Gaming Trends with the Most Potential for 2019 and Some That are Doomed to Fail
Today, that means anticipating consumer interests. And consumer interests are changing. That’s partly because of new tech as well as the vast field of potential that is waiting out there in the world of development is slowly beginning to come to a head. We want a shake-up. We want something that piques and holds our interest like the ability to make decisions. Indie developers are more likely to help us do that, with branched and non-linear storylines.
Incredible realism in a game could elicit a more intense physical and emotional response from gamers. It could also shift the focus on the kinds of games we like to play and provide the backdrop for a different type of storyline. It’s too early to tell for sure, but the potential for ray-tracing is massive and looming on the horizon.
As stated above, consumers are becoming more interested in the experience of gameplay, along with the storyline. Alternative realities offer that tenfold. Any experience that advertises immersion (such as VR) will prosper under these new standards. For example, there are VR haunted houses, vacations and casinos waiting to happen — let alone VR video gameplay, which will turn out to be one of the top trends of 2019.
For every new trend, a trend of the past must fade from existence. And there are several that we, along with gamers the world over, are more than happy to see fly out the window. The world will no longer cater to microtransactions and paid DLC. The reason is that consumers are gaining more control over the market — remember how EA got slaughtered in the press after the release of Star Wars Battlefront II ? They lost $3.1 billion in shareholder value (it didn’t stop them from continuing the practice, however).
As players gain more control over the market, we can expect more organic and focus-driven games, with more complicated storylines that call for players to make decisions. The monolith development companies won’t disappear, but they’ll start to share the stage with innovative indie companies, and that’s how it should be. We’ll get more of what we want in 2019, and the market will continue to flourish because of it.