Tuesday, July 19, 2011

On the Horizon

I was thinking about the summer slump today so I browsed ahead to the fall launch lineup and holy shit.  There are so many AAA titles coming out between September and November.  Let me run down a quick list of the ones I know I want.  Gears of War 3, Assassin's Creed Revelations, Batman Arkham City, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary.  Not to mention a bunch of others that I want to check out before I buy.

Many of these games are releasing within a week of one another.  It's crazy.  I know why they do it.  They want the holiday hype to drive sales from Thanksgiving until Christmas.  The logic makes sense, but I don't know if it's still the best idea when all of these other games are releasing at the same time.

The crazy thing is, if one of those games released right now it would have all the press attention it wanted until September.  Think about how much Starcraft 2 dominated the gaming news last summer.  It was a great game, for sure, but a huge part of the coverage was because there wasn't a whole lot to write about.

So here I am in the summer, enjoying my time outside for sure.  But when I sit down to game I'm mostly fooling around with old JRPGs, XBLA games, and my fallback PC games.  If one of those AAA fall titles was available today I know it would get my $60 and I'm sure there are many more who feel the same way.  I guess we'll just have to wait until the frenzied fall.


  1. Well I think that part of it is that game developers wait until the end of the big summer cons like E3 and Comic Con just to name a few, to build maximum press and anticipation for their products. How many big name mmos are also slated to be released until Q4 2011? Cataclysm came out in December a year ago. Personally I agree with you, I am playing DAoC, mostly because I am a retro mmo player, but also waiting till they roll out SWTOR, presumably this December.

  2. SWTOR or Guild Wars 2 would definitely capture my attention right now. If they release in (or around) December they're going to have a lot of competition and I probably won't get around to playing them until later next year.

  3. There isn't a game on your list that isn't on mine.

    Say, did you lose a brother at a carnival when you were little?

  4. I don't like to talk about the carnival incident...