Editor’s Note: We’ve chosen our twenty-five most anticipated games of 2013 from an extension list of confirmed and almost certain releases for next year. Having each voted for the games on the list and then processing the results through a methodical algorithm we’re here to bring you the results. We’ll take a look at what we know about each game, plus the reasons the team voted for each title, with an article every day until the end of the year – when we’ll reveal our most anticipated game of 2013. To see all previous games in this feature, visit the dedicated stream.
Call of Duty continued its momentum for another year with the critical and commercial success of Black Ops II, but no release in the military shooter franchise will be as exciting as the next iteration, which, presuming the next-generation Xbox and PlayStation do come next year, will be the next-generation Call of Duty so many have craved. Of course, we don’t know for certain that there are any next-generation consoles coming next year; we have rumours to go on, leaked documents, tweets from developers, but still no official announcement. For Call of Duty’s sake though, I sincerely hope that we see new hardware – the series needs it. One thing I can guarantee is that, whatever the next Call of Duty is, it will be massively hyped and eagerly anticipated by the masses.
It may seem like a fourth iteration in the Modern Warfare sub-series is the gaming equivalent of ‘flogging a dead horse’, but a leak from the actor who voices series’ protagonist Captain Price seems to suggest Infinity Ward will be creating a direct sequel to 2011’s Modern Warfare 3 – a game which if I remember correctly had a fairly conclusive ending.
The possibility of 2013’s inevitable Call of Duty release being the franchises first dip into the next generation has got many of us here at One Hit Pixel suitably excited; a prospect of a new, next generation Call of Duty was particularly exciting to our Editor-in-Chief David Howard.
“Although it was leaked by a voice actor,” he said, “the likelihood of a new Call of Duty next year is as certain as the sun rising. However, another iteration in the Modern Warfare franchise is the more surprising thing. After the success of both Black Ops and Black Ops II, it could be argued that Treyarch are now the leading development studio for the record-breaking franchise, especially after the legal issues that have surrounded Infinity Ward for years.
“If Activision were to release a next-gen Call of Duty next year – with surely a new game engine – then the series could be set for the shot in the arm that it so desperately needs. Regardless, the size of the series cannot be ignored and when its release rolls around every year it’s the biggest of the year. Hopefully there will be some real strides made in the series for the next generation”.
“One thing I can guarantee is that, whatever the next Call of Duty is, it will be massively hyped and eagerly anticipated by the masses.”
Our surprise at a sequel in the Modern Warfare series is due to the underwhelming outing last time around. “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is certainly not a bad game,” reads our ‘B’ rated review, “it’s not even close to being average, but the fact that we really have done it all before – on countless levels – is a glaring one. The lack of any real improvements or innovation has seen the competition far outstrip what this record selling title can bring to the table. Whilst it may be one of very few to boast such an impressive response time and frame-rate, sadly, that’s really the only aspect it can boast about these days.”
“It’s become a yearly ritual in the gaming industry,” commented Ryan. “We bitch and moan about the lack of innovation Activision and their studios put into the annual Call of Duty game but we all still go out and buy it, stick it in out console/PC and find out not much has changed since last year. Still, that doesn’t mean Call of Duty is one of the most active and addictive online shooters available”.
Whilst there are no concrete details on when we can expect the next Call of Duty (which for now we’re calling Modern Warfare 4) to come out in November 2013.