With 2014 behind us, it’s time to look into the future. In this blog post, I run down the things I’m most looking forward to in 2015.

10. Caravela’s Caravela Forever
I saw this sibling duo open for Moving Mountains at one of that band’s farewell shows. (Caravela member Frank Graniero was at the time an ex-member of Moving Mountains.) Their lush, sun-soaked indie pop wormed its way into my ears and hasn’t left. They’re set to release a full-length record, Caravela Forever, some time this year. Here’s the music video for “Harbor Sun”:

9. Ori and the Blind Forest
I’m a sucker for beautiful platformers, and the upcoming Ori and the Blind Forest is no exception. Its aesthetic is more art-house animated film than Saturday morning cartoon, and that’s a refreshing change of pace from the usual goofiness of other platformers.

8. Whatever happens next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
It seems like Marvel Studios can do wrong. Last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a surprisingly great film, and Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t half-bad. In the fall, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD somehow righted itself and became legitimately good. Now, they’re putting out an Agent Carter mini-series with an appealing retro setting, and the sequel to the highly popular Avengers flick is set to release this year. They’re also releasing a couple of new series on Netflix, including AKA Jessica Jones, starring the incredibly talented Krysten Ritter. I’m not even into comic books, and I enjoy this stuff immensely. This must be like a never-ending supply of candy for comic fans.

7. Life Is Strange
One of the most intriguing aspects of Dontnod Entertainment’s previous effort, Remember Me, was its memory manipulation puzzles. Dontnod is putting a similar mechanic in its upcoming episodic title, Life Is Strange. The protagonist of Life Is Strange has the ability to rewind time and change her decisions. Expect a lot of meditation on choice, consequences, and the butterfly effect.

6. The Winter Passing’s A Different space of Mind
I named The Winter Passing’s “Creak” one of my favourite tracks of 2014. In 2015, they’re set to release their debut LP, A Different Space of Mind. They seem to be heading away from their earlier sunny indie rock vibe towards something darker, akin to Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. I don’t think they’ll be able to measure up to my favourite album of all time, but it’s great to hear them trying. Here’s the music video for “Fruits of Gloom”:

5. Season 2 of You’re the Worst
This messy cable comedy about two horrible people who fall in love caught me completely by surprise. Chris Geere and Aya Cash were absolutely wonderful as the romantic leads, but so were Desmin Borges and Kether Donohue as their supportive (but self-destructive) friends. The season 1 finale had Geere and Cash’s characters moving in together. I wonder what’s next in store for them.

4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
This comedy about a woman who leaves her life in a cult behind was originally an NBC series, but Netflix bought the rights to it, and now it’s set to debut on the streaming service in March. The talented Tina Fey is producing the series, the winsome Ellie Kemper is starring, and the hilarious Jane Krakowski is playing a recurring role. I’m excited to see what kookiness they cook up.

3. New music from Brand New
STOP FUCKING TEASING US AND RELEASE SOME NEW MUSIC ALREADY, GOD DAMN IT.

2. Upcoming retro 3D platformers
I’m not exactly quiet about my love for collect-a-thon platformers, and I was incredibly disappointed that both A Hat in Time and Lobodestroyo were delayed until at least this year. Hopefully they both get released in 2015 so that I can finally get my game on.

1. Act 2 of Broken Age
I loved loved loved Act 1 of Double Fine’s gorgeous point-and-click adventure – so much so, in fact, that I named it my favourite game of the year. 2015 is set to bring us the concluding act of this colourful adventure, and I can’t wait to see how Shay and Vella deal with their new surroundings.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
There are a lot of these, so I’m going to divide them into categories.

Video games and interactive fiction:

  • 1979 Revolution
  • Apotheon
  • Big Pharma
  • The PC port of the English version of Clannad
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (Is it too much to hope that CD Projekt Red will release two games in one year?)
  • Desync
  • The Devil’s Men
  • Dragon: The Game
  • The remaining acts of Dreamfall Chapters. (I really need to play the first two games in the series.)
  • Firewatch
  • Frog Fractions 2 (unless it’s already out and we just haven’t realized it yet…)
  • Infinitesimals
  • Karmaflow
  • The remaining acts of Kentucky Route Zero
  • Minecraft: Story Mode
  • Mirror’s Edge 2 (It probably won’t come out until 2016, but I can dream, right?)
  • Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet
  • No Pineapple Left Behind
  • Obduction
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon: World
  • Scale
  • Shiness
  • The Sword of Asumi
  • Syberia III. (I really need to play the first two games in the series.)
  • The remaining episodes of Tales from the Borderlands. (I really need to play the first episode.)
  • The Witness

TV shows and web series:

  • 12 Monkeys
  • Band Aid
  • Battle Creek
  • The third season of Bravest Warriors. (Just kiss already, Chris and Beth!)
  • The final season of Cougar Town
  • Empire
  • Galavant
  • The Last Man on Earth
  • A new year for Last Week Tonight
  • Man Seeking Woman
  • The Nightly Show with Larry Willmore
  • The remake of The Odd Couple
  • One Big Happy
  • The third season of Orphan Black
  • The final season of Parks and Recreation
  • Togetherness

Music:

  • Adventures
  • Battle Lines
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • The Decemberists
  • Heartless Breakers
  • Heavy English
  • Kanye West
  • Now, Now
  • Silversun Pickups
  • Solange
  • Title Fight
  • Treble Charger

Tabletop Games:

  • Love 2 Hate

Wow, 2015 has a crapload of stuff to look forward to! If anyone develops a way to lengthen the year so that I can experience it all, I’ll be eternally grateful.

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