2013 is going to be a very exciting year for the games industry.
Not only is the new cycle of consoles on the near horizon, but the transition from Winter to Spring also happens to be packed with all kinds of exciting new releases. If this truly is the last year of the current generation, it looks like it’s going to be one of the best yet.
Now more than ever we aren’t blindly following franchises, but we are following key developers and studios towards bold new directions and ideas.
Here are the developers we think will shape the future of gaming.
David Cage of Quantic Dream
Cage is always looking to challenge traditional means of storytelling. With Heavy Rain, and Fahrenheit before it, Cage and his development studio, Quantic Dream, have forged new ways to play and experience videogames. In 2013, he is looking to once again defy expectation with Beyond: Two Souls. With over 2,000 pages of script, motion capture that took 12 months to shoot and a narrative that spans 15 years, it looks like Cage finally has the tools at his disposal to forge the ultimate synthesis of cinematography and gameplay.
Atsushi Inaba of Platinum Games
2013 is going to be huge for Platinum Games, the company co-founded by veteran developer Atsushi Inaba. After ushering in a wave of videogames that highlighted suave style as much as engaging gameplay with Vanquish and Bayonetta, Platinum has earned itself the licence to one of the biggest franchises in the world and a Nintendo exclusive. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is going to bring new understanding to destructible environments, while Bayonetta 2 is likely to be where Inaba gets to flex his creative muscles. If you’ve been wondering what the Wii U is capable of, this is going to be the place to find out.
Vince Zampella and Jason West of Respawn Entertainment
The duo responsible for Call Of Duty’s Modern Warfare re-imagining have been tight-lipped since their departure from Infinity Ward in 2010. They went on to form Respawn Entertainment, taking many of the core Infinity Ward staff with them, and we’ve been waiting patiently for more information ever since. 2013 is going to be a big year for the industry, with new consoles and exciting technology on the horizon, and it will be the team at Respawn we look towards once again to shake up the stale FPS genre for a new generation.
Gabe Newell of Valve
It’s Valve, more so than any of the big three hardware developers, that stands to have the most dramatic impact on the industry over the next 12 months. If the rumors are to be believed, at least. Not satisfied with simply resting on his laurels, Gabe Newell is looking to expand Valve in ways we never imagined possible. A Steam console for your living room that could threaten Apple’s digital dominance. ‘Project Glass’ – the wearable computer taking us to a future imagined only in sci-fi. And if all of those fail to reach fruition, we still have Half-Life 3 to look forward to.