EA Releases E3 Lineup…And It’s a Little Underwhelming

EA announced today their announcement lineup for E3. Among other news bits and a new social title for Facebook, gamers can expect to see news and demos for the following at the press conference:

Dead Space 3 (first look)

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (first look)

Crysis 3


Madden NFL 13

Medal of Honor: Warfighter

NBA Live 13

NCAA Football 13

NHL 13


Star Wars: The Old Republic (new content and add-ons)

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters and Armored Kill (expansion packs)

Now, it’s hard to argue that this is a pretty hefty lineup with lots of sales potential. EA is the king of sports games right now, on account it holds a lot of the major licenses of the companies and franchises, so game sales for these games can be counted on the be solid.

But as for the rest of the lineup…I can’t help but feel a little “Meh” towards it. Don’t get me wrong- I’m impressed with what I’ve seen of Crysis 3, and Dead Space 3 is looking to add something new and fresh to the horror franchise. Where I feel a little underwhelmed is with the fact that the lineup includes no new titles, nothing that isn’t already an established franchise.

Now, I’ve come out in defense of the company before, and I still stand by that. But why aren’t we seeing anything new from them? With their pedigree and stability, I’d love to see the company take a risk and pick up an ambitious new IP like Bethesda has done with Dishonored. Of course, I understand the creation of sequels from a business perspective is smart; it’s part of an established franchise with a devoted fan base and has a very good chance of being a commercial success upon launch. But sequels often turn into being more of the same, and I’d like something new to get excited about. And with EA’s prowess as a major games publisher, it’d be quite the sight to see them come out with something new and original.

Of course, maybe I’ll eat my words and be completely blown away by their press conference. But in the meantime, I’ll stick with my wishful thinking.