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What is there to look forward to in 2013?

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Or were they?

Turns out the Mayans were wrong.

With the new year upon us, and many sites revealing the game of the year choice, eyes now turn toward 2013, and the games that await us.

Here’s a highlight of upcoming games and the months they come out in.

January:

DmC: Devil May Cry for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows.

February:

Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS.

Dead Space 3 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for the PS3 and PS Vita.

Aliens: Colonial Marines for Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, and WiiU.

Crysis 3 for Windows, Xbox 360, PS3.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Rayman Legends for the WiiU

March:

SimCity for Mac and Windows.

Tomb Raider for Windows, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm for Windows and Mac.

Gears of War: Judgement for the Xbox 360.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity for the 3DS.

Rest of 2013:

May 7: The Last of Us for the PS3.

Release dates unannounced:

The Elder Scrolls Online for Windows and Mac.

Deadpool for Xbox 360 and Ps3.

Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox 360 and PS3.

South Park: The Stick of Truth for Windows, Xbox 360, and PS3.

Watch Dogs for Windows, Xbox 360, and PS3.

Keep tuned in order to keep up with information on all the latest games coming out in the new year.

 

‘Heart of the Swarm’ delayed

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

During an investors call today, Blizzard delayed their upcoming release Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm until 2013.

With the beta opening early September, players were hoping that the game would be able to squeeze in this year. But unfortunately, they’ll have to wait while Blizzard continues “working hard towards a first half 2013 launch,” said CEO Mike Morhaime, according to a post on Joystiq.

With many players worried about the stagnation and decline of the Starcraft community, delaying the game even further will only serve to encourage the game’s pessimists.

Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty is currently available on PC and Mac.

Starcraft 2 Community Continues Downward Spiral

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Starcraft 2 released on July 27, 2010.

The Starcraft 2 community has been crumbling for some time, and today, one of the game’s most popular players announced he was moving on.

Steven ‘Destiny’ Bonnell II said in a post in his subreddit today that he would be looking for other ways to engage in e-sports.

“The people in the scene (casters, community figureheads, players) are completely out of touch, the community is confused and conflicted, and Blizzard is woefully inadequate.”

Other significant members of the Starcraft community have also expressed this displeasure with Blizzard’s handling of the game. Mike ‘Husky‘ Lamond recently tweeted “In order to grow SC2 needs 1) Clans with message of the day, forums 2) Auto-enter chatrooms, 3) Blizzard automated tournaments, 4) Clan automated tournaments 5) Unranked ladder 6) MAYBE Free 2play online 7) Full stat tracking for all races/matchups.”

The overly competitive nature of Starcraft is what seems to be the catalyst for the growing unpopularity of the game. The chasm between professional players and casual players grows larger every day and can be very discouraging. Bonnell addressed this as well in his post.

“If I didn’t play SC2 professionally, I could never see myself buying it. Why on Earth would I ever get a game that’s so centered around this cut-throat competitive side that just doesn’t appeal to most people? Fuck, even if I want to 2v2 with my girlfriend or 3v3 with a couple friends, I still get assigned a rating for it. So now, instead of fucking around and enjoying ourselves, I actually have friends that stress over winning team games? No way man, fuck that.”

Perhaps Blizzard thinks of Starcraft 2 as ‘too big to fail.’ My brother Chris once said that Starcraft 2 was the best hope the world had in North and South Korea coming to a treaty. It was meant as a joke, but the popularity of Starcraft and Starcraft: Brood War was undeniable, and Starcraft 2 seemed to live up to those expectations. But as time has gone on, Blizzard has shown time and time again that it has no interest in fostering a community.

While Bonnell has made up his mind about Starcraft, he is unsure on where to go next. League of Legends (or LoL), the most watched e-sport in the world, seems to be his next step.

“I honestly feel like LoL will be the bigger game for the next several years, making it the obvious choice to transfer to.”

As long as Blizzard remains passive and unresponsive to the plight in the community, Starcraft 2 will continue to fade away while other e-sports such as League of Legends and DotA 2 flourish.