No question about it, Destiny dominated the headlines over the summer. I’ve never seen hype like it in all my days, but now that the dust is starting to settle and with it a little bit of reality, what game is likely to take its place in the run up to the holiday season?
It doesn’t necessarily have to even be one of the games coming out before 2015 since a few great ones got pushed a bit over the line into next year. If you’re a game developer though you would probably hope that your title coming in fall would get the most press.
The hottest, most popular titles that we will see this side of 2014 are probably Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, The Evil Within, and maybe a little game called Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. There’s also the possibility of Insomniac’s new IP effort for Xbox One Sunset Overdrive gaining traction. It is an exclusive from a talented company that used to do a lot for Sony after all. Plus it looks fun. I think Alien: Isolation will get some good press but probably won’t be a huge subject of discussion, more like a great aside.
If we’re going to push conversation topics into 2015 then we’re talking about Bloodborne, The Order: 1886, perhaps Dying Light and Battlefield: Hardline. Honestly though, these 2015 games aren’t likely to excite much journalistic interest until a month or less before their release. The Order had some traction until it got some bad press for not appearing all “revolutionary.” Bloodborne has the stigma of likely being for a subset of gamers, and Battlefield just has a bad reputation that has been well earned with the problems surrounding Battlefield 4.
No, I think whoever grabs the most headlines will be coming sooner. The obvious choice is Call of Duty. It runs the show every year right? Something tells me Destiny is going to throw some water on the usual CoD fire this year. Plus it is, after all, yet another entry in a franchise that now comes in and goes out like an energy drink on an empty stomach. It’s all about the multiplayer right? Well there appears to be a new multiplayer king in town. At least the two games have the same publisher so it all comes out in the wash.
Horror seems to be making a tentative comeback. Outlast was a blast, P.T. has excited many people about what Silent Hills from Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima could turn into. So maybe the creator of Resident Evil can scare up some stories with The Evil Within. I’m on board with that game but I think horror still needs time to rise to make the masses excited.
I’m also down for Dragon Age: Inquisition, which appears to want to repair the damage done to fans by the claustrophobic Dragon Age II. Still, with it being a cross-gen game I’m keeping my standards realistic. Overall quality and opinions doesn’t mean it won’t make huge headlines though. We will see lots of pretty images from the game on high settings, hear many awesome promises, and generate action from the RPG community who has been dormant over the summer. Also, if it doesn’t live up to expectations then that alone will really make it a hot topic to write about around the net.
Far Cry 4 will come and go with a few nice stories and videos: another quickly made entry at the end of a generation. It’s Assassin’s Creed Unity that I think may take the prize of biggest headliner. First, it’s Assassin’s Creed for cripe’s sake. Despite being a yearly entry with all kinds of extra creedyness all over mobile devices plus yet another game (AC: Rogue) for the last generation riding alongside this one, the masses still eat it up. This time it will finally be an entry made exclusively for the next generation of console gaming without those old systems holding anything back. I think that will make it highly scrutinized, which will generate a lot of buzz about the standard things: graphics, frames per second, multiplayer, combat/gameplay changes, story continuation, etc. The AC community is just huge and I think the next biggest hype will land on Ubisoft’s doorstep.
It’s a good thing they are used to it.