Bold Gaming Predictions for 2013

by James O'Connor Featured 26 Comments 43 Votes 4263 Views 07/12/2012 Back to Articles

We can never quite know what the future will hold, but we can make some educated guesses. Although we’re not quite ready to make the call of Half Life 3 through 6 or predict the return of Bubsy, if at least half of these things don’t pan out, we’ll strongly consider eating our hats (or simply not making predictions next year).

We’ll know exactly what the next generation of consoles will offer by mid-2013

Rumours have been flying, and few of them seem to have been officially denied. We’re expecting the next PlayStation and Xbox to be revealed by the time E3 rolls around.

We’re expecting both consoles to move even closer to being dedicated entertainment systems, rather than focused gaming consoles, and we’re really hoping that the inevitable next iteration of Kinect delivers what the original promised. Better yet, we hope both consoles are a bit better future-proofed: we want to be able to upgrade components like we would a PC.

We’ll stop Kickstarter-ing so many things

Kickstarter is starting to feel a bit dirty. Too many big names are asking for a bunch of cash upfront while genuine newcomers are being pushed to the side.

Stretch goals are making us feel like features are being held to ransom, unless we give the developers a whole heap of cash. We’re seeing statistics of unfinished fully-funded games that are concerning us. We can’t help but feel that the bubble may burst.

The Vita will remain a well loved niche machine

The Vita is less than a year old, but it’s already starting to feel like it’s incapable of delivering a true killer app, one that makes the system seem essential. But truthfully, the Vita is already sort of great. There are loads of great games, and we don’t expect things to dry up so badly within a year that this will no longer be the case. Tearaway looks particularly amazing.

Grand Theft Auto V will be a bit underrated

Perhaps not critically – Grand Theft Auto V is sure to review fairly well – but we have it so good these days that it’s easy to take things for granted, and a lot of people were indifferent to many of the incredible things GTA IV achieved.

It’s easy to get cynical about any series as big as Grand Theft Auto, or to overhype products in our head – we wouldn’t be surprised if forums go wild with unjustified complaints about this one.

We’ll see multiple (big) Call of Duty games announced or released

Collectively, the nine-or-so studios working on Call of Duty have more than one new game in the works. We’ve heard legend of Activision reps making reference to overseeing ‘multiple unannounced Call of Duty titles’.

Activision have a history of bleeding franchises dry, but we think the market could easily support two big Call of Duty releases a year…as long as only one of them is a Triple A first person shooter.

We won’t be quite so stroppy about things

We spent a lot of time whinging this year. But Platinum Games, the undisputed champions of making games worth playing, have between two and four games out next year, so already things are looking good. Better yet, if we see new consoles announced, we may well also start to see the swansongs for the current consoles emerging. The Last Guardian, anyone?

Meanwhile, Nintendo will inevitably announce at least one unbelievably exciting Wii U game next E3. Super Mario Galaxy 3 in HD? A Legend of Zelda with GamePad Support? Point is, we’ve already got plenty of reasons to board the 2013 hype train when it rolls into the station.

By James O'Connor

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Next year is gonna be god-tier.
Hell, it's god tier from the games we already know are coming.
I predict the new bioshock will be awesome
Tano
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I hope it's an awesome year for Wii U.

i hope everyone buys crysis 3 and makes it the game of the year and everyone loves it online :)
Tano
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gammaray13 said: i hope everyone buys crysis 3 and makes it the game of the year and everyone loves it online



I hope Halle Berry proposes to me.
I'm hoping the Vita has a break out year. I'm hoping Luigi's Mansion 2 doesn't disappoint. I'm hoping people stop bickering about their system of choice and just accept we all game for the same reason. Fun. Oh, and I wish the Ouya lots of success.

1wiierdguy said: I'm hoping the Vita has a break out year. I'm hoping Luigi's Mansion 2 doesn't disappoint. I'm hoping people stop bickering about their system of choice and just accept we all game for the same reason. Fun. Oh, and I wish the Ouya lots of success.



What is "fun" =)

Beta said:
What is "fun"


What the Ouya will be? :S
I sure hope 2013 will be better than this year. What in the world is the Ouya?
We'll find out about the nextbox, but I think Sony will hold back on their announcement until 2014 unless they're deadset on releasing their next gen console next year.

Meanwhile, Nintendo will inevitably announce at least one unbelievably exciting Wii U game next E3. Super Mario Galaxy 3 in HD? A Legend of Zelda with GamePad Support? Point is, we’ve already got plenty of reasons to board the 2013 hype train when it rolls into the station.

You're thinking too big, it'll be a re-announcement of Pikmin 3 :P

Beta said:

gammaray13 said: i hope everyone buys crysis 3 and makes it the game of the year and everyone loves it online


I hope Halle Berry proposes to me.


she did didnt she ?? :S
Bioshock Infinity - /page
playstation predictions. [Facepalm]

TrblyXlent said: I sure hope 2013 will be better than this year. What in the world is the Ouya?


Cheap Android Game console.

And what was so bad about 2012?

TrblyXlent said: I sure hope 2013 will be better than this year. What in the world is the Ouya?


www.ouya.tv/... It's a new home console that runs on Android and will have a touchpad in the controller. It will really be an Indie friendly device for smaller, low budget games.
I've heard news about the 'NEW' Xbox (not the 720) but I hv doubts about that...

M@ndyz said: I predict the new bioshock will be awesome


if it comes out it could :P
The new Animal Crossing will be an MMO, and overtake WoW as the most popular and successful MMO of all time.
im not sure about that
Anyone else wondering who the hell is @Jickle is? @_@
A question I ask myself every single morning.
If PS4 comes out it will probably be around $1,000 just like ps3 and ps2 when they came out. I could never pay that much for a console. Even $500 is a stretch.

GTA V will be underrated I reckon. Rockstar always exceed expectations.
We will be getting a new Cricket PS3 game and hopefully a new AFL game too from BigAnt Studios. *_*
I predict I'll buy more games than I did in 2012. I'm only on 2 for the year :P

W84NO1 said: Anyone else wondering who the hell is @Jickle is?



James O'Connor.

M@ndyz said: I predict the new bioshock will be awesome



I predict that Mandy is correct ^_^

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