2018 should be a very interesting year in gaming, specifically because we have multiple types of gaming coming into their own. Virtual reality is gaining popularity and improving in quality, augmented reality is emerging quickly on mobile devices, and developers are continuing to do their best on high-end consoles. A list of the most exciting releases we’re anticipating in 2018 could go on for several pages, because there really are a lot of awesome titles – from Red Dead Redemption 2 to The Room: Old Sins – on the way. But here we’re going to look ahead instead at the most innovative games on the way in 2018, because they’re particularly interesting.
Marvel Powers United VR
One of the biggest stories in the last year or so of gaming has been Marvel’s determination to do better. The company lording over Hollywood with its superhero franchises has publicly announced its intention to create better video games – and, inevitably, this VR effort is among them. Offering players the chance to play as Rocket Raccoon, Captain Marvel, Deadpool, and the Hulk, it perfectly captures the feeling of embodying a superhero. The game is being designed alongside Facebook’s Oculus Rift, and if it works as well as early write-ups suggest it could become one of the biggest games in VR.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
This is probably a little bit of a surprise if you’ve looked ahead to next year’s games. There are bigger titles coming out, and this one seems as if it could go either way. However, if we’re discussing innovation, there’s significance to the idea of a brand new medieval video game on modern consoles. Historically, games involving knights and medieval adventure have either been small and limited (like some jousting mobile apps) or suffocated in dark aesthetics and fantasy elements (like Skyrim). There’s nothing wrong with those games – but by the look of things, Kingdom Come: Deliverance will bring about a more traditional image of medieval adventure, and could spark a trend among console games. For instance, should this game succeed, might not the likelihood of Far Cry or Assassin’s Creed set in the age of knights increase?
Gonzo’s Quest VR
Unless you make a habit of gaming online and visiting the occasional casino site, you probably haven’t heard of Gonzo’s Quest. For those to whom this genre appeals, however, it’s one of the biggest names in gaming – and poised to get bigger. In its present form, this game has been paving the way for what video slots have become, through its creative animations, lovable main character, and adventurous background. Now, it’s being remade in virtual reality, and could be poised to open the door for a whole new style of casino gaming. If Gonzo’s Quest starts to bring its genre along with it, we’ll look back at it as a major pioneer.
Sea Of Thieves
Sea Of Thieves is a massive open world pirate game that’s been on its way to top consoles for over a year. It’s certainly kept us waiting, but when we look at footage of gameplay, it’s hard to imagine the wait won’t have been worth it. Sea Of Thieves won’t be alone as a sprawling open adventure, nor even as an open world game with a piracy theme. What makes it so unique is its animation and aesthetic style. Basically, the animators for this game are embracing the idea of making it look animated, rather than realistic – yet they’re also making it stunningly beautiful. Think of it like the Disney Pixar or video games. If it’s as good as it looks, the style could catch on.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
It seems almost miraculous that this game is happening. Almost as soon as Niantic released Pokémon GO, rumors began to swirl around the internet that a Harry Potter-themed follow-up was in the works. Those rumors were pretty thoroughly debunked, however, leading to a great deal of frustration among Potter and mobile gaming fans alike. Now, however, the idea has resurfaced and seems to be legitimate. That’s right: the Pokémon GO creators are making a Harry Potter augmented reality game, and this time it will be within the era of more sophisticated AR. This is a huge deal. It could be the most popular AR game we’ve ever seen, it has the potential to launch a trend in Harry Potter gaming, and it could even mean more Pokémon GO-style games with other compatible franchises as well.