Most Anticipated Games of 2013
The staff at New Game Network list the 10 most anticipated games for the upcoming year
Although 2013 is already underway, there is still time for staff of New Game Network to come together and come up with a list of our most anticipated titles for the upcoming year.
Votes from staff were tallied and the hottest games to look forward to in 2013 have been narrowed down to 10. So here are our picks (in alphabetical order), and at the end find out how well we did last year with our predictions. We should specify that we only voted for titles that have been announced and a solid chance of releasing in 2013.
P.S. When/if next generation of game consoles are announced and there are even MORE exciting games, this list may look incomplete. We are working with what we got, people!
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is an upcoming survival horror video game developed by thechineseroom and produced and published by Frictional Games. The game is an indirect sequel to Amnesia: The Dark Descent. While set in the same universe as the previous game, it will feature an entirely new cast of characters and time setting. The game will feature several real interlocking storylines. Ben says, "A Machine For Pigs looks like it will continue with what worked so well in the original. The game is being developed by thechineseroom, creators of the superbly atmospheric Dear Esther. The developers seem to fit well and we can’t wait to have the hell scared out of us."
When: Q1/Q2, 2013
Beyond: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls is an upcoming psychological/spiritual/thriller video game for the PlayStation 3 console and is under development by Quantic Dream. The game is centered around questions about what happens after death. The game lets the player take Jodie Holmes through 15 (8-23) years of her life on a journey to discover the true meaning of the entity, Idan, alongside her throughout the story. The game's producer noted that players might be able to find out "what lies beyond" after playing the game. This title was also awarded Best of E3 2012. Alex says, "The next project from the Heavy Rain developers? Yes please."
When: Q4, 2013
BioShock Infinite is an upcoming first-person shooter video game and the third installment in the BioShock series. Set in 1912 during the era of American Exceptionalism, the game's protagonist, former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, is sent to the floating air-city of Columbia to find a young woman, Elizabeth, who has been held captive there for the last twelve years. Though Booker rescues Elizabeth, the two are pursued by the city's warring factions; the nativist and elite Founders that strive to keep the city for pure Americans, and the Vox Populi, a rebel grouping representing the common people. Booker finds Elizabeth to be central to this conflict, and that she also holds strange powers to manipulate rifts in the time-space continuum that ravage Columbia. We nominated this title for our Most Anticipated Games of 2012, but it has been delayed to 2013. Christian says, "This appears to be everything Bioshock 2 should have been: lots of new environments, new polictial and religious messages, new strange characters and more."
When: March 26, 2013
Company of Heroes 2
As a true sequel, Company of Heroes 2 moves the battle away from the common Western Front focus of World War II and refocuses on some of history’s most brutal and devastating conflicts on the Eastern Front, challenging players to take command of the iconic Red Army and repel the Nazi invaders from the very gates of Moscow. Publisher THQ recently went bankrupt and developers Relic were picked up by SEGA - which should be a safe choice for the game, given the new publisher's strong PC strategy roots with the Total War franchise. Tim proclaims, "This is a sequel to one of the best RTS games ever made."
When: Q2, 2013
Gears Of War: Judgment
Gears of War: Judgment promises the most intense and challenging Gears game yet, with a campaign that takes you back to the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day – the defining event of the Gears of War universe – for the very first time, and tests your mettle in highly–competitive new multiplayer modes. This Xbox 360 franchise just keeps on rolling and will likely be remembered as one of the defining series for the console. Alex says, "I think we've come to expect quality from this franchise, and Judgment looks to continue this trend."
When: March 19, 2013
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