What will be the next dominant genre in gaming?
As the next generation of consoles is vastly approaching, people wonder what will be the next trend in gaming. Included in this is what will be the next big genre in the industry. In this generation we have the FPS, but what about the future?
Since some speculation is always good let’s look at a genre that I think could be big next gen (it’s also gaining momentum this gen.). Well the genre I believe will be the next dominant genre are fighting games. This is my first post and criticism and g1 thoughts are always appreciated.
When you think about it fighters have gained momentum in gaming lately. Fighters have always had a following but I believe this gen helped revive fighting games. An example would be the obvious Street Fighter 4 which was a benchmark title in the revival of fighters.
Within the same year and upcoming years we have seen a plethora of fighting games come out. Here are a few titles that came out in just recent years since Street Fighter 4. Not including re-releases or updated games.
- Mortal Kombat 9
- Street Fighter X Tekken
- Blazblue Continum Shift
- Soul Calibur 5
- Dead or Alive Dimmensions
- Marvel Vs Capcom 3
- Tekken 6
- King Of Fighters XII
- King Of Fighters XIII
- Tekken 3D Prime Edition
- Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
Well those are all of the games I thought to include and this isn’t even counting the other sequels, re releases or updates to the games. Also the online community for fighting games has been more welcoming than the FPS genre. Even on Xbox live from time to time I see play people who just want to have fun and play games. But other times I'm tired of seeing nothing but just gyuugh this guy...
Any way this is just what I think and as I said before, any criticism or predictions you g1s can think of are appreciated and should be posted in the comments.
Yeah I believe so well when OUYA comes out we can see if modding will be more popular. I want to see if it will succeed only time will tell.
The next dominant genre? Wow... I can see a huge rise in modding coming. While not exactly a genre, with big projects like DayZ being hugely succesful, and the OUYA being potentially the first moddable console, we will see mods get more and more popular.
I think mods a definitely something to keep an eye out for in the future.
Well that's the whole reason I made this blog in the first place to hear opinions while going into the unknown of the next generation of consoles. I can see why western RPGs can be a good genre for next gen.
You have a very unique opinion and you bring a ton of good facts, but I respectfully disagree. In my opinion, western rpg's will become the next dominant genre in gaming. The focus with these types of games will slowly drift away from the single player to put co-operative play at it's center. Diablo and Torchlight are examples of this, but what I expect is for other franchises to take the co-op approach. Picture Skyrim or Fallout 3 with 4 player co-op in a Dead Island style(but better) or Dragon Age with a friend able to play as their own character. Hell, this is already happening, there is a rumor floating around that the Witcher 3 may have co-op. To me, fighters just don't seem like they can maintain interest with core players, because they will seem repetive and lacking progression(strangely, call of duty is like that , but I guess it gives a sense of progression through unlocking items and such). Just my opinion though.
Yeah but IOS is a platform not a gaming genre but still it is popular now and will continue to grow as it sets a standard for mobile gaming. However its also showing that the popular titles aren't exactly full of content. That can be a good or bad thing the way you look at it.
True but alot of people are quite content with just a linear experience as well. Still I can see MOBA games and Sanbox games being big as well.
Yeah I should have added more points but this just shows me that I have to improve on the next blog and yeah I agree that Capcom has flooded the market.
Thanks as long as I got my goal of having people discuss this and having everyone show their predictions I'm all the more happy for it. This just gets me fired up to do more blogs and start making videos again in the near future.
For a first time blog it's not bad :)
True I agree and seeing the way that these throw away games are being played and shown I would see them as a trend but not a long lasting one. People will eventually get tired and want something more fulfilling like you said with Skyrim. I have friends who never touched an RPG and just love Skyrim. Also yeah if I had the money I would invest in windows or valve stock. I like how Microsoft is going to bring the PC, Smart Phone/Tablets, and consoles together with Smartglass but I hope its not a waste of potential like the kinect.
I agree with the point you are making. Still I see some games like the portable fighters trying to implement a simple system for new players. The only console fighter I know to do that so far is MVC3.
I know I should have put more detail. Like how MVC 3 can be a beginners fighting game since it includes a simple mode and how fighters are implementing new ways to bring new players in like Super Street Fighter 4 3d has. Still I think it was good for a first post and I accomplished what I wanted to do with this post and get everyone discussing about the future. Since we don't know what the future will hold and I just hope the FPS doesn't dominate the market again.
Interesting opinons but i feel you could have given more details and text on the blog. Sentinel part made me smile :) I think it`s adventure games don`t know why just feel that the emphasis on story in the gaming world will make it a good match-up.
I would have to concur with you on the fighting genre comment. Not only isn't it something you pick up and perform well at immediatly, or get the hang of as easy as most FPS games, but the market did get flooded really quickly.
My guess on the next genre would also be either platformers or the MOBA, yet I suspect a lot of games will adopt more Sandbox-type gameplay, seeing it is relatively easy to just do something in an open world.
I really want to see a resurgence in the survival horror or adventure genres. I really like games that make you think. Puzzle games are good too.
I don't think fighter will gain a huge following like platformers or shooters have had at one point. This is probably because fighters aren't something you can just pick up and play. But as far as the next big thing I think MOBA/DOTA games have a thing going for it but I still think Shooters will still have a large portion of the market.
I agree. I think that Open-World/Sandbox will be the next big thing if it isn't already. More and more games are including elements of this and the games they produce are everything from Minecraft to Skyrim to Arkham City to Read Dead Redemption to WoW. Huge open worlds that take dozens if not 100s of hours to explore. There is just so much more variety there than in Fighters and Shooters.
i think the MOBA genre is going to explode and might get an official genre name out of it.
lol sentinel beam, the most annoying of the spam moves