This Week: Why you should be excited
posted on 03.04.12 at 03:24 PM EDT by (@salromano)
GDC, Japanese livestreams, and Mass Effect 3.

There is a lot to be excited about, this week. The Game Developers Conference kicks off in San Franciso tomorrow morning, where Sony, Microsoft, and third-parties are expected to make new announcements. 

A couple of Microsoft reveals have already leaked. Fable: Heroes is coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade (which may be what Lionhead is counting down to), and Forza Horizon is in development for Xbox 360 at Playground Games. We should hear actual details regarding the two tomorrow, when the embargo for Microsoft’s Spring 2012 Showcase event lifts. Additionally, we’ll most likely hear more about Halo 4 and the oft-rumored Gears of War title for Kinect.

Sony will be making announcements. The internet has speculated that it has saved its Destination PlayStation reveals – which include LittleBigPlanet Karting (still never “officially” announced by the company – although confirmed) – for GDC. This also includes the rumored God of War IV, which was most recently listed by Amazon France. David Cage will showcase Quantic Dream’s latest tech at the show, so it’s possible we may get a glimpse at the studio’s next PlayStation 3 exclusive.

Electronic Arts is going into the exhibition big with a two-hour livestream press conference on March 6 at 6pm PST / 9pm EST, where it will showcase Medal of Honor: Warfighter, SimCity 5, and is rumored to reveal the next Criterion-developed Need for Speed, as well as Dragon Age III. Army of Four, which was recently outed by a voice actor on Twitter, is also a possibility.

Epic Games has said it will showcase its Unreal Engine 4 to “select licensees, partners and prospective customers” during GDC. While that does mean we won’t get to see it firsthand, we can always hope for a leak, or two.

Outside of GDC, there is plenty more to be excited about, especially if your a fan of the Japanese market.

On March 7 at 19:00 JST / 5am EST, Imageepoch will host its “JRPG Declaration Vol. 2″ web conference, where “two new game announcements” will be made, at least one of which is an “original new RPG.” We should hear about at least one title a few hours before the conference, thanks to the Tuesday night Famitsu leak. The conference will be streamed live on Nico Nico.

Two days later, on March 9 at 20:00 JST / 6am EST, Sony will host its “PlayStation Vita Game Heaven” web conference, where it will announce new games and detail already-announced titles. A Phantasy Star announcement is expected. You will be able to watch it live here.

In terms of game releases, it’s also a big week. Here are the big guns:

  • Blades of Time (PS3, 360)
  • I Am Alive (XBLA)
  • Mario Party 9 (Wii)
  • Mass Effect 3 (PS3, 360, PC)
  • MLB 12: The Show (PS3, PSV)
  • MotorStorm RC (PS3 via PSN, PSV via PSN)
  • Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3, 360)
  • Unit 13 (PSV)

Get ready!

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  • rockman29

    SimCity 5. There is no other reason. /cool kidz

    Also, correct spelling of SimCity is in fact… SimCity… it’s a common mistake… I used to write Sim City all the time too.

  • http://www.espadakiller.wordpress.com EspadaKiller

    God Of War IV please. But I guess if there’s really a GOWIV it will be announced in E3 instead

  • FinalFantasy_fangirl

    I hope Criterion is actually working on a new Burnout instead of another NFS. I was thinking about Dragon Age 3 the other day I hope its not hack and slash. I would rather see the game QD is working than some tech demo.

    Im all about Mass Effect 3 this week

    • Rezar

      @FinalFantasy_fangirl: I heard Bioware was impressed by Skyrim and may influence Dragon Age III.

  • Kurai Warrior

    Don’t forget the official Assassins Creed III trailer comes out tomorrow too. :)

  • AdamBoy64

    Imageepoch’s web conference should be good. Nothing else interests me here.

    Well, except for Mario Party 9 – but I’ll probably pick that one up closer to when I’d be able to have the time and the friends around to play it (eg. Christmas time). It’s not really a pick-up-and-play sort of game..

  • Fool-XXII

    Too bad, I don’t give a crap about any of those…

    … Yes, I came here just to say that.

    … I’m a rebel.

    • Sal Romano

      @Fool-XXII: Damn. Hardcore.

    • xMCXx

      @Fool-XXII:
      Fuck da Police!
      Row Row Fight da Power!

  • punkmike

    That’s cool and all, but I don’t really care what the big names of the industry do anymore. The only thing that I’m interested in is James Silva’s vampire smile postmortem. He’s the founder of Ska Studios and made The Dishwasher. I think he’s going to attend the Game Developers Conference to talk about his experience as an indie developer.

  • yencid

    Unit 13 drops for the vita this week as well.

  • Locksus

    Excited for Mass Effect 3 and GDC announcments!

  • vertical09

    All i read was blah blah blah blah blah until i read “Image pooch” XD
    Hopefully we get a nice and long gameplay trailer of toki to towa ^^