There is no secret that the gaming world has heavily evolved since the 8-bit NES days of the 80’s. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s people had generally utilized cartridges before moving on to CD’s from the mid 90’s all the way up to the 10’s decade. However, in this day and age it seems like streaming and downloading video games has become more popular in general. This makes people wonder whether or not Sony, Microsoft or Xbox has any plans whatsoever on moving way from developing consoles that accepts hardware games in the near future. Streaming & downloading video games seems more convenient for customers on the face of things but at the same time Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo generally have different long term goals in relation to their consoles.
Over two years ago Sony had placed heavy emphasis on the PlayStation VR for it was officially released in retail back in October 2016. Also, there had been speculation that Microsoft was eventually going to focus more on streaming services following the release of the Xbox One X back in November 2017. It was also revealed back in the Spring of 2018 by Nintendo’s new president Shuntaro Furukawa that the company wanted to focus more on mobile gaming especially since the market itself is looking right now. Due to how popular mobile gaming has become during the 10’s decade along with streaming services it would not be a surprise if hardware video games stopped being developed altogether. However, if companies such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft eventually stop making consoles that accepts hardware video games it would probably occur a lot later down the line such as the late 2020’s or so.
There are so many games that people are looking forward to seeing on multiple game systems as we progress throughout this year. When it comes to action role-playing puzzle games of 2019 one of the few titles that has everyone talking is Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince developed by Frozenbyte Inc and published by Modus Games which is set to appear on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows along with the Nintendo Switch this upcoming Fall. For those who do not know Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will be the direct sequel to Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power which was released back in August 2015 and is considered to be the fourth major installment within series since it began a decade ago in 2009. It should be noted that has far as gameplay is concerned Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will not be fully 3D like it’s predecessor and will revert back to a 2.5 dimensional perspective.
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will have multiple characters that players can choose from including a thief named Zoya a knight named Pontius along with a wizard named Amadeus as they solve various puzzles throughout the entire game. As it currently stands there is no official release date for Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince but there is no question that the game will definitely be a attraction big attraction in Fall 2019.
As far as big fighting games in relation to the 10’s decade is concerned one of the more exciting titles that we got a chance to see was Tekken Tag Tournament 2 which was released over eight years ago. Not only was Tekken Tag Tournament 2 a memorable fighting game it also managed to reach over 1.5 million units worldwide in relation to sales and was received numerous awards for “Best Fighting Game” of 2012 from the likes of GameSpot, Game Informer and Digital Trends shortly after its release. While there has been a lot of speculation that Tekken 7 from 2015 was most likely going to be the final entry in the series there are still many people who would love to see a direct sequel to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 sometime in the future. As curt stands Namco has no plans whatsoever on developing a Tekken Tag Tournament 3 anytime in the future.
However, it should be noted that prior to the release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 the first TTT game came out back in 1999. So it basically took Namco over a decade to make a sequel for the original Tekken Tag Tournament game which was actually worth waiting for. In fact, roster for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was arguably the best that we have seen in any game within the entire series since the mid-90’s. If Namco has no plans on making a sequel to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 than having a remastered version of the game for the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One would definitely be something that many people would love to see.
As far as gaming is concerned today is a very special day especially for those who have been long time fans of the Final Fantasy series since the late 90’s. It was on February 11th back in 1999 where Final Fantasy VIII was released on the PS1. Final Fantasy VIII was the highly anticipated sequel of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII game Square Enix released for the PS1 console that was released back in 1997. While Final Fantasy VII ended up becoming the second best selling PS1 title reaching over 9.7 million units worldwide Final Fantasy VIII was not quite as popular as its predecessor. However, Final Fantasy VIII was still very successful and managed to reach over 7.8 million units in sales on the PS1 while becoming the seventh best selling game on the 32-bit console during the late 90’s.
The multi-disk FFVIII game is one that many people have wanted to see receive an HD remake for two decades now and its uncertain on whether or not Square Enix plans on making it a reality. While a series of Final Fantasy games are expected to on the Nintendo Switch including FFVII, FFX, FF Crystal Chronicles and FFXII there has been no talk of FFVIII being ported to the Nintendo Switch. Hopefully, Square Enix will do something special with Final Fantasy VIII within the next year or so especially since the demand of a remastered version of the game is high among those who are huge fans of the series in general.
There are so many games on that the world is looking forward to seeing this year such as Kingdom Hearts 3, Code Vein, Shenmue 3 and many others. One of the few titles that we are hoping to learn about is Elder Scrolls VI the highly anticipated sequel to one of the best action role-playing games of the 10’s decade Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which came out back in 2011. As far as Elder Scrolls VI is concerned there are not many details about the game itself and it’s very uncertain whether or not the game will be released in 2019. However, its possible that we could possibly see an actual trailer for Elder Scrolls VI at E3 2019 this summer depending on how well the game’s development has been since its announcement back in 2018.
As it currently stands Elder Scrolls VI may not be released until 2020-2021 especially due to the fact Elder Scrolls: Online is still very popular along with the fact that Elder Scrolls: Blades is expected to appear on mobile devices sometime later this year. Hopefully, we will learn more details from Bethesda about various elements of the game such as the plot and gameplay for Elder Scrolls VI as the year progresses. However, seeing actual footage of Elder Scrolls VI at this year E3 2019 would be great if Bethesda has made a significant amount of progress on the game itself.
As far as news within the gaming world is concerned this is a rather interesting development in relation to the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4 game that was set to appear on the Nintendo Switch. It has recently be reported that the current project regarding Metroid Prime 4 has been dropped despite the game being a big deal back at E3 2017 and redevelopment for the game will now occur with Retro Studios the masterminds behind the creation of the Metroid Prime Trilogy between 2002-2007. Its was reported that previous project for Metroid Prime 4 fell below Nintendo’s expectations which means game may not come out until 2022-2023. There is no question that many fans of the Metroid series are unhappy about the news concerning this upcoming action-adventure game.
However, its understandable that Nintendo wants to provide the best quality in relation to the development of Metroid Prime 4. Also, time has shown that the more time Nintendo puts into a project the more impressive the finished product end up being which was the case when we got Metroid Prime back in 2002 which was the first major game within the series that we saw nine years after Super Metroid was released for the SNES. There is almost no question that Metroid Prime 4 will end up becoming one the best action-adventure games of the 2020’s decade once its released for the Nintendo Switch its just a matter of when game will be released.
When it comes down to superhero based action-adventure video games one of the most popular Switch that that we have seen within the past decade is the Batman Arkham titles that were released between 2009-2015. Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment was on fire in the early 10’s with the its Batman games the popularity of the movies “Dark Night” and “The Dark Night Rises” definitely played a huge role on their successes as each title were huge attractions for consoles such as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. As big as the trilogy of Batman games were during the first half of the decade some wonder whether or not they would be an attraction on the Nintendo Switch.
In theory, the Batman: Arkham Collection would be a huge success on the Nintendo Switch if Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment had any plans on bringing it to the Nintendo Switch. But at the same time the Batman Arkham Collection could also be overshadowed by first party games made by Nintendo such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Odessey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and others. Also, adult-oriented games seem to shine more on consoles such as the PS4 and the Xbox One opposed to the Nintendo Switch which seems to target a younger audience.