50 Best Upcoming Games of 2017 & 2018: The Ultimate List

So much to play, so little time.

**Update 6/22/17: The Destiny 2 release date has changed.

—–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 the top 50 best upcoming games of 2017 and 2018 to look forward to, with more information on each below the table. Share your most anticipated game of the year in the comments!

GamePlatform(s)Release Date
Ever OasisNintendo 3DSJune 23, 2017
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane TrilogyPS4June 30, 2017
Splatoon 2Nintendo SwitchJuly 21, 2017
Hellblade: Senua's SacrificePS4, PCAugust 8, 2017
Uncharted: The Lost LegacyPS4August 22, 2017
Destiny 2PS4, Xbox One, PCSeptember 8, 2017
Marvel vs. Capcom: InfinitePS4, Xbox One, PCSeptember 19, 2017
Project Cars 2PS4, Xbox One, PCSeptember 22, 2017
CupheadXbox One, PCSeptember 29, 2017
Middle-earth: Shadow of WarPS4, Xbox One, PCOctober 10, 2017
The Evil Within 2PS4, Xbox One, PCOctober 13, 2017
ElexPS4, Xbox One, PCOctober 17, 2017
South Park: The Fractured But WholePS4, Xbox One, PCOctober 17, 2017
Assassin's Creed: OriginsPS4, Xbox One, PCOctober 27, 2017
Super Mario OdysseyNintendo SwitchOctober 27, 2017
Wolfenstein II: The New ColossusPS4, Xbox One, PCOctober 27, 2017
Call of Duty: WWIIPS4, Xbox One, PCNovember 2, 2017
Star Wars Battlefront 2PS4, Xbox One, PCNovember 17, 2017
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo SwitchNovember 17, 2017
RendPCTBA 2017
Batallion 1944PS4, Xbox One, PCTBA 2017
VampyrPS4, Xbox One, PCTBA 2017
Overkill's The Walking DeadPS4, Xbox One, PCTBA 2017
PyrePS4, PCTBA 2017
Quake ChampionsPCTBA 2017
Insomniac's Spider-Man GamePS4TBA 2018
BelowXbox One, PCTBA 2017
Lords of the Fallen 2TBATBA 2017
Kingdom Come: DeliverancePS4, Xbox One, PC, MacTBA 2017
LawBreakersPCAugust 8, 2017
Detroit: Become HumanPS4TBA 2018
The Bard's Tale IVPC, MacFall 2017
AbsolverPS4, Xbox One, PCTBA 2017
Far Cry 5PS4, Xbox One, PCFebruary 27, 2018
State of Decay 2PS4, Xbox One, PCTBA Spring 2018
Red Dead Redemption 2PS4, Xbox OneSpring 2018
God of WarPS4Early 2018
DauntlessPCTBA 2018
Darksiders 3PS4, Xbox One, PCTBA 2018
Bloodstained: Ritual of the NightPS4, Xbox One, PC, Vita, Nintendo SwitchTBA 2018
Death StrandingPS4TBA 2018
Code VeinTBATBA 2018
Visceral's Star Wars GameTBATBA 2018
Shenmue 3PS4, PCSecond Half 2018
AnthemPS4, Xbox One, PCFall 2018
Days GonePS4TBA 2018
Ori and the Will of the WispsXbox One, PCTBA

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ARMS

nintendo switch arms

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Genre: 
Fighting

Nintendo’s upcoming fighting game for the Nintendo Switch, ARMS, looks absolutely bonkers — in a good way. It’s a wild idea, and unlike anything Nintendo has done in the past, and we think it’s going to be a huge hit with those who own a Switch.

With a unique cast of characters to choose from, you’ll use the Joy-Cons to toss and curve your punches while dodging incoming fists from your opponent. The arenas you’ll fight in also have unique obstacles like columns and trampolines that can send your fights aerial. What’s more, you’re able to deck your character out with unique arms that have special weapons, some are slow and do lots of damage while others are fast but not as powerful. It gives the game a unique way to strategize against your opponents.

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.


Ever Oasis

ever oasis release date

Developer: Grezzo
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Genre: Action Adventure RPG

By the looks of things, the Nintendo 3DS is going to be making its way out in 2017 (which would make sense so that Nintendo can make room for the Switch in the hearts of its fans). With not a lot of 3DS games coming in 2017 — at least that we know right now — there is ONE that has caught our eye: Ever Oasis.

Ever Oasis made its debut at E3 2016, and we don’t know much about it just yet.

We do know that it will follow the story of Tethu, a young seedling who is tasked with creating a village in the middle of the desert that will serve as her homebase to use while finding her brother who has been “spirited away by the forces of Chaos”.

We know that Tethu can either be played as a male or female character (we’re not sure if the brother changes gender depending on the option you choose). But, the game looks endearing, and given the fact that it’s pretty much the only 3DS game we have to look forward to in 2017, we’re anxiously awaiting its release.


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).v

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.


Pyre

Pyre release date

Developer: Supergiant Games
Publisher: Supergiant Games
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Platforms: PC, PS4
Genre: Action RPG

Supergiant Games has a couple of great games under their belt with Bastion and Transistor, and that’s the main reason we’re excited for Pyre, their upcoming 2017 game. Pyre will be a high fantasy game that, according to IGN, is a “poetic, 4th-wall-breaking adventure.” You’ll level up three heroes, each with their own skill trees and battles occurring from the same overhead perspective as the developer’s previous titles.

The encounters are all based around a glowing orb that’s placed in the center of a map, and two pyres on either end that you want to defend and attack. You’ll attempt to grab that beautifully glowing orb and send it into your opponent’s goal. Each character in the match is moved one at a time.


Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

hellblade release date

Developer: Ninja Theory
Publisher: Ninja Theory
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4, PC
Genre: Action Adventure

We were honestly thankful that Ninja Theory decided to delay Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice into 2017, because it’s the right decision — and a tough one to make. That just goes to show the dedication that Ninja Theory has in making this a great game.

So, what is Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice? It’s a game based on Celtic mythology that circles around Senua, who begins a journey through the hellish underworld that’s, basically, built by her own design — her own fears and reality. It’s being developed by an indie studio but with AAA quality in mind, and the dev team recently noted that it’s already playable in its entirety, and now they’re just working to tweak it and refine it. The footage we’ve seen so far looks absolutely incredible, and Senua looks like a protagonist that we can certainly care about.


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.


Absolver

absolver game

Developer: Sloclap
Publisher: Devolver
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac
Genre: Multiplayer Action RPG Fighting Game (is that a thing?)

Absolver definitely has a unique-look, and that’s what is most immediately noticeable about the game. It’s an action RPG based on martial arts fighting where players will customize their own fighting moves set. There are four different fighting stances during combat, with each stance having two attacks.

It looks like an incredibly deep fighting game with a lot of potential for great moments. After having played For Honor, it’s clear that this sort of melee-based combat can work in a fighting game, and it looks to be an even deeper 1v1 duel-based game. Here’s to hoping it’s as formidable as it looks on the surface.


Destiny 2

Destiny 2

Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: September 6, 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, Xbox One, PC
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.

Check out everything we know about Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite here.


Project CARS 2

Project Cars 2

Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Racing

Earlier this week, we found out that Project CARS 2, the sequel to the highly-rated and critically acclaimed Project CARS, will release in fall 2017. To be a bit more specific, we’re told via the official forums that the game is coming “Septemberish”. The new game will be much more inclusive, with “none of the famous brands” missing from the upcoming racing game. We’re told that we’ll hear more very soon. As it stands right now, Project CARS 2 is the only new racing game we’re excited about in 2017.

We recently learned that Project Cars 2 will support 12K resolution (3 4K monitors working together), and it’s shaping up to have over 170 cars and over 60 tracks.


Middle-earth: Shadow of War

shadow of war

Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Release Date: October 10, 2017 (U.S.)
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.


The Evil Within 2

Developer: Tango Gameworks
Publisher: Bethesda
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Horror

Bethesda debuted a brand new cinematic trailer for The Evil Within 2 at E3 2017, and not only did we get a good look at the game’s story, but also an actual release date! Boom! In TEW2, you’ll have to save Lily, your daughter. Aside from that tidbit, we got a look at some of the general spookiness and in-game characters that the upcoming horror game will have to offer. Bethesda’s horror sequel will hit on Friday the 13th in October for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.


South Park: The Fractured But Whole

fractured but whole

Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

We were just as disappointed as you were when South Park: the Fractured But Whole was delayed out of December into early 2017, and we’re surprised that here we are in November, and still no solid release date. Still, what we’ve seen from the new South Park game so far looks brilliant. Instead of the fantasy RPG theme of The Stick of Truth, the new game will follow superhero tropes, allowing you to become your own superhero. Awesome.

I’ll also note that Matt Stone and Trey Parker have been vocal about their resistance to chopping the game up to create DLC, but they will, instead, likely add extra scenes down the line. For now, be prepared for what’s likely to become the quintessential fart joke game when it hits in 2017.

Unfortunately, The Fractured But Whole has been delayed yet again, so we’re expecting it at some point in the later half of the year. Here’s to hoping that it can stay on our list of 2017 games and it doesn’t enter development hell.


Elex

elex scifi game

Developer: Piranha Bytes
Publisher: THQ
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Action RPG

What is Elex? Well, it’s an upcoming open world, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi & fantasy-themed game from Piranha Bytes (who you might know from their Risen series). It’s set on Magalan, a planet that was just hit with a massive meteor that caused the planet to now be in ruins. Now, the planet is in turmoil, and those who survive have to battle to survive against various factions, all of which have their own ideas about what Magalan should be.

But that’s not all, of course. Inside the meteor that crashed into the planet lies an element named ELEX, a limited resource that can power machines, grant magical powers and create new life. In Elex, you’ll play the role of a man who uses ELEX as a drug of sorts to rid himself of emotion so that he can make decisions based on logic alone. You’ll follow him as he begins having withdrawal symptoms, and as he experiences his emotions for the first time ever.

The game is set to release on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC at on October 17, 2017.


Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Genre: Open World Adventure

Assassin’s Creed: Origins will bring the series to Egpyt, adding in some RPG elements and some new gameplay mechanics (one of which is similar to Mark of Kri‘s eagle mechanic). The game will release in October 2017, and hopefully, it’ll release without any performance hiccups.


Super Mario Odyssey

Mario Odyssey

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Platform: Nintendo Switch

One of the big takeaways from the October Nintendo Switch announcement was an interesting unannounced 3D Mario Switch game that appeared to place Mario in a corridored open world, which we’re speculating will be similar in vein to Super Mario 64. It was only a brief glimpse of gameplay, but what was shown looks so good…so. good.

Last night, during the big Nintendo Switch blowout, big red revealed that the game is actually called Super Mario Odyssey, and it definitely looks to be heavily inspired by Super Mario 64 — Nintendo even mentioned Mario 64 during the announcement. It will be set in a real-esque world, with Mario traveling to new lands never before seen. What’s more, he now has a sentient hat (we don’t know its name yet).

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Developer: Bethesda
Publisher: Bethesda
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Shooter

On top of revealing The Evil Within 2 with an October release date, Bethesda also revealed Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and its October release date at this year’s E3 — the second big release for the publisher in October. The new trailer shows that the story will focus on fighting off the Nazi takeover of America, and it’s clear that Bethesda has taken the series a step in the right direction as far as cinematics are concerned. We look forward to delving into these characters more and see how BJ Blazkowicz will fight off the onslaught.


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.

Call of Duty 2017 has been officially revealed, and we now know that it’s going to be titled Call of Duty: WWII. You’ll take on the role of American Private Ronald “Red” Daniels of the US 1st Infantry Division as they breach the shores of Normandy. The gameplay will take CoD back to its roots with boots on the ground combat, meaning there won’t be any damn exo suits.

Zombie mode has also been officially teased, although we don’t have any details about it just yet.


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

lego marvel super heroes 2

Developer: 
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch (later date)
Genre: LEGO Open World

The follow-up to the original (and generally well-received) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes comes #2, which will have a wide range of heroes and villaisn from various different eras and timelines. The game will be set in various real-life locations, including New York City in 2099, ancient Egypt, and the Old West, and places only found in marvel Comics lore, like Sakaar. So far, Spider-Man 2099, Cowboy Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, and the Guardians of the Galaxy have been confirmed. More info to come soon, but it’s definitely one to keep on your radar.


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.


Vampyr

Vampyr Game 2017

Developer: Dontnod
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release Date: November 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Action RPG

My love for Dontnod started with Remember Me, what I consider to be a criminally underappreciated game. Their next game, Life is Strange, is a critically-acclaimed masterpiece — a game that we loved here at Nerd Much, as well.

But now, Dontnod is working on their next game, which appears to be much darker. It’s called Vampyr, and it revolves around a vampire doctor (named Jonathan E. Reid) who is forced to come to terms with his undead condition. He’ll battle his own demons as he struggles to fight his need to abide by the Hippocratic Oath when all he wants to do is throw back some shots of blood.

Dontnod notes that it’s entirely possible to complete the game without taking a single life. And, it’s interestingly set in 1918 London during a Spanish flu pandemic. So, there’s that.

According to IGN, no decision you’ll be presented with will be definitively good or evil, and it appears there will be some interesting moral dilemmas.

We’re anxiously awaiting some Vampyr gameplay footage, and hopefully, we’ll get some (and a release date) soon; we want it before E3 2017, too.


Batallion 1944

Battallion 1944 release date

Developer: Bulkhead Interactive
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: TBA 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.


Rend

rend game

Developer: Frostkeep Studios
Publisher: Frostkeep Studios
Release Date: TBA 2017 (Early Access Spring 2017)
Platform: PC
Genre: Fantasy Survival Multiplayer Shooter

Just when you thought you might be out of the MMO genre for good, following the trend of disappointing release after disappointing release, a new game is announced. What happens when you bring together a former World of Warcraft dev, a former WildStar dev, and a former League of Legends dev? You get Rend, and out of all of the games on this list, it’s at the top of our list right now.

Today, Rend was announced, and it’s being described as a survival game that takes the sort of RPG progression you see with WoW and the competitiveness of League of Legends and adds survival elements into the mix. There will be three factions competing against one another in a 20v20v20 war. But before your eyes roll to the back of your head because we’re getting another Early Access survival game, Rend has some unique ideas. Cool weapons and a pleasing aesthetic also help to make Rend a game we’re incredibly excited to try out when it hits Early Access in the Spring.


Quake Champions

Quake Champions

Developer: iD Software
Publisher: 
Bethesda
Release Date:
TBA
Platform: 
PC
Genre: 
Arena Shooter (possibly hero)

We’ve all been waiting for Quake to make its return to kick ass in the FPS genre, and now iD Software and Bethesda are ready to make that happen with Quake Champions. Strangely enough, the game was only announced for PC, but the devs have already said that they aren’t ruling out a console outing for the game. The game will feature a large roster of playable characters, each of which has their own unique skills — similar to Overwatch. Details aren’t widely available yet, but hopefully it turns out to be more than just a Quake-branded Overwatch.

Unfortunately, we haven’t heard much more about Quake Champions since its initial announcement. Hopefully, we’ll get some new information about the 2017 game soon.

**It was just officially announced that Quake Champions will be free-to-play, with a buy-all option.

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Insomniac’s Spider-Man Game

Spider-Man Ps4 release

Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: 
Sony
Release Date:
TBA 2018
Platform: 
PS4
Genre: 
Superhero Adventure

We’ve been waiting for Spidey to swing back into our lives with a proper, quality game, because it’s been awhile since we’ve been able to actually enjoy a Spider-Man game (not that many haven’t tried to win us over). So, Sony orchestrated a team-up between Marvel and Insomniac Games (Ratchet & Clank) for a new as-yet-to-be-titled Spider-Man game, exclusively for PS4.

We don’t have a release date for the game just yet, but given the fact that we don’t even have a proper name for it, and Amazon’s placeholder is set to 2017, we’re going to tentatively suggest it’s going to be a 2017 release.

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 Days Gone

Days Gone Ps4

Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Publisher:
Sony
Release Date:
TBA (Recently rumored for August 2017)
Platform: 
PS4
Genre:
Zombie third person shooter

I think a lot of people are sleeping on Days Gone following its E3 debut, simply because it’s another zombie game. However, it appears to be an attempt at making the ultimate zombie game with a realistic tone, as we saw in the Days Gone gameplay demo. There’s not going to be some random kid following you around, you’re not going to have to save the day, and by the looks of it, your only goal is your own survival.

The gameplay we’ve seen so far has some interesting highlights, such as the sheer number of zombies on screen, and the fact that Deacon, the protagonist, decides to leave a man to die so that he, himself, can live. We’re anxiously awaiting more soon, and, hopefully, we don’t have to wait until Fall 2017 to get our hands on it.

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God of War

God of War upcoming games 2017

Developer: Sony Santa Monica
Publisher:
Sony
Release Date:
Early 2018
Platform: 
PS4
Genre:
 Action-Adventure

Kratos’s return was possibly the most interesting E3 2016 traileras it completely changes what we thought we knew about Kratos and God of War as a franchise. Now, we’re entering into Norse mythology, and Kratos has taken on a sort of father figure role, similar to how Joel took Ellie under his wing.

There appears to be some mystical elements in the game as well, as we see frost magic, deer with sparkling antlers, and volcanic-looking beasts. By the end of the demo, we were nearly in tears, as Kratos helped the boy push his knife into that deer, and we can’t wait to see what sort of emotional and action-packed journey the new God of War takes us on. We’re pretty sure it won’t actually make it into 2017, but you know, just in case.


Cuphead

new xbox games 2017

Developer: Studio MDHR
Publisher: Studio MDHR
Release Date: September 29, 2017
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 2017.

The game was originally slated for 2016, but it moved away from the boss-battle only formula that was originally presented and, apparently, it’s going to be a full-fledged side-scroller experience. Studio MDHR has been super quiet about Cuphead for awhile, but we’re hoping to get an update on its progress soon.

See Also:
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Below

below xbox one

Developer: Capybara Games
Platform: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA 2017

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.


Lords of the Fallen 2

upcoming games 2017

Developer: CI Games
Publisher: CI Games
Release Date: TBA 2017
Platforms: TBA
Genre: RPG

The first Lords of the Fallen was only slightly above average, admittedly. It had an almost Dark Souls feel to it, but not nearly as difficult. It was a good game, but it wasn’t great, and we’re hoping with the second game in the franchise, CI Games can bring the franchise to greatness. The company intends to reach a wider audience by building a richer story and a more robust fighting system.

Their goal is to bring something fresh to the RPG genre, and we’re not exactly sure how they can do that, but we’re interested in finding out exactly what sort of changes will come in Lords of the Fallen 2.

It appears as though Lords of the Fallen 2 has entered development hell, after losing its producer, and we haven’t been given an official update on the game’s progress since. Bummer. Hopefully, we’ll still see it by the end of 2017.


Kingdom Come: Deliverance

kingdom come deliverance 2017

Developer: Warhorse Studios
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date: TBA 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac
Genre: Medieval RPG

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an upcoming first-person RPG set in medieval Europe (modern-day Czech Republic), beginning in the year 1403. You’ll play the role of a blacksmith’s son, whose family was just killed by invading forces. You’ll seek revenge, striving to restore the rightful ruler to the throne and bring order back to the land. It’s created in Cry Engine 4, and it looks absolutely gorgeous.

It’s not an RPG that relies on fantasy tropes, but instead, focuses on realistic combat. It’s also set in a massive open world of 16 square KM, serving as a sandbox playground for players. Inside that world, you’ll find some impressive features, including dynamic weather. Of course, there will be crafting, skills to learn, and deep role-playing.

Our only concern at the moment is if it can hold a steady framerate, as the footage we’ve seen so far tends to be a bit shaky. Kingdom Come is expected to release at some point in 2017, and we’re definitely going to follow its release here at Nerd Much?.

See Also:
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LawBreakers

Lawbreakers game

Developer: Boss Key Productions
Publisher: Nexon
Release Date: TBA 2017
Platforms: PC
Genre: First-Person Arena Shooter

We’ve been following Boss Key Productions’ every move ever since they announced LawBreakers, the upcoming first-person arena shooter. No, it’s not another Overwatch, and CEO Cliff Bleszinski and his crew has made it clear that they’re going for a much more hardcore approach to the arena shooter genre. There’s much more of an emphasis on movement abilities and the ability to control gravity.

It’s more frantic, bloodier, and badassier than anything we’ve seen in the genre yet, which is why we can’t wait to jump in again. Boss Key has confirmed with us that the game is coming at some point in 2017 still, so stay tuned for more updates. For more on LawBreakers, check out our interview with Cliff Bleszinski.


 Detroit: Become Human

Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: TBA 2018
Platforms: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure Story-driven Game

One of the most exciting PlayStation 4 exclusives on the horizon is Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream, makers of such story-driven games like Fahrenheit, Heavy Rain, and Beyond: Two Souls. The game is written by David Cage, and the studio built an entirely new engine to complement the game’s ambitious cinematic view.

It’ll be played from an over-the-shoulder third-person perspective, with players controlling multiple playable characters as they progress through the story. The game will follow Kara, a newly created android with artificial consciousness who gets a taste of what it’s like to live among humans as she tries to find her place in the world.

The game looks incredible, and we’ll likely hear more about it at E3 2017 during Sony’s conference.


The Bard’s Tale IV

bards tale 4

Developer: inXile Entertainment
Publisher: TBA
Release Date: October 2017
Platform: PC, Linux, Mac
Genre: Dungeon Crawler RPG

Want to be really excited about The Bard’s Tale‘s 4th outing? Check out this in-engine videowhich showcases unparalleled graphics that we can expect to see in the upcoming dungeon crawler. The Bard’s Tale IV is the product of a successful Kickstarter by inXile Entertainment, which is, of course, only possible because of the success of the prior games in the franchise before it. We all have fond memories of the original, and it remains one of the funniest video games we’ve played to date.

It’s a franchise with a lot of personality, and we’re truly hoping The Bard’s Tale IV releases in 2017.


Dauntless

Developer: Phoenix Labs
Publisher: TBA
Release Date: TBA 2017
Platform: PC
Genre: Action

Looking for Monster Hunter on PC? Well, you’re never going to get it. However, it looks like Dauntless is going to be a close second. It’s an upcoming free to play game that’s currently slated for PC for release in Fall 2017.

Dauntless is set in a fantasy world where a cataclysmic event has released dinosaur-like Behemoths that prey on humans who survived the event. Players will become Slayers, who will take down Behemoths to collect loot, complete with crafting and upgrading mechanics for weapons and equipment. The game is being created by former Riot devs Jesse Houston, Sean Bender and Robin Mayne, and the development team also includes a plethora of talent from the links of former BioWare, Capcom, and Blizzard developers.

For now, we’re mostly curious about just how big the game is going to be, as we’re not sure if it’s going for an MMO-like approach or more of a co-op game. Time will only tell, but for now, we have some sweet gameplay to chew on.


Upcoming Games 2018

We’re not even halfway through 2017, and we already know some of the big games of 2018. And with E3 2017 right around the corner, we’re bound to have a massive influx of new titles announced for next year. So, like the list above, expect numerous new video games to be added in the next couple of months to solidify the 2018 calendar.

Far Cry 5

far cry 5 setting

Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Genre: FPS Adventure

Ubisoft has finally officially unveiled Far Cry 5’s existence, and we now know that it’s going to be set in Montana — right here in the U.S.. The Far Cry 5 setting might be a bit controversial, but we think it’s an intriguing place for the series to go. We don’t know much yet, but we can expect hunting bears, coyotes, rabbits, and the like will be part of it. More importantly, we can expect a heavy heaping of the over-the-top action that the franchise is known for.


Red Dead Redemption 2

red dead redemption 2

Developer: Rockstar Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Release Date: Spring 2018
Platform: PS4, Xbox One

A major part of 2016 for gaming news journalists was sorting through Red Dead Redemption 2 rumors and leaks, as there were more than even we can count (and we’d like to think we can count pretty high). Finally, Rockstar blessed us with a Red Dead Redemption 2 teaser on the same day that the Switch was announced.

We don’t have much along the lines of details just yet, but the teaser showed seven cowboys on the horizon, alluding to a possible multiple story angle, similar to Grand Theft Auto V. That’s just speculation at this point, although we know that there will also be a Red Dead Online. We’ll update as we learn more, but honestly, Rockstar could give us no details until the release date and we’d still buy RDR2.


Shenmue 3

Upcoming games 2017

Developer: YS Net
Publisher: Shibuya Productions
Release Date: Second Half of 2018
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.


Darksiders 3

Darksiders III

Developer: Gunfire Games
Publisher: THQ
Release Date: TBA 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Action Adventure

After fearing the game would never be made due to THQ’s yard sale a few years ago, we had all lost hope regarding the future of the Darksiders franchise. However, it has recently been confirmed that Darksiders 3 is in development by Gunfire Games (they were the ones who developed the Deathinitive Edition of Darksiders 2.

We already have a fair amount of details regarding the new Darksiders game, including the fact that it will actually star a female protagonist named Fury (who looks rather badass, we might add). She uses a cool-looking whip to slay those who stand before, and we can’t wait to find out what her journey will hold. Here’s to hoping it runs at a full 60fps. We only have a cinematic debut trailer for now, but stay tuned for some gameplay.


Death Stranding

Death Stranding Game

Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: TBA (Likely 2018)
Platform: PS4
Genre: Action Game

Hideo Kojima’s first game after Konami is titled Death Stranding, and it has already stolen the hearts of PlayStation fans around the world. With each cryptic trailer and footage we’ve seen, we’ve gotten just a little bit more of information revealed. At this point, we have no idea what the hell is going on. Norman Reedus crying holding a baby, Mads Mikkelsen being creepy as hell, and odd imagery is pretty much all we know. But when you pair that with the fact that it hails from Hideo Kojima, and that’s plenty enough to be excited about.

We don’t have a Death Stranding release date just yet, but we firmly believe it’ll release in Fall 2018.


Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Overkill The Walking Dead

Developer: Overkill
Publisher: Starbreeze, 505 Games
Release Date: TBA 2018
Platforms: PS4, PC, Xbox One
Genre: Co-Op Action Game, Multiplayer

Licensed games typically don’t do anything but frustrate fans. But, somehow, Overkill’s The Walking Dead has still piqued our interest. It’s probably because Survival Instinct was such an incredibly awful Walking Dead game that we are so excited to see what Overkill can do with the franchise license. Being that it stems from the same company behind the

Being that it stems from the same company behind the PayDay franchise, we’re fully expecting this game to be formidable. What’s more, TWD creator Robert Kirkman is involved with the project, and he says “this is the Walking Dead co-op action game fans have been waiting for.” We’ll see about that in the second half of 2017 when the game is slated for release.


Code Vein

upcoming games 2018

Developer: Bandai Namco
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: TBA 2018
Platform: TBA
Genre: Action Adventure

Code Vein appears to be a mixed bag at this point. While it’s a cool concept — an anime-inspired vampire-themed Dark Souls — we’re concerned about its art style and graphics; it has an Xbox 360-feel to it with those overly shiny graphics. It’s super early on in development, so if Bandai can smooth that out, it’s quite possible Code Vein ends up being a great game. For now, it’s tentatively one of our most anticipated games of 2018.


Kingdom Hearts 3

Rumor: Kingdom Hearts 3 To Debut Trailer At E3 2017

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: TBA
Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Action RPG

The third mainline Kingdom Hearts game, properly named Kingdom Hearts 3, will officially be the franchise’s 12th installment. It’s set after Kingdom Hearts 3D, where Sora and his Disney pals will search for the seven guardians of light and the Key to Return Hearts. The game will bring Sora to new Disney worlds in-game. We currently have the game tentatively slated for 2018, as a new rumor suggests that it’s the case (and that we’ll be getting a new trailer for it at this year’s E3). Here’s to hoping the game doesn’t see any more delays, but for now, it’s one of our most anticipated games of next year.


State of Decay 2

Top games 2017

Developer: Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: Spring 2018
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Genre: Zombie Survival

If you missed the first State of Decay game, you missed out on one of the best zombie games of all-time. In 2017, developer Undead Labs is scheduled to release its follow-up, State of Decay 2. This morning, some new information surfaced over at IGN about the size of the game world and four player co-op, and now we’re more excited than we were when it was originally announced at E3 2016.

We’re starting to grow mildly concerned that we won’t actually see SoD2 in 2017, since, you know, all we have so far are concept shots. But, conceptually, State of Decay 2 appears to be the type of co-op zombie-slaying experience we’ve been waiting for, and hopefully, we’ll learn more about the game soon. For now, just know that it’s on the way.


Visceral’s Star Wars Game

Developer: Visceral
Publisher: EA
Release Date: TBA 2018
Platform: TBA
Genre: Action Adventure

While we don’t have anything concrete, we know that former Naughty Dog developer Amy Hennig moved to EA and began working on a Star Wars project for Visceral. The game doesn’t even have an official title just yet, but we’re expecting to hear more at this year’s EA conference at E3. Still, the fact that it’s a Star Wars game is enough to make it one of our most anticipated upcoming games of 2018.


Metro: Exodus

Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date: TBA 2018
Platform: Ps4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Action Adventure

Metro Exodus made its debut at E3 2017, and although we don’t have any of the gritty details just yet, we do know that it’s going to have a big open world.


Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Developer: Moon Studios
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: TBA
Platform: Xbox One, PC
Genre: Metroidvania

Ori & the Blind Forest 2 is officially named Ori And the Will of the Wisps, and it made its debut at E3 2017. More information to come, but for now, know that it’s on the way for Xbox One and PC.


Anthem

Developer: Bioware
Publisher: EA
Release Date: TBA Fall 2018
Platform: Xbox One, PC, PS4
Genre: Shooter

The project previously known as Dylan is actually titled Anthem, and it appears to be in the same vein as Destiny 2. It’s being called a shared-world action-RPG, and you’ll team up with friends to explore a landscape of ‘primeval beauty’.


Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

upcoming games 2017

Developer: Inti Creates
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date: March 2017 TBA 2018
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, Vita, Mac, Switch
Genre: Metroidvania

Former Castlevania series produce Koji Igarashi has created the franchise’s spiritual successor, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which raised over $5.5 million with its Kickstarter campaign. It’s much more colorful than anything Castlevania ever saw, but that’s part of its appeal. What’s more, it will utilize Unreal Engine 4, so we’re fully expecting a beautiful-looking game.

Unfortunately, Bloodstained has been pushed out of 2017, and we aren’t getting it until 2018.


**I’ll note that there are plenty of other games that we know about and that we’re looking forward to. However, many of them might not even make it into 2017 or 2018 for a release, so they’re not included on this list (for example, Cyberpunk 2077). Let’s also not forget that this is a dynamic list, and as new 2017 games are announced, it will be updated and possibly expanded if it’s warranted.**

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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.

    • Brian Clark
  • Hi bro nice but you miss some games check this out
    The most top 10 ps4 and pc games of 2018- 2017
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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?