We are therefore in a curious period in the genre of “loot shooter live service”, aka my area of expertise. There is a sort of general feeling that this “craze” is over and yet… not really a chance.
From existing games to upcoming titles, the “loot” genre really isn’t going anywhere. Sure, some have come and gone, from Anthem to Godfall, but others? Let’s go through them.
Wonderland (March 25, 2022) – This is the next Borderlands spin-off from Gearbox, which leans more into fantasy RPG territory with the addition of melee weapons, bows, and spells that will be lootable alongside weaponry. fire. It’s a big entry into the genre, given the stamina of past Borderlands games, and I expect it to do well among that crowd, and probably follow a traditional DLC structure after launch.
Border lands 4 – Gearbox has confirmed that this happens in everything but the name, as Borderlands 3 has sold extremely well and a full sequel inevitably arrives as it seems unlikely that Gearbox will. already abandon this universe.
Marvel Avengers – You can think of it as a ‘failure’ if you will, and yet Avengers was actually one of the best-selling games of the last year, and it not only has content coming through until the rest of 2021, but it is confirmed that the 2022 content is coming as well, and it will indeed live beyond its first year.
Riders – It also appears to be sufficient success to warrant future content. People Can Fly has strongly hinted that all of the current balance fixes are in the works for a bigger content addition, possibly a full expansion, as they already discussed ahead of launch. It would be big and probably contain some new areas and a whole new class, if I had to guess.
Risen Diablo / Immortal / 4 – Blizzard has a lot going for the entire Diablo franchise with all of these releases. Diablo 4’s development looks troubled, especially after high-profile losses, including its director, who was ousted in a misconduct investigation. Risen is in a few days and should be a nostalgic hit. I expect Immortal to be pretty huge on mobile. D4 will be a monster when it arrives, but I’d be surprised if it was before 2024 at this point.
Red drop – This is a surprise new entry in the genre, an upcoming game from Arkane that leaks say will emulate Borderlands, when many thought it might look more like Left 4 Dead with vampires. It’s supposed to have multiple classes, open world, loot rarity, and generally follow the overall format of a Borderlands game, so this is a surprise entry to the genre.
The division – The Division’s “universe” continues to expand, but without another main sequel. Looks like this franchise is evolving in a non-loot-based way, with the upcoming Heartland, a variant of the game’s Survival mode, and its inclusion in the xDefiant roster. But The Division 3 seems unlikely for quite a while, if ever.
Warframe – I’ll admit I’m more out of place with Warframe than any of these other franchises, but I expect the game to keep updating and getting new expansions as it does. did it all these years.
Destiny 2 – The “great champion” of the genre does not slow down at all. The Witch Queen expansion in February 2022, followed by two more named expansions in 2023 and 2024, Lightfall and The Final Shape, with seasonal content in between. And then even Following Content of Destiny 2 after the end of the current saga. Bungie is expanding and doubling Destiny more than ever these days.
As you can see, the genre is not dead. Far from there. New games, new sequels, new expansions, new seasons. A lot is happening for games, big and small, successful and in difficulty. And I’m looking forward to it all.
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