Developer: Comcept Publisher: Microsoft Release Date: Q2 2016 ReCore was one of the 5 best-looking new IPs announced at E3 2015. It’s from Mega Man and Dead Rising creator Keiji Inafune. I don’t know much just yet about the title, but I know the female character is named Jewel, and her robot buddy is named Mack. Mack and Jewel find each other in the beginning of the game, and they try to help bring humanity back to the planet while a separate faction of robots tries to stop them. According to Inafune, “One of the big features of this game is that the scenery completely changes after a sandstorm, which actually affects the maps in the gameplay.”
Developer: id Software Publisher: Bethesda Release Date: Q2 2016 Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC We all knew Bethesda was planning a new Doom, but it wasn’t until they showed Doom gameplay at E3 2015 that I actually became excited. The Doom gameplay trailer is quite impressive, and paired with the fact that I’ve loved every game in the series so far
Developer: Insomniac Games Publisher: Sony Release Date: Q2 2016 Platform: PS4 The PS4 NEEDS Ratchet & Clank. Badly. And after seeing the recently released gameplay video for the upcoming PS4 game, I’m excited to see these two unlikely heroes find their way to the newest generation of consoles. It’s just one of the many upcoming PS4 exclusives of 2016 on this list.
Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: Sony Release Date: March 18, 2016 Platform: PS4 Like many, I was disappointed with the news that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End wouldn’t see the light of 2015. The upcoming action-adventure game will take place three years after Uncharted 3, with a retired Nathan Drake being needed by his older brother, Sam. The duo chase the conspiracy behind a long lost pirate colony and the treasure contained within.
Developer: FromSoftware Publisher: Bandai Namco Release Date: 2016 Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC It might actually be too soon for a new Dark Souls just yet, which is why Dark Souls 3 might not live up to the hype. But, FromSoftware has yet to steer us wrong, and the franchise’s predecessors were both GOTY material. Hopefully, FromSoftware don’t treat it like a cash grab and the game brings new mechanics.
Developer: Ubisoft Massive Publisher: Ubisoft Release Date: March 8, 2016 Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC When it was first announced, I thought The Division was an MMO, but to my disappointment, I were wrong. Still, what I’ve seen from The Division so far has me excited. In The Division, a disease that spreads on Black Friday causes the collapse of the United States government in just five days, and the country quickly becomes a chaotic post apocalyptic free-for-all. You play the role of a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, known as “The Division,” who has been tasked with doing whatever necessary to prevent the fall of society as we know it. The game can be played in its entirety or online, and has a PvP mode. Yeah, I’ll definitely be checking this out.
Developer: Yager Publisher: Deep Silver Release Date: TBA 2016 Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC Dying Light must have had Dead Island 2 shaking in its boots, since shortly after the former released, the latter was delayed into 2016. Still, the original Dead Island was a solid idea that just wasn’t fully fleshed out. Dead Island 2 will hopefully be the fleshed out version.
Developer: Capcom Publisher: Capcom Release Date: March 2016 Platforms: PS4, PC Although I’m a little sour that Street Fighter V isn’t coming to Xbox One, I am still excited for the next iteration of my favorite fighting game franchise. I was growing sick of the Ultra Super Turbo editions. I’ve wanted a SF5 for quite some time, and Street Fighter 5 is sure to be one of the most anticipated upcoming games for many gamers around the globe.
Developer: Team Ico Publisher: Sony Release Date: TBA 2016 Platforms: PS4 It’s official: The Last Guardian is still on the way, and is expected to be released at some point in 2016. Hopefully, this game will live up to all of the hype. Gameplay was debuted at E3 2015, and aside from the little boy’s annoying call to his friendly beast, it was awe-inspiring.
Developer: Studio MDHR Publisher: Studio MDHR Release Date: TBA 2016 Platforms: Xbox One, PC Looking for something truly unique? How about Chad and Jared Moldehauer’s Cuphead, a ridiculously awesome-looking platformer in the style of 1930s cartoons. Cuphead not only looks great visually, but the gameplay also looks incredibly fun. Undoubtedly, Cuphead is going to be one of the best new indie games of 2016.
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11. Mass Effect Andromeda
Developer: BioWare Publisher: Electronic Arts Release Date: Q4 2016 Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC Previously known as Mass Effect 4, Mass Effect: Andromeda was officially announced at E3 2015 during EA’s conference (admittedly, it was one of just two highlights from EA). The game will run on the Frostbite 3 engine, and will not star Commander Shephard. Multiplayer has been confirmed, too, so I’m excited to see what Andromeda will hold for us next Holiday season.
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12. For Honor
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Release Date: TBA Platforms: PS4, PC and Xbox One For Honor was also revealed at E3 2015, and it’s safe to say that it pretty much stole the show. Not one single person thought Ubisoft would bring anything new to their show, but For Honor looks like nothing else I’ve played before. There are three factions (Knights, Samurais and Vikings) facing off against each other in 4 v 4 battles, with both teams in a match also facing their enemy’s army. They had me at samurais.
Developer: Ubisoft Paris Publisher: Ubisoft Release Date: TBA Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is an upcoming tactical shooter that will be the tenth installment in the Ghost Recon franchise. It will feature an open world environment, and looks to draw influences from Just Cause 3 and Grand Theft Auto 5. The game will be set in modern times this time, and the open world will feature a variety of environments (indicating that the map is likely huge).
Developer: Coldwood Interactive Publisher: Electronic Arts Release Date: TBA Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC Unravel is an interesting upcoming puzzle-platformer from Coldwood Interactive and EA. The game revolves around the unoriginally named protagonist, Yarny, a small creature made of red yarn who explores the world around him using his own body. The game will see Yarny unraveling himself to create lines to solve puzzles and progress in the game. I’m expecting Yarny’s story to unravel (see what I did there) in Q4 2016. It’s a unique concept, which is unusual for EA, which is why we’ve included Unravel in our list of the most anticipated upcoming games of 2016.
Developer: Guerilla Games Publisher: Sony Release Date: TBA 2016 Platform: PS4 As Gamestop amply stated, E3 2015 saw the rise of the female hero. Horizon: Zero Dawn is another highly anticipated upcoming game with a female protagonist, and it looks absolutely incredible. Think caveman times set in the distant future where man has been taken over by machine. It’s all set in an open world, which appears to be beautifully designed. I can’t wait to see more from Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Developer: Eidos Montreal Publisher: Square Enix Release Date: Early 2016 Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC The next Deus Ex game is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which will be set in 2029, two years after Human Revolution. It’ll bring back Adam Jensen with new technology and body augmentations. I don’t have many other details for the game than that, but I’m hoping to see some multiplayer added in.
Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix Release Date: TBA Platforms: PS4, Xbox One Kingdom Hearts 3 looked better than I expected it to when it was recently shown at E3. And, the series is coming to Xbox One, too. I’m excited to see what new Disney worlds we’ll see in Kingdom Hearts 3, given the plethora of properties that Disney owns. Where will Sora go next?
Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Release Date: TBA 2016 Platform: Wii U It’s unfortunate that The Legend of Zelda Wii U is the only Wii U game on this list, because the games that I do have for the console already, I love. I’m actually wondering if it’ll become The Legend of Zelda NX at this rate. Still, the footage I’ve seen from the upcoming Wii U game looks absolutely stunning, and clearly will push Nintendo’s latest console to its limits. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about Link’s new adventure.
Developer: The Coalition (Black Tusk) Publisher: Microsoft Studios Release Date: Q4 2016 Platforms: Xbox One Microsoft’s next Gears of War will be Gears 4, and the trailer we were blessed with at E3 looks ridiculously good. I wouldn’t have thought that I would have wanted a new Gears of War (I mean, how different can it actually be this time around?), but the reveal was just done so perfect.
Developer: Remedy Entertainment Publisher: Microsoft Studios Release Date: TBA 2016 Platform: Xbox One While it’s still possible we’ll see another Quantum Break delay, the game is slated for some time in 2016 exclusively for the Xbox One. We’ve seen an impressive amount of gameplay already, so you’d have to imagine that the release date will be earlier in 2016. Who knows. But the game comes from Remedy Entertainment (Alan Wake, Max Payne), and there games have been pretty snazzy, right? Quantum Break will involve the power of time manipulation and will have a digital TV series release along with it.
Developer: Platinum Games Publisher: Microsoft Studios Release Date: TBA Platform: Xbox One The game is developed by Star Fox Zero and The Wonderful 101 developer Platinum Games, and we’re excited to see what this new IP holds. It also has big Dragons 🙂
Developer: Gearbox Software Publisher: 2K Games Release Date: TBA Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC Battleborn is a video game concept I’ve been wanting for quite some time. It’s an FPS arena game with heroes as opposed to soldiers, and the genre needs the fresh take badly. The game is said to have a lot of Borderlands’ elements in it (what else would you expect when Gearbox developed that as well). It’s expected to be released in late 2015 or early 2016, and I’m fully expecting it to be early 2016.
Developer: Cloudgine Publisher: Microsoft Release Date: TBA Platform: Xbox One Even though the open-world mayhem gameplay can be found in numerous other games like it (Saints Row IV, Just Cause, etc) , I’m still hotly anticipating Crackdown for the Xbox One. I have a feeling the game is going to be incredibly fun and over-the-top ridiculous, and I can’t wait to find every damn orb in the game again.
Developer: Blizzard Publisher: Blizzard Release Date: TBA Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC Don’t tell me that I can’t be anticipating Overwatch and Battleborn at the same time — I can, and I will. In fact, I’m actually looking forward to Blizzard’s arena shooter even more than 2K Games’s. From what I’ve played so far (a very limited amount, admittedly), it’s going to be one of the biggest contenders for Game of the Year next year, thanks to its heavy MOBA influences with unique characters and combat.
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