The video-game world may be abuzz with news of next-generation consoles shown off this week at the Electronic Entertainment Exhibition (E3) in Los Angeles, but that hasn’t stopped mobile-game makers from eking out a bit of stage time, too.
Electronic Arts teased a pair of high-profile sequels at its media briefing on Monday for Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time and Peggle 2.
The follow-up to PopCap’s phenomenally popular botany-themed tower-defense game looks like it will have a time-travelling theme. PvZ2’s tongue-in-cheek cinematic trailer shows the series’ half-witted human hero boarding a home-made time-travelling car as his sentient, plant-strewn lawn fights off waves of wacky undead. Alas, that’s about all we know about this nearly surefire hit so far, save that it will arrive on July 18 for both iOS and Android devices.
We’ve been told even less about Peggle 2. EA released naught but a name and a brief burst of the franchise’s trademark take on Beethoven’s jubilant Symphony No. 9. For those in attendance at the press conference, it was a moment of joy followed by one of bitter disappointment as they realized they’d need to wait to learn more about the next entry in PopCap’s Plinko-inspired series of puzzlers.
Gameloft, meanwhile, announced that its top-selling military-shooter series would return for a fifth installment. The graphically upgraded Modern Combat 5 will be set at least partially in lovely Venice, with players taking on a group of terrorists that has laid waste to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Expect the action to include both ground assaults and boat chases through famous Venetian canals.
But perhaps the most visually stunning mobile game at this year’s E3 is Deus Ex: The Fall. Developer Eidos is placing a massive effort behind this spectacular-looking stealth-action game, which is set in the not-too-distant future, in a dystopian world in which people can augment their bodies with technological upgrades, such as increased strength and speed. It purportedly looks and plays much like the hit console and PC game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Another series set to leap from console to handheld devices is Ubisoft’s acclaimed dirt-bike racer Trials: Frontier. It will apparently feature the series’ classic side-scrolling presentation, as well as the outrageous yet somehow weirdly authentic motorbike physics that have made Trials such a hit with fans. Sadly, we have a long time to wait for this one. It won’t launch until sometime next year.