The first day of E3 2011 gave us little in the way of MMO news, but hey, we take ‘em where we can get ‘em — from a “new” Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer to spectacular booths from RIFT and TERA.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
EA showed off nine games during its presentation, one of which was the Star Wars: The Old Republic. No, there was no mention of a confirmed release date, but at least there was eye candy to be had.
The “Choose” trailer draws you in, but for fans who’ve watched every single CGI video connected to SWTOR, watching it might be the equivalent of eating day-old bread. Footage from previous trailers were simply pieced together to form the new trailer, but with compelling new voice acting that plays up the faction conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire.
Overall, a great bit of cinema for the uninitiated. Watch the video below:
Later at the Sony conference, CCP previewed Dust 514, their PS3-exclusive title that ties in to the EVE Online universe. Beta testing is expected by the end of the year, with a spring 2012 release scheduled.
From the looks of the slightly blurry sneak peek picture below, Trion Worlds has re-created a Life rift to serve as the centerpiece of the RIFT booth in E3.
For those who’re swinging by hoping to score a Scott Hartsman sighting or quick RIFT Platinum run at the demo display units, the Trion Worlds booth is number 4432 in the West Hall.
Not to be outshined, En Masse Entertainment took to Twitter where they plan to host a live developer chat led with producer Brian Knox later at around 4:30-5:30 PST.
The action combat MMO is scheduled to open its E3 booth on June 8, but based on the leaked video teasers, they’ve pulled out all the stops to make it impressive-looking.
Guild Wars 2
And if you’re wondering when ArenaNet’s sequel is going to make a splash, well, it won’t.
The developer had announced that it won’t be attending E3 2011, and “will focus on shows that allow us to share Guild Wars 2 directly with gamers,” meaning conventions like San Diego Comic-Con, Gamescom and PAX Prime all scheduled from July to August.
That’s it for Day 1 in E3 2011. We’ll be sure to post major trailers and reveals as soon as they crop up from the floor show.