LucasArts has been focusing of late on a tight integration between technology and story. Their two big E3 offerings are great examples of this philosophy, with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
probably the better known of the two. There was apparently just some footage shown at the event, which will be rebroadcast tonight during the show Entertainment Tonight. IGN has a slightly longer writeup
on the game, looking into the idea of "kicking ass with the Force". The other title LucasArts was showing this week, Fracture
, uses over-the-top terrain deformation technology to imply certain things about its future setting. From Joystiq's coverage
: "We saw a bangalore grenade launcher, that sends a grenade rippling through the ground like you would see Bugs Bunny dig in Looney Toons. The ground above it would raise a little, and the explosive would eventually pop its head out of the ground to claim its victim. A vortex could be created which acted just as its namesake implies, and also seen was a gun that created a large boulder from surrounding terrain and hurled it like a bowling ball. We also saw an extreme use of terraforming with the the magma spike, which shot a column straight up into the sky. If you're standing on it, you get a new, higher platform. If you destroy it, the remnants serve as a hindrance to incoming traffic."