Guide to the games of 2016

Sports and racing

Red Bull Air Race: The Game

Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
Publisher: Slightly Mad Studios
Release date: TBA 2016
Link: Official site

Red Bull Air Race

There’s very little information out there about Red Bull Air Race. A trailer dropped, a few outlets wrote about it, but there’s nothing about it on the developer’s website and there’s been radio silence since the announcement. Either the game is no longer a thing, or it’s simple enough to release without much of a marketing push. Simple, meaning it’s basically rally racing for planes. The trailer looks nice, and seems like it could be fun, but we’ll have to wait until more info flies in before getting too excited.

FlatOut 4: Total Insanity

Developer: Kylotonn Entertainment/Tiny Rebel Games
Publisher: Strategy First
Release date: TBA 2016
Link: Official site

Flatout 4

While original FlatOut developer Bugbear Entertainment has left the series behind to make its own game, Wreckfest (formerly Next Car Game), this sequel is by a totally different team. Publisher Strategy First says members of the team making Total Insanity have previously worked on games including Grand Theft Auto and BioShock. They’re promising “fun, over the top competitive racing”, and if previous entries in the series are anything to go by, this will involve a lot of cars being smashed hilariously to pieces.

Need For Speed

Developer: Ghost Games
Publisher: EA
Release date: Spring 2016
Link: Official site / Amazon

Need for Speed

The latest Need For Speed reboot (not to be confused with the film of the same name) hit consoles in 2015, but we aren’t getting the PC version until the first warm months of 2016. Developer Ghost Games decided to push the game back to make sure the framerate was up to PC standards (and not locked at a measly 30 fps). Meanwhile, this Need For Speed is the first in years to bring the spotlight back to car tuner culture, but it also adds in an open world and more story than Metal Gear Solid 5. So that’s weird.

Trackmania Turbo

Developer: Nadeo
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release date: Early 2016
Link: Official Site

Trackmania Turbo

Originally planned for 2015, Trackmania Turbo, the latest entry in the long running series, was pushed back to early 2016. The single- and multiplayer arcade stunt racing game plans to offer over 200 tracks, a campaign, a track editor, and a co-op mode where two players share control of the same car.

Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO

Developer: Milestone
Publisher: Milestone
Release date: January 29, 2016
Link: Official Site

Sebastien Loeb

With over 50 cars to drive on over 300 kilometers of tracks, this off-road racing game is a new IP from Italian developer Milestone. Players will be able to drive world famous tracks, including the notorious Pike’s Peak, and race in both career mode and against online opponents.

FIFA 17

Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: EA
Release date: September 27, 2016
Link: Official Site

When we heard rumours that FIFA 17 would have a story mode, what jokes were had at the idea of Mass Effect-style dialogue wheels and moral choices in a football game. Well the joke's on us, because that's happening. "The Journey" will chart the career of Alex Hunter (you) from the academy all the way up to an impossible final mission in which you attempt to make smalltalk with José Mourinho. No word yet on whether Sepp Blatter will emerge from deep space to threaten human existence, but presumably that'll be DLC.