Our Video Game Predictions For 2018

Kingdom Hearts III

Assuming we don't all die in a nuclear holocaust, what will video games bring in 2018? This week on Kotaku Splitscreen, it's time for some predictions.

First Kirk and I talk about the news of the week (13:46) including Gravity Rush 2 fans, an innocent man dying to a police swatting call, and Logan Paul's bleak controversy before making our big predictions for the year to come (34:16). Then we talk about our Games of the Year 2017 (57:20), share some behind-the-scenes details on how Kotaku picked its GOTYs, and discuss a few games we've been playing.

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For those of you who just want to see the predictions without listening to the entire show, here they are. The rules: No delays, nothing super obvious, nothing subjective, nothing based on inside info, no Switch ports.

JASON

  1. We will get our first rumours of PS5/Xbox Two (legitimate outlet, either console)

  2. Nintendo will FINALLY put together a Netflix-like Virtual Console, a separate service from the currently announced program

  3. Kingdom Hearts 3 will actually come out and it will have at least two Pixar worlds

  4. Someone will try selling a game for more than $US60 ($77)

  5. Blizzard will announce a new Diablo

  6. We will see at least 2 new PUBG clones

  7. Nintendo will announce a sequel to Breath of the Wild in a different world with the same mechanics and physics, sort of like Majora's Mask to OOT

  8. At least one big YouTuber (over 500k subs) will quit the platform for something new

  9. Another company will announce a dedicated gaming handheld system, to capitalise on the Switch's popularity

  10. Valve will be sold

KIRK

  1. At least three open world games will launch with no minimap
  2. Trump will be involved in a video game-related controversy, in real life or on Twitter
  3. At least one major 2018 game will be marketed specifically as having no loot boxes
  4. Sony will announce PSN name changes
  5. Bethesda will announce The Elder Scrolls VI for fall 2018.
  6. At least one established major multiplayer shooter [Call of Duty, etc] will add or launch with a Battle Royale mode

  7. At E3, Ubisoft will announce The Division 2 for a fall 2018 release.

  8. A YouTuber will commit a felony on YouTube and go to jail for it

  9. Bungie will overhaul the Destiny 2 Eververse in some significant way
  10. A major video game publisher (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Activision) will suffer a major publicized data breech


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Comments

    1. Games will be delayed
    2. Microtransactions will continue to plague titles that were not designed to have them
    3. The horrible term "as a service" will not have the decency to die in a fire like it deserves

      I feel like this unfortunately breaks rule number 2: “Nothing super obvious

    I agree with Jason's points, except I don't think another company will try and do a handheld. NVIDIA already tried with the shield and Sony with the PSP/Vita. A big reason the switch is so popular is because of the high-quality exclusives.

    I also don't agree with Kirk in that there will be a new elder scrolls in 2018. I think it's far too early and wouldn't expect a release until late 2019 or early 2020. An Oblivion or Morrowind remaster however is entirely possible given the success of Skyrim.

    We will also hear either
    -Microsoft announce the new halo exclusively for the Xbox One X
    -Microsoft will announce the next generation with halo as a launch title

    Battlefield 5: Near future Humans vs Aliens Invasion
    Halo 6 will be released on both Xbox and PC
    Age of Empires 4 gameplay trailer will attract millions of negative votes.
    A triple A developer will announce their own Survival Battle Royal Game.
    The Division will get an expansion pack.
    Destiny 2 will continue to flounder until their release the expansion, then everyone will praise Bungie again.
    Rainbow6 Seige will continue to gain popularity, announce year 4.
    No new Star Wars game this year.
    Blast Corps 2 for the Switch
    Anthem will make everyone forget the EA hate...for two weeks.
    Another Zelda game for switch will be announced.
    Star Citizen still not released

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    E3 will pass without any demos, videos or news for Cyberpunk 2077. We'll all shrug and keep hanging out for it regardless.

    - A character in season 3 of Street Fighter V will be deemed culturally insensitive

    - A Zelda themed mobile game will be announced

    - Microsoft will close Rare after the post release support for Sea of Theives wraps

    Let's play it safe:

    - A second expansion for CIV 6 will be released and by the end of the year, you'll be able to get the GOTY version (with all add-ons and DLC) for under $30).
    - Two DLC for Mario Oddysey.
    - More content for The Binding of Isaac, in spite of McMillen saying he wouldn't do any more.
    - A DKC platformer for the Switch. It will be good, but not as a great departure from the previous games as MO and BotW were for their franchises.

    The first Pokemon Switch trailer will result in the Nintendo Switch becoming the greatest selling console OF ALL TIME before the game is even released.

    No one will do a handheld, Nintendo is an isolated success and others have consistently failed to penetrate the market.

    More games that are purely PVP because writing a story and stuff is hard.

    It'll all be the same stuff, maybe with some slightly nicer graphics here and there. No quantum leaps until late 2019.

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