40 Most Anticipated Upcoming Games of 2017

So much to play, so little time.

**Update 4/25/17: Dauntless has been pushed into 2018, and we now have official dates for CoD:WW2 and Battlefront 2.

—–Original Posted 6/2/2016—–

E3 2016 brought a ton of new game announcements for games we’re expecting to see in 2017 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, as well as the rumored Xbox One Scorpio and the PS4 Pro. But even before we get the major releases to pencil onto the release calendar, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo already have some good-looking games on the horizon for 2017.

Of course, that’s good news for us, and we’re expecting big, big things for the year ahead. Soon, these highly anticipated upcoming games will begin hitting retailers around the nation.

This is just our preliminary list, as we’re fully intending to expand it as we get more announcements in and new games and their release dates are announced (expect a major update after this year’s E3 2017). In fact, consider this video games release calendar to be dynamic content, as it will change and evolve throughout the year.

But for now, here are our top 55 most anticipated games 2017 (share yours in the comments!!):

See Also: New Video Games This Week


Prey

Prey screenshot

Developer: Arkane Studios
Publisher:
Bethesda
Release Date: 
May 5, 2017
Platform: 
PS4, PC, Xbox One
Genre: 
First Person Shooter

The return of Prey is upon us, and oddly enough, it’s getting rebooted after its first try. Now, Arkane Studios will try to revive the long dormant Prey franchise with a new psychological first person shooter that looks to be a formidable and thrilling experience with an interesting story. We know next to nothing about the game so far, but it appears to involve a Groundhog’s Day-esque timeloop.

We’re hoping our goal will be to find the differences in that loop to make it out, because that would be an incredibly interesting video game story that hasn’t been done before (at least to our knowledge?). We’re excited to learn more about Prey, and we’ll keep you posted here at Nerdmuch.com as we learn more.’

Pre-order Prey here.


Injustice 2

Injustice 2 release

Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: WB Games
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Fighting Game

NetherRealm has finally revealed the Injustice sequel, and although we don’t have a ton of information on it just yet, we’re incredibly excited for its 2017 release.  In Injustice 2, players will be able to earn and unlock new armor that will not only add a new look to their character but will also give them different stat boosts, adding an RPG-like element to the game.

We’re excited to see how formidable Injustice 2 will be, and with the developer noting that it will have the “largest roster of any DC fighting game to date”, we’re at full-on hype level 3000.

The Injustice 2 roster includes some new names, including Black CanarySwamp Thing, and Atrocitus. And there are rumors of Black Adam joining the cast as well. There are a lot of possibilities for DC characters to include, and half of our excitement is in what the final roster ends up being.

Pre-order Injustice 2 here.

See Also:
Injustice 2 News: Release Date, Roster, Trailers & More

Batallion 1944

Battallion 1944 release date

Developer: Bulkhead Interactive
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: May 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: FPS, Multiplayer

Before all of the hype surrounding Battlefield 1 and its announcement, Battalion 1944 took to Kickstarter and caught our interest, simply because it feels like a back to basics, no frills, World War II shooter. Obviously, Battlefield 1 and Battalion 1944 are completely different, but I’m comparing their announcements because they’re both world war set first person shooters. Battalion 1944 will feature dedicated servers with anti-cheat mechanisms in place, and any online unlockables will be cosmetic, and won’t give any competitive edge to players. The game will be multiplayer only.

While Call of Duty went to space much to the dismay of its fanbase, Battalion 1944 will keep things grounded. What’s more, the game looks beautiful, and judging from the footage we see in the video above, FPS players are in for a treat — without wall climbing or jet packs.


Tekken 7

Tekken 7

Developer: Bandai Namco
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

While Japan has already been enjoying the fast-fighting gameplay of Tekken 7 in the arcades, we’re all awaiting its PS4/Xbox One/PC debut in the west. We’re told that it will hit retailers at some point in 2017, although we surprisingly don’t have an official concrete release date for the popular fighting game just yet. The new game will introduce Rage Art and Power Crush, two new mechanisms that make the franchise even better.

All of the latest game trailers for it look great, and after getting hands-on time with it at NYCC, we’re anxiously awaiting its release. We’ll keep you posted.

Pre-order Tekken 7 here.


Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

most anticipated games 2017

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Platform: PS4
Genre: Platformer

One of the biggest announcements to come out of E3 2016 was the announcement of a few Crash Bandicoot Remastered Games, including Crash 1, 2 and 3. We’ve all been waiting for Crash’s return, and soon, we’ll be able to play his games on our PS4s. We still don’t know if the remastered games will be packaged as one retail offering, or if they’ll be sold individually, but if Sony really wants to knock it out of the park, they’ll bundle them all together.

Despite how they’re going to be sold, we can’t wait to learn more details about the upcoming remastered Crash games.


Splatoon 2

splatoon 2

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Pre-order: Amazon

Last night during the big Nintendo Switch unveiling, Nintendo announced Splatoon 2, the follow-up to their squid shooter that saw some success on the Wii U. The follow-up will bring new weapons, new trends, new ways to play, and “smart device support” (which will allow you to use an upcoming smartphone application for the Nintendo Switch).

Splatoon 2 will also follow a similar pattern set by the predecessor on Wii U, which saw numerous updates roll out post-launch with new content. Being that the first Splatoon was so much fun, we can’t wait to get our hands on Splatoon 2 on the Nintendo Switch.


Middle-earth: Shadow of War

shadow of war

Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Release Date: August 22, 2017 (U.S.), August 25 (Europe)
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Action Adventure

Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been announced, regardless of whether Warner Bros. was ready to or not, thanks to a leak earlier this week. The new title will feature another original story set in the same lore of the Middle-earth universe, where players will wield a new Ring of Power.

They’ll battle Sauron and his minions once again, and we’ll see an expanded Nemesis system this time around. According to WB, the environment will also be shaped by the way you play.

What’s more, WB mentioned a new Followers system in the press release that could potentially be interesting. Either way, we can see Monolith blowing the gates wide open with this one, and if it’s done correctly, it could drastically improve upon the first Shadow of Mordor game. Here’s to hoping we get a bit more variation in the landscapes and a little less jank now that they’ve had time to perfect the game engine.

Pre-order here.


Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

uncharted lost legacy

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Platform: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure

Thinking Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is going to be anything other than spectacular has to be wrong, given the quality Uncharted 4 presented us (not to mention the quality of the entire Uncharted series). Naughty Dog has proven that it knows what it’s doing when it comes to making great, big budget video games, and The Lost Legacy looks to be heading in that same direction as well.

In it, we’ll get a full standalone spin-off adventure from Uncharted that follows Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as they attempt to recover a fabled ancient Indian artifact to keep it out of the hands of a war profiteer. The reveal trailer is spectacular, and we can’t wait to learn more about the upcoming adventure game.


Destiny 2

Destiny 2

Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, PC

Although the original Destiny‘s shooting mechanics were top-notch, the game had many issues that kept many gamers away from it after launch, the biggest of which was its load times and bugs. A Destiny 2 could be a much bigger option now that we’re much further along in the life of this generation of consoles and devs have developed new ways to push their games to the max using these consoles.

Hopefully, Destiny 2 will give us more readily available lore and an actual story, and if it can do that plus make its open world multiplayer a bit more seamless with less loading, many of us will be jumping back into Destiny in 2017 — that is, if it actually sees the light of 2017.

We finally got our first official reveal from Activision via a reveal trailer that hit earlier this week, and it has sent the internet into a frenzy. We also now know that the game is officially coming to PC, and that its release date is September 8, 2017.

Unfortunately, we also learned that the PlayStation 4 will have some exclusive content — to what extent that content actually is currently unknown. However, we always hate to see consoles getting exclusive content.


Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Marvel vs capcom infinite

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Platform: PS4
Genre: Fighting Game

During PSX 16 this afternoon, Sony and Capcom officially announced a Marvel vs. Capcom 4, which we now know to be named Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Details are scarce for now, but the debut trailer did give us a little bit of information, including a handful of characters and the probability that it is 2v2, not 3v3. Either way, we are super stoked for MvCI to hit in 2017.


Call of Duty: WWII

new games 2017

Developer: Sledgehammer
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: November 2, 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Genre: First Person Shooter

**Update 4/21/17: It has just been confirmed that Call of Duty: WWII is this year’s game, and it’ll have a livestream unveil on April 26.

We don’t have any real details about Call of Duty 2017, but we learned recently that A) it exists and will come out this year, and b) it’s being developed by Sledgehammer, who will bring Call of Duty “back to its roots”. What’s more, it’s rumored to actually be a WWII title, according to recent leaks.

That’s undeniably an exciting statement, especially if you’re one of those former CoD players who wishes the series would go back to its heyday without all of the ridiculous wall riding and exo suit mechanics.

We don’t know if this will be WWII actually or the canceled Vietnam setting that we heard about last year or not, but that would be an interesting setting. We’ll undoubtedly have more info soon, but for now, just know that we will get a new CoD in 2017.


Star Wars Battlefront 2

Battlefront 2

Developer: DICE
Publisher: EA
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The first Star Wars Battlefront from last year didn’t do too well critically, despite the fact that it contained some cool ideas. In 2017, EA will try to make a more formidable offering to gamers and Star Wars fans. It’s likely that they’ll offer a more complete game that will include a beefy single player campaign, especially when you factor in EA’s critical success with Titanfall 2 (which also had its first game sans a single player mode and then added it the second time around).

*Update 4/15/17: The first Battlefront 2 trailer has hit, and there are previews popping up around the web; a lot of new information is surfacing.


Shenmue 3

Upcoming games 2017

Developer: YS Net
Publisher: Shibuya Productions
Release Date: December 2017
Platform: PS4, PC
Genre: Action Adventure

The internet absolutely lost its mind when Shenmue 3 was originally announced at last year’s E3. The game was brought to Kickstarter, and it reached its initial target of $2 million in under eight hours, becoming the fastest Kickstarter campaign to reach that amount.

The game will follow the events of Shenmue 2, with you continuing Ryo Hazuki’s story, with his father’s killer, Lan Di, and a new antagonist, Niao Sun, appearing in the game as well. We can’t wait to get more Shenmue 3 details.

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  • DARKSHATOW

    Fix your mistake on the Resident Evil 7 reveal. This is not the very first time a Resident Evil game has been in first person. It’s not that hard to do simple research.

    • Thanks for the fix. Resident Evil Survivor was a spin-off, therefore I wasn’t counting it. Simple research had been done, Mr. Smarty Pants.

  • thevaliant x

    There honestly isn’t a game in that list that I’m interested in, and I’ve been gaming since the 70’s. That’s how bad video games are in this day and age.

    • rekt 1357

      uh, dont you think you are overreacting a bit? of course the 8th gen is nothing compared to the snes and genesis days, but there is still a ton of awesome games coming out now

    • Gag

      Ah, the obligatory “today games suck, the old ones were the best” comment.

    • zainfazal3000

      Just because something is old does not make it better.

    • I’ve been gaming since the 80s and video games are far better today than they ever were before.

      • Francisco Martins

        They sure are. Since 1984 here. Actually most games from the 80s are disgusting, they barely work at all. There are exceptions of course but very little.

      • Tord Laudal

        i am two sided about it find some of todays games better in one thing then in anotherr , i feel older games has more charm, is usually harder, a more creativte plot or story , better or more unique characters, but simpler gameplay. Still either way persona 5, re 7 wich i have yet to buy, yooka-laylee etci s games i am really looking forward too.

    • jimbo701

      There not bad per se, but very repetitive. That’s what happens when corporations, instead of developers take control. Developers like to generate new concepts that may or may not make money. Corporations like proven concepts that are already making money. That’s why when a game, or a game idea is a hit (zombies for instance) you’ll see lots more games like it.

      Then there’s just the fact that many ideas are worn out. With very few exceptions games that feature orcs, elves, wizards, and the like have been overdone to death. What developers have to do is focus on an original story line. Dragon Age Inquisition had a fantastic story line and great interaction between the different NPCs. But they fucked up the first expansion when they eliminated any meaningful interaction between the characters. I was pissed that I spent so many hours trying to get Josephine in the sack (and failed) only to have her treat me like a stranger in the expansion. Talk about a let down.

    • Francisco Martins

      Yeah, and you dont masturbate to lingerie ads anymore. Doesnt mean lingerie designers suck nowadays, just that you are old and have internet. Im old too and, truth be told, the worst game on this list would still blow our minds so hard back in the 80s.

    • Matthew Pando

      you have aged out my friend

    • wat isthisshit

      You just need to look away from the AAA nonsense, it’s just re-branded old games remade and resold. Tons of awesome indy games out there, most of which are quite cheap.

    • Dog Food

      If the likes of “Nioh,” “Persona 5,” “Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” and “Red Dead Redemption 2” don’t get you excited, I’m not sure anything AAA could at this point. It sounds like you want 8 bit games and not narrative ones. That’s fine, but I wouldn’t say such a lineup speaks to it being a “bad” time for video games as much as a different time.

      Now last holiday season – that was a big letdown. This spring is when the real quality games seem to be coming out.

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  • Queen Cheng

    “Details aren’t widely available yet, but hopefully it turns out to be more than just a Quake-branded Overwatch.”

    Why? Quake 3 Arena was there before Overwatch :p

    • A valid point that Quake 3 came first, of course, but I definitely want to see something unique and new for the Quake franchise.

  • Nelson76

    Just announced, Scalebound has been cancelled :( Not 100% sure on the reasoning…

  • The Cool Gamer

    Great list you have here. Lots of games to look forward to this year. The old guy that say’s there isn’t one good game on this list needs to go back to playing pong :)
    http://CoolGamerGear.com

  • Fast Racing RMX for me and Days Gone. I know Zombies have been done to death bu that title looks really good.

    • Thanks for commenting. You know, I actually found myself thinking about Fast Racing RMX yesterday when thinking about the upcoming Switch games, and it’s definitely moving to the top of my list. I’ll have to add it into our main list here, I’m thinking!

      • Cool. I loved Neo. Still play it from time to time. Before you add it to the list you should double check that its actually coming out this year. Cause you never know.

  • Mati

    Where is Sniper Ghost Warrior 3?