We as gamers or just video-game enthusiasts are always on the lookout for the next big thing that’s going to be our go-to title for the next few years. There have been some legendary games over the years, from old-school classics like Tetris and Pac-Man to some more recent titles like WoW, LoL, GTA, Counter-Strike, Sims, PUBG, Fortnite and Minecraft. What all these games have in common are millions of players all over the world. Additionally, all these games were kind of revolutionary in a sense. All of these define their respectable genres and it’s hard to match their level of success or even find a worthy successor.
However, we’re still trying. New games are being made as we speak and are being released every day. Some do alright while the others flop – it’s just the way it is. But we never stop looking for the next big thing.
Speaking of the next big thing, one just might be around the corner. Highly anticipated and very reminiscent of a certain 8-bit looking giant, Hytale is considered by many to possibly be the next major player in the gaming world. As we’ve said, it’s reminiscent of Minecraft, design-wise. However, it’s said that there will be a lot more to it than just block-building and mining. A strong focus is said to be on the creativity of the players, loads of mini-games and some interesting single-player content.
As we’ve said, this game is just around the corner with its release date said to be somewhere in 2021, which would be a great way to forget about the dreadful 2020 and enter a new year with a smile. Now, some things are known about this game already, a couple of trailers have been out and recently beta gameplay footage can be seen on YouTube, so we feel like there’s just about enough information about this game that we can discuss it.
For some of you that don’t know anything about this game, Hytale is an open-world sandbox game with a lot of RPG elements. That’s a lot of gaming terms in one sentence, so for those who aren’t really a part of the gaming community, but are willing to give this game a try – Hytale is a game where you can do virtually anything you set your mind to. You can roam around, slay trolls, feed chickens, craft your own weapons and so on. That’s the gist of it. Check out thehytaleservers.com for more information.
That alone feels like a good platform to build the next big thing on and that’s exactly what the creators did. Visually it’s fairly similar to Minecraft and considering the success of Minecraft and Tetris (and Legos), it’s safe to say that people really love cubes and blocks. Similarities don’t end there, the gameplay is fairly similar too, but that’s just how the genre works and the two shouldn’t really be compared to one another. GTA and Watch Dogs and are similar too, yet no one compares the two of them. Or maybe they do, it doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that Hytale will give players a lot of freedom to do what they want to do. The focus has shifted towards allowing players to be more creative, scripting and modding as they go, so they can customize and make their game as unique and their own as possible.
This is not a game developed by just any team. On the contrary, the developers behind this game are Hypixel Studios, the same ones that created the Hypixel Minecraft servers. If you’re not a Minecraft fan then this might not sound big to you, but these guys are a household name in the community and they hold 4 different Guinness World Records, or the Hypixel Minecraft server does.
That could be the reason they have decided to create a game of their own, we don’t know that for sure. But what we do know, is that these guys definitely know what they are doing. During the production, they’ve managed to partner up with some industry giants such as Riot Games and many others. With this much manpower behind a single project, it’s hard not to be a believer.
Release Date And Platform Availability
As we’ve mentioned, the release date is not set in stone, but we’re optimistic and our guess would be early 2021. That would mark the sixth year of the production, which is a lot of time, meaning a lot of effort has been put into this game.
As far as platforms go, for now, the game is set to be released for Microsoft Windows and Apple’s macOS. No console presence has been hinted or announced.
What Can We Expect From A Gameplay Standpoint?
It’s always hard to put in words how good the gameplay is, you just have to play to feel it. On that note, it’s even harder to explain it in advance, but we’ll try.
First of all, according to the official website, there will be ‘handcrafted adventure scenarios’, meaning there will be some interesting quests or perhaps a story mode. Pair that with the huge world up for exploring and you got yourself a game worth replaying dozens upon dozens of times.
You will be able to assume the roles of all kinds of different characters in the game such as warriors, crafters or explorers. This will be especially useful in co-op multiplayer modes, where you could get together and work together towards the same goal with all kinds of different abilities of your unique characters.
Customization will also be a huge part of this game, meaning you’ll be able to create custom, unique characters. With the scripts and mods in play, the sky is the limit for the creative users. Also, you’ll be able to do a lot of different stuff such as explore dungeons, mine, grow plants, raise animals, build vehicles and so much more. It seems like you’ll have control over every aspect of the game.
There are a few gameplay videos online if you’d like to see for yourself how everything’s going to look, but keep in mind, it is a beta version, it’s not a finished product.
With all this in mind, it’s hard to imagine a world where a game like this would flop. Will be the next best thing? Only time can tell. We can only assume it will live up to the expectations and become one of the best games ever made.