With the newest generation of consoles on their way (or maybe already released by the time you’re reading this), gamers are wondering what they can expect from games in the near future. Let’s take a look at some genre predictions, based on the history of previous consoles.
In the past, racing games have set the bar for video game graphics. Expect them to do it again with the next generation of consoles. The next generation of racers will focus heavily on more realistic car models and appropriate physics. We will once again see improvements in day/night visuals, as well as improvements in different weather conditions. The next generation of consoles will probably give more attention to seasonal elements than ever before. Just imagine racing around a track, with realistic leaves reacting to your car’s movements, or having snow build up realistically over time as you race.
With shooters, expect to see more of everything. More weapons, more vehicles, more players, more ways to play. The player models will be more realistic, and have movements that are more representative of living people (or aliens, or whatever). By the end of the next generation of consoles, players will still be able to notice the differences between real and digital, but not by much.
Because shooters are a popular multiplayer genre, he next generation will be much more personal. When it comes to war games, emotional realism is more important than graphical enhancements (although, graphics will still improve). Developers are always looking for ways to immerse players into their games; the next generation of consoles will make the art of emotion much easier to convey.
Turn-based RPGs like Final Fantasy will continue to thrive with new consoles that have the necessary horsepower to tell huge CGI stories in expansive worlds. Expect to see more in-depth storylines and characters. Fantasy worlds are colorful and creative, and can easily be enhanced with better consoles. Expect to see overall improvements to spells, mounts, and vehicles.
Adventure RPGs, like The Elder Scrolls series, will be more interactive than ever. Again, graphical improvements will add to the realism of fantasy worlds such as Skyrim, but the next generation of consoles is going to improve upon the role-playing aspects. Your characters will have more dialogue options, more animations, more activities to take part in, and (please, please, please) faster loading times. There will be activities that have absolutely nothing to do with the main storyline; they will be there just to immerse yourself in the game world, and character creators that let players create virtual replicas of themselves.
Imagine games in which you can live out your life in your favorite time period, or being able to virtually test drive a car from your living room just by playing a game. Think about simulating space travel, or simulating people and social interactions. All of these things can be improved with the next generation of gaming consoles. As with all new technology, though, we will have to see which direction developers choose to take their games.