Gamercast: Looking Ahead to 2013

Well, since I’m typing this and you’re reading this, that means the Mayan calendar didn’t actually forecast the end of the world.  This is great news because there’s a lot of amazing titles coming out in 2013 and soon we’ll finally be able stop reading about them so we can actually play them.

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I’ve dusted off the ol’ crystal ball here so let’s have a look to see what the future holds for 2013 shall we?  The future is now….after the jump…

Tomb Raider
A reboot of the popular Tomb Raider franchise sees a young Lara Croft, fresh out of college on an adventure, setting out on a ship to leave her mark on the world.  Unfortunately for her, a massive storm sinks the ship as she and the other survivors are now stranded on an island in the Pacific Ocean located within the Devil’s Triangle.  Now fighting for survival on a hostile island against a group of mercenaries, gamers will take Lara from being a frightened young woman to a hardened adventurer.  The game is looking great so far and there’s not too much waiting left as it’s going to be release in early March.

Battleblock Theater
The next and long-awaited title from the folks over at The Behemoth.  I honestly can’t tell you what this game is about but I’m sure it’ll be filled with their trademark humor and slick gameplay.  It retains the very distinct art style from Dan Paladin so I’m definitely interested.  No release date yet, but we do know that the game is on the home stretch so it shouldn’t be too much longer now.

The Last of Us
A brand new IP coming from Naughty Dog, the house that gave us Jak and Daxter and the Uncharted franchise.  Sure, we’ve seen post apocalyptic games before, but this one coming from Naughty Dog seems to have an interesting twist on the formula with the relationship between lead characters Joel and Ellie.  After a cordyceps style fungal outbreak kills of a good part of the population (or takes over their body), nature begins to take back the towns and cities. After making a promise to a friend to get Ellie away from the martial law of one of the quarantine zones, they embark on a journey across the United States.  With Naughty Dog’s ability to craft and tell a good story, I can’t wait to get my hands on this one in May.

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Grand Theft Auto V
I mean, what do I really need to say here.  Grand Theft Auto is arguably Rockstar’s biggest franchise and the biggest one yet is set to hit this year.  The game is going to be set in the fictional city based on Los Angeles and is rumored to include surrounding regions making it easily the largest game in the franchise.  If I had to guess, I’d peg this one for a spring release as Rockstar seems to like releasing their games in the April/May window.  Expect the news to be picking up for this one in 2013 leading to it’s release.

BioShock Infinite
If you’ve been following me at all, you already know I’m a BioShock junkie. So since Infinite has been delayed numerous times, I did kind of expect it to be released back in 2012.  So why not take a look back at least year’s Gamercast entry for this one, as it still applies:

Quite easily my most anticipated if merely for the fact that it’s by my hometown guys at Irrational Games and because BioShock is one of my favorite games of all time.  What we do know is that it has really nothing much to do with the first BioShock.  Infinite takes place up in the clouds on a floating city known as Columbia around the turn of the 20th century.  You play Booker DeWitt who sets out to rescue a woman with mysterious powers known as Elizabeth.  Only thing is, a riot has broken out between two factions vying for control of the now decaying city.  Oh yeah, there’s also a giant mechanical bird who’ll stop at nothing to take Elizabeth back from you.  Needless to say, I’m putting a ton of pressure on them to deliver.  I’m not worried.  Now I just need a release date to tide me over. (March 26)

Splinter Cell: Blacklist
If Conviction wasn’t really your style and you’re looking for a more classic Sam Fisher, well you may just want to pay closer attention to Blacklist.  Now running his own covert operation called Fourth Escelon, Sam Fisher and his crew are out to shutdown the remaining sections of the former Third Escelon while a terrorist threat called The Blacklist beings to escalate.  In addition to the single player campaign, Ubisoft Toronto is bringing the co-op mode back to the table and the long sought after Spies vs Mercs mode which had gone missing previously. This one should be hitting in the spring.

The Probables – While it’s still unconfirmed with what the below items are going to be doing in 2013, I like to think that they’ll be released this year.  It’s my hope anyway.

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Watch_Dogs
A complete surprise and for me, the game that stole the show at E3 2012. This new IP focuses on the action within the electronic age as the main character was able to tap into a network which let him alter things like street lights and tap into cell phones to gain information on people.  It’s a really interesting concept and I can’t wait to see more on this title. Rumors are pointing to next-gen consoles, but I’m willing to bet we’ll be finding out more in 2013.

Bungie’s “Destiny”
Really not much is known about the title and it may not even come out this year, but it’s Bungie so that alone has my attention.

Rainbow 6: Patriots
After being announced and shown off through Game Informer back in late 2010, this title made like Sam Fisher and vanished without a trace.  After many top members of the development team were taken off the project, rumor’s have been circulating that Ubisoft is now positioning the title for next-gen systems. What has been shown off sparked my interest so here’s hoping we get more from Patriots this year.

New Consoles
We already had the WiiU release, so you’d have to think Microsoft and Sony are going to be following suit.  I’m hearing rumbles about a new Xbox at this year’s E3 with a release sometime during the holiday season.  No word on what Sony is planning but I can’t imagine they’d be far behind in order to keep up with Microsoft and to a lesser extent, Nintendo.  Either way, with all of the technology advances during this console cycle, I’m interested to see what next-gen consoles bring to the table besides added horsepower.  How strong will they go after the casual market or the motion side of things?  Will Kinect and Move have a much stronger focus out of the gate this time?  I’d imagine we’ll be getting answers sometime in 2013.

Well, that’s my quick and dirty list, what are you looking forward to in 2013?  Let me know in the comments.

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