With 2015 drawing to a close, it’s time to start looking forward to 2016. In this final article of the year 1001Up and friends share their hopes for gaming in the next 12 months.
There are only a few more hours of 2015 left to go, so before this year ends we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has ever heard of, looked at, liked or followed 1001Up. We’ve had some absolutely fantastic times this year – including a redesign, making new friends at expos, winning an award in the Bytes That Rock! Software Awards – and the best is yet to come.
So what are our hopes and wishes for gaming over the next 12 months? Read on to find out what the team and others are looking forward to in 2016. Why not join in the discussion and share your thoughts in the comments below too.
And with that, we wish you a very happy New Year and all the best for 2016. May it bring you everything you wish for and more! 🎆
Will from Geek Sleep Rinse Repeat:
“Hopes for 2016? More amazing games. I think this year we’ve seen some really amazing and ambitious titles come out. 2016 looks like it will be just as good if not better. I really, really hope that No Man’s Sky is just as great as it looks.
Tim from GeekOut South-West:
“I hope that Pokémon GO is an amazing work of art and that I become the very best… that no-one ever was. To catch them is my real test and to train them is my cause. I want to travel across the land, searching far and wide. You don’t understand the power that’s inside!
“But seriously, I hope that augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) become much more common in gaming, and that it’s more accessible. Cheaper, more open, more support and non-gamers ‘get it’.”
Kevin from The Mental Attic:
“2015 was the year where the gaming industry focused almost entirely on storytelling. This year proved most definitely, perhaps more than any year before it, how high video game writing could reach. We’ve had years of solid gameplay and now a few of solid storytelling but my great hope for 2016 is that the industry finally finds that balance of amazing stories and narrative and astounding gameplay. 2015 was very much the year of the visual novels, the exploration games, those with only stories to carry them forward as they lacked complex mechanics… I can only wonder what new titles could be like if they combine the story-driven aspect with interesting and immersive gameplay. Life is Strange, Bloodborne and Technobabylon showed me that it was possible and that the results are jaw-dropping.
“I have a few other wishes for 2016, relating to the industry as a whole; to the quality assurance of newly released games, about the voices in journalism, the sites we look up to and the hopeful resolution of issues regarding sexism and other forms of dismissal or hatred, things I’m appalled by. But I better keep this on a lighter note and just hope for the best, and work hard to do my part for a good gaming 2016.”
Pete, designer and friend of 1001Up:
“It would be good to get a chance to finish one of the bigger games – you know, one of the 100-hours plus titles – next year. I started playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and haven’t had anywhere near enough time to make a dent in it; I’d love to get around to Fallout 4 but haven’t even started that one; and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is coming out in 2016 too.
“2015 was my first time going to Rezzed and I’ve got tickets for 2016, so now that I know a little bit more about it I’m looking forward to going again. Hopefully I’ll make it to EGX too. And now that I have my PlayStation 4, maybe the guys from 1001Up will let me stream with them if I’m lucky!”
Ben from 1001Up:
“What do I hope for in 2016? Time.
“To play video games. For developers and publishers to finish them properly. For the little guys or new intellectual properties (IPs) to grow and gain popularity. And for the community to give developers and publishers the time they need, rather than demanding more and more.”
Kim from 1001Up:
“My hope for gaming in 2016 is that I get more time to do just that: game! It’s been a bit of a busy year with never enough hours in the day, so to be able to fit in a few more video games and articles for the website would be very much welcomed. There are plenty of releases I’m looking forward to: The Witness, Unravel, Day of the Tentacle Remastered, We Happy Few, Fable Legends… the list goes on.
“We have several events coming up over the next 12 months including Rezzed and EGX, and it’ll be good to catch up with friends, writers and developers. There’s also the GameBlast gaming marathon in February: if team Gamely Giving can manage to complete the forty-eight hours and hit our fundraising target for SpecialEffect, it will be an absolutely amazing achievement.”