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Game on, eh? 4 upcoming video games from Canada
- Updated: September 10, 2012
Hockey and curling? Check. Beer and maple syrup? Yep. Comedians and singers? Sure thing.
Canada might be best known for these varied exports, but there’s one more major one from our neighbors to the north: video games.
Many of the world’s critically acclaimed and commercially successful video games have been designed and developed north of the 49th parallel, including the Mass Effect role-playing game series, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and of course, NHL hockey games.
For a taste of what’s to come, the following are just a few Canuck-made console and PC titles set to debut sometime this year and beyond.
As you’d expect from EA Sports in Burnaby, B.C. this next-generation soccer simulation boasts gorgeous and intense “footy” action on the pitch compared to its predecessors — thanks, in part, to high-definition player models, lifelike animation and authentic ball and player physics. Due out this month, FIFA Soccer 13 looks to offer incredible artificial intelligence (A.I.) with the all-new Attacking Intelligence technology, where soccer stars have the ability to analyze space, work smarter to break down defenses and even think a couple of plays ahead. An improved dribbling system delivers true 360-degree mobility in any direction, while new touch mechanics allow for subtle plays based on pressure, player direction and trajectory of the ball. FIFA Soccer 13 will house more than 500 officially licensed clubs and roughly 15,000 players.
Assassin’s Creed III
The fifth installment of Ubisoft Montreal‘s acclaimed series rewrites the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century and stars a new hero of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, you’ll join the Continental Army and use a number of weapons — such as guns, bows and tomahawks — to fight for freedom with your comrades against the British redcoats in locations ranging from colonial towns to battlefields to the untamed wilderness of the New World. In development for more than three years, Assassin’s Creed III introduces the company’s next-generation Anvil Next game engine that delivers near photorealistic graphics, smooth animation and advanced physics. The game will be out on October 30 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (PS3) and Windows PC, and is also under development for the upcoming Nintendo Wii U system, expected to launch later this year.
What do you get when you combine one of today’s hottest video game mascots with the thrills and spills of cartoon kart racing? The answer is Sony’s LittleBigPlanet: Karting, of course, slated for a November release on the PS3 console. Developed by United Front Games in Vancouver (of Sleeping Dogs and ModNation Racers fame), the adorable burlap “Sackboy” returns in a new adventure. But instead of hopping over chasms and solving puzzles, this time he’s behind the wheel and racing to save the Craftworld universe. The arcade driving game will feature a host of fun-filled tracks, over-the-top weaponry and power-ups, and boss battle challenges — as well as many unlockable items and open-ended customizability LittleBigPlanet is known for. In fact, you’ll be able to create and share your very own tracks, characters, missions and game types.
One of the biggest surprises at the recent 2012 E3 Expo was Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs, a jaw-dropping, action-heavy adventure set in the near future and played in an open-ended Chicago. The third-person game follows a hacker named Aiden Pearce who taps into the city’s central computer system, allowing him to digitally eavesdrop on mobile phone conversations, toy with traffic lights to slow down a dangerous target and access security cameras on demand. Along with the high-tech premise and “sandbox”-style, go-anywhere gameplay, Pearce is also agile, stealthy and a heck of a shot. No launch date or platforms have been announced — but it might be only playable the next-generation PlayStation or Xbox console, both of which are expected to be announced by next year’s E3 Expo.