Summer may have most of gaming’s big announcements, but autumn is always the season for the year’s biggest, most hyped releases. Some huge games like Forza 6 already have already been shipped this year, but here are seven more that will hit before the year is over.
Rock Band 4 & Guitar Hero Live (10/6, 10/20)
It’s been nearly ten years since these rhythm game titans started fighting it out. Activision and Harmonix went back and forth, releasing game after game for a few years while the market was hot -- but neither series has had an entry since 2010. Now both games are back: Rock Band 4 will stick to its roots, while Guitar Hero Live abandons the old formulas. Maybe these old names will re-ignite the market.
Need For Speed (11/3)
Electronic Arts is rebooting the Need For Speed franchise with a new game simply titled “Need For Speed.” The series has always been one of the world’s biggest racing franchises, but uneven sales and critical response to recent titles pushed the company to re-examine what made the series successful in the first place. So they’ve listened to fan feedback and promise this new game will be more in line with what gamers want.
Publisher Square Enix released Hitman: Absolution in 2012 to critical acclaim, but ever since the development teams have been busy with smaller mobile games. The new Hitman (no subtitle this time) revamps many of the features and killing/espionage tactics that Agent 47 is known for, all with improvements afforded by the new generation of console hardware. Hitman’s maps will be bigger, the enemy AI will be smarter, and there will be more ways to eliminate your targets.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (10/23)
Ubisoft have had a rough go of it lately, releasing a slew of buggy and ill-received games. Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity was the posterchild for broken games, and became a punchline for a while. However, this year’s release, Syndicate, is promised to be a much smoother experience -- mostly because there won’t be any multiplayer features this time around. Yep -- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is single-player only. For now.
Halo 5 (10/27)
To be fair, Microsoft did release the Master Chief Collection last year, which had a multiplayer beta for Halo 5. But Halo 5 will be released in October on its own, complete with the next chapter in the story of Master Chief and the UNSC. What it won’t have is local multiplayer or campaign co-op; If you want to team up with or play against anyone, they’ll have to have their own systems and games. Still, despite fans’ negative response to the news, Halo 5 is probably the biggest release of 2016.
Fallout 4 (11/10)
Fallout 4 may trump even Halo 5, however. This Fallout, despite its name, is actually the fifth entry in the franchise, assuming you count 2011’s New Vegas. When Bethesda officially announced the game two weeks before E3, fans went nuts -- the announcement trailer quickly hit thirteen million views before the gaming convention began. The series is well-known and well-loved for its community, who openly create and support mods. It’s been a few years since we’ve gotten a Fallout game, so anticipation for Fallout 4 is through the roof -- it may prove to be the biggest game this year.