Video Game Trends of 2017
2016 was certainly the year of VR and the revival of Pokemon, but what does 2017 hold for us? Are we going to be getting more game franchises come back and make a big statement, or is it time for some entirely new IPs to come about? What’s coming in the upcoming year? Will Nintendo get us to Switch to their newest console, or will people be sticking to the tried old method of PlayStation and Xbox?
Sequels & Reboots
Now, this is an obvious one, but there’s going to be plenty of sequels and reboots in 2017. I mean, so far, we’re already aware of the following:
- Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone for the PS4
- Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony for the PS4 and PS Vita
- Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for the 3DS
- Persona 5 for the PS4
- The Bard’s Tale IV for Windows, Mac & Linux
- Tekken 7 for Windows, PS4 and XBox One
… And with all of these titles, I’m barely scratching the itch that’s even on the surface. There’s so many reboots, such as Crash Bandicoot and even, amazingly, ToeJam & Earl. It’s never a surprise seeing so many of these old games coming back, but honestly, this might be one of the biggest years in gaming for reboots and sequels. Certainly not a terrible thing, as some of these titles are phenomenal in their own right. I’m excited for Tekken 7 and I gave a full rundown of the History of Tekken on The Mental Attic not long ago. Go have a gander, if you’re up for some education!
Virtual Reality Continues
Developers in AAA mediums don’t really tend to steer towards VR. However, this is all about to change. With events like Virtual Reality Evolution 2017 in February, you can bet your butts that VR is going to be getting even bigger in 2017. With key companies such as Valve and the BBC to name but a few companies who backed the new technology, we know that VR is going to be getting some impressive additions next year. There are some amazing tools being used by people in development, as well as just for general use – I think it’s safe to say that VR will continue to evolve over the next year.
The Switch Arrives
Yes, the Nintendo Switch is making it’s debut next year and hoo boy, I’m highly excited to see this finally make it’s appearance. I think this could be a console as big as the original Wii was. Perhaps it won’t quite reach that level of mainstream, but damn it’s going to be close. It should certainly be a great follow up from the Wii U, which was a great console in it’s own right. I’m hoping that the Nintendo Switch will be crazy important for gaming. From some seriously ramped up specs, to the fact that you can play a game on the TV, then turn it into a handheld game all because your great grandma wants to watch the TV, this is big for gaming. It might not be brand new technology, but it’s certainly going to try to be perfected by Nintendo.
That’s it for next year’s trends – I hope we get more amazing trends, but what are you personally looking forward to for video games in 2017? Are you ready to see what the new year provides us? There’s only today and tomorrow left, so let’s make the most of the last of this year. As always, let me know what you thought of todays article in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.