The 8 List: Games we want announced by 2013


Final Fantasy XV

It will be extremely interesting to see where the next instalment in the widely popular Japanese franchise will go. We are on the verge of a new generation, with the Wii U being released sometime this year. With the imminent release of a new Nintendo console, as well as
Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 being ported over to the Xbox 360, we could see a release of the next Final Fantasy on all three major platforms.

What direction will the game go in?
If we look back at the past fourteen main releases for Final Fantasy, we can divide the games into three major settings or world types. These are Medieval (Final Fantasy I-V), Steampunk (Final Fantasy VI, IX-XII and XIV) and Futuristic (Final Fantasy VII, VIII and XIII). It would be interesting to see the series go back to its roots of having a more medieval setting, but this might be unlikely. The future game will most definitely introduce new game mechanics, as previous games have done this in the past, but it will still keep certain aspects that people love about the series present, such as recurring characters, magic, weapons and items.

Final Fantasy XV should be a perfect blend between the greatest elements of past games, mixed with the refined gameplay and story telling of recent entries in the series.

When might it be announced?
Likelihood: 50%
Console: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
Final Fantasy XIII was originally announced at E3 2006 (Yes, THAT long ago). If the game is going to be announced this year, it may be in June at E3, or in September at the Tokyo Game Show, but of course, we can only presume this because of what the company has done in the past. With the Wii U also releasing this year, it will be interesting to see what platform(s) the next Final Fantasy game will be on. Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U maybe?


Mega Man Reboot

Mega Man’s 25th anniversary this year and Capcom will very likely give some well deserved love for one of their most well known franchises. The company has recently gone on record saying that they will be celebrating the anniversary in some way, and what better way then with a new game?

An interesting looking Mega Man appears in the recent Street Fighter X Tekken game as a playable character.

What direction will the game go in?
Who knows? Will it be a full blown release on major consoles? A downloadable title? A portable game for the Nintendo 3DS and/or PlayStation Vita? Only time will tell what Capcom decides to do with Mega Man, but you can be assured that something will be announced this year. For a deeper analysis, check out our article, ‘What’s next for the Mega Man franchise.’

When might it be announced?
Likelihood: 30%
Console: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita.
The original Mega Man game was first released in December of 1987. This December will be Mega Man’s 25th anniversary and if they are choosing to announce a brand new game in celebration of the anniversary, than we may hear something come December.


Pikmin 3

Miyamoto has already announced that the game is on its way, but we want to see a trailer or at least an image to excite us even further. We want something new that builds upon what was in
Pikmin 1 and 2 but provides a fresh take on what those games were all about. Nintendo has proven that they are capable of evolving their core franchises into games that feel very new, but familiar at the same time.

What direction will the game go in?
It will have the same addictive gameplay that was in Pikmin 1 and 2 but will heavily be built upon the new features of the Wii U. Miyamoto recently said in an interview, “Anyone who played the original Pikmin games will enjoy playing it [Pikmin 3],” so Its safe to say that the game will play mostly like the original Pikmin games.

Pikmin 1 and 2 looked fantastic on the Gamecube. Just imagine how the environment and textures would look in a higher definition. Just imagine how all of Nintendo’s games will look.

When might it be announced?
Likelihood: 100%
Console: Wii U
Considering it has technically already been announced, we can rest assure that we will see something new about the game during E3 this year, most likely during the Wii U portion of Nintendo’s E3 press conference. Also, it is rumoured that a video will be released on May the 31st that will showcase which games will be present at Nintendo’s booth/conference during the upcoming E3.


The Legend of Zelda: 3DS

The last original portable
Legend of Zelda game was Spirit Tracks, and it was released in 2009. It’s been three years since that release and with the recent successful remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, it has been proven that perhaps the era of 2D zelda games is over. The console surely has the capacity to allow for a grand 3D Legend of Zelda game, but will Nintendo do that?

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s greatest, and longest-lasting series’

What direction will the game go in?
One of the main questions on everyone’s mind about the upcoming 3DS Legend of Zelda game is ‘Will it be a 2D top view game, or a 3D game similar to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D?’ The interesting thing about this is that portable video game consoles can allow for full-blown 3D adventures that are jam full of content. The Legend of Zelda became popular as a 2D, top view adventure game and it would be extremely sad to never see the series in that style again.

When might it be announced?
Likelihood: 20%
Console: Nintendo 3DS
We could possibly hear some minor information about the game, even something small like an image, during E3 this year. Although, it’s more likely that because last year was chock full of Zelda related news, the series will be a tad quiet for the remainder of the year.


Kingdom Hearts III

Long wanted is the next main entry in the
Kingdom Hearts series and with the recent release of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance being rumoured to bridge the gap into Kingdom Hearts III, we may see an announcement sooner than you think.

It all began with an unlikely collaboration that proved to be such a successful hit.

What direction will the game go in?
It needs to be bigger and better than anything before it in the series and it needs to be able to successfully bring the world of Disney and Square-Enix together in high definition, without making the characters look too different. Square-Enix must try and make the overall story less complicated and convoluted, as well as keeping the game more straightforward and streamlined.

When might it be announced?
Likelhood: 40%
Console: PlayStation 3, WIi U
Square-Enix has released Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep for Sony consoles and Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days, Re: Coded and Dream Drop Distance for Nintendo consoles. Its very likely that the next major entry, Kingdom Hearts III, will be released simultaneously for the PlayStation 3 and Wii U. Of course, Xbox 360 isn’t out of the question, but it seems unlikely. As for a release period, Tetsuya Nomura, the main director of the Kingdom Hearts series, is still working heavily on Final Fantasy XIII Versus and has said that he won’t begin work on any other projects until that game is complete. We can still hope for a small teaser at least, seeing as there seems to be a rumoured nod to Kingdom Hearts III in the post game section of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance.


Fallout 4

Fallout 3 was released in 2008 and contained a new spin on the previous games in the series. Pete Hines of Bethesda Softworks has previously said, ‘The whole reason we went out and acquired the licence [for Fallout] is that we clearly intend to make more than one. This is not something we’re going to do once and then go away and never do again. When that will be or how long that will be, God only knows, but we acquired it specifically because we want to own it and develop it and work on it like we do with The Elder Scrolls series.’

The future is bright for Fallout

What direction will the game go in?
Some gameplay elements in Fallout 3 were also present in Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Likewise, some of the great additions to Skyrim could easily be transferred over to Fallout 4. The team at Bethesda tweaked their engine and revealed it as the ‘Creation’ engine. They have a brand new, very successful engine and it will be highly likely that they will use this engine again for future releases, most likely for Fallout 4.

Bethesda should change the setting for
Fallout 4 and make it very different to previous games, bringing the story to a totally new location. There are many locations that would work well in a Fallout game, such as New York City, New Orleans or even the country of Canada.

The same apocalyptic wasteland atmosphere in a new location would help to create a fresh new Fallout story.

When might it be announced?
Likelihood: 10%
Console: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Skyrim was just released not more than six months ago, so theres only a small chance that Bethesda have even started development of Fallout 4. The game will most likely not be announced this year, but perhaps the game will be announced next year. It is very probable that the game will still be released during the current generation, so If by 2015 a new PlayStation and Xbox has been released, Bethesda theoretically has three more years to announce and release Fallout 4. Who knows if that will happen, but it seems like a safe bet to say that Fallout 4 will come to PS3 and Xbox 360 before the generation is over.


Advance Wars: 3DS

Advance Wars was no doubt one of the most memorable Nintendo games for the Game Boy Advance. It offered superb gameplay, challenging and rewarding levels, interesting characters and perfect multiplayer. After a second release on the Game Boy Advance, the third game, Advance Wars: Dual Strike was released for the DS. After this, the series took a completely different turn with its fourth game. The series was rebooted, with tweaked gameplay, entirely new characters and a different feel with the release of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (Advance Wars: Dark Conflict in Australia). The question now is, when will we see Advance Wars again?

The colourful nature of Advance Wars, mixed with a war-type setting worked surprisingly well.

What direction will the game go in?
This is tricky for one reason. The series rebooted itself with the latest release, and while the most recent game developed was a really good game, it didn’t have some of the ‘Nintendo charm’ that was in the first three games. It would be great to see the original characters of Andy, Max and Sami appear, but who knows what the development team will do. It’s also probable that a new game in the series will do what Days of Ruin did and completely revamp the series again, creating an entirely new world with new CO’s and units.

When might it be announced?
Likelihood: 20%
Console: Nintendo 3DS

During the Nintendo press conference at E3 in 2011, many were hoping to hear an announcement of a new
Advance Wars for the 3DS. IGN listed it in their prediction checklist, but the conference came and went with no news of any Advance Wars related info. We can hope for it again this year right? Intelligent Systems, the team behind Advance Wars, are currently working on two major releases for the 3DS; Paper Mario and Fire Emblem: Awakening. Perhaps once these two games are finished, we will hear some news of a new Advance Wars. Also, there’s always the possibility of an announcement during a future Nintendo Direct broadcast of course.


Half Life 3 (Half Life 2: Episode 3)

Half Life 2 was released in 2004 and soon after, there were two chapters that were released that continued the story, beginning with Episode One in 2006, then followed by Episode Two, available via Steam in 2007 and packaged within ‘The Orange Box’, also in the same year. It was originally announced in May 2006 by Valve that Episode Three would be released during Christmas time in 2007. As fans will be well aware, it has been six years since that first announcement and even to this day, Episode Three has not yet been released. Half Life 2: Episode Two left the story at a cliffhanger and rather than continue with Episode Three (which is highly doubtful at this point), Valve will most likely move on and release Half Life 3 to continue the story.

Concept art for Half Life 2: Episode 3

What direction will the game go in?
It’s going to be Half Life 3, simple as that. It has a lot to live up to and Valve will have to improve on every aspect (which will be no easy task, as Half Life 2 is a very great game as it is), but a challenge like this is exactly what Valve is capable of.

When might it be announced?
Likelihood: 20%
Console: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
It will most likely not be revealed during E3 or any other big gaming conference. Valve will most definitely do something special for the announcement, whenever that is, and it should be amazing. Whatever the future holds, we can be sure that we will see Half Life again, if only the future would just come sooner.

Written by - Michael Villalon for The VG Island.

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