Suda 51/Mikami game named at EA Tokyo Game Show briefing

TGS 2010: First trailer shown for Grasshopper's third-person shooter Shadows of the Damned; 3DS farming sim My Garden, Little Big Planet-like Create also featured; new Alice: Madness Returns trailer; full conference video inside.

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TOKYO--The Tokyo Game Show kicks off in earnest today, with the beginning of a series of major publishers' press conferences.

What is on EA's TGS agenda?

First to bat is Electronic Arts, which used last month's Gamescom conference in Germany to make some major announcements. Not only did it date Dragon Age II as arriving on March 8, 2011, in the US and on March 11, 2011, in Europe, but it also revealed that the Mass Effect series--once published by Microsoft--would be debuting next January on the PlayStation 3 with Mass Effect 2.

Today at the sprawling Makuhari Messe convention center outside Tokyo, EA is using TGS to tout its latest wares and possibly make several announcements. Though nothing has been confirmed, there are several tantalizing possibilities, including the unannounced BioWare handheld game--likely a Dragon Age II spin-off--which surfaced over the weekend.

[1:03] Following the obligatory opening montage, EA COO John Schappert takes the stage to say they will be showing off seven games, including several new games.

[1:04] Now it's on to the EA Play label, with Phil Katz announcing a brand-new IP for the 3DS from EA Salt Lake.

[1:04] It's called…My Garden.

[1:05] "We were amazed how nature and flowers showed off the potential of the 3DS hardware," says Katz.

[1:06] Pictures of mushrooms, plants, and flowers. The game will feature six gardens and 300 plants. The plants will attract "critters" that will pollinate the plants. If the game gets too crowded, players can shake the 3DS to scare some off.

[1:07] The game will be hosted by a bearlike fellow name Tanuki, who will narrate the game.

[1:07] It will launch alongside the 3DS worldwide, including in Japan.

[1:07] Now another new game, called Create, from EA Bright Light.

[1:08] It is based on the concept of "What if?" and will let players "express themselves with thousands of objects."

[1:09] A demo shows players creating custom landscapes running from deserts to mountains to their own color-customized surreal worlds. The setup is reminiscent of the video for Cassius' "The Sound of Violence."

[1:11] The game lets players create their own levels, with springboards and balloons to overcome obstacles. Creations will be shareable on the PS3, 360, and PC. The game looks like a hybrid of Scribblenauts and Little Big Planet.

[1:11] Create launches in November on the PC, Mac, Wii, PS3, and 360.

[1:11] Now it's time for two EA Sports games, the first of which is FIFA 11.

[1:11] Roll the clip!

[1:12] Video touts the game's ability to be a goalkeeper.

[1:14] Multiplayer controlled post-goal celebrations, 360-degree fights for possessions, etc.

[1:14] Now it's EA MMA time.

[1:14] EA Tiburon executive producer Dale Jackson takes the stage.

[1:17] The game will feature a variety of venues, as well as top leagues in both Japan and the US. Japanese EA MMA cover athlete and champion Hidehiko Yoshida takes the stage to extol the game's virtues.

[1:17] Another Japanese champ, Tatsuya Kawajiri, will also be featured in the game.

[1:18] Kawajiri fights and defeats another combatant in the game named Hansen.

[1:20] EA MMA launches on October 19 in North America and on November 11 in Japan.

[1:20] Now it's onto Dead Space 2.

[1:21] Schappert touts Dead Space 2's PlayStation Move support.

[1:22] A developer from Visceral talks about Dead Space 2 Special Edition, first introduced at E3 in June.

[1:22] The SE is PS3-exclusive and will feature a port of the Wii game Dead Space Extraction. Both Extraction and Dead Space 2 will have full PlayStation Move support.

[1:24] Cue appropriately viscera-caked demo of Extraction, in which several necromorphs are given the abattoir treatment.

[1:25] Extraction will also have drop-in and drop-out co-op and will be playable with the Sixaxis or DualShock 3 controller.

[1:26] It also looks like the graphics have been upgraded.

[1:27] Both games will arrive on a single Blu-ray disc.

[1:27] Schappert is back to showcase some EA Partners titles.

[1:28] Out comes American McGee to talk about Alice: Madness Returns, a remake of the classic horror game. It's being developed at his Spicy Horse studio in Shanghai.

[1:29] In this Alice game, the heroine has gone insane and has been released from an asylum.

[1:29] "It's a violent and dark action experience," says McGee.

[1:30] It will have many characters from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, including the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat.

[1:30] "Each enemy is a puzzle--solve it, and beat the enemy," says McGee.

[1:31] Cue teaser video for the game, which shows Alice walking down a dark London street.

[1:31] She looks in a shop window to see a Mad Hatter, and then sees ghosts in the reflection.

[1:32] Now it's time for more about EA's deal with Suda 51's and Shinji Mikami's Grasshopper Manufacture.

[1:32] They're going to unveil their new game.

[1:33] They come out and offer self-effacing thanks to EA, saying it took a long time to find the right publisher for their project.

[1:33] The reason they chose EA is because they wanted a publisher that could guarantee a global audience.

[1:33] And the game is…

[1:34] "Our new psychological action thriller…Shadows of the Damned!" Applause.

[1:35] "The title is too long, so you might just want to call it 'Damned,'" says Suda 51.

[1:36] It tells the story of Garcia Hotspur, who goes on a trip to hell to save his true love, Paula.

[1:36] "But this isn't a romance game," says Suda 51 of the title, which is in development for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

[1:36] He passes the mic to Mikami, who says the game has a "punk rock edge and Suda 51's trademark style in the game."

[1:37] Previous Suda 51 games include Killer7 and No More Heroes.

[1:38] "There are also a lot of light moments as well," says Mikami, before being interrupted by Suda 51. The latter heaps praise on Mikami's game design skills, calling him the best in the business.

[1:39] Screenshots of the game show a menagerie of demonic foes, which players must stave off in "intense" battles.

[1:40] Suda 51 calls it one of the "best games he has ever worked on." He repeats the title in English with exaggeration, getting some laughs. He says the proper short version of the title is "Damned" or "DMD," not Shadows. Take note, editors!

[1:41] Suda 51 and Mikami fling praise on each other and composer Akira Yamaoka like they're in some kind of obsequious snowball fight.

[1:42] Yamaoka says the title with similar overexaggeration to more laughs. He calls the environments "dynamic" and says he "never thought hell could be so exciting."

[1:43] He says the game is coming "as soon as possible" but doesn't offer any details.

[1:44] Mikami says that they're out of things to discuss and that the cocktail party is starting. "So I guess everyone wants to drink now!"

[1:44] Now it's time for a trailer.

[1:46] The game shows a lone motorcyclist, Garcia Hotspur, fighting off demon hordes. To the sound of blasting punk rock music, he dispatches them with a variety of weapons. The game is a third-person shooter with a Dead Space-like over-the-shoulder perspective. And yes, it looks very dark. The game will launch next summer.

[1:46] And that's it! Stay tuned to GameSpot for more coverage from this year's Tokyo Game Show.

Discussion

53 comments
DBRabbit87
DBRabbit87

Suda 51, why are you so awesome?

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

"3DS farming sim My Garden" Sometimes I wish nintendo... ugh... I don't even...

Henninger
Henninger

I dont know y but i got a sense of Nightmare Creatures (the N64 version cuz the 2nd game wuz horrible) when i saw the Shadows of the Damned trailer. Im gonna keep my eyes on this 1.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Some neat stuff, can't wait for the show t start

killer690
killer690

- Yeah, DMC meets Gears of war.... So that means no more No more heroes? -

Rockman_X9
Rockman_X9

Suda 51+Shinji Mikami+Akira Yamaoka= Full Epicness!!!!

ZIVX
ZIVX

That is one badass team-up for Shadow of the DAMNED :D

Marky360
Marky360

wow some pretty interesting stuff there.

Tartoun
Tartoun

Am I the first one to notice that he said Fifa 11 wille come out in october in north america?! The real date is September 28th in north america.

G-dorf11
G-dorf11

No news about the bioware handheld game?

Gr33nHippo
Gr33nHippo

Suda51 needs to stop selling himself into making these more mainstream titles.. he should return to concentrating on being original and having a creative and complex storyline like Killer7. Sure it won't sell as well, but I thought Suda51 had more pride than that... then again, NMH2 suggests he does not.

blkkplayers
blkkplayers

More cult classics, anyone? Shadows of the Damned and Alice: Madness Returns, might not sell very well, but I love Killer7 and the first Alice. I will be getting them 1st day.

sheah1
sheah1

Looks pretty damn good, although why did they cast the protagonist from alone in the dark as their main?

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

Damnded looks pretty good, can't till more info surfaces.

Rizer
Rizer

*crosses fingers* C'mon...Persona 5.

termadoyle
termadoyle

EA is starting to erase its crappy money-grabbing reputation. HALLELUJAH!

IceJester45
IceJester45

Cool. I like Suda's style and Mikami's gameplay. This should be interesting.

wargraymon
wargraymon

so this alice suppose to be after the labotomy?

wargraymon
wargraymon

"hello, Indiego Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die" seriously, suda really loves spanish people don't he, gotta be the machismo. wonder if any luchador mask get involved

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

Horror my behind Suda 51, that's another RE4 clone. Now, on the other hand, the new Alice game looks interesting.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

Wow, for a game featuring three of my favorite designers it looks incredibly meh. Oh wait, EA is involved.

the_requiem
the_requiem

Hmm... DMC's styling + RE4's [or Dead Space] controls + Dante's Inferno's story. Still waiting for some hint of originality.

XSV-Vendetta
XSV-Vendetta

If dead space extraction is going to be playable with the Six-Axis why is it a PS3 exclusive? At first I thought it was because of the move controls and I said to myself W/E I played it for the Wii so I know the story it's not that big of a deal. Now I'm actually kind of pissed, if I can get an extra free game why not? So what's with that? I mean it cannot be that hard to map the controls to the 360 controller once they've been mapped to the Six-Axis can it?

EA_LOVER
EA_LOVER

great games EA always the best

smoman5000
smoman5000

Shadows of the Damned looks pretty good, really hope they ditch that music though, it doesnt fit a lone-wolf spanish guy but other than that it entices me to want to kill demons with all manner of guns hope theres more to be announced, maybe some splitscreen co-op, online co-op, or a lengthy story mode

Jackc8
Jackc8

Good to hear that Dead Space Extraction will be playable with the regular controller - that save me $100+ :) That Alice game looks pretty cool too.

Bhemont
Bhemont

I don't like getting news of console games on PC section. Or console commercials, is that something gamespot is working on to fix. Because it's not fun to read news on somethingm being all hyped up, and then disappointed that it's a console exclusive, for the love of... But I hope that the Alice new nightmare will be on pc, since the last title was.

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

*sigh* This is what happens when you let EA fund your projects Suda, Shinji, and Akira: They order you to make it a bland rip-off of something...and that something is Devil May Cry.

snake-ala
snake-ala

@Just-Adam "Sounds awesome .. I mean Suda , Mikami and Akira together .. how can you go wrong ?!!!!!!!" yes you can go wrong with a game that is not a horror game, it is a devil may cry rip off

snake-ala
snake-ala

to me Shadows of the Damned looks like a blend of : devil may cry + resident evil 4 I'm disappointed, I was expecting an terrifying game from 2 of the horror genre creators, mikami and yamaoka but this is a "resident may cry" and with the Silent hill being dead (thanks to the american developers).... the horror genre is doomed... I suggest to remove the horror part and make it a platmfomer game... that fits better

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

@tarikm92f .....mikami no longer works at capcom, if he had wanted to make another Resident Evil he wouldnt have left.

RealFabioSooner
RealFabioSooner

Just a note: if this song that plays in Shadow of the Damned's trailer is punk rock, then I'm Suda 51. It's just generic doom metal one can hear in 9 out of 10 games where the protagonist battles demons. Disappointing, but I see that's the kind of thing the producer needs to do to get the attention of teenage gamers.

sylvaedawn
sylvaedawn

I'm a bit confused... why there's a trailer for Shadows of the Damned right after the text about DA2? I know it's EA, but it's kinda confusing being it unrelated. Shouldn't the trailer be somewhere around the line [1:34]?

tarikm92f
tarikm92f

Please mikami make another resident ervil

Deimos_06
Deimos_06

Don't we have enough shooters already?!!? Screw that.

Litchie
Litchie

Shadows of the Damned woot! Love RE4 and Killer 7. Edit: Only 360 and PS3 ey? Crap..

thattotally
thattotally

sigh... I would think we've had enough of shooters. I wouldn't mind another hack and slash type game like No More Heroes...

Stealthos
Stealthos

I love that EA have gambled on new titles and niche genres in recent years rather than only releasing sequels to well established names (sorry activision blizzard fans). I'm glad investing in old school survival horror Dead Space payed off for them enough to make a sequel. Making Alice: Madness Returns, it sounds like EA want to make interesting titles not just blockbusters!

Xobeee
Xobeee

sounds great..............EA has really improved themselves

Einhanderkiller
Einhanderkiller

I forgot the Tokyo Game Show was this week. I just happened to be awake at 1 AM to catch the live blog. :P