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2011 Is The Year Of…

2011 Is The Year Of…

Lots of things will be happening in 2011. We start the year with LittleBigPlanet 2, Killzone 3 and Mass Effect 2 before we end up at Uncharted 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City. But what trends will we see next year? I don’t know but if I had to guess at three, I’d say 2011 is the year of…

HD Collections


The God of War collection, Sly Collection and Prince of Persia Trilogy proved that when games are re-released under a tasteful HD banner, they have a market. Square-Enix has announced its own HD collection for Tomb Raider featuring Legend, Anniversary and Underworld while Ubisoft has also promised an HD collection of the first three Splinter Cell games on PS2. Expect more to be announced next year.

Awful Move Titles


Killzone 3 will be the standard bearer (hopefully) for Move integration, and we reckon games that have Move as an alternative control method – think Heavy Rain – will prove the making of Sony’s technology. The likes of Racquet Sports shows there’s a thirst by publishers to cobble any old codswallop (brilliant word) together for the sake of a quick novelty buck, and we expect that trend to continue next year as the technology reaches more homes and becomes more familiar. Racquet Sports 2? Sigh. It wouldn’t be surprising.

Reboots/Comebacks


Twisted Metal, Tomb Raider, SSX… there are a lot of big gaming titles that are either primed for a comeback in the videogame spotlight or attempting to wash away its recent mediocre history with a reboot. Expect these three titles to signal whether a wider trend is on the way. If they all prove to be critical and commercial successes, you can bet a lot more publishers will start scouring their back catalogues for dead IP. The return of Dino Crisis? Hmmm.

Now obviously, those are very easy guesses to make that have been all but confirmed anyway. But what do you expect to see from next year? A sudden increase in the quality of movie tie-ins? Sports games not selling as well? Autolog becoming the next big thing everyone has to have in their games? Let us know. Your ideas are bound to be more interesting than mine.




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