2018 sure has been an incredible year for gaming. Not only did we get generation-defining AAA games like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2, but also touching indies like Celeste and Florence, new takes on beloved franchises like Spider-Man and Dragon Ball FighterZ, plus mind-blowing VR titles like Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, Beat Saber and Firewall: Zero Hour.
Truly, a special year for games and gamers alike.
2019 on the other hand... is shaping up to be a very different kind of year. Not only will we have a transitional year with both Sony and Microsoft quickly slowing support for the PS4 and Xbox One, but the games we know are coming out don't look all that exciting. These in particular, are on supremely rocky ground.
The following range from recently-announced titles to those that have been stuck in development for years. Of course, I could be way off the mark, but these are the tea leaves, and they don't look great.
Simply put, there is no way for Dreams to be a success. The game has been in some form of development since 2011 - right after LittleBigPlanet 2's launch - and we still don't fully understand what it is.
Based on what Media Molecule has shown, Dreams looks like little more than a creation suite; a glorified engine. Previews of the game have suggested it will be an intuitive and well-designed creation suite, one that very well could result in thousands of full-blown video games.
That's no joke, either. You will allegedly be able to create a game like Doom, while someone else creates something like SSX, and a third makes Half-Life Episode 3. Supposedly, the possibilities are rather endless.
The problem is, the game will be entirely reliant on its player base creating things and, if that doesn't take-off, Dreams will simply meander. The game could be a hit with creative types and streamers but it's almost certainly not going to be a commercial success. And, most terrifyingly of all, it could easily spell the end of Media Molecule; a studio that hasn't produced a single game in the time that Naughty Dog has made three and two hefty DLCs.