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PC Games Set for an Early 2017 Release
Video Gaming in the US
According to Statista, the video game industry generated revenue of $16.6 billion in 2011, with more than 145 million Americans playing some sort of the game that year. With over 3,000 games released in 2015 and 2,600 games released in 2016, as of September 2016, we are looking at an average of 11 games per day. The Q2 2016 update by Newzoo revealed that a total of $99.6 billion is likely to be generated by the end of 2016, a whopping rise from 5 years ago. And things are only looking up. Here is a list of games to watch out for in 2017.
1. Nier: Automata
Nier would be by far the strangest PC game that you would have played in your lifetime. While most of the action RPG games thrive because of their engaging and off-beat story lines, this game became a huge hit despite having a simple story line. In fact, the simple story was the reason why people finished the game multiple times and it was able to build a cult fan following. The developers, Platinum Games, decided to come up with a semi-sequel for the PC that is set to be released in early 2017. This game, by Taro Tokyo, should be on top for your shopping list for 2017.
2. The Fall Part 2: Unbound
Planned to be released in the first quarter of 2017, this is another game that promises you some real “weird shit”. For those who have played the first part of this sci-fi adventure, where you play the role of ARID, the artificial intelligence built into a high-tech combat suit, you would know what we are talking about here. The first part ended with a twist that gives the developers, Over the Moon Games, an opportunity to change the entire mechanics. Since it is supposed to be the bridge between the first and the last part of the trilogy, the hype is real for this game.
3. Tekken 7
For years, Tekken has been on the priority list of almost all gamers and 2017 can be big for the fans, since Bandai Namco announced that the latest edition, Tekken 7, will be released in the first half of the year for all the three formats, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. What is interesting is that this version will have a new storyline that will have transitions between cinematics and gameplay, something you must be familiar with from Assassin's Creed. The first trailer showed the fan favorite, Heihachi Mishimam battling Akuma, which further increased the buzz about the game.
4. FIFA 18
FIFA 17 was released in the US on September 27, 2016, and was made available for the rest of the world on September 29. It took just days for the world to realize that the force is strong with this one. Just like the previous versions, the game was welcomed with both hands and it has left us with one question, “What’s next from EA?”
With the new The Journey mode, extra nuances and incredibly real graphics, it will be interesting to see what more the developers can add to the new edition, say experts at Velocity Micro. With the World Cup lined up in 2018, it will be interesting to see if extra importance is given to the international mode.
5. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
The biggest announcement for 2017 so far has come from Ubisoft, which has planned the release of this game for March 7, 2016. It will make the latest edition of Tom Clancy the first ever shooter game that can be played in four-player cooperative mode. This first-person computer game, which known to allow players to work in small teams, will give them the ad hoc drop-in and drop-out option from the beginning of the game. It will take place in Bolivia, where a Mexican cartel has taken over the country.
So get ready for an exciting year ahead.