And the fun goes on out in Los Angeles with the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo. We’ve wrapped up what will probably be the final E3 news post, with information on Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Telltale and more. If anything else comes to light in the next day or so, look to the Twitter posts for quick news blurbs. John and Bill will also be weighing in tomorrow with some commentary on this year’s announcements.
Telltale announced with LucasArts that it will be making making a new series of Monkey Island games set to launch July 7 on PC. It is also slated to come to WiiWare. The publisher is already offering a pre-order special. Those pre-ordering are eligible to received a Collector’s DVD at the end of the series with a limited-edition cover painted by Steve Purcell, as well as a free Telltale game upon checkout and access to the “Private Pirates Club.”
Ubisoft’s press conference was hosted by The Soup’s Joel McHale. James Cameron spoke in detail about working with Ubisoft and his upcoming film, Avatar. Avatar: The Game was also announced with a Dec. 2009 release date. Ubisoft announced an arcade soccer game with Pele called Academy of Champions. Pele was there to talk about the game. It is to be released this year.
The publisher also showed Splinter Cell: Conviction in a bit more detail. The game was announced during Microsoft’s press conference. The Imagine franchise was promoted as the top seller for Ubisoft. In the growing fitness genre, Ubisoft is set to launch Your Shape, a new fitness game that will include its own camera.
Rabbids Go Home was shown in great deal, and appears to be focused on pushing around a shopping cart to complete missions. Gameplay also unlocked items with which to abused a rabbid inside of a Wii Remote.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Tutrles: Smash-Up, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Red Steel 2 were also shown in trailer form.
No More Heroes fans will be happy to know the publisher announced plans for its sequel, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle for the Wii. The game is to continue the story of Travis Touchtown after he hits the bottom the United Assassins Association rankings and must start killing again. Suda 51 and Grasshopper Manufacture are behind the follow-up, and it is due in early 2010.
Ubisoft also announced C.O.P. The Recruit, an open-world action-adventure game for DS. The story follows protagonist Dan Miles in a 3D world while trying to uncover the truth about his mentor’s arrest. The game is said to contain 60 missions and 20 hours of gameplay, including driving sequences.
EA opened with a trailer of Dante’s Inferno, followed by a smattering of info on its tween games. A full gameplay trailer was shown for Mass Effect 2, and Fight Night Round 4 gameplay was shown in detail, noting the game will run at 60 frames per second.
The publisher also announced EA MMA, a mixed-martial arts fighting game. The title is scheduled for release in 2010 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Little other information was provided.
Madden NFL 10 will include an online franchise mode, with support for up to 32 teams, and include drafts, player transactions and a league message board. It can also be managed remotely via the iPod Touch, according to the announcement. The online franchise will be exclusive to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, and is set to launch August 14 with the game.
Crysis 2 will be multiplatform, according to EA. The title is to be released on 360, PS3 and PC. Another trailer for Brutal Legend was shown. Tim Schafer spoke during the conference about getting the cast of the game together.
Mad Catz announced another smattering of Rock Band accessories, including: Wireless Fender Precision Replica Bass for 360 ($89.99), Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster Replica Guitar for 360 ($299.99), Wireless Fender Telecaster Player’s Edition Replica for 360 ($99.99) and Rock Band 2 Electro-Harmonix Overdrive Pedal for 360, PS3 and Wii ($29.99).
The company also announced a new line of accessories for Wii. Those include: Mad Catz Remote ($29.99), Mad Catz Z-Chuk ($14.99), Mad Catz Wireless Z-Chuk ($24.99), Mad Catz Z-Chuk Blaster ($29.99), Mad Catz Retro-Con Controller ($29.99) and Mad Catz Power-Up Charging Stand for Nintendo Wii Fit ($39.99).
Finally, the company announced two new NFL accessories, the Official NFL Controller Faceplate for 360 and PS3 ($14.99) and the Official Licensed Dual Charger for Nintendo Wii ($34.99).
Nyko announced a line of products at E3 this year as well. It included the Type Pad Pro for Wii, SpeakerCom 360, Zoom Case for Nintendo DSi, and Charge Grip Flex.
Two other announcements, to wrap things up. God of War’s Kratos was announced as a playable character for Soul Caliber: Broken Destiny on PSP. And Southpeak Games announce Dimentium II for Nintendo DS to be released in the first quarter of 2010.