 this year...BUMMER! At least there's BF3, SWTOR, and Syrim (ES5) to calm me down until then! LOL

paxis85
paxis85

stoked about mass effect 3... but kinect??? my head's spinning just trying to imagine how much time in the gym it would take to be able to control shepard with that!

radioactive1wiz
radioactive1wiz

@Triton From everything I've heard they already have. It's a WoW clone :( An example is the "immersive" playing ie bounty hunters stay completely still in combat whilst shooting and using abilities. I'm more worried about them ballsing up ME3. Like they did with DA2. I don't think they will buuuut...

Triton
Triton

God I hope they don't F-up Star Wars. Really have fingers crossed on this one.

shibby69r
shibby69r

ME3ME3ME3ME3ME3ME3 enought said

hella_epic
hella_epic

@dre256x BF is trying to be the COD killer not the COD clone,now y the hell would they keep smaller maps and killstreaks??? @Sirbobislost i completely agree with ure statement,lol imagine a 32vs32 match on nuketown :p

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@dre256x You want BF3 to have smaller maps and killstreaks or you won't buy it? Why don't you just buy MW3? BF doesn't need killstreaks as you get vehicles plus 32vs32 doesn't work on those small ass COD maps

towely62
towely62

to be honest i just bought the first mass effect just cuz i had cash in my pocket but i fell in love with the series

towely62
towely62

i cant wait for ME3 and BF3

dre256x
dre256x

I expect BF3 to go the CoD route... Which is put in shorter maps, some over-the-top killStreaks and play the same way as past battlefields.. If it doesn't, and keep the same BIG map style, i would be renting not buying.. Wooot for gamefly.

coolkid93
coolkid93

The only game I want to hear about is BF3.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Im interested in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and hope it is everything that it could be. The greatest RPG minds in Japan worked together and made Bllue Dragon... which wasn't fantastic. Some of the best minds in western RPGs are building this. Lets hope that it doesn't follow the same fate.

Poodger
Poodger

SW:ToR will steal the show for sure. I just hope it is covered sometime in the first half of EA's conference, since I have to leave for work before the end.

Superzone
Superzone

@TheTrainer1980 and @calum1984: Yeah yeah I know it probably won't happen, I'm just absolutely starved for a damn Star Wars game on consoles. A REAL Star Wars game. This Force Unleashed, Clone Wars stuff just hasn't been cutting it.

TheWarpLynx
TheWarpLynx

I just hope The Old Republic doesn't get any older. Hahah :P

TheTrainer1980
TheTrainer1980

I'm looking forward to Battlefield 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Mass Effect 3. I hope to see Guild Wars 2 there. I loved the first one. I also have a veteran statues of 10 for Battlefield. I love the series so much, I have 90% of all the titles and expansions. Lately, since Battlefield 3 has been called the "Call of Duty killer", and since Microsoft is advertising the hell out of it, a lot of Call of Duty players are picking up the game. That's good and bad for a few reasons. One of the good reasons is the game still is going as strong as it was on day one. The bad is the Call of Duty players can't seem to understand what teamwork is, communication and how to play the game. They just run and gun with their lightweight pack and magnum ammo. It's fun because they suck so bad when they try to make the switch. Almost none of them actually aim, and they think they can run 1,000 MPH and just hip fire, but if you actually aim, you can do so much more. Also what bugs me is how 90% of the players use magnum ammo and either the x4 scope or the red dot. It's fun to use iron sights and destroy people. The only time I've used the red dot was for the Uzi. Enough of me ranting. I just hope that DICE isn't foolish enough and makes the game to better suit the Call of Duty fan base. It really bugged me to see the change of the controls from Bad Company to Bad Company 2. They made it for the Call of Duty players. I had to switch it back to the Bad Company 1 setup.

TheTrainer1980
TheTrainer1980

@Superzone That will never happen. The XBOX and PS3 can't really do MMORPGs. Yes I know there are some out there, but they are so dumbed down it's not even worth it. This game doesn't look like it will need a powerhouse of a computer, just buy a cheap $300 PC and enjoy. It's also sad that the consoles are the reason these games can run on any PC. They (the consoles) are restricting the progression of technology in games. The darn things are pushing 6+ years now and still use DirectX 9.1. There are video cards out there that can run circles around the XBOX/PS3, but we'll never see those in any of the systems that are coming out. I really hope that the new PS3/XBOX will utilize much better technology than what we have today.

calum1984
calum1984

@Superzone its highly unlikely as consoles have a network bandwidth cap on it, unless they get an exclusivity deal with one of the consoles and they get special server and bandwidth privaledges (e.g M.A.G, DC game on ps3) you wont see an mmorpg on any console (P.S anyone remember that game they were demoing when 360 was launching huxley......anyone know what happened to it not heard anything about it in ages)

dstv
dstv

Just wanna see more Battlefield 3 ...hopefully a multiplayer trailer

Superzone
Superzone

Please announce Star Wars: The Old Republic for consoles! Pleeasse?

mimicus
mimicus

Yes, there's a lot of 'threes' at E3 this year. It's really ironic. It's a hoot and a holler. You'll get over it.

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

Year of the number 3 for games! E3, Gears of war 3, mass effect 3, modern warfare 3, battlefield 3, Resistance 3, Saints Row 3, Ninja Gaiden 3 need i go on? Anyways TOR, ME3 and BF 3 all the way!

bugbag
bugbag

I'm really looking forward to Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3.:D

CommonFable
CommonFable

even tho EA loves the cash, they do produce some quality games!

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

Looking forward to BF3, and mp + beta details.

CCGR_Pheonix
CCGR_Pheonix

EA probably has some huge releases on tap. They are gonna have a sweet conference.

CCGR_Pheonix
CCGR_Pheonix

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slpr21
slpr21

@Sepewrath EA, i'm pretty sure about this because they were rehearsing today with the guys from SWTOR.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I wanna see the ME3 gameplay the most and more battlefield.Too bad Respawn won't be there, hopefully they show up as a surprise.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@slrp21 Whose conference, they could do it either Microsoft, Sony or EA's.