I love doing these “next year’s most wanted” threads.
ROTK total war: this still looks totally great and they’re putting real novel design effort into it which is possibly the best thing that could ever happen to this genre or to Chinese funding in 2019. March?
Judge Eyes: it will be very surprising if this isn’t just pure candy for people who like the yakuza games or crimes or crime shows
Disco Elysium: it’s like judge eyes except it’s a CRPG that everyone who’s touched seems to adore and apparently the chapo boys are doing the VA now. good year for crime fans
Ori 2: I was underwhelmed by the first but I’m feeling good about Microsoft as a publisher right now plus they hired the Intrusion 2 guy and it will be very pretty
Otogi 3: I wasn’t really excited about this when it was announced as Activision getting a kick at the big ol’ souls can but the last round of videos made it look like Tenchu and now I am irretrievably pumped. Also March.
Noita: this looks Spelunky-level fantastic every time it turns up, it’s like someone committed to making a stone soup sized roguelike as a platformer and they’re actually getting it right. For fans of Norway and low level programming.
Qud: still hasn’t had a full release, still great but could stand to diversify playthroughs a little more in narrative terms given the rest of what it’s doing, let’s hear it for Qud.
The Tingler: Escape from Necron 7: Zoe Quinn has merged with the Barkley team but as more of a The Fly situation so rather than them forming a dev dream team it’s not clear if they’ll be able to learn to use a keyboard and mouse again in time to complete their games, someone help
Pathologic 2: look they should probably ship this already, it’s not exactly going to be a barnstormer and I’ve posted about it every year
UFO 50: the perfect object of affection