FFD: What’s the next big gaming trend?

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For a while, it seemed like the next big thing in games would be companion gaming; games that would be made better by having a companion app on a tablet. Much of that excitement has gone away, with The Division being just about the only game on the horizon to really push that aspect. VR’s coming in the future, of course, but there’s no word on when that will be.

The current trend in games seems to be 4v1 gaming – and it seems to have sprung up on its own. Of course, the big one is Evolve, which pits 4 hunters against a player-controlled giant monster.

Then there’s Fable Legends, which pits 4 adventurers against a player-controlled Dungeon keeper; Dying Light which pits four survivors against a mutated zombie; Shadow Realms which pits four role-players against a dungeon master and Gamers on the Internet, which alleges to pit four Call of Duty players against your mom.

What’s next? seen any trends arising? What would you like to be next? My guess? A lot more playable women in AAA games going forward.

Personally, I would like even more games to feature couch co-op campaigns but as far as trends go, it’s one that’s already passed.

Last Updated: August 29, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    I’d like to see a trend of completed games completely devoid of day one DLC

    • Sith JJ

      That’s unrealistic.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        YOUR FACE HAS UNREALISTIC EYE LINER AMOUNTS

        • Sith JJ

          No it doesn’t. I know what I’m doing.

    • Rock789

      With you on that one.

      Is it so unrealistic to imagine a time when a developer will only announce a release date when they know they’ll be ready, when they know there will be no delay because their game is 100% complete and they know that it will release with all needed software on the actual disk, instead of needing a day 1 600TB patch?

    • Kromas of City17

      Dragon Age will be. At least that is what Bioware said …. please EA leave Bioware alone this time!

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Cross-platform trend

    • WarframedSquirrel

      I agree with this one… I wanna play Warframe with the PS4 guys

      • Sith JJ

        FPS games against console gamers with no auto-aim? That’s nasty.

        • WarframedSquirrel

          Not against, the co-op part of it… the crucible would just be unfair.

        • Wraith

          It’s ok as long as it’s co-op.

    • HvR – 2 days

      I like the idea of tablet play in Division. Lots of potential there.

      • Sith JJ

        I would love to see such integration with strategy games on pc.

    • WarframedSquirrel

      Also Diablo 3 cross platform… can’t see why not? eh?

      • Sith JJ

        Absolutely.

      • Wraith

        Because I’d get jelly when I see everyone else rolling. 🙁

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Bacon-enabled gaming trend

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I had pork sausage wrapped in bacon for supper the other night. I didn’t play with my food.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Heh, supper

    • HvR – 2 days

      Yep, as my 5 year old told me yesterday. The biggest problem with Minecraft is the lack of bacon.

      • Sith JJ

        That sounds like a very wise kid.

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          Future Professor!

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        PhD by 15 at this rate

  • Viking Of Science

    Motion Controls, Obviously

  • Sith JJ

    Boycotts. Boycotts everywhere.

  • Great Teacher Umar

    Subscriptions and games as services

    • FoxOneZA

      Yeah, if EA’s Vault works out successfully, we could see this becoming the norm.

      • Great Teacher Umar

        Yup, exactly this

        • FoxOneZA

          I wouldn’t mind a Nintendo premium service that opened access to the back-end of all Nintendo exclusives 🙂

          • Hammersteyn

            Ooooooooo nice!

          • Great Teacher Umar

            That would be sweet actually!

  • FoxOneZA

    More console games coming over to PC with DX12, hopefully 🙂

    • Sith JJ

      Unfortunately more console games coming over to pc just translates to me as “more awful ports”

      • FoxOneZA

        DX12 and Mantle are here to fix those things #believe 😛

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    Let’s be honest…. The best thing in gaming is me…

    • Great Teacher Umar

      You sound like Microsoft

      • Hammersteyn

        LOL

      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        More like EA and Microsoft combined and all running on uPlay! Muahahahaha!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    F2P seems like the biggest trend. What’ll kill that is half-finished games & obvious cash grabs. It also has the “advantage” of keeping you online most of the time which is something all the big pubs seem to want because then you’re a sitting duck for them.

  • Hammersteyn

    VR games!

  • Uberutang

    Current trend is to delay games.

    • Hammersteyn

      Especially for PC 😛

  • Hammersteyn

    Another big trend this year is “Coming in 2015”

    • Sith JJ

      More like “Delayed until 2015”

      • Great Teacher Umar

        I wish I could delay coming until 2015

        • Lord Chaos

          O_o

        • Sith JJ

          I’m not sure how this comment makes me feel. 😉

          • Great Teacher Umar

            Not sure myself either…will give you an answer in 2015 😛

        • Hammersteyn

          What is coming is better than what is gone

          • Mark Treloar

            Not if it comes back around again in 9 months.

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          BWHAHAHAHAHAHHA

        • Sgt. M

          *Sees comment*
          Nope nope nope
          *Shakes head and leaves*

  • Sith JJ

    Current trends per publisher
    Ubisoft – Screw over your customers.
    EA – Make your customers pay for every single thing.
    Bethesda – Create incredible expectations and then give us a potato.

    • Hammersteyn

      Valve – the number 3 is a lie

      • Sith JJ

        That’s about the worst thing I can say about Valve 😉

        • Hammersteyn

          Agreed.

    • Lord Chaos

      I just want my Fallout

      • Sith JJ

        That and Elder Scrolls VI. Not this TESO kak.

    • Hammersteyn

      Bioware – Has EA agreed to this feature?

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    One trend I like is larger independent games from established developers which has been enabled in part by crowd funding.

    • Sith JJ

      Yes

  • Great Teacher Umar

    Giving the psVita less attention

    • AceZero911

      No, say it isn’t so 🙁

  • Sith JJ

    Hopefully the demise of Games for Windows Live, which I hear is actually still a thing.

    • Great Teacher Umar

      Wasn’t that supposed to be killed already?

      • Sith JJ

        Apparently it’s still going.

        • Great Teacher Umar

          Damn, resilient piece of software that no one asked for

          • Sith JJ

            We talking about Uplay or Games for Windows Live now? Heh

          • Great Teacher Umar

            lol no difference

    • Hammersteyn

      And Origin

      • Sith JJ

        That’s never going to happen. But I’ll rather see Uplay go than Origin, because you can still buy an EA game on Steam and not have to use both clients.

      • Dutch Matrix

        Origin is not so bad, to be honest. If I had to choose between that and Steam, I’d go with Origin.

        • Sith JJ

          I don’t really think I can respond to this without ruining your and my Friday.

          • Dutch Matrix

            My fiance left me this morning. I DARE you to ruin my Friday!

          • Sith JJ

            We’re all friends here, that was just meant in jest.
            My sympathies dude.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Nah. I have to apologize. I was seriously just trolling you for a bit! It sounded witty at the time.

          • Sith JJ
          • Sk3tz0

            She left you because u favour Origin.. No woman that desperate for a man.

    • Lord Chaos

      I still need it to start Fallout 3 from Steam.

    • Wraith

      Wonder if FromSoft will patch Dark Souls 1 to work without it.

  • Sith JJ

    I have a feeling (which I hope doesn’t come true) that we’re going to see more clients from other publishers.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    New trend: People forgetting that they play games to have fun.

    • Dutch Matrix

      But is that not the CURRENT trend?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Yeah true.

        I played an hour of The Crew beta last night, I had fun, I’ll play some more tonight & over the weekend if I can. I made the mistake of reading other peoples thoughts… which basically boiled down to “waaaaaaaaaaaah!”

        Then I went to browse GOG, they’ve redesigned their site & added little indie game-related movies. I think it looks pretty cool & DRM-free movies could develop into something nice in the (far) future. I again made the mistake of checking the forums. “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!”

        I stopped reading the Star Citizen forums because of “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!”

    • Sith JJ

      Hell no. I pay all that money so my library on Steam is something to show off with. Screw fun!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I’ve seen your Steam library. BOOM!

        • Lord Chaos

          HAHAHAHA

        • Sith JJ

          Not all of us have an orgy of games, Emperor. At least all of mine sees some action. 😉

          • Lord Chaos

            I don’t think you know how an orgy is supposed to work…

          • Sith JJ

            With all the DLC’s these days that’s pretty much what it’s become.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            No need for monogamy in gaming 😉

      • Dutch Matrix

        Screw fun… Me and my vile mind! I hate you mind!

  • Ryanza

    Microsoft has shown the direction consoles is heading towards, DRM. So it is not surprising to see all these online 4v1 and server based co-op, single player games.

    Next big gaming trend? I don’t know. But I know it involves the death of the offline play. Games will be released with a need for a constant internet connection. Next big gaming trend? Death of the second-hand market. Can’t sell your games. No value in buying games. Only digital sales will matter. Next big gaming trend? Crash of the gaming industry. Expensive to make and no value to buy. Next big gaming trend? NO DRM games. The NO DRM trend will happen. I might just be dead when it does happen.

    Don’t support DRM

    • Sith JJ

      I think you’re on to something there with the second-hand games for consoles.
      There’s already quite a big NO DRM trend, GOG proves that.

      • Ryanza

        GOG.com is just the alternative towards old games released digitally with no DRM. It’s not a big trend for new big games to be released DRM free. It has to get much worse before it can get better.

        • Sith JJ

          I know, you’re right. But the people who follow and support GOG is the group that is as much against DRM as you.

          • Sk3tz0

            No one is as against DRM as RyanZa.. He like the Poster Child for the Anti DRM, Think of Ryan as The Capt America for DRm except without the Syrem and the Shield and the blue spandex.

          • Sith JJ

            You’re probably right there. Though the spandex would make it seem more legit.

          • Sk3tz0

            he the DarkWing Duck of Anti DRM.. that is it..

          • Sith JJ

            Hahaha

          • Ryanza

            DRM is the terror that flaps in the night. Just ask EA’s Origin.

          • Sith JJ

            Dude. That DRM ruined SimCity for me. I still can’t get myself to play it again.

          • Ryanza

            I am not the poster child for anti-DRM. My comments on this site makes no difference.

          • Sith JJ

            You’ve touched our lives Ryanza. That’s all that matters.

          • Sk3tz0

            Like Touched by an Angel but with Roma Downey Swapped out for Micheal Jackson oO

          • Sith JJ

            O_o

          • Ryanza

            Who’s bad. DRM.

          • Sk3tz0

            Ur comments are that of a facebook like, is taht what u are saying 😛

          • Ryanza

            If the like button tells you to, not support DRM.

  • Morne Nell

    More Exclusivity by Platform, look what Bungy is doing with Destiny, even the Expansion packs will have ps4 exclusives. We will see this more and more.

  • Brady miaau

    Games that work on release.
    DLC incorporated into games on release
    Pre-order bonus that are meaningfull
    Gameplay videos that match gamplay

  • Sith JJ

    More previously ‘non-exclusive’ games to be bought by Microsoft and made exclusive.

    • HvR – 2 days

      “exclusive”

      There fixed it.

  • Sk3tz0

    Next Big trend in gaming.. mmm Remakes of Text Adventures for the Oculus. (or what ever that vr thing is called).. thats right.. U going to be reading in VR.

  • Wraith

    Error 37.

  • Dutch Matrix

    Next big gaming trend is gamers going: “Wow. That game was seriously 20 hours of FUN! Not even the red or blue ending could ruin such an amazeballs game!”

  • Wraith

    Hiring more physics majors so that they can accurately model female protaganists! 😀

  • Morne Nell

    4K, 120 MHZ frame rate.

  • Sith JJ

    Fish that swim away?

    • Dutch Matrix

      Fish in the Presidium?

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        LOOOL

    • Sk3tz0

      Sims 4 fish n Chips Take Away Xpansion

    • HvR – 2 days

      Dogs that hump your leg. Now that is some CoD next level shit.

      • Sith JJ

        You just blew my mind dude.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Next level CoD sh!t, picking up dog-poop!

        • Sith JJ

          Poop scoop simulator. Never been done before.

          • HvR – 2 days

            POOP SIMULATOR 2015. BOOOOM!

            You can either be the poop or the poop scoop.

          • Sith JJ

            If EA makes it you’ll be the poop, until you buy the scoop DLC

          • Sk3tz0

            Public Urinal Cleaner Sim 2015.. SA Edition is cleaning OR Tambo Toilets, will be riddle with micro-transaction to purchase soap, sanitizers and toilet paper. New Mop DLC coming 4 months after launch. Early access will be available for those who are willing to Pay, you’ll get an extra toilet brush on purchase

          • HvR – 2 days

            With the National Union of Toilet Cleaners Strike action expansion.

          • Sk3tz0

            no the Game goes on strike if u dont use DRM

          • Sith JJ

            I think EA might have a position for you.

          • Sk3tz0

            bend over my PC desk 🙁

        • HvR – 2 days

          Dammit Riley!!!

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

    The next big thing I think is going to happen is the return of adventure/mystery styled games.

  • Sk3tz0

    Next big Thing in gaming.. starting 2015 RTS that are actually good again

    • Viking Of Science

      Like Grey Goo? That looks great!

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

    No pools in games because it’s too difficult to dig virtual terrain

    • Sith JJ

      LOL

  • Dutch Matrix

    Next big trend in gaming: (Refresh)

    • HvR – 2 days

      Gabe and my credit card’s erotic adventures.

      • Dutch Matrix

        Now on sale in book stores everywhere:
        “I went to the Steam Sale: The true story of how I turned my Virgin Credit card into a Slut Card…”

  • ToshZA

    The only trend I’m really seeing is the delaying of games. If they start coming out in longer “intervals” and are better quality – this is a trend I can live with.

  • Norm

    “Personally, I would like even more games to feature couch co-op campaigns”
    I enjoy the hell out of couch co-op Diablo 3 on console!

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    A trend where graphics take backseat to actual gameplay, meaning we dont to sit through 20 minute cut scenes.

  • Tarka_za

    VR! VR! I started saving for my Oculus as soon as I heard about it. Unfortunately I used all of the Oculus fund as the car needed a service and I’m feeling very thirsty this weekend. But I shall rebuild it!

  • Sgt. M

    “Gamers on the Internet, which alleges to pit four Call of Duty players against your mom.”
    Best line of this article

  • Aussious

    Making remakes of remakes so you can buy games than you already own at even higher prices

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