Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Games Of 2016

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Dec 28, 2015 2:00 PM
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Sci-fi themed games, much like the science upon which they are based, tend to be the most ambitious titles around. It allows developers to create game worlds without limits; full of vast possibilities and endless space. At no point has this been more true than 2016, when two of the most ambitious space-faring titles of all time finally see the light of day. Representing brand new IP, they could well be the new faces of sci-fi gaming.

They’re joined by three of the most eagerly anticipated sequels of all time, representing beloved PC franchises. Whether skulking your way around a cyberpunk city, parkouring across rooftops, or trying to wrest back control of Earth from alien invaders, the most anticipated sci-fi games of 2016 will have you covered.

No Man’s Sky

Where else to begin than No Man’s Sky. It ranks up there as one of the most bizarre development stories around, with the three-man team at Hello Games turning from the great but safe Joe Danger to the unending scale of No Man’s Sky. The team has since swelled in size of course, but the vision remains true. No Man’s Sky looks to be exploration in its purest form, letting players loose in a near-infinite universe, with galactic battles, planetary exploration and an unprecedented sense of discovery. Anticipation is reaching fever pitch for this one.

Star Citizen

Star Citizen crops up in lists every year, but it appears as if 2016 is the year in which CIG’s monstrously formidable space-sim finally delivers. Oft-delayed and also the subject of numerous development hurdles, it’s definitely felt at times like Cloud Imperium Games has bitten off more than it can chew with Star Citizen. 2016 is the time to silence the doubters, with the launch of Star Citizen’s massive Squadron 42 single-player component, alongside the incredible persistent universe which will allow thousands of players online simultaneously, to live their lives as they see fit. Want to be a starship mechanic? Sure. Want to be a fighter pilot? No problem. Want to be a delivery driver? Not an issue. Want to be an elite FPS mercenary? The choice is yours.

XCOM 2

Firaxis’ strategy sequel to the insanely good XCOM: Enemy Unknown is understandably being feverishly hyped. XCOM 2 is promising to be everything its predecessor was and more, with deeper research systems, additional soldier classes and alien types, as well as an almost limitless supply of procedurally generated maps.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

But for that six-month delay, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided would be in our hands in a matter of weeks. But alas, the return of one of the most celebrated sci-fi series of all time, and a flagship for PC gaming as a whole, won’t be with us until 23rd August. Don’t let that dampen your hype though, because the DirectX 12-powered Deus Ex: Mankind Divided already looks like it’s going to be absolutely phenomenal. Set two years after the events of Human Revolution, Adam Jensen is working to stop terrorist attacks by fellow augs, but which side of this murky morality will you fall on?

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

The prospect of getting a Mirror’s Edge sequel seemed laughable in the extreme, but the rumours persisted regardless. Despite the original only shifting a third of EA’s project sales figures, it’s quickly established status as cult classic has seen DICE come back for another bite at the apple. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a total reboot, this time with a vast open-world, albeit one viewed from the vertigo-inducing skyscraper rooftops. There’s always been something achingly cool about Mirror’s Edge, and Catalyst looks no different. During a brief play session earlier this year, I think DICE and EA are almost certainly onto a winner here.

Which is your most anticipated sci-fi game?

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17:57 Jan-05-2016

I got a PS4 just for No Man's Sky

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11:21 Dec-30-2015

i go with hot (i think chinese) chick in tight jeans or latex(im not sure what that is but its sexy)
jumping of the roofs and doing parkour

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22:20 Dec-29-2015

deus ex mankind.played the human revolution 2 times over...nice game

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11:30 Dec-29-2015

Mirror's Edge Catalyst. Also looking forward to XCOM 2.

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00:31 Dec-29-2015

Hmm honestly thought Mass Effect Andromeda would be here but i guess not. Anyway Mirrors Edge for me, loved the first one!

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03:33 Dec-29-2015

Mass Effect Andromeda would most likely be for "Most Anticipated RPG's of 2016" instead since it does have that RPG element in it.

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05:42 Dec-29-2015

Meh... The Mass Effect games are more of a sci-fi shooter/adventure game with RPG elements tacked on.

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10:41 Dec-29-2015

Talk about slitting hairs here....It's Sci-fi it should be on the list.

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09:43 Dec-30-2015

Isn't Deus Ex more of an RPG? It offered more options on how to approach a situation. Or at least that's how I remember it, but maybe it's not even what an RPG is :D

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23:06 Dec-28-2015

From this list... i just had to vote for XCOM 2 :D, Deus Ex Mankind Divided is next up.

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22:28 Dec-28-2015

my vote is for xcom 2.
i just love it.
i am afraid the hype for star citizen is to high but we will see i dont think that it will not release in 2016.
and mass effect people forget that bioware olways delays there games i dont expect that one until 2018

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22:21 Dec-28-2015

I can't wait for Mirror's Edge Catalyst as the original Mirror's Edge is one of my favourite games ever made

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20:39 Dec-28-2015

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is at the top of my list. Sad to see it delayed until well into the summer, but I'm glad they're taking the time to squash as many bugs as possible. I had mixed feelings on the first Mirror's Edge game, but I'm hoping Catalyst will be good and I'll keep an eye on that. And Mass Effect Andromeda would be at the top of my list, but there's no confirmation yet that it will be released in 2016. I'd say if it is, it will be late fall, but more likely early 2017.

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20:25 Dec-28-2015

Mirror's Edge all the way! Loved the first one!

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20:08 Dec-28-2015

Damn, this is a tough one... Can't decide!

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20:01 Dec-28-2015

I'm conflicted: deus ex, but dx12 means windows 10 D:

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20:48 Dec-28-2015

I'm not 100% sure but I don't think Deus Ex will be DX12 only, probably DX11 minimum with DX12 just bringing some additional efficiency and effects, besides come on in, the Windows 10 water's fine. Haha! ;)

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21:41 Dec-28-2015

I second Chapman's comment, both about the DX12 requirement and Windows 10

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21:45 Dec-28-2015

I am sure it will support Dx11 as well. We who are on older Windows versions just won't get whatever extra enhancements Dx12 brings to the table.

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19:48 Dec-28-2015

WHERES MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA? GAME DEBATE PLS. But then again, it's not confirmed for 2016 :((((((((((((

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17:55 Dec-28-2015

I had to vote "other" because Mass Effect Andromeda is my most anticipated sci-fi game of 2016. Well if it is gets released in 2016 that is.

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18:10 Dec-28-2015

Totally forgot about that one. I don't expect a 2016 release date for it but we can hope

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18:20 Dec-28-2015

I hope so. It has a Q4 2016 release date as of right now though. I am hoping that doesn't change.

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19:01 Dec-28-2015

Same here, brother! I hope it gets released in 2016.

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17:44 Dec-28-2015

Still looking forward to Mankind Divided even though it was delayed. I am gonna be getting every thing on this list except XCOM2 just because I was never into it.

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17:30 Dec-28-2015

I'm surprised that Mirror's Edge: Catalyst is winning. I love it, obviously, but I didn't think it'd be in first place. Let's hope it deserves it when it comes out.

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17:29 Dec-28-2015

As long as XCOM 2 comes out i am happy. Other games are just icing on a cake.

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17:19 Dec-28-2015

I totally get the anticipation for the other games but I'm surprised I was only the 3rd person to vote for X-Com 2. I'm so incredibly excited for this game, I guess I assumed everyone else was too.

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17:12 Dec-28-2015

Star Citizen hype level over 9000...

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16:45 Dec-28-2015

Why no Mass Effect?

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17:21 Dec-28-2015

Maybe they're assuming it will be delayed until 2017 since there is not a specific release date yet.

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Estimated release date is 4th quarter of 2016.

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22:36 Dec-28-2015

I know. But we all know that that really means late summer 2017...haha, we'll see.

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