Sony and EA both have new game announcements at their press conferences on Tuesday, August 14th. We take a look at some possible games that may be announced.
Recently, Game Informer magazine was asked by game developers to hold off on the announcement i.e. image of their next issues cover until August 14th.
The cover that was revealed earlier in August, showing “Army of Two” exclusive reveal is accurate, however that is a U.S. cover only and the issue that was asked to be held back was for the international version. It may be rampant speculation and fevered gamer hope, but one of the leading theories is that the announcement will be for the third installment of Half-life. A game players have been salivating over for a long time now.
In trying to use process of elimination to figure out which game it could be we are lead to believe it will be a fairly major game as small games don’t equal huge announcements. Several of the larger games on their way to use this year or next were announced already and offered up for show at San Diego Comic-Con: Halo 3, Darksiders 2, Assassin’s Creed 3 and other huge franchises have already seen recent announcements that should eliminate them from the list like: Black Ops 2, Battlefield 4 and Grand Theft Auto V.
Both Sony and EA have press conferences scheduled for that day and both have revealed they will be announcing two new games, so it doesn’t offer fans a guarantee of Half-Life news. Valve (creator of the Half-Life franchise) has partnered with EA in the past (namely for the Left 4 Dead games) for console games, which offers some hope. As does the fact they are doing a piece in that issue on Valve.
Even with several large franchise games eliminated however, the list of possibilities is larger than Half-Life. Prince of Persia images have supposedly leaked recently, XIII sequel (popular FPS based on Belgian comic book) confirmed for Apple products already as some odd touch based game could be coming to consoles or PC’s as well as the first person shooter fans expect, and even out list of eliminated/already revealed games like Battlefield or GTA could be added back into the possibilities depending on the what the image was going to reveal to fans. Plus, let’s not forget one big Valve game that is a possibility getting overshadowed here: Counter Strike. If they were hoping to push into the console market to compete with mega-games like Black Ops and Modern Warfare, this title would be a good choice to stake their claim in the FPS market. Not to mention the elephant in the room: Sony’s Playstation 4. Too soon for that to come out? We are already hearing about next machine from Microsoft’s XBox so it’s not far fetched for Sony to want to push to the market this time and not offer XBox the head start it had last time in next-gen console gaming.
Most of all though, the fact this is for the international issue muddies the issue the most, expanding the possibilities into an area of games many might not view as “huge”. This reporter tends to think that if Game Informer had information on Half-Life 3, why would that not be used on the US cover? or both? As Half-Life 3 would be one of the biggest announcements in the gaming world right now. In fact, that is probably the leading reason to not get your hopes up. These days, news of a Half-Life 3 game is the go-to choice for big, mysterious game announcements and garners a clamor the fastest.
Half-Life 3 or not, join us on August 14th to find out what all the noise has been about with Game Informer’s cover image and find out the four new games to be announced that day from Sony and EA.