Well, 2015 is almost in the books, and a slew of top video game titles are being issued now in time for Christmas—from Halo 5: Guardians and Just Cause 3 to Rainbow Six: Siege and Xenoblade Chronicles X. So it seems only appropriate to look forward to 2016 and offer up some bold predictions for the video gaming world in the New Year. After all, it’s never too early to jump onboard the hype train, speculate on rumors and put forward dream ideas we’d like to see come true. Many of these predictions may not become reality, but it’s still fun to theorize. So here are 10 gaming predictions to consider as we head into 2016.
10. Mass Effect: Andromeda Gets the Series Back on Track
The next installment of Bioware’s Mass Effect series is likely to appear in 2016. And it couldn’t come soon enough. The last game in the series, Mass Effect 3, left most gamers feeling betrayed and unsatisfied with the ending—to the point where they disowned the series. In fact, the negativity surrounding Mass Effect 3 got Electronic Arts (EA) voted The Worst Company in America by Consumerist magazine. Fortunately, the rumor is that Bioware is now working to right the Mass Effect ship with the upcoming title Mass Effect: Andromeda, which is expected to deviate from the original trilogy altogether. If chat boards are to be believed (and they are), the gameplay in the new Mass Effect will move into a Metal Gear Solid open world style, and use interweaving character arcs, base building and an expansion on the series’ mythology. Look for this title to be released in late spring or early summer.