The Upcoming Shooting Games of 2015 & Beyond

upcoming shooting games 2015

Nothing feels quite as good as shooting someone in the face. Wait, I should probably clarify that I mean nothing feels quite as good as shooting someone in the face IN A VIDEO GAME. There — that’s better. Shooting games have been a big part of the video game world for many years. Call of Duty, Counterstrike and Halo are the biggest three franchises, and each of them bring their own uniqueness to the shooters genre. For 2015, our most anticipated shooting games include Call of Duty Black Ops 3, Halo 5, and The Division. There are already a bunch of confirmed shooters coming in 2015, and we’ll likely see more added to the 2015 release schedule at E3 2015.

So without further ado, here is the list of upcoming shooting games that have been confirmed for 2015:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Developers: Treyarch
Publishers: Activision
Platforms: TBA (Xbox One, PS4 and PC likely)
Release Date: November 6th (Rumored)

We don’t know much yet about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, as it was just officially announced yesterday. We know that the Call of Duty zombies mode will be making a return, and from the sounds of it, the core game is set in a “twisted future where a new breed of Black Ops soldiers emerges and the lines are blurred between our own humanity and the technology we created to stay ahead.” So, it looks like it’ll be set in the future, but I don’t think it will contain EXO-skeletons like Advanced Warfare. We’ll learn more on April 26th, though.

2. Halo 5: Guardians

Developers: 343 Industries
Publisher: Microsoft
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: October 27, 2015

I’m no Halo fanboy, but I do enjoy most of the titles, and Halo 5: Guardians looks to be an amazing shooter. The Xbox One exclusive will see Master Chief battle it out with Spartan Locke. We’ll undoubtedly see more about Halo 5 at E3 2015, but so far, the Halo 5 trailers look absolutely badass. For more on Halo 5, check out our 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.

Pre-Order ‘Halo 5’ here.

3. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Developer: Machine Games
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: May 5, 2015

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is set in 1946 and follows war veteran William Blazkowicz as he first attempts to break into Castle Wolfenstein to steal coordinates of a Nazi compound, and the second hunts to find the Nazi compound. The gameplay will be virtually identical to Wolfenstein: The New Order.

4. Not a Hero

Developer: Roll7
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS Vita
Release Date: May 7, 2015

Roll7’s OlliOlli series is 8-Bit greatness, and it’s likely that their shooter, Not a Hero, will be the same. I got my hands on a super early build at PAX East 2014, and loved every second of it. Level design is bright and colorful, and killing your enemies feels like an 80s action movie. It’s a side-scroller shooter with lots of blood. And exploding kittens.

5. Splatoon

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: May 29, 2015

Nintendo really needs Splatoon to be a big and successful debut for the Wii U. Otherwise, we can pretty much stick a fork in Nintendo this year, since they delayed The Legend of Zelda. I mean, let’s face it, there aren’t exactly a ton of Wii U games coming in 2015. But, Splatoon looks to be a colorful shooter that Nintendo fans will love, and early impressions suggest just that. Battling your enemies with paint-filled super soakers sounds quite a bit more unique than a shooting game with big guns. But, we’ll have to wait until the end of May to see if the concept holds up.

Pre-order Splatoon here.

6. H-Hour: World’s Elite

Developer: SOF Studios
Publisher: ?
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release Date: TBA 2015

H-Hour: World’s Elite developer SOF Studios wants to return to the grand tradition of shooter gameplay style with their upcoming game. H-Hour will utilize Unreal Engine 4, and will be a team-based military shooter that will require cooperation among players to be successful. A run-and-gone lone wolf approach — typical of the Call of Duty mentality — will result in a quick death. It’s said to be a spiritual successor to the SOCOM series.

7. Death in Candlewood

Developer: Rosebud Games
Publisher: Rosebud Games
Platforms: PC
Release Date: TBA Q2 2015

Death in Candlewood is a psychological FPS that is influenced by Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic fiction and classic horror films (so expect some scares here and there). The game is apparently a “love story between the living and the dead,” according to the official site, and spans just a single night in the life of protagonist Ray Dune. Rosebud promises top-notch visuals and performance with lush environments and unique twists on typical FPS gameplay.

8. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA Q3 2015

Ubisoft is way behind in the polls, so-to-speak, and they’ve quickly positioned themselves as the most hated publisher in the video gaming industry (we’ll get into why next week when we look at their past, present and future). But, if they’re able to redeem themselves, it’ll have to start with Rainbow Six Siege. The Rainbow Six franchise is quite a ways away from the popularity it once had, but it could regain some of the jaded Call of Duty players if this next iteration turns out to be formidable. We’ll undoubtedly get a release date at E3 2015 during Ubisoft’s press conference.

Pre-Order ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ here.

9. Battleborn

Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: TBA 2015

Out of all of the multiplayer shooters on this list, Battleborn looks to be the most promising. It is a next-gen hero-shooter from the developers that brought us the Borderlands franchise. It looks like a hell of a lot of fun, and we’ll surely hear more about it during E3 2015.

Pre-Order ‘Battleborn’ here.

10. Get Even

Developer: The Farm 51
Publisher: ?
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA 2015

Get Even looks like a promising-enough shooting game, but I have little to no faith in The Farm 51. If you’re unaware who they are, they were the team behind the absolutely dreadful Deadfull Adventures and Painkiller: Hell & Damnation. I’m not writing them off yet, but only because of how great Get Even looks. The game will have a focus on exploration, investigation and puzzling elements. Players will use “sophisticated weapons, VR and hi-tech gadgets.”

11. Tom Clancy’s The Division

Developer: Massive Entertainment
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: TBA 2016

Tom Clancy’s The Division looks absolutely ridiculous — and I mean that in a good way! It’s a super large, open-world online RPG in which you play in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a deadly virus in the near future. It has an emphasis on 4 player co-op, but it can also be played alone in its entirety. It looks to have a great story with truly new-gen graphics and ideas on a large scale, thanks to Ubisoft’s own Snowdrop engine. But, this is Ubisoft, so we’ll see if it actually lives up to the hype (I’m looking at you, Watch_Dogs).

Pre-Order ‘The Division’ here.

12. Space Hulk: Deathwing

Developer: Streum On Studio, Cyanide
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: TBA 2015

I’m not sure what to think about Space Hulk: Deathwing, because I’ve never played any of them — just not my thing, I guess. We don’t know much about the game as of right now, except that it’s set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe and that it will use Unreal Engine 4. Hopefully, we’ll have more details for you soon.

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