Following on from my first article on some of the biggest titles set for a 2012 release, this article looks at many more great games scheduled for a 2012 release, although some of these release dates can be incredibly vague.
When the original Borderlands was released in 2009 it was a brilliant and fresh idea, and at the time there weren’t as many FPS/RPG titles as there are now. But it always had one problem; the story was often criticised for being somewhat uninspired and at times simple. With Borderlands 2, Gearbox intends to make an overall better game with many improvements over the original such as improved AI and a customisable weapons system. Unfortunately though, it is possible that we may not see Borderlands 2 until 2013, as the game’s release is set as “fiscal year 2013” for 2K Games, which runs from April 2012 to March 2013.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
The first all-new Resident Evil title for a while promises a massive change compared to any other RE game released to date. Most notably is four-player co-op, which is a first for the series, and sure to be an interesting twist to a Resident Evil game. Also throughout the game, the player is given the option to make decisions that would normally massively change other games in the series, such as killing Leon Kennedy, protagonist of several of the series’ main titles. Finally, players will get to play as members of the Umbrella Corporation’s Security Service.
Metal Gear Solid: Rising
MGS: Rising is sure to be a massive change to every other game of the series with the focus being on “Lightning Bolt Action” rather than “Tactical Espionage Action” which almost perfectly describes the nature of this game, which encourages players to only use stealth to ‘hunt’ enemies rather than to sneak around the environment and avoid detection. The combat is based on what is being called “zan-datsu” which means “cut and take” and as demonstrated at the E3 trailer, this is used to slice through enemies and remove parts from them such as a mechanical spine which Raiden (the protagonist) can use to heal himself.
“Call of Duty: Iron Wolf”
(There’s no confirmed title or information on this yet, and it is currently only known as “Project Iron Wolf”)
Okay, this may not be the confirmed title, and nobody knows for sure what the game’s setting is yet, but there are rumors that this is to be a follow-up to Call of Duty: Black Ops, and other rumors that this will be a return to the World War II setting of the earlier games. The only solid information we have is that Bobby Kotick (Activision CEO) has announced that Call of Duty 9 is in development for a 2012 release. Whether or not you’re a fan of the series, it’s impossible to argue that the Call of Duty series is the most successful gaming series to date.
So there you have it, most of 2012’s biggest releases covered, and it’s looking to be a great year, whatever genre you’re a fan of. If you think I’ve missed anything, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!