Electronic Arts E3 2012 lineup: co-op in 'Dead Space 3,' open-world 'Need for Speed,' and more

Electronic Arts is back at the lovely Orpheum Theater in downtown LA, with its suite of games in tow. Expected to make an appearance is Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Dead Space 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, SimCity, some new Battlefield 3 stuff, Crysis 3, and maybe some surprises.

Video: Dead Space 3 and scaring the pee out of players

At the outset, it likely seems an odd choice to move Dead Space 3 from the claustrophobic corridors of the Ishimura and The Sprawl to the vast expanse of ice planet Tau Volantis. EA took a few moments out of E3 to explain how it's keeping the series' trademark scares in the harsh light of day.

"We've allowed our artists and designers at Visceral to turn, literally this barren, frozen tundra and use nature to help add those scares," said brand manager Ellana Fortuna. "So yeah, it's bright and it's white but all of a sudden there's a whiteout and there's snow flying everywhere and you don't...

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Video: 'Dead Space 3,' 'Need for Speed Most Wanted,' UFC, 'Madden 13' and more at EA's E3 press event

At their annual E3 press event, EA announced a partnership with UFC, making EA the home for UFC in games. They also showed Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Madden 13, FIFA 13, expansions and enhancements to Star Wars: The Old Republic and more.

Michael McWhertor has the recap, as well as exclusive video and in-game footage from all of the above and more in this video report from E3 2012 in LA.

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Crysis 3 arriving February 2013

Electronic Arts finished off its E3 2012 press conference with a gameplay demo of Crysis 3 and a release date announcement. Crytek's latest gorgeous shooter will launch February next year.

Though it uses the same engine as 2011's Crysis 2, this sequel boasts some impressive new bells and whistles, including improved particle effects. As you might expect from this superpowered franchise, the demo showed off the main character leaping huge bounds, ripping apart structures with his bare hands, and even taking down a helicopter using a bow alone.

The E3 demo of Crysis 3 ended with a dam...

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted is open-world, encourages carnage

EA's annual installment of Need for Speed is returning to its roots. Shown for the first time during the company's E3 2012 press conference, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is being developed by Criterion Games (Burnout Paradise, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit) with a release date planned on October 30, 2012.

During the demonstration, Matt Webster, the executive producer of Criterion, described Most Wanted as "an open world driving game where players race, chase and explore." Criterion's last NFS game, Hot Pursuit, was a more directed racing game, with specific tracks and shortcuts. Most Wanted...

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Medal of Honor: Warfighter coming October 23rd

At their press conference prior to this year's E3, publisher EA announced that the Danger Close developed sequel to 2010's Medal of Honor will release this October 23rd. Like Battlefield 3 last year, this gives EA a hint of breathing room prior to Activision and Treyarch's Call of Duty release this fall with Black Ops 2. EA also debuted the ability to pilot a military drone during some missions, and also reiterated the Global Warfighters multiplayer mode.

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'Battlefield 3' Premium to cost $50, includes 5 DLC packs

Confirming yesterday's leaked trailer, Electronic Arts will be starting a new initiative called Battlefield 3 Premium. Similar to DLC Season Passes in other games, Battlefield 3 Premium will grant access to five Battlefield 3 DLC packs: the already-released Back to Karkand and the upcoming Close Quarters, Armored Kill, Aftermath and End Game. The pack will cost $50 and grant participants two weeks of early access to the DLC packs. In addition, unique camos, weapons and dog tags will be accessible to Battlefield 3 Premium users.

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EA confirms co-op play for 'Dead Space 3'

At the company's E3 press conference this afternoon, EA confirmed Dead Space 3 for release in February 2013 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The game will feature fully-integrated drop-in/drop-out cooperative play.

Gameplay will range from tight, in-door quarters to sprawling landscapes. All environments are explorable and present new challenges, including all new Necromorphs, enormous boss battle creatures, and misguided fellow humans.

Series hero Issac Clarke is stranded on Tau Volantis, an icy planet riddled with Necormorphs that may hold the key to quelling the Necromorph...

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First few levels of 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' going free-to-play in July

Star Wars: The Old Republic will be free-to-play starting in July, allowing players to create characters and live out their stories until they reach Level 15.

The promotion, which is similar to World of Warcraft's free-to-play promotion (which goes to Level 20), is a major part of BioWare's plans for the future of the MMORPG. The deal was announced during EA's E3 press conference, where other upcoming updates like a new playable race (the catlike Cathar, seen above) and new planet (Makeb) were revealed. No precise release window for those features were revealed.

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'Sim City Social' announced for Facebook

Sim City Social is coming to Facebook, EA Maxis announced today during the EA E3 press conference.

This casual take on Sim City was originally rumoured in May, after EA registered domain names for the upcoming title.

Sim City Social marks EA's push into the world of casual gaming, following the release of Facebook title The Sims Social in 2011.

The game is scheduled to release later this month.

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Electronic Arts E3 2012 press conference live video

If you're looking for our live blog of EA's E3 press conference well ... this isn't it. You should point your web browsers at this link. But if you're looking for a video stream of the thing, well friend, we've got you covered.

Electronic Arts is back at the lovely Orpheum Theater in downtown LA, with its suite of games in tow. Expected to make an appearance is Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Dead Space 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, SimCity, some new Battlefield 3 stuff, Crysis 3, and maybe some surprises. Join us!

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