EA did a show. There was a dog.

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Coverage

15:35

Well hello, and don't *you* look just lovely this afternoon.

15:37

Commendably, someone at EA is a bit fuzzy on how time zones work, and so while the start time of this is advertised as 6.30pm CET - which is 6.30pm BST - we believe they actually mean 6.30pm CEST, which translates as 5.30pm over here.

15:37

I mean, it's not as if such details are that important, right?

15:38

The mind boggles at the incompetency on display.

15:39

Anyway, EA! In the spirit of last year's gamescom show - and indeed last night's Microsoft show - let's go into this one expecting absolutely nothing.

15:39

The bar has been set low, and it's now up to EA to limbo under it.

15:39

GamesConnoisseur says:

I think EA going to be shown in a far better light after last night anti-climatic of a show!Still went and preordered Xbox One X though!

Ha, that's the spirit! If I had the money I'd have done the same too.

15:41

Peter is no Moore, of course, so I'm expecting a healthy helping of Patrick Söderlund.

15:41

We are due a look at Battlefront 2's space battles, which does excite me (and yes, it has leaked a little already), plus maybe something on the new Need for Speed, which excites me a little less.

15:42

ihnm_aims says:

Martin, I'm out of orange juice and kitkats! :( ...though I suspect today's show will demand popcorn instead.

15:43

I'm going downstairs to the shop below the Brighton office in a tick. Are those new cookie dough KitKats alright with you?

15:57

Good lord that looks incredible. I don't even mind if they just show that again a bit later on.

16:31

Kami says:

I'm here and I brought caramel bars for everyone.

Bless you.

16:46

Baritone says:

Alright Martimoomoo. What's the big breaking news coming out of gamescom right now?

The breaking news is that I'm broken and it's only Monday. And I'm not even in Germany.

16:46

spongebob says:

How likely is it that we get new game announcements?

Let's just say not very likely at all, and if anything happens we can all be pleasantly surprised.

16:56

ihnm_aims says:

Martin, did the wine last night break you?

I only had like a glass! Or two. What broke me was not being able to sleep from all the excitement of it all, then having to get up at 5.15am to come down to Brighton.

16:57

34 minutes to go! In the meantime Blizzard is having a little stream of its own, for what we believe will be a new Overwatch map. Think of it as an aperitif.

16:57

'Aperitif? What do I want those for? I've already got a pair of teeth' etc etc.

17:05

Oooooh, look everyone! An auditorium, with chairs all facing a stage!

17:07

Kami says:

Also, wasn't that a Bob Monkhouse joke?

17:07

Probably, I steal most of my stuff off him. All of which reminds me of this, for some reason.

17:08

It already looks more like a conference than last year's event. Though it's definitely not a conference. Stop calling it a conference!

17:11

spamdangled says:

Martin, are you on the wine again?I'm trying to decide between pear cider and and a glass of merlot.

I'm in the office, so I'm on the tap water. It's probably more intoxicating, to be honest.

17:12

This countdown confirms that the published times were out of whack.

17:12

Which makes me curiously furious. Ooooooh, I'm going to write one hell of a hot take on this.

17:13

If you're wondering what you're missing out on with the Blizzard stream, all the Blizzard nerds in the office are watching with headphones on and giving disapproving looks and tutting at their screens.

17:14

And we're about to get the Overwatch tease - Junkertown, a new map, has been confirmed.

17:14

Sorry to hijack the EA report. Just keeping you informed, innit.

17:15

Under 15 minutes!

17:17

Malek86 says:

Well, this can't be worse than the MS conference. However, if they also go with reheated E3 trailers, it can still be on par. Which is what I'm expecting, for the most part.

Let's set the bar a little lower. I'm expecting trailers from last year's E3. All being streamed at 240p.

17:22

Malek86 says:

You know, maybe the problem doesn't lie with the companies, but with the number of trade shows. Within three months you have E3, Gamescom and TGS. There's only so many new games you can develop and announce within that time. And if you dare miss one of the shows, everyone will be like "wtf, why did they not partecipate? Do they have no confidence in their lineup?"

I also think these events are becoming largely irrelevant and it's an increasingly old-fashioned model that shouldn't really exist anymore.

17:22

But I really like a bit of corporate theatre so a part of me never wants them to die.

17:25

DSporacht says:

Should we expect major announcements here? I'm guessing some Sims stuff and some Battlefront stuff, but not much in the way of big news.

I think your expectations are set about right.

17:27

Three minutes! And already I can hear TIE Fighters.

17:27

Oooooh, I was trying not to get excited.

17:28

Because I know how it always ends. First with the anticipation, then the disappointment and the snark and finally that horrible empty feeling.

17:28

Not today.

17:29

Watching this timer run down is both intoxicating and a little bit *too* exciting. My heart is genuinely racing.

17:29

Phew, it's gone.

17:29

And we have the sizzzzle. Star Wars, FIFA, Need for Speed, NBA and Madden - all the usual suspects.

17:30

We're go, straight into a FIFA trailer.

17:30

It's no PES, but yeah it does look alright.

17:31

Don't see Usain Bolt in this, do you?

17:32

That's a very upbeat trailer. And now, Patrick Söderlund.

17:32

It's a 60 minute show, clock watchers.

17:33

They put the teleprompter a bit too high, I think. He's not a short lad, this Patrick, but he's having to crane his neck and gaze upwards to catch his lines.

17:34

Bet whoever placed it was the same person who made the CET/CEST poo-poo.

17:34

Here's Battlefront 2 though!

17:35

This is the trailer we saw already - a mucky version leaked ahead of time, so EA pushed the proper one live early.

17:35

I'm perfectly happy to watch it again, mind.

17:36

And we've a shoutcaster, along with a producer from Criterion - those Burnout chaps who now do the vehicles in Star Wars games.

17:37

We're about to see some proper gameplay. It won't be brief, so settle in.

17:37

This is pre-recorded, by the way. We start on an A-Wing, then see a TIE Bomber. This is more objective based than what we saw in vanilla Battlefront.

17:38

I had a real soft spot for Fighter Squadron in the original Battlefront. It was the simplest part of an already pretty straightforward game, but the spectacle was something else.

17:39

Also, unless we're going to get one hell of a reveal at the end of this, it looks like the air-to-ground combat that everyone was hoping for from this sequel - a mainstay of the originals, of course - isn't going to feature.

17:39

I mean, never say never. But yeah.

17:40

We're onto the next phase of the fight, with the rebels having to penetrate the base.

17:41

There are more defined hero ships - Poe Dameron's X-Wing, Darth Maul's invisible fighter and Boba Fett's Slave One, all fighting together.

17:43

spamdangled says:

Love me a bit of rebel penetration.

Oi oi!

17:44

With Phase 2 done and the shield protectors down, the rebels now have to take down power couplings to expose the core.

17:44

I'm a Star Wars idiot so I was always going to be partial to this, but... This looks splendid.

17:46

AI corvettes are part of the show too, moving slowly through the map to assist the Rebels.

17:46

And with the Star Destroyer done, that's victory for the Rebels.

17:47

And that's quite a fine looking video game.

17:47

spamdangled says:

Just imagine if they had 64 (or 128) player battles fought simultaneously on the ground and in space.What a glorious thing that would be.

Madness. It could never happen.

17:47

That was Battlefront 2. And now an advert for... BMW?

17:48

Oh, it's DTM driver Bruno Spengler!

17:48

No relation to Egon, of course.

17:48

This is awkward.

17:48

Do they know that none of us watching this can actually afford a car - let alone a new shiny one like this?

17:49

I'm pretty convinced I'm the only person watching this who knew who Bruno Spengler was before this.

17:49

And even I'm not that impressed.

17:50

Need for Speed everyone! They've only gone and locked up a BMW.

17:50

It's okay, it's free now and is driving around the auditorium.

17:50

This is some old school press conference awkwardness.

17:50

This is what I live for. This is what I wake up in the morning and pray for.

17:51

A DTM driver looking really awkward on stage next to a BMW he just drove really slowly some 4 metres.

17:51

I dream of moments like this.

17:51

And when I dream them, Bruno says exactly what he just said there.

17:52

Bruno clearly wants to be elsewhere. If only he knew how happy he's just made me.

17:52

That was wonderfully naff. Not quite Pele, but baby steps - we're getting back to that level of artful inanity.

17:52

Good job EA.

17:53

I was so lost in the moment I forgot there's a game they're talking about. Need for Speed Payback, the next part in EA's continuing quest to attempt to channel some of the cash-printing magic that is the Fast & Furious film franchise.

17:54

This time out their answer is returning to the dramatics and storytelling of Need for Speed: The Run, as fans have been requesting for years.

17:56

I'm still going to play the socks off that when it comes out in November. It looks brilliant in parts, awful in others. We wouldn't want it any other way with Need for Speed, really.

17:56

Now, an announcement for The Sims 4.

17:57

The Sims 4 is coming to console, and The Sims Mobile is also featuring at Gamescom.

17:57

Here's the big announcement though - The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion pack.

17:58

I don't know this dog.

17:58

This is incredible.

17:58

It's a celebrity dog.

17:59

Good lord. This is press conference gold.

17:59

This is up there with Pele's monologue.

18:00

Genuinely made up.

18:00

Jiff Pom.

18:01

I just got away from googling the dog and turned back to the stream and now the dog is gone.

18:01

Bring back the dog.

18:01

Wes tells me that Jiff Pom previously featured in a Katy Perry video.

18:02

Here's Jiff Pom in action.

18:02

I'm sorry Mr. Caffeine, I'm now officially over you. It's Jiff Pom and Jiff Pom only from now on for me.

18:04

It's time for EA Originals, and we're getting another look at Fe.

18:05

GavinUK86 says:

Oh, hey, that's that cultural appropriation Katy Perry video.

18:05

Isn't that all of them?

18:05

Here's Fe - which is now also coming to Switch.

18:06

I'm still thinking about that dog.

18:08

That was EA's now regular section of its conferences where it finds a dishevelled man from the local coffee shop and gets him to come out on stage and show us all whatever he was working on on his MacBook.

18:09

Fe is perhaps the most self-aware title for a game with indie aspirations. It's, well, fey.

18:09

Battlefield 1 expansion now thanks.

18:09

ihnm_aims says:

Battlefield 1, new class: Jiff Pom.

18:10

There's a new mode coming that's tailored towards spectating as much as it is competing - so a play for the ol' esports?

18:10

Incursions is the name.

18:10

5v5 battles. It's an ooosppprt.

18:11

Players get to choose their kits before they head into battle - oooh, it's hard to get a bead on any detail in this really.

18:12

Beneath the vague buzzwords, it's basically a boiled-down competitive mode for Battlefield that's designed to be more palatable for spectators. It does look rather good.

18:12

Closed alpha coming in September.

18:13

That was a surprise - this is something we know a little about, In The Name of The Tsar, the new expansion.

18:14

We're going to see some gameplay from a new map.

18:15

And there's a Game of the Year edition called Battlefield Revolution. It includes the base game and all four expansion packs.

18:15

I really need to go back to Battlefield 1.

18:15

GavinUK86 says:

DS2 is the best DS

3DS is the best! Oh, wait...

18:16

Shoutcasters next!

18:18

We're seeing the new map, and a game of Conquest.

18:20

I think this stream will see us out of what's been a low key show, but you know what - I've kind of enjoyed it.

18:20

We've had a proper look at some new games, some detailed updates.

18:20

And they got a dog out on stage.

18:20

Not just any dog! Jiff Pom.

18:21

I think we're about to see a new arms race when it comes to shows like this, and it's going to be all about Pomeranians.

18:22

dirigiblebill says:

In case anybody's wondering, the eclipse has better shoutcasters.

I hope you're shoutcasting it yourself.

18:26

jonbwfc says:

I think the BF segment is going on rather too long...

18:26

It is rather, isn't it? Battlefield maps have never been the punchiest affairs, and I think they're going to show the whole thing here.

18:26

Lovely cathedral, though.

18:28

We're running out of time for any glimpses of Anthem.

18:29

Battlefield matches can go on a bit too long when you're playing them. When you're just watching them...

18:30

Well, that was Battlefield 1.

18:30

A fine game, a great looking expansion. But maybe a bit *too* much gameplay.

18:30

There's a balance that can be struck, is all I'm saying.

18:31

Still some nice surprises with the Incursions for Battlefield 1. I'll take that.

18:31

I think that's a wrap.

18:31

Do you remember that dog though?

18:32

18:32

Look at that little chap go!

18:33

18:33

I mean, I could do this all night.

18:33

18:33

Actually, it's quite likely I will do this all night. It's me, you and a bottle of cheap red wine tonight, google image search.

18:34

And with that, I bid you farewell. See you tomorrow for more Gamescom, and have a grand night.

18:35

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    Krychek 10 months ago
    Sony Europe: "We’re getting geared up for the reveal of something new."https://twitter.com/PlayStationEU/status/899571883422691329'Geared up' eh? Gran Turismo Pro bundle? That background sort of looks like a car showcase garage.
    Kami 10 months ago
    Martin has a new obsession.
    Andeus 10 months ago
    wait watThat's it?
    pesser 10 months ago
    well that was shit
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Wait, was that it? Where was Anthem?
    Malek86 10 months ago
    But it had a dog. And a car driving on stage. And some developer with a sob story. I think this might have been their weirdest conference yet.
    Caboose2311 10 months ago
    Needed more dog
    Kami 10 months ago
    So, what's the next one?
    havocstars 10 months ago
    wow i thought microsoft was bad. That is the worse conference I have ever seen.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    MARTIN! WHERE WAS ANTHEM!?!
    Pythonidae 10 months ago
    Did you show a lot though?
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Wow is that it?
    pesser 10 months ago
    well that was fun NOT !
    havocstars 10 months ago
    Seriously why are we spending so much time looking at a year old game. Battlefield is battlefield.
    Pacman8MyGhostkart 10 months ago
    You got to love it when the vernacular for a gangbang ("running a train") makes it into video game shoutcasting.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Trying to do eSports narrating on the full BF game... gotta feel sorry for these guys. Someone at EA management needs to wise up.
    kenichi-san 10 months ago
    Ugh, i don't mind gameplay, but no need to show a "whole" match...
    Caboose2311 10 months ago
    So in summary, shooty shooty bang bang! Next...
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    A WH40k battlefield would be amazing.
    Scimarad 10 months ago
    You arseholes! I just clicked into this page and saw the words "A new Road Rash" without reading the rest of the intro. Arseholes!
    jonbwfc 10 months ago
    I think the BF segment is going on rather too long...
    Sebadonut 10 months ago
    ....so...does anyone fancy Evertons chances tonight?
    Sebadonut 10 months ago
    @GavinUK86 shame. Thats a real shame.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    That dog has really, really had an effect on you hasn't it, Martin?
    dirigiblebill 10 months ago
    No dog though.
    dirigiblebill 10 months ago
    In case anybody's wondering, the eclipse has better shoutcasters.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    @Sebadonut - no, no new Dead Space. Just wishful thinking. Most of that team are on Star Wars stuff now.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    Oh no Martin, they'll probably show 2 minutes of Anthem as "and one more thing".
    spinoir 10 months ago
    probably in a years time from when they added the game to the vault
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    yknow these trailers - do you think the music directors on them go out and say "I want something like Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, but not Radioactive by Imagine Dragons...but almost the same...but not quite" ...its almost worst than the infamous "lets put DnB donks on everything"
    spinoir 10 months ago
    the dlc will be added eventually
    Sebadonut 10 months ago
    @GavinUK86 has there been a rumour about a new DS or is it just wishful thinking?
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    @spamdangled, I'm 99% certain it's the base version.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    @Sebadonut - I like DS2 a little bit more, but both are good. Yeah, exactly like Alien/Aliens.
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    Does anone know if the EA Access version of BF1 includes any of the dlc?
    pb 10 months ago
    They better make the premium pass cheap, then
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Oh Martin.....
    Sebadonut 10 months ago
    @GavinUK86 I like DS 1&2 equally - much like Alien/Aliens
    Pythonidae 10 months ago
    He getting those EA Monies.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Dude forgot where he worked
    DreadedWalrus 10 months ago
    That trailer was a bit Baby Driver.
    young_nell 10 months ago
    DS is superior
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    DS2 is the best DS
    Kami 10 months ago
    More like the first Dead Space and less like the third one will do me fine.
    Andeus 10 months ago
    Having vehicles in a 5v5 setting can be tricky though. Either they end up a gimmick or grossly overpowered.
    pesser 10 months ago
    this guy waiting for the applause ahahah
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    haha, oh man, he expected a clap/cheer... and got nothing, absolutely nothing.
    pb 10 months ago
    I always used to think Tsar was pronounced Tizer.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Hold that applause LOL
    Sebadonut 10 months ago
    To the people saying new Dead Space - I now want a new Dead Space. Thanks..
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    So it's regular Battlefied, but it's 5v5? I don't get it.
    Avaloner 10 months ago
    Why did they force them to play the game with that lamp desk shining in their faces?
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    So I glanced away for a moment and heard "Kid play is more important in this" ...er, what? Battlefield: Operation Yewtree?
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    You know what would be scary? A new Dead Space.
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    EA would make me very happy if they brought back the Strike series.
    Pythonidae 10 months ago
    Battlefield Moba
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    "Battlefield is finally getting a competitive mode". What?
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    Oh don't release this! The Division did "Incursions" and we all know how well it went.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    What's up with their transitions? From NFS to Sims and from Fe to Battlefield. I'm now expecting Disneyland Adventures and then Dead Space 4 right after.
    Sebadonut 10 months ago
    "Damn these electric sex pants" - this guy.
    Bazooklad 10 months ago
    A few empty seats at the front I see.
    Kami 10 months ago
    Man, they need to find a better Starbucks.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Battlefield 1, new class: Jiff Pom.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Up next, the reveal of the new Quarian Mass Effect Andromeda DLC... oh wait
    Malek86 10 months ago
    @ihnm_aims, naw, this was already announced and shown in 2016
    theguyfromspark 10 months ago
    hope they've IRONed out the framerate on Switch... Iron, Fe... coat.
    ozthegweat 10 months ago
    His t-shirt is proof that EA is downsizing.
    spinoir 10 months ago
    Theres been no Desert games since the 90's! lol
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    I can already tell this game isn't for me
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    I mean, hey, at least its a new game, so, EA have beaten Microsoft.
    spinoir 10 months ago
    I feel like we have to solve his riddles 3 to get the game
    ozthegweat 10 months ago
    One size bigger would have been preferable shirt-wise.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Ha, he did say Zoink
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    Even he doesn't believe it's coming out on Switch.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Has this guy just wandered in off the street? Like that guy who went for an IT job interview at the BBC and winged it on the news?
    Andeus 10 months ago
    @ihnm_aims lol me too. I was like "are they really bringing it back? holy shit"
    Sebadonut 10 months ago
    When the camera panned out I expected him to be wearing sandals. I don't know why.
    pb 10 months ago
    Didn't he just describe Minecraft?
    spinoir 10 months ago
    This guy is amazing!
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    When I heard them say "Fear" I got excited for new F.E.A.R. game...I am now disappointed.
    Pythonidae 10 months ago
    Such a flattering shirt
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Fe porn?
    young_nell 10 months ago
    lol
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    Not-Ori and the not-Blind not-Forest.
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    Yeah, but does Fe have Jiff Pom?
    spinoir 10 months ago
    ....What the hell is this guy?
    pesser 10 months ago
    who's this HOBO
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    This guy just woke up
    pb 10 months ago
    Cats and dogs is a huge thing for Sims 4 players. They've been wanting this for years.
    Malek86 10 months ago
    EA actually mentioned the Switch on stage? What is this madness?
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    They keep using the word "thrilled". I don't think it means what they think it means.
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    @Kami My cat actually got up off the sofa and walked out the room in disgust.
    spinoir 10 months ago
    This guy has never touched a game in his life
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Oh, hey, that's that cultural appropriation Katy Perry video.
    Sebadonut 10 months ago
    I hope he new BMW doesn't back out over Jiff Pom.
    Kami 10 months ago
    My cat is sitting here and he was not impressed.
    spinoir 10 months ago
    id take a new Desert Strike
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    What about when the puppy you get in the Sims grows up to a be a massive dog, and you cant care for it because of work commitments, so you have to take it down the RSPCA, but they don't have space for it, so you put it on ebay/craigslist/facebook, but after another couple of months you just have to take it down the vets and have it put down?
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    I have a really steong desire to play The Sims now. Dammit.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    They just glossed over the poor dog's death there? The doctor obviously announced the bad news, and that lady bought a new one in no time. You heartless devils.
    dnbuk 10 months ago
    We're never getting Skate 4, are we?
    Bazooklad 10 months ago
    Furry fun.
    pesser 10 months ago
    AHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    MrSnakeCake 10 months ago
    @DSporacht because they could make a xpack for it now and make more money
    spinoir 10 months ago
    so can we wall cats and dogs off in a room until they piss and die also?
    Kami 10 months ago
    @DSporacht - Money.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    But do feces have 4K textures?
    Avaloner 10 months ago
    I like Gif Porn too
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    Honest question, weren't pets in the previous Sims game? Why were they not in this game sooner?
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    I wonder if they mo-capped all those animals. I want behind the scenes footage of that.
    Pacman8MyGhostkart 10 months ago
    It's almost as if those higher up enjoy embarrassing their staff on purpose...
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Wait, you can drawn nobs on the side of your pets in the Sims? Day 1 purchase.
    MrSnakeCake 10 months ago
    Still not as awesome as Konami's EXTREME!!! E3 conference of 2010
    Andeus 10 months ago
    Up to now this presentation gives me an uneasy feeling. It's like we've come a long way from that Doritos-Mtn Dew moment in gaming conference history. We've managed to get even worse.
    Bazooklad 10 months ago
    Tough act to follow.
    Caboose2311 10 months ago
    Can someone do an HD remaster of Dogz?
    Avaloner 10 months ago
    EA gets a special guest on stage then calls them an animal
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Now, is it Jiff Bomb? or Giff Bomb? DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUN.
    dirigiblebill 10 months ago
    EA goes full Ubisoft.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    "I'm a Youtube. Creator. And. I'm. Promoting the new... Need. For. Speed... Payback."
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    I'm more sold on the dog than anything else shown so far tbh
    Pythonidae 10 months ago
    How about game footage instead of this Dog, EA
    pb 10 months ago
    Adoggable
    Malek86 10 months ago
    The Sims: PETA Edition
    Kami 10 months ago
    He's adorable but seriously EA, stop with "influencers".
    young_nell 10 months ago
    that´s a game changer right there.
    spinoir 10 months ago
    Kill it with fire!
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    THAT DOG IS ADORABLE
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    Poor dog...
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    "A real influencer", "internet sensation" ...oh man...oh please, please just shit on that chair right now.
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    People use the word influencer in casual conversation now? Like... As a compliment?
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    "Internet sensation" and "6.000.000 followers on Instagram". My God EA. My. God.
    spinoir 10 months ago
    Hes a big fan of cats and dogs!
    Malek86 10 months ago
    Well, this is... uhm. Okay.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    "Influencer". i wish that word would disappear.
    Kami 10 months ago
    Oh god EA, no.
    MrSnakeCake 10 months ago
    so this will be expansion nr 674833 ?
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Woo! Cats and dogs. Woo hoo! Gamescom, over.
    Pythonidae 10 months ago
    So only Cats and Dogs? No other animals?
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    @GavinUK86 Sims probably sells more than NFS, Mass Effect, and Battlefield added together.
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    I'll probably get sims on console, tbh. The xbox 360 ones were pretty good.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    @pb, why bring out 5? Rule of thumb is to release 100 poor add-ons for 20€ before moving on to another one.
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    Wow, they took their time porting Sims 4, eh?
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    And people still play The Sims?
    pb 10 months ago
    Don't knock the Sims (though they could have brought out 5 by now)
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Do everything in the Sims... that you can't do in real life because you're too busy playing the sims to face up to your miserable existence and sort it out.
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    This is only made bearable by the fact that I can smell the tandoori chicken I have in the oven.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    Nice transition, surely the same target group.
    Avaloner 10 months ago
    Some years ago car manufacturers had issue with showing their cars taking damage in game. Now they use video games as a platform in a game where you break the law using their product. How far we've come
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    @Malek86 - oh, okay. They just seem really boring now. Last one I played was the Underground ones.
    pesser 10 months ago
    AGAIN NO IN GAME FOOTAGE ?!
    Kami 10 months ago
    And here come The Sims.
    young_nell 10 months ago
    2005 most wanted story was quite good
    Malek86 10 months ago
    @GavinUK86 well, we haven't had one in 2016 because everyone hated the last one.
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    Why do EA persist on shoehorning a storyline into NFS games? It has NEVER turned out well for them.
    pb 10 months ago
    Free BMW with the special edition**Doors, engine and wheels only available as dlc
    Tiel 10 months ago
    When they plan these events do they expect the universal scorn in the commentary?
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    How are the NFS games actually doing? I don't hear of anyone playing 'em but they keep pumping them out every year it seems.
    Malek86 10 months ago
    At the end of the conference, they'll announce that preorders for the BMW M5 have started.
    Bazooklad 10 months ago
    Look onto my wealth you proles and rejoice.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    "I'm thrilled to be a part of history", no you're not, that face had the worst "kill me now" expression I've ever seen.
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    I won't buy this game until I've listened to a ten minute interview with Pele about it.
    GamesConnoisseur 10 months ago
    That sexy car may be worth just a few Xbox One Xs!
    Tiel 10 months ago
    This is a great summary of everything that is wrong with Ea's approach to game development.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    Yeah, and 0.1% of NFS's buyers can afford this M5. Great job there.
    Andeus 10 months ago
    Cringe.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    "Buy the new BMW, and we advocate you speed, evade and fail to stop for police, cause destruction, and probably injure if not kill police officers." Well done EA, well done.
    Tiel 10 months ago
    How much does this nonsense cost. I bet you have to sell a lot of DLC to pay for this show
    Bazooklad 10 months ago
    Bully's star prize.
    Malek86 10 months ago
    Cars on stage. The new frontier of videogame shows.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    And why do we care about a car? We're here for games mate.
    MrSnakeCake 10 months ago
    didnt knew sand barrels could explode then again they were red
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    There has never been this much excitement on an English motorway, this has to be fake.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    The police must have some great drivers there.
    Bazooklad 10 months ago
    Not in-game footage.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    *Not representative of in-game visuals*
    harryisme 10 months ago
    I thought that was Jensen Button looking a bit under the weather.
    KTFX 10 months ago
    Waiting for this video to turn into crash mode.
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    You just know Martin is paying close attention to this bit.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    BMW .
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    Is this a car ad in my game ad? What?
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    They're selling a BMW now!
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Criiiiiiinge
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    Just imagine if they had 64 (or 128) player battles fought simultaneously on the ground and in space.What a glorious thing that would be.
    GamesConnoisseur 10 months ago
    Didn't really take to the first game, but can find myself enjoying both the sp and PvP in the sequel
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    So, er, still no seamless ground to space battles like we saw from Battlefront 3... from 8-9 years ago.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    Do people actually like these guys talking over everything? I'd rather just hear the pure Star Wars sound effects.
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    Young_nellYes, there is a single player campaign this time. It was announced ages ago, with much fanfare, and was plastered front and centre on every single gaming site around the web.
    Malek86 10 months ago
    I thought this couldn't be worse than Microsoft, but I just remembered that EA's E3 was already worse than Microsoft
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    Love me a bit of rebel penetration.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    It isn't "iconic" until Ubisoft says so.
    young_nell 10 months ago
    looks good. will this have a main campaign?
    onibirdo 10 months ago
    The cringe is strong in this one.
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    Nope, this isn't scripted at all. Uh-uh. Noooooo sir.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Planet of fondle? What?
    Malek86 10 months ago
    Fighter battles in Battlefront 1 were terrible. Give me X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter 2.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    ...isn't this just the trailer they released earlier? Show us the in-game, gameplay view, with HUD UI, etc.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    Game engine footage = it'll never look this good during gameplay.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    "Sports like you've never seen it before" - I'm calling shenanigans already.
    Malek86 10 months ago
    Did they say Popcap?Peggle 3. Do it.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    What about Bioware Montreal eh Pat? What about Bioware Montreal! #NeverForget
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    At least these are new trailers. I can't believe that's a positive now.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Already taking that low, low bar that MS set...and moving it down a few notches.
    Malek86 10 months ago
    You know, I heard EA holds the rights to The Neverhood games now. I'll file that into my "utterly impossible" wishlist.
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    I wasn't expecting Skate 4 to have this much football
    onibirdo 10 months ago
    The ball looks at least 0,75% rounder than last year.
    Kami 10 months ago
    I should feel bad but I don't.
    Kami 10 months ago
    And they're "kicking off" with FIFA.
    young_nell 10 months ago
    ea access for ps4
    Malek86 10 months ago
    Let's keep some optimism. They might have kept something just for Gamescom. Which for some reason they didn't show at E3, and wasn't leaked.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Oh god I hope they show more than what was just in that teaser...
    onibirdo 10 months ago
    FIFEA!
    MrSnakeCake 10 months ago
    EA if you announce a new SSX or remake SSX3 or SSX tricky i might like you guys again
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Also, weirdly, the animations of the countdown clock are totally triggering me... some numbers change, others rotate from the top, others rotate from the bottom... pick a coherent motion ffs! ...I need a kitkat.
    DSporacht 10 months ago
    Should we expect major announcements here? I'm guessing some Sims stuff and some Battlefront stuff, but not much in the way of big news.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Did someone just play some Battlefield music over the stream then? Or am I going bonkers?
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    This music reminds me of No Mans Sky. Which is not a good thing to remind anyone of.
    GavinUK86 10 months ago
    I'm here for Dead Space 4 and KOTOR 3
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    Apparently there's going to be a Sims 4 expansion announced. But doesn't that happen every Monday?
    Malek86 10 months ago
    You know, maybe the problem doesn't lie with the companies, but with the number of trade shows. Within three months you have E3, Gamescom and TGS. There's only so many new games you can develop and announce within that time. And if you dare miss one of the shows, everyone will be like "wtf, why did they not partecipate? Do they have no confidence in their lineup?"
    Malek86 10 months ago
    Well, this can't be worse than the MS conference. However, if they also go with reheated E3 trailers, it can still be on par. Which is what I'm expecting, for the most part.
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    I don't have popcorn today.I do have sour skittles, though. Anyone want some?
    spamdangled 10 months ago
    Martin, are you on the wine again?I'm trying to decide between pear cider and and a glass of merlot.
    Kami 10 months ago
    Oh wait, no, there are people there, my bad.
    Kami 10 months ago
    Seems awfully empty.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Oh, hey, what about some footage from that Visceral/Respawn Star Wars game? Also maybe Star Wars VR missions for PC eh?
    Kami 10 months ago
    Also, wasn't that a Bob Monkhouse joke?
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    Well, Sony teased "something new" with the "something new" covered by a red blanket. Strange it hasn't been covered here yet, it's been a few hours.
    Kami 10 months ago
    I had a go at envisioning a bigger let down. I saw fire. And demons. And screaming. So much screaming.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Or there's that "ye olde sweet shoppe" too (I forget the name)
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    You could make a quick dash to Choccywoccydoodah before the stream starts - dose yourself up on sugar.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Martin, did the wine last night break you?
    pb 10 months ago
    Some people are hoping for a Pets add on for Sims 4. That's about it.
    PsychoticPillow 10 months ago
    After microsofts showing yesterday at least it can't get any worse, right?!
    Kami 10 months ago
    If you don't expect anything, you can't be disappointed. At least, that's the theory...
    Baritone 10 months ago
    Alright Martimoomoo. What's the big breaking news coming out of gamescom right now?
    Bertie 10 months ago
    I'm not sure about Yoda in a space ship - how does he reach the controls?
    Kami 10 months ago
    I'm here and I brought caramel bars for everyone.
    CrashOkami 10 months ago
    Ground-to-space battles please! It's amazing how the cancelled Battlefront III had it working on last-gen hardware, and now they can't manage it on these consoles. While the dogfight modes were nice and all in 2015's reboot, a separate mode just for that is not ideal for me.Also, AI enemies a la Titanfall during multiplayer matches would be good to give the illusion of big scale warfare -- an invasion doesn't happen with 32 people going pew pew.
    Thetick 10 months ago
    Let's see if they can beat MS at showing E3 trailers.
    Curt580 10 months ago
    After the snooze fest that was the Xbox stream yesterday, I'm not holding out much hope for EA.
    Badoink 10 months ago
    Martin, HL3 was announced while you were out and you can never experience it again.
    ihnm_aims 10 months ago
    Martin, I'm out of orange juice and kitkats! :( ...though I suspect today's show will demand popcorn instead.
    samharper 10 months ago
    Maybe they'll bring up their "buy FIFA 18 on the Switch or no more EA games" threat again
    samharper 10 months ago
    Wonder if EA will have an Inverness fan on
    GamesConnoisseur 10 months ago
    I think EA going to be shown in a far better light after last night anti-climatic of a show!Still went and preordered Xbox One X though!
    Kiliko 10 months ago
    what's Pele up to? anyone checked?
    Badoink 10 months ago
    Yet somehow we all know it will be worse.
    davetobin 10 months ago
    Well it simply can't be worse than Microsofts one last night. Right?