PC gaming is always evolving in unexpected ways. New genres emerge and fade, games that are overlooked one day become worldwide sensations the next, and individuals like Microsoft emerge and fall.
It’s difficult to foresee what will happen next. So, what would become of our empire’s high refresh rate in 2022? Here are our most daring predictions:
1. Bloodborne is now available on PC.
It will happen if we keep repeating it. Bloodborne, FromSoftware’s deadliest action game, will be released on the prebuilt gaming PC as well as custom-built PC this year. Or, at the very least, an announcement. The year is already off to a good start with the PC adaptation of 2018’s God of War. That’s certainly a step toward launching a far better game in which you get to whip up a werewolf dad rather than play one.
With the release of Elden Ring this year, it’s opportune to let a lot of folks play Bloodborne, albeit if it hasn’t been completely recreated like the PS5 Demon’s Souls. All Bloodborne need is 60 frames per second and compatibility for some high resolutions.
2. GTA 6 will be released in 2023, and yet this time, it will be available on PC alongside consoles.
It will be ten years since GTA 5, and that seems like a good length of time to knock out another GTA game, or at least come close enough to publicly announce it. There have undoubtedly been so many rumours swimming around, so perhaps this prediction isn’t that far-fetched, but we believe we’ll see our debut trailer in time for E3.
We expect a return to the southern United States, not only a new Vice City to replace Miami. This time, the map will include the entire state of Florida, making it ideal for Rockstar’s satirical reflections on American society. It’s time to get your hands on the best gaming PC.
3. Someone will create a blockchain gaming app that is genuinely fascinating.
We don’t think there’s been a single issue that’s produced more discourse and change of covering gaming than the blasted blockchain. Given the sheer volume of superheated air surrounding the issue, we have to assume that someone, somewhere, will find a purpose for the technology that the majority of us will be attracted by at some time. So far, all we’ve heard is about how objects will be persistent and move across games, despite the fact that there’s no indication that this is something players actually need or desire.
4. By December, the NFT craze will have waned.
NFTs have some merit. Our digital collections (Destiny 2 outfits, Steam games, etc.) are massive and disorganised, and we genuinely “own” very little—just the DRM-free GOG games and Bandcamp music we’ve downloaded. We’re not opposed to collecting all of our virtual possessions into a single wallet and, for example, being able to swap Rainbow Six Siege skins for Rocket League decals on an independent marketplace. It could be alright if it doesn’t involve GPU furnaces.
Or it may be disastrous. Who can say? There hasn’t been much time to consider the applications or ramifications of NFTs.
5. Perhaps an additional Nintendo genre will take off on the PC.
We’ve been waiting for the next unexpected hit since Stardew Valley sparked a flurry of other Harvest Moon-inspired agricultural simulators on PC. In the last five years, a few additional genres were formerly restricted to Nintendo platforms that appeared to have a chance on PC. Ooblets and Temtem, two Pokemon-like creature collectors, did not take off. The Animal Crossing-inspired Cozy Grove is charming, but it’s hardly a game-changer. The Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl was not a suitable Super Smash Bros. challenger, and the Warner Bros. Smash-alike MultiVersus is still in the works.
We believe 2022 will be the year that some other classic Nintendo genre makes a surprising appearance on PC. Which one, though? Perhaps we’ll eventually see a successful Smash-alike, monster catcher or social sim. Perhaps it will be a combination of a Mario Party-style board game and minigames. Haven’t you thought to build your gaming PC online yet? What’s stopping you? We’re sure you don’t want to miss this.
To Sum Up
But, wait a minute, what if the reverse happens, and 2022 pans out to be the year of the Steam Deck, and now we’re all using them after it’s all over? We’re ready for that too!