Updated Wed, Jan 02, 2013 by Mem
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 2014.
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.
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.
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. Vietnam anyone?
Unfortunately, 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 this year.
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.
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 section below!Mem