The game has come a long way from its humble beginnings. The very first video game, Tennis for two, was developed on an oscilloscope in 1958, heralding the start of a new era in electronic entertainment. Indeed, technology progressed in leaps and bounds thereafter; first Pong, then the Nintendo entertainment system, then online games, and a lot of things that we haven’t even touched on in between.
Lest you think the advancement of the game has stopped, think again. By the end of 2020, the PS5 and Xbox Series X | S gained critical acclaim, and the worlds of browser-based online gaming and mobile platform gaming have also evolved dramatically. As we look to 2022, it’s likely that the game will continue to move forward and evolve. Here’s what we think the game development trends will look like in 2022.
Accessibility will reign supreme
The game takes a big step forward in accessibility, aiming to include more people who can enjoy this wonderful hobby. Prior to this initiative, many gamers simply couldn’t play all of the best modern games; the text might be too small to read, for example, or some gaming features might exclude people with certain disabilities. Now, however, that is changing. Thanks to games like The Last of Us Part II and guardians of the galaxy, accessibility is becoming more and more common. Expect this trend to continue in 2022 as more developers include accessibility options in their games and more publishers push to highlight these features as the standard of industry.
VR and AR will take on their full meaning
As it stands, many gamers are still not quite able to immerse themselves in VR or AR (virtual reality and augmented reality) game worlds. This is because the technology is both prohibitively expensive and somewhat niche; many still complain about motion sickness, and there still aren’t too many killer apps for VR or AR. This will all change in 2022. A good example would be the world of casino games; we can look to platforms like Novibet to prove that people enjoy playing online casino games, and advances in VR and AR will help people enjoy these games in a more immersive setting. This push will continue in the world of PC and console games as well, as more gamers feel the need to fully immerse themselves in fantasy worlds.
Writing will continue to improve
Historically, writing has not been a major part of the game’s history. Thanks to relatively primitive technology, writing has taken precedence over pure gameplay and graphics. These days, however, since developers are capable of so much more when it comes to storytelling, writing improves exponentially in games. Games like those mentioned above The Last of Us Part II set new standards for narrative design, and through titles like Subtitle and Special operations: the line, we also understand what interactive media can do for storytelling. Expect writing to expand even further into the game in 2022, with more complex and nuanced stories coming to the fore.
Diversity and inclusiveness are essential
A preponderance of video game protagonists are white males. This is still true today; some of the game’s most popular heroes, including relatively incongruous heroes like Mario, are white and male. Things are looking up for diversity in the game, however, with more and more heroes from diverse communities and backgrounds appearing strongly in modern games. As more voices are heard and more developers from different walks of life create their own games, we can expect to see more diverse heroes, villains, and worlds in the game in 2022. Despite a minority of ignorant dissenting voices, things are moving inexorably towards progress. .
Get away from loot boxes
Loot boxes are generally more of a publisher-mandated feature than a feature that the developers of a game are particularly keen on including. Still, they are part of the development process and must be factored into the design documents and the overall feel of the game. It is likely that developers and publishers will move further away from loot boxes in 2022 thanks to a generalized global decline against them. While publishers still feel comfortable including loot boxes in games like 2021 FIFA 22, we can’t see this going on any longer; gamers are fed up and governments around the world are changing legislation that would see loot boxes classified as games of chance. It seems the days of loot boxes are numbered.
Esport will grow
The esports industry has incredible potential. Although it has already grown exponentially over the past few years, we expect esports to truly explode in 2022. Thanks to the growing number of games in which competitors can participate, as well as the expansion of The reach of these games (it’s not just first-person shooters and MOBAs), esports is likely to become more mainstream than it has ever been before. This is also helped by the fact that the discipline will make its debut at the Asian Games in 2022, potentially paving the way for esports at the Olympics in the near future. If you’re an esports fan, we have a feeling 2022 will be your year.
NFTs and crypto will be a big factor in gaming
Love them or hate them, it looks like NFTs and crypto tech are here to stay. Many mainstream game companies are jumping into the NFT craze, and while many say it’s a doomed bubble, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. As such, expect more companies to start selling NFTs of their artwork, or even entire games that are NFTs in and of themselves. Likewise, expect more games to start using blockchain technology. The ins and outs of how it actually works can be a bit mind-boggling, which is why the challenge for developers in 2022 will be to make this technology acceptable to a wider audience.
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