(EDITOR’S NOTE: There’s lots of comments asking about Black Desert. Yes, we’re eagerly anticipating it, but Pearl Abyss clarified comments earlier this week and the launch is now back in the 2016 time window so it doesn’t make this list. Check out the update at the bottom of this article.)
A new year is almost upon us! And with a new year comes new hopes, new dreams, and, most importantly, new games!
Here’s our list of the top 10 games we – and hopefully you – are looking forward to in the coming year. Admittedly, not all of these games will be fully playable in 2015, but several of them should be, and the ones that aren’t will almost certainly see much bigger info drops as they inch more closely to their due dates.
Remember, we count a F2P game as “out” if it’s free to get into for everyone – i.e., no closed alpha/beta or paid early access. So while you may have tried some of these titles already, they’re still not freely available to the general public.
Also, this list isn’t just about what games have the potential to be huge – how much they’re currently in the public eye also plays a part. A “big” game that isn’t being publicized much right now might rank lower than a “smaller” game that’s in the spotlight and/or close to launch.
Heroes of the Storm
Maybe it’s the Blizzard name, maybe it’s the roster of heroes, or maybe it’s because it’s making the genre more friendly and accessible, but Heroes of the Storm is poised to become the next big name in MOBAs. The closed beta starts in January, so we’d expect a full launch by midyear.
Other than a surge of information at SOE Live, we didn’t hear too much about EQ Next in 2014. No matter; almost by default, it’s the most anticipated MMORPG out there, now that Titan’s been officially shelved, and looks to be a worthy successor to the most storied name in MMOs.
Three years ago, “survival games” weren’t even a thing. If H1Z1 can deliver the thrills of DayZ and its ilk, while also being a more stable and eye-popping experience, it’ll be a sure hit. Early Access starts in January, so we’ll get to find out pretty quickly.
Epic Games’ base-building cooperative shooter is all about scavenging and mining resources to craft your team’s fortress so nobody is left for dead… where do they get these ideas? Wherever they come from, Fortnite already has a legion of eager fans waiting to beat down its well-constructed doors.
The Landmark hype has cooled down a bit, but there are still plenty of players wanting to get their hands on SOE’s building game – or at least wanting to see a more finished version. Combat and destructibility were implemented in the latter part of 2014, and we’ll be interested to see what SOE adds next year.
The last part of Wargaming’s holy trinity is still docked in the harbor, but since World of Tanks launched in 2011 and World of Warplanes in 2013, we’d bet on getting a playable version of World of Warships in 2015. And then World of Flying Saucers in 2017. Make it happen, Wargaming.
Become a god and save the world – hey, what else do you need to know? Skyforge looks gorgeous and looks to be doing more than your average MMO, with players tackling huge world events en masse, and a class system that provides more options than you can shake a divinely enchanted stick at.
Blade & Soul
It seems like we’ve been talking about Blade & Soul forever. It’s been launched in Asia, and there’s a solid chance we’ll get a chance to try it out in North America in 2015. Will the Korean martial arts epic live up to the hype or be lost in the translation?
Phantasy Star Online 2
Fans are still clinging to hope that PSO2 will see a Western release. Like EverQuest Next, it’s got a venerable MMO name behind it, and it’s been out in Japan for two years, though there’s been nary a word on the promised Western adaptation since.
Fans of Legacy of Kain have jumped into the Nosgoth alpha and beta by the thousands, and the asymmetrical vampires-vs.-humans game is winning a legion of fans, thanks to its creepy ambiance and fast-paced, blood-drenched, no-holds-barred combat.
So how does our list stack up to yours? What are you looking forward to in the coming year?