Before Electronic Arts unveiled Battlefield 4, they showed it to retail partners, and GameStop earned the game some buzz by praising the secret behind-closed-doors footage. The timing of the showcase led many to believe EA would unveil their first next-gen shooter at Sony’s PlayStation 4 event in February but it never came to be.
They instead unveiled it themselves at GDC in March while reports indicated that EA may have struck up a partnership agreement with Microsoft, hinting at a Battlefield 4 reveal as part of their own next-gen console showcase. Today’s the day and we’re just moments away from welcoming the Xbox 360 successor, and with it, potentially the two biggest shooters of the year.
When EA and DICE did unveil Battlefield 4, it was a good 17 minutes of beautiful gameplay, but was also all limited to single-player, resulting in criticisms for not innovating beyond visual fidelity. Today is EA’s chance to turn that around and show something new, should they show up today or at E3 in a few weeks, and they need to because Activision is set to premiere Call of Duty: Ghosts. Why else would they tweet this last night:
Big announcements are coming soon!Retweet to alert your friends!#BF4— Battlefield (@Battlefield) May 20, 2013
And if EA is showing Battlefield 4, could they also be showing the first game from Respawn Entertainment, a game that’s confirmed to be at E3 2013? There is a rumor that it (possibly titled Titan) could be an Xbox exclusive, and the industry knows, that Microsoft needs to announce several considering at this point in time there are no high profile exclusives announced for the Xbox 360.
As for the world’s biggest gaming franchise, Infinity Ward is done with the Modern Warfare trilogy and is pushing forward with Ghosts. The shooter phenomenon has gotten away with its if-it’s-not-broke-don’t-fix-it mentality for several Call of Duty iterations, but its visual prowess has been showing its age for a few years now against the the likes of CryEngine 3, Frostbite 2 & 3 and the upcoming Unreal Engine 4. Could the new game engine presented by Activision at GDC finally help Call of Duty go back to leading the industry in animations and visuals, as well as its multiplayer gameplay?
Here’s the latest Vine tease for Call of Duty: Ghosts, promising a reveal today at the #XboxReveal event.
If Microsoft uses today to focus on the hardware and multimedia entertainment side of the next-gen Xbox today and we don’t get many game reveals beyond Ghosts, it won’t be long until the Xbox and EA keynotes at E3 where we know Microsoft will focus on games, and lots of them.
[Update: Check out the Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal trailer and developer diary featuring the most kick-ass video game dog ever!]
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