2016 is finally upon us, and with it we leave behind one of the finest years in the industry. Fallout 4, [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985), The Witcher 3, and Bloodborne all within a few months of one another - beautiful. But 2016 has some remarkable titles on the way for gamers, can they rival the marvels of 2015?
Last year was an exceptional one when it came to RPGs. But if there's one thing that 2016 is bringing us, it's space adventures. Doom, [Mass Effect: Andromeda](tag:2683449), Star Citizen and [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052) lead the way, but we're interested to know which title has you more excited!
Which Release Date Has Your Vote: No Man's Sky Vs Star Citizen
After its developers launched a funding campaign for Star Citizen in 2012 on both Kickstarter and their own website with IgnitionDeck, Cloud Imperium Games had no idea what would happen next. Star Citizen became the most successfully crowd-funded video game of all time, and the campaign wrapped up with $4.2 million. Dayum.
In mid-2013, with US$15 million raised in less than a year, Star Citizen became the "most-funded crowdfunding project anywhere". But it didn't end there:
In 2014, Guinness World Records listed the sum of US$39,680,576 pledged on Star Citizen's website as the "largest single amount ever raised via crowdsourcing". During the 2014 Gamescom event on August 15, Chris Roberts announced the crowdfunding campaign had surpassed US$50 million. According to the game's website, funding surpassed US$105 million in January 2016. The project continues to collect contributions and the developers are considering offering their proprietary crowdfunding platform as a service to other projects.
Needless to say, Star Citizen is a highly anticipated game. We want to see if a project like this can actually deliver on all of our expectations - especially with a budget of such magnitude (at least we got Gary Oldman). But can it rival one of the most hyped Video Games in recent years - game that promises to deliver an untold amount of planets to explore and unique lifeforms to discover? It is of course, No Man's Sky.
Over 18 trillion planets, more lifeforms than we can imagine, procedurally generated ships and weapons, and a mysterious adventure to the centre of the universe. No Man's Sky's intriguing premise has made it a feature of The Colbert Show, The New Yorker, and thus introduced non-gamers to a world of math and exploration.
No Man's Sky was voted Most Anticipated Game at last year's Game Awards, beating Uncharted 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, Quantum Break, and The Last Guardian. That's impressive. Whether the game will live up to the hype that Sony has generated is another matter entirely. But we sincerely cannot wait to get our hands on one of the most interesting games in recent years.
Which Space Adventure Will Dominate The Year?
Which of these two giants do you think will win our hearts and minds in 2016? Will all of that money lead to a spectacular game for Star Citizen? Will the creative genius of Hello Games make No man's Sky an unforgettable experience? Or is there another space adventure that has your vote? Let us know in the comments below!