2019 is set to be another incredible year in the development of the gaming industry. New innovations are coming thick and fast and the entertainment landscape, in particular, is constantly changing. The best developers are those who bring about new trends and changes to push technology further forward. The top ones to look out for in 2019 are those who have already helped move things forward and have a history of revolutionary ideas.
Ready at Dawn
Ready at Dawn Studios is the developer responsible for one of the first big virtual reality games on the Oculus Rift, Lone Echo. The company, which was founded in 2003, is made up of former members of Naughty Dog and Blizzard Entertainment, two other well-regarded developers. Ready at Dawn is going to be at the head of VR progression on the Oculus Rift, and Lone Echo II is set for release in the near future.
Plarium is an MMO and strategy games developer that has become one of the market leaders in the mobile gaming industry in recent years. The company has released a number of strong offerings in the online strategy genre including Vikings: War of Clans, Throne: Kingdom at War, and Sparta: War of Empires. Quick to catch on to the modern freemium marketing model, Plarium is likely to be ahead of the curve with new innovations in 2019.
In the booming online casino industry which is set to get even bigger in 2019 with a projected revenue of $55.19 billion, NetEnt is one of the biggest players. The developers are well-known for creating original online slots, and now they are working on taking the classic casino games another step forward in their evolution. This will be in the form of VR offerings, in which players can step into a different world and come face to face with giant rolling reels. If these new games roll out to mainstream audiences it will be an exciting move for the casino industry as a whole.
In the race to be at the top of the VR world, Sony Interactive Entertainment has employed a number of development teams to work on PlayStation VR. Impulse Gear is one of those companies, and is responsible for the VR shooter Farpoint which was released in 2017. The game received strong critical acclaim and was nominated for numerous awards. Expect Impulse Gear to continue creating software for PlayStation as its VR department expands further.
2018 was a great year for major leaps forward in the gaming industry, but 2019 is set to be even better. These developers have already shown that they know how to keep ahead as technology progresses, and they are likely to continue creating unique and innovative products.