I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. 2015 was a bloody fantastic year for gaming. With the release of a bucket-load of anticipated titles, including Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, how can 2016 even come close? Well from what we know so far, it’s definitely a close contender.
With current-gen consoles now being in almost everyone’s home, it’s time for developers to step up, harness the power of these consoles, and show us what they can do. With the fall of last-gen, many are looking to developers to give them their money’s worth and this year could certainly be the year that happens.
So what are we looking forward to the most this year? Here’s a list of our most anticipated titles of 2016.
Okay, so we know little about this game, but I’m personally looking forward to what Respawn Entertainment can offer with the sequel to Titanfall. What we do know is that it’ll release on multiple platforms which should hopefully boost the game’s reach. Chances are, they’ll also make some improvements on the game from the feedback of the first too, such as adding a fully-fledged single player campaign.
There’s currently no release date for Titanfall 2.
Dark Souls III
This suggestion came from our very own Paul Graham. Though I’m personally unfamiliar with the series, we’ve got our eyes set on the third instalment into the Dark Souls series (and fourth entry in the Souls series). Last year we had the launch of Bloodborn, which was fantastic in its own right, but it did stray slightly from the traditional Souls formula.
Can Dark Souls III deliver on what Dark Souls fans have been waiting for?
Dark Souls III launches on April 12, 2016.
Now this game has us hooked. The Witness is an upcoming 3D puzzle video game created by Jonathan Blow and is currently in development by Thekla Inc.. It’s set to launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and eventually on iOS. We don’t know too much about the game as things have been kept well under wraps, but what we do know is that it’ll be set in a gorgeously designed colourful world filled with puzzles, and that there’s a possibility that one puzzle in particular may never be solved.
Each parts of the island are divided into different sections each with their own theme and setting. Though we’re yet to know exactly why we’re there.
The Witness is set to launch on January 26.
Now, I’m not much of a fantasy nut. I don’t really get on too well with games based on a fantasy setting, with swords, shields, and epic quests. Hell, I’m yet to actually get past the first Inn in The Witcher 3. But the idea of embarking on huge battles with a dragon companion, now that sounds awesome.
Scalebound is an Xbox One exclusive from Platinum Games launching in 2016 which has players take part in huge-scale battles against giant creatures, with their very own dragon. If that doesn’t already sound impressive, players can then team up with three other friends and their dragon companions to tackle an even bigger beast.
There’s currently no set release date for Scalebound.
Unravel has been one of those games which has stuck in my mind since its announcement at E3 earlier this year.
This game focuses on an adorable little wool character which embarks on a perilous journey collecting yarn on the way. It’s a physics based game where players must figure out how to solve each puzzle, using yarn – of course, and explore the world further.
According to the game’s developer Martin Sahlin, “the yarn that makes up Yarny represents love, and that the character unravels as they travel away from what they love.”
Unravel is set to launch on February 9, 2016.
The aliens have won and the world is under their control. Sounds like fun, right? Well no, not really, and it’s up to what remains of a small faction of XCOM soldiers, to rid the world of this terror – one turn at a time.
Yep, XCOM is back and will throw players into the roll of the Commander, 20 years following the events of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Can players fight for humanity despite being insanely outnumbered?
Looks like only PC players will know, as there’s currently no word on a console release.
XCOM 2 launches February 4, 2016.
No Man’s Sky
Do I need to really go into detail with this one? Launching on PlayStation 4, No Man’s Sky has players explore a seemingly endless universe filled with procedurally generated planets. Will players ever come across one another? Probably not. Will players ever fully explore the game’s universe? Definitely not.
No Man’s Sky currently has a rough release window of June 2016.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Now this is a game which could be something fantastic. Players find themselves in a mid-crisis New York fighting for survival. Players play as The Division, investigating the cause for the virus which is sending the world into chaos.
It’s a third person shooter where players can work together to complete objectives and rid the city of other factions hell bent on keeping the city in chaos. However, players can also turn on each other when entering a Dark Zone – a zone filled with high-value loot, and works as a PvP multiplayer mode within The Division.
Tom Clancy’s The Division is set to launch on March 8, 2016.
Of course, there are so many more games set to launch next year than what we’ve mentioned above, including Persona 4, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Hitman, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Quantum Break, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, and so much more.
What are you most looking forward to in 2016?