Today, Activision and Vivendi Games dotted the last i in a long-in-the-making business combination that will effectively create a new leader in the third-party game software publishing business. However, with Activision Blizzard set to skip out on this year's E3 Media & Business Summit, Electronic Arts will still be the big kahuna at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Living up that title, the publisher said that that it will have a whopping 30-plus games on show from its holiday 2008 lineup. Perennial sports favorites, such as Madden NFL, NCAA Football, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and NBA Live will, of course, be on show, but EA also has an extensive lineup of new properties it will have on offer. New IPs on display include EA Dice's first-person parkour-inspired action game Mirror's Edge, EA Redwood Shores' survival horror game Dead Space, and EA Maxis' much-anticipated sim-everything Spore.
Other highlights from EA's E3 presence include EA Mythic's long-in-development massively multiplayer online role-playing game Warhammer Online, which was finally dated for release later this year. EA-owned Pandemic will have a pair of titles on hand: the oft-delayed Mercenaries 2 and The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, a new action adventure based on Peter Jackson's J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired films.
EA Partners will also be well represented at the show. Crytek's Crysis Warhead, a spin-off to last year's critically acclaimed PC shooter, will join Left 4 Dead, a survival horror shooter from Valve-owned Turtle Rock Studios. The Harmonix-developed, MTV Games-published, EA-distributed Rock Band 2, which will lead on the Xbox 360 this September, will also be part of EA's cavalcade.
EA's exhibition lineup for this year's E3 is listed below.
Dead Space - 360, PS3, PC - EA Redwood Shores
FaceBreaker - 360, PS3, Wii - EA Canada
Hasbro Family Game Night - Wii, PS2 - EA Casual
Littlest Pet Shop - Wii, DS, PC - EA Casual
Madden NFL 09 - 360, Xbox, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS - EA Tiburon
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - 360, PS3, PS2, PC - Pandemic
Mirror's Edge - 360, PS3, PC - EA DICE
Scrabble - EA Mobile
Sudoku - EA Mobile
Tetris - EA Mobile
Spore - EA Mobile
Monopoly - EA Mobile
Yahtzee! - EA Mobile
Wolfenstein RPG - EA Mobile
Tetris POP - EA Mobile
Kung Fu Panda - EA Mobile
The Sims 2 Apartment Pets - DS - EA Redwood Shores
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 09- 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii - EA Tiburon
Zubo - DS - EA Bright Light
MySims - PC - EA Redwood Shores
MySims Kingdom - Wii, DS - EA Redwood Shores
Spore - PC - EA Maxis
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning - PC - EA Mythic
Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 - 360, PC - EALA
Crysis Warhead - PC - Crytek
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC, Mac, Mobile - EA Bright Light
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest - 360, PS3, PC, DS - Pandemic
SimCity Creator - Wii - EA Redwood Shores
NBA Live 09 - 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii - EA Canada
NCAA Football 09 - 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii - EA Tiburon
Skate It - Wii, DS - EA Black Box and EA Montreal
Rock Band 2 - 360 - Harmonix
Left 4 Dead - 360, PC - Valve