Back a few years ago, in 2006, eek! I posted about a bunch of games that I was looking forward too. There was Age of Conan, Tabula Rasa, Warhammer Online, Huxley, Star Trek Online, and Stargate Worlds. Sadly of the four in that list that actually released, only two are still with us.
Over the years I posted a few more times about games in development that I was looking forward too, but probably not in as quite a structured way as that first post. So I figure it’s time once again to post about some of the games that I am looking forward too. This time though, they’re not all MMOs, I’ll include single player games in this list as well. Here’s hoping they’ll all be released and around in 9 years time.
The Fallout games have always offered a ton of enjoyment.
It’s hard to believe that the last Fallout game in the series, Fallout: New Vegas was released five years ago in 2010. So it’s about time a new game comes on the scene.
This time the action occurs in and around the Boston area. Being from Oz, I’m not sure what this will entail but I suspect there will be a revolutionary theme going on here, seeing as Boston was one of the focal points for the American Revolution. Other than that, it looks like the usual array of weapons is going to be available, but the video below does show a laser musket, a single shot windup laser rifle. Revolution anyone?
It looks like Bethesda is using the same engine tech from Skyrim. The game looks gorgeous. It may not be possible to play without stopping and looking at the scenery. That’s very zen.
Why I’m looking forward to this: It’s Fallout. It has history, err, futustory, whatever…
The video below shows a lot of the gameplay, some of the characters you’ll encounter, and a couple of the companions available. It’s also very pretty.
The Repopulation is a SciFi based sandbox MMORPG that is currently in Buy To Play early access and is available on Steam.
There’s a very strong crafting focus in the game, and players can choose to play as adventurers with combat or as crafters. It comes across as a modern day Star Wars Galaxies, and looks to have borrowed a lot of the concepts and systems from that game.
I did initially ignore this, but the more I look into it, the more I am eager to play it. I think the big problem is that the MMO genre has become somewhat stale. Despite big new flashy releases like Skyforge, these games seem terribly thin. There’s combat and building a character for combat, but not much else. Any crafting is simple, and the items made don’t contribute to the world. So… well perhaps this is a topic for another post, regardless, if The Repopulation can pull this off, it should be a solid game with a lot of scope for doing more than just pew pew slash slash.
Why I’m Looking Forward To This: I need a meaty sandbox to play in.
The video shows some of the gameplay, but that’s likely to have changed a bit since it’s an alpha version being shown.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
I’ve enjoyed the Deus Ex series ever since the first game was released. I love the FPS style combined with the RPG elements, and the fact that the games suit multiple paths and gameplay styles. If I want to stealth the whole way through I can try that. If I want to go with minimum violence I can. And if I want to be a homicidal gun-wielding maniac I can do that too.
Mankind Divided follows on a few years after the events of Human Revolution, but still before Deus Ex 1, and Infinity War. It appears that thing that you saved the world from in HR has made humanity distrustful of augmented humans and with people being people, there’s a bit of ruckus. Once again as Adam Jensen, you step in to stop the crisis.
Why I’m Looking Forward To This: It’s a return to the cyberpunkish world of Deus Ex.
This is the E3 Trailer video. BTW, some of these videos say PS4, but the games will also be released on PC. (I hope that doesn’t mean they’ll have crappy controller schemes.)
Back a couple of years ago when folks started talking about Everquest 3, my first thought was: Nuh Uh! There’s no way SOE will dilute Everquest and Everquest 2 any more than they already have. I figured SOE would do something new.
So. That was wrong.
SOE, now Daybreak, announced Everquest Next sometime later, and have been working on that ever since. There’s been some speculation that the development is in jeopardy with the sale of SOE and name change to Daybreak, but for the most part I think that’s pretty much unfounded.
What I’m looking forward to here is the high level of interactivity with the world. It appears that much of the world is destructible, and of course, players can build too. It’s a lot more sandboxy than the earlier incarnations of Everquest which I think is a good thing. I think we’ve gone a bit overboard on the whole themepark thing over the last few years. MMOs need a bit of variety to spice things up.
The graphic style is also interesting. Most definitely not Everquest 2. As much as I loved EQ2, the graphics in particular the character models always invited a lot of criticism. It didn’t bother me that much, but never really had the beauty of LotRO or Age of Conan, and lot of the uncanny valley effect. The graphic in EQ Next appear to be a little more cartoony (for want of a better word) perhaps more reminiscent of Warcraft than Everquest.
Why I’m Looking Forward To This: Despite its flaws I love the world of Everquest.
It was hard picking a video for this, most of their workshop videos are fairly long. This one was uploaded just on two years ago, so I’d expect there to have been improvements in graphics and gameplay since then. I suppose we’ll find out more the closer we get to release.
Project Gorgon is an indie MMO being developed by Eric Heimburg and Sandra Powers both who have worked on such games as Asheron’s Call 1 & 2, Everquest 2, and Star Trek Online in various capacities.
They have just reached their funding goal on their third Kickstarter attempt, and have the game out for free early access. There’s still a couple of weeks to go for the campaign too, if you’d like to contribute.
Gorgon is very reminiscent of the original Everquest graphics style, however this should improve a bit with the success of their Kickstarter campaign, as getting better graphics was one of the funding goals. But, personally I don’t find this that much of a big deal. I’ll admit to being influenced by graphical quality, but that’s not the be and end all for me. I’m much more impressed by gameplay, and this I think is where Gorgon will be a standout. There’s a return to some of the gameplay concepts of old, but there’s a lot of experimentation here. After all how many games let you play as a freakin’ cow?
Why I’m Looking Forward To This: It’s a sandbox, it’s different, it’s made by people who made my first MMO, and I want to believe and indie can fly.
The video I have included here is their Kickstarter campaign video and it gives a good overview of the game, it’s style, and more importantly the ideas (and humour) of the team behind it. As I said before it’s in a playable state now so you can go and download it for Windows and Mac and play it for free.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Okay. Technically this one isn’t an up and coming game. It has been released. It does, however, have system requirements way beyond what I currently have, or can have without buying or building a whole new computer, and that isn’t in the budget right now. So, for me, yeah it’s yet to come…
Still, this looks to be an impressive game which follows on the mythology of Return to Castle Wolfenstein’s main character BJ Blazkowicz in an alternate future where the Nazis developed the atomic bomb before the Allies and consequently won World War 2. I’m not sure the year the game is set in, but it appears to be sometime in the 1950’s or later.
I really enjoyed RtCW when it came out and played the game out. I remember the story being enjoyable, lots of diverse locations, and some humour. The New Order looks to repeat on this, but with a lot of cut scenes and some quality voice acting. Other than that the gameplay looks to be very much in the vein of the traditional FPS with a decent variety of weapons and enemies.
Why I’m Looking Forward To This: Who doesn’t love killing Nazis?
Warning: The video below does have a number of violent elements as is normal for a FPS. At first I thought I was watching the wrong video, but that idea was quickly put to rest.
There you have it. Six up and coming games; three single player and three MMORPGs, that I am very much looking forward to spending some time with.
What are you looking forward to playing?
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