The Nemesis System From Shadow of Mordor Will Show Up - Jon Fisco
It goes without saying that videogames are iterative. When something succeeds in one game, it’s sure to show up in another game. The Nemesis System is a bit different in that it’s so unique and well-known for a specific game. Nevertheless, I expect to see this system ripped off and used in a lot of AAA franchises in 2016 and not just indie titles that are seeing what sticks. Using the Nemesis System and covering it up enough to make it look like it’s not just a cash-grab will be a difficult tasks. Gamers will always associate that system with Shadow of Mordor.
Black Desert Online Will Be Wildly Sucessful - Mark Steighner
Black Desert Online is going to create at least a small resurgence of interest in MMORPGs. Black Desert recently had an impressive closed beta and has been released in Korea for a while now. With hands-down the best character creation tool yet seen and very engaging combat with lots of combos and options, Black Desert Online will bring some people back to MMOs and entice others, especially those who might have missed the WoW heyday. It needs to make some concessions for western audiences, like not gender-locking its classes and adding voiced dialogue, but Black Desert Online looks like it might be a hit.
The Last of Us 2 Is Announced - Jonathan Miley
I feel like ever since Naughty Dog announced Uncharted 4, it’s been kind of obvious that they will go back to the well for another The Last of Us. But unlike Uncharted, which is as much about Nathan Drake as Indiana Jones is about Indiana Jones, TLOU doesn’t have to be about it’s previous main characters. So here’s the bold part of my prediction: I don’t think that TLOU2 will have anything to do with Joel or Ellie. It’ll be set in Europe and star a woman. Oh, and it will feature a fully cooperative campaign (or side-campaign). Why? Because it can and it should. It’d be a great chance for Naughty Dog to refine their stealth mechanics, explore their apocalypse, and finally put a lady (who are always their best written characters) front and center.
The Nintendo NX Will Reveal To A Lukewarm Reception - John K
I am holding out hope that Nintendo will finally release a home console that is technically competitive with the Playstation and Xbox, and that a Nintendo platform will be the home for lots of great games again. Unfortunately, Nintendo’s modus operandi for the past decade has been to design their platforms around a gimmick and then hope that developers can shoehorn some fun gameplay into it. The rumors that are coming out about the NX being a “hybrid” home/mobile device are ominous. I would love to be proven wrong, but I sense another Wii U caliber console is in the works, and that the reception from the gaming public will be an unenthusiastic “meh, why do I need that thing?”
The Ezio Comes To The Next-Gen Consoles - Joel Szerlip
I couldn’t help myself with this one. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve heard from numerous sources that Ubisoft will take a year off from releasing a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. But that doesn’t mean they won’t re-release the games that really launched the franchise into the annual tradition it has become. My prediction is that at E3 we will see an HDified version of each of the Ezio trilogy (Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations). To accompany the updated graphics will also be the inclusion of the updated controls that we saw recently in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. Oh and don’t worry we will still get a tease of what’s next for the franchise at E3 2016.
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