Top 10 Most Anticipated MMORPG’s In 2016 | The Linux Gamer

I can’t believe it’s December. Man, this year has just flown by. You know, I’ve done an average of one and a half videos per week this year? It’s nuts! In the past I’ve made a couple videos featuring games that have no Linux support but that I’d really like to see on the platform. But I feel like the Linux gaming community has matured and grown to the point where we’re seeing a simultaneous Linux, Mac, and Windows release at least once a month.

So Instead of doing a ‘top ten most wanted’ list, I present to you my “Top Ten Most Anticipated Games of 2016” 10. Snow I’ve lived in Maine my entire life. If you don’t know where Maine is, it’s somewhere around here. There’s snow on the ground something like nine months out of the year. So that’s why I’m excited for SNOW. It’s a gorgeous open world winter sports title developed by Poppermost Productions. It looks rad and I can’t wait to play, especially during the summer when I’m dying in the heat. I’d rather be inside playing in the snow than outside in the cold, anyway.

No firm release date for Snow, we’ll just have to wait and see. But we can expect it in 2016. 9. Mighty No. 9 Megaman [clears throat] I mean Mighty No. 9 is an upcoming homage to classic NES games that features a litany of powerups, memorable bosses, and, of course, a blue android. The title was successfully kickstarted back in 2013 and has been in development for quite some time. Can’t wait to finally get my hands on this one, and with the release scheduled for February 9th, I won’t have to wait much longer! 8. Firewatch Firewatch is a mysterious first person narrative adventure set in the Wyoming wilderness of 1989. You’re armed with a map, compass, radio and whatever you can scrounge from the environment… As a firewatcher, it’s your job to prevent wildfires, enforce laws that ban potentially hazardous activities, and, of course, absorb the story. This game has me really excited, and with it’s launch also scheduled on February 9th as well, I’m not sure which will get reviewed first; Firewatch or Mighty No. 9. 7. We Happy Few We Happy Few is a procedurally generated retrofuturistic dystopian survival-based rougelite. If that’s not a meaningless string of buzzwords to you, it may’ve peaked your interest just as it has mine.

Slated for a June 2016 release, I’m ready to die over and over again in this stylish 1960’s era hell. 6. Star Citizen Adventure has been a mainstay of my gaming habit since I can remember. When I was a kid I would play games like Space Quest, Wing Commander, and Star Wars: X Wing and they were tremendous fun. Thankfully, next year, we’ll be getting Star Citizen. There’s so much to it; a persistent universe that you can traverse in a space-flight sim, a massively multiplayer galaxy, and first person adventure tied together with a narrative featuring Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson, and Mark Hamill. Unfortunately 2016 is all that’s been promised, but I think we’ll be zipping across the galaxy in no time! 5. Yooka Laylee I’m a 3D platforming fan. Two of my favorite games are Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie, and I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but SteamOS is seriously lacking entries in this genre. Yooka Laylee aims to change all that. It’s made by the guys behind Banjo-Kazooie, so it should have all the marks of arguably the best 3D platformer. The characters look cute and colorful, the levels seem expansive and robust, and GRANT KIRKHOPE is writing the music.

Slated for October 2016, I anticipate platforming like it’s 1998 all over again. 4. RollerCoaster Tycoon: World I love simulators… that’s not a simulator… More like THIS. I’ve been playing RollerCoaster Tycoon since I can remember. Building a massive, beautiful theme park from the ground up has always been a satisfying challenge, and it’s uniqueness has made it a hallmark of my sim-addiction for decades. RCT: World was featured on my Most Wanted 2015 list, and it seems we’ll all get my wish granted. Glad, too, since this was one of my top picks for that list. The dev team is aiming for a release some time in 2016. 3. HyperLight Drifter Speaking of my ‘Most Wanted’ lists, HyperLight Drifter was one of the games I had heard of and wanted to put on that list… and when I started researching this game, the dev team had already promised Linux support! So now I get to talk about it, here. This game looks like a highly stylized answer to Legend of Zelda.

It’s set in a foreign universe, featuring bright, beautiful sprites, thrilling electronic beats, and incredible bossfights. As this is number three on my list, you’ll note that I’m particularly excited about this one. HyperLight Drifter has been on my radar since it’s Kickstarter campaign and I’ve been following it for years. Set for a spring 2016 release, I’m ready to play this.

2. Tacoma The team behind Gone Home returns with Tacoma. The game has a similar look to BioShock’s Rapture, but with the narrative prowess of it’s elder sister; all while taking place on the moon. Oh, how that sentence gives me goosebumps. I’m a huge fan of Fullbright’s world building, I mean… the mystery and tension they’re able to convey through atmostphere, and musical cues? This talented team truly has what it takes to make a scifi thriller, without even so much as a combat sequence. I can’t wait to play Tacoma, and I can’t wait to talk about it, either! 1. OpenRA: Tiberian Sun There is simply no other game I have been more excited about than the Tiberian Sun pack for OpenRA.

Tiberian Sun is my favorite Command & Conquer game of all time. The graphics, the music, the technology… it’s perfect, in my opinion. Now, the Tiberian Sun module has not been announced as coming out next year, but given it’s current state of development, I am predicting a release somewhere around mid-to-late 2016. No guarantees, and no pressure, guys… but this is absolutely my most anticipated title of 2016. Hands. Down. Guys, thanks for watching! I know it may be a few weeks early to make a list like this, but I’m so damn excited for the next year–and being able to make these videos for you has been an absolute joy. I wouldn’t keep doing this if it weren’t for your continued viewership, and since we’re heading into the season of gratitude, I just wanted to say thanks. Seriously. So many of you have such kind things to say. I know there’s a stereotype about YouTube commenters having no manners, but I honestly have the kindest and most supportive audience on YouTube. Thank you. I’m interested to know what games you’re excited for in 2016. Let me know over on Facebook or Twitter @TheLinuxGamer.

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