Suffering from sequelitis? You’ve come to the right place. In our third annual New Horizons special, we preview the original properties set to take flight in 2012.
Monster Hunter publisher Capcom is preparing to expand its fantasy portfolio with the open world epic DRAGON’S DOGMA. This is an action game first and foremost. You will have a chance to chat with the locals, but your focus will remain squarely on killing them. As you pursue your reptilian nemesis, you’ll attract followers who will not only fight for your cause, but evolve over time. Dragon’s Dogma is in production for 360 and PS3. REVIEW
The World War II subgenre may have cooled in recent years, but City Interactive is hoping you’ll reenlist in 2012, if only to prevent the Nazis from perfecting their doomsday device. With its chunky art style and destructible environments, ENEMY FRONT might provide some visceral thrills. The latest project from FPS specialist Stuart Black, Enemy Front is coming to 360, PS3 and PC.
Is black and white the new black? It certainly looks that way. If Limbo and Winterbottom didn’t satisfy your need for monochromatic puzzle platformers, you can now look forward to ESCAPE PLAN. This darkly comic offering from the producers of Fat Princess will see you guiding a pair of ink filled blobs through a series of diabolical traps. One of the more daring titles in the Vita launch line up, Escape Plan will be available for download in February.
A small group of former Bungie developers are working on a new sci-fi project, but this stylish 2D shooter looks to be anything but a Halo clone. FALLEN FRONTIER will feature solo and cooperative action in a film noire influenced universe. Moonshot Games is yet to announce a publisher, but if all goes to plan, Fallen Frontier will make its way to XBLA, PSN and Steam in the first half of the year. CANCELLED
While several titles permit you to shift between the second and third dimensions in order to progress, only one of them is named after a hat. Despite enduring a protracted development cycle, Polytron’s FEZ remains firmly on the radar of indie gamers. You can experience its quaint art style and perspective shifting gameplay when it finally (fingers crossed) hits XBLA in the first quarter of 2012. REVIEW