We shared with you our favorites and disappointments from 2011, and now it’s time to share what we’re most looking forward to in next year’s lineup! It took some thought to really narrow our options down, but we’ve come up with two solid games.
These games bring with them a level of excitement and anticipation beyond simply releasing as quality titles. That’s why you won’t see Diablo 3 or Mass Effect 3 on our list.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
38 Studios has created an entire new property known as Kingdoms of Amalur, a fantasy universe that will serve as the foundation for future games. Reckoning will be an open-world RPG set within this fantasy world. We’ve been following Reckoning since before it was even announced; that is to say, we’ve been following the massively multiplayer game (currently known by a codename, Copernicus) which will come sometime after Reckoning’s launch.
The setting, culture, lore, and art come from minds like R.A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane. The company comes from a passionate gamer, Kurt Schilling, who has already proven himself as someone interested in the games at least as much as the business behind them.
Several videos have been released over the months showcasing features and mechanics. We’ve even complimented them on the quality of their trailers.
We’re anticipating the feel of what Fable should have been combined with the scope of a world like Oblivion. The combat looks amazing (see trailer below) and the world’s rich story, quests, and exploration will hopefully provide hours and hours of enjoyment.
Reckoning launches February 7!
Pitch Black Games, a relative newcomer, sprung up and landed right in the middle of our radar this year by announcing the development of Dominus, a Science Fiction MMORPG.
We’ve been following, and will continue to follow, Dominus closely because of the design decisions being made by the developers thus far.Â When so many games are going with the ever-popular themepark model, Dominus sets out to provide features long-forgotten — features that proved successful in past games!
Dominus will be a game that combines the ‘feel’ and features of several games we have enjoyed in the past. There are three factions at war — yes, THREE factions!Â Players on all three factions will fight over territory, resources, and rewards in an all out melee that reminds us of the great Dark Age of Camelot.
Crafting in Dominus shares many similarities with Star Wars Galaxies. Players will be able to go out and place harvesters, collect resources, and make gear that actually wears out.Â Some of these ideas may seem like little details, but they are at the core of why so many games these days feel off the mark.
PBG has been very open with the players, very early in development.Â Frequent live developer Q/A’s were held over the last few months where the developers fielded any questions the viewers had about their game.Â It’s been an intimate development process reminiscent of the older days, and that’s a big compliment.
It’s unclear when Dominus will launch this year (if at all), but we’ll be waiting.Â Did we mention there will be jet packs?!