Gamescom 2011

Battlefield 3

Karl Magnus Troedsson, General Manager DICE and Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Games took the stage at GamesCon 2011 to talk about Battlefield 3's new co-op multiplayer mode. The co-op mode for BF3 will feature the "full range of Battlefield gameplay including ground and air vehicles, missions and tight urban warfare."

The co-op demo that the two were playing featured a mission where they had to rescue a high-value target and escort him to safety. Other than campaign missions with friends, you'll also be able to compete with players to see who can complete missions more quickly, and achieve leaderboard rankings. Also, Battlefield 3 wants to take your social experience to a new level, so whethe you're on your PC, console or mobile devices. Battleblog will keep you informed of every update from your friends, all in real time.

The two started the demo by praising BF3 as "the best Battlefield experience ever," and mentioning that "Battlefield 3 is the best, modern warfare experience game this year.”

Battlefield 3 is coming out for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 25.

The Secret World

Massively multiplayer horror game The Secret World has a release window. It's coming to PCs in April, 2012. Plus, EA just announced a beta that's coming up much sooner. You'll be able to test out the game beginning August 26.

"What is this The Secret World?" you may be asking. It's kind of hard to explain, but it's the MMO where "Everything is true." Every conspiracy theory. Every kind of monster. Every myth.  Check out this trailer for a little more backstory:


The Secret World "Savage Coast" Trailer »

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

The Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning release date was just announced during EA's GamesCom 2011 press conference. The massive fantasy role playing game will be coming out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in America on February 7th 2012, and  February 10, 2012 in Europe.

EA Announces FIFA Street

GamesCom is sometimes known as the E3 of Europe, and the conference kicked off this year with a very European announcement. FIFA Street, a street soccer game that is coming early next year.

The idea is to take soccer out of the stadium and bringing it to the streets, and around the world. Developed by EA Canada, FIFA Street promises to show off unique footie styles from around the planet. There will be 35 environments from London to Rio to Barcelona. Top street players were motion captured in and the game will also use the new player impact engine and the precision dribbling engine being that is used in FIFA 12.

"This is the first time our award-winning FIFA development team is creating a street soccer game, and we are going to deliver a level of authenticity never before seen in this genre, along with amazing gameplay," said Matt Bilbey, Vice President and GM of Soccer, EA SPORTS. "FIFA Street will appeal to new fans that are looking for a unique, fun soccer experience, and long-time FIFA fans looking for an authentic street soccer experience with the level of quality that they know and love from the FIFA franchise."

Star Wars the Old Republic

During the EA press conference from GamesCom Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare took the stage to talk about Operations, Star Wars: The Old Republic's form of raids. The Operation demoed was called the Eternity Vault. an ancient prison with many lines of defenses that players will have to fight through in order to get inside. The Eternity Vault is a level 50 end-game challenge.

Operations will offer varied difficulty modes ranging from easy for casual players to difficult for the more hardcore players. You can tackle Operations with either 8 or 16 players, but the live demo showed only 8 players. According to the demo, EV will be a massive Operation, with both indoor and outdoor combat.

No news on a release date for Star Wars: The Old Republic, but when we get more info on the Star Wars MMO we'll get you all the details.


UPDATE: If you arrived at this link looking for the Live Stream of EA's press conference, you missed it. Sorry. But check out our GamesCom 2011 coverage for breakout stories on everything that was mentioned during the press conference.

Check it out, gamers! Below is a livestream of EA's Gamescom 2011 press conference for your looking-at pleasure so you can learn more about Battlefield 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic and more. So hit "play," sit back, grab a drink and get up-to-the-millisecond news about what EA's doing.

Welcome to Gamescom, where EA will be showing off Battlefield 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, FIFA 12, Need for Speed THE RUN, and more!

Borderlands 2 finally gets a trailer direct from gamescom, although it's more of a teaser that anything else. Still, 30 seconds or Borderlands 2 is better than no Borderlands 2, right? Feast your eyes on the action below, and keep yourself tuned to G4tv.com later this week where we'll be bringing you a first look at the game all the way from Germany.

Borderlands 2 Gamescom 2011 Teaser Trailer »

That's apparently the Gunzerker in action, dual-wielding his guns and killing everything in sight. Which was pretty much what the original Borderlands was all about. Not that we're complaining. We're eager to jump back into this massive weaponfest.

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Valve has just released a new Dota 2 trailer from Gamescom. The trailer shows off the game's beautiful painted art style through the narrative of the title's colorful shopkeeper.

Dota spawned the current massive online battle arena genre craze that has grown to amazing proportions with League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth. It's awesome to finally see the trailer for the game and some Dota favorites like Blood Seeker, Traxex, Lina, The Dragon Knight, and more in action.

Dota 2 Gamescom 2011 Trailer »

We'll have more Dota 2 news from Gamescom this week, including the details from the $1 million Dota 2 tournament that's going on there, so be sure to stay tuned. 

GamesCom 2011: G4 Presents Full Coverage Of The European Game Show

It's that time of year again, people. No, not Christmas, but GamesCom! GamesCom is Europe's biggest video game show, so G4 is going continental to bring you up-to-the minute coverage of everything at GamesCom. 

The show starts on Tuesday, when the major press conferences are held, and goes on until the 21st, when the industry packs up and goes home. In between, G4 will feature previews, news, interviews, video, and other incredible surprises surrounding games like Modern Warfare 3, Diablo 3, Borderlands 2, and more, more, more!

On Tuesday, we'll be bringing you the news from the biggest press events at the show. Here's a schedule.

  • 7 AM PST -- EA Press Event: Check G4tv.com for a live stream of everything Electronic Arts!
  • 10 AM PST -- Sony Press Event: We'll have wall-to-wall news coverage of all the news that comes out of Sony's press event.

But keep your browser on G4tv.com all week, and don't miss a thing!

'Citizen Skywatch' Placeholder Has Connections To Take-Two, Rockstar

A website was discovered over the weekend for "Citizen Skywatch," along with associated Twitter and YouTube accounts. The site is pretty empty right now, with nothing more than a stylized logo that offers no hint of what the term is connected to. However, server addresses in the WHOIS site lookup point to some connection with Take-Two and Rockstar Games.

There's no way of knowing what game this might relate to, though the timing of the website's discovery in relation to the start of Gamescom this week suggests we'll be hearing more very soon. The Rockstar connection means it probably has nothing to do with BioShock: Infinite or XCOM, two games in which the term "Skywatch" would seem to be relevant. Maybe GTA V...?

Source: Fusible

Borderlands 2 Weapon Manufacturers Detailed, Exploding Guns Sounds Fun

Gearbox Software revealed in its initial announcement of Borderlands 2 that the game's millions-strong offering of weapons would be brand new, with an addded sense of identity for each firearm based on the company that built it. Those eight manufacturers have been detailed in a new Game Informer feature, with some interesting facts about the new game's weapons emerging in the process.

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Borderlands 2 Detailed -- All New Characters, Guns, and Vehicles

Were you excited when Borderlands 2 was finally, officially confirmed last week? Did you immediately start plotting out ways to get yourself to Cologne, Germany for Gamescom, where the game will make its world premiere? Here's some good news for you then: you don't have to.

2K Games has confirmed that Gearbox Software's public reveal of the game next Friday at 11pm EST will be streamed online over the publisher's uStream channel. In addition to the reveal -- which will probably include some kind of trailer at the very least -- there will be a Q&A that you can submit questions for by following the instructions on 2K's blog.

Source: 2K Games

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