EA Announces MASS EFFECT Mobile, Teases Spring 2012 Lineup
EA Announces MASS EFFECT Mobile
EA Games descended on New York City Tuesday Feb 7, 2012 for a spotlight event, showing press their spring line-up. While Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, released the same day, was on hand, the rest of the lineup looked to the near future, with Mass Effect 3, Syndicate, and SSX on display alongside a bevy of mobile games.
But before the gaming press got their hands on the featured games, EA COO Peter Moore took the stage for a presentation, and he brought a couple of announcements, including Mass Effect: Infiltrator a new mobile game that interacts with ME3.
A sizzle reel showing off EA games from the last year and going into 2012 was shown, heavily featuring EA Sports and BioWare titles. Moore took the stage, introducing himself and the presentation, urging the journalists in attendance to play the games that they had set up around the New York ballroom location.
"We're delighted to end 2011 as the #1 publisher on High Definition platforms, as well as iOS for the fourth year in a row," announced Moore. Three "key titles" that drove growth for the company included Star Wars: The Old Republic, Battlefield 3, and FIFA Soccer 12. Talking about SWTOR first, Moore focused on the 1.7 million subscribers only six weeks into the MMORPG's release. With Battlefield 3 he called EA a "strong competitor in the FPS field," despite Activision's Call of Duty behemoth still reigning supreme.
Moore focused next on EA's in-house digital download service Origin, their chief delivery system for PC titles. Origin has over $100 million in sales, and they feel it's because they're giving players a better digital experience than competitors. He also mentioned EA Sports' FIFA Ultimate Team and EA's acquisition of Pop Cap, the leading casual game developer as helping their digital options.
Curt Schilling, the Founder and Chairman of 38 Studios, took the stage next to talk about his company's first game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. "Those of you who know me know that speechless isn't something I often am, but it sucks following Peter!" Schilling opened up to a laugh. "This is opening day on Career 2.0," he said, before mentioning his creative team of R.A. Salvatore, Todd McFarlane, and Ken Rolston, an all-star team of fantasy and game development.
He said 38 Studios' goal was to take "the best" of classic fantasy games in creating the world of Amalur. Schilling said that this was a more nerve-wracking career moment for him than any in his life. "I slept like a baby the night before Game 7 of the World Series. I didn't sleep a wink last night!"
The next title was Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 from EA Sports. Executive Producer Brent Nielsen, who has worked on basically every other EA Sports title, took the stage to talk about the golf sim. The game will hold a newly-retooled swing system, and will also support Kinext on Xbox 360. The game will also have a new "Tiger Woods Legacy" mode, starting with Tiger as a 2 year-old, shooting golf balls into a kiddie pool in his back yard. There are 7 "eras" of Tiger, and as you complete the challenges you unlock that version of him for use throughout the game.
For SSX's return, Creative Director Todd Batty went to Peter Moore and told him how it needed to be redone while honoring the legacy of the series. He stressed the size of the levels, variety, the modern look, modern feel, the fact that everything about the game is bigger and better than previous entries in the series. Using NASA satellite data, the game allows you to go down all of the biggest and most famous mountains in the world. There are three different types of gameplay in SSX, Race It, Trick It, and Survive It. Race it had the goal for the developers of being "Burnout on a snowboard." Trick It is the classic trick mode from the series, and Survive It pits you against the mountain itself.
Wrapping up the guests on stage, Mac Walters, Lead Writer of the much-anticipated Mass Effect 3 came to hype the game that comes out in just under one month. While introducing Walters, Moore said this is the "tour de force" of BioWare's series. "It is going to be the best game of the series, bar none," said Walters. He used the buzzword of "galactic war" they've been touting for awhile now, before mentioning that everything from combat, movement, and customization are all deeper and more refined.
Before that, though, the ME3 demo hits February 14, 2012 featuring both single and multiplayer modes, and will include a new trailer called "Take Earth Back." Without spoiling anything, the trailer takes a very different approach to establishing the plight of the planet. Walters told Newsarama after the conference that the trailer's goal was to show BioWare's style of storytelling, giving "an epic story, but a personal one at the same time," and that it was "the first time" a trailer of that sort has really been pulled off.
Stay tuned for more from EA's Spring Spotlight 2012, including hands-on with SSX and a full campaign mission from Mass Effect 3!Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!