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10 Things That Will Definitely Happen in Games in 2014 (Maybe)

GameSpot predicts the future. How right will we be?

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It's a little-known fact that the halls of GameSpot are filled with seers, soothsayers, and mystics of the highest order. They also play a lot of video games, so we got our team to use their all-seeing powers to look into the future and predict the biggest upcoming news stories for the games industry in the next 12 months. The below list of 10 possible future headlines are a mix of reasoned conjecture, thoughtful analysis, and flat-out speculation, so read on to see some of our editors' completely accurate, almost certain to happen predictions for 2014.

Fallout 4 will be confirmed - Justin Haywald

I admit that I was completely taken in by the Fallout 4 hoax earlier this year. But the reason so many like me were duped is that it's so easy to believe. The hoaxster was trying to get Bethesda to reveal its plans early, but merely dispelling a rumor doesn't mean there isn't some truth behind it. It has been almost four years since Fallout: New Vegas, the last game in the franchise, and we've heard convincing rumors that the next game is going to be set in Boston. We probably won't get a new Fallout this year, but there's a very good chance that we'll have solid details on what's going to happen in the nuclear wasteland by E3 2014.

Does this screen from Sonic All-Stars Racing point to a Shenmue 3 future?

Shenmue III will be unveiled - Peter Brown

It has been 12 years since the release of Shenmue II, and after years of crossing our fingers for another chapter in the life of arcade and forklift aficionado Ryo Hazuki, all signs point to a Shenmue III announcement in 2014. Shenmue visionary and legendary Sega developer Yu Suzuki will be giving a Shenmue postmortem at the Game Developers Conference in March, and Sega recently teased fans with screenshots from the mobile version of Sega All-Stars Racing, featuring Ryo driving vehicles with the license plate "SHEN3." If Sega doesn't make an announcement in the near future, it deserves a pat on the back for orchestrating one of the most convincing prank campaigns in recent memory.

AMD will exit/spin off its consumer CPU division - Mark Walton

A September quarterly profit of $48 million and a small bump in share price (largely thanks to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4) might make 2013 not seem so bad for AMD. But this was also the year the chipmaker reported quarterly losses upward of $146 million, and sold off its Austin-based HQ just to raise some cash. And with the PC market on the decline, its share of 15.8 percent is rapidly becoming less valuable. It's just hard to see where AMD fits into the market. Intel outpaces it in the performance and low-power markets, while ARM has a stranglehold over everything mobile. Its upcoming low-power chip Mullins might have resulted in some impressively thin PCs at this year's CES, but if its previous low-power chips Kabani and Temash are anything to go by, take up from device manufacturers will be minimal at best.

With AMD's workforce already slashed, and its fabrication facilities sold off, there's not much room for more cost cutting. Indeed, 2014 may be the year that AMD exits the consumer CPU market entirely (or spins it off as a separate entity) and instead focuses on specialty chip designs like those in the PS4 and Xbox One, and its more successful graphics chips. Less competition is never a good thing for consumers, particularly those on the hunt for a bargain. But if AMD is to survive, cutting its losses and focusing on its more profitable businesses may be its best chance at survival.

VR support will be announced for the PS4/Xbox One - Mark Walton

There has been buzz around the Oculus Rift since it raised a cool $2.4 million via Kickstarter back in 2012. While consumers haven't been able to get their hands on one so far, it's likely to hit retail at some point this year. With backing from the likes of industry luminaries Gabe Newell and John Carmack, plus updates like the X/Y positional tracking unveiled in the Crystal Cove version at this year's CES, there's every indication that the Rift is finally going to make VR an enticing proposition. When it does, expect the console makers to take notice.

Currently, the Oculus Rift supports only PCs and mobile devices, but if there's enough demand for such a product (and when people get to try this thing out, I think there will be), Sony and Microsoft will jump on board. Indeed, Sony already makes its own range of VR headsets aimed at re-creating the theater experience at home, the latest of which was unveiled at CES too; it's just one step away from the company making a headset specifically for the PlayStation 4.

There's less indication that Microsoft is working on its own VR headset, but the company isn't one to ignore a consumer trend when it sees one, Kinect being the prime example. Whether that means developing its own headset or simply introducing Oculus Rift compatibility remains to be seen. But by the end of the year, I wouldn't be surprised to see Sony and Microsoft extolling the virtues of VR just as much as the Oculus folks are.

Trevor wants to know when the PC version will be confirmed.

Grand Theft Auto V comes to PC...and PlayStation 4/Xbox One - Justin Haywald

GTAV is going to come to the PC this year. More than 650,000 gamers petitioned Rockstar last year to bring its open-world blockbuster to the PC, and chipmaker Intel said, "I don't think it'll be console-exclusive very long. But that's what happens when you have a brand-new launch with two companies that have lots of money trying to make sure they have content." The rumors are pointing to an early 2014 release, but one thing no one has been talking about is bringing the game over to next-gen. Since Xbox One and PS4 development resembles PC development more closely than the previous generations, it's not too far-fetched to think the game could also get a graphically updated port for Microsoft's and Sony's consoles. GTAV is already one of the most successful entertainment properties of all time, with sales that broke seven Guinness world records. So not being released to as many properties as possible would just seem to be leaving money on the table.

Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain won't be released in 2014 - Randolph Ramsay

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes--the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue-like extended demo of the next Metal Gear Solid--is confirmed for release in March this year. But Ground Zeroes is merely the entree to the full banquet that will be Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. And frankly, there's a huge question mark about when exactly The Phantom Pain will see the light of day. After all, the game by all accounts is hugely ambitious, much larger than what we'll see in Ground Zeroes, and will be by far the most expansive and intricate in the long-running series. And consider this quote from Hideo Kojima himself, who recently said that Phantom Pain has "enormous volume" and would not be finished for some time. To me, that's code for "don't expect it this year."

A "3DS Lite" will be announced - Shaun McInnis

Game Boy Advance. Game Boy Advance SP. Game Boy Advance Micro. DS. DS Lite. DSi. See a pattern? Yes, Nintendo loves its hardware revisions, especially when it comes to handheld systems. That's why we wouldn't be surprised to see yet another iteration of the 3DS hardware design at some point this year. But the question is, what type of design will it be?

The 2DS is nice and all, but it's aimed at a different segment of the market than the 3DS.

Let's look at the current lineup. The 3DS XL still carries a certain novelty with its big, inviting screen, and the 2DS makes sense as a budget-friendly alternative for parents buying a system for their kids. But what about the original 3DS? Now three years old, the original 3DS is still sitting on store shelves with all the little flaws it launched with back in 2011. It's a great device, but let's face it: the ergonomics and battery life on this thing have never been all that great. So isn't it about time we see a sort of 3DS Lite, a revised version of that original system with an improved form factor and increased battery performance? Sure, there's a bit of wishful thinking at play here, but you can't blame us for hoping.

Android consoles will die a slow death - Mark Walton

I'll admit I got sucked into the hype about Android consoles as much as the many thousands who donated to Ouya's Kickstarter page. But after almost a year on the market, consoles like the Ouya and the GameStick have been met with little more than a shrug. It's not hard to see why, either. For all the promise of cheap console gaming that the Android consoles offered, there's little on them that's actually worth playing, or that's made significantly better by a big TV and a control pad. There's simply little incentive for developers to create a game specifically for Android consoles when most users are going to be playing directly on a phone or tablet. Besides, if you really want to play your favorite Android games on a TV, it's easier and cheaper just to hook up your existing device to your TV with an HDMI cable and a Bluetooth controller. There will always be a niche audience for such devices, particularly for the emulator crowd, and Nvidia's Shield offers something a little different with its ability to stream PC games to it. But a revolution in gaming? Not a chance.

Half Life 3 will be confirmed - Justin Haywald

I know Half-Life 3 is in development. You know Half-Life 3 is in development. Sometimes it seems like the only one who wants to pretend it doesn't exist is Valve. But with the upcoming release of the Steam machines and Steam OS, what better time is there for Valve to finally start talking about the most anticipated game of the last five years? We've been expecting a sequel to Half-Life 2: Episode 2 since back in 2007, and there was even conjecture that Episode 3 would come out by 2010 at the latest. At this point, Valve will likely cut out the episodic angle and go straight for a numbered sequel. But will the game tie in to the expanded universe charted in Portal, or will we only get cameos and in-game nods to everything that happened over at Aperture Laboratories?

Will the The Last Guardian skip the PS3 completely?

The Last Guardian will become a PS4 game - Randolph Ramsay

Oh The Last Guardian, where art thou? The last time we officially heard about you, it was when your creator, Fumito Ueda, apologized for the lengthy wait fans have had to endure. Given that The Last Guardian was first announced in 2009, that's an extremely long wait for those eager to get their hands on the next game from the makers of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida last year confirmed that the game was undergoing some "reengineering" but didn't confirm what console it would come out on. Is it still scheduled for the PlayStation 3? As the months tick on with no confirmation of a release date, it's becoming more probable that it won't be Sony's last-gen machine that gets The Last Guardian.

Will any of the above predictions come true in 2014? What other outlandish things are you predicting will happen this year? Sound off in the comments below!

Discussion

682 comments
flashn00b
flashn00b

The Half-Life 3 thing is complete bogus.


Expect an announcement in 2017 if we're lucky

DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

I hope Nintendo releases a 3DS lite. The only problem I have with the original system is the damn stylus placement.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Half-Life 3 will never see the light of day. For PC gamers HL seems to be some sort of holy grail of gaming despite it being mediocre at best. So they'll keep dangling the idea of HL3 in front of them and let them keep thinking it will be a steam exclusive, all so they can continue to sell indies and horribly ported console games with updated graphics.

bill_windows
bill_windows

Seriously i don't want to see AMD leaving the Consumer CPU market .for me it is kind of nightmare . .

Dream-on-stereo
Dream-on-stereo

For Half life 3 ,they wait until the right moment, they are not stupid. Then..... everybody will feel'it in the air;)

xepha537
xepha537

#halffalllifeout34confirmed ?
 :p

Qixote
Qixote

I don't really think Half-life 3 is in development.  I think Valve wants us all to think it is in development.  Otherwise nobody would buy another Valve product knowing that there is no HL3 on the way.   They are using the idea of HL3 to keep luring us, like a carrot lures a horse.  Valve has been and always will be about Half-life.  Deny that then you haven't been paying attention the last 16 years.

xeno1ith
xeno1ith

I love Valve, but it's a sin for what they've allowed to happen to one of the greatest game franchises (and cliff-hangers) in gaming history,


Three years hence is understandable, five years is forgivable, but seven+ years is neglectful.

Annzen
Annzen

 I'll buy a PS4 as soon as The Last Guardian is released.... Oh and Half Life 3, yeah!

joesguy
joesguy

"Will be confirmed" is a proclamation that doesn't interest me. It's like saying "I will do the laundry." I care not till I have incentive to actually expect it.

GarGx1
GarGx1

Lot's of people taking this article far too seriously. It's just a bit of fun, nothing wrong with that.

Fallenlords69
Fallenlords69

Feature article is a load of supposition, anybody with half a brain cell can 'predict' what might happen in the games industry.  If you are going to have articles like this then at least have a forfeit if the contributors are wrong, I don't know like lose a body part or something.  Might make them think about what they say a little bit more before they open their mouths.

WraistlinGill
WraistlinGill

Come on Fumito.  You do know know that torture is illegal, right?

FableSide
FableSide

we all want shenmue 3 . so yer sega get to it! pretty please :)

nicecall
nicecall

hope gta5 is a good port

Robert Felp Eklöf
Robert Felp Eklöf

No it ''was'' not! They said they might NOT make it 2014! It's not offically delayed!

soulless4now
soulless4now

It's pretty obvious TLG is going to be on ps4 at this point. We still don't even know the actual progress on the game...

game_overdose54
game_overdose54

I'm honestly amazed that people still care about Half Life 3. If they promised 24k discs in the copies, the game is still not worth 7 years of being kept in the dark. 

viewgamerx
viewgamerx

AMD will spin off its CPU division....
That has got to be the stupidest thing to ever come out of Walton's mouth and that's a huge achievement since he says a lot of stupid things.

Supposedly AMD is going to do this to focus on building "custom" chips like the ones in the PS4 and XB1.
Well ladida Walton, those chips actually have CPUs in them eight in fact so if AMD is to spin off their CPU business it won't make it any easier for AMD to focus on making custom chips, it would in fact make it an impossibility.

Spinning off their CPU business will in fact completely prevent them from continuing to sell chips for the PS4 & XB1.
Because those chips contain several essential CPU IP blocks that AMD will lose rights to if it ever spins off its CPU division.

AMD's whole deal has been heterogeneous processors with both CPUs and GPUs in them. This has been their long term goal since the 2006 acquisition of ATi.
It has only been two years since AMD founded the HSA foundation (Heterogeneous System Architecture) with massive companies joining in like Samsung, ARM and Qualcomm.

AMD has spent billions of dollars developing software that relies entirely on the idea of combining GPUs & CPUs in what AMD calls an "APU" (Accelerated Processing Unit) to extract performance by allocating tasks to the appropriate accelerator within the chip i.e running the appropriate tasks for GPUs on the GPU and appropriate tasks for the CPU on the CPU this sort of approach to workloads improves effiecency and performance by orders of magnitude.


Its new HSA programming language HSAIL, Mantle, hUMA and hQ are a testament to AMD's commitment to this new and revolutionary approach to computing.

Lets play theoretical, AMD spins off its CPU division this year what happens ?
#1 They instantly lose 3 billion dollars of revenue every year.
#2 They instantly lose the PS4 & XB1 chip business.
#3 They lose eight years worth of investments in software, hardware, research and development.
#4 How ignorant do you think you seem right about now Mr.Walton, let me answer that for you.... completely ignorant.

DarthLod
DarthLod

AMD hanging it up and Intel is better? WRONG. Intel is NOT better!!! I have ALWAYS bought AMD and always will. AMD chips run better and cooler. And this VR stuff....more garbage I have no use for, just like motion sensing crap.

hyumbaba
hyumbaba

Rockstar will confirm GTA V for PC without any doubt.

The Last Guardian will be canceled(I think).

We will hear new news from "Agent" the Rockstar exclusive for Sony and also Tekken 7.


amx-763
amx-763

5 years? More like 7! Let's hope Valve actually make it!


(can't wait to see half-life surface textures detailed instead of a blur)

Makan Eerooni
Makan Eerooni

it is no diviner speech little is that you remember

TheAgingGamer
TheAgingGamer

Half-Life 3 may indeed be confirmed, but it won't just be to promote Steam machines. It is going to be Valve's VR pioneer. It'll either require or at least be designed specifically for the Oculus Rift. The only valid reason I can see for them not releasing details sooner is that they have shifted development of the game over to be a VR experience, which would require lots of re-tooling. 

cejay0813
cejay0813

Shenmue you say....! You have now peaked my interest next-gen.

PCgameFan
PCgameFan

I hope they dont f*ck up Fallout4 and Half life3.Because a good singleplayer game is what we really need in recent years.

evlampi
evlampi

@Zombrex Eiter you didn't played HL2 when it came out, or you got a bad taste.

D4rkey
D4rkey

@bill_windows 

The only bad thing I can see is that Intel may higher their prices :/

D4rkey
D4rkey

@joesguy 

Well, if it'll be confirmed we can expect trailers and news about it. It's not like saying "I will do the laundry", it's more like turning on the washing machine

GnrlKhalid
GnrlKhalid

@viewgamerx Either 1.Walton is that stupid or 2.Someone is paying him to say these stupid things or perhaps 3.Both.

saleee
saleee

@DarthLod  


I have ALWAYS bought Intel and always will.  Intel IS better!!! And always be better.AMD will be dead by 2016...

peterdavid12345
peterdavid12345

@hyumbabaA rockstar game that is exclusive to ps3/4 ??? Damn, that's unlikely to be true and so does the The last guarding :P. However, I did LOVE to have The last guardian to be announced on this year. It would give me MOAR reasons to buy a PS4.

There is 2 things that i'm sure thought, First is GTA V on PC ( I praise the god that they will released >.< ) and PS4/ONE, and the news for Haft Life 3 :)

peterdavid12345
peterdavid12345

@hyumbaba A rockstar game that is exclusive to ps3/4 ??? Damn, that's unlikely to be true and so does the The last guarding :P. However, I did LOVE to have The last guardian to be announced on this year. It would give me MOAR reasons to buy a PS4.

There is 2 things that i'm sure thought, First is GTA V on PC ( I praise the god that they will released >.< ) and PS4/ONE, and the news for Haft Life 3 :)

slainta
slainta

@hyumbaba Say what? More like:


The Last Guardian will finally see the light for PS3, PS4 and PS Vita

GTA V for PC and next gen won't ever happen.


:p

Zombrex
Zombrex

Key phrase: "when it came out."

HL2 WAS good WHEN it came out ages ago. But there's no reason to continue glorifying it when there are a plethora of better games out now. Certain games are hard to top and HL2 is not one of them.

joesguy
joesguy

@D4rkey@joesguyIndeed, though this list is a hell of a lot of maybes, moreso than confirmations.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Wow, and you actually had the nerve to bash other people? Doom and FEAR? Really? You apparently have an affinity for games with shit controls. Also I never said HL2 wasn't fun, it's just not the holy grail people praise it to be.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@Zombrex those games are all mediocre. Goldeneye 64, Perfect Dark 64, F.E.A.R, No one lives forever, RTCW, Doom, all of the Half-life games, etc...as old as these games are, they are all better than the crappy games you mentioned.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@Zombie8814 you are a zombie, u have no idea what is good besides what is new and trendy. Go play cod and halo, u have no idea what a good FPS is.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@Zombrex Half Life 2 is still fun to this day. You must have no taste in good games. I am replaying the orange box right now, and I am thoroughly enjoying Half-Life2. You sound like a moron.

Zombie8814
Zombie8814

@Zombrex 

Halo ODST and Reach are better than Half Life 2? Those two shooters were mediocre at best. And Halo 4 was shit.


I've never played Metro Last Light, but Metro 2033 was a horrible game. Especially on the consoles. I've never played a console shooter with worse shooting mechanics than Metro 2033.

D4rkey
D4rkey

@Zombrex 

Is portal 2 a FPS?

Seriously, HL2 was a really great game, it was the best when it came out, and of course new releases can top it.

What people are hoping is that HL3 will be as new and good as HL2 was when it came.

But everyone has different tastes.

Havn't tried metro yet, but maybe I should, a lot of people say it's good.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Bioshock is a terrible series. But a list of better single player games would be: Portal 2, Halo ODST & Reach, Farcry 3 Blood Dragon, Metro 2033 & Last Light and I would even throw in Prey.

evlampi
evlampi

@Zombrex Ok, i hear you, and I strongly disagree as I did replayed the game and two episodes just a year ago, still one of the best FPS's. Could you name atleast 3 better single player FPS's since HL2 release please. All I can think of is Bioshock 1 and 3, but that's also just one franchise.