It has been three months since the last time we here at GameCrate sat down and chose the games we are personally anticipating the most. The first few months of 2015 featured a few big titles which had been delayed right out of 2014, but now that games like Evolve and Battlefield Hardline are in the rear-view mirror, suddenly we find ourselves with very few big titles with definite release dates in the year to come. That will likely change as we move through E3 in June, but for now 2015 is a sea of possible releases dotted with a few islands of gaming we've been expecting for years now.
Here are the games we are anticipating the most in Spring 2015.
Nick’s Most Anticipated Games
I didn't play the first Blood Bowl, but I'm not going to be able to resist the sequel. We've seen gameplay footage, screenshots, and team bios so far, and the game looks like a wonderfully fun mash-up of turn-based strategy and the fantasy trappings of the Warhammer world. It reminds me nicely of Mutant League Football -- though of course that is its own separate thing, with an official remake forthcoming.
I've always been a sucker for asymmetrical turn-based strategy games, which are far more common in the realm of board games (which is the origin of Blood Bowl) than they are in the digital world, and happily the developers of Blood Bowl 2 look to be going in-depth with the AI to make the single player experience one that will stand the test of time.
Overwatch is an upcoming FPS which is sort of like Team Fortress 2 and sort of like a MOBA. It's from Blizzard, a studio which, generally speaking, doesn't make bad games. I gave Overwatch a try shortly after it was announced at BlizzCon 2014, and found the varied gameplay styles and colorful cast of characters engaging right from the start.
Big companies are becoming more experimental with their FPS titles, which is exciting to gamers like me who are bored to death by generic military shooters. Overwatch features characters who fly, climb, and charge. They might be futuristic robots of archer assassins. No matter what sort of FPS player you are -- and even if you aren't normally FPS fan -- Blizzard is looking to include elements in Overwatch to engage you, and I'm excited to see what else they add to the title before its official launch.
What more can be said about the Arkham games? They're some of the finest titles we've seen in the modern era, and are considered by many (myself included) to be the best-ever adaptation of a superhero to the video game medium.
Arkham Knight has suffered a number of delays since it was originally announced, but that just gives us all time to go back and watch the trailers again. Boy, that looks like fun, doesn't it?
I'm interested to see what new things Arkham Knight brings to the series, and while I'm not sold on the drivable Batmobile (when I play these games I want to be Batman, not his car)the dark promise of the series-first M rating and mysterious antagonist are more than enough to keep me hooked until the game finally comes out.
I hadn't heard of this game before having a chance to go hands-on with it at PAX East-adjacent event a month ago, but it ended up being dome of the most pure fun I've had with a game in a long time. I already shared my thoughts in detail, but the brief version is that Mushroom11 is an innovative, stylish indie puzzle-platformer with a control scheme that feels truly special.
I've found myself thinking about Mushroom11 a lot since playing it, and I can't wait to see what sorts of crazy fun the full game offers when it releases, which is currently projected to be "Mid 2015."
The Witcher III made the leap from a game I was worried about to one I'm hotly anticipating after I had a chance to play the title's opening hour. The combat works better than I thought it would, and though the writing and voice acting still look to be uneven, I was hooked as soon as I opened up the world map and saw just how giant it was.
The Witcher III has the potential to be the defining RPG of 2015, and if it can deliver on the action-packed world it has promised it could offer gamers a lot to sink their teeth into. While there is always a chance that a game this massive could end up falling flat or being bogged down by design flaws, right now The Witcher III is the game I am anticipating more than any other.
I was tempted to include…
Sword Coast Legends. I guess I just can't get enough isometric fantasy RPGs. I've still got plenty left to explore in Pillars of Eternity and now here's an official Dungeons and Dragons game with an interesting real-time Dungeon Master mode, and now I've got something else to look forward to. It's not an official "Most Anticipated" selection yet, but I'll have my eye on Sword Coast Legends in the months to come.
I’m not so sure about…
Hellraid. What's up with Hellraid?! I selected it as one of my most-anticipated games over and over again because, well, just look at it! But in recent months updates have dried up. The last bit of news from the developers at Techland came in November 2014, and contained information about the expanding scope of the game and the decision to cancel the Early Access launch. Nothing official we've seen indicates the game isn't still progressing, and Techland have earned some confidence after the success of Dying Light, but my anticipation has to go on hold until we get an update on this skeleton smasher.
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Yeah, it’s been delayed three times, but the team at Rocksteady keeps showing us what they’re working on, which keeps the anticipation alive. In the most recent trailer, “Officer Down,” we get a look at both the third-person action and the driving/racing battles, as well as the transition between the two types of gameplay. It looks great and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
I confess that I had a bit of franchise fatigue surrounding all things Halo. I really wasn’t excited about Halo 5: Guardians and the trouble surrounding the launch of The Master Chief Collection didn’t help either. What did get me excited? The current marketing campaign. Developer 343 Industries launched a teaser site which features fictional journalist Benjamin Giraud doing a Serial-type of podcast on Master Chief and his history, and it’s pretty good, guys.
In addition, the two recently launched trailers with Agent Locke and Master Chief at odds piqued my interested even more. I’m ready.
There’s a big announcement about Star Wars: Battlefront coming later this month at the Star Wars Celebration and I know it’s going to be awesome. So I’m preempting that announcement by adding Star Wars: Battlefront to my anticipated list. DICE is at the helm for this one and even with the issues they’ve had with a couple of their Battlefield games, I believe they can knock this one out the park. Or at least I hope so.
Although Final Fantasy XV will be very different than previous Final Fantasy titles, the series is making a solid step into the future while not forgetting where it’s been. I got to play the game at PAX East last month, but it was only for an hour. And that wasn’t enough.
The game looks great, the gameplay is solid, and so far the story looks like it’ll be a fun journey.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege was announced last year and what we saw was tremendous. Ubisoft has recently given us a peek behind the scenes with their Behind the Wall developer diary series and they have some great ideas for the game that will get any fan excited. Plus, after watching the new gameplay trailer, I don’t how any fan of shooters cannot be looking forward to this.
I was tempted to include…
Uncharted 5: A Thief's End. But it got delayed until 2016! Sony had a big showing forUncharted 4 at the PlayStation Experience in December which got everyone excited for the game coming out in 2015. Unfortunately, Sony and developer Naughty Dog announced last month that the game would be delayed until at least Spring of 2016. Although I’m still anticipating the game, the excitement around has waned. I’m sure it’ll return once we get closer.
I’m not so sure about…
Quantum Break. I haven’t heard much of anything about the game since its gameplay debut at Gamescom last year. Remedy Entertainment's Sam Lake said back then the game would be coming out in 2015 but it’s been almost nine months since we’ve heard any updates. I’m feeling like the game will be pushed back to 2016, but hopefully we’ll get some updates at E3 in June.
Those are the games we are looking forward to, but how about you? Please share your own most anticipated titles in the comments below!