Updated Wed, Dec 28, 2011 by Mem
The new year is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing here at Ten Ton Hammer; it is time for our annual gaming predictions articles. With tons of new games to be released in 2012 as well, many more to be announced and the potential for countless surprises throughout the year, the gaming world of 2012 promises to be an exciting one indeed. As a result of this making gaming predictions for 2012 is difficult at best, however, based on past gaming trends, personal instincts, and a little bit of luck I will give it my best shot. So without further adieu let us get right down to it with….
Star Wars: The Old Republic, like most new games, is the talk of the gaming world at the moment and players are practically chomping at the bit to get their own copy so they can finally get the chance to play. My gaming prediction for Star Wars in 2012 is that it will help revolutionize the market and set a new standard for future games. Thanks to the Star Wars brand and the fact that it is just a great game, Star Wars will be the first game to give MMO giant World of Warcraft a run for it’s money. It won’t happen overnight, and may take all of 2012 to get there, but if it can manage to generate enough interest from old school gamers and new gamers alike, this game has the potential to be huge.World of Warcraft
Going hand in hand with my first gaming prediction for 2012, World of Warcraft will see more subscriber’s abandoning ship, heading off to other games that have caught their fancy. Don’t fret WoW fans! I predict that while World of Warcraft will see some major losses, by mid-year the rats will have stopped leaving the ship, the water will calm and the game will emerge with a slightly depleted, but stable fan base. Sorry for those of you who hate World of Warcraft, my gut instinct is telling me that this video game giant isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.Guild Wars 2
For those of you who can’t wait to dig into the next installment in the Guild War’s series, it probably just isn’t going to happen. My gaming prediction for Guild Wars 2 in 2012 is that it simply isn’t going to happen. While the game won’t be cancelled entirely, it will be postponed and postponed some more this time giving players a solid 2013 release late, or very late 2012 at the earliest. Sorry guys, maybe next year.Farewell Subscription Fees
2012 has the potential to be a big year in the gaming world, and I firmly believe that the era of monthly subscription fees is slowly fading out. Perhaps it is my own wishful thinking, but my gaming prediction for 2012 is that many of the newly announced games will say goodbye to subscription fees and hello to free to play gaming. Gamers everywhere will be able to reveal in the ability to play a game for just the purchase price as well as the resulting extra cash which of course can be spent on gaming essentials such as hot pockets and energy drinks.New Consoles
2012 has the potential to be a big deal when it comes to the gaming console scene with Microsoft and Sony both rumored to be working on brand new gaming systems. Don’t get your hopes up to far though, my gaming prediction for the world of consoles is that only one of these two bad boys will have anything to show us come 2012. I predict that Microsoft will be ahead of the game and will have a shiny new toy to show us midway through the year with a tentative release date set sometime in 2013. Sony’s new Playstation model will sadly remain what it has been so far; rumors and speculation by a gaming world thirsty for new meat.