4 Trending Video Game In 2020: That Shape the Future of Gaming

It’s going to be a wild ride in 2022, gamers.

2021 was like a year of table setting for the video game industry. Long delays and new tech developments made it evident that 2022 would be an important year for video games. Though “the Metaverse” and “blockchain gaming” were popular catchphrases in 2021, they weren’t merely fanciful platitudes. Big corporations throughout the world invested a lot of money in those concepts. They’ll be there for a little longer, good or bad.

Finally, have all the pieces in place. Players should expect a wild year full of tremendous peaks and dips in the market. Prepare for a lot of discussion on social media about games and news that excite gamers. For the coming year, here are four trends to watch out for.

A Tremendous Gaming Year

The Land Between in Elden Ring.

If you were saving money in 2021, now is the time to cash your savings in. 2022 might be the year’s largest year for video games since 2017 despite the recent spate of delays. It’s hard to keep track of everything coming out shortly. Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, God of War Ragarok, Gran Turismo 7, Starfield, Splatoon 3, and a sequel to Breath of the Wild are all expected to be released before the end of this year. That’s only the tip of the iceberg; there’s much more to learn.

In that case, “if” is the most important word. As a result of the pandemic, several games that were firstly scheduled to premiere in 2021 have been pushed back to 2022. Omicron’s recent surge suggests that game development won’t return to 100% efficiency anytime soon. At least some of the games may be moved to 2023. The risk of delays looms large, yet there is still enough to keep players engaged regardless of the number of setbacks.

Welcome to the Metaverse!

Characters hang out by a fountain in Roblox.

In 2021, the Metaverse may have seemed like a whole new notion if you hadn’t been following tech news. Due in major part to an expensive marketing effort by Meta (previously Facebook), who went all-in on the ambitious digital notion. Let’s ignore that games like Roblox, Fortnite, and even Second Life have already established the Metaverse. In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg’s arrival, attention was finally drawn.

Companies will be more forthcoming in 2022 regarding the link between gaming and the Metaverse now that it’s a trendy and commercial notion. There will probably be more projects that are more like sandboxes in the future. People may hang around in virtual space rather than video games (with or without a VR headset). Concerts, special events and digital items paid using V-Bucks-style money are on the way. Game vs experience will become increasingly blurred in the years to come.

NFT drama inbound

Multiple phone screens showing the NFT-focused service called Ubisoft Quartz.

If you thought NFTs and bitcoin were a fad in 2021, you’re in for a nasty awakening: they’re here to stay. Even though video game firms have just begun to explore this new frontier, it is unlikely they will slow down very soon. EA and Square Enix have invested heavily in blockchain technology, expected to bear fruit in 2017. With a wallet full of cryptocurrencies, you may soon be able to buy and possess virtual items in a wide range of popular games.

However, there will be a struggle. Gamers have shown themselves to be skeptics of the notion, waging war against any firm that dared to venture into unexplored territory. Although Ubisoft’s current NFT experiment has failed. The intended incorporation of NFT into ST: ALK 2: Heart of Chernobyl was met with such opposition that the game’s creator decided to scrap the idea. When it comes to significant NFT gaming projects, it’s a matter of whether or not firms are willing to put up with the reaction on social media.

An industry reckons with toxicity

A phone screen displaying Activision Blizzard's logo.

A series of bombshell disclosures regarding the history of Activision Blizzard’s workplace toxicity was the biggest gaming story of 2021, not Halo Infinite or any other exciting new game. As a result of this tale, the media painted the industry in an unflattering light. Gamers were forced to consider whether or not it was morally acceptable to participate in creating digital entertainment under such deplorable conditions.

Although this may seem surprising, it is not a discovery. A similar scenario occurred at Ubisoft in 2020. Riot Games was there first. An IGN report states that Bungie is in a similar predicament. As far as we can tell, this is a problem that affects a lot more studios than just the ones we’re aware of.

The video game business can no longer ignore the problem. Reporters are finding more and more problems at studios, and gamers are becoming more vocal about it. Consider the case of Star Wars Eclipse, where fans have pledged to boycott the game. It happened due to the allegations that creator Quantic Dream has a history of abusive working conditions. Even more importantly, game developers appear to be at a turning point. Employees at Activision Blizzard have begun making preparations toward unionization, which would be a first for the company. As the gaming business heads towards 2022, leaders are unlikely to maintain a lid on things for long.

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