In The Week Ahead we summarise what's coming up across the next seven days of gaming. Did we miss something? Or do you have an idea for useful info we could include in future instalments? Let us know in the comments below.
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This week's key releases
- Broken Age: Act 1 (PC) - Release date Jan 28
- Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction DLC (Xbox One, 360) - Release date Jan 28
- Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PC) - Release date Jan 30
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition Release date (Xbox One, PS4) - Jan 28 (US), Jan 31 (EU)
- Rekoil: Liberator (XBLA) - Release date Jan 29
Mercifully, the New Year drought looks to be coming to something of an end, as a pool of high profile releases trickle into the public domain this week.
The most obvious is Square Enix's prettier version of Tomb Raider (read our Definitive Edition review for more on that) but perhaps equally promising is the PC release of slapstick physics game Octodad, preceded by the public release of DoubleFine's Broken Age: Act 1.
These welcome gifts from the game publishing gods will be swiftly followed in the coming weeks by the likes of Fable Anniversary, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Thief. It might be freezing outside, but at least you'll have some new toys to keep warm with.
There's a great rumbling behind the scenes as the games industry begins to commence its annual PR campaigns.
It's only Monday and already three games have been announced. If you could see my planning calendar, you'd note that the CVG team will be attending double that number in publisher events over the next ten days.
In terms of coverage, this week we're planning to continue our 'Games of 2014' series which takes a detailed look at the big hitters arriving on PC and console over the coming months.
At the end of the week the series will conclude in a reader vote in which you can put ticks next to your own most anticipated games of the year. Publishers pay attention to this so you should make sure you cast your votes.
We're also planning to publish an Octodad review and as the above video notes, Tuesday is EA financial day.
As Tamoor is due to imminently return from his international adventures playing Paradox games (I have no idea where he is), you can also expect a round-up of the most exciting and/or interesting titles set to come from the Swedish publisher.
On Thursday, as ever, we'll publish the latest CVG Off The Record podcast. If you haven't already, please listen and subscribe to it on iTunes. We're currently planning a number of new video ventures in the office and we'd love to hear your feedback on the show.
Thanks for reading . There's exciting stuff on the horizon.
Game fact of the week
This week in... 2006
"Original Guitar Hero developer Harmonix has confirmed last week's rumours that Neversoft will be handling Guitar Hero 3, while it goes after a new project.
"Speaking to Gamasutra producer Daniel Sussman said, "Here's the official line: Harmonix can confirm that we are not developing Guitar Hero 3. We are instead working on a different music game project, one that is a bigger and more ambitious endeavour than we felt we could pursue within the bounds of the Guitar Hero franchise."
"Publisher Activision has yet to make any official announcements regarding the future of the Guitar Hero franchise."