Happy New Year everybody! Ah my, what a great year 2010 was. Especially for gaming. But as I look on to 2011 I spot an emerging trend – one that I do not necessarily like.
For the majority of games to be released in 2011 are comprised of sequels. Seriously. Look at the list and all I can see are the numbers. This may not be an entirely bad thing but… I was hoping for more new titles. Innovation! New! Shiny!
So thus far my eye for the big titles has been glued to:
- Portal 2
- Crysis 2
- FEAR 3
- The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (!!) – The ‘Goodbye Life’ edition
- Infamous 2
- Diablo 3
- Half life 2: Episode 3 (A double dose of numerics!)
- Dragon Age 2 – Goodbye life x 2
- Bioshock Infinite ∞ (cheating a little but hey – still counts)
As for titles which are not direct sequels in some way of form that I am looking forward to –
- I Am Alive
- Duke Nukem Forever
Although even then Duke Nukem is tied to existing game content.
So I guess that just leaves ‘I Am Alive’.
There are always the Indie titles which serve as the pinnacle of creativity.
Despite what I say, its the sequels that always generate the most excitement. With an existing fanbase and content to draw upon it is easy to see why going down the road of a sequel may be more rewarding. From a developer perspective I’d be hard pressed to say that I would not do the same thing.