There are many reasons people end up working in games, but a common theme is, unsurprisingly, love: developers love working in the art form. It's the same reason a number of creators put pen to paper and write about them—or in this case rapidly tap away at their keyboards.
But #VideoGames aren't just things to be made by these developers, they themselves are gamers and have so many titles on their respective lists that they'd love to play! But of course, all of them admire different forms of game design and look forward to varying experiences. So if you put a lot of developers in a room and asked them what games they can't wait to play, you'd get a lot of different answers, which is exactly what happened.
What Games Do Developers Want To Play In 2017?
The PlayStation Blog asked 45 developers what games they can't wait to sink their teeth into when they're not working on their own projects in 2017. Since this was conducted by Sony, don't expect any Xbox or Nintendo exclusives to grace this list—sorry Breath of the Wild, creators still love you!
Joint Winner: 'Horizon Zero Dawn' And 'Red Dead Redemption 2'
It's not hard to understand why developers are excited by the sheer sense of scale in #HorizonZeroDawn, an action roleplaying game set in a world reclaimed by nature, lorded over by what I can only describe as mechanized dinosaurs. We recently broke down the latest developer diary if you want to know more about main character, Aloy and her journey. It sounds amazing.
“I’m most excited about Horizon: Zero Dawn because of it’s unique art style. How could you not get excited about giant robot dinosaurs?” - David Hensley, Killing Floor 2 Lead, Tripwire Interactive
Rockstar only had to post a group of silhouettes for the gaming collective to lose their minds, we've found out a little more about Red Dead Redemption 2 since then, but developers are in as much as a furor as the rest of us.
“There’s a ton of amazing stuff coming to the PS4 next year, but tops on my list right now is Red Dead Redemption 2. I love Rockstar’s wild ambition and creative courage, and the open nature of the Wild West setting is the perfect marriage of world and mechanics.” - Ian Milham, Game Director on Rise of the Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics
Second Place: 'Mass Effect Andromeda'
With the CES footage and release date announcement, it's full steam ahead on the hype train for #MassEffectAndromeda—whether you're eager to save the universe or get down with some alien booty, there's no shortage of both in BioWare's latest sci-fi epic.
“I love [the Mass Effect] series, and you can always count on BioWare to make an amazing game, something really special that’ll keep you coming back. In fact, I’ve played the Mass Effect games more than I played Modern Warfare 2, and I played that game so much my wife made a joke about it in our vows! The early gameplay footage is gorgeous, and I’m really excited to see what they do with 4K.” - James “Jlo” Lopez, Producer on Borderlands, Gearbox Software
Joint Third Place: 'Persona 5', 'God Of War' and 'Shenmue 3'
I'm not sure if this makes these titles joint third or fourth, but what I do know is these games all bring something unique to the table.
For instance, the colorful art style of #Persona5, combined with the way it balances dungeon crawling with maintaining a busy school schedule and building friendships with those around you may sound dull on paper, but it's done with such flair that it naturally stands out in the genre.
The Persona series brings some of the most stylish and cohesive games out there. I love the immersion that is maintained between the music, sound effects, the HUD, the menus and the combat presentation. It all keeps me in the mentality of the protagonist.” - Jason Schroeder, Senior Producer on South Park, Ubisoft San Francisco
Friendship may be important in Persona, but family takes centre stage in #GodOfWar's debut on the PlayStation 4. Kratos will need to control the rage that's fueled him over the last three games if he's to become a good mentor for his son.
“I’m going to have to plum for God of War. This eagerly anticipated game is 100% guaranteed to serve up all of the cool action we’ve grown to love over the years, but this time with the added addition of more character development with Kratos being forced to curb his seemingly endless rage and become a father figure for a talented young lad with awesome powers. I cannot wait!” - Tim Wileman, Producer on Lego Star Wars, TT Games
We'll drop the family angle for a minute, since #Shenmue3 is more of a love letter to gaming history. Known for its open world, non-linear storytelling and dreamcast origins, we'll hopefully see the second games cliffhanger ending drawn to a close—15 years later.
“Shenmue III. Any person who works on non-linear games has to pay tribute to a long lineage of games! Having Shenmue back is a great moment for all of us; can’t wait to see what they come up with.” - Nouredine Abboud, Sr. Producer on Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Ubisoft Paris
The Runners Up
Translation: Every game Sony couldn't get the developers to agree on, with each game getting one vote apiece.
- Church Of Darkness
- Detroit: Become Human
- Final Fantasy Remake
- For Honor
- Gran Turismo Sport
- Kingdom Hearts 2.8
- The Last Of Us 2
- MLB The Show 17
- Nier Automata
- Outlast 2
- Resident Evil VII
- Shovel Knight: Spectre Of Torment
- Torment Tides Of Nomura
- What Remains of Edith Finch
These are a few of the games developers are looking forward to playing in 2017. What game can you not wait to play?
(Source: PlayStation Blog)