Fall 2012 is setting up to be a big release window for gaming – many major titles already have release dates. Fall is usually a big time for video games, especially last year which boasted Skyrim, Skyward Sword, and many more (which you already played… right?). This year’s line up is already shaping up nicely, even without knowledge of Wii U’s launch titles.
Resident Evil 6 is currently October 2012’s first huge release. The game which was seemingly announced out-of-nowhere has been making headlines around gaming news sites for its return to zombies and the inclusion of two series protagonists – Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy. Fans have been wanting to see these two team up for a while. Surprisingly for fans, it looks like the game will have them battle instead! Because the only thing better than being friends is a fight to the death.
Two weeks after Resident Evil 6 sends us through zombie hell, BioShock Infinite will take us to the floating city of Columbia. It sounds like a relief, but if you’ve played BioShock you know that everyone will try to kill you. Like its predecessors, BioShock Infinite has developed a rich world inspired by historical events and literary works. The game was announced almost two years ago, so hopefully has spent enough in development to be one of fall 2012’s stand out releases.
A steady stream of Assassin’s Creed games have been released since Assassin’s Creed II, but finally the third entry in the series proper is being released. Assassin’s Creed III has been making gaming headlines on Platform Nation for its showing at PAX East. The game’s unique setting and the series’ immense popularity should make sure it easily stands up to veterans like Resident Evil at retail.
While the previously mentioned titles all have set release dates, other titles will surely be announced for October despite a seemingly crowed schedule (you might be spending $200+ in October). Skylanders: Giants has been said to receive an October release date, without too much competition from Resident Evil, BioShock, and Assassin’s Creed – Skylanders is its own kind of monster with a very different demographic (well, mostly). If the new figures become pre-orderable, start your Christmas shopping in October – your kids will thank you.
October 2012 is going to be big for gaming, but November is ushering in a new generation. Halo 4 arrives early in November and sees the return of Master Chief to the series. Halo 4 may very well be the end of an era – the next Halo game seems poised to be developed for the ‘Xbox 720′. In the meantime, Halo 4 will have to compete with October’s other massive sequels on the current generation of consoles – a generation soon about to end.
Wii U has been rumored to have a November 18th release date. Its release begins the next generation of consoles, as well as opens up whole new possibilities for fall releases. Shigeru Miyamoto has already revealed that Pikmin 3 and a new Mario game will debut at E3 2012, both of which could be launch titles. Nintendo has admitted to their mistake of releasing the 3DS without any major first-party titles. With Wii U, Pikmin or Mario could prevent a disappointing launch.
Still Waiting on Release Dates
By April, we already have plenty of release dates for fall, but many titles are still planned to be released. Games like Pokemon Black and White 2 remind you of the good ol’ days when Japan got to play everything before you. While the game drops in June for Japan, the rest of the world will have to wait until fall. Pokemon Black and White 2 will be curiously released on DS, which admittedly won’t have much competition on that platform, but will still have to contend with the other massive releases this fall.
Although the series has seen less popularity in recent times, Tomb Raider will try to revitalize the series with a reboot this fall. The results look promising, delivering an origins games that thankfully appears more concerned with telling a story than having a sexualized protagonist. Perhaps the new Tomb Raider will see a rebirth of the series, heightening its popularity to that of Uncharted.
Plenty of other games will also see release this fall, but chances are you will be hearing about these ones. With so many major releases on the horizon, it’s hard not to be excited about being a gamer. Which titles are you most excited for? Basically, fall 2012’s release schedule boils down to one thing – you’re gonna be broke.
Resident Evil 6 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) October 2nd
BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) October 16th
Assassin’s Creed III (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, WiiU in the future) October 30th
Halo 4 (Xbox 360) November 6th