We are less than a week away from 2016. 2015 has already offered us everything it had to offer, all the important game releases from Bloodborne and The Witcher 3 to Metal Gear Solid V and Halo 5: Guardians. So It’s time to start talking about all the games coming out in 2016.
There’s so many games coming out next year, so making a single article to cover them all would be too time consuming both for me and for you: the reader, so I’m going to make several of these divided in various categories, with this one focused on the big name releases, ready? Let’s go then.
XCOM 2 (PC)
The sequel to Firaxis acclaimed Turn-Based-Strategy game that released back in 2011 for 7th generation consoles and PC. Except this one is going to be a PC exclusive, due to the console versions not selling as well as the studio expected.
This sequel is set in an alternate reality where aliens won the war against the XCOM organization and now rule the Earth in a reign of terror, so It’s up to you as a commander to take it back. If you’re interested in knowing more, you can visit the official Steam page. The game will be available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Februrary 5, 2016. A thing worth noting is that Firaxis aims for Community mods to be a big part of the game.
Street Fighter V (PS4, PC)
The fifth entry in the long-running Fighting game series by Capcom, this one allows for Cross-Platform play between PS4 and PC users. As well as a new mechanic known as the V-Gauge If you own an Xbox One, then I have bad news for you, it seems Capcom and Sony signed a partnership deal, which means the game won’t be coming to Microsoft’s console, yeah, I know, it sucks. Anyway, the game will be available for PC via Steam and PS4 on Februrary 16.
Far Cry Primal
The Far Cry series sometimes explores settings other than tropical
lands or African warzones, in 2013 Ubisoft released Far Cry: Blood Dragon, a spinoff game set in a Sci-Fi island full of 80s pop culture references. Now they’re bringing us Far Cry: Primal, set in a prehistoric world.
An interesting detail about the game is that rather than having the characters speak english (Which would make no sense in a realistic prehistoric world) they’re giving them their own fictional language, kind of like Shadow of the Colossus.
You can buy Far Cry Primal on Februrary 23 for PS4 and Xbox One, the PC version will be available on March 1.
The Division (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Ubisoft upcoming Open-World Action MMO has been the source for a lot of hype, although i recommend those looking forward to this to be wary as the company can certainly be Hit-or-Miss in regards to their games, either way, The Division will be available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on March 8.
Hitman (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The next entry on Square Enix Stealth-Sandbox game series is coming out in March 11 on PC, Xbox One and PS4. It promises a return to Blood Money sandbox environments instead of Absolution rather linear levels. Another welcome feature is that all post-release content will be free, from missions to story content.
Quantum Break (Xbox One)
From the makers of Alan Wake, this is a cinematic Third-Person-Shooter that’s also going to feature a tie-in TV Show, it will be available exclusively on Xbox One on April 5.
Dark Souls III (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The third entry on the Dark Souls franchise has Miyazaki back as the game’s director (Dark Souls II was made by a different team) some details suggest the story may be a continuation of the events that transpired in the first game.
It will be available for PS4, Xbox One and PC on April 12
Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
A remake of the first game on the series, which at the same time is being adapted into a movie right now. Nothing like a good colorful Action Platformer to take a rest from all the gloom and darkness. Available exclusively for PS4 on April 12.
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
There hasn’t been a new Star Fox game since Command launched for the 3DS (No, that Star Fox 64 remake doesn’t count), so this is an interesting announcement.
Star Fox Zero will be available exclusively for Wii U on April 22.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
Total War: Warhammer
The gameplay and strategy of Total War and the lore of Warhammer? Count me in. Now if they came up with one based on the 40k universe though…
It will be available on April 28, check out the Steam page.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
One of the seventh generation most underrated games, Mirror’s Edge was unique both in It’s intricate parkour gameplay and in not being a generic FPS with a brown color palette.
Catalyst is not a sequel but rather a reboot, and unlike the linear design of the first game, this one will feature an Open-World setting, as well as things like side-missions or Time Trials.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be available in May 24, 2016 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
To finish this article, we’ll talk about the next entry in the Deus Ex series, set after the events of Human Revolution, the players will once again take control of Adam Jensen, an augmented agent in a world where humanity fears augmented people. It will be available in August 23 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One
That about covers it for now, there’s still so many games coming out that I haven’t had the chance to talk about, such as Kingdom Hearts 3 or DOOM, but we’ll leave that for another occasion, consider this the first part of a series.
So what do you think 4-One community? Excited for one of these games? Looking forward to something else? Share your thoughts in the comments section.