Yes, it is the last news post of 2009 and tomorrow will be an entirely new and shiny year. 2009 certainly has been a maelstrom of activity in the gaming world with media clashing over madness in games, huge successes and sad failures. Today’s roundup is all about looking back at the year behind with some hopeful glances into the year ahead.
Biggest delayed games of 2009
The year of 2009 was the year of the delayed game – big titles that we were gasping for pushed back so far into the distance that they were merely a speck on the horizon. It’s also highlighted some truly strange release strategies by some publishers – Bayonetta pushed to 2010 but then released early without any warning and Alpha Protocol’s elay announced on its intended release date. 2010 promises (but don’t hold your breath) such rich titles as Bioshock 2, Dark Void, Heavy Rain, Singularity, Max Payne 3 and many more. If these all do release in 2010 then it’s likely that none of us will be leaving our PCs for the duration of the year. Still, nothing wrong with that eh? [1Up.com]
Duke Nukem is going casual
This game, the continuation in the life and times of our favourite misogynist, has been delayed and launched and delayed and canned so many times it’s become something of an urban myth. CEO and co-founder of 3D Realms, Scott Miler, has spoken out about Duke Nukem and his plans for the future. He’s suggesting that the Duke will be going casual with “numerous other Duke games in various stages of development, several due out this year”. It all remains to be seen as to what these games will offer the fan, if anything, and whether or not the Duke can make a successful comeback. Perhaps it is best he’s left in the mists of time, looked back upon with fuzzy fondness. Only time, and an actual game being delivered, will tell. [GossipGamers]
Biggest surprises of 2009
Seeing as we are hanging on the verge of 2010 it seems only fitting to note the news that rounds up and rates the games of 2009. Here, some of the most startling developments and games that happened during the past 12 months are poked at with a long and sturdy stick. Some of the sad surprises were the loss of names like Midway, Pandemic and Eidos. A moment’s silence for great studios whose games have left great memories. Then Will Wright upped and left EA to do his own thing, taking everyone by surprise. Although I was even more surprised by his website, Stupid Fun Club. It’s awful! Read on to discover startling games (L4D2 anyone?), unexpected successes and bizarre failures. [GameDaily]