EA covered most their major franchises today, with news about the future of Dead Space, a reimagined Need for Speed, a new program for Battlefield 3, and the Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition pre-order extras.
Dead Space 3, set to ship February 2013 for the 360, PC, and PS3, finds engineer Isaac Clarke stuck on the planet Tau Volantis. Clarke soon discovers that the planet could be the key to ending the Necromorph menace, the grotesque mutants that have been plagued him since the 2008 original. Developer Visceral Games will be subjecting Clarke to subzero temperatures, new enemies, and even zealot humans. Fortunately, players can call on friends for help, as Dead Space 3 is the first in the series to support multiplayer—and drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer at that.
Even though Battlefield 3 has been out for a while now, DICE and EA have cooked up a new offering for those looking to snag the DLC packs. The package will be available in the form of a new paid version of the Battlelog feature, called Battlefield 3 Premium. Players will still be able to utilize Battlelog for live stat tracking, forming and customizing Platoons, checking out leaderboards, and accessing the Com Center and Battle Feed for free. But for those looking to grab the five DLC drops, they can upgrade to Premium for 4000 MS Points/$49.99.
The upgrade not only represents a savings of $25 for those who purchase all the 12 MS Point/$14.99 packs (Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand, Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill, Battlefield 3: End Game, and Battlefield 3: Aftermath), but it will also net members two weeks early access, and even earlier for PlayStation 3 gamers, starting today with Close Quarters. For a better idea of how early access works, 360 and PC Premium members will have access to Close Quarters a bit later than PS3 gamers, on June 12, but earlier than everyone else, who will be able to purchase the pack on June 26. Members will have access to special events, such as Double XP weekends, as well as receive unique items, including the ACB-90 knife, dog tags, Assignments, and exclusive soldier and weapon camo. And in addition to strategy guides and early video previews, members will also be able to reset several of their stats (Score/Minute, Kills/Deaths, Win/Losses, etc.), receive queue priority, gain additional Platoon emblems, and have the ability to save Battlefield Reports.
Battlefield isn’t the only first-person shooter to receive attention, though, as EA also announced the pre-order bonus items for Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition. Scheduled to hit store shelves on October 23, Warfighter features special ops forces from 10 different nations, fighting together and against each other, and the Limited Edition includes an early unlock of the McMillan TAC-300 sniper rifle as well as the U.S. SEAL Team Sniper. The announced pre-order bonuses include the SFOD-D Pointman Pack, which focuses on speed and agility; the Trijicon Optics 3 bundle, which includes three optics for the Heckler & Koch HK416 assault rifle (Trijicon ACOG, SRS Reflex and RMR); and British SAS Spec Ops Pack, a PC exclusive through Origin.com that unlocks the SAS early, who focus on recon, sabotage, and ambush.
PC gamers who pre-order the PC Digital Deluxe pack for $69.99 will receive the Russian Spetsnaz Alfa Group Heavy Gunner, in addition to the SAS pack, and a downloadable soundtrack.
Racing fans weren’t left out of today’s announcements. EA revealed that Burnout developer Criterion Games will be reimagining Need for Speed Most Wanted, originally released as a 360 launch title. The new Most Wanted will be a more connected open-world racer with Autolog 2, which will not only keep players up to date on what their friends are up to, but also allow them to seamlessly join in and take part in races against one another as they take on AI rivals and outrun the police. Everything players do earns them Speed Points, from earning the highest score to catching the most air, which will send them up the Most Wanted list.
Need for Speed Most Wanted is slated to hit retail on October 30 for 360, Android, iOS PC, PS3, and PS Vita. A limited edition pack with a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and Porsche 911 Carrera S will also be available on October 30.