Q3/11: Battlefield 3 - Rage

Batman: Arkham City
Release Date: Q3 2011 | Genre: Action | Also on: PS3, Xbox 360

Batman: Arkham City is the upcoming sequel to action-adventure stealth video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of its predecessor and brings both new gadgets and villians. Players will once again control Batman as he makes his way around Arkham City to complete mission objectives. There will also be secondary missions featuring a number of key characters and their stories within the city.

The game uses an improved version of the combat system from Arkham Asylum, allowing for multiple simultaneous counters, reactions to thrown objects, and the use of all of Batman's gadgets within combat. It will also offer multiplayer features, though the details of this component havenít been released.

Battlefield 3
Release Date: Q3 2011 | Genre: Online shooter | Also on: PS3, Xbox 360

Battlefield 3 is the installment in the long-running first-person shooter series developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. We know itís being developed on the Frostbite 2.0 engine and would expect it to follow the seriesí traditional focus on large, online multiplayer battles. Not many details have been shared so far, though.

The publisher confirmed to the media it will host an unveil event for the game on March, taking place during the week of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. In addition, those who purchased the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor this past fall received an invitation to the Battlefield 3 beta that will launch later this year.

Update: added the gameplay trailer showed at GDC 2011.

Rage
Release Date: September 13, 2011 | Genre: Action | Also on: PS3, Xbox 360, Mac

Rage is yet another game set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, this time on a planet devastated by an asteroid collision. The player emerges into this setting after being preserved inside an underground shelter called an Ark. As humanity works to rebuild itself youíll be faced with such forces as raider gangs, mutants, and the Authority -- an oppressive government regime that has a special interest in you in particular.

What may set Rage apart is that the team behind it is none other than id Software, the group lead by game development icon John Carmack. Rage will feature intense first-person action, vehicle combat inspired by racing titles like MotorStorm and Burnout, an expansive world and jaw-dropping graphics powered by id's new idTech 5 engine. Here's to hoping that we don't get a Doom 3 repeat, but a true gameplay gem with Rage.