Im not a fine of most modern/contemporary 2D games’ art style. The “8-bit” and “16-bit” aesthetics are completely played out; on the other end of the spectrum I can’t stand the modern 2D pseudo-Flash/mobile game look.
@big_denim: I agree that the next 6 months looks really good - almost every H2 2021 game I’m interested in is coming to GP. However your list of good “Day 1” GP games is a bit misleading:
Void Bastards: you got me there, that was pretty good
Outer Wilds: I consider this first-party since MS owns them
Octopath Traveler: Not Day 1; came out on Switch way before GP
Tetris Effect Connected: the original Tetris Effect was released on PS4 and EGS before this version
MLB the Show 21: was on Xbox GP Day 1 but not on PC GP
Some of this seems like splitting hairs but like I said, for something like a multiplayer-focused game with a well-known license to show up on GP immediately is a little suspicious. And this time the suspicions seem to be correct.
I was somewhat optimistic it would be decent but realistically I figured it was probably bad. A D&D licensed game, reliant on multiplayer, being released on Game Pass day one in the middle of summer? A lot of red flags right there. Aside from Microsoft’s first-party stuff it still seems like Day-One GP releases are the video game equivalent of Direct to Video. Or Netflix Original Movie, take your pick.
If you’re thinking I purely in terms of shortages ending (consoles, chips, etc.) next spring is the rosiest outlook. As someone who works in supply chain and logistics I’m hearing from Asia- based vendors that they don’t expect to have all of their parts shortages under control until after Chinese New Year. Which is in February.
I think people see the marketing they want to see. It may be anecdotal but my nieces and nephews don't give a shit about CoD, God of War, Sonic, etc. It's all about Roblox, Minecraft, and Fortnite (with some Smash Bros. thrown in for good measure). It's not only what they play but what all of their friends play and talk about. Those are the franchises that companies are going to endlessly stoke their nostalgia from for the next 20-30 years.
This gets brought every few years- no, nobody needs mascots anymore. That was a product of a certain time and that time has passed. Like other people have mentioned older gamers are swayed by specs and specific franchises; younger gamers go where their friends are.
The hardware design and the games for this thing look like something between those Keno machines at Applebee’s and some kind of Dave and Buster’s reject. As many have already stated what market is this supposed to be going after? People who are old enough to remember the Intellivision and have kids that are either young enough or out of the loop enough that they don’t know the Switch exists?
For me the only conferences to consider (this year at least) were/are Ubisoft, Square Enix, Microsoft, and Nintendo. All of the others were either complete snoozefests (I.e. whatever that Koch Media thing was) or we’re fine but could have been handled by a few press releases. EA, Gamescom, etc are so detached from E3 they’re just other events. So aside from the show floor and the GB night shows you can kind of make virtual E3 feel as close to regular E3 if you let it IMO. When the announcement are good, the show is good. When the announcements are bad, those parts are forgettable.