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Ask Amiqus - What will games devs be playing over the holidays?

Posted by: Liz Prince

Christmas is almost upon us

With the holidays on the horizon we can all look forward to some well-deserved gameplay time. Searching for some seasonal inspiration? Perhaps you’re looking for a few last-minute stocking-fillers, or can’t decide on which world to dive in to - an old favourite or shiny new release. We asked those talented folks who make the games what they’ll be playing this year. 

Fun Times – not just for the kids

Brynley Gibson, Head of Studios at Curve Digital Entertainment answers emphatically:- “Nintendo Switch! There are so many great titles coming out and it is killing it. Both core games for the solo player and social gaming is covered and the portable nature means families coming together in different homes can bring this entertainment with them. Even many of the core games and family friendly so can be truly enjoyed by adults and kids together. These are simply great games. Just try to remember not to thrash your kids at Splatoon and celebrate too wildly, Christmas is for the children after all”.

CEO and Co-Founder of leading VR games developer nDreams Patrick O'Luanaigh is also on the fun train. He told us he’s looking forward to playing their latest title Shooty Fruity. If you fancy a fight in violently juicy shootouts, unloading your awesome weaponry into swarms of rampaging, mutant fruit, Shooty Fruity launches on December 19th, just in the nick of time for the Xmas break. 

Our very own Will at Amiqus and self-confessed big kid explains his top choice;- “Battlefront of course, because as well as our Christmas do being a Star Wars movie again this year, everyone on the office will be getting it – we’re getting the old team back together”.

Christmas Catch-up

“The Christmas holidays is definitely a time for catching up on gaming for me” says Ian Masters, Co-founder & Creative Director of Quiztix. “Inevitably I've missed much throughout the year and already have too many on my list to possibly do them justice but I'll do my best: The Sexy Brutale, Hollow Knight, Absolver, Cuphead, Jettomero, Rock of Ages 2, AC: Origins, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, Hidden Folks, What Remains of Edith Finch, Echo, Future Unfolding. I also need to get back to: Middle-Earth: SoW, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Divinity: Original Sin 2, and maybe even Mass Effect: Andromeda. I'm really glad Far Cry 5 isn't out until February and that I don't own a Switch... yet!”

Albert Marshall, also of Quiztix shares “I'm jealous of people who have the ability to invest any serious time to games - my fault by having kids who now dictate my playtime! With the time I do have I’ll be getting stuck in to FIFA and Super Mario Oddysey (shhh - top secret Xmas present!)”.

Tom Beardsmore of growing Northeast indie Coatsink Software will also be playing catch-up:- “Between work and family it’s easy to lose track of release schedules. I do plan to complete some games on my backlog, though: Breath of the Wild, Dying Light, Deus Ex, Divinity and more. I'm a big fan of co-op games right now, so fingers crossed we see some good ones come out for the break”.

Russ Clarke, Founder of Payload Studios the makers of Terratech hopes to Switch things up:- “In theory I plan to (finally) buy a Switch and play Breath of the Wild, but in reality I'm still hooked on Street Fighter V and will probably burn all my gaming time getting beasted online. Season 3 hype!”

Christmas Crackers

Harvey Scott, Sound Designer at Sumo Digital has no doubts about his choice for the holidays;- “I'll be playing Rainbow Six Siege, it's had great continued post launch support, development and continues to cater and interact with it's booming fanbase”. Peter Harries, Game Designer also at Sumo Digital gave us his platform mash-up top 3; “PC - World of Warcraft, catching up after seeing the latest expansion announcement. PS4 will be Crash Bandicoot N'Sane trilogy, picked up a copy recently and I’m just loving it. Finally on I’ll be out and about on the mobile still be trying to become a Master in Pokemon GO”.

“Skyrim for the Switch will be taking up my time over the holiday season” Richard Blackley, Audio Designer at Playground Games told us. “I missed it the first time around on 360 so I really excited to play it in pint-sized form. I've heard so many good things already and a few of my buddies have put countless hours into it”.

David Barton, EP at high performance computer vision specialists Cubic Motion already has the spare holiday hours mapped out;- “I'll be playing Horizon Zero Dawn DLC (The Frozen Wilds), it's a brutal and beautiful game that will consume the majority of my holiday, the sheer scale of the game is frightening, so many missions, so little time. It will be January 2nd before we know it”.

Derry Holt, founder of Oneup Sales & Stormburst Studios confesses;- “I have an unhealthy addiction to League of Legends and I don't see that changing. I've always been a fan of competitive games. I might sink some time back into Starcraft II, otherwise I'll likely end up playing Fortnite with a few mates over the Christmas period”.

Retro all the way

Andrew Bennison, Founder of Prospect Games reveals he’ll be going retro;- “my trusty N64 always makes an appearance at Christmas”. How about a shiny new toy alongside the traditions of Christmas past? “This year I'm positive my Switch will join in the fun as well, so I expect to play Mario Kart, more Mario Kart and hopefully some Mario Odyssey as well”. So what’s number one this year? The product with the most mentions so far isn’t a title - it’s Switch. Seems it’s not just what you play, but the way that you play it.

Christmas Cheers

Bennison signs off with an all-important for any season;- “It's easy to get burnt out in game development, in turn it can put you off playing games all together. Like anything in life, striking a healthy balance helps you stay motivated to work and stay connected to the passion that got you started in the first place”. We’ll raise a glass to that Andrew, cheers to another game-filled Christmas. 


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