Roping in all the football stars out there, EA announced that they have gotten the rights to “match-winning line-up” of players who will take to the field in FIFA 07. Out across Europe on September 29, the game will feature Ronaldinho of Barcelona, as well as Landon Donovan, Francisco Fonseca, Lukas Podolski, Juninho Pernambucano, among many others.
The publisher also revealed that it has secured exclusive rights to the F.A. Premier League for an additional four years up to and including the 2010/11 season. This deal allows EA Sports sole rights to include every Premier League club along with player likenesses in the game.
Hoping to appeal directly to the thinks-he-is-cool-wanna-be-racer crowd, EA has announced that fashion street wear brand 55DSL will be integrated into Need for Speed: Carbon. Exclusively designed items from 55DSL, plus a selection of items from their ‘Zurka and the 55 Vagabonds’ winter collection, will be featured prominently on key in-game characters.
Need for Speed: Carbon will be released for PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, Gamecube, DS, GBA, PSP and DS later this year.
Following the much talked-about final match between France and Italy in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, EA has announced FIFA 07, the latest in its annual series of football games.
Set for release on September 29 across every-freaking-platform, the game will cover the world’s top leagues, including MLS and Mexican 1st Division in North America, and 26 others from over 20 nations. This year will see players given the power to shape their favorite club’s destiny in Interactive Leagues, a new online mode that lets players pit their clubs against supporters of other clubs. It will feature the FA Premier League, Bundesliga, French League and Mexican 1st Division. Here’s more:
This year, new intelligent A.I. ensures that your 11 men on the pitch make realistic decisions finding space and passing like professionals. A complete overhaul of the game engine now means that you have to employ real world tactics, make split-second decisions and think like a player in order to win matches. Watch as your players jostle and collide realistically while trying to win balls. Experience the realism of the world’s superstars who come to life with signature moves and authentic playing styles and a more sophisticated shooting mechanic that gives you greater control to produce finesse shots, for pin-point accuracy, or powerful laces shots. Plus you have the ability to apply topspin or backspin to the ball for more creative set-pieces.
Take on the updated and improved challenge of the Manager Mode. Player values and wages have been tuned to be even more realistic. Managerial decisions have even more tangible effects on player performance and welfare. Smarter CPU decisions mean rival managers are even more strategic in their own pursuit of silverware. Experience the emotional highs & lows of your club 24hrs a day, seven days a week with new connectivity between a PlayStation®2 and a PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system that enables you to begin your managerial career on either console and continue your campaign anywhere.
In development at EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., FIFA 07 will be released for PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, DS, GBA, PSP, PC and mobile. Next-gen versions haven’t been announced yet.
Below are screenshots from the PS2 version of the game. Further details after the jump.
The trillionth Sims 2 expansion was announced today, and this time the geniuses at EA came up with the idea of letting players have… pets (finally)! The Sims 2 Pets will let players get their oh-so-lovable Sims pets – be it dogs, cats, guinea pigs or parrots – on PC, PS2, PSP, GBA, DS and Gamecube, with each platform featuring exclusive content.
The addition of a new friend is guaranteed to enrich the daily lives of your Sims! Not only will players have the opportunity to choose from a variety of existing breeds, and hot designer mixes, but they’ll also be able to personally design their new friend with the Create-a-Pet feature. The ability to customise gives fans the opportunity to create their ideal pet by choosing their body shape, unique markings, even their pet’s personalities! With so many different animals to choose from, there’s no telling what unpredictable experiences could occur!
Players will also be able to teach their pet new tricks, take them for a romp in the park, outfit them with new pet accessories and even give them a job! As in real life, your Sims’ pet will require care and training. A neglected cat with an urge to scratch might claw up your new couch if you aren’t careful, and leaving your dog unattended near a freshly planted flower bed probably isn’t wise!
Detailed platform-specific features can be found just after the jump.
In a huge press release, EA announced its Summer 2006 lineup, showcasing 20 new titles on 11 (yes, eleven) platforms. Below is the list; full details after the jump.
- Madden NFL 07
- NASCAR 07
- NBA LIVE 07
- NCAA Football 07
- NFL STREET 3
- NHL 07
- Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07
- The Godfather (Xbox 360)
- The Godfather: Mob Wars (PSP)
- Need For Speed Carbon
- Battlefield 2142
- SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME
- Downtown Texas Hold’em 2
- Fight Night Round 3
- Madden NFL 07
- NBA LIVE 07
- Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07
- Orcs & Elves
In typical Need for Speed fashion, EA has announced that Emmanuelle Vaugier will star in NFS: Carbon this Autumn. You may remember her from Saw 2 and 40 Days and 40 Nights, as well as CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. Vaugier will star as Nikki, the ex-girlfriend of the hero who has returned to town to face his “mysterious” past.
“Being able to work in a videogame for the first time and working with the Need For Speed Carbon team at EA has been a great experience for me. This is a game that evolves the racing genre, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it”, Vaugier said. “Playing the role of Nikki allows me to take a completely fresh approach to acting and push the boundaries of the creative process.”
Carbon will seemingly feature the same video-acting style found in Most Wanted, but will hopefully be better as David Footman, who has worked on Hollywood blockbuster films such as X-Men (1 and 3), Fantastic Four and The Day After Tomorrow, has directed the green screen video shoot with Vaugier.
Being developed by EA Black Box in Vancouver, British Columbia, Need for Speed: Carbon will be released this Autumn for all next-gen platforms, on top of all current-gen platforms, handhelds, PC and mobile.
Through a blog post, Dennis Dyack, Director at Silicon Knights, mentions that the studio does have sequels “in mind” for Eternal Darkness and that they’d definitely make them… after the Too Human trilogy is done. He goes over the differences, with respect to storylines, between the two games, revealing that the three Too Human titles will have ‘discovery’, ‘revenge’ and ‘enlightenment’, respectively, as themes.
Looking for sweaty men groping each other for cheap? THQ has the answer for you! The company has announced that WWE: Day of Reckoning 2 has achieved the “Player’s Choice” status on the Gamecube and will now retail for a revised price of $20.
Released exclusively for the Gamecube in August 2005, Reckoning 2 offers more than 45 superstars, a long story mode, an enhanced fighting system, improved graphics and more.
Publications on and off the Internet hand out “Best of E3” awards every year, but the Game Critics award is the definitive one. Comprising journalists from major gaming publications, the Game Critics awards the best playable games on the show floor. This year’s Best of Show award was won by Nintendo’s Wii, which also picked up the Best Hardware award, among others.
Full list after the jump.