Video games have come a long way from pixelated characterization to real-world characters over the last century. Interestingly, it’s just the start of the online video game industry.
Today’s gaming industry is more significant than the movies and sports industries combined. Moreover, the gaming industry’s revenue reached nearly $185 billion in 2022, with the numbers expected to grow to 3.6 million by 2025.
The industry’s growth heavily relies on the technological advancements that will occur over the next few years.
But what tech innovations could shape the future of video games, and how will they influence the gaming experience?
Let’s find out more about the future trends of online video games in the following sections of this blog.
Future Trends That Could Influence Online Gaming
Artificial Intelligence (AI) As NPCs
Online video games have changed drastically after the introduction of Artificial Intelligence. This is mainly because game developers are more curious about how they manage NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) inside a game.
More significant interaction and competition between human gamers and NPCs have pushed the boundaries of previously non-relevant NPCs. Today, gamers develop platforms with characters that can make more sophisticated decisions.
Characters no longer heedlessly charge human players into gameplay like in a corny action movie. Besides, while AI continues to revamp our in-game experience, NPCs could soon give a formidable challenge to human players as well.
Virtual Reality (VR)
Similar to AI’s influence on gameplay, VR aims to provide online gamers with a life-like, indulgent gaming experience. VR aims to revolutionize gaming so that players feel completely immersed in the virtual world and be a part of the gameplay.
Such gaming setups can potentially boost FPV (First Person View) action, where players will experience a computer-powered ambiance where they can move and interact with the game elements freely.
However, developing a full-phase VR game is still a distant reality. While we have VR games that can be enjoyed wearing compatible headsets, there’s a long way before players can feel the immersive gaming experience.
Influence Of 5G Tech
When talking of online games, you can’t miss talking about the ‘internet,’ the technology that makes the gameplay possible. The internet era has been a quick adapter moving from 2G to 5G within two decades. Looking at the current pace of internet connectivity and speed, online games’ future looks more connected than ever.
Soon, we could enjoy a future where players are able to compete online with no server lags. Better signal strength and potent hardware devices will allow gamers to enjoy a better gaming experience with a lag-free experience.
Besides, faster internet also implies improved location features and effective cloud gaming. Therefore, if we look at it, 5G could be a big game changer for the future of online games.
Growth Of The Metaverse
The Metaverse has been the ultimate gamer’s dream. Players from all around the world are looking forward to this challenging online gaming experience. As per the plans behind this platform, Metaverse will be a shared platform where gamers worldwide can compete with one another as long as they are part of the same virtual environment.
Online gaming looks forward to reaching its potential by leveraging the Metaverse concept. Besides, with Metaverse, gamers can design virtual spaces replicating the actual world. This will open the door to a realistic video gaming experience, allowing gamers to exchange in-game objects with digital assets via NFTs.
More Online & Mobile Gaming
The popularity of mobile gaming has increased significantly over the last few years. Stats suggest that there will be over 3.1 billion mobile gamers by 2024. Additionally, with more people engaging with their mobile phones than ever, the industry expects to witness a severe increase in online games.
Moreover, gift cards could also play a significant role in the future of video games. We can expect more people to purchase gift cards to boost their gameplay experience. Gamers can move to platforms like Coingate to swap their crypto rewards for gift cards to help them level up faster. This way, mobile gaming is expected to foster a community where players win and re-invest in their games to reap better rewards and experiences.
Now You Know!
We have come a long way with the evolution of online games. However, it’s just a start. Soon we could have a future where you can play and feel the gaming experience. As technology advances, we’ll witness more outstanding features that revamp the future of online and offline gaming.
So, if you’re a gamer or just an enthusiast interested in video games, hold tight to your seat belts. The world of gaming is about to be changed forever!