Looking Ahead to 2015 – Ten Simulations From Cities to Seasons

There are at least ten simulations on the way in 2015 ranging between vehicle sims, starship sims, and even a farming sim so there’s sure to be something to pick up during the year. This is only a sample of the sims that are slated for the year based on what’s publicly available, so if there’s a sim series that you’re particularly interested in and want everyone to know about, be sure to post it in the comments!

American Truck Simulator – SCS Software (Windows)
February 20, 2015

What is it?
According to publisher, Excalibur Publishing, the game will focus on American trucks. SCS, the outfit behind the game, are also known as truck-sim masters responsible for titles ranging from 18 Wheels of Steel to the Euro Truck Simulator series. This time, they’re coming back to America to provide plenty of fodder for more noscope trailer hookup videos. Though there’s hardly any kind of homepage right now, there’s plenty of info (and more screenshots) over on SCS’ blog.

Cities: Skylines – Colossal Order (Linux, OS X, Windows)
TBA 2015

What is it?
It’s a new city simulator from the makers of the Cities in Motion series pitting itself against Sim City and boasting a host of features ranging from taxation to naming individual districts. There are even wonders, zoning, and policies added in to help create the mega-city of your dreams.

Dreadnought – Grey Box/Yager Development (Windows)
TBA 2015

What is it?
This free-to-play game puts players in charge of piloting a giant warship, challenging them to wield it in fights against others online or in the single-player campaign. The feeling of being in command of a giant harbinger of destruction is emphasized by the sheer amount of firepower (and the ability to soak a ton of damage in turn) each one wields and the diversity of vessels to choose from with more to be added later.

Factorio – Wube Software (Linux, OS X, Windows)
Summer 2015

What is it?
Think Sim City, old school Sim City with a top-down view, only this time, you’re building a super factory to survive on an alien world. Research inventions, mine resources to feed them, and keep building to discover even more wonders along the way to surviving an endless onslaught of critters in order to colonize the planet.

RollerCoaster Tycoon World – Pipeworks Software (Windows)
Early 2015

What is it?
The next iteration of the popular RollerCoaster Tycoon series will add multiplayer options for the first time allowing players to visit other players’ parks and even share blueprints. Four friends can even co-op together to manage their own sections of a park or you can opt to play completely solo just like in the previous games. Four themes will be available and Pipeworks have promised plenty of content after release ranging from free updates to paid expansions.

Screamride – Frontier Developments (X360, XBO)
March 3, 2015

What is it?
Cited as a “successor” to RollerCoaster Tycoon, players will be able to build extreme coasters that defy reality, solve engineering puzzles, and then destroy them in spectacular fashion. Your “success” is measured in “screams” as rides fly into buildings, off the rails, defy physics, and generally do everything but go into space. At least not yet. Global rankings and in-game leaderboards will also be available to prove who the best coaster designer – or the most destructive one – is.

Shelter 2 – Might and Delight (OS X, Windows)
Q1 2015

What is it?
A simulation game following the life cycle of a lynx preparing her den for the litter she is about to give birth to. Players will need to then hunt and provide for their cubs, seeing to their needs, and protecting them from danger. There will also be rare plants that you can collect along with bone trophies for your den, seasons, and all of the challenges that go into trying to survive into the next day.

Story of Seasons – Marvelous AQL (Nintendo 3DS)
February 10, 2015

What is it?
This Japan-only title finally arrives in the West in February from the makers of Harvest Moon. It’s technically a new Harvest Moon game, but apparently Natsume own the rights to the name and are using it to continue developing their own Harvest Moon titles. Story of Seasons essentially follows the same mechanics where the player manages a farm and sells goods to countries, growing their farm and helping their neighbors in Oak Tree Town.

Tropico 5 – Haemimont Games (PS4)
February 3, 2015

What is it?
The PS4 port of the popular strategy sim that places players in the shoes of El Presidente taking the island nation of Tropico from the Colonial Age and into the Information Age. Research, trade, and set up a dynasty of succession as you try and make Tropico the paradise you’ve always dreamed of.

Wreckfest – Bugbear Entertainment (Windows)
Spring 2015

What is it?
Currently available on Steam as an Early Access title, the makers of Flatout had a tough time getting to that point. A Kickstarter for the game had failed, but rather than quit, they put out a tech demo featuring 24 vehicles and the test level they used for the damage engine as part of a pre-order campaign to fund the project. Thanks to the positive response, pre-orders soared and eventually entered Early Access on Steam. The game will feature both traditional racing and demolition derby modes, both making use of the highly detailed damage modeling used to make every crumpled panel, bumper, and wobbly wheel look fantastic while still being a challenging and fun.

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