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Gaming Preview: What Titles You’ll Play Next Year

Video game developers show off new blockbuster titles at E3 2013, several of which sport parkour and freerunning gameplay

With the dust settled on three days of demos, surprise announcements, and a passive-aggressive Goliath-versus-Goliath confrontation at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, gamers now have an overwhelming number of reasons to be nice until the holiday season.

Sony and Microsoft unveiled their next-generation consoles, the PS4 and Xbox One, to much anticipation; and Sony appears to have “won the weekend”  due to some controversial choices made by its competitor. Nintendo was noticeably absent from the expo without a new console to push, electing instead to broadcast a video announcing new titles for the Wii U including Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros Universe and Super Mario 3D World.

Among the noisemaking headlines at E3 were several games that infuse parkour and freerunning into their narrative:


Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Sporting two new trailers, Black Flag showed off its extensive and fully integrated Caribbean map. Check out Spencer Perry’s review for AC IV—hitting shelves for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC on October 29, and for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later in the year—received consensus votes as one of E3’s most anticipated titles.


Mirror’s Edge

EA DICE’s big E3 surprise came in the form of a reboot to the 2008 smash Mirror’s Edge. One gamer spared no emotion during the announcement. ME promises to feature an open-world interface, allowing players to explore both the setting and freerunning gameplay more than in the original. DICE general manager Karl Magnus-Troedsson kept details close to the chest in an interview with Engadget (skip to 9:40), confirming only that the game will follow Faith’s origins and that the game is powered by DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine. The release date for Mirror’s Edge is TBA.


Sunset Overdrive

Insomniac Games, longtime exclusive partner to Sony, announced its first Xbox-exclusive title in Sunset Overdrive. This cartoony open-world shooter features embellished parkour, highlighted in the trailer, as means for the main characters to move around their mutant-infested city. Sunset Overdrive has no official release date.


Infamous: Second Son

IGN senior editor Colin Moriarty had nothing but praise for Sucker Punch’s third episode in the Infamous series, calling Second Son “an outright evolution.” Sucker Punch provided E3-goers with a new trailer, gameplay video, and an interview with game director Nate Fox. The release on Infamous: Second Son remains TBA.



An Xbox-exclusive title, this will be Respawn Entertainment’s first release—the company formed after Infinity Ward’s top brass (Jason West and Victor Zampella) were curiously terminated by parent company Activision. Zampella introduced a trailer and gameplay video for this ambitious title that features both human-like pilots who scale walls and leap roofs and enormous war machines built for destruction. Titanfall has no official release date.