Could 2012 Be The Most Boring Year in Gaming History?

With next year’s release schedule dominated by familiar faces and severely lacking in exciting new IPs, Mark Butler asks whether the mainstream games industry has lost all sense of imagination.

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notimetobeidle2925d ago

Generally, publishers like to show off their upcoming sequels to generate hype early. I think we'll be able to expect more than a few surprises that haven't been announced yet.

Shanks2925d ago (Edited 2925d ago )

I think Sony got 2012 covered already.

- Starhawk
- Twisted Metal
- The Last Guardian
- Sly cooper 4
- Jax & Daxter Collection

* I'm pretty sure this list will grow after the VGA :)

PS Vita:
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- WipEout 2048
- Reality Fighters
- Little Deviants
- ModNation Racers: Road Trip
- Everybody’s Golf
- Escape Plan
- Unit 13
- Hustle Kings
- MotorStorm RC
- Top Darts

* And that's just the first party launch titles!

SpaceFox2925d ago

Dont forget Final Fantasy X HD :D

Ddouble2925d ago (Edited 2925d ago )

Also FFXIII-2, Ni No Kuni and FF Type-0 (on the Vita hopefully or at least on PSP).

Raoh2925d ago

Dont forget

Cross Platform Play Between PC and PS3 with Move support for Counter Strike


Cross Platform Experience for DUST 514 (PS3) and EVE Online (PC)

chazjamie2925d ago

haven't seen a ps exclusive list in a while. thought people stopped doing that

zeal0us2925d ago

The person who wrote this article must been taking drugs,blind or just plain stupid........................ ............................... ............................... .........well i guess it is a opinion piece after all.

da_2pacalypse2925d ago

HALO 4!!!!! HALO 4!!!! HALO 4!!!! DOINNNNN IT!!!!

NewMonday2925d ago

as a JRPG fan early 2012 will be big for me

Last Story
Tales of Graces
Devil Survivor 2

guitar_nerd_232925d ago

@new monday

:D yay, I can't wait for the Last Story!

stormskiier2924d ago

Black Ops 2 and Battlefield 3 dlc got me covered

TripleAAARating2924d ago

nobody made PS3 exclusive lists anymore cause it's pretty obvious of the fucking ownage Sony dishes out each year. It's like beating a dead horse.

frostyhat1232924d ago

Wow such a stellar list...

dcortz20272924d ago (Edited 2924d ago )

LOL @ the 25 disagrees, umad Xbox and Nintendo fanboys? 2012 the most boring year in gaming history? Yeah, if your a Nintendo and/or Xbox gamer than yes I would have to agree. Sony fans are in for another great year of gaming, PS Vita baby!

Legion2924d ago

And everyone here is basically making the relevant point with titles that bring "With next year’s release schedule dominated by familiar faces and severely lacking in exciting new IPs." a truer statement. Where are the exciting NEW IPs to look forward to? Stop throwing out games that have titles that we could have seen years ago. Halo, Jax & Daxter, Sly Cooper, FF(place a roman numeral here), Counter Strike,,, where do these fall into the NEW IPs needed???

BattleAxe2924d ago (Edited 2924d ago )

- Mass Effect 3
- Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
- The Darkness 2
- Far Cry 3
- Bioshock Infinity
- Starhawk
- Counter Strike: Global Offensive
- GTA5 (maybe 2012)
- AGENT (Maybe 2012)

2012 is looking better than 2011 IMO.

TheLastGuardian2924d ago

Those PS3 exclusives you listed, GTA V, Bioshock Infinite, Sorcery and PS Vita are all day 1 must buys for me. Twisted Metal is my most anticipated game of all time. I'm confident 2012 will be the best year so far of my 15 year gaming career.

Btw Shanks, you forgot to put Sorcery on your list and isn't LBP a Vita launch title? I hope so because that's the game I'm most looking forward to on Vita.

AsunaYuukiTheFlash2924d ago

@SpaceFox and Tales of Graces F xD

RumbleFish2924d ago

I have BF 3 MP and I will have Diablo 3. Don't need any other game not to be bored.

Getowned2924d ago (Edited 2924d ago )

Twisted Metal and StarHawk is all I will need,GTA5 ? don't know when that's coming out but I want it.I'm sure there will be some good multieplat games and maybe more exclusives, Xbox has Halo which will be cool for them.AC3 ? there will be others i'm sure and as long as you have Steam you will be fine or any civilization game they are addicting as hell.easy to learn hard to master.

Perjoss2924d ago

Blizzard fans have Diablo 3, a WoW expansion and a Starcraft 2 expansion.

Yangus2924d ago

Reality Fighters
- Little Deviants-LOL!!!!!
Hustle Kings?LOL!!!!!!!
Top Darts?LOL!!!!!!!
This list CRAP!!!
Only on sony fanboy!

Darkfocus2924d ago

honestly that list is pretty lame I only see 4 titles that appeal to me 6 if you include the vita(which I probably won't be getting)

Kurt Russell2924d ago

I am confused by everyones lists... so What new IP's are coming out on home consoles?

- not Sequels, HD reboots and cash cows... new IP's?

pain777pas2924d ago

New IPs... Vita should be your destination. Escape plan, Gravity Rush, Ruin.... You will get ports but the control schemes can create new experiences.

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Misterhbk2925d ago

All the games I currently have on preorder that release in 2012

Final Fantasy XIII-2
Tales of Graces F
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Jak and Daxter HD Collection
Sly 4

Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Gravity Rush
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
Little Big Planet Vita

All of that is on schedule to be released before June of 2012. I think 2012 is going to be a pretty good year for me. Add in Final Fantasy X HD and I'm really set for the entire year before it's even begun.

mcstorm2925d ago

Is the mod nations game a psv game of ps3? But i think it will be another big year for all 3 nintrndo with wiiu amd 3ds sony with ps3 amd psv and ms with the 360 windows 8 and windows phone 8. Gameing is bigger than ever now and i dont see it ever stopping.

ATi_Elite2925d ago (Edited 2925d ago )

Hell Phuck NO!

2. Planetside 2
3. Arma III
4. Guild Wars 2
5. Firefall
6. The Secret World
8. Starcraft Heart of the Swarm
9. Diablo III
10.The World of Darkness
11. Hawken
12. Blacklight Retribution

and this is just the first 5 months of 2012!
I'm so excited for 2012 i just can't contain myself!!!!

2012 = Me so BROKE!

kramun2925d ago

'1. STALKER 2'

Indeed, I can't wait. One of the best series made in the last few years.

DaReapa2925d ago (Edited 2925d ago )

I don't normally do this but I have to inject this...

Wargame: European Escalation and whatever David Cage has in store.

ainsz2925d ago

@DaReaper: David Cage is making a game for 2012!?

cyguration2925d ago

Dude half of those games will either be delayed or won't be playable until several patches later.

Blacklight is F2P and looks kind of generic and PlanetSide 2 and World of Darkness don't have an official release date.

Also if Stalker 2 is supposed to be in 2012 how come they haven't said anything about it? We don't hear nothing about that game.

That's not to mention half the games on that list were also supposed to be released in yeah, I'm not holding my breath for those.

DaReapa2925d ago

@ ainsz
Not long ago, I can recall Cage mentioning about his next PS3 project in development, so admittedly, 2012's just a bit of wishful thinking on my part.

ATi_Elite2925d ago (Edited 2925d ago )

1. if you were a true PC gamer and not some troll you would know everything on my list is coming out in 2012 except maybe 1 title and the reason why.

2. some games were slated for 2011 but were pushed back to 2012 for proper BETA's. Those games were TERA and Firefall. all others were release when finished status and NEVER GIVEN A RELEASE DATE BY THE PUBS/DEVS but only RUMORED to be 2011 releases "Diablo III and Guild Wars 2" are those rumors.

3. the patch issue is a NON ISSUE and just TROLL fodder. Any REAL PC Gamer knows patches are common and a NON Issues. Someone bringing up "several patches later" is just TROLLING!! your playing MW3 or BF3 or Skyrim aren't you and they need patches right?

4. Blacklight Retribution is pretty dam fun and I'm enjoying the Beta. Not bad for F2P. I suggest you get a key and download the beta before commenting. again I'm in the BETA and the game is fun especially for FREE! And you didn't even know the Beta had started but you know it all right.....wrong!

5. Planetside 2 is 2012 but World of Darkness may be THE ONLY game on the list to get pushed back cause CCP is concentrating on Eve Online right now and rightfully so. Let me inform you some more. Eve is the foundation of CCP and Eve gamers are unhappy with Eve so CCP has slowed down on WOD to concentrate on Eve and Dust 514 (most likely Dust 514 PC) but yeah WOD may get pushed.

6. STALKER 2, if you were a true fan of the series you would be talking and asking direct questions to the Devs on their facebook page like all us other STALKER fans do. They update it constantly! Oh and they had a contest to design a mission in the game but i guess you missed that too. "Aug 16, 2010 – GSC Game World Announces S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2" theres your announcement!! Google it!!

7. IMO i think your trolling cause any real fan of these games knows exactly whats going on and that patch crap is just that CRAP!

PSX992924d ago

Looking forward to:

Diablo III
Tomb Raider PC)
Counter Strike GO PC)

Also the SC II expansion.

SolidGear32924d ago

Hell yeah. Can't wait to get S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 for PS3. Diablo III as well once it hits PS3.

dredgewalker2924d ago

Stalker 2 is coming out next year?!?! That game alone makes me excited for 2012!

Raoh2924d ago (Edited 2924d ago )

Thank you for mentioning ARMA III

I've been choosing the pc for a lot of my multiplatform games lately (thank you steam) and I am so Hyped for arma 3, there are so many good pc exclusives

I am trying to make a dent in my backlog so i can get into arma 2.

When I see games like arma, I can start to understand why pc gamers laugh at us console gamers sometimes, not that I agree, but I can start to understand

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Rageanitus2925d ago

Pretty boring for Xbox only players..... You know where most of the money is going into now KINECT

showtimefolks2925d ago

Well every year as gamers we ask whether this present year was the best ever and every year the next one tops it off in my opinion

Darksiders 2
Darkness 2
Max Payne 3
Halo 4
Alan wake 2
Witcher 2 xbox360 and hopefully later in 2012 for ps3
Mass effect 3
Jak Dexter hd collection
Twisted metal
Sly 4
Last guardian
FF X hd
FF 13-2
Dust 514-eve online
Guild wars 2
planetside w
Stalker 2

And that's not counting 2 games

Borderlands 2 which is 2012-2013
And GTA 5 which I think will be fall 2012

Also few more games will be announced at VGA
Than GDC will see few more game announcements

E3 2012 will show a lot

What's scary is we don't know what MS and Sony has in store yet. So short answer no

If I get to play

Borderlands 2 and as addictive as the last one was this should be much better
Mass effect 3
Darkness 2
Last guardian
Jak Dexter hd collection sly 4

And to top it all off GTA 5 than for me it will be better than 2011.

Also don't forget EA wil release their next medal of honor and activision will release next COD

If gta 5 comes out imagine the ads compaign and the budgets for gta 5 and COD and EA's budget for medal of honor

So enjoy take the next few months to enjoy the games of 2011 only to get ready for awesome games in 2012

Legion2924d ago

All games worth looking forward to... but again you see the theme of your list as being... already did that, played that same old rehash of the same franchises. Where are the new ips? Something to get us really excited. That is more of what is trying to be asked here. More of the same is just status quo and not the inventive new Ip that we are needing to allow our imagination to venture out into another direction.

We will be far from bored... but we do see that we are really settling down in our ways and expecting the same old characters to run across our screen each year.

showtimefolks2924d ago


New IP does not mean better ideas or inventions or even good game. Seriously man it's people like you who call all these games old and been the done that but when a new IP launches you go to the store and still buy what you know you will like for sure more than the new IP.

Alan wake
Too human

AC is a new IP yet when it succeeded UBI never made any changes and guess what people still buy it

If new IP is a good thing why didn't rage sell well?
Or brink since it was a ok game but it had fresh ideas?

Everyone always talks about new IP's thing is we still buy sequels because we know what we getting into since we already played the 1st.

And most important NEW IP costs a lot more to make than establishing that IP with advertisement and even that there is no guarantee it will bring back those funds.

People rather buy a sequel like COD than a game like Alan wake or even something else.

There is a reason HD remakes are the thing now because it's easy and sure money.

Epic is launching a new ip
Sony will be launching 3-4 new Ips within next 2-3 years. GG games after KZ3 sucker punch and this game at VGA

So make sure when those launch you buy otherwise we will only get sequels

There were so many 3s in games during fall 2011

TotalHitman2924d ago

Everybody seems to have forgotten the most important. Final Fantasy Versus XIII

DragonKnight2924d ago (Edited 2924d ago )

No one forgot it, we just stopped anticipating the announcement of a release date. I doubt it will be out in 2012. Afterall, there's still FFXIII-3, 4, and 5 before Versus comes out.

RedDevils2924d ago

it will be out in the year 3000

DaveX3602924d ago

2012 probably will be worse than 2011, due to the new console hype and that.

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Majin-vegeta2925d ago

Hmm lets see TM,TLG,StarHawk,Sly cooper:Thieves in time,Bioshock umm no looks like im all set for next year.

fluffydelusions2925d ago (Edited 2925d ago )

Mass effect 3, GTA V, Halo 4, Last Guardian, Twisted Metal, SSX, Jax Daxter HD, PS VITA! etc etc also don't forget.

JsonHenry2925d ago

^^ add the new Command and Conquer, Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, and Torchlight 2 to that list. 2012 looks nice to me.

FCOLitsjustagame2925d ago (Edited 2925d ago )

Bioshock infinite?

Oh and Prototype 2. I really liked the first one.

Pikajew2925d ago

WiiU, Darkness 2, Darksiders 2, luigis mansion 2 and Kid Icarus Uprising as well

PhantomTommy2924d ago

If Half Life 3 gets confirmed for next year I will explode.

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chaldo2925d ago

Don't forget teh Max Payne 3. Alan from hangover 2 is the main character :o

majiebeast2925d ago

Hehe i didnt know they turned max payne into Alan.

mistajeff2924d ago

hahahahahahaha bubbles for lulz

Pintheshadows2925d ago

Ummm no. Also Kingdoms of Amalur.

Enate2925d ago (Edited 2925d ago )

Exactly this game and ME3 in the first 3 months along with some skyrim dlc and maybe soul calibur V the start is looking good. Then hopefully soon after that guild wars 2 an somewhere in there Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, max payne 3 and bioshock infinite with final fantasy type o.

Marquis_de_Sade2925d ago

Could fmvmagazine be the most pointless and irrelevant website in gaming history?

bobrea2925d ago

Could this article be in the top ten of stupid articles from 2011?