Top 30 Most Anticipated Upcoming Games of 2016


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**Updated 6-17: I’ve updated the release dates, and now that many have been pushed into 2017, we’re going to update this list fully over the weekend.**

We’re halfway through 2015, and now that the 2015 video game release schedule has been fleshed out, we’re now starting to get a look at the upcoming games of 2016.

E3 2015 brought a ton of new game announcements for games we’re expecting to see in 2016 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Both Sony and Microsoft have some fantastic-looking games on the horizon for next year. The good news is that there is a wide range of game genres coming in 2016, as well as 2017. The bad news is that we have to wait until next year to play these highly anticipated upcoming games. Bummer.

Of course, this list is subject to change, given the volatile video game development environment. With the many upcoming MMOs in development (many of which don’t have a firm release window), and, we don’t know what’s coming as far as Nintendo NX games are concerned, so we don’t have anything included (although we can probably guess a few titles that will definitely come).

So without further ado, here are the top 30 most anticipated upcoming games of 2016

See Also:
Top 23 Most Anticipated Upcoming Games of 2017

 1. ReCore

Developer: Comcept
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Platform: Xbox One

ReCore was one of the 5 best-looking new IPs announced at E3 2015. It’s from Mega Man and Dead Rising creator Keiji Inafune. We don’t know much just yet about the title, but we know the man character is named Jewel, and her robot buddy is named Mack. Mack and Jewel find each other in the beginning of the game, and they try to help bring humanity back to the planet while a separate faction of robots tries to stop them. According to Inafune, “One of the big features of this game is that the scenery completely changes after a sandstorm, which actually affects the maps in the gameplay.”

Pre-Order ReCore here.

2. Doom

Developer: id Software
Publisher: Bethesda
Release Date: May 13
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

We all knew Bethesda was planning a new Doombut it wasn’t until they showed Doom gameplay at E3 2015 that we actually became excited. The Doom gameplay trailer is quite impressive, and paired with the fact that we’ve loved every game in the series so far, Doom is worthy of being on our list of the most anticipated upcoming games of 2016.

Pre-Order Doom here.

See Also:
DOOM Review

3. Ratchet & Clank Remastered

Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Platform: PS4

The PS4 NEEDS Ratchet & ClankBadly. And after seeing the recently released gameplay video for the upcoming PS4 game, we’re excited to see these two unlikely heroes find their way to the newest generation of consoles. It’s just one of the many upcoming PS4 exclusives of 2016 on this list.

Pre-Order Ratchet & Clank PS4 here.

4. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Platform: PS4

Like many, we were disappointed with the news that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End wouldn’t see the light of 2015.  The upcoming action-adventure game will take place three years after Uncharted 3, with a retired Nathan Drake being needed by his older brother, Sam. The duo chase the conspiracy behind a long lost pirate colony and the treasure contained within. You can read more about the Uncharted 4 Collector’s Edition.

Pre-Order Uncharted 4 here.

5. Dark Souls III

Developer: FromSoftware
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: March 24, 2016
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

It might actually be too soon for a new Dark Souls just yet, which is why Dark Souls 3 might not live up to the hype. But, FromSoftware has yet to steer us wrong, and the franchise’s predecessors were both GOTY material. Hopefully, FromSoftware don’t treat it like a cash grab and the game brings new mechanics.

You can now read our Dark Souls 3 review here.

Buy Dark Souls 3 here.

6. Tom Clancy’s The Division

Developer: Ubisoft Massive
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

When it was first announced, we thought The Division was an MMO, but to our disappointment, we were wrong. Still, what we’ve seen from The Division so far has us excited. In The Divisiona disease that spreads on Black Friday causes the collapse of the United States government in just five days, and the country quickly becomes a chaotic post apocalyptic free-for-all. You play the role of a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, known as “The Division,” who has been tasked with doing whatever necessary to prevent the fall of society as we know it. The game can be played in its entirety or online, and has a PvP mode. Yeah, we’ll definitely be checking this out.

Buy The Division here.

7. Dead Island 2

Developer: Yager
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date: TBA 2016
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Dying Light must’ve had Dead Island 2 shaking in its boots, since shortly after the former released, the latter was delayed into 2016. Still, the original Dead Island was a solid idea that just wasn’t fully fleshed out. Dead Island 2 will hopefully be the fleshed out version. Dead Island didn’t make the cut as one of our best zombie games of all-time, but it’s still good, and a sequel will probably be great.

Pre-order ‘Dead Island 2’ here.

8. Street Fighter V

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Platforms: PS4, PC

Although we’re a little sour that Street Fighter V isn’t coming to Xbox One, we are still excited for the next iteration of our favorite fighting game franchise. We were growing sick of the Ultra Super Turbo editions. We’ve wanted a SF5 for quite some time, and Street Fighter 5 is sure to be one of the most anticipated upcoming games for many gamers around the globe.

Pre-0rder Street Fighter 5 here.

9. The Last Guardian

Developer: Team Ico
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Platforms: PS4

It’s official: The Last Guardian is still on the way, and is expected to be released at some point in 2016. Hopefully, this game will live up to all of the hype. Gameplay was debuted at E3 2015, and aside from the little boy’s annoying call to his friendly beast, it was awe-inspiring.

Preorder The Last Guardian here.

10. Cuphead

Developer: Studio MDHR
Publisher: Studio MDHR
Release Date: TBA 2016
Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Looking for something truly unique? How about Chad and Jared Moldehauer’s Cupheada ridiculously awesome-looking platformer in the style of 1930s cartoons. Cuphead not only looks great visually, but the gameplay also looks incredibly fun. Undoubtedly, Cuphead is going to be one of the best new indie games of 2016.

See Also:
10 Best Indie Games at E3 2016


11. No Man’s Sky

Developer: Hello Games
Publisher: Hello Games
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Platforms: PS4, PC

No Man’s Sky is one of those games where we really don’t have any idea what to expect. However, we do know it looks incredibly charming, and it certainly gets points for ambition. It’s an adventure survival game, and it has over 18 quintillion planets with their own set of flora and fauna, thanks to the worlds being randomly generated. Players will exist in and share the same universe, allowing players to exchange planet coordinates with their friends. There’s undoubtedly going to be a lot to unpack when we sit down with the game, as we’re expecting beautifully rendered planets, an ethereal and interesting soundtrack, and unique creatures aplenty. No Man’s Sky has been on our radar for years, so we’re already at hype level 3000. Hopefully, the game can live up to the hype machine that has been created behind it.

12. For Honor Pushed into 2017

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: Pushed into 2017. Bummer.
Platforms: PS4, PC and Xbox One

For Honor was also revealed at E3 2015, and it’s safe to say that it pretty much stole the show. Not one single person thought Ubisoft would bring anything new to their show, but For Honor looks like nothing else we’ve played before. There are three factions (Knights, Samurais and Vikings) facing off against each other in 4 v 4 battles, with both teams in a match also facing their enemy’s army. They had us at samurais.

Pre-order For Honor here.

13. Ghost Recon Wildlands Pushed into 2017.

Developer: Ubisoft Paris
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: Pushed into 2017 (March 7, 2017)
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is an upcoming tactical shooter that will be the tenth installment in the Ghost Recon franchise. It will feature an open world environment, and looks to draw influences from Just Cause 3 and Grand Theft Auto 5.  The game will be set in modern times this time, and the open world will feature a variety of environments (indicating that the map is likely huge).

Pre-order ‘Ghost Recon: Wildlands here.

14. Unravel

Developer: Coldwood Interactive
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

Unravel is an interesting upcoming puzzle-platformer from Coldwood Interactive and EA. The game revolves around the unoriginally named protagonist, Yarny, a small creature made of red yarn who explores the world around him using his own body. The game will see Yarny unraveling himself to create lines to solve puzzles and progress in the game. We’re expecting Yarny’s story to unravel (see what we did there) in Q4 2016. It’s a unique concept, which is unusual for EA, which is why we’ve included Unravel in our list of the most anticipated upcoming games of 2016.

Pre-order Unravel here.

15. Horizon: Zero Dawn Pushed Into 2017

Developer: Guerilla Games
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Platform: PS4

As Gamestop amply stated, E3 2015 saw the rise of the female hero. Horizon: Zero Dawn is another highly anticipated upcoming game with a female protagonist, and it looks absolutely incredible. Think caveman times set in the distant future where man has been taken over by machine. It’s all set in an open world, which appears to be beautifully designed. We can’t wait to see more from Horizon: Zero Dawn. 

Pre-order Horizon Zero Dawn here.

16. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Developer: Eidos Montreal
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The next Deus Ex game is Deus Ex: Mankind Dividedwhich will be set in 2029, two years after Human Revolution. It’ll bring back Adam Jensen with new technology and body augmentations. We don’t have many other details for the game than that, but we’re hoping to see some multiplayer added in, and we’ll likely hear more about the game during the Paris Games Week in October.

Preorder Deus Ex: Mankind Divided here.

17. Kingdom Hearts 3

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

Kingdom Hearts 3 looked better than we expected it to when it was recently shown at E3. And, the series is coming to Xbox One, too. We’re excited to see what new Disney worlds we’ll see in Kingdom Hearts 3, given the plethora of properties that Disney owns. Where will Sora go next?

Pre-order Kingdom Hearts 3 here.

18. Civilization 6

Developer: Firaxis
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Platform: PC

Firaxis and 2K Games have just officially announced the existence of Sid Meier’s Civilization VI with the debut Civilization 6 trailer. After watching the trailer, our hype level for the upcoming PC game is high, and we can’t wait to play the game when it releases later this year.

Pre-Order Civilization 6 here.

19. Gears of War 4

Developer: The Coalition (Black Tusk)
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One

Microsoft’s next Gears of War will be Gears 4and the trailer we were blessed with at E3 looks ridiculously good. We wouldn’t have thought that we would have wanted a new Gears of War (I mean, how different can it actually be this time around?), but the reveal was done so perfectly that we just have to include it in our list of the most anticipated upcoming games of 2016.

Pre-order Gears of War 4 here.

20. Quantum Break

Developer: Remedy Entertainment
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Platform: Xbox One

While it’s still possible we’ll see another Quantum Break delay, the game is slated for some time in 2016 exclusively for the Xbox One. We’ve seen an impressive amount of gameplay already, so you’d have to imagine that the release date will be earlier in 2016. Who knows. But the game comes from Remedy Entertainment (Alan Wake, Max Payne)and there games have been pretty snazzy, right? Quantum Break will involve the power of time manipulation and will have a digital TV series release along with it. We just learned the official Quantum Break release date is set for April, and it comes with Alan Wake, its DLC, and the PC version.

Pre-order ‘Quantum Break’ here.

21. Scalebound

Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: 2016 Delayed to 2017
Platform: Xbox One

We are expected to hear more about Scalebound during Gamescomm in August, and we have a feeling it’s going to steal the show. The game is developed by Star Fox Zero and The Wonderful 101 developer Platinum Games, and we’re excited to see what this new IP holds. Unfortunately, the Scalebound release date has been pushed back to 2017.

Pre-order Scalebound here.

22. Battlefield 1

Developer: DICE
Publisher: EA
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

EA announced Battlefield 5, which we now know is actually called Battlefield 1, last week, and it quickly became one of our most anticipated games of 2016. The game will be set in WW1, with players partaking in what appears to be a much grittier game than what EA has previously released. DICE has confirmed numerous vehicles for the upcoming game, including bomber planes, various tanks, ships, and even horses that you can ride. We can’t wait to see how formidable the game turns out to be later this year.

Preorder Battlefield 1 here.

See Also:
Battlefield 1: Everything We Know, Release Date, News

23. Crackdown Pushed into 2017.

Developer: Cloudgine
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: TBA 2017
Platform: Xbox One

Even though the open-world mayhem gameplay can be found in numerous other games like it (Saints Row IV, Just Cause, etc) , we’re still hotly anticipating Crackdown for the Xbox One. We have a feeling the game is going to be incredibly fun and over-the-top ridiculous, and we can’t wait to find every damn orb in the game again.

Pre-Order Crackdown here.

24. Overwatch

Developer: Blizzard
Publisher: Blizzard
Release Date: Out now
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Don’t tell us that we can’t be anticipating Overwatch and Battleborn at the same time — we can, and we will. In fact, we’re actually looking forward to Blizzard’s arena shooter even more than 2K Games’s. From what we’ve played so far (a very limited amount, admittedly), it’s going to be one of the biggest contenders for Game of the Year next year, thanks to its heavy MOBA influences with unique characters and combat.

Pre-order it here.

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25. Dishonored 2

Developer: Arkane Studios
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: November 11, 2016

There’s no denying that the original Dishonored was a great game, and now four years later, we’re finally getting the sequel. In Dishonored 2, players will have the option to play as either Kaldwin or Corvo Attano, with both characters fully voiced. The game will be set fifteen years after the Dunwall Plague, and it will utilize Bethesda’s new Void engine. We don’t have many gameplay details just yet, but we’re still on a high from the first game, and still talking about it four years later. So, we’re fully expecting Dishonored 2 to be an incredible adventure.

26. Lawbreakers

Developer: Boss Key Productions
Platform: PC
Release Date: TBA

There’s a lot of multiplayer arena shooters on the way (including two that we mentioned in this very list), but one that is making itself stand out from the rest is Cliff Blezsinski’s Lawbreakers. It takes a more mature tone than the rest, with more blood and more mature themes. In fact, it’s so different, that we were able to write up an entire post on what makes Lawbreakers different than other arena shooters. You can watch the Lawbreakers gameplay trailer here, and be sure to stay tuned to Nerd Much for more coverage.

27. Final Fantasy XV

Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: September 30, 2016

Road trip! The highly anticipated Final Fantasy XV will take us all on a road trip, bringing driveable (and apparently flyable) cars into the FF world. The game will have a dynamic weather system that will effect the entire game world, with added effects like rain soaking your clothing and changing its look. The game looks wildly different than any FF before it, and we’re looking forward to the action-based combat and beautiful visuals, as well as the unique-looking bosses we’re going to face when the game releases in September.

28. Below

Developer: Capybara Games
Platform: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA 2016

Below might be my (Bobby) personally most anticipated game of the year. It’s an adventure game with a top-down view, with the protagonist being called a “tiny warrior exploring the depths of a remote island.” I can’t wait to explore those depths (that’s what she said?), and I’m anxiously awaiting a Below release date so I know what week I’m not going to leave my house. The game is said to have a heavy emphasis on exploration, and it’s designed to have a difficulty similar to Demon’s Souls. We love roguelikes, and for this reason, we can’t wait to get our hands on Below.

29. Tekken 7

Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform: PS4
Release Date: TBA 2016

With Street Fighter V not living up to its full potential yet, we’re awaiting more fighting games to play on our consoles. Tekken 7 will be coming to the PS4 at some point in 2016 (and it was also recently rumored for PC). The game runs on Unreal Engine 4, so you know it looks absolutely stunning. But more importantly, there are two new mechanisms introduced into the game, including what’s called Rage Art (which allows players to execute several unblockable moves for nearly 30% damage), and Power Crush (which allows players to combine their attacks even if they’re being hit by the enemy). The game has a roster of 29 playable fighters, one of which includes Street Fighter‘s Akuma.

30. Mafia 3

Developer: Hangar 13
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: October 7, 2016

Mafia 2 was one of the most underrated games of the last generation, which is part of the reason we’re so excited for Mafia 3. The game is set in 1968, and it will revolve around Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam veteran who returns home to rejoin the Black Mob. After his organization is wiped out, he starts his own criminal outfit to get revenge. He’ll be added by three allies, Cassandra, Burke, and Vito Scaletta. The Mafia 3 trailers we’ve seen so far all look great, and we have a feeling the story is going to be top-notch. And besides, it’s not like we’re getting a GTA 6 this year.

**That’s it for 2016. Check out our list of upcoming games of 2017 that we’re most looking forward to.**

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See Also:
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  • Jesus Pancakes

    Where the fuck is dishonored 2 in this list

  • Eduardo Campos

    Xcom 2 , Persona 5 , Dishonored 2 ?????

    • stephen

      Its mostly xbox games, on a very biased site

      • Thanks for the comment. Uhh, Only 6 out of the 25 are Xbox One exclusives. 5 out of 25 are PS4 exclusives. Biased? Lol.

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  • Scott

    for honor looks cool, but nothing you’ve played before? lol, i can think of like 10 games

  • Em

    Solid list but my personally most anticipated game is Persona 5 ;_; lol

  • Pedro

    How the hell does No Man’s Sky not make this list?
    I know the hype has died off a bit since it was announced, but it is still highly anticipated.

    You don’t have to take my word for it. Just look at the pre-order numbers.

    • Hey Pedro,
      Actually, I am greatly anticipating No Man’s Sky. When I originally made this list (June 2015), we didn’t have confirmation that it was coming in 2016. However, now that we know for sure, I should probably update the list. Thanks for pointing it out!