With this time of year being when most video game companies reveal their upcoming inventions, there have been a number of trends that have already been coming out of the woodwork. In this article, we’ll be discussing the trends that will end up changing the way we play for good.
VR Becomes Social
Virtual reality is one of the most up to date trends in gaming at the moment, though it will be set to change in the future. Right now, what we experience with VR is a solo hobby, but as it expands this will become more social. Games as a whole are leaning towards the multiplayer option and open world adventure games, so it makes sense that VR will also become an open world experience.
With the sheer amount of headsets on the market, they’re becoming much more accessible. With more player, the multiplayer experience will become much richer, as there are more players to interact with.
More Indie Games
The rise of indie games seems unstoppable and this trend might just overtake the traditional games industry. The indie games that are receiving the most media attention are those that bring innovation to the table, regardless of how complex they are in terms of graphics.
Take games like Stardew Valley as an example, this game featured simple, 8-bit graphics. The real selling point of the game was that it changed what we expect from such simple games with much more complex gameplay. It also impressed many that the game was made by just one man, including the entire musical score.
These games are also generally cheaper and with games like No Man’s Sky promising much but delivering little, it’s easy to see why top indie games are getting much more attention.
Online Gaming Trends
Online games are starting to be taken more seriously and many of them mimic the trends that we see in offline games. This includes the VR trend, as this is becoming prevalent in the gambling sector, as developers work to create a more immersive playing environment on bingo sites and beyond.
If you want to keep abreast of the latest news and updates in this sector then specialized news outlets will help you out. They report on everything from new bingo sites to the latest tech in the industry.
Better Pacing for Developers
Traditionally, crunch time or the time closest to a games release means a lot of extra work for developers. Right now, it seems to be that we would rather play a well-finished game and wait a bit longer for it. There’s no shame in missing the release date anymore and developers simply don’t need to squeeze in that crunch time.
Of course, this is all in an ideal world so we can’t say for certain this change will be affected across the industry.
Invention and Innovation
Game developers and publishers are just starting to catch onto the fact that it no longer matters if you fail. If they initially fail with a game with a quirky theme, players are more just happy that they tried it out in the first place. If Nintendo hadn’t tried out motion controls then we wouldn’t have the Wii. Even if they were jumpy and not great to start with, they’ve built on the concept and made it great.
With E3 2017 showing some promising new ideas, we hope to see some amazing new things from the gaming industry in coming years. This industry is more popular and accessible than ever, so these trends could take hold in our homes in no time at all.
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Nerd Stash. An avid gamer since I could walk and can be found in Ashland, KY, where he hopes to find inspiration and uniqueness in life by meeting awesome people, development friendships with companies, and become more nerdy.