When it comes to unannounced games, there are certain titles that have achieved an almost mythical status. Team ICO’s The Last Guardian is one of these, as is Half-Life 3 (along with every other third entry in a Valve franchise). Others, like Mirror’s Edge 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3 have been made public, but remain in slow, quiet development. But there are a few unannounced games in popular franchises that are almost assured to get a release in the next couple of years, despite not having been officially revealed.
Here are five games we know are coming, even though they haven’t been announced yet.
5) Dishonored 2:
Dishonored was a massive surprise, at least for me. Developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda, Dishonored earned stellar reviews for creating a fascinating steampunk world, for its art style, and for its inventive, stealth-focused gameplay. But where Dishonored really excelled was in level design, which gave players autonomy over how they approached enemy encounters and mission objectives. Want to go in guns blazing? You can do that. Feel like playing steathily and not killing anyone? Go for it. Or do you want to use your supernatural powers to teleport, summon hordes of rats, and possess a fish to infiltrate a building? By all means.
The game’s sales also greatly exceeded Bethesda’s expectations, which is impressive given that it launched in the midst of mammoth titles like Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Halo 4. The result is what Pete Hines calls “a new franchise,” though there has been no official word on Dishonored 2 since. Some presentation slides did leak last year, showing a logo, the enigmatic #DarknessOfTyvia hashtag, and the suggestion that a reveal was scheduled for E3 2014 – which clearly never transpired. Regardless, we expect a Dishonored 2 announcement sometime this year, and for it to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in 2015 or 2016 (hopefully the former).
4) Deus Ex: Mankind Divided:
We know a little bit more about the next Deus Ex game than we do about Dishonored 2 – not a lot, but more. 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution (the third entry after the 2000 original and 2003’s Invisible War) was a fantastic revival of the franchise and a bold commitment to the series’ gameplay pillars, i.e. player choice, branching paths, large environments, in-depth gameplay, and an engaging conspiracy narrative told on a moral backdrop of changing technology. It was such a great game in its own right, but publisher Square Enix and developer Eidos Montreal clearly have big plans for the future.
In October 2013, Eidos Montreal announced Deus Ex: Universe, which they called “an ongoing, expanding and connected game world built across a generation of core games.” So to clarify, Deus Ex: Universe is not Deus Ex 4, but a series of games, novels, comic books and other media that are all part of the same story. Trademarks suggest that the first game within Deus Ex: Universe could be called Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and will act as a sequel to Human Revolution. There was radio silence until last month, when Eidos Montreal revealed the Dawn Engine, which will be used to power the next Deus Ex game. Hopefully Mankind Divided (or whatever it ends up being called) will be announced this year for next-gen consoles and PC.
3) Untitled Visceral Star Wars Game:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally releasing this year, but what’s almost as exciting is the return of Star Wars to the realm of gaming. With the exception of The Old Republic and The Force Unleashed, there haven’t really been any decent Star Wars games for a good decade (Republic Commando came out in 2005, after all). Now that EA holds the rights to Star Wars games, we’re finally getting another Star Wars: Battlefront title this year courtesy of Battlefield creator DICE, but we know of at least one more Star Wars project in development at Visceral Games (Dead Space, Battlefield: Hardline).
While we know virtually nothing about the title, we do know that it’s an action-adventure game of some sort that’s possibly third-person and maybe open-world. Some have even speculated that Visceral have taken over development of Star Wars: 1313, the third-person action game starring Boba Fett that was in the works at the now-defunct LucasArts. Amy Hennig is serving as Creative Director, which bodes extremely well for the project given her previous work on Naughty Dog’s Uncharted franchise. Whatever the game ends up being, an E3 2015 announcement is rather likely. It’s great to see Star Wars games back in such a big way.
2) Beyond Good & Evil 2:
Beyond Good & Evil was planned as trilogy, although poor sales quickly halted Ubisoft’s ambitious plans for the charming and unique title. Still, the 2003 original remains a cult classic, and a sequel was revealed in 2008 with a brief teaser trailer. Since then… nothing. Last we heard, Beyond Good & Evil 2 was still being developed by a small team at Ubisoft Montpellier under the guidance of original Creative Director, Michel Ancel. Some target gameplay footage did leak in 2009, but aside from that, we’ve seen and heard very little about the game except for Ubisoft’s continued insistence that it is still on the way.
I thought it might be re-announced at last year’s E3, but Ubisoft’s end-of-press conference surprise turned out to be Rainbow Six: Siege. Perhaps 2015 will see the continuation of Jade and Pey-j’s adventures, or at least a proper reveal. If not, Beyond Good & Evil 2 might quickly become Ubisoft’s equivalent to The Last Guardian.
1) Fallout 4:
Now for the big one. It’s been three years since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and seven years since Fallout 3, so Bethesda’s flagship development studio are due for a game announcement. An abundance of fake websites and announcement countdowns hasn’t been very encouraging, but even so, I think it’s safe to say Fallout 4 is in development – even if it is approaching the legendary status of The Last Guardian and Half-Life 3. When Fallout 3 came out, Bethesda’s Pete Hines said that we can expect a Fallout 4 release sometime “before 2018,” so to be fair, they still have three years to go until they’ve broken their promise.
There have been heavy rumours and leaks to suggest that the game will be set in and around Boston, Massachusetts, which is now called the Commonwealth in the wake of the Great War. Located there is the Institute, a secretive and mysterious organisation representing what remains of MIT, where sophisticated androids and true artificial intelligence have been created. The Commonwealth and the Institute are both mentioned in Fallout 3, as well as in the The Pitt, Broken Steel and Point Lookout DLC packs. The character of Dr. Zimmer, found in Rivet City, works for the Institute and is carrying out business for them in the Capital Wasteland. Could these be hints at potential plot points for the next game? Only Bethesda knows the truth, at least for now, but I have an inkling that 2015 will be the year the curtain finally gets pulled back on Fallout 4. Let’s hope I’m right.
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