After a blockbuster year with record sales, video-games publishers show no signs of letting up in 2008 as they prepare for the release of a parade of new titles for legions of gamers.
The gaming community is already buzzing over the long-awaited release of such titles as
Grand Theft Auto IV
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Little Big Planet
, a new game from
, a small game developer. Industry observers say some of the releases could spark a new trend in games offerings.
The stakes are huge.
is pinning its hopes on the release of
Saints Row 2
hopes its new fitness game will provide a successful template for its best-selling console.
Together, these new games could take the industry even higher. Despite fears of a slowdown in the economy and weak consumer spending, industry sales were up 52% to $13.2 billion, as of November, from a year ago. Gamers saw one of the biggest lineups ever with releases that included such blockbusters as
Call of Duty IV
Guitar Hero 3
The year clearly belonged to
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, which not only
sales charts through the crucial holiday season, but also pulled off a $18.9 billion merger with
to become the industry's largest publisher.
While publishers haven't completely disclosed the titles under development, here's a list of some games that could have the greatest impact on stock prices in 2008.