Gamescom 2011: New FIFA Street disclosed, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and The Secret World dated, and new free-to-play Warhammer Online game detailed during Electronic Arts' press event.
COLOGNE, Germany--Electronic Arts kicks off its Gamescom show today with a press briefing where it is expected to go through its upcoming slate of titles, from the highly anticipated Battlefield 3 to the next installment in the globally successful FIFA 12 series.
[7:03] We're seated in a packed auditorium, ready for the EA Gamescom 2011 press conference. And they've just dimmed the lights.
[7:04] Time for B-roll from every last EA franchise to a banging soundtrack. Are anyone else's ears bleeding?
[7:06] Here's a big announcement from EA Sports, they say
[7:07] It's footage of street football/soccer. "It's the ground of the youth," says the voice-over, "owned by local heroes The rhythm of the streets beats as the heart of the game."
[7:08] It's Andrew Wilson and Gary Paterson of EA onstage now, to announce a new FIFA Street game, in development in Vancouver. It'll be out early next year.
[7:08] It will be "the most authentic street football game ever," says Wilson.
[7:33] No waiting. ME3 combat reveal ends with Shepard tossing a grenade. Then boom! Into SSX.
[7:34] "Upload and compete against ghosts," they say. You can compete against your friends' ghosts when they're not online. You make money as you move up the leaderboard and use that cash to buy better gear.
[7:35] You also earn money when your friends try to beat your ghosts and fail.
[8:01] Out onto the street, grabbing the target objective (a dude) and jamming him into a jeep.
[8:01] It's night outside, and our players are escorting the jeep, at which RPGs are now being fired.
[8:02] Some night vision sniping there. When one player goes down, the other runs in to revive him.
[8:04] They're working their way down the street, more sniping through a night vision scope. Smoke and fire up ahead. "And that concludes our co-op demo," they say. The game will be playable on the show floor here at Gamescom.