A recent flurry of stories and rumours suggestsvideo games could radically change in the next few years.
For many video game fans,games mean the template established by developer TT Games. The company is responsible for launching : The Video Game in 2005, drawing inspiration from the prequel era of the film series. It offered a cutesy, family friendly take on the universe and won over many fans. Crucially, it inspired a very different (yet wildly popular) template for games going forward.
In the years following its release, the majority ofgames have followed the design template of : simple action-adventure gameplay, dozens of collectible items and a much lighter tone than the source material. : bends the rules of that formula, but it doesn’t necessarily break them. Although suggests improvements to combat and exploration (amongst other areas) it’s still broadly recognisable to anyone who’s played a game in the last decade or so.
However, following allegations of poor working conditions, theGroup is with TT Games. This means that going forward, TT Games won’t be able to veto any deals the Group makes with other games developers.
Another recent rumour suggests thatwith 2K Games. A football title is supposedly due for release later this year, with UK studio Sumo Digital handling development of it.
While nothing has been confirmed, this suggests that futurevideo games could look very different to those of the TT Games era. As such, there are a few different directions these games could go in.
It’s possible that any newgames build on the TT Games formula – if not directly in gameplay mechanics, then certainly in spirit. A sports game would certainly be family-friendly and offer simple, accessible gameplay in the same way that TT Games’ efforts have. It’s also likely that those games’ sense of humour would be preserved.
Another possibility is that theGroup continues to explore new , inside or outside the mobile space. Builder’s Journey is a puzzle game that debuted on iOS devices in 2019. It’s since appeared on various other platforms, and offers a more realistic, minimalist approach to a video game. This might foreshadow other more experimental games, or ones that focus on the physicality of the product.
Finally, a long shot is that theGroup returns to its roots – video games that more closely marry game mechanics with player creativity. Early efforts like Island, Creator and Racers combined conventional game design with a chance to express oneself. In Racers, for example, you could build your own racing car before taking it to the racing track.
Titles likeWorlds (released widely in 2017) explored this idea in more detail. However, given the comparative popularity of similar products (like ) this is one experiment that doesn’t appear to have been successful.
Ultimately, it’s anyone’s guess right now what a newgame could look like. But the TT Games controversy (and the stale nature of its game design) suggests a golden opportunity for games to get more creative.
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