Looking into the future, Mem shares his predictions for the world of gaming in 2013.
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A lot can happen in a year in
the world of gaming and guessing exactly what it has in store for us is
difficult at best. What new games will come forth and which will
crumble into dust? With a brand new year staring us in the face, now is
the most prudent time to look forward and imagine. What will the gaming
world have in store for us in 2013?
Last year I had the pleasure of
sharing my personal gaming predictions for 2012 with you. Some were
close to the mark, while others were wildly wrong. At the beginning of
this new year I would like to once again share my speculations
concerning the gaming world in 2013. Will I be right or wrong? We will
not know for sure until we ring in 2014.
Please note: I am no
soothsayer. The predictions below are merely my best guesses and should
not be taken as fact.
The much anticipated Half Life
3 will be announced. However, first glimpses will leave fans struggling
to become enamored with the next installment in this franchise.
Problems in development will push the launch of this game well into
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Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto will be
released and will have record sales. However, players will find that V
simply just isn’t as good as IV. Due to this, Grand Theft
Auto will be the final “classic” GTA game.
In an attempt to keep up with
Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony will both preview their new consoles in
the first few months of 2013. Both consoles will spark much fanfare.
However, I predict that only Microsoft will manage to get their new
machine out on the market before the end of the year. Sony will release
their new console shortly after the beginning of 2014.
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Following the announcements of
Microsoft and Sony’s new consoles, Bethesda will finally
unveil Fallout 4. Using the same creation engine used in Skyrim,
Bethesda will use Fallout 4 to showcase the tech in these new consoles
and be wildly successful.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4
While this may not be much of a
prediction, considering that the
Call of Duty franchise is usually as reliable with announcing new games
each year as the sun, I am going to say it nonetheless. Call of Duty:
Modern Warfare 4 will be announced and be released either late 2013 or
early 2014. As per usual, players will inwardly groan and rage at the
announcement, but will secretly sneak out to the nearest midnight
release. The game will be successful, as they typically are, but not as
much as anticipated. As a result the next Call of Duty game will
deviate from the “modern” world and take us back to
battles of old.
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The Elder Scrolls Online
Bethesda’s year won’t be all peaches and cream.
While the Elder Scrolls online will be pretty to look at and will
finally offer a multiplayer Elder Scroll experience, this game will
sink before it can even swim. Like most recent games who insist on a
subscription fee, Elder Scrolls will find many players less than
excited about the idea, opting for free to play options instead. To top
this off the multiplayer experience will leave much to be desired and
will force Elder Scrolls to go free to play before the end of the year.
Already popular, mobile gaming
will take off and smart phones will become more and more like small
computers. While we will not be seeing Zelda or Mario on our phones
this year, the idea won’t seem so outrageous by the end of
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World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft continues on
solidly for another year. Subscriptions remain steady and Blizzard
continues to release content patches to feed the hunger of the masses.
While no new expansions or other changes are announced this year,
players will remain relatively content with the game. Oh, and since
I’ve been such a good little gamer, my Christmas wish will
come true and we will be blessed with new character models. Hey a guy
can dream can’t he?
The lack of a World of Warcraft
expansion announcement will be forgotten, as Blizzard will give us the
first glimpse of this top-secret project. Of course, we will be left
feeling frustrated, as Blizzard will not give us any type of release
date. Up to this point Blizzard has been very closed-lipped about the
project they have dubbed Titan. I cannot even begin to predict what it
may be, however, I will predict that it will astonish us all.
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That completes my list of
personal gaming predictions for 2013. What are some of your gaming
predictions for 2013? Feel free to share them with us in the comment
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