While 2014 was a huge year for games, 2015 is shaping up to be a massive year for gamers. The gaming industry has flourished and looks to be on a continuous rise, and gamers are the beneficiaries—Big Fish Games reported that, in 2014, the worldwide gaming industry outpaced the film industry by leaps and bounds, grossing an annual $24 billion, compared to the film industry’s $10 billion. With the industry exploding with funds and creativity, developers of games and hardware alike are taking bigger leaps in terms of gameplay and design, and 2015 is looking to be a year of breakthroughs. Here is a look at why 2015 is going to be the year of the gamer.
Upcoming Video Game Titles
2015 is going to be a year of huge releases. For starters, PCGamer reports that the 2015 “Assassin’s Creed” franchise release will be “Assassin’s Creed: Victory” and will take place in Victorian London and is scheduled to be released this fall. While information is currently lacking regarding the title, Ubisoft has confirmed that Ubisfot Quebec has been working on the title for the last few years.
Another title to be excited about is “Battlefield: Hardline” scheduled to be released in March of 2015. Mirroring the narratives of hard police dramas, “Hardline” breaks away from the military setting of previous “Battlefield” games and includes many new features. Multiplayer gameplay includes modes like “Heist,” in which one team of players attempts to steal packages from armored trucks while the other team attempts to stop them. “Hotwire” mode is a fast-paced car chase multiplayer mode that takes place over the huge environments that are a trademark of the “Battlefield” franchise.
For RPG gamers, “Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” is the game that can’t come soon enough. Scheduled for release in May, “Witcher 3” takes place in a wide open environment where players take the role of Geralt of Rivia and attempt to stop an otherworldly army from invading the world. Players will hunt monsters in a dynamic day and night cycle where creatures’ powers change and adapt based on circumstances. “Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” will be 2015’s “Skyrim.”
Steam is without a doubt one of the best game distribution models to appear over the last decade, and Neowin reports that Valve is developing a handheld system to play Steam-friendly games on the go. Called “SteamBoy,” Valve’s handheld gaming platform is expected to be a revamping of the Steam Controller that will take the popular gaming platform and reimagine it as a portable platform. With Steam’s enormous library of titles, no other handheld has the number of games available that the SteamBoy will have. The SteamBoy is currently scheduled for launch in 2015 and as long as it doesn’t encounter any of the other problems that Valve’s Steam projects have encountered over the years.
The much anticipated VR display known as the Oculus Rift is scheduled for a 2015 release, and the potential success for gaming is incredible. The biggest rumor surrounding the system is that “EVE Valkyrie” will be compatible with the device. “Valkyrie” is set in the world of the “EVE” franchise and looks to be a pulse-pounding dogfight game that will meld perfectly with the head-mounted Oculus Rift system. Being able to look around the cockpit is a feature that past flight simulators have struggled to make work, but the Rift will make it a reality.
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