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.

Next page: Batman 2 and Modern Warfare 3


  • stormdude11 - November 25, 2009 10:43 p.m.

    First First! And awesome article. Really hoping that these few games coming out in the future will turn out good...
  • mastersword369 - November 25, 2009 10:46 p.m.

    First, btw, I heard that Gears 3 won't release until the next generation consoles are out, in 4 or 5 years
  • mastersword369 - November 25, 2009 10:47 p.m.

  • enlargedhousecats - November 25, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    nice art Tyler.
  • Snarf - November 25, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    My prediction is that left 4 dead 3 will have triple the boycotters because it will be announced some time next week.
  • CH3BURASHKA - November 25, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    Where the fuck do you guys get off writing, basically, a spoiler article? I'm interested as shit, but I can't read it, because I actually want to play the games first! This is the second spoiler article in a week! Goddamn you.
  • currie - November 25, 2009 11:06 p.m.

    I said this on another article ages ago, but has anyone read thestephen king book Insomnia? The two doctorpeople and the grim reaper like guy remind me of G-Man. He tries to appear godlike and in charge but he's only at the bottom of the ladder. HL3 will show us HIS bosses. SO... Us/Combine Vortigaunts/Freeman G-man Then what? Also Recap: 796000 mentions. lolwut?
  • twishart - November 25, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    Oh man, Grand Theft Auto: Canada
  • speno93 - November 25, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    maybe Left 4 Dead 3 will take place in Britain or mainland Europe, or maybe even Australia, now that would be interesting seeing the variety of environments there.
  • Romination - November 25, 2009 11:45 p.m.

    You guts add a depth to gears that no one else would bother with.
  • Ban - November 25, 2009 11:54 p.m.

    nice pic tyler L4D3 in tokyo ftw
  • Samael - November 26, 2009 1:08 a.m.

    Oh man, only just started reading the article, but your L4D3 character designs are PERFECT. One level would have to take place in Aokigahara forest, which is basically suicide central. There are dead bodies everywhere and you could have common infected hide amongst them. However I'm really scared about your idea for AC3, mainly because it seems like the most likely thing they'll actually do. How are they going to factor in guns? Particularly futuristic guns? I really like the Desmond/future sub-plot/plot, much more than my friends do but ugh...they could ruin it. I say spilt it into two story parts, switching more frequently this time. Have it like a chase movie, constantly moving from hideout to hideout. Have Animus sections during Bakumatsu-era Japan, where you play as a (HISTORICAL AND REALISTIC) ninja-type assassin and have the Desmond sections occur when you have to fight off Templars who've found you. Phew. I just started with this article too...I'll try not to post again.
  • Ded - November 26, 2009 1:15 a.m.

    Awww, no ideas for Prototype 2? :D
  • CH3BURASHKA - November 26, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    I got my bitching out of the way and after reading the pieces I dared to, I have a few constructive comments: For GTA5, I honestly think Rockstar needs to leave the U.S. All but one (GTA London) have been in the US of A, and it's getting old. There was much talk about GTA going to Japan, but I propose Europe. That way, there'll be opportunity for travel without drastically changing the style, and there'll be opportunity to see some old architecture, old churches and the like. All the US offers is tall buildings and deserts. It's time to go abroad, Rockstar. As for Half-Life 3 or Episode 3, where the hell are you? It's been over 9000 years since episode 2. I'm achin' for some Half-Life, Valve...
  • batman5273 - November 26, 2009 1:51 a.m.

    I think you hit the Gears of War perverbial nail on the head!
  • ensabahnur - November 26, 2009 2:33 a.m.

    Classic, i love the Gears of War 3, i actully think Marcus will have to kill Anya, and that the Queen is Marcus's Mom.
  • AMayer - November 26, 2009 2:35 a.m.

    Modern Warfare 3: America invades Russia. America destroys lots of buildings. Oops, nuclear war. Everyone dies. The end.
  • Spybreak8 - November 26, 2009 2:51 a.m.

    hahaha, nice.
  • p3rf3ct1ns4n1ty - November 26, 2009 3:37 a.m.

    A while back I remember seeing a story about leaked pictures of GTA:Sydney. If you have a good imagination you can kind of see the sydney opera house with sail boats in front (I know it's a stretch but it fits with the leaked pictures).
  • gopikmin - November 26, 2009 3:45 a.m.

    my idea for infamous two is either kessler's life (when did the ray shere activate for him) or a totally new hero (i going in depth with this). a rebel group learns of the true events of empire city and steal the gov't new ray sphere proto. Upon returning to base, they accidently activate it or drop it in Pacific city. There is a new hero with powers of something not electric. there aRE NEW gangs fighting. while the new hero is mastering his powers, the rebels confront him. The hero must decide between helping the rebels, the pacific city citizens or the gangs or possibly the gov't. Cole learns of the new hero and prepares to leave empire. the new hero stops one of the big gangs and moves on to a new section of the city. He meets cole soon after. Cole's looks depends on what your first finished save file's actions. He helps you til you finish beating the gangs doing the most damage. pacific is smaller than empire. once you finish preparing to leave, the travel to empire begins. it takes two days to get there. the hero and cole defeat some gang uprisings that have been causing. You then travel to prison island. upon landing, two soldiers attack the hero. the two soldiers were the people who the govt tested on and have powers. After the long battle you face either the beast or the new hero from the future corrupted by evil. once the even longer batttle is finished, the two heros part and return to their cities preparing for the beast (if the beast hasn't come yet) or preparing to stop future ray spheres

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