Electronic Arts may not have introduced too many new IPs at its E3 press conference, but with a new Mirror’s Edge and Battlefront game underway, it didn’t really have to. The internet has been salivating over those two franchises for years, hoping beyond hope that the massive publisher would come through. Thanks to an CVG interview with Executive Vice President of EA Games Label Patrick Söderlund, we now know more about what was going on behind the scenes.
Once you got past the spectacle of Microsoft and Sony competing for the honor of delivering the console that promised to annoy gamers the least, it was impossible not to see a fantastic year ahead for PC gamers. Across every genre and from the biggest studios to the greenest fledgling indies we found something on the show floor (an overwhelming arena of animatronic monsters, light shows, and pounding wubwub) to arouse PC gamers of every stripe. So that wasn’t the problem. The tough part was winnowing down the list of nominees for our Best in Show accolades.
Whatever happened to Battlefront? Nobody really knows. Not even that scowling mystical turnip, Yoda. but Betagames claim to have found remnants of a Battlefront project in the form of images stashed away on the Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City disk. That seems like an odd place to leave some spare files, but Raccoon City developers, Slant Six were rumoured to have been working on the third game in the Battlefront series for a while. The files include a variety of pro-quality loading screens and some odd bits of texture work, including a hideous image of Luke Skywalker's face stretched out on a 2D plane. Eeeugh.
If you fancy getting into an extremely detailed war sim today, RPS have spotted a new demo for Theatre of War 3. The trial gives you sixty minutes of unrestricted access to the game's singleplayer and multiplayer modes and even the mission editor. The Theatre of War games have always been challenging and detailed war sims, with a heavy emphasis on spotting, micromanagement, and carefully maintaining your heavy armour against every mathematically modelled shell. The game's out now, and you can find out more on the official Theatre of War 3: Korea site. You'll find the launch trailer below.