EA’s snowboarding franchise is making a return. Little actual gameplay was shown today, but we did learn that EA has teamed with NASA to get high resolution scans of all of the major mountain ranges on the entire planet, allowing you to race in the Himilayas, portions of Alaska, and even Montreal. The game comes out in Jan. 2012 and EA plans to unveil a new character on the SSX Facebook page before E3 ends.
Though it was playing to an American crowd in Los Angeles (Football/Soccer isn’t popular in the States), EA highlighted how massively popular and critically acclaimed the FIFA series is, with FIFA 11 being used by 42 million people and earning 51 different game development awards. The new version has a few notable enhancements including tactical defending that relies more on positioning and timing, precision dribbling, and a player impact engine, which will allow players to get injured in precisely the places where they fall or bump into one another.
FIFA 12 owners will also get access to the EA Sports Football Club, a live service that connects players to the real world of football. The service will attempt to inject story lines from real world matches and connect/compete with one another. In the future, you’ll be able to play any version of FIFA and earn rewards in the cloud that will benefit your stats in every version of the game.
Madden NFL 12
The new Madden looks pretty, but EA was vague as to its exact enhancements The game will have a new collision detection system and “dynamic player performance,” but little was said about these features. We suspect that some of the new enhancements to FIFA will make their way to Madden.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Kurt Schilling, founder of 38 Studios, introduced his newest game, which looks like a slightly more realistic version of World of Warcraft, with more realtime fighting combos and Fable-like magic spells and such. Or, at least, that’s what we gather from the footage shown. We’re hoping to get a chance to actually play the game soon.
The Sims Social
This looks like The Sims meets Yahoo’s flat colorful avatars. It’s a Facebook game that lets you play Sims stuff and go on fake dates with your Facebook friends. It has animated graphics. We don’t yet know the release date, but can say that the game will be free.
This is the new game from Insomniac games. It will be a multiplatform title, which means Xbox owners will get to enjoy as well. You play as a ragtag gang of killer agents (a mercenary, a thief, a rebel scientist, and a decorated detective) and your mission is to destroy a shadowy organization that threatens to wipe out mankind.
Though most of the conference was spent showing non-interactive footage, DICE did an extended live demonstration of Battlefield 3 and it was fantastic. The game’s scale was astounding and the lighting and particle effects from the Frostbite 2 engine looks to set this game apart. It will be interesting to see if Battlefield can take some market share back from Call of Duty this year.
Battlefield will also have a free multiplatform open beta in September.