Maybe it's just because 2016 was such a whirlwind, but 2017 feels positively tame as I survey the landscape through my futurescope. Beyond stuff I predicted on the latest podcast, I think survival games will finally begin to wane as the market teeters over much like the MOBAs and MMORPGs that came before it. Shadow of Mordor 2 will be announced and it will take place long before the events in Lord of The Rings. Sean Sands will buy a VR headset. It's prediction time everybody, make yours in the comments and let's see how we do!
Also make sure you look back on 2016 and see how you did. Good luck!
Greg "doubtingthomas396" Decker
- The Nintendo Switch will have trouble meeting shipments at launch, leading to a continuation of the argument over whether Nintendo is brilliant (as argued by their critics) or incompetent (as argued by their fans).
- Nintendo will announce the end date for 3DS production and it will either be in 2017 or 2018. They may backpedal if their experiments with overpriced, under-featured iPhone apps fail to gain market traction.
- Star Citizen will not release in its finished form this year, but will become available for purchase in Early Access, leading to another three million dollars in revenue for the developers.
- Project Scorpio will release and will be precisely as disappointing as the New 3DS and the PS4.5.
- Sony will suffer some sort of PR debacle involving PSVR and will handle it in their inimitable tone deaf fashion, leaving the Vive as the only accepable alternative for commercial use. HTC will not melt down until 2018, when it becomes clear that the Vive catalog of experiences will be just as bloated and terrible as the indie game scene on Steam, which means we still have to endure at least another year of VR apologist triumphalism.
- 2017 will be the year that the worst fears about iterative console releases will be manifest, with at least one major release from both Sony and Microsoft that plays like hot garbage on original hardware while running passably on pro or Scorpio hardware. This prediction will be a race to see which developer is first to say the solution will be to buy the new consoles.
- A major publisher will be forced by court of law to pay the data cap fees of a large number of players after their mandatory patches exceed customers download limits.
Chris "C" Cesarano
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be delayed, and if the Switch sales numbers do not immediately beat the Wii's then pundits will bang on every drum they can to claim the delay is the cause for Nintendo's latest failure.
- The members of the conference call will talk about the Switch when it releases and when Breath of the Wild comes out, but otherwise it will be business as normal.
- The Scorpio will be better received by hardware enthusiasts and gaming press more positively than the PS4 Pro, but it will fail to capture the attention of the masses.
- VR will see a slow and steady incline in marketshare, but will still make hardly a dent in mainstream (unless it's a cellphone company's crappy me-too gimmick that fails to capture the wonder of VR).
- Prey 2 will be Dishonored in space, a move that pleases the masses and leaves me as one of five people lamenting that the original concept will never see release.
- E3 this year will be one of the most amazing yet... especially since the majority of newly announced titles will release in the Fall and holiday season, as is becoming more and more the case.
- Denis Dyack will make headlines once again by saying something stupid.
- New Mario 3D style game and Zelda Breath of the Wild at Launch
- Cost will be $399 for the system
- There will be a Daydream style headset so you can strap the switch to your face. Rather than being a dumb screen holder, the headset will have more ‘safety’ and awareness features built in.
- Full multiouch screen
- Mobile performance is going to be disappointing.
- This year the exclusive game lineup combined with cross-PC play will make for a above average year of MS games.
- Scorpio will beat the PS4 pro and notch a few specs over it, but it’s so late in the console cycle it won’t change their market standing too much.
- Stay the course on the console side, no major shake ups. VR will have a steady flow of new games throughout the year. By Fall 2017 there will be a break-out, must-play VR game on the Sony platform but the overall sales performance will be tepid.
- By end of year there will be legitimate wireless VR. Oculus and HTC will NOT release new headsets, just add-ons and upgrades.
- There will be other VR headsets that enter beta this year but none will enter the retail market.
- VR is in full transition mode now, big shakeups won’t happen until wireless takes a leap in 2018.
- Squadron 42 will have a beta this year, but no final release.
- Valve releases their first, full VR game that takes place in the Portal setting.
- No major in-house games announced this year. Fallout VR will release and kind of work ok, but nothing you’d want to spend hours upon hours playing.
- Thanks to Pokemon Go, Anime Sex ARGs will start popping up.
- NINTENDO SWITCH will do well despite everyone's dour predictions! They will finally get it's act together this time.
- First scripted-as-a-gay-dude AAA protagonist.
- The general public is starting to get Star Wars fatigue, and the next SW game will be met with lukewarm response because of this.
Sean "Elysium" Sands
- Switch release 3/26 for $299. The detachable controls will be problematic, expensive to replace and hard to find in stores.
- Nintendo Switch will be a sales disappointment -- though not as bad as the WiiU. Instead of attracting both the mobile and console customer base, it will instead feel like it’s not fulfilling as either kind of machine.
- Facebook will “clean house” with Occulus, including more key departures as well as a price drop late 2017 and a refocus away from gaming.
- Valve will launch a game streaming service to compete with Twitch.
- Amazon integrates twitch and Prime more closely, some well known streamers become accessible only to Prime members and are instead paid directly by Amazon.
- Ubisoft and Activision will follow Bethesda lead and eliminate review copies of games before launch, and instead will double down on streamers and YouTubers for pre-release promotion.
- Star Citizen Squadron 42 will not be released but a release date of Q1 2018 will be announced at Citizen Con 2017 -- crowd funding will exceed $175,000,000
- Doom 2 announced and released
A Late Entry from JR Ralls!
Red Dead Redemption Two will be considered the greatest rockstar game of all time.
The Nintendo Switch will be a big enough hit/not fail badly enough that people will consider Nintendo to maybe have another console in them after it.
There will be a VR game that makes the news in a significant way. Maybe because of sex maybe because of violence maybe because of some new social panic, but some game in the VR field will make a splash that hits the public consciousness.
A Console War film will begin being filmed, if not released.
No game released in 2017 will capture the feeling you had that one time from playing Goldeneye in your college dorm room with a bunch of friends you haven't talked to in over a decade.