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There are many certainties in life, the most often cited being death and taxes. Almost as certain is the annual appearance of our New Horizons list. This massive preview special casts aside sequels and spin-offs in favour of the new and original games we expect to cover in the year ahead. Enjoy!
Ultima pioneer Richard Garriott is back with a game to shake up the point and click-click-click RPG genre. SHROUD OF THE AVATAR will offer story-focused gameplay across five episodes. It will also abandon questing, grinding and character classes, which have been mainstays of this type of game for what feels like forever. The game will encourage real-estate acquisition, trading and crafting to populate the world. Look for this one on PC in late 2014.
EVE Online is set to have some competition in STAR CITIZEN, a crowd-funded space trading/combat sim by Cloud Imperium Games and Chris Roberts (of Wing Commander fame). Expect a single-player story mode known as Squadron 42 and multiplayer modes involving a persistent universe and server customisation for trading and playing with friends. This graphically impressive game uses Cry Engine 3 and is set for a PC release in early 2015.
Insomniac Games continues to change tack after a long history of making PlayStation exclusives to release SUNSET OVERDRIVE for the Xbox One in 2014. The first trailer shows cartoony characters leaping through a city, flying along zip-lines and customising guns to fight off waves of enemy mutants. Insomniac needs to work hard to regain its cred after the disappointing FUSE. Maybe this new IP is just the ticket. Read the rest of this entry »