Fans are always complaining about the glut of sequels we get every year, but hey, if we didn’t like them so much, we’d probably stop buying them.
So if you’re waiting with bated breath for your favorite series to return, you’re certainly not alone. Here are 20 (sorted in alphabetical order) of the biggest game sequels arriving in the next 12 months:
1. Assassin’s Creed Victory
Release Date: TBA 2015
Assassin’s Creed Unity wasn’t exactly the most well-received entry in the franchise (now coming up on eight years and a dozen installments now), but it still made a crap-ton of money, guaranteeing that this annualized series will continue for quite some time. Victory will take the series to Victorian-era London, and as long as it runs a little better on day one, it shouldn’t have a problem being one of the biggest games of 2015.
2. Batman: Arkham Knight
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
The Arkham trilogy ends here, with the series’ first M-rated installment. Set one year after Arkham City, the game will feature the Dark Knight going up against an alliance of his greatest foes. Gameplay-wise, this installment will feature a game world almost five times bigger than City, a drivable Batmobile, and a suite of new combat options.
3. Battlefield Hardline
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
Breaking from the war-themed settings of previous entries in the series, Hardline will focus on battles between police officers and criminal outfits. Making a return will be the “Levolution” mechanic from Battlefield 4, as well as the addition of several new gameplay modes. So far, over 7 million people have played Hardline in one of its beta testing periods; so if that number is any indication of future sales, Call of Duty will likely have a very strong competitor to deal with this year.
4. Call of Duty 12
Release Date: November 2015
Speaking of Call of Duty, a currently unannounced sequel by Infinity Ward is currently in development for a 2015 release. We don’t know anything about it at the moment, but a CoD game hasn’t missed a November release window in… about 9 million years, so there’s no reason to suspect that Activision won’t be getting the next one out the door in time for Christmas.
5. Dead Island 2
Release Date: Q2 2015
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dead Island 2 is a bit of a misnomer, considering it’s actually the fifth game in the series. Weird naming conventions aside, the game does appear to be a proper sequel, with a huge open world (California this time, instead of Papua new Guinea), and a new combat system that aims to make zombies much more brutal and aggressive.
6. Deus Ex Universe
Release Date: TBA
What the heck is Deus Ex Universe? Your guess is as good as ours, considering we haven’t heard a word about since Eidos announced the project back in 2013. We do know that it will involve a full sequel to Human Revolution though, with recent rumors pointing towards a target release date sometime in 2015. Expect to hear something about it at E3 this summer.
7. Halo 5: Guardians
Release Date: Q3 2015
Platforms: Xbox One
Anytime that a numbered Halo installment gets released, you know for a fact that it’s going to dominate the sales charts for that year. Halo 5: Guardians, despite a fairly controversial beta period, will likely be no exception. The release of the game will also coincide with a Halo TV series produced by Steven Spielberg, which will likely make the franchise the pop culture event of fall 2015.