After speculation that E3 would be leaving the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2013 and beyond, the Entertainment Software Association announced today that a deal has been struck to keep the gaming juggernaut in L.A. for three more years. The expo, which brings something in the neighbourhood of $40 million to the city each year, was considering the move because of the proposed construction of a football field in the midst of the area that houses the LACC and the Staples Center. After some no-doubt-intense negotiations, an acceptable consensus was reached. Which is a very good thing, because as president of the ESA Micheal Gallagher told The Verge:
“It takes about 24 months to turn a show. They’re like aircraft carriers. They can’t turn on a dime.”
As similes go, I’ll take aircraft carriers over boxes of chocolates every damn time.
It wouldn’t be E3 without some over-the-top marketing showpiece that you recognize for what it is, but which you really, really want anyway. That right there, ladies and gents, is an actual life-size Warthog. The original Warthog, of course, became famous as the death-dealing go-kart of 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved (although with substantially less Wil Wheaton).
Surely, with all these drool-worthy vehicles just sitting around on the show floor, somebody must’ve considered pulling a heist of some kind. Large-scale vehicular larceny, anyone?
On the basis of the above trailer, I can say that one of the games I’m most excited about in the coming year is one that I didn’t know existed until a few hours ago. Say hello to Watch Dogs, the new game from the folks over at Ubisoft Montreal. Here’s what I got from this astonishingly gripping video –
It’s Orwell by way of The Matrix, if they stopped off at Assassin HQ for a coffee with Prototype on the way.
It’s a gorgeous open-world game; so gorgeous, in fact, that it might very well be our first look at what the next generation of video games is going to look like.
It could be very, very special indeed; and I simply can’t wait to find out more. Luckily, there just so happens to be this expo thing going on…
(Check out the original announcement trailer after the break!)
So this is what Kara‘s going to be when she grows up.
As David Cage reveals in the admittedly-long-but-still-extremely-watchable video above, Beyond: Two Souls is the name of Quantic Dream’s new project. From the included cinematic, it looks like it’s a return to the supernatural element that so dominated Indigo Prophecy; also, Beyond definitely looks like it’s more action-oriented than Heavy Rain was, but only time (and a gameplay trailer) will tell.
Ellen Page will play the part of Jodie Holmes, the protagonist; and while that looks like a very promising setup indeed, I can’t help but wish for some kind of role for Valorie Curry, who was jaw-dropping as Kara.
With no word on a release date yet, all we can do is wait. And watch that trailer repeatedly. There are worse ways to pass the time.