The EA Summer Showcase Live Broadcast featured a lot of great titles, but what had me hooked was the first game from the recent team-up of mobile developers Firemint and IronMonkey, Firemonkeys, which was revealed to be Real Racing 3. A handful of screenshots and a quick trailer were the meat of the presentation. The game promises to contain real racetracks, a large selection of real cars, and improvements over the earlier titles in the series. Rob Murray, executive producer at Firemonkeys asked the question “What could we achieve with Real Racing 3 if we imagine, just for a moment, that we had no limitations what-so-ever? This is the question that drives us at Firemonkeys. It’s driving the development of Real Racing 3.”
I’m not sure if the pun was intended there or not, but it certainly seems like one to keep an eye on as Real Racing 3 is set to be released later in 2012.
Other mobile news that was covered came from Levi Buchanan and Carmen Pearson at Chillingo to showcase a few of the features of Big Cave Game’s recently released title, ORC: Vengeance, the dungeon crawling hack ‘n slash action RPG that obtained the editor’s choice on the iTunes store. Buchanan showcased a few of the features on how the game incorporates itself into the touch screen mechanics, and some of the character customization options.
The final bit of mobile news came from PopCap’s Van Riker as he showed off the upcoming Plants vs. Zombies spin-off app, the Talking Zombatar, a free to download universal app on the iTunes store where players will be able to customize their own 3D Zombie friend. Some of the features shown off in the trailer include daily rewards, having the zombie repeat phrases, and being able to take photos and make videos that include your Zombatar. Talking Zombatar will also have connectivity with Origin, and is slated for release later this year.
Atop the giant releases on bigger consoles, it was nice to see EA dedicate a little time during their live feed to mention some of these titles for mobile gamers. I’m very happy to see Firemonkeys bringing out their first big title, and hope to see more from this combination of developers in the future.