2015 is here and well underway. But with most of the year still to come, here are our greatest hopes for 2015.
The ultimate hope. The ultimate thing that will never, ever occur. Fez 2. I hope beyond anything that something can happen that would convince Phil Fish to release this creation to the world. Likely? I’d be better off predicting that the Wii U would be more popular than the other consoles combined this year - but this is hopes and damn it, I’ll never give up the dream.
Hope: Last year we got a “leaked” image of Dishonored 2. A image which was never properly addressed by Bethesda. Was it real? I don’t know, but since my fear for 2014 (in which Prey 2 got cancelled) came true, that means Arkane Studios should have plenty of time to make Dishonored 2 for us. And who knows, maybe it’ll even come out this year too. But I doubt that. More likely is that we’ll get a new generation port this year and a release in 2016. Both will probably come with access to that Doom beta.
More Indie Goodness
I’m hopeful that independent games will continue to pick up the slack for AAA releases in 2015. Looking at the upcoming year, most of the games I’m most excited for are either independent releases, or niche releases by major publishers. Adr1ft, What Remains of Edith Finch, Heart Forth, Alicia, Hyper Light Drifter, Night in the Woods, Shovel Knight, Skytorn, #IDARB, Firewatch, Rime, Cuphead, Life is Strange, Ori and the Blind Forest, Drawn to Death - thanks to these independent projects, I feel safe believing that 2015 will be a year packed with quality experiences that push the boundaries of what I can expect from a video game. Even my most anticipated games from major publishers - Fire Emblem If, Scalebound, and Until Dawn - are relatively niche. These games all promise an incredible 2015.
That the AAA portion of the gaming industry rebounds, and that the major publishers give us a handful of great new IPs, along with some refreshing takes on established IPs.
A New Metroid
A full 3D Metroid is gets announced for the Wii U. The Wii U has struggled to reach the same commercial success that its predecessor enjoyed primarily in my opinion because of the lack off must- have games. Metroid Prime: Corruption was easily one of my favorite games on the Wii. Metroid: Other M was a solid title but I enjoyed the Prime Trilogy much more. I believe with the Wii U gamepad the gameplay options for a Metroid game are limitless. Samus has been on a hiatus for way too long and it's beyond me why Nintendo has shunned her from their library for so long. I miss you Samus.
Saints Row V
2015 is just another calendar year. We all want great games and staying hopeful is just a placebo effect on something that’s out of our control. That said, I totally want Saints Row V. Where could it take us? Time travel? Parallel dimensions? A wide plethora of opportunities could be taken by one of the most successful games whose key feature is not taking itself seriously. If I have to hope then I hope game writers take this lesson to heart.
Mass Effect 4
Mass Effect has become a series that I can no longer keep off of my mind. I’ve replayed every entry multiple times, but ended up playing Mass Effect 2 the most. The second game in the series is a very special piece to my gaming career, so when Mass Effect 3 was approaching, my hopes were very high for another fantastic experience. Overall, while I thought Mass Effect 3 was a really good game, it still left me with a sour view of the series.For 2015, I would love to see the release of Mass Effect 4. Maybe I’m expecting too much from the company that just released the fantastic Dragon Age: Inquisition, but I’m ready to see where Bioware will take the Mass Effect franchise on the 8th generation of consoles. And maybe, just maybe, Bioware will even consider a remastered Mass Effect collection on the Ps4 and Xbox One just to hold us over.
Jonathan is the host of the DarkCast, DarkCast Interviews, and Gamers Read. He loves books, video games, and superheroes. If he had to pick favorites, they would be Welcome to the Monkey House, Mass Effect, and Superman respectively.