Fed up with the 20-post summaries of single E3 press conferences? Never fear, since Gamasutra is your guide to the first day of E3, with a full round-up of the major announcements, press events, and kerfuffle in one handy, bite-sized post.
Monday at E3 provided the first of three hardware provider press events, with Microsoft showcasing its Xbox 360 strategy for the rest of the year and beyond - while other notables such as Electronic Arts and Square Enix also discussed their slate for 2008.
- First for the day, Microsoft's E3 press event
had a host of new announcements, from avatars through karaoke game Lips
to its biggest surprise - Final Fantasy XIII
coming to the Xbox 360 in the West day and date with the PS3 version.
- Gamasutra's Chris Remo followed up with an analysis of the Microsoft event
, adding color and noting overall: "Seemingly satisfied it has already demonstrated a broad, inclusive library for its Xbox 360, Microsoft mainly focused on value added propositions such as online offerings, video services, and exclusive downloadable content for high-profile titles."
- Square Enix conducted a press conference
immediately following the Microsoft one. Justification for FFXIII
coming to Xbox? Simply enough: "We considered the situation of the hardware, and that we would like to provide FFXIII
to as many fans as possible in the world."
- The final major event of the day was the Electronic Arts press conference
, which revealed the SimAnimals
franchise, had Napster founder Shawn Fanning onstage talking about his Rupture gaming social network site, and demonstrated a lot of upcoming EA titles.
- The big reveal for EA, however, was the deal with id Software for RAGE
, which Gamasutra has followed up with a chat to id's John Carmack
about just how it happened.
Stay tuned for a similar Gamasutra-authored summary for subsequent days of the E3 Media & Business Summit from the Los Angeles Convention Center.