Game Debate's Gaming Predictions for 2019

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Dec 31, 2018 10:25 AM
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I'm going to be generous to myself and say last year's predictions weren't half bad. Cyberpunk 2077 didn't release, Xbox One X didn't cause a sizeable bump in platform sales, VR gained a modicum of momentum, AI became a huge focus with Nvidia Turing and, well, the less said about my Bitcoin predictions, the better. I normally get these predictions totally wrong though, so I'm using this as irrefutable proof of my new sage-like powers of wisdom. So here are the major gaming events I think are going to happen in 2019.

PlayStation 5 is Announced, Launches in 2020 - Has a Handheld Console Tie-In

It’s time. Microsoft is making a ton of power-plays these days and Sony cannot afford to be caught flat-footed, even if the PlayStation 4 is currently the dominant console. The next-gen is bearing down on us and the record books will be wiped. It’ll be a level playing field once more and Microsoft could easily build the more attractive hand. I believe Sony will announce the PlayStation 5 in late summer, along with a handheld/streaming console tie-in. Holiday console launches are pointless as they’ll sell out regardless so it’ll be ready to launch in the first half of 2020.

 

All You Can Eat Gaming Goes Massive

Netflix has singlehandedly changed everything. 15% of the entire planet’s internet bandwidth is consumed watching Netflix. It’s the biggest data guzzler on the face of the Earth. And yet a decade ago its primary business was a dying art - mailing out movies on DVDs the old-fashioned way. Yet with advances in net speeds and ease of access being the trump card for any business, Netflix paved the way for all-you-can-eat TV and movies. It has its flaws, sure, but a £7 Netflix subscription definitely beats £60 a month for Sky. And games are following suit. Microsoft has the Xbox Game Pass. Sony now offers game downloads with PS Now. EA has Origin Access. The cards are falling on the traditional game market, and 2019 could be the year where subscriptions become king.

Nothing Actually Changes About Loot Boxes in Games

We’ve had complaints from a handful of agencies across Europe. We’ve had a particularly vocal US senator. But nothing’s actually going to change about loot boxes in games. For as long as these billion-dollar company’s lawyers can argue loot boxes don’t constitute gambling, nothing will change. In 2019, it’ll be business as usual for loot boxes in games. The only solution is for gamers to vote with their wallets.

 

Half-Life VR Revealed - All New Game

I don’t know how I’ve fallen into this trap yet again. I’ve long given up hope of Half-Life 3 ever becoming reality. However, for some reason that I just feel in my bones, I think 2019 is the year we see a new Half-Life. It won’t please everyone but it will surely be an incredible driver for VR headset sails. I know I’m going to regret my Valve prediction yet again.

 

Diablo 4 Revealed at Blizzcon 2019

All eyes are going to be on Blizzcon 2019. More than usual, in fact. Last year’s Blizzcon blew up in Blizzard’s face in spectacular fashion due to the ill-judged yet still perfectly valid reveal of Diablo Immortal for mobile. Blizzard needs to save face, and what better way than to blow the doors off of Diablo 4 next November. Come on Blizzard, don’t let us down.

Battlefield Bad Company 3 Revealed

There’s no smoke without fire and when last year’s Battlefield V was rumoured to be Battlefield Bad Company 3, I don’t believe this was a mistake from the leakers. The only danger is this prediction is that Battlefield BC3 isn’t actually revealed until 2020, but it all depends on DICE’s annual release schedule. They’ve flipped between Battlefield and Battlefront for five years now, although it’s difficult to envisage a new Star Wars Battlefront game next holiday when Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi is also due.

So what are your predictions for the coming year? Can you see the predictions above coming true? Let us know!

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16:22 Jan-06-2019

Dude, I didn't know they make VR sails :P

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21:18 Jan-04-2019

All You Can Eat Gaming Goes Massive


No.


Just no. no. no.
Please don't buy into this.

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07:57 Jan-07-2019

I too hate it...

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15:59 Jan-04-2019

Blizzard is dead. It's Activision now. And you're foolish to think any self respecting Diablo fan would fill that auditorium after the slap in the face we received in 2018.

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16:24 Jan-06-2019

Sadly you are right, Activision's influence is becoming bigger than Blizzard's and soon we might see an in-company takeover, where Blizzard remains just a name... sad but true...

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19:02 Jan-03-2019

they could give a copy of the ultimate edition of diablo 4 away for free, along with whatever the best android phone on the market is, and I would still tell them to go F*ck them selves. I don't forget, and I damn sure don't forgive.

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05:30 Jan-03-2019

I'm gonna go on a limb here and just say that the "NEW" Nintendo Switch will get an Nvidia Tegra X2 chip by 2020. No solid proof for this claim, it just sorta makes sense to me, considering X1 already shows its age and limitations. And X2 would be much cheaper by then. This is more hopes than analysis. I concur with your statement regarding Microsoft & Sony. Knowing the colossal muck up this gen was for Xbox, with the DRM, disgraceful restrictions and their lack of exclusives and cancelations. Microsoft is clearly preparing many new studios for next gen and Sony will undoubtedly do their best to maintain the "throne".


I worry I would be too skeptical about another PSP seeing the vita was

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05:37 Jan-03-2019

shot and left for the wolfs. Also, many questionable decisions done with the Vita many fans didn't agree with such as proprietary storage, a pointless PS TV which was clearly meant to be a default feature for the original PS Vita. If Sony really wants to win people back they have to go all out and have sustainable support for the platform. The terrible touchscreen and back pad thing was so painful, also, lacking R2 buttons, etc. I could go on and on.

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05:41 Jan-03-2019

If Tegra x2 isn't possible, perhaps a faster GPU clock with GDDR5 memory? :/ ideas are cool

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11:05 Jan-03-2019

No L2+R2 was a killer, particularly for streaming from the PS4. Basically made it unplayable.


I think you're right that Nintendo will be looking to upgrade the Tegra chip, hopefully resulting in improved battery life and potentially a 1080p handheld display.

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09:52 Jan-02-2019

Gothic 4, Half Life 3, Two Worlds 3, New Stalker game, Bioshock 3, Crysis 4; Tod Howard f ucks off from Bethesda! A man can only hope!

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10:39 Jan-02-2019

I highly doubt new Crysis is coming since developer is working on Hunt:Showdown

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10:12 Jan-03-2019

Everybody goes riding on the multi-player online/PVP/batle royale bandwagon. Pfff. Fewer single-player games as time goes by.

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12:13 Jan-03-2019

I need Crysis back in my life if they make a sequel reboot or whatever i want it. Or okay how about this just make a full remake of the 1st Crysis in the latest Cryengine with the simple objective of destrying my pc with every graphical eff

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12:17 Jan-03-2019

effects + physics possible and i'm talking about the full game just as it is no changes to the nanosuit dont simplify. just a graphical reboot. so i have the freedom to play the game the way i did back in the day we all experimented with it

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04:16 Jan-02-2019

Borderlands 3

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02:37 Jan-01-2019

Give me a splinter cell please.

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16:05 Jan-01-2019

a man of culture as well :D

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10:40 Jan-02-2019

No, Ubisoft will make it live service open world game with MTX..

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23:43 Dec-31-2018

A Star Wars mystery romance. WITH LOTS OF SAND.

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19:25 Dec-31-2018

Cyberpunk 2077 Release date will be revealed.
New Prince of Persia will be the surprise of the year or an old franchise sequel.
RDR2 for PC will be annonced for Fall 2019 but it will be delayed for 2020 (maybe after next gen console release)

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17:27 Dec-31-2018

MCC on pc.

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01:47 Jan-01-2019

That may not be too far off, especially if we are getting Halo: Infinite (whatever the heck this game will be).

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16:23 Dec-31-2018

A new Prince of Persia maybe... but I'm most looking forward to RDR2, AoE4 and Cyberpunk in 2019 :)

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10:00 Jan-02-2019

I don't know how the heck we haven't heard more about AoE4 yet, it's killing me

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16:21 Dec-31-2018

a new golden age for mmos happen and brings back me to the childhood where I could spend hundreds of hours in one game... please ?

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16:36 Dec-31-2018

I've been craving an MMO, but none that we have appeal to me anymore as they are more or less the same or lacking. The only one that appealed to me to some degree was Final Fantasy XIV: ARR but that is p2p. Here's hoping MMOs come out of the stagnant place they are in.

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16:14 Dec-31-2018

Cyberpunk 2077 will be released, or at least a release date will be announced ;)

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15:19 Dec-31-2018

If HLVR is good and not just another tech demo for VR, and if Valve's new VR Headset is good and relatively cheap I might give it a shot.

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13:45 Dec-31-2018

predictions? here's one game companies continuing to not listen to their consumers and trying to milk them.

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14:56 Dec-31-2018

The are listening, to the money flowing in as people keep buying the games that do this without a care.

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12:43 Dec-31-2018

1- Age of Empires 4
2- Bad Company 3 with the same characters
3- Red Dead Redemption 2
Im most excited for these

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12:39 Dec-31-2018

Bitcoin will reach 100.000... oh wait...

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12:30 Dec-31-2018

I only hope for Borderlands 3 (or whatever it will be called) to be released.

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11:53 Dec-31-2018

my predictions:



  1. red dead redemption 2 on pc announcement( i hope)

  2. EA gonna suck like every year (except anthem maybe)
    3.splinter cell announcement in e3 19 (that cameo in ghost recon wildlands suggest)

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12:42 Dec-31-2018

by that time, New Splinter Cell will have Ghost Recon Wildlands reference / easter egg

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13:40 Dec-31-2018

anthem seems like a boring destiny ripoff with jets

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16:40 Dec-31-2018

Tbh, I found it a lot more fun than Destiny and so did my friends. I find Destiny utterly boring and even though I got it for free during that November promo they did, I have yet to touch it again for more than an hour. Having played Anthem myself, I can say its more fun and better than Destiny at first impression. Doesn't mean I'm buying the game though.

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10:19 Jan-02-2019

I found Destiny great at first impression, then baaaaaaaad after. Hopeful that BioWare can pull off some magic for Anthem

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09:15 Jan-01-2019

My bet is EA gonna suck every year. Just like before. They will make games that are similar from last year. And gonna flop because of microtransactions!

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