The biggest news this year in the gaming world is without a doubt the arrival of the PS4 and the Xbox One. It's been a long time since new consoles came, so everyone welcomed them with open arms—even if not a lot of us have one just yet.
While those two systems seemed to have overshadowed PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ELSE, the truth is the year was populated with a lot of awesome games as well. Below, you'll find a number of them along with other gamer-shock-inducing news from 2013.
Grand Theft Auto goes Online
The official buzz for Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar’s open-world epic, started all the way back in November 2011, with an announcement trailer watched by pretty much the entire Internet. On the way to the (delayed) release date in September 2013, it was a never-ending grind of speculation and reveal (Three protagonists! Los Santos! A dog!).
Everyone was either stoked or sick and tired of hearing about the damn game until the announcement of GTA Online in August sent the hype train into overdrive. Finally, you could cause mayhem with your best buds (or frenemies) online!
Disney kills Lucasarts
At first, we were bothered about the evil overlords at Disney taking control of Lucasfilm in October 2012, because we couldn’t stomach the idea of more Jar Jar-like hijinks in Star Wars, but hey at least it meant more Star Wars films right? Then in April 2013, they announced the closing of the legendary game makers Lucasarts. Video gamers everywhere instantly lost their shit.
“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened,” said a lot of gamers. While Lucasarts had problems in developing games (like the promising Boba Fett-starrer Star Wars 1313), you don’t just close down a legendary studio like that! What a Scrooge McDuck move!
The “good news” is EA now handles the exclusive SW license.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain confirmed
Oh Kojima, you weird beautiful man.
In August 2013, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (note not MGSV) was announced during the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary Party. Then in December, during the Spike TV Video Game Awards, a mysterious game–The Phantom Pain–was announced. A giant exclamation point basically appeared over video gamers heads everywhere as they gasped, “Metal Gear V?”
It looked hell of a lot like the FOX Engine of Ground Zeroes, had the quote “V has come to,” plus there's also the fact that Internet conspiracy theorists could fit Metal Gear V into the cut-outs of the game’s logo.
Finally, in March 2013, Kojima announced that they were indeed two-halves of the same game: Metal Gear V. Did Kojima really manage to trick anyone? Not really. Was it one of the more entertaining—and silly—game announcement ruses ever? Definitely!