Top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games Sequels Of 2016


2016 has been a strange one for the industry calendar. In the past six months alone, we’ve had dozens of rumoured releases – whether announced officially or otherwise – just up and go AWOL without a trace.

Despite the fact that publishers often overload the fourth quarter of the year with a bonafide bonanza of releases, it can often prove to be the perfect time to announce that a new title is hot on the way.

Indeed, as Gamescom and the VGAs fast approach, it’d be foolish to write off 2016 just yet…

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10. Shadow Of Mordor II

You’d be hard-pressed to find a soul who didn’t enjoy Shadow of Mordor.

Not only did it manage to provide Tolkienites with a vibrant, gritty and fresh take on The Lord of the Rings mythos, it did it all whilst innovating the action-adventure genre in a manner unseen since Rocksteady first made waves with 2009’s Arkham Asylum.

Which, it must be said, is rather impressive.

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Having known that a sequel to the 2014 sleeper-hit has been in the works for some time now, it’s come as a surprise to many that Monolith have been able to contain their imaginable excitement for as long as they have.

I suppose Warner Bros. have been just a wee bit occupied with Batman for a while now, but, with the odd exception of Arkham VR, the publisher are yet to announce a big Triple-A release to come in the weeks and months ahead.

Obviously, the Arkham franchise is yet to call it quits, but it is Monolith’s series that’s beginning to show the most promise. We can only hope Warner takes it off the ice sooner rather than later.

9. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

 still find it hard to believe that we’re talking about Ultimate Alliance. Now. In 2016.

Don’t get me wrong, Raven Software’s lovable take on the Marvel Universe was an admirable if not particularly impressive experience that was brilliant fun to play with your mates, but it wasn’t anything more than a harmless isometric dungeon crawler.

Still, there must be an audience for the franchise, as Activision deemed it fit to bring a pseudo-remaster of the series to current-gen consoles but a week ago. I say pseudo because, well, not much has changed visually since the two titles dropped in 2006 and 2009, but it’s obvious that they clearly aren’t the main event.

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No, if anything, Marvel and Activision’s timely re-release would appear to be nothing more than an attempt at gauging interest in the brand. And, given the reception from fans thus far, it would appear as though MUA still has a home in the medium.

A third addition to the series would of course keep inline with Marvel’s ostensible designs on the industry, having only recently clocked onto the fact that DC – bucking the trends of their most recent cross-medium excursions – have been owning the genre when it comes to critical and commercial reverence. What better way to sure up their upcoming Spidey reboot than with a sequel to one of the most nostalgically adored superhero franchises of all time?

8. Red Dead 3/Red Dead Redemption 2

If it feels like we’ve been waiting for what seems like a millennium for a sequel/prequel/whatever to Red Dead Redemption, it’s because we have. No, seriously. It’s been six years since we first encountered John Marston, and honestly, I’m beginning to develop withdrawal symptoms.

Obviously we’ve had two absolute stunners from Rockstar in the years since (L.A. Noire and Grand Theft Auto V), but the relative quiet surrounding Red Dead’s inevitable next entry has been disconcerting to say the least.

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Yeah, yeah, Rockstar love their secrecy when it comes to announcing new projects (I wouldn’t be surprised if they relayed developmental plans through self-destructive letters, to be honest), and it’s hard to deny that it’s a winning strategy, but come now, they’ve got to give us something soon; at least once we’re all done and dusted with Mafia III (which, by the way, is shaping up to be something rather special).

I appreciate those GTA Online updates as much as the next guy, but what we need right now is a solid confirmation that Red Dead is coming our way in the near future.

7. Assassin’s Creed 2017

Ubisoft surprised pretty much everyone last year when they announced that Assassin’s Creed would be skipping 2016 altogether. Of course, we still have the promising film adaptation to occupy us in the meantime (here’s to hoping it’ll buck the trend of every single silver screen adaptation before it), but it must be said that a lack of an annualised AC is… surreal, to say the very least.

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Not to say that it wasn’t the right decision by Ubisoft (let’s be honest, pretty much everyone, their aunt and their uncle were sick to death of the series after Unity’s monstrously botched release), rather, its absence has been felt right across the gaming spectrum.

We know at least two things: that A; it’s a reboot, and B; it’s going to have an Egyptian setting. Bar that anything is fair game, and though it’s clear Ubisoft are going to be promoting Watch Dogs 2 as much as humanly possible in the run up to its release, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a couple more AC-sized tidbits were pushed our way before Christmas.

6. Batman: Arkham Origins Sequel

Like it or not, there’s not a chance in Hell that Warner Bros. will part with the Arkham brand. Not now, not tomorrow – probably not ever if the publisher gets their way. If you like Batman, then yay, that’s great, feel free to knock yourself out. But for many, myself included, who think the detective’s adventures are beginning to wear a little thin, the prospect of another Arkham entry isn’t all that appealing.

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Whatever your opinion on the old ‘Montreal V Rocksteady’ debate, it’s obvious that there’s more Arkham on the way.

Heck, given just how much Rocksteady love their Easter Eggs, it wouldn’t be at all disingenuous to assume there’ll be some ambiguous speculative claptrap to get invested in Arkham VR.

5. Borderlands 3

This one’s a semi-cheat, seeing as how Gearbox have at least informally confirmed the existence of the threequel in April this year. But still, we’re yet to see anything concrete showing it off.

There’s also the matter of Battleborn, which, after choosing what was quite possibly the worst release window of the year – a window that led to the title getting totally overshadowed by Overwatch – probably isn’t going to be on Take-Two’s horizons for much longer, despite favourable reviews upon its release. So, what could’ve originally been a large platform of post-release content and promotion, could now fall to a totally different franchise altogether, say… Borderlands?

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It has been a while since we last saw a main instalment in the series, and even then it was a prequel to Borderlands 2. It’s about time a true sequel came around, not least of which because I’m missing picking up some of the best weapons in the medium. I mean seriously, has any other title even come close to the level of crazy Borderlands has achieved? It’s overdue a return, and as for an announcement, there’s no time like the present.

4. Beyond Good And Evil 2

Despite the relative silence regarding the long gestating sequel, Ubisoft are insistent that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is still on the way.

Of course, the game was officially announced way, way back in 2008, and since then we’ve had next to nothing in information to go on. Rumours of developmental drama are still prevalent, but let’s be honest, we know nothing.

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The presence of yet another Ubi title on this list only illustrates just how erratic the publisher has been this last year. Sure, we’re certain that Watch Dogs 2 and Ghost Recon will ship as planned, but just where on earth are the rest of Ubi’s titles?

It’s certainly a transformative time for the company, but maybe what they need most is a good debut for Beyond Good and Evil. It’ll have to contend with nigh-impossible fan expectations, but it’ll only take one trailer to set the hype train in motion.

3. Metal Gear Solid VI

Oh yes, you knew it was coming – perhaps the only game that could simultaneously please and p*ss off practically every MGS fan out there.

And whilst I’ve come to learn that giving Konami anything resembling the benefit of the doubt is a cataclysmic error of judgement, I honestly can’t believe that no one at their offices thinks that retiring console releases is a bad idea.

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Hideo Kojima’s much-maligned extravaganza of a Metal Gear title sold remarkably well, and though the creator’s stalwart fans would like to think they’d shun a non-Kojima helmed Metal Gear, the chance to further explore Snake’s inevitable downfall is obviously an opportunity none too many would pass on.

For now, however, we’ll just have to settle for those, err, slot machines that Konami are so fond of. At least the Fox Engine is finding a use after Phantom Pain, I guess

2. Splinter Cell 7

Assassin’s Creed isn’t the only staple franchise Ubisoft have held back recently, Splinter Cell too has been all but absent from the company’s release schedule.

This comes despite just how well the sixth game in the series, Blacklist, performed. It lacked franchise staple Michael Ironside, and his replacement was miss-cast beyond all comprehension, but it managed to reinvigorate the series in a way that appealed to both old fans and newcomers alike.

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Bar that, the Tom Clancy license has failed to leave as big an impression since. Rainbow Six: Siege was completely unlike its promising E3 debut, and, sad to say, Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ most recent showing didn’t look all that good either. Considering Splinter Cell is yet to succumb to Ubi’s now notorious track record, there could be a chance that the company cuts its losses and announces another entry before the year’s over.

After all, fans are simply dying to know just how on earth Kestrel managed to survive the events of Conviction. Well, that and what age-defying moisturiser Sam Fisher applies to keep himself looking so young and virile while he’s pushing his mid fifties, but I suppose that can go unanswered for Now.

1. Agent

This is another title that was announced way back when, but you know what? It’s been nine years since Agent was first unveiled at Sony’s 2007 E3 press conference, and we’ve heard next to nothing since. Some screenshots ‘leaked’, that much is true, but as for actual tangible proof that Agent is still the game it was when it was first unveiled? Well, that’s a little harder to come by.

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There is one thing to note however, and that is that Take-Two are yet to relinquish the Agent trademark, having renewed it most recently in January this year. There could be a chance, then, that Rockstar are actually gearing up to finally announce a fully revamped, current gen version of their former PS3 exclusive project. If that comes to fruition, then not only will Sony have an exclusive Spidey title, but an exclusive Rockstar one too. Hot property indeed.

The prospect of a Cold War spy thriller in the vein of Red Dead and L.A. Noire is enough to send any pop-culture fanatic into a frenzy of anticipation and excitement, and though we all (and I do mean all) are looking forward to another Red Dead with bated breath, whose to object to a whole new IP altogether? I certainly wouldn’t complain, especially if it’s imbued with the same calibre of developmental quality Rockstar are nigh synonymous with at this point.

 

 

 

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