Games that probably won’t release in 2016

Games that probably won't release in 2016 - Cyberpunk 2077

2016 is the year for a long list of highly anticipated games to release, many of which encompass a large array of genres and promised experiences.

Unfortunately, a number of those titles are only estimated to release in 2016, and we all know what estimated means – maybe, probably… hopefully.

Perhaps to save you some anguish, but mostly because we all already know it to be true, these are the games unlikely to actually release in 2016

If you were hoping to play these games in 2016, think again.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

One of the best RPGs to have ever graced the PlayStation 3 came from a collaboration between legendary animation house Studio Ghibli and Level 5.

Unsurprisingly, given the level of talent attributed to the game, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was an instant hit, thanks to a spectacular soundtrack, interesting and fresh mechanics, and a gripping story.

The sequel, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, was announced back in December at the PlayStation Experience event.

Although the trailer has given us much insight to the game’s story and setting, we still have a while to go before we can play it.

We’ve yet to even get a release window, so 2016 is unlikely. Even if it were to release this year, we know how this normally goes with Japanese produced games.

They release in Japan first, and then hit the West a couple of months later – sometimes as long as a year or two later.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will follow the story of Evan Pittiwhisker Tildrum, king of Ding Dong Dell, as he sets out to reclaim his kingdom alongside visitors from another world.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt RED are still busy wrapping up The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine expansion, the results of which should make for the finest The Witcher 3 experience yet, and we love them for that.

Their next project, Cyberpunk 2077, is set in a futuristic world built on many of The Witcher 3’s established mechanics. More than that, it will allow for both first and third-person perspectives, different playable classes and a non-linear story.

The game was announced back in 2012, where the studio revealed a CG trailer that demonstrates its setting as well as likely enemies.

We know the game is still in development, and we know that CD Projekt RED are dedicated to producing one killer title, but we will have to wait a while to play it – it may not even release in 2017.

Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda

As excited as we all are for the next entry in the Mass Effect series, what we’ve seen up until now has been mostly concept art and developer commentary – little to pin surefire details to.

This leads us to believe that Mass Effect Andromeda still has some time to go before we will get to explore its evocative galaxy once again.

What we do know is that Andromeda is set in the far future, following the events of the original trilogy.

Once again, players will be able to play as a male or female character, and we know that the Mako is making its return, and in a big way.

This time, Mass Effect is all about exploration, so it pays to have some wheels between you and the numerous planets you’ll be exploring.

Even with over 200 developers currently working on Andromeda, a 2016 release date is doubtful. Besides, do you want it to release this year, even if it means a rushed job?

Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III

Believe it or not, but it has been nearly a decade since we’ve received a direct, numbered sequel in the Kingom Hearts franchise, with Kingdom Hearts II releasing in 2006.

Much to everyone’s surprised and absolute glee, Kingdom Hearts III is now currently in development, but for the moment Square Enix are using their typical “in development” advertising, which means a long wait ahead.

We also know that the game will be the last in the Sora chronicles, which implies an end to the fight between Organization XIII and Sora once and for all.

Announced back in 2013 at E3, we have also learnt that Kingdom Hearts III will include new Drive Forms, new worlds from the likes of Tangled and Big Hero 6, and new weapons as well as other Kingdom Heart goodies.

With Final Fantasy XV releasing in 2016, Square Enix is not going to blow their proverbial “load” in one year, so perhaps 2017 is the year for Mickey and friends to make their return.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Overkill's The Walking Dead

Overkill’s The Walking Dead might be the franchise’s last hope for a decent FPS.

Announced in 2015 by the creators behind the PayDay series, Overkill Studios, the game promises to bring The Walking Dead franchise to life in a way not yet experienced.

We know that the franchise is in good hands. Plus, having recently learnt that its release is pushed back into 2017 due to a new partnership with Korean publisher Smilegate, they’ve got all the time they need to get it right.

We’ve not seen any sort of gameplay of the game so far, but we are a patient lot, especially after playing the appalling disaster that was The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Thanks Terminal Reality.

Assassin’s Creed Empire

Assassin's Creed Egypt - Assassin's Creed Empire

If rumours are correct, 2016 will be the first year since 2007 that we will not have an annual Assassin’s Creed title.

This is after reports claim that the latest title, Assassin’s Creed Empire, will skip 2016.

The game is said to be the most ambitious Assassin’s Creed to date, but Ubisoft have said that about every Assassin’s Creed entry… ever.

We know that Ubisoft employees spoke out of order, having told a number of people that the new Assassin’s Creed title will be set in Egypt, as well as the 2017 release.

There are also rumours going around that the Assassin’s Creed release window is to make room for Watch_Dogs 2, which is pretty underwhelming – we’ll need to see more first.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

We’re all hyped for the Final Fantasy VIII Ramake, although I do believe there are better Final Fantasy titles out there that deserve the spotlight.

With everything going on at Square Enix at the moment, I highly doubt you will be playing the remake this year. It’s Kingdom Hearts III all over again.

If it wasn’t planned as an episodic release, we would have pinned a 2018 release date to it. Its episodic release, however, suggests the first episode might release as early as next year.

Saying that, Square Enix loves to take their time with the Final Fantasy franchise, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

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