2012’s Unsolved Mysteries

Originally written for Exeposé

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Moby Gear Solid?

The Spike VGAs in December surprised us with a trailer for The Phantom Pain, the debut title from Swedish ‘Moby Dick’ studio. Featuring an enormous flaming whale and a massacre committed by supernatural solider’s, the trailer’s amputee protagonist bore resemblance to Big Boss (naked snake).

With the studio’s head ‘Joakim’ being a thinly disguised anagram for ‘Kojima’ and ‘Metal Gear Solid V’ subtly hidden in the title, the game is thought to be the next installment in the series.

If this is true, where does Ground Zeroes fit into the equation? Are they one in the same? Does the game really exist? Do you really exist?

ActiBungie MMO?

Halo developers’ ten year contract with Activision Blizzard is still young, yet a legal document in May leaked Destiny, a new IP and universe with four games in the pipeline, the final game to be released in 2019.

Bungie released a bundle of concept art but did not confirm if Destiny was an MMO as they had ‘joked’ in 2011, but they will “create a universe as deep, tangible and relatable as that of the Star Wars franchise.”

The game will take place on the last city on earth, which has being watched over by a mysterious sphere. Given Bungie’s track record, when Destiny drops, you will want to take notice.

Last Guardian, Finally?

Revealed in 2009, Team Ico’s third game The Last Guardian has had Shadow of the Colossus lovers waiting in trouser-moistening anticipation ever since. The star of the game is a nightmare fuelling mythical cat-cum-dog-cum-bird which somehow manages to look adorable.

Featuring companionship of the human and animal variety (like the studio’s previous games), The Last Guardian has gone without any significant announcement in three years, apart from it will be ‘when it’s done’. With the game still in development, could 2013 PS3 owners’ last year of waiting?

Half Life 3?

Valve is getting into the living room in a big way. They’re also getting into biometrics for user input, and have partnered with the manufacturers of virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. With all this on their plate they couldn’t possibly finish the expansion pack they’ve been working on for six years? Wrong.

Here’s my prediction for 2013: after the first, underwhelming release of the ‘Steam Box’, Valve will release a console embedded into the Rift headset itself, with neural monitors controlling the gameplay. The game will launch with one exclusive game, a 1:1 recreation of planet earth – with God mode enable. Half Life 3: Whole Life 1.5 will sell in the billions, and humanity will inhabit the digital realm forever.

 

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