Gamescom 2012 has kicked off in Cologne, Germany, and HuffPost UK is there for all the big announcements.
The first big press conference we're attending this year is hosted by EA, who are set to make headlines with news about Sim City, Crysis 3, Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, Fifa 12, Medal of Honor: Warfighter and more.
In fact, it's been rumoured hours before the press conference that a massive new title might be on the cards: Half Life 3.
Of course it's Valve who make Half Life... but who distributed Half Life 2? EA.
We don't know if that's happening yet, but if it is then this could be the biggest news of Gamescom.
Watch it all unfold life, here from 3pm UK time.
Thanks for following along everyone.
Andrew Wilson, EVP and head of EA Sports is up to talk about Fifa 13.
First he talks about Fifa Online 3, to be launched in Korea.
Next he mentions Fifa Ultimate 3, which is an ecosystem of online RPG-like and competitive elements accessible within Fifa itself. Fans have played 380 million games within Fifa 12.
The experience has been overhauled for the new title, Wilson says.
David Rutter, exec producer, steps up to talk Fifa 13. "This year it's all about unpredictability," he says. "No two games will ever be the same."
Fans have played 1billion matches in Fifa Seasons, he says.
They've expanded it to include persistant squads, new collaborative modes and division titles. A trophy cabinet will also be included.
Match Day will sync with real-world events in the game. Rutter shows off how the end of last season's EPL would have appeared in-game. It's very slick. Goal announcements from other matches play over the commentary.
Demo out September 11.
Weapon crafting in the latest episode of the "harrowing" Dead Space is trailed - ahead of the announcement of a contest to craft the most terrifying weapon online, and have your likeness appear in the game.
No there's a demo - oddly the sound from Crysis3 was playing instead for a while. Actually made the game even creepier. In the demo our hero basically flies through space avoiding stuff until he reaches another space station. Cool.
Matt Bromberg, general manager or Bioware Austin is up to talk about how to turn around the Old Republic, which it was recently announced will be going mostly free to play.
Bromberg trails new content, Terror From Beyond, as well as new level 50+ missions.
He also announces the Grand Acquisition, a new global event.
Players will have to "search the galaxy" to... do something, and then there's a twist at the end. That's basically it.
Rasmus Hojengaard, Crytek, talks about Crysis 3 coming in 2013.
He trails the "advanced weaponry" and whatnot that you will expect in the new game. It all takes place in a jungle-fied New York City.
Multiplayer demo: nine gamers walk onstage to play the new multiplayer modes in Crysis 3.
The idea is that the hunters have to prevent the soldiers reaching the evac point. When they are fragged, they join the hunters. "Pick them off one by one" says a robotic voice. Creepy.
Patrick Bach, executive producer, Battlefield 3, is up.
He announces the Battlefield 3 'premium edition' - intended as a comprehensive starter-kit to the game it includes the original, a full premium membership and a 'multiplayer welcome kit'. Available in September.
Battlefield 3 has over 1 million players in Germany, incidentally.
The new Sim City, out next February, is now being trailed.
So far it's what we've heard before - see our interview with the team at Maxis here.
We're seeing a few more details about how the connected multiplayer system ('SimCity World') works.
The idea is to connect players with each other, so that they can trade, compete and more.
Prices of goods fluctuate, industries grow - it looks like a complex global economy which affects how your city "contributes to the bigger picture".
The new game will be out on Mac as well as PC, Maxis announces.
The Simpsons free-to-play mobile game 'Tapped Out' is coming back to the App Store after it 'melted our servers', says Peter Moore.
It will also feature improved gameplay and graphics and will be out this week.
"Medal of Honor... will deliver the only truly authentic" shooter of the year, says Greg Goodrich, exec producer.
Nearly every country in the world will be able to play as their own nation in the game - 193 in total, with 12 total international special ops teams.
The game looks just as intense as you'd expect.
The new Need For Speed trailer plays, including a funked-up version of Baba O'Reilly by The Who.
EA says its aim is to "breath new life" into the genre.
"Why can't players play with all other cars in our game whenever they want?"
You'll be able to play any car you want, at once - no unlocking after hours of playtime.
One neat new feature means that your open-world contests with friends will be represented in-game.
So if your mate was the one to drive through a billboard fastest, the billboard will have a picture of his or her face gurning at you next time you drive through it.
LIVE DEMO: EA's Hamish Young shows off how easy it is to jump into new cars (easy, sort of like Driver: San Francisco without the supernatural storyline) and find challenges to compete with your friends.
It looks genuinely exciting, and good fun to play. No traffic, quick action. Can't wait to play it.
NHL details: Richards tells us that 750 people can play one connected dynasty league at once.
The game features lots of European teams as well as the NHL - a big hit for the audience here in Germany. Wonder if the Guildford Flames will make it in? Or even still exist?
The game is "Faster, smoother, way more creative" Richards says. It's all about momentum - top speed, initial bursts of speed and turns are represented way more accurately.
The demo is out next week.
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We just watched a new trailer for Army of Two.
It featured not one but two helicopters falling onto the rooftops of buildings.
Funny how that always seems to happen when you fly a copter above a war-torn city.
Now we're in a live two-player demo. And yes, there's a chopper involved. The two military contractors reach the top of the building and hop on to the whirly bird. After a brief and brutal sight of a man with no limbs wailing in agony, the helicopter rains down fire and blows up EVERYTHING.
(As a side note, the sound in this press conference hall is absolutely deafening.)
During the demo the player manning the chopper assault gun downs an entire broadcast tower.
Then, yes, the helicopter crashes! You have to pull out the other guy from the chopper before it falls of a building, then blow up another chopper which ITSELF crashes.
Ok, we're here...
Currently we're looking at a giant EA logo. As you'd expect.
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While we're waiting check out this new trailer for Star Wars 1313 released for Gamescom by LucasArts.
|@ Jam_sponge : Gate for my gamescom flight closes in 10 minutes, and I'm still in the cab. This doesn't look good...|
T3.com have discovered what appears to be a reference to Half Life 3 in an official Gamescom document.
The game has not been confirmed by Valve, but if true it would be one of the biggest gaming announcements of the year.