Top 5 Friday: Five Games We Know (Virtually) Nothing About

Project Titan

This is totally speculative but probably EXACTLY what Titan looks like!
This is totally speculative but probably EXACTLY what Titan looks like!

I’ve mentioned “Project Titan” a few times in the past.  To be honest, it’s a bit of an obsession of mine.  I’m a long time WoW devotee but the sun is setting on that franchise.  As it fades out, there becomes an increasingly gaping hole in the MMO world.  In the past 8+ years, nothing has seemed to capture the following that Blizzard’s flagship product has.  That said, there is some hope that Blizz will finally give us the successor to World of Warcraft that we’ve all been waiting so (im)patiently for.

The bit we do know:

It’s a Blizzard game.
It’s an MMO.
It will most likely be free-to-play.
It will be a new franchise.

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red has a short but well established pedigree.  With two fantastic titles in The Witcher franchise, and a third on the way in early 2015, the developer will soon be shifting gears to get working on a project for a very different setting.  We don’t know much yet about Cyberpunk 2077 yet, but here’s what we’ve got.

The bit we do know:

It’s based on the pen-and-paper RPG, Cyberpunk 2020
It’s being built in REDengine 3, the same engine that powers the gorgeous Witcher games.
There will be multiple character classes and heavy customization.
The story will be non-linear and tied to character customization choices.

Whatever the hell Ken Levine has planned

God he's dreamy.
God he’s dreamy.

Back in February, Ken Levine, the mind behind the Bioshock universe, dropped a bomb on the industry.  He effectively laid off the vast majority of his staff, released control of the Bioshock franchise to 2K games, and set about focusing on a new, much different project.  At this point we know very little about what Levine and this new version of Irrational Games has in store, but if it comes from the mind of Ken Levine, we at least know it’s worth paying attention to.

The bit we do know:

It will be narrative-driven.
It will be highly replayable.
It’s going to require some serious design time.

SOMA

I’m going to be honest, for as much as I love horror movies, I have sort of missed the boat on horror games.  Specifically, I never really gave Amnesia: The Dark Descent a try.  I’m not saying that I never will, It just hasn’t grabbed me yet.  I’d also like to say that I’ve never been much for non-gameplay game trailers.  Sure, often times they look gorgeous (see the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer above) but their beauty is often not reflective in any way of what the game will actually be like.  I say both of those things because the trailer above – a live action trailer for a game by company whose previous work did nothing for me – was so absolutely riveting to me that I find myself searching for more SOMA related information almost daily.

The bit we do know:

It’s a sci-fi horror game.
It’s set in an underwater research facility.
Machines will begin to take on human traits.
Players will encounter strange creatures, each an embodiment of one of the game’s themes.

The Order 1886

Admittedly, a bit more is known about The Order: 1886 than the other games on this list.  Still though, much of the meaty bits of this game are still a mystery.  Developed by Ready at Dawn, most well-known for their terrific PSP God of War titles, The Order is their first original IP and another game that has me breaking my trend of disliking non-gameplay trailers.  The only game on this list that seems to have a legitimate shot at seeing the light of day in 2014, there is some information about what to expect.

The bit we do know:

It’s a 3rd person action game.
It takes place in alternate history London.
It’s set in a steam-punk, industrial revolution setting.
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are alive and compose “the order”.
These knights fight a centuries long war against half man, half beast creatures.

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