We’re currently halfway through 2016 and this year has already proven to be an exceptional year in gaming. Overwatch and Pokémon Go took the world by storm and virtual reality is being adopted at an incredible rate with more and more VR games and experiences being announced every day.
Back in January we published our picks for most anticipated games of 2016. Those picks were:
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
- World of Warcraft: Legion
- Homefront: The Revolution
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
A lot has happened since then. Mass Effect: Andromeda and Horizon: Zero Dawn have sadly been delayed and will most likely won’t be released until Q1 2017. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and Homefront: The Revolution have since been launched, and we’re still patiently waiting for World of Warcraft: Legion to come out.
With all these changing and delayed releases we felt it was time to update our list. These are the games we look forward to in the second half of 2016.
NO MAN’S SKY
No Man’s Sky promises near-infinite space exploration. From a first person perspective, the player explores the universe by spaceship, and explores distant planets on foot. The ultimate goal of the game is to find the center of the universe. All environments and creatures met along the way are procedurally generated meaning no two players will ever have the same experience. The game is so large that, to detect bugs, the developers built virtual space probes as manually checking for bugs and glitches would have taken far too many man hours. No Man’s Sky has been delayed before but is now set to be released on PC and PlayStation 4 on august 9, 2016. Fingers crossed!
CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE
Activision’s annual explosive first-person shooter was announced back in May. In the previous years, Call of Duty has come a long way from its origins as a WWII game, incorporating more and more futuristic elements in the story and the gameplay. This year, this futurism culminates in the game apparently taking combat all the way into space. This should lead to some pretty interesting gameplay. Online multiplayer has always been the key driver to Call of Duty’s replayability and it will be interesting to see how multiplayer has evolved since last year’s Black Ops 3. Players who pre-order Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will also receive a remastered version of the immensely popular Modern Warfare. The game releases on 4 November 2016.
THE LAST GUARDIAN
The last guardian has been in development since 2007. With 9 years of development time behind it, it’s easy to understand why the game has generated the hype that it has. The Last Guardian’s director – Fumito Ueda – has an excellent reputation. His previous title; Shadow of the Colossus was critically acclaimed and due to its popularity was ported over from PS2 to PS3, the next gen console at that time. In The Last Guardian, players take control of a young boy who needs to work together with Trico, a giant half-bird half-mammal, to solve puzzles and advance through the world. With the last guardian’s previous development problems, it’s hard to believe the game will actually launch this year, but we remain hopeful. The last guardian is set to release on 26 October 2016.
We first caught a glimpse of Giant Squid’s Abzû at E3. For those players who couldn’t get enough of Journey, Abzû promises to deliver a serene experience with a similar style and art direction. Players explore the depths of a beautifully rendered ocean to discover secrets hidden underwater. Abzû provides a change of pace from the more action-driven and violent titles of this list and will launch on 2 August 2016.
Titanfall 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to Titanfall, released in 2014. Titanfall is a first person shooter that focuses on the relationship between a giant mech-like ‘titan’ and its human pilot. Titanfall is known for its fast-paced, chaotic online multiplayer fun and Titanfall 2 will hopefully bring more of that same action. Where the original Titanfall focused solely on multiplayer gameplay, Titanfall 2 features a full-fledged singleplayer campaign. Hopefully this will let players dive deeper in the the game’s backstory. Titanfall 2 will launch on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on 28 October 2016.
Did we miss any great games that you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!