We already have specific release dates for some games coming in 2016, including the likes of Doom, Quantum Break and Dark Souls 3, but here are some of the games that are rumored or have no official release date set. 2016 already looks to have a wide variety of highly anticipated games and a stellar line up.
Adrift is an adventure game developed by Three One Zero, and sees you floating through an abandoned space station, with no recollection of how the station was destroyed. You play in first person, and during the game you will have to find clues to discover what happened. You have to also try and salvage a spacecraft to get home.
You play as a character called Alex Oshima, and you will need to navigate your way through some unique areas of the space station. You will have the chance to explore different areas, but need to take oxygen levels into consideration. The game is set in the year 2037, and you will have to read various documents and artifacts that give more insight to the world.
The game is supposedly meant to be headed to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year. The game started development back in 2013, and is a game that doesn’t have any combat or violence. ‘Walking simulators’ like Gone home and Firewatch have been very popular lately and its interesting to see a slight twist on the genre. This looks like an interesting setting and will hopefully come later this year.
The original Watch Dogs game was highly anticipated, and after it was released it received a lot of negativity. The game suffered from downgraded graphics and had a general sense of disappointment surrounding the hyped up gameplay. Watch Dogs was always set out to be the start of a new franchise that would see more than one release. There hasn’t yet been an official release date, but Ubisoft have acknowledged the sequel is coming.
The game was leaked via a LinkedIn post, which stated the game is very much alive and being worked on. Ubisoft have delivered some extremely popular games and franchises over the years and Watch Dogs 2 will certainly gain some momentum and hype. Ubisoft often have multiple releases every year. Last year we saw Assassins Creed Syndicate, and with that franchise taking 2016 off it could be possible that Watch Dogs 2 slots nicely into the Winter release schedule this year. Its entirely possible that we could see something revealed at their pre-E3 press conference.
THE LAST GUARDIAN
Well this game has been one that has been rumoured now for many years and is one of the most anticipated and craved games to hit the PS4. The game is being developed by genDESIGN and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.
The game is said to draw inspiration from Funito Ueda’s previous games, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. The game has already shown a short snippet of gameplay, which sees a boy and a giant bird-like creature helping each other through a beautiful world.
The game has been in development since 2007, and has suffered multiple delays and difficulties. The game was originally being designed for the PS3, but in 2012 it was decided it would be moved to the PS4. The game was re-announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015, and was said to be released in 2016. No official date has been set, but surely it’s a game that can’t slip again.
Yooka Laylee is a game that was announced on Kickstarter, and is expected to be released on all platforms. The game is a 3D platformer developed by Playtonic Games, who are a group ex-Rare during the Nintendo 64 generation.
Many of the team worked on games like Banjo-Kazooie and now want to bring back the popular genre. You play as two characters, much like Banjo-Kazooie. You control Yooka, who is a chameleon, and Laylee, who is a female bat. The game is said to have a strong focus on being a “collectathon,” much like popular platforming games in the 90’s and 2000s.
No official date has been announced, but the game has surely progressed a fair way since it began development. It will be interesting to see if it comes out later this year, and how it feels to go back and play that style of game, that was so popular.
GEARS OF WAR 4
Gears of War is another massive exclusive Microsoft will most likely be dropping later this year. The game is a third-person shooter, developed by Coalition, and published by Microsoft Studios.
This is going to be the sequel to Gears of War 3. Microsoft purchased the rights from Epic Games back in 2014, and Coalition began work on the new game. The game has no set date yet, but many are expecting it to release on Xbox One during the later part of 2016. The game however wont be coming out on Xbox 360. It has also been rumoured that there will be a beta testing sometime this Spring, and the 1 million people who purchased Gears of War Ultimate Edition will get their hands on it first. This would be another huge exclusive for Xbox One and is surely going to be one of the heavy hitters this year.
There will most certainly be a new Battlefield game. According to a tweet from DICE development director Dan Vaderlind, he has now moved over to the next Battlefield, after recently finishing Star Wars Battlefront.
The game has no set date, but is expected to be released later this year. Its unclear whether the game will Battlefield 5, or a separate game like Hardline. The Battlefield series usually release every two years, with Battlefield 3 released in 2011, Battlefield 4 in 2013 and then Hardline after that. The game is supposedly going to return to its military theme, rather than in Hardline, where you played as a cop. Battlefield is a first –person shooter with a huge fan base and following, and would be a massive game to launch later this year.
TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 3
Its been a while since we have had a Telltale Walking Dead game. It has been made clear that there will be a new season from the studio.
During a panel at South by Southwest, Telltale Games stated that the game is on its way. There hasn’t been any news on a specific release date, and there will be another Walking Dead game, called ‘Michonne’ will come out first earlier this year. The game is said to be a smaller release, much like ‘400 Days.”
The studio will want to have some space between the new season and the smaller game, and maybe season 3 could come later on this year. By looking at the past release schedule from Telltale, they tend to release each game around six months after a release. So it will be interesting to see when ‘Michonne’ comes out, and whether we will see season 3 later this year.
FINAL FANTASY 15
This game needs no introduction and is expected to come later this year, despite have multiple delays, setbacks and complications. The game is an action-adventure RPG that is being developed by Square Enix.
The game is the 15th in the series and forms part of the Fabula Nova Crytallis subseries. The game looks hugely different from previous installments, with a darker tone, huge open areas and battle systems. The game looks to take place in a world similar to modern day Earth. The game started developed way back in 2006, and has been rumoured for many years. The game was originally planned for the PS3, but eventually shifted to a PS4 release.
The demo was released back in March 2015 and shipped with copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. It was also recently revealed that there will be a release date announcement event happening in March this year. Surely the game will be scheduled for a release later this year, unless the game sees further development problems.
SEA OF THIEVES
Sea of Thieves is an upcoming multiplayer adventure game developed by Rae and published by Microsoft Studios. The game will be for Xbox One and Windows, but there hasn’t been much shown from the game as yet.
The game has no release date announced, but they have said the game will feature user-generated content. Aaron Greenberg, head of first-party and third-party development for Xbox, has given some details like more news will be coming this year. He recently did an interview with Ryan Mcaffrey for IGN, where he spoke about playing the game numerous times.
Rare have described the game as one of its most ambitious projects ever. Rare are known for having a unique style of game, with bright and colourful design choices. The game has no release date, but could be a contender for later this year. You can sign up on their official website for the latest news and updates.
Ubisoft Montreal have been working on a game called ‘For Honor’ which was announced back at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The game is all about hand-to-hand combat, that sees you fight as knights, Vikings and samurai.
The different classes will have various abilities and weapons, and there will be elements of customisation within the game. The game had a fairly significant showing last year, with a playable demo. The CGI trailer gave a good look into the game and what to expect. The game is set t be released for Windows, PS4, and Xbox One. No official date has been announced, but it could be a game we see later on this year.
Boundless is an open-world sandbox game, that hasn’t shown too much so far. Boundless is going to be a hugely ambitious PS4 and PC cross-platform game, where everybody plays together in one single universe.
Your home world area is procedurally generated to look different to anyone else’s. The game is going for a vibrant, colourful visual style. The idea is that you will be able to step through portals, which transport you to different worlds. The game is being developed by Wonderstruck, and was announced back at Paris Games Week last year.
The game looks very unique and will feature exploration and various types of gaming experiences, whether its fighting to survive, hunting, collecting creatures and crafting. The game looks like it has taken inspiration from games like Minecraft and other crafting games. Games that offer a sense of freedom and exploration are extremely popular nowadays and this certainly looks like a sandbox game that wants to push the genre forward. The game has no official release date, but it could be a strong part of PlayStation’s lineup this year.
The persona franchise is one that has slowly grown over the years, with Persona 4 being highly praised. Persona 5 is an upcoming RPG in development by Atlus. It has been said that the game will release in Japan and North America in 2016.
Katsuhiro Harada, who is the director, has given some details on the upcoming game. He revealed you will play as a boy called Phantom. He suffers some unfortunate twists of fate, and becomes homeless. There will apparently be four main characters in the game. If this release is anything like the last, it will have important dialogue choices, deep combat system and unique settings.
Persona 5 will be an exclusive for PlayStation owners, and is expected to come out sometime this year, although no exact date is set. It has been penciled in for sometime around the summer. Persona 5 would be a huge title for PlayStation and hopefully the team will reveal more soon.
The creators of Gone Home have been working on a new game called Tacoma, which is set on a space station known as “Tacoma.” You play as Amy Ferrier, on her first day on the space station. The game is described as a first-person sci-fi experience.
The game is being developed by Fullbright, and is supposedly going to be released at some point this year. Not much is known about the game, apart from the teaser trailer and a few interviews with the team.
Tacoma was revealed in 2014 during the PlayStation Experience. The game is set to release sometime this year as a timed Microsoft Exclusive on PC and Xbox One.
Last year at Bethesda’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Dishonored 2 was officially announced. The game is an action-adventure stealth RPG, being developed by Arkane Studios. It is expected to release sometime this year, probably late on, and will come out on Windows, Xbox One and PS4.
The game is set 15 years after The Dunwall Plague, and the Empire begins to descend into chaos after Empress Emily Kaldwin is suddenly dethroned and becomes an outlaw. She is determined to fight back for her title. The game has a prologue, which will see you play as Emily Kaldwin. You will then be able to choose if you want to play as Emily or Corvo Attano.
According to the gameplay trailer, the game will actually be running on a brand new engine, and no longer on the Unreal 3 version for the previous game. The game has been in development for some time now and is likely to release later on this year. This is a hugely anticipated sequel that looks great.
ReCore is another game that hasn’t given much information apart from a short trailer. The action-adventure game is being developed by Comcept and Armature Studio. The game is going to be released on Windows and Xbox One.
ReCore was originally revealed in 2015, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The trailer gave a little look at the style of the game, which sees you play as a young woman in a desert, with her robotic dog. You use a grappling hook to transverse environments, and collect cores. At the end of the initial trailer, Microsoft revealed that the game would be released in the second quarter of 2016, but since then it has been announced that the game has been delayed until later this year. There has been no specific date confirmed, but the delay would surly give the team time now to make sure they finish this year.
When it comes to high caliber video game franchise, Mass Effect has to be one of the most anticipated games to possibly be released later this year. Mass Effect: Andromeda is the upcoming action RPG shooter from Bioware. The game will be released on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
The game will take place after the events of the original trilogy, and will be set in the Andromeda Galaxy. The game was originally rumoured back in 2012, via tweets from the former BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson. In March 2013, Hudson revealed at PAX East, that BioWare was starting development of the next Mass Effect game. This is said to be a completely new story, and shouldn’t been seen as Mass Effect 4. On January 19, 2015, it was revealed that the next installment involved 200 developers.
Mass Effect: Andromeda was revealed on June 15th 2015, at EA’s conference at E3. There was a teaser trailer that was also uploaded to the Mass Effect YouTube channel. There hasn’t been much detail or information released about the game, but it is supposedly meant to be released later this year. Mass Effect: Andromeda is probably one of the most anticipated games this year and it will be interesting to see what the game has in store.
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