Our Video Game Predictions For 2019

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What’s coming for video games in 2019? What sort of wild predictions do we have for the year? Today on Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss.

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Every January, Splitscreen makes a bet to see who can rack up the most correct guesses about what’s going to happen in the coming year. Last year, Kirk won, which is why I’m playing through all of Bloodborne. This year, we’ve added Maddy, which means three times the predictions. You can see all 30 of them below.

This week we also talk about Pokemon, Crosscode, Orphan Black, the NFL playoffs, and much more. Listen here:

Get the MP3 here. Our predictions:

Jason:

  1. Valve will change the 70/30 Steam split as developers begin to ditch them.
  2. At least one game studio will vote to unionize.
  3. Fallout 76 will turn into a redemption story - we’ll see headlines and forum posts like “Hey, Fallout 76 is good now.”
  4. The PlayStation 5 will NOT be announced
  5. Microsoft will buy a major company — not just another mid-tier studio, but something that makes us all say “Wow.”
  6. Konami will announce a new Silent Hill game.
  7. Microsoft will bring GamePass to a non-Microsoft platform.
  8. Lucasfilm will announce that Star Wars games are no longer exclusive to EA.
  9. PC/enhanced edition of Red Dead 2 will include a remake of RDR1.
  10. Final Fantasy XVI will be announced.

Maddy:

  1. Super Smash Brothers: Melee is not going to be on the EVO main stage, not even by fan-submitted vote.
  2. We will not see a reveal of any Metroid Prime 4 gameplay.
  3. Ninja will continue to not stream with a woman.
  4. Capcom will announce a DLC fighter pack or updated MVC Infinite that will include at least one of the Fox property X-Men/Marvel characters.
  5. Bandai Namco will launch an actual world tour tournament series for Soulcalibur VI.
  6. Dixie Kong, Rayman, and Banjo Kazooie will not be added to Smash Ultimate.
  7. Bayonetta 3 will have a Beyonce-esque drop—“and it’s out TODAY!”
  8. Valve will announce a game.
  9. Nintendo will announce a Peach game.
  10. No more Overwatch characters will be revealed to be queer in 2019.

Kirk:

  1. Sony will announce a portable PS4 that works like a Switch.
  2. Nintendo will hint or reveal that in Metroid Prime 4, you’ll play at least some of the game as someone other than Samus.
  3. A US game studio will vote to unionize.
  4. We will learn that the PS5 controller will have something new in place of the touchbar.
  5. We will learn about a foreign influence campaign aimed at the 2020 US election that will somehow involve video games on Twitch or YouTube.
  6. Epic will announce a Fortnite movie or TV show.
  7. Microsoft will call the next Xbox the Xbox Two.
  8. From will tease a new Bloodborne for PS5.
  9. Nintendo will announce new Switch with camera, bluetooth, and the ability to plug directly into the TV with no dock.
  10. Nintendo will announce a BOTW sequel in a different world with the same mechanics and physics, sort of like Majora’s Mask to OOT.
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devourbooks
devourbooks

this was a lotta fun to listen to. The predictions are really entertaining (I don’t mean in a funny way, I mean the general definition of entertainment).

As for Star Trek: TNG - season 1 has a couple good episodes and the rest are terrible and then the show is gold from that point on (still has some problems, but it’s great). I HIGHLY suggest, if you haven’t, watching all of DS9. As much as TNG influenced me as a kid, as much as Patrick Stewart as Picard is probably the greatest acting role in scifi of all time, and as fantastic as some of the TNG episodes are, DS9 just has much more developed characters (especially the women) and the overarching plot is just incredibly epic and well done.

The thing that’s so amazing about TNG, DS9 and just Star Trek in general is partially what you mention about people trusting each other. Star Trek is, I’d argue, the only TV show ever that is consistently optimistic, thoughtful, and positive about the potential of human existence. There may be some hypocrisies here and there due to the limitations of writers ideas in present day, but the all encompassing and pervasive feel of Star Trek is: we can do better. We can treat each other better, we can have an egalitarian society, we can not only eliminate poverty but we can eliminate the concept of money. We can manage fear and be honest about our faults. We can be equal, we can be fair, we can promote art and we can operate off of science. We can be thoughtful and philosophical and do the right thing. It’s basically everything modern dominant culture is not. Irrational fears are treated instead of magnified, there’s no choosing the easier path, there’s a strong all powerful commitment to always defend the rights of everyone, accept and support all identities and cultures, and always try to do the right thing. Other television just doesn’t do that, or doesn’t do it anywhere near as much as Star Trek, especially TNG and DS9. Morality is the center of the show. I love TNG and DS9 to death, they are some of the greatest, smartest, and most thoughtful media ever made.