2015 is going to be an awesome year, no matter what. It’s going to be the year of Azura’s Watch. What started as a small project, me just trying to experiment a bit on my own to make a warm and inviting environment to break the coldness of Skyrim, has developed into something a whole lot more than that. But there are also other things to look forward to in 2015. Here are some of the games we’re going to see released this year and that I’m really looking forward to.
Grand Theft Auto V It’s been out for a year and a half for XBox and Playstation, but the PC release date has been set to March 24. I’ve been playing all GTA games since the first one in the 90’s. In fact, the demo for Grand Theft Auto 1 was the first thing I ever downloaded off the internet, so I’m a big, big fan of the series. I haven’t played the console version because I don’t even own a console. Of course.
I haven’t looked this much forward to a game since Rome II Total War. I hope it’s a success, or there’s going to be a revolution.
The Witcher III I haven’t really played Witcher II, although I own it, nor am I a long-time fan or anything, but Witcher III looks like it’s going to be a real winner. This time, it’s completely open world and it looks really stunning and innovative. I hope it’s going to fill my RPG gap until Elder Scrolls VI. I really wish they’d make superior games like Witcher (and GTA as well!) moddable to the core; that would make for the perfect game in my opinion. Make them legendary. So far, only Bethesda seems to be brave enough to go the modding route.
The Witcher is PC only, which means they don’t have to deal with console straggling at all, but can use PC technology to its max. It should speak to the hearts and minds of any Elder Scrolls fans as well. Release date is set to May 19, last time I checked but they’ve been pushing it forward on a couple of occasions already. Kudos for the courage to push release dates forward to make sure it’s perfect. I’d rather wait for a well-working game than sit here and experience something like the catastrophic Assassin’s Creed Unity release last year.
Attila Total War Yay! I’m a big fan of the Total War series and I have them and play them all. I’m glad to see another Total War being released this year, and I kinda hope it’s a middle ground between Rome II Total War and what I hope to be Medieval 3 Total War. Yes, I’m hoping for an announcement later this year of Medieval 3. Rome II Total War was a disaster at release, but I’ve been following it really intensely, and it’s developed into a really great game where there’s a lot of fun to be had. I bet they’re going to use their experience from R2TW to make Attila into a great game as well. I haven’t pre-ordered, and won’t. I need to see the player reviews first (yes, player reviews. I don’t trust corporate media for reviews.). I’m still sore after R2TW’s disastrous release. nonetheless, it’s going to be interesting to see what’s happening with Attila as the release comes along February 17.
Those are the three big ones I have listed this year, all of them within the couple coming months, actually, Q1. There are other things I’m following too. Like Planet Explorers (Early Access), Galactic Civilizations III (in Early Access) and Mount and Blade 2 Bannerlord. Just Cause 3 has been announced too. There will be DLC’s for games I already have. The first one is El Dorado for Europa Universalis IV (in February) and a DLC for Age of Wonders 3 is coming along as well. Good stuff!
This year, I’m hoping for the announcement of two future games. Civilization VI. It’s about time. I’m also having a faint hope that they’ll announce the next Elder Scrolls game as well. Skyrim was nothing short of a mega success, and they should continue. I read some false rumours online that they were going to announce “Elder Scrolls VI Argonia” and that really set my imagination going. Setting the next ES game in Argonia would be cool, but personally I’m hoping for Valenwood. Oh well, we’ll see. There’s going to be games and stuff to keep me occupied, though, until the next Elder Scrolls comes along, and I also have my mod to perfect.