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What's Next From Gaming's Best? (Update: New developers)

Some of the best video games ever to grace our screens and monitors have been released this generation with more to come. In this feature, I make some predictions on what some of the biggest developers in gaming might be working on next. I originally looked at Bethesda, Naughty Dog and Irrational. In my most recent update, I have included Treyarch and Valve. I also updated the original three with some new information as well.

Updated with new predictions! 

Bethesda

Most recent release: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

Next game prediction: Fallout 4

Chance of happening: 75%

Bethesda is known for crafting the beautiful and hugely entertaining worlds of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3. Their most recent outing, Skyrim, was met with critical praise and will no doubt live down as one of the best RPG's of this generation. Since Skyrim's release, they have been working constantly on patches and updates in addition to releasing two major DLC add-ons (three if you count Hearthfire). I doubt hugely, however, that the hundreds of people under Bethesda's employment are working solely on Skyrim DLC.

The way I see it, the majority of their team must be working on another big project. Given the success and following of Fallout 3 and New Vegas, it would make sense for them to return to the wasteland. A new engine running on next-gen consoles seems likely. 

If not Fallout 4, I would expect that they're working on a new IP entirely. It wouldn't be entirely strange, if not a bit disappointing, for them to move on from the Fallout and Elder Scrolls IP at least for now given the soon-to-be-released next generation consoles. New consoles mean a goldmine for new IP's to be released. I couldn't imagine it not being an RPG given that much of their experience lies in RPG development, but there's no way to know for sure. Needless to say, I'm excited for the future.

Naughty Dog

Most recent release: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011)

Next game prediction: Uncharted 4

Chance of happening: 85%

Yes, I am aware of the existence of The Last of Us. While still technically being developed by Naughty Dog, the team behind it is different than the Uncharted team led by Amy Hennig. Now that BioShock Infinite is out in the wild, The Last of Us is now my most anticipated game of the year. But what is Ms. Hennig's team working on?

After doing some research, I found that Hennig's team is keeping their future projects close to the chest. But Uncharted 3 left us with a lot of exposition and unanswered questions. It would be a shame for Uncharted 3 to not only leave the many burning questions untouched, but to leave behind a product built on years of excellent writing, gameplay, and set-piece moments.

Given that this year's E3 begins on June 11th and The Last of Us is set to be released on June 14th, I doubt that Naughty Dog will be announcing any new games just yet. I wouldn't be surprised for an announcement possibly at the VGA's next December à la Uncharted 3.

Irrational

Most recent release: BioShock Infinite

Next game prediction: New IP

Chance of happening: 95%

BioShock Infinite is one of the best games I've ever played. The BioShock IP has some of the most polished gameplay and intricate stories ever to be seen in gaming. I've played both the original BioShock and Infinite a number of times through and the only thing that I can say that I don't like about the property is that it leaves me yearning for more.

Yet Infinite's bittersweet ending shows that, apart from future DLC, we likely aren't going to revisit the series any time soon. Infinite tied up the BioShock narrative masterfully while leaving not a lot of room for a sequel. The fact is that there isn't much else to tell without becoming repetitive. That being said, I would still love more BioShock if Ken Levine decided to make more. But again, the excellent way Infinite tied up the story doesn't seem to allow for any more sequel. 

But Irrational just isn't going to stop. Doing some research and watching some interviews, I found that not even Ken Levine has a full idea on what's next for his team. I'm sure he has dozens of ideas floating around on his mind, all of which I expect to be brand new IP's. Or System Shock 3.

Update on next page.

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