The Upcoming Shooters in 2016

by on January 28, 2016

                There
have been a couple of dry years for shooters, but this is about to change.
Sequels, reboots, expansions and even new licenses are coming to treat the
starved fans of this genre.
Here is a list with of the most interesting shooters that
2016 has in store. Keep in mind that there are some missing titles because they
will be part of the last article from this series.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3
Release Date: Q1
                Sniper:
Ghost Warrior 3 is an upcoming tactical FPS developed by CI Games.  It is the first title in the series to be set
in an open world and with a production value worthy of an AAA title.
                We will
play as Jonathan North, a retired US marine on the way to Georgia to help put
an end to a proxy war and the civil unrest that might start a second Cold War.
                Taking
advantage of the fully explorable open world setting Ghost Warrior 3 will
feature a lesser linear gameplay allowing for different approaches. The
gameplay will support different play styles with both stealth and run and gun
being viable options. One of the highlights is the new navigation system which
allows for parkour, repelling and climbing ledges opening new ways to better
positions for engagement. There is also a hardcore vibe as objectives don’t
show on the map and have to be discovered by completing intel gathering
missions. Drones will be available to survey the area and scan for enemies
helping to set up a much more exact tactic.
                I
haven’t played any Sniper: Ghost Warrior game so far, but I enjoy playing as a
sniper and the new features that Ghost Warrior 3 has made me put it on my watch
list.
Doom
Release Date: Q1/Q2
                The
classic shooter that has the players fighting demons on Mars is returning in
the form of a reboot developed by id Software, the pioneers of the FPS genre.
                With
the Union Aerospace Corporation facility on Mars being overrun by demons a lone
DOOM marine is activated to put an end to this. The players will fight hordes
of powerful demons with a wide variety of brutal weapons in a fun arcady shooter
style.
                id
Software always had a knack for technology and DOOM is going to showcase that.
The game’s graphics and physics look amazing ramping up the intensity of the
visceral and gory combat to eleven.
                The
classic fast paced arena multiplayer will make a return with newer game modes
available. Powerful weapons, verticality and unique power-ups which include the
possibility to play as a demon expect those who want to test their skills
against other players.
                The
long waited sequel that turned into a reboot seems worthy of the series and
it’s about time to fight some demons with a BFG!
Homefront: The Revolution
Release Date: May 17
                The
history of Homefront: The Revolution is long, with THQ shutting down Kaos
Studios, the developer of the original game, the task of making a sequel fell
first on the shoulders of THQ Montreal. It was later announced that Crytek UK
took over the project and with THQ filing for bankruptcy Crytek bought the
rights for the game and continued working on it. At E3 2014 a partnership was
announced and Deep Silver jumped in as a co-publisher. Due to Crytek’s
financial problems the license was sold to Koch Media, the parent company of
Deep Silver, and the development of the game was to be continued by the newly
formed Dambuster Studios.
                Four
years after being occupied America is in a terrible shape with a dictatorial
military power treating the citizens in horrible ways. But in Philadelphia, now
a ghetto, a resistance is forming ready to fight a guerilla war in the name of
freedom.
                Homefront:
The Revolution is an open world FPS in which the players assume the role of a
fighter leading the resistance in an uphill war against the powerful occupant
forces.  Ambush, sabotage, infiltration and
deception are tactics needed to stand a chance in this fight. Build the
resistance, recruit new members and establish bases of operation as territory
is taken back from the enemy in a story driven open-ended singleplayer campaign.
For those who consider that the
singleplayer campaign is not enough you can continue the fight for freedom in
the Resistance mode. Team up with 3 more players and fight through 12 narrative
driven co-op missions in a multiplayer mode that will be expanded with free
content updates throughout the year.
                Homefront:
The Revolution sounds good in theory, but the tangled development could take a
toll out of this game.
ARMA 3 Apex
Release Date: TBA
                ARMA 3
new expansion will take the players to Tanoa, a tropical island with rich
history and full of lush tropical vegetation and unique landmarks.
100 km2 of lively colored open world is what the
new area has to offer. Fly, swim, drive or walk through this beautiful place
that is about to see war once again.
                ARMA 3
roadmap for 2015 promises a lot, including a new lighting system and enhanced
water visuals. At the end of the roadmap stands APEX, the first expansion of
the game that comes with more content and improvements.
Killing Floor 2
Release Date: TBA, Currently in Early Access
                I’ve
played the hell out of Killing Floor 2 from the beginning of its Early Access.
The horde mode FPS has returned with better visuals, extreme gore and some
impressive shooting mechanics that add up to a satisfying experience of killing
wave after wave of deformed monsters.
                Now
taking place in Europe, Killing Floor 2 has a lot of different landscapes squeezing
the best Unreal Engine 3 has to offer into stunning looking maps with great
level design. The combat is more visceral than ever before leading to a fun experience
either in solo more or in 6 player co-op.
Perks and weapons of the past have been remade to face an
improved version of older enemies with a better AI that leads to brutally
challenging fights especially on the higher difficulty levels.
And to extend the game’s lifespan a full SDK will be
available so that fans can create additional content in the form of new maps,
mods and much more.
                Killing
Floor 2 hit a community bump with the launch of microtransactions during its
Early Access, but that’s not such a big deal considering they are only
cosmetics. The game still needs more content, but the core mechanics are
working wonderfully! A release is expected sometime during this year, together
with another game from Tripwire Interactive: Rising Storm 2: Vietnam.
Shadow Warrior 2
Release Date: TBA
                The
2013 reboot of the 1997 Shadow Warrior was ok, but despite some hilarious
comedy and engaging combat it got too repetitive too fast. Shadow Warrior 2
comes as a true evolution in every possible way. With greatly improved
graphics, a more dynamic combat and a 4 player co-op mode.
                The
players will retake their role as the former corporate shogun Lo Wang. Five
years have passed since in his attempt to destroy the darkness corrupted the
world leading to a new order where humans and demons live together. Now a
mercenary, Wang is drawn in a conflict between multiple parties and has to put
his particular set of skills to good use in another attempt to protect the
world from evil forces.
                With
over 70 customizable weapons to use in a bloody combat system that takes full
advantage of modern physics technology, Shadow Warrior 2 surely aims to be fun.
Adding to that the co-op mode with procedurally generated maps and success and
replayability are almost guaranteed.
                There’s
no denying that Shadow Warrior 2 looks great. The developers seem to have put a
lot of effort into solving the issues of the previous game and hopefully this
will show at release.
Space Hulk – Deathwing
Release Date: TBA
                Focus
Home Interactive is taking over the Warhammer universe fantasy or 40k and one
of their latest upcoming titles is Space Hulk – Deathwing.
                The
action takes place on an abandoned Space Hulk where a group of Terminators from
the Dark Angels Chapter is fighting through hordes of Tyranids. The game
campaign can be played solo or in co-op mode with up to 5 players.
The game has customizable loadouts with a multitude weapons
from the 40k lore allowing the players to choose between ranged and melee, each
coming with its specific perks.
                Power
by Unreal Engine 4, Deathwing looks absolutely mind blowing with some extremely
detailed interiors and character models worthy of the Warhammer 40k universe. The
graphics manage to create the claustrophobic atmosphere of a Space Hulk but
also renders the grandeur of some of its special locations.
                Space
Hulk – Deathwing is one of the most beautiful looking games coming in 2016 and
it might be the high quality shooter that the Warhammer 40k universe needs to
break the ice and expand its popularity to other genres than strategy.
Titanfall 2
Release Date: TBA
                Titanfall
was a nice concept of combining competitive multiplayer with some sort of
online campaign. Despite what the numbers say (over 10 million copies sold),
the execution was poorly done and the lack of content ruined a game that
deserved more.
                Respawn
Entertainment has confirmed that it is working on a
sequel that should be released in 2016. While they are very enigmatic about
this game (including its name), the developers hint at the possibility of a
singleplayer campaign and other changes (hopefully for the better).
                Titanfall
did some things right with slightly innovative gameplay mechanics and by bringing
mechs into the mix it really set the game apart. But the price was too steep
for the content and separating the community through DLCs wasn’t a good move. Hopefully
the developers learned from their mistakes and things will be different with
this sequel.
This list is short but if we take
in consideration the few titles we received lately and the fact that a new
Battlefield and Call of Duty are going to be released this year, it turns out
right impressive.
2016 is a promising year for a genre that was in desperate
need for more releases. If no delays intervene and these games deliver on their
promises this might become a reference year for the shooters fans.
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