According to an article on EA's website, the developer will highlight their plans for Star Wars games; additionally, they will be exhibiting other next-generation games, including Need for Speed, Battlefield 4, and a whole range of EA Sports titles.
Personally, I believe that EA will be making some sort of Star Wars first-person shooter, or possibly a new entry into the Battlefront series. I would prefer a game similar to The Force Unleashed, and I would prefer for it to be good; hey, I can dream, right?
EA's E3 briefing will be entitled "The Download: EA 2013 Preview" and will air on June 10th at 1 PM PT (3 PM CT) on Spike TV and EA's website.
As promised, Warner Bros. dropped a massive amount of new Batman: Arkham Origins information on us today, including new gameplay and story details, a brand new trailer, and information about a new playable character, available via preorder DLC.
The trailer tells us a lot about the story and style of the prequel, so we'll have a full rundown of the trailer's details and more after the jump.
Follow at your own risk; spoilers ahead.
Looks like everyone's favorite blue hedgehog might be making an appearance at E3!
According to reports, SEGA has been gobbling up the rights to something called Sonic: Lost World; they have recently trademarked the name and obtained the domains SonicLostWorld.com and SonicLostWorlds.com.
This taking place a few weeks can't be a coincidence; I believe we may be seeing more on this matter on the show floor. After all, wasn't 2013 hyped as a big year for Sonic?
To be honest, I've never played many of the Sonic games, but depending how this turns out, I may give the little guy a chance this go around. What do you think? What would you like to see in Sonic's next adventure?
Warner Bros. released a new teaser trailer today for the latest installment in the Batman series of games, Batman: Arkham Origins, which is set to release on all major platforms on October 25th.
In the trailer, the Dark Knight encounters the villain Deathstroke, and the duo exchange blows. And...that's really it. The end of the video does promise a longer trailer on Monday, May 20, however, for those of you who aren't satisfied with this small glimpse.
Are you excited for Arkham Origins? I am; I played Arkham City on the Wii U when it came out. It was my first experience with the series, and I'm looking forward to more.
Hop inside for a look at the trailer!
EA making positive press lines seems like an anomaly. That being said, under slightly new leadership EA has made their first major change: They are killing off the entire online pass program.
“Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass,” EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg confirmed to GamesBeat in an e-mail. “None of our new EA titles will include that feature.”
“Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format,” Reseburg said. “We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”
It is a wonder to find out if EA is truly listening to their consumers. In this case, the Online Pass situation didn't spurn more new game purchases, nor did it really gain them much from the used game market either. The idea of the online pass was to lock out online aspects of used games that you had to buy a pass for to ensure the publisher received some compensation on used game sales. Other companies do this as well, but mark EA now as the first company to try it and back down from continuing it. It's not that big of a deal for me, but it at least ensures I have no additional fees to pay if I buy future EA titles used.
Konami's 2013 Pre-E3 Show is set to air at 1 PM Eastern Time on June 6th; for those of you wishing to view it, the event will be streamed on Konami's website, GameSpot, the GameSpot app for Xbox 360; you can also check in for updates here on Gamnesia.
To promote these streaming options, special tune-in messages are set to broadcast on CBS and CW television networks in eight major markets, beginning on May 27th. This will mark the first time that online gaming news has been promoted nationwide by a major television network.
At the event, Konami will be discussing the next Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear Solid, and Castlevania games, as well as new announcements.
So, be sure to tune in to Gamnesia on June 6th for up-to-date information about Konami's announcements! What are you looking forward to seeing from the show?
Hop inside for Konami's full press release.
Along with a slew of other news, Sega has also revealed their sales figures of the previous year.
As of this writing, Sega has shipped over 1.36 million copies of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Of these sales, 310,000 were of the Wii U edition of the game. The Nintendo 3DS port moved about 190,000 units. The numbers are only for the NA and EU regions, so this is only a fraction of the worldwide totals of the software.
Aliens: Colonial Marines, was met with terrible reviews. The game's bugs and false advertising have even lead to a lawsuit against Sega and Gearbox. Yet, the game has sold reasonably well, with over 1.31 million units in the wild. Not too shabby for a universally despised title.
Football Manager 2013 showed fantastic sales, considering the niche audience of the franchise. The latest entry was able to move 940,000 copies, just shy of the one million mark. The title London 2012, a game based off of the Olympics (but not featuring Sonic or Mario), sold 680,000 copies.
Last but not least was Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono, or Yakuza 5 out here in the West. The Japan exclusive was able to sell 590,000 copies, which is a fantastic amount for the franchise. This is good news to anyone who wants the game to move out of Japan to the west.
All of this news comes with Sega's future announcements for the next year.
The company's sales are good news for the struggling publisher. Hopefully, Sega can follow-up on the rebound and continue to move towards profitability.
Sega has revealed their plans for the incoming fiscal year, and their incoming software placement. Last year, Sega published a total of 49 games worldwide, but next year the company is only putting out 42. That's still quite a number, and that means a lot of quality fun incoming this year. A lot of that fun is going to be had on Nintendo systems.
Last year, Sega published only two titles on Nintendo's Wii U, and released three on the 3DS. This year, they are more than doubling that number. The Wii U will be getting a whopping seven titles this year, and the Nintendo 3DS will be receiving six. That's a helluva lot of games, and that collection should include the new rumored Sonic game. Read more after the jump!
The Vita has been struggling out here in the west, but a recent price cut and slew of software have increased the handheld's sales in Japan exponentially. Still, this does not change the system's less-than-stellar performance every where else in the world, and one of the main problems relating to that is a lack of software appealing to western audiences. Apparently, that might change.
Shahid Kamal Ahmad, an employee over at Sony Computer Entertainment, has just teased a new game coming to the handheld. A killer app.
Oh and there is an AMAZING big title coming to Vita. I can’t tell you anything about it, except that you are gonna be hooked for hours.— Shahid Kamal Ahmad (@shahidkamal) May 9, 2013
Now this could mean a lot of different things. The new game isn't stated as an exclusive, so it could very well be a port of a game on PS3, or other systems. Something like Grand Theft Auto V on the Vita would certainly be amazing, but I have my doubts on a game of that caliber coming to a handheld. Of course, the game could be an exclusive we haven't heard about yet, and Sony has plenty of franchises to choose from. It's anyone's call on what this new game could be, but I would guess we learn about it at E3 this year.
Don't Starve, developed by Klei Entertainment, is an indie survival game available on PC for $14.99. Players step into the shoes of Wilson, a gentlemen scientist whom a demon has transported to a "mysterious wilderness world." Don't Starve is all about learning how to use the environment to your advantage in order to survive and, eventually, escape. The game also features an interesting art style, which is sort of a blend between Tim Burton and a cartoon.
Several days ago Jamie Cheng, one of the game's team members, was asked on Twitter whether or not there were any plans to bring Klei's PC game Don't Starve to either the 3DS or PSVita. Cheng responded that, though there are currently no concrete plans to do so, he'd "love to." And, given Nintendo's and Sony's recent attitudes toward indies, a 3DS or PSVita release of Don't Starve could very easily become a reality; let's hope it does.
Would you like to see Don't Starve make its way to either handheld platform?