55 Hottest Upcoming Games of 2018: The Ultimate List (Updated!)

Looking for the upcoming games 2018 will be giving us for the second half of the year? We’ve got you covered with the ultimate list below.

E3 2017 brought a metric ton of new game announcements for upcoming games we’re expecting to see in 2018 and 2019 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, as well as the Nintendo Switch.

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo already have some ridiculously good-looking games coming to their consoles this year, and this list of the best upcoming games of 2018 is loaded with PS4, Xbox One, and Switch exclusives.

Of course, that’s good news for us, and we’re expecting big, big things for this year’s game release calendar. 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. In fact, consider this list to be dynamic content, as it will change and evolve throughout the year.

We’re expecting to update this list after E3 2018 in a couple of weeks, so definitely bookmark and check back shortly after the show.

But for now, here are the best upcoming games of 2018 we’re looking forward to most, with more information on each below the table. Share your most anticipated game of the year in the comments!

**Update 5/12/18: Added Fallout 76, Forza Horizon 4, and some release dates.

See Also: 51 Hottest Upcoming Games of 2019

Lost Sphear

Lost Sphear Gameplay Trailer

Developer: Tokyo RPG Factory
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Platform: Switch, PS4, PC
Genre: RPG

I Am Setsuna developer Tokyo RPG Factory will release their sophomore title in early 2018, and it’s the next evolution of the JRPG golden age. The story follows Kanata, a young male adventurer who is looking for a way to eliminate the “White Fog” that is slowly destroying his hometown of Eru. The game already released in Japan back in October, where it was mostly praised by reviewers, with many saying it’s a great mix of nostalgia and fresh RPG elements.

Monster Hunter: World

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Action RPG

It’s about damn time that the Monster Hunter franchise made its way to modern consoles — get outta here, handheld versions! Everything we’ve seen from Monster Hunter: World has us excited so far, and it appears to bring the franchise into a new era. You’ll pursue massive creatures to hunt down (including massive bat things, by the way), earning better armor and badass weapons with each kill. There’s also a new grappling hook that will add a new twist to the classic formula.

It turns out that Monster Hunter World deserves to be considered one of the best PS4 games of all-time, and if you haven’t picked it up yet, we highly suggest you jump in.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Fighting Game

The upcoming 2.5D fighting game from Arc System Works is the most anticipated fighting game of 2018 so far, and it’s one that you don’t have to be a Dragon Ball fan to love. The game will take concepts from Marvel vs. Capcom where you’ll form a team with three different characters, with the player controlling one of those characters at a time. Players will be able to switch to any of their team members during battle as well as call in an Assist move. Confirmed characters so far include Android 16, Captain Ginyu, Frieza, Gohan, Goku, and more.

Shadow of the Colossus

Developer: Bluepoint
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Platforms: PS4
Genre: Adventure

The Shadow of the Colossus remake looks absolutely incredible, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it in when it releases in February 2018. Let’s hope they get rid of some of the janky animations we’ve been seeing in gameplay videos. However, we’re still looking forward to it because of how much we loved the original and the fact that the new, updated version looks visually stunning.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

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Developer: Warhorse Studios
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date: February 13, 2018
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: The 50 Best Scary Games of All-Time

The Crew 2

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Developer: Ivory Tower/Ubisoft Reflections
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: June 29, 2018
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Genre: Racing Game

If there’s one thing we can be certain of, it’s that The Crew 2 is going to have much more to do than its middling predecessor, as it will allow you to drive pretty much anything with an engine. It’ll still have the same open world driving design as the previous entry in the series, so here’s hoping the two things mesh nicely.

You can sign-up for beta access on the official website here.

Far Cry 5

Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: March 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.

*Update 3/28/18: Far Cry 5 is out now, and it’s SPECTACULAR. Critics and fans alike are raving about it.

You can buy Far Cry 5 on Amazon or at Gamestop.

Sea of Thieves

Developer: Rare
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Genre: Swashbuckling Adventure Co-Op

Microsoft’s biggest Xbox One exclusive of 2018 so far is going to be Sea of Thieves. The game revolves around pirates, where you and your fellow mates will adventure to sea for loot. You’ll not only embark on missions for said loot, but you can also take out opposing pirate crews and take their loot (like the bully you truly are) as well.

Admittedly, we were a bit up in the air about this one up until E3. But after seeing the gameplay demo, we’re all-in. Especially with the Xbox One X coming to our living rooms soon, we can’t wait to team up with our mateys for this family-friendly fun adventure.

We’ve gotten our hands on the beta, and we have to say that it’s one of the most unique new games 2018 has offered so far.

Microsoft also recently announced that if you have Xbox Game Pass, you’ll get Sea of Thieves (and any other new Microsoft Studios title) included ON LAUNCH day.

**Update 3/28/18: Sea of Thieves released to a lot of mixed opinions, with the majority of critics saying that it basically feels like an Early Access game without the Early Access tag. Bummer. Hopefully, Microsoft will be able to turn it into a full game with updates in the near future, but for now, best to skip this one.

You can pre-order Sea of Thieves on Amazon or at Gamestop.

A Way Out

Developer: Hazelight Studios
Publisher: EA
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Genre: Action-Adventure

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons director Josef Fares will release a new IP under EA titled A Way Out, an intense co-op adventure game where you and a friend take on the role of Leo and Vincent, two strangers who will work together to find a way to break out of prison and grow together beyond the prison walls. The game takes place splitscreen, so you can always see what your partner is up to.

**Update 3/28/18: A Way Out also released to tons of praise, thanks to its unique co-op system. While it is a short game that will take you no more than 8 hours, players are raving about the game’s story. You should definitely think about picking it up if you’ve got a friend to play with.

God of War

God of War upcoming games 2017

Developer: Sony Santa Monica
Release Date:
April 20, 2018

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.

State of Decay 2

Developer: Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: May 18, 2018 for Ultimate Edition, May 22 for everyone else
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.

You can pre-order State of Decay 2 on Amazon or at Gamestop.

Detroit: Become Human

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Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: May 25, 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. It’s one of the upcoming PS4 games of 2018 we’re looking forward to most.


Developer: Dontnod
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release Date: June 5, 2018
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 soon.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Spider-Man Ps4 release

Developer: Insomniac Games
Release Date:
September 7, 2018
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 now know that Marvel’s Spider-Man — as it is officially being called — is releasing on September 7, 2018. It’s on our list of the hot games of 2018.

See Also: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Everything We Know So Far

Code Vein

upcoming games 2018

Developer: Bandai Namco
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Platform: PS4, PC, Xbox One
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.

Forza Horizon 4

forza horizon 4

Developer: Playground Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Genre: Racing

I think it’s safe to say that Forza Horizon 3 is the best racing game of the generation so far, which is really all you need to be excited for Forza Horizon 4, which is set to launch in October 2018. Microsoft absolutely hit it out of the park this E3, and quite possibly their most impressive title happens to be one we were expecting – a new Forza game. So, what makes Horizon 4 so great-looking? For one, it will run entirely at 60fps on Xbox One X — a first for the Horizon series. Secondly, there will be over 450 cars available in the game at launch.

What’s more, Horizon 4 will take the series in a new, online-focused direction where the new game world — set in England, by the way — is filled with other human players. No, it isn’t an online only game, so you’re going to be able to play it solo offline if you so choose. But for those who want a more connected experience (like us here at Nerd Much?), the fact that you’ll be able to seamlessly play with friends is an intriguing promise.

And even more exciting is the fact that there will be seasons in the game, and each season will change how the game looks and plays. Ambient audio will also come into play here based on what season you’re currently in.

Also interesting is the fact that Horizon 4 will be cross-platform, meaning you’ll be able to play with your friends whether they’re on Xbox One or PC.

It’s honestly rare for us to be THIS excited about just another racing game, but Forza Horizon 4 looks to be like an absolute gem, which is why it’s on our list of the most anticipated upcoming games 2018 will bring us later this year.

Preorder Forza Horizon 4 at Gamestop or on Amazon.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: FPS

Black Ops 4 is this year’s Call of Duty, and the recent reveal has us more excited than ever. Why? One word: Blackout. Blackout is going to be Call of Duty’s take on battle royale, and it looks fantastic. On top of Blackout, there’s also a heavy emphasis on Zombies, which will be much more substantial at launch than it has been in the past.

We don’t think Blackout is actually going to launch with the rest of the game in October, but that could just be our skeptical side taking over. We’ll keep you posted.

It won’t have a single player campaign at launch either, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it as the final DLC.

You can pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on Amazon or at Gamestop.

Red Dead Redemption 2

red dead redemption 2

Developer: Rockstar Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Release Date: October 26, 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.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most anticipated upcoming open world games of 2018, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it, especially if there’s an RDR Online coming with it.

You can pre-order Red Dead 2 on Amazon or at Gamestop.

Fallout 76

fallout 76 2018

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Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Online Action RPG

At first glance, we all thought Fallout 76 was just going to be more of the same thing we got from Fallout 4. But after its big E3 info dump, that’s clearly not even close to the case. In fact, for the first time in the famed series’ history, things will be taken online in an almost MMO-like fashion (although Todd Howard was quick to stress that there will be ‘dozens’ of other players, not hundreds or thousands). Still, having an online Fallout word is definitely enough to get fans excited.

The game will be set in West Virginia and it will revolve around Vault 76, beginning on reclamation day. One of the things that was pointed out in the gameplay trailer was that the game will use new rendering and lighting technology that will provide “16 times” the detail as Fallout 4. What’s more, the world is 4x bigger than that of its predecessor.

If you’ve been following Nerd Much? for quite some time, you might remember a little post I did a few years back around the release of Fallout 4 asking “Do We Really Want to Be Alone in the Wasteland?”. And, judging by the overwhelmingly positive response, it looks like the answer to that is no. In fact, Fallout 76 immediately became one of our top 3 most anticipated upcoming games of 2018 during its E3 2018 presentation.

Preorder Fallout 76 at Gamestop or on Amazon.


Developer: Media Molecule
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: TBA 2018
Platforms: PS4
Genre: User-Generated Sandbox

Dreams is one of those games that we were starting to think would NEVER see the light of day. But luckily, late in 2017, Media Molecule and Sony announced that the PS4 exclusive would finally release in 2018. There’s no denying that Dreams looks delightfully weird, and we can’t wait to see what our readers can come up with. We’ve already seen a wide variety of different ideas shown-off, including a cake world, a snowy escape, a sci-fi robotics world, talking fruit, and more. So. Much. More.

Shenmue 3

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

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.

Days Gone

Days Gone Ps4

Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Release Date:
February 22, 2019
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 much longer to get our hands on it.

Again, sure it’s a zombie game, but we love zombie games, and this one looks like it does things a little differently.

You can pre-order Days Gone on Amazon or at Gamestop.

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, which is why it’s one of our most anticipated video games of 2018.

Overkill’s 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.”

This is one of the 2019 video games we’re looking forward to most, and we’re definitely not expecting it to release this year.

Metro: Exodus

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Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date: February 22, 2019
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. We’ll undoubtedly here more about Exodus at this year’s E3.


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Developer: Bioware
Publisher: EA
Release Date: February 22, 2019
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’.

We do know that BioWare is taking its time with this one, as to avoid the failures they’ve seen in the past with Mass Effect AndromedaSo, Anthem is one of our most anticipated games of 2019, for now.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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.


BioMutant Gameplay Trailer

Developer: Experiment 101
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Release Date: TBA 2018
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC,
Genre: Action RPG

One of the biggest surprises from this year’s Gamescom was Biomutant, an absolutely incredible-looking open world RPG. It uses the third-person perspective, giving you a full view of your raccoon-like protagonist who closely resembles the Chua race from WildStar. It’s putting out some Bastion vibes, too, having a narrator who talks at you during combat. Combat looks highly stylized, and it consists of melee attacks and long-range shooting, with the player being able to choose between a wide variety of swords and guns. Weapons can also be switched during combat.

But what’s most interesting about Biomutant is the fact that you’re going to change your character’s abilities with mutations, skill points, and the addition of bio-mechanical body parts like robotic legs, wings, claws, and more. And, in order to reach certain areas, you’ll have to use the right mutation/body part.

While it’s still early on in the life cycle of Biomutant, more details are starting to trickle out, and with every new bit of footage we’ve seen, Biomutant creeps its way into being our most anticipated game of 2018.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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Developer: Moon Studios
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: TBA 2019
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.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: January 29, 2019
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.

Preorder Kingdom Hearts 3 at Gamestop or on Amazon.

Battallion 1944

Developer: Bulkhead Interactive
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: Steam Early Access February 1
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.

The Bard’s Tale IV

bards tale 4

Developer: inXile Entertainment
Publisher: TBA
Release Date: TBA
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 game

Developer: Phoenix Labs
Publisher: TBA
Release Date: TBA
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.


Developer: Frostkeep Studios
Publisher: Frostkeep Studios
Release Date: TBA 2018
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.

Soulcalibur VI

Soulcalibur 6

Developer: Bandai Namco
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: October 19, 2018
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, and PC
Genre: Fighting Game

The next installment of the Soulcalibur franchise comes sometime in 2018 we’re told, thanks to last night’s announcement at the 2017 Game Awards. We didn’t get much information with the Soulcalibur VI announcement, but we were given a brief announcement trailer with a quick look at gameplay. We know it’ll be running on Unreal Engine 4, and the gameplay looks buttery smooth. Please, oh please, Bandai Namco, don’t screw this up for me. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about the upcoming Soulcalibur game, but know that we’re stoked for this one, and it’s one of our most anticipated games of 2018.

Quake Champions

Developer: iD Software
Release Date:
TBA (Available in Early Access Now)
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, and it will likely be one of the new games 2018 pc players will LOVE.


below xbox one

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

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

Developer: CI Games
Publisher: CI Games
Release Date: TBA
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 2018.

The Last of Us: Part 2

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure

Obviously, we’re stoked for The Last of Us: Part 2, which will puck up five years after where we left off, following Joel and Ellie. Of course, we don’t know much at this point, as it’s still early-on. However, we’re hoping to see the game release in late 2018, fingers crossed, but it seems unlikely at this point. Still, we can’t wait to see what’s next for Joel and Ellie.

Concrete Genie

Developer: Pixelopus
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure

One of the most interesting and unique-looking games to come out of Paris Games Week is the PS4 exclusive Concrete Geniewhich looks like a sort of game for the creative crowd. The story will apparently tell the tale of a boy named Ash who is defending against bullying through street art, and the trailer we saw for it looked incredibly brilliant. Check out Engadget’s recap of the trailer for more info.

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**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 2018 or 2019 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 2018 games are announced, it will be updated and possibly expanded if it’s warranted.**

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