Less than a day before E3 opens in LA with several announcements already made as the various developers and publishers try to get their news in first. Here's a wrap up from the last couple of days events.PC IGN have a Deus Ex 2 - Invisible War Preview. GameSpot has learned that the movie rights to Deus Ex have been acquired by Columbia.Sierra has released the E3 trailer for their game SWAT: Urban Justice in various formats for your enjoymentStar Wars Galaxies have updated their website with a lot of new screenshotsLucasArts is bringing Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast to at least the GameCube and X-Box, couldn't confirm on PS2. Lucasarts also announced that Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided will be released "for the next two generations of the Xbox and PlayStation". Last but not least LA has also announced Full Throttle 2 officially, the sequel to the classic adventure game.EA has announced plans to bring The Sims to the PS2, with new "level based gameplay" and two player mode. It's like a virus and its spreadingRumour is the PS2 hard drive will retail for $US80 ($AU150) when it's released in the U.S, no word on Aussie release yetRockstar and Take Two have announced Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which currently has a release date for October 22nd and will be exclusively for the PS2.Infogrames has finally now announced Enter The Matrix, the official title of the 3D action game by Shiny Entertainment. The game is slated for a release on PC, Playstation 2, GameCube and Xbox in conjunction with the theatrical release of The Matrix Reloaded in May 2003.Can't be E3 without something about Doom3, Gamespy has pictures of the Doom 3 booth, and Marty Stratton from iD had this to say:
In fact, the game looks so amazing that one obstacle we face is making sure people know that what they see is NOT pre-rendered. Everything we are showing is running in real-time in the game engine -- there aren't any special tricks or CG cut-scenes -- this is how the game looks. You won't believe it until you see it -- and even then you still may not believe it.The biggest anouncement so far has been from Microsoft who has published a press release about X-Box Live, which will be their online gaming service in the US. Last name I heard for the Australian X-Box gaming services, was The Zone. Some games which will be available on the X-Box to play online will include Midtown Madness 3, Project Gotham Racing, Amped, Rallisport Challenge and *shudder* Half Life: Counter-Strike. More about CS can be heard from Valve's mouth in an interview over at Home LanFedSeveral Publishers have created their own E3 pages listed below, many hosting brand new screenshots and movies.
- LucasArts, Nintendo, EA, Bioware, X-Box