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EA Games shouts about big summer line-up

Tuesday, 13 May 2008 10:04 GMT By Patrick Garratt

EA’s just put a press release listing all its upcoming summer releases, including details for Battlefield: Bad Company, Burnout Paradise updates, Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath, Mass Effect for PC, Rock Band Wii (US-only, we assume), Spore Creature Creator, Spore and Mercenaries 2: World in Flames.

The release points out that the likes of Battlefield Heroes, Battleforge, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3, Dead Space, Mirror’s Edge, Skate It, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and more are on the way from the label towards the end of the year, so it’s all looking pretty rosy on the EA Games front, truth be told.

Here’s all our coverage from the recent EA Games press day in London. Press release after the link.

EA GAMES LABEL SETS THE SUMMER ON FIRE WITH EIGHT BLOCKBUSTER GAMES

Redwood City, Calif. – May 12, 2008 – The temperature is rising this summer as the Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) Games Label gets ready to release eight action-packed titles from seven of the world’s most critically acclaimed development studios including BioWare™, Criterion, DICE, EALA, Maxis™ and Pandemic™ as well as the revered EA partner Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., a company of MTV Networks. Between May and September, the EA Games Label will launch a stunning line-up of titles that rivals any independent game publisher, with offerings that appeal to the explorer, adventurer, action junkie, creator and rock star in all of us. This summer, whether playing on the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system (PS3™), PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PC, Mac®, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS™ or mobile phone, players will fire up their gaming rigs and have some serious fun.

Players looking for action will hunt for the spoils of war while delivering over-top destruction in Battlefield: Bad Company™ and go for revenge in Venezuela in Mercenaries 2: World in Flames™. Those looking for world domination will control epic armies in Command & Conquer™ 3: Kane’s Wrath, or for those more interested in conquering worlds beyond earth, they can explore the depths of space in Mass Effect™. For the creative class looking to express their inner artist, the Spore™ Creature Creator will allow them to design individual species even before the launch of Spore™, where they can create an entire universe and share it with friends. Adrenaline junkies will put the pedal to the metal with new downloadable content for Burnout™ Paradise or feel the rush of super-stardom as they take to the stage with Rock Band™.

Later in the year, gamers can look forward to more outstanding entertainment from the EA Games Label including Battlefield Heroes™, Battleforge™, Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ 3, Dead Space™, Mirror’s Edge™, Skate It, Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning™ and much, much more.

Mike Quigley, Group VP of Global Marketing, EA Games Label said, “If you need a break from GTA IV, or if you’re looking for more than just the one or two great summer movies on tap, the EA Games Label is stepping up with eight huge summer titles. The incredible diversity of the title line-up reflects the talent range of our studios and partners. Big FPS action, amazing adventures, epic sci-fi fantasy or rock star reality – these are the summer entertainment experiences people will love.”

Battlefield: Bad Company
Go for the gold! Battlefield: Bad Company drops gamers behind enemy lines with a squad of renegade soldiers who risk it all on a personal quest for gold and revenge. Featuring intense multiplayer action as well as a deep, cinematic single-player experience loaded with adventure and humor, the game delivers the Battlefield series’ trademark sandbox gameplay in a universe where nearly everything is destructible.

- ESRB – T for Teen
- Platforms – Xbox 360 and PS3
- Ship Date – June 23, 2008

Burnout Paradise
The Year of Paradise Continues! Following the launch of Burnout Paradise for the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system in January, EA Criterion is continuing to support the game’s players throughout the year by delivering significant, game-changing content and regular broadcast activities. The first game-changing content will be coming to the PLAYSTATION Store and Xbox LIVE® Marketplace in June free to download. This will include 3 all-new online game modes (Road Rage, Marked Man, and Stunt Run), 70 new multi-part, timed Freeburn challenges and 7 new cars, instantly adding many hours of additional gameplay. Also being introduced is a new “Live” Global Paradise news system where players will be able to receive the most up-to-date information on the game and a schedule of upcoming online events, and the much requested custom soundtrack support for the PLAYSTATION 3. This is to bring the community of Burnout players together with the makers of the game to create a social online gaming experience that evolves throughout the year. To meet the team and get more details, please visit criteriongames.com.

- ESRB – Rating Pending
- Platforms – PC, Xbox 360 and PS3
- Download Date – June 2008

Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath
Command & Conquer is coming to the Xbox 360 this summer, with the revolutionary all-new CommandStick, a control system that simplifies the console RTS experience for new and hardcore RTS gamers alike. A follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars™, Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath for Xbox 360 includes all the units, structures, and powers from Tiberium Wars, a deep storyline campaign told through the series’ trademark HD video cinematics, six diverse new sub-factions, giving players no less than nine armies to choose from, and all-new game-changing Epic Units. The Xbox 360 version also includes over 50 multiplayer maps and the 360-exclusive Kane’s Challenge mode, where players will battle through over 80 matches versus a gauntlet of deadly sub-faction leaders. Best of all for 360 gamers, Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath features a full complement of 1000 achievement points – all for $39.99.

- ESRB – T for Teen
- Platforms – Xbox 360
- Ship Date – June 2008

Mass Effect
As the first BioWare/Electronic Arts title, players take on the role of Commander Shepard as they set out to save the galaxy from imminent destruction. Wrought with treachery, heroism and difficult decisions, Mass Effect features a compelling storyline and a universe filled with unique creatures. Originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2007, Mass Effect has won over eighty awards globally including several ‘Game of the Year’ nods. Fully optimized for the PC, Mass Effect features higher resolution graphics, the ability to map biotic powers to ‘hot keys’, a new decryption mini-game, an enhanced inventory system and fast loading times. PC gamers are now able to control their individual squad mates with the new Tactical Heads-Up Display, allowing for deeper and more efficient control during combat.

- ESRB – M for Mature
- Platforms – PC
- Ship Date – May 28, 2008

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
The first rule for Mercenaries is: Everyone pays. But when sleazy Venezuelan Industrialist Ramon Solano breaks this simple rule, it is no longer about business; it is about payback, Mercs style. Mercenaries 2: World in Flames delivers over-the-top action, big explosions and world-class production values in a fully destructible, beautifully detailed Venezuela.

- ESRB – Not yet rated
- Platforms – PS3, Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 2
- Ship Date – August 31st 2008 in North America; September 5th 2008 in UK and Europe

Rock Band

Rock Band is an all-new platform for music fans and gamers to interact with music like never before. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour for fame and fortune – all while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, Rock Band includes tracks that span every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. The Wii version will feature 63 songs including five bonus songs for the Wii. Rock Band is developed by Harmonix, published by MTV and distributed by EA.

- ESRB – T for Teen
- Platforms – Wii
- Ship Date – June 22, 2008

Spore Creature Creator
In anticipation for the launch of Spore in September, the Spore Creature Creator gives Spore fans, and anyone who is creatively curious, a first hands-on opportunity to design their own species and share it with their friends. All creatures designed with the Spore Creature Creator can be imported into the full version of Spore. The free demo version of the Spore Creature Creator will be available worldwide via download from www.spore.com. The free demo lets players shape, paint and play with an unlimited number of creatures, using 25% of the creature-making parts from Spore. People can then share these creations with their friends, including seamless uploads to YouTube. The demo will also be included in the The SimCity™ Box, which ships on June 23.

- ESRB – E
- Platforms – PC, Macintosh
- Ship Date – June 17, 2008

Spore
Get ready for the next Big Bang this fall! Spore, the highly anticipated game from the creators of The Sims™, gives players their own personal universe in a box. Create and evolve life, establish tribes, build civilizations, sculpt entire worlds and explore a universe created by other gamers. Spore gives players a wealth of creative tools to customize nearly every aspect of their universe: creatures, vehicles, buildings, and even UFOs. Players can then seamlessly share their creations with the world or explore infinite new galaxies created by other people.

- ESRB – Not yet rated
- Platforms – PC, Macintosh, Nintendo DS and mobile phones
- (*NDS version is titled “Spore Creatures”)
- Ship Date – September 7, 2008

For more information about EA games or to download screenshots/logos/character art, please visit www.info.ea.com.

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5 Comments

  1. Blerk

    Heh heh – I didn’t realise they were selling us Spore twice. :-D

    Still, an action-packed list. Precious little in there that interests me, but no doubt I’m in the minority there.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. patlike

    I reckon if you take that lot plus everything that’s coming out at the end of the year, they’re got a really solid line-up. Far cry from the EA of old, imo.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. kasai

    Just give me Mirror’s Edge and I’ll be happy. For the amount of time spores has been in development I don’t think in the end it will be any good.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    This is a great line-up! In the improvements coming for Burnout; Dead Space, and Mirror’s Edge, then Mercenaries 2 (still got to see how it is these days, admittedly, but it’s Mercs, so come on! ;) ) EA looks to be delivering, and supporting, leading to an improvement for everyone.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. TJ

    Let’s be honest, though, there’s only a couple of interesting games – Mirror’s Edge and Spore. The rest are sequels, copy cats and rereleases.

    #5 7 years ago

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    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]