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August 8, 2014

Appleton: Video game delays ruin stellar fall lineup

The most anticipated season in the last decade for gamers has officially been cancelled.

The most anticipated season in the last decade for gamers has officially been cancelled.

This fall promised a wave of exciting titles unlike anything I have ever seen before. I've been saving money in preparation for the unbelievable video game push in September, October and November.

No longer.

We will still get titles like "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare," "Destiny" and "Dragon Age: Inquisition," but we will have to wait until at least February for many exciting new titles and sequels.

Here is a list of the games delayed.

'The Order: 1886'

"The Order: 1886" is my baby.

It is hands-down my most anticipated title. I played it at E3, and it blew every other game out of the water.

Players control King Arthur and his knights in an alternate-reality London in 1886. In this world, monsters have clawed their way to the top of London's food chain and humans are quickly becoming extinct.

Arthur and his knights have battled these creatures for centuries in search of the restorative powers of the Holy Grail. They employ an immense arsenal of Steampunk weaponry, such as Tesla coil cannons and mini Gatling guns.

"The Order: 1886" promises an intriguing mix of historical and mythological elements in a familiar third-person shooter package. It was originally slated to release this November, but the world will have to wait until Feb. 20.

'The Witcher 3'

A hulking mass of 20-somethings crowded around the E3 booth for "The Witcher 3" for hours, hungry for any information on the sequel to one of the world's most beloved franchises. They weren't disappointed when they saw a beautiful gameplay demo featuring protagonist Geralt of Rivia.

"The Witcher 3" will be an open-world fantasy game that I personally believe will rival the God of all open-world fantasy games, "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." The title's developers even promise a world 20% larger than "Skyrim."

Like "The Order," this title revolves around hunting and slaying various monsters. These could be traditional creatures like Werewolves and Vampires or completely new creatures created by the game's architects.

If it's scary and eats people, Geralt will use his magic, swords and crossbows to turn it into a rug.

"The Witcher 3" originally was scheduled for fall of 2014. Junior witchers will have to wait until Feb. 24.

'Evolve'

The most recent fall casualty was the sci-fi co-op shooter "Evolve."

I think this is the most intriguing new title of the entire litter. It could easily spawn a wave of sequels and copycats that flood the market over the next few years.

Like "Witcher" and "The Order," this title focuses on players hunting down a monster. However, this monster is also a playable character. A team of four players assume the roles of various hunters, while a fifth player controls the monster that aims to devour or squish the pesky hunters instead.

"Evolve" is a brand-new concept in gaming. It's one-part traditional co-op, one-part vicious player-versus-player.

The monster gains experience throughout the round and assigns skill points to several skills with each new level, similar to "League of Legends" or "Dota 2." Each of the four hunter classes also feature a unique set of abilities.

This title was a close second to "The Order" in my eyes, but I will have to wait until February to play it.

'Battlefield: Hardline'

The most ambitious "Battlefield" title in years also was vsent to the chopping block.

"Battlefield: Hardline" was revealed at E3 and immediately shocked audiences. The traditional war game players expected was replaced with a massive cops and robbers theme.

Players will now control either SWAT team members or criminals in the multiplayer modes of "Hardline." The criminals will try to steal diamonds and attempt other nefarious dealings while the police players try to stop them.

It's a bold move. It mirrors the premise of one of my favorite PC games of all time, "APB: All Points Bulletin." I am interested to see if the developers can pull it off.

Gamers will have to wait until at least March to play "Hardline." Given that the last "Battlefield" title is still buggy eight months after its release, this delay is probably a good sign for fans. The team wants to get it right this time around.

'Batman: Arkham Knight'

The Caped Crusader won't make his trademark entrance this fall either.

The Arkham series of Batman games has been an October mainstay the last few years, but the series' finale was delayed until 2015.

"Arkham Knight" pits Batman against a cast of traditional villains like Two-Face and The Riddler, but it also introduces an all-new bad guy: the Arkham Knight.

The new antagonist was designed by both the franchise's developers and writers from DC Comics. His appearance is shrouded in mystery, and I expect big things. My guess is that he ends up being a former Robin, like what the writers did with the Red Hood villain. That's just a guess.

I can't even venture a guess as to when Arkham fans will get this title. The developers didn't specify which month in 2015, so it could be quite awhile.

 

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