Firaxis game announcement coming on 12 April
Strategy game developer Firaxis will be revealing a new title at their PAX East panel this Saturday. How do I know that? Because the 2K blog says so. It was a bit of a giveaway, really.
The panel in question will begin at 11.30am (presumably East Coast time,) which means 9.30am Pacific or 5.30pm in the UK. That’s the starting time of course, so unless they open with the game reveal it’ll probably be a short while before they get around to actually announcing it.
Some of the PAX East panels are being streamed over the internet, but sadly that doesn’t appear to be the case for this one. In order to see the announcement happen in real time, it seems like you’ll actually have to be there in the audience. Still, I’m sure it’ll be on twitter within about 12 seconds.
So, speculation time. The 2K blog promotion says this will be an “AAA” title, which tends to just be a code word for a big budget. It’s Firaxis, so a PC version is about as close to guaranteed as you can get. A new Civilization is not entirely out of the question, and XCOM still has some uncharted territory to revisit with Terror from the Deep.
Or, it could be the mystery third option. A new idea and a new series entirely. Chances are it’ll be strategy focused though. If not, that really would be a surprise reveal.
The panel blurb states that the event “promises to give attendees an exciting sneak peek at the latest Firaxis Games project [and] a special announcement,” so in fact there may actually be two things to listen out for.