Game Debates Gaming Predictions For 2016

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jan 10, 2016 4:00 PM

Predicting the future is a hard thing. Just ask Michael Pachter. Well I did a passable Nostradamus impression last year and cooked up some theories for the coming 12 months. Okay, so last year’s predictions were well off. Out of six, none have happened. Yet. But, and there is a but, three of the predictions are well on course to come true this year. I’m talking about Ubisoft skipping Assassin’s Creed for a year, Nintendo releasing its NX console, and that 2015 2016 will be the year of VR.

I’m sorry I peered too far into the future, so I’m going to rein in the predictions this year, hopefully. I’ve had my ear to the ground, looking for hints to gaming’s future, and here’s my predictions for the biggest events happening to our beloved hobby in 2016.

Microsoft is going to announce all future first-party Xbox One titles will be cross-platform on Windows 10

It hasn’t felt like Microsoft has given a lot of love to PC lately; the very platform where it made all its money. That’s changing though, and it’s changing at a rapid pace. Out of the 12 first party games coming out of Microsoft in 2016, nine of them are coming to PC, and I get the impression this is just the start.

I don’t know when and I don’t know where, but at some point Microsoft is going to acknowledge in 2016 that all first party Xbox One games are going to be cross-platform with PC. There may be a year-long wait after the console versions, but I reckon each and every game will make it over eventually. To that end, look for Quantum Break on PC in around April 2017.

Rockstar will re-reveal Agent

2013. The year Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto V. It’s their most critically acclaimed and best-selling game ever. This is no repeat of GTA III though. It hasn’t been followed up by a pair of quick-fire titles using the same engine and mechanics like Vice City and San Andreas. You know why? Because it’s been two and half years and Rockstar are clearly not working on an iterative update of its most successful series. Up until 2013, Rockstar had at least one brand new game out each and every year of their existence - from Grand Theft Auto in 1997, stretching on for the next 16 years.

That tells us the work that’s going on at Rockstar is significantly more substantial than anything done before it. It’s not an iterative update of GTA, or Red Dead, or Max Payne, but something entirely new. I think 2016 is the year Rockstar reveal Agent once again to the world, revolutionising open-world games forever. Also - it’s no longer a PlayStation exclusive. In this day and age, no one can realistically money-hat a Rockstar game.

Valve announce a new game

Like Rockstar above, Valve has a history of regularly releasing games, but since 2013 have been pretty silent. Obviously their current roster is bringing in plenty of cash, and in all truth it doesn’t really need to make any games. But I’ve no doubt there’s plenty of staff at Valve that want to make games. Half-Life 3 as far as I’m concerned is never happening, but they’re definitely going to cook up something in there. The safe bet is Left 4 Dead 3, because Valve loves long tails and the ability to sell and profit from player-created content. Sorry to say it, but that’s still a safe move from Valve.

The Vulkan API will begin mass adoption

So this one ties in the with the Valve game above. Whatever Valve do, it’s going to be using the new Vulkan graphics API from Khronos Group. They’re big fans of its universal cross-platform, cross-vendor nature, and believe it makes no sense using DirectX 12 when this close-to-the-metal API is available. Provided its good enough, plenty of other devs are going to be jumping on-board with this for easy porting. Don’t expect it to have gamers suddenly leaping to Linux or anything like that, as Valve no doubt hope, but expect it be a popular for developers.

Mass Effect Andromeda won’t launch

It's the most anticipated game of 2016 by a landslide, as voted for by GD'ers, so I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s no way Mass Effect Andromeda is out this year. Not a chance in hell. This is going to be a ridiculously ambitious game, and I just don’t think it’s viable to get it ready in the next 12 months. We’ve seen no gameplay whatsoever. Think about Star Wars Battlefront. That game is light on content and we saw the first gameplay around 18 months ahead of launch. I’d love this to be 2016, but I really don’t think there’s a chance. Mass Effect Andromeda is the perfect game to storm the summer slot 2017.

Pascal and Greenland blow previous-gen GPUs away

I feel like this one is pretty much a given, but I’ve included it anyway. Every year we hear details from AMD and Nvidia that the next year is going to the biggest and the best, but what we usually get is a fairly standard incremental leap in performance. But these upcoming GPUs are different. The shift to a 14/16nm FinFET fabrication process means a seismic leap is possible in both performance and efficiency, combined with what is bound to be some fierce competition from AMD, who are going to be fighting tooth and nail to win back some market share. As ever in the battle between these two graphics giants, the one guaranteed winner is going to be us, the gamers.

WarCraft IV or World of WarCraft 2 Announced

Now bear with me for a second. World of WarCraft, rightly so, is absolutely huge. But it’s definitely dwindling. There’s tens of millions of players out there like me, whose subscriptions have long since lapsed. It doesn’t matter how many expansion packs you throw out, once you’re off the train, you’re off the train.

So how do you capitalise on millions of WarCraft fans? Well the simplest answer is WarCraft IV. Blizzard’s fantasy RTS series hasn’t had any love since the MMO hit, and I’ve personally always preferred its charms to StarCraft. The other, more lucrative thing to do, would be to announce World of WarCraft 2. A fresh start. A clean state. All those tens of millions of lapsed players could come back and experience what it was like to first step into that world. Go on Blizzard, you know you want to go give it a try.

What do you think then? Can you see any of this panning out to be true? What are your more ambitious predictions for the coming 12 months? 

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08:40 Jan-13-2016

I doubt Blizzard will make "World of Warcraft 2" since in 2016, it was officially announced that "World of Warcraft: Legion" will be released in 2016 + "World of Warcraft 2" - doesn't sound right, I give it a max 5% if there will EVER be a WoW2, although it IS quite possible that they start working on the long awaited "Warcraft IV"(it was about time :D). I really have my hopes up that after Legion, Blizzard will start working on Warcraft 4 - I BELIEVE!

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13:06 Jan-12-2016

VALVE = Half-life 3 and BLIZZARD = Warcraft 4 or WOW 2 Definitely the most awaited.

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08:58 Jan-17-2016

indeed...

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22:07 Jan-11-2016

Hopefully Andromeda launches early 2017, that way I have time to finish ME3. I just keep putting it off

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04:33 Jan-12-2016

...ME3 is kinda a boring to me after playing 2-3 hours.

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19:11 Jan-11-2016

Will I be able to use the Vulkan API performance boosts without Win 10?

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20:41 Jan-11-2016

yup.

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18:49 Jan-11-2016

I'd love another war craft RTS personally.

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16:05 Jan-11-2016

is paschal really going to be all that good compared to the current gpus, it would be bad for business to go out and release something way better all of a sudden instead of gradually leaking out more over the years

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16:12 Jan-11-2016

That's true! Which is why we're all banking on competition to push these guys to go all out.

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16:52 Jan-11-2016

https://www.reddit.com/r/nvidia/comments/3xwls2/how_much_faster_will_pascal_be_for_consumers/


someone on this thread had a very good explanation on why they think its not gona be as good as they say for GAMING when nvidia said 10x better its not gona be 10x better for gaming but for other things. Someone in this thread gives a very good explanation on it
even more theories: https://www.reddit.com/r/nvidia/comments/3ps8ll/so_whats_the_expected_performance_gain_for_pascal/

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14:34 Jan-11-2016

I would love to see the game spore 2 but i guess that will never happen :(

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14:46 Jan-11-2016

Me too, i liked making an ugly creature then conquering galaxy with it.

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08:52 Jan-11-2016

world of warcraft 2 sounds like it might not happen but fingers crossed for warcraft 4.really hope vulkan does well.cross-platform capability between xone and pc?microsoft's too greedy for that but maybe a miracle happens.pascal and greenland are bound to be great.rockstar might get us a new game but it might not be agent and it's been too long since valve released anything.really hope andromeda launches though.

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10:56 Jan-11-2016

There were some rumors about Warcraft 3 Remastered..

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11:29 Jan-11-2016

I don't think the will do world of warcraft 2 they still make lots of money from wow and have expansion coming out for it this year

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04:32 Jan-11-2016

OMG..How seriously the Chimpanzee is thinking in the Pic.
Still laughing..LOL

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03:31 Jan-11-2016

i would love to play a new warcraft game, looking for new gen gpu's and cpu's


i think you should have mentioned about AMD Zen CPU coming this year, as you said gamers will benefit if their is competition between intel and amd on cpu side, the performance increase with skylake was really bad just because their was no competition

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08:32 Jan-11-2016

well here are his predictions,while the zen architecture coming this year it's official

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03:00 Jan-11-2016

Microsoft making Xbox One games cross platform with windows 10 is a horrible idea in terms of their sales. It will just convince more people to go with PS4 since Xbox would no longer offer them much of a unique experience (aside from the controller which is easy to get working with Windows anyways!)

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07:30 Jan-11-2016

Not necessarily. I tmay have the opposite effect and bring more online gamers to an XBone since there will be a much larger pool of players for multi-player.

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10:54 Jan-11-2016

Yes I would agree more with Silentfort. Console gamers generally don't care about pc gaming at all. They didn't buy an xbox coz it has exclusives that won't come to PC. They just want to play games.

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02:49 Jan-11-2016

I'm really thinking a WarCraft 4 announcement. They've been teasing it for a while and now that LotV is done, the RTS team is free to work on something.

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00:07 Jan-11-2016

heres something:
Intel gonna make better graphic cards then amd and nvidia
xD

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00:10 Jan-11-2016

hahahah good one xD.

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04:56 Jan-11-2016

And Trump will start world war 3

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23:38 Jan-10-2016

Not so much a gaming prediction but a gaming hope:


After the way the PC community was treated as "second class" - especially this year (Arkham Knight, Early Access disasters, the list goes on)... and the increasing importance on consumer rights with things like the introduction of Steam Refunds...


...well, with the big spotlight that's been shone on the neglect, incompetence and anti-consumer practices lately, MAYBE we'll see increased respect to PC gamers in 2016, which will translate into better ports and better support.


Again, a hope, not a prediction :P

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23:08 Jan-10-2016

I'd love Quantum Break on PC.
Heck I'd love some of the PS exclusives to come to PC, like Uncharted and Infamous series

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23:56 Jan-10-2016

As much as I would love for that to happen, it never will. The games like The Last of Us Remastered looks so good on PS4, I just think, how would it look if it was made for PC? Naughty Dog really do know what they are doing with their games, and uncharted 4 is looking awesome as well.

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00:14 Jan-11-2016

And I'm still waiting for Red Dead Redemption :)

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19:22 Jan-11-2016

Seriously, why would even someone downvote that? RDR is a good game and this gamer wants to play it.

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15:26 Jan-12-2016

Here, have a like.

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22:57 Jan-10-2016

My prediction is that with current lineup of games the indie development/little known studios will make a big impact and surpass in terms of quality the AAA developers.

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22:34 Jan-10-2016

i think you are right on the mark with mass effect Andromeda.
bioware has a historie of delaying games dont think that game will be out before 2017

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22:08 Jan-10-2016

Don't quit your day job Nostradamus

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21:16 Jan-10-2016

looking forward to what AMD has to offer and hoping for L4D3.

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20:49 Jan-10-2016

well my prediction that no more ac this year , Rockstar should annonce something this year at least!

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21:04 Jan-10-2016

I think it's a bit too early for Rockstar.

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21:22 Jan-10-2016

i think R* will annonce not release if you understand me :)

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21:04 Jan-10-2016

Well, it has already been confirmed that there won't be any AC this year.

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23:06 Jan-10-2016

But there are 2 AC games coming out in a month time

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07:39 Jan-11-2016

yeah there is but it's like not open world , if u understand me , it's like not main ac...

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09:39 Jan-11-2016

Not confirmed yet, that's just a rumour!

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