2013 Predictions warm-up, 2012 mop-up.

It's probably not a daring prediction that Certis will put up a front page post of 2013 predictions, here's 2012's to see how you did (and another thread here).

If we're going to keep our powder dry for actual predictions in that thread, what things have come to pass that went exactly as you foretold, and what things have been set up in the year just ended which you think are interesting for the future?

My 2012:

At least one next-gen console will offer digital games on equivalent availability as physical - Well, the Wii-U doesn't do it, and MS/Sony haven't shown their hands yet, so No/not yet.

I was kind of vague on MS/Sony holding off announcing/releasing their next consoles in 2012, but they didn't announce anything.

Mass Effect 3 pretty much was what people were expecting, apart from, well, that bit at the end.

Win8 launched and there wasn't really anything marking a link with the next xbox - Not yet?

Blizzard's "Titan" wasn't announced or shown.

Dragon Age 3 didn't come out last year, in fact it's looking at late 2013/early 2014.

[size=18]2012:[/size]

Much to everyone's chagrin, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s developer GSC Gameworld will decisively close. Studio members will mass-migrate to another developer following GSC's closure, keeping hopes of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 (or a spiritual successor) alive.

There is still a lot of nebulous information surrounding GSC Gameworld. Did it actually close? Does the company retain rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise? In any case, the dev team left GSC, founded Vostok Games, and are now working on a *shudder* f2p MMOFPS.

SWTOR transitions to a Freemium model, offering multiple tiers of subscriptions.

Yup.

CS: GO will be an unparalleled success, prompting Gabe to buy another swimming vault for his vacation house. Bright red Fireman hattes for all!

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is currently #10 on Steam's top-played, with a peak of 20,375 simultaneous players in the last 24 hours. Hattes are not available... yet.

Hitman: Absolution will be 2012's dark horse game, rivalling hotly anticipated titles such as Mass Effect 3 for GOTY status.

Alas. It was not meant to be.

[size=18]2013 Blasphemies:[/size]

As part of the 15th Anniversary of the Half-Life Franchise, Gabe buys a Lambda knife for his office display case, laughing maniacally as fans throw themselves at his feet, begging for Episode 3.

Remedy announces a new Alan Wake game, featuring a different lead character.

DmC: Devil May Cry is released to critical acclaim.

Sony announces its new console at E3. Surprisingly, Microsoft does not.

The XCOM FPS is pushed back to 2014.

The Elder Scrolls Online flops. Surprise!

As to what to think about the future year in gaming- that's a good question. It's one I've been thinking about, and yet I'm not sure what trends are out there for me to pull into a logical extension of what is to come. I would hope that we don't get a game with the number 3 behind it, but that's not really much of a prediction. Hmmmm [sound of me thinking].

As far as Valve goes, I think a year where they only continue with their existing public games and steam/steambox stuff would be a dull year. Not that the whole steam side is boring (far from it), but they've got a lot of game-making talent there that I think has been busier than they've shown.

Sorry! I want to save this for the front page article that goes up Wednesday so it's all in one place.