Microsoft, EA, and Ubisoft. Three of the biggest press conferences from E3 2012 are done. With Sony and Nintendo coming later. Unfortunately this European is just a bit too tired to stay up to see all the action. But that doesn’t mean I can’t bring you the highlights as they relate to MMOs and open world games from the first three.
Microsoft’s presentation this year was all about Xbox. From the 360 getting a sexy makeover to announcing a ton of titles for Xbox One, and even a price for the next gen console ($500). But what really got us excited was the announcement that the massively popular World of Tanks would be making the jump to the Xbox 360. It will be free to play for Xbox Live Gold users and available this summer. But if you’re looking for news a bit more next gen, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Twitch is teaming up with Microsoft to allow gamers to stream directly from Xbox One as well as viewing other streams with a full integration.
EA had a lot of sports this year. But what got us at OnRPG (or maybe just me) most excited was the multiplayer version of Plants vs Zombies. Team up with three other people and become the plants as you fight off everyone’s favorite loveable zombies. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will be available on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Possibly the most exciting press conference of them all Ubisoft was action packed, with an involved crowd and was confident from beginning to end. While we did see the highly anticipated next instalment of Assassin’s Creed, or interest lies elsewhere. The Epic Quest for Mighty Loot has been a name I’ve seen tossed around quite a lot lately. But I never really looked into it. That changes now. If the free to play MMO is anything like the hilarious trailer we saw today it is sure to be a hit. If driving is more your thing then The Crew is for you. This persistent world goes from single player to multiplayer with the click of an invitation. There are no lobbies and car customization goes to an all new length. They go so far as to let you build your car from the ground up using all the parts available in the shop. And that isn’t all. You’ll even be able to take the car customization to the tablet. And just when we thought Ubisoft was done, they surprised us with an all new title. Tom Clancy’s The Division. A multiplayer apocalypse in an open world RPG. You’ll be able to join friends in this hellish world in which anything could happen. Come across another group of players with your friends, enter PvP mode and take them out before they take you out.
The next generation of games looks to be all about the customized experience. Putting you in touch with your friends on a more personal level and making the world just a little bit smaller. And though there are two more of the big press conferences to go I’m going to call Tom Clancy’s The Division the most anticipated so far by the OnRPG watchers. And if you watch the Sony and Nintendo press conferences log into the OnRPG forums, chat with others watching it in the chatroom or go to the E3 thread. And be on the lookout tomorrow for more on OnRPG.