Tokyo’s Apple Store was recently host to a “Game Nights at the Apple Store" event where EA presented a slideshow with a surprising amount of information regarding upcoming titles for both the iPhone and iPad. We’ve known some of these have been in the works for a while, but this is the first time for many that we’ve either seen any kind of screenshot or any solid release information. Japanese iPhone site 4gamer.net was in attendance, and provides the following information.
First off, Reckless Racing, formerly known as Deliverace is a game we were following quite a bit before it got picked up to be published by EA. Since then, we haven’t heard much about the game aside from wondering when it was finally going to be released.
According to the site, it’s slated for this month. EA almost always releases their games on Thursdays, so we’re likely either looking at a release late at night next Wednesday, or the following week. Next up is NBA Elite 11, a 5 on 5 fully licensed basketball game that takes advantage of the Retina Display.
A client for EA’s free flash game portal pogo.com is also on its way. The slide mentions the game will be ad supported, with additional content available via a subscription. We’ll have to see how this plays out on the device, and if the subscription they’re referring to is Club Pogo or something that will be exclusive to the iOS app.
Much like Reckless Racing, I expect the above two games that EA has listed as October releases to pop up late next Wednesday or the following Wednesday. Moving on to November releases comes Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. We’ve been increasingly impressed with the Need For Speed series on the App Store, and I’m thinking Hot Pursuit will continue the tradition.
Next up is Pictureka!, an iPad game that sounds like a fast paced version of Where’s Waldo? [$2.99 / HD]. It comes with pass and play local multiplayer for 2-4 people, and promises an art style that’s both truly engaging and wacky. I’m not one to pass up on anything wacky.
Monopoly is finally coming to the iPad, which is allowing me to cross off yet another board game from my list of games I want on the device. The iPad exclusive features sound really rad, such as the auto-rotating tabletop mode… And I can’t wait to see what in the world the new “cheating" mode entails. A mini game where you steal money from the bank while the rest of the players are getting drinks or going to the bathroom? We’ll have to wait until December to find out.
EA Sports Active has been popular on consoles, and now is coming to the iPhone and iPod Touch. The following slide isn’t really clear how involved the app will be, but hopefully it includes some cool GPS or accelerometer integration for tracking your performance instead of being yet another calorie/workout logging app. The features list upcoming post-launch gyro support, so we’ll have to see how that all works.
Last, but certainly not least by any means is Dead Space 2. This confusingly named third person shooter is apparently going to bridge the story between Dead Space and its sequel, making this something more along the lines of Dead Space 1.5 than Dead Space 2. (This confusing sequel numbering reminds me of the Angry Video Game Nerd episode on the subject.)
I can see Dead Space being absolutely amazing on the iPad, and if they do it right, an iconic example of just how good and immersive an iPad game can be. It’s not entirely clear from the slide if the game is going to be iPad exclusive, or for the iPhone as well since the header mentions the iPhone, but the bulleted list below mentions it being graphically enhanced for the iPad. Either way, Dead Space on the XBOX 360 was incredible, and I have a feeling it’s going to be either just as awesome on iOS devices, or just as disappointing as Mass Effect Galaxy [$1.99]– I’m not sure there’s much room in between.
Of course, we will post more as soon as we get any more information on any of these games.