We reflect on some of the big titles due to come this year that have been set back to 2015
We accept there is plenty to be getting on with still in 2014, but there have been some big hyped up games that have been pushed back to next year which are conspicuous by their absence. Here are seven that were initially penciled-in to land this year which have sadly been subject to delays
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Set to be a huge multi-region, free roaming RPG with deep story-telling, a dynamic ecosystem and shiny next gen graphics, the absence of this and ESO on consoles this year has left a bit of a hole for those looking for a decent fantasy RPG to get their teeth into. Dragon Age is on the horizon however.
Since seeing a trailer giving a 2015 release date for Mad Max, things have gone a little quiet for Avalanche Studios post apocalyptic game. In the previews, Mad Mad was showing some very promising car battling action with driving/shooting mechanics and big drifting cyper-punky souped up muscle cars.
Batman: Arkham Knight
We’d go so far as to say the new Batman game is our most missed. Since the Arkham games started they’ve stuck out as one of the few really good superhero games franchises. In Arkham Knight you’re finally going to get to play with the Batmobile. And in a decent sized sandbox, we can’t wait!
The recent Hardline beta had us thinking whether it warranted being a standalone game, would people be that into the single player? In order to help people decide there’s a trailer above showing a full 12 minutes of the story, which appears to be ticking a lot of the boxes.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
A third person shooter MMO with latest gen aspirations built on the Snowdrop engine. The Division has some excellent graphics and pours high levels of detail into recreating New York in the grip of a deadly virus. In previews the game has shown loads of gameplay options and you get to form your own sleeper cell with your mates,
The Elder Scrolls Online
ESO is already out on PC and was initially due to land on consoles in June. At the time Bethesda gave the project another six months, so there is a small chance the console ports may arrive this year. ESO is to be the first in the Elder Scrolls series on 8th gen, so console fans of Elder Scrolls itching to play ESO on their brand new machines are being left high and dry.
In the race to bring the next big shooter, Evolve is looking like a hot contender. Buzzing off the asymmetric multiplayer vibe, the game will bring 4 on 1 online multiplayer matches where one player is a monster and four others play a hunter team, offering both well-structured team play and all-out monster carnage.
The Order: 1886
Steampunk action adventure against a dark alternative Victorian universe. The Order is a new IP with promising character and graphics that stand up to new gen expectations. Potentially this game could join The Last of Us and the Uncharted series as a big cinematic action title to make a PlayStation desirable
Of course it’s better to put a game back than to bring out something that’s broken. Even in the current culture of patch updates, a bad launch can negatively affect a game and with so much cash poured into the big titles no one wants to be seen to offend the gamers.
When times have been quiet the news of a delayed game is an annoyance, but there are a fair few big games coming in the next few months to make things easier. Plus next year is shaping up to be a big year for the 8th gen consoles, Wii U included.
Are any of the games above sorely missed by you?
What big games are you missing this year?