Most of the attention is paid to the Big Three, but third parties have keynotes too, and EA is certainly someone to pay attention to. And they didn’t mess around. The show was a showcase for ten games, and they just went one after the other. Check out what they revealed:
They started out by showing off Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, a team-based racers-versus-cops game developed by Burnout veterans Criterion and releasing November 16.
For their flagship Medal of Honor game (out October 12), they staged a 24-player match on stage. The game, co-developed by DICE and EA’s Los Angeles studio, has an intense focus on multiplayer and is obviously challenging Call of Duty for dominance. A beta will launch June 21 for PS3, 360 and PC (and a few days early for VIPs who enlist in their new Gun Club program).
Through its EA Partners program, the company is publishing Crysis 2, set in New York City and sure to impress visually. Just to make things more ridiculous, the game’s playable in 3D on all versions.
Also shown at the event were Dead Space 2 (out January 25, 2011), EA Sports MMA, Bulletstorm, Sims 3 on consoles, EA Sports Active 2 (out November 16 for all consoles) and Madden 2011. We’ll have more coverage on EA’s games as E3 continues.