Devs to watch in 2014!
Game Developers To Keep Your Eye On In 2014
New consoles are all well and good.
But it’s the games that make those consoles a success. Don’t be so quick to declare either console the ‘winner’ of this generation based on their launch. There’s a long way to go yet before any of those types of conclusions can be drawn…
There are also still a few good years left in the previous generation with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 showing no signs of slowing.
And it’s all thanks to those wonderful developers, creating amazing games that we can’t get enough of! Here, we’re going to give them the exposure they truly deserve.
Here are just some of the developers you should be keeping an eye on over the course of 2014, and throughout the duration of this new generation of gaming:
Next Level Games
So impressed has Nintendo – and gamers – been with the developer’s efforts on Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon that the pair have recently announced an exclusive partnership together.
Next Level Games has worked with Nintendo before and has previously developed Super Mario Strikers and Strikers Charged.
Probably their most prominent big console release so far though has been the Wii version of Punch-Out!!
Next Level Games has also worked with Sega, but this exclusivity agreement will hopefully mean a number of great titles appearing on the Wii U and 3DS in the not-too-distant future.
Sticking with Nintendo Platinum Games’ Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive, with the company already releasing The Wonderful 101 on the system in 2013.
Platinum Games is an incredibly talented and imaginative studio (remember Mad World? Don’t forget Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance) that puts it stamp on games with high-octane action elements and outrageous set-pieces.
The first Bayonetta was an absolute dream to play and left us gasping for more. The Wonderful 101 is also a great title and makes fantastic use of the Wii U’s gamepad.
Rumour had it this time last year that Platinum Games would pick up the Darksiders series though that bore no fruit. Make no mistake, 2014 is set to be a big year for Platinum Games.
Ready at Dawn
Californian Ready at Dawn Studios LLC is the brains behind much anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive The Order: 1886. Sony Santa Monica also has a hand in the game.
Ready at Dawn CEO Ru Weerasuriya has claimed though that the idea of The Order: 1886 has been toyed with since 2010 and was inspired by Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
Little wonder – Ready at Dawn is made up of former Naughty Dog employees and ex-Blizzard staff. Ready at Dawn has previously developed God of War: Ghost of Sparta on PS Vita and the PS3’s Origins Collection.
Aside from their Wii port of Okami, The Order: 1886 is the team’s first big console effort. We can’t wait to see the results.
Sucker Punch Productions
Washington-based Sucker Punch has a great working relationship with Sony and has won a number of fans for the addictive Sly Cooper series.
But the developer’s biggest mark on the gaming scene was with comic-inspired superhero sandbox game Infamous and its sequel which also starred protagonist Cole McGrath.
The Sucker Punch team is currently at work on the third game in the series, Infamous: Second Son, exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and set to be released at some point in 2014.
A new hero in Delsin Rowe and a sprawling Washington setting is a leap away from the original series and a new direction for Infamous. Sucker Punch’s track record though suggests we’re in for something special.
Insomniac Games has a great portfolio of classic titles including creating Resistance, Ratchet & Clank, Spyro, Fuse, and many more incredible games.
2014 sees Insomniac launching Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive which wowed the crowd when it was unveiled at last year’s E3 conference.
All we know so far is that there’s been a city-wide catastrophe leaving the surrounding area sprawling with hideous mutants.
Colourful and fun Sunset Overdrive has some Dead-Rising-Style weapon combinations and makes use of agile parkour-like movements. We can’t wait to see more!
First established by Microsoft Studios in 2007 to oversee the expansion of the Halo universe 343 Industries has since gone on to create some fantastic series canon on consoles.
2012’s Halo 4 was well received while HD remakes of the original title and mobile titles like Spartan Assault pleased fans and kept the lore going.
But it was the sight of Master Chief again at E3 in 2013 that gave fans a serious rush of blood to the head. Dubbed Halo 5 it’s a continuation of the Reclaimer Saga, has a brand new engine, and will feature dedicated servers for multiplayer.
343 Industries has shown Halo is in the right hands post-Bungie. Will Halo 5 have the same impact on the Xbox One as the original Combat Evolved did for the Xbox? We’ll have to wait and see!
Ubisoft Montreal is one of the busiest developers out there. Fresh from releasing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag on consoles the studio now has to polish Watch Dogs to make up for last year’s delay.
We can leave room for forgiveness though, cause we just can’t wait to play Watch Dogs. It looks like a truly innovative take on the sandbox genre and the extra time Ubisoft Montreal has put aside to polish up the game should make it better than ever.
Ubisoft Montreal is also working on a platforming RPG called Child of Light as well as first-person shooter Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots.
Ubisoft Montreal is one of the most consistent development houses around. We’re looking forward to what they have to show us over the course of 2014.
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