Predictions for gaming's biggest sequels

Contributors: Charlie Barratt, Mikel Reparaz, Brett Elston,
David Houghton

Anticipation is supposedly sweet, but you know what? Instant gratification is a hell of a lot sweeter. Sure, we could sit patiently and wait for official announcements on our favorite franchises. We could avoid assumption, steer clear of speculation and only publish our opinion when it’s unequivocally backed by cold, hard press release fact.

That wouldn’t be very much fun, though, and wouldn’t make the months and years until release go by any faster. So instead, we’re giving in to the guessing game. We’re embracing our wild theories, passionate predictions and somewhat educated estimates. And we want you to do so as well…

Got a big idea about a big sequel? Read ours, then share your own in the comments below. If we like it, we may include it in an upcoming feature. 


What’s already happened: Unassuming bartender Desmond Miles was kidnapped by the Abstergo corporation, a shadowy front for a centuries-old secret society called the Templars, to be a test subject in its experiments. Abstergo then hooked him up to the Animus, a machine that brought to life the “genetic memories” of his ancestor, Altair Ibn La-Ahad, and shed light on a secret war between the Templars and the Assassin Brotherhood over ancient, mind-controlling relics called “Pieces of Eden.” Desmond was then rescued from Abstergo by modern-day Assassin operatives and hooked up to another Animus, this time with the goal of teaching him the skills of a different ancestor, Ezio Auditore. However, Ezio’s journey ended with an apocalyptic revelation, addressed specifically to Desmond, which stands to completely change the course of the series.

What’s coming next: While there’s been a lot of speculation about what era of history the next Assassin’s Creed will drop players into, those who’ve seen the ending know that the most likely answer is “the near future.” Much as we’d love to see another historical setting lavishly re-created, the things revealed to Ezio paint a dire picture of imminent doom for Earth. Simply put, if Desmond and the Assassins plan to act on these revelations, there won’t be any time for dicking around in the Animus – the Vaults left behind by the mysterious precursors to humanity need to be found immediately, so that their secrets can be used to save the planet from cataclysmic disaster.

With that in mind, we can think of two likely outcomes for Assassin’s Creed III: the first is that Desmond, with his newfound Assassin skills, will embark on a journey into the modern world to find the Vaults himself, battling misguided Templars (who will likely see an impending doomsday scenario as a chance to “cleanse” humanity and tighten their hold on it) all the way. Alternately, he could continue working behind the scenes in the Animus, mining the genetic memories of ancestors who’ve discovered the Vaults while Assassin field teams handle the task of securing them. But sooner or later, those abilities he learned as Ezio are going to come into play, meaning we’ll likely see a lot of free-running across Mirror’s Edge-style cityscapes, mixed in with Tomb Raider-esque exploration of ruins and classical landmarks.


What’s already happened: Both games share the same basic tale – four everyday people survive a zombie apocalypse and join forces to shoot, stab and slash their way to the nearest rescue point. Thing is, there’s not a lot of direct story told, so even at this point all we know is the infection has spread across the country. No one knows how to stop it and the people surviving may actually be immune to the whole damn thing. The first game takes place in the northeast United States and ends in the Great Lakes, while L4D2 begins in Georgia and finishes up in New Orleans, which is being bombarded by the military in a last-ditch attempt to contain the virus.

What’s coming next: Judging by that map (and another in L4D2’s Dead Center campaign), most of the US is compromised, save perhaps the mysteriously absent northwest coastline. We don’t think Seattle would be drastically different from the weather and topography already covered, so we think Valve’s going to take the infection global. It’s the third game, which means the stakes and scenario have to really blow up to stand apart from the first two, and with that in mind we’d love to see L4D do Japan.

Above: Art by Tyler Wilde

L4D3 could begin inside the largest, glitziest, most visually dazzling city in the world and follow four survivors through what has now become a pandemic. You’d storm through nerd capital Akihabara, fight through the grounds of Osaka Castle and explore the rich wilderness of Japan’s hot springs, rice fields and active volcanoes, ensuring totally different geography and atmosphere from the first two games. Oh, the survivors? We had a young Yakuza (hardened but not quite ruthless); a Lolita girl (probably on her way to a Con when everything went to hell); an overworked Salaryman who’s actively loving the infection as it’s a break from his rigid, unbreakable routine; and finally a British tourist caught overseas during the outbreak.

Or it could be in Vegas.

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  • D0CCON - June 8, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    Wonder what will happen with Modern Warfare 3 and its big cliffhanger now that Infinity Ward has became a very Finite Ward.
  • ryno - June 7, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    i hope assasins creed 3 takes place in the modern era. where you have you hidden blade. silenced pistols. and a sniper rifle. also i know about assasins creed brotherhood but its more of a sidestory i heard
  • Zackaro - June 7, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    Well, about L4D3, if youve noticed the first L4D was taken 2 weeks after the first infection, and L4D 2 took place 1 week after the first infection, sooooo L4D 3 MUST take place when the infection first breaks out, so expect pandemic. =D
  • Ganonpork - June 7, 2010 5:57 p.m.

  • waffledragon33 - June 7, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    i hope these come out
  • waffledragon33 - March 2, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    i think ac3 will be in the modern
  • TeragRunner - February 1, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    Cole's gonna die just because he black. Being black I can make that assessment which is true in a good amount of media.
  • ongong - January 30, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    For Assassinh's creed 3, I think the assassin's should break into abstergo and find a robot that desmond can control from the animus. that way, desmond is impervious to bullets, and can still be "desyncronized" when he gets beat up.
  • Mirako - January 30, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    I disagree with the Gears thing. The Locust were there from the beginning it seems so Humans creating them is very unlikely. Although I might have the times wrong because if the facility is EXTREMELY old, yes that might be their origins.
  • halowar234 - December 17, 2009 5:12 p.m.

    cant wate till the left 4 dead 3 comes out
  • Slica - December 13, 2009 5:20 a.m.

    Hey just got 2 comments, for left for dead 3 maybe the top left of the map is where they where going, posibly washington d.c? And for gears of war 3 i think your way off, maybe except for how they became locust. One in jacintos reminent they go to the islands in the south. Where locust havnt appeared, theres no infrastructure, so it be hard to base a game there, maybe the training. But where the hell are they gonna go after? they barlely have an army anymore and now have some sort of poor navy. They have more stranded problem it seems. Also gears 3 will be coming out on the new xbox console not 360 because it will one make more money, 2 be able to be alot better because of the new systems capabilities. JUST SAYING :)
  • DoctorCrazy - December 9, 2009 5:50 p.m.

    One thing I must point out, is that GTA: Canada doesnt make any sense. Are you saying that all Canada is one enviornment? It would jsut be one big forest full of moose and hunters? Im sorry GR but do you know what the Praries look like? Or the East Coast of Canada? And then you go and say GTA: Colorado, implying that most US states are all different, but not Canada, its just one big clump of trees with a moose. K im done.
  • nadrewod999 - December 9, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    Lol @ gamingfreak, AC2 IS ALREADY OUT! XD
  • LieutenantCipher - December 5, 2009 1:03 a.m.

    Most of your predictions seem head on for me - basically you guys foresaw the same thing I have, great minds think alike I guess ;) As for the second Assassin's Creed 3 assumption: if Ubisoft does decide to kick everyone in the balls and continue to dick around in the animus then I guess they might end up going through subject 16's memories in an attempt to pick some answers out for half the game, but one way or another, they're gonna have to give Desmond a shot going by the short bit at the end where we get to play as him and kill some Abstergo employees. Either way, the sequel is gonna be great based on the pure epicality of AC2 and I'm lookin' forward to it!(along with Prototype 2 as well) P.S. - Hopefully, Ubisoft will ignore the retarded, weaboos that constantly bitch about the fact that the AC series doesn't and probably never will(thank god) have any cliche, overused, japanese anime bullshit. Face it, Ninja Gaiden covers that crap, every single game ever created doesn't have to have a relation to Japan or ninjas or samurai warriors. All the wapanese fucktards infesting the interwebz should seriously give it rest.
  • gamingfreak - December 3, 2009 2:12 a.m.

    I think that Assassins Creed 2 will start out with Desmond in the Animus (again) heading to the cabin (hinted in AC2) and re-living another ancestor's memory. About 70%-80% (just guessing) of the game will be in the Animus and the other 30%-20% will be Desmond kickin ass (finally) assassin style.
  • morrodox - December 1, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    My predictions for HL2 Ep3: I predict the episode will start out with Gordon en Route to the Borealis, and agree it will already be overrun with Combine. Alex will NOT tag along, being too distraught over Eli's death. Instead Gordon will pair up with another character, possibly Barney or Dog, or perhaps even Adrian Shepard from Opposing Force. However, later in the game Gordon and Alex will reunite after she's had some time to recover, and now she will be pissed, and she will kick more Combine ass than we've ever seen her kick before. I predict Gordon's next encounter with G-Man will alter their relationship, possibly with Gordon defying G-Man's orders somehow. Perhaps to save someone he cares about. We will see uncertainty from G-Man for the first time. We will not learn exactly who G-Man is (that's for HL3), but we will leave with a pretty good idea of what his motivations are, and possibly for whom he works. I predict Gordon will fight a Combine Advisor using only the crowbar. Because it's just too awesome to not happen. Possibly even Breen in a host body! I disagree on an appearance by GLaDOS, as I always had the impression that the events of HL2 and Portal were unfolding at the same time. I agree on no portal guns in Ep3 or HL3... for the single-player campaign. But portal guns in multi would RULE.
  • iluvmyDS - December 1, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    The Gears of War entry seems likely, I hope it has that kind of twist.
  • 64DD - December 1, 2009 2:24 a.m.

    no half-life 3?? just dissapointing
  • BLAQstorm - November 29, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    In modern warfare 3 soap and price will probably have to go aginst their own government to clear their name.
  • Defguru7777 - November 28, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    Okay, lot of things to say. Reach was glassed a month or two before the first game, not at the beginning of the war. The Master Chief's training ended before the war started. Also, the Master Chief never stepped foot on Reach during its fall. He was in an orbital station making sure the Covenant didn't find their way to Earth. However, I do hope that the story will be told from multiple perspectives. That's mainly why I liked Halo 2 and ODST's story so much. And as for class-based multiplayer...ABSOLUTLEY FUCKING NOT!!!!! Part of why I love Halo's multiplayer is that everyone's on even terms. I think Bungie should stick to what they've done. Keep the same excellent multiplayer while making improvements (new weapons, vehicles, and gameplay). As for your Half-Life 2: Episode 3 predictions, I completely agree. Especially the part about keeping portal guns out of Half-Life. GTA, don't really care as long as the new environment is good. Mostly I think Gears of War 3 will happen like you've said. Except for a few things. Prescott didn't have the Sires researched on. It said in the game that it was under Chairman Monroe. And the Chairman before Prescott was Dalyell. So the Sires are at least two Chairmen removed. Also, Hoffman didn't know about the Sires until Delta did. And in the novels, he's mostly on good terms with all of them, even Marcus. Also, Cole and Baird had better not die!!!! I think if anyone dies, it'll be Dom. Call it a feeling.