Whoever said that gamers are always looking to the future might as well be guest-editing Kotaku this week, because we are ignoring the final two weeks of 2009 to begin our look at... 2010.
It's not that we don't like 2009. It was a fine year of gaming, one that we'll get around to reviewing and ranking soon enough (probably when we're done impatiently looking ahead to next year).
But at the halfway point of December, 2009 just doesn't have the magic anymore. It's an old man of a year and we can't help but be distracted by the enthusiasm of that young cherub of 2010. We know some wonderful things to be true already about the coming year:
-2010 will include a lot of games we thought we'd play in 2009 (Blur! Bayonetta! Singularity! Gran Turismo 5?)
-2010 will include a January-March choked with promising games (Mass Effect 2! BioShock 2! Splinter Cell Conviction!)
-2010 is already being experienced favorably by people in Japan (See again Bayonetta and this week's — for them — Final Fantasy XIII)
-2010 will include more Halo, more Metroid, more Mario, more God of War, more Madden (educated guess), more Star Wars The Force Unleashed and even more Shantae
-2010 will be the most motion-controlled year of gaming yet
With information like that, you can surely understand why we at Kotaku believe that 2010 has a shot at being better than 2009.
But we could be wrong.
To test our theories and to provide you a look at the possible future, we will be publishing posts all week that detail the concrete plans for games coming to each of the major platforms. In addition we'll be previewing a handful of upcoming games that demonstrate the diversity of the 2010 line-up. And we'll be opening things up to you in a series of posts that explore the imaginative possibilities of gaming in 2010.
For all our 2010-week posts, look for the tag 2010preview. We're expecting a fantastic gaming year to come, and we're ready to start talking about it... now.
*Technically, Kotaku's look at 2010 started yesterday with our preview of Heavy Rain and R.U.S.E., but really, 2010 is such a futuristic year that a bit of out-of-order time manipulation seems ok by us.