RPGs, shooters, revivals of classic franchises, narrative-driven indie games...there’s a little something for everyone coming in 2017. As we enter into a new year, let’s take a look at everything coming to a wide range of platforms this year.
Mass Effect Andromeda
The new chapter in BioWare’s sci-fi space opera, Mass Effect Andromeda takes us along with a crew of explorers to an entirely new galaxy in hopes of finding a new place to populate. New planets, new characters, and new stories await, and we couldn’t be more excited.
A multiplayer brawler of sorts, Absolver utilizes real world combat techniques in an epic test of will set in a beautifully stylized world.
Agents of Mayhem
Taking the craziness of Saints Row and turning it up a notch, Agents of Mayhem tosses you in an open world will all manner of crazy abilities and an outlandish fight of good versus evil.
Crash is returning in full HD glory as the original trilogy of games get a new polish and release on the PlayStation 4. It's shaping up to be a nice remaster for the looks of it, and with any luck it'll lead to more Crash games in the future.
Savage, deliberate, and detailed, For Honor puts the best of the world’s fabled warriors against each other in epic multiplayer fights with complex combat and intense matches.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Technology and prehistory collide in this visually stunning game coming exclusively to the PS4. Developed by Guerrilla Games, this ation game stars a young woman as she interacts with the bizarre technology around her and interacting with the different tribes in the world.
The epic superhero fighting game returns next year, with a host of new features, heroes, and costume designs.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
A stunning Zelda game set in a sweeping open world, Breath of the Wild expands the Zelda formula by implementing new mechanics, ideas, and a beautiful art style. It's the first console Zelda in several years, and with a debut on both the Wii U and the Switch, it is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated games in 2017.
The long-running cult JRPG franchise returns in its full glory with this brand-new installment, bringing with it an all-new story, characters, and opportunities.
A game with a rocky history of delays and cancellations, Prey is an intense sci-fi shooter in which you play as a person undergoing testing and developing strange abilities. It may not be the sci-fi epic we were promised with the late Prey 2, but it still looks like a nice blend of FPS and light horror.
Resident Evil 7
Ride and fight with dragons, all while listening to an epic playlist of music. That’s the gist of Scalebound, the latest from developer Platinum Games, it’s hardly surprising to see something bizarre coming out of there, and we can’t wait to learn more.
Sea of Thieves
Rare is making a return to their own original IPs with Sea of Thieves, a multiplayer pirate game in which players compete with each other to dominate the high seas.
The crew behind narrative-driven indie darling Gone Home has created a wholly new experience, this time taking place on a space station and mixing in more sci-fi elements than its grounded predecessor.
Old rivalries and family gripes are explored in Tekken 7, an all-new installment in the long-running classic 3D fighter series.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Ghost Recon gets into the drug game in Wildlands, tasking a group of operatives with tackling a cocaine ring in Bolivia. Tactical shooting meets cooperative play in this latest entry in Tom Clancy’s classic series.
A reborn Banjo-Kazooie of sorts, Yooka-Laylee is a bright, brilliant platformer with a lot of elements that make it both fun and endearing.
We’re not exactly sure if or when Shenmue 3 is coming, but it remains a hotly anticipated game among a core community of Shenmue fans who helped it become a reality thanks to successful crowdfunding. Here’s to hoping we learn more this year.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
The famous madcap fighting game franchise Marvel vs. Capcom returns with Infinite, bringing with it a handful of new characters and features to set it apart from its predecessors.
The latest from Dontnod Entertainment, Vampyr is an action role-playing game about vampires with a dark atmosphere and a great deal of potential.
A tactical multiplayer shooter, Battalion 1944 returns to World War II with a grain of realism to create a dynamic, challenging experience.
State of Decay 2
The surprise apocalyptic hit originally debuting on Xbox 360 returns for a brand new sequel in State of Decay 2, giving us an entirely new take on the zombie apocalypse.
The latest from Supergiant Games is a unique mix of narrative and sport, featuring an Aztec motif and a gripping story with a dose of style.
The return of Quake on PC via Quake Champions is just one of many recent revivals of classic shooter franchises being given an entirely new life in 2016/2017. Being that this site’s humble beginnings started with Quake, we’re definitely eager to learn more.
Insomniac has a long history of making great action games filled with fluid animation and fun mechanics, so we have high hopes for their Spider-Man game coming in 2017.
Halo Wars 2
The surprisingly solid console RTS got a surprising sequel announcement during E3, and we’re anxious to learn more about it in the coming months.
Using the visual tech of the PS4, Days Gone is a zombie game in which one lone biker has to fight back against vicious hordes of zombies piling over each other in a nightmarish attempt to devour your brains. While some of its premise seems a bit tired in this world made up of post-apocalypse fatigue, there's enough of an interesting technical exploit that may show some new sides of the PS4's capability.
God of War
A new setting and a new take on the mythology sees God of War taking place in a Norse setting, giving Kratos a massive beard and a host of brand new mythological enemies to fight. Related: Kratos also has a son to take care of, which may pave the way for some interesting--dare I say...tender--moments.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
South Park returns with The Fractured But Whole, a game poking fun at superheroes and Superhero iconography. Originally meant to release in late 2016, it was pushed back slightly into 2017, so we thankfully won’t have to wait to long for it.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games’ follow-up to one of their most popular games, Red Dead Redemption 2 takes us back to the Wild West and gives us an all-new look at some of the conflict taking place on the frontier. We’re still waiting to learn more about it, but its debut trailer gave us a glimpse at a gorgeous open world.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Expanding on the formula created by Star Wars Battlefront, Battlefront 2 will introduce a number of new elements, including the long-awaited single-player campaign. We recently sat down and brainstormed a few ideas for things we wanted to see implemented in Star Wars Battlefront 2, including overhauls to the vehicles, new heroes, and other gameplay tweaks.
We’re still waiting to learn concrete details about Destiny 2, but we’re expecting an overhauled story mode and all-new environments to explore and loot when it is eventually revealed sometime in 2017.
Below has been stuck in development for a while, but it hasn’t quelled our interest in Capy’s promising roguelike.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Igarashi returns to the Castlevania formula with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, an action game that liberally makes use of classic Castlevania elements like monsters, mansions, magic, and exploration.
Strafe is a glorious return to the ridiculously gory sci-fi shooters of the ‘90s, complete with a ripping rock soundtrack, weapons and power-ups, and dynamic bodily fluids.
What Remains of Edith Finch
A mysterious narrative-driven game from the team behind The Unfinished Swan, What Remains of Edith Finch explores the strange circumstance surrounding a family in Washington state.
Night in the Woods
A game about the challenges of growing up, Night in the Woods follows the story of Mae, a young college dropout contemplating her next move while also interacting with the many different characters in her quirky town.
A cute adventure game driven by narrative and its point-and-click elements, Jenny LeClue is a neat game about a young detective solving a murder mystery.
A challenging brawler, Cuphead is most recognizable for its art style evoking classic early 20th century animation.
A bright, engaging MOBA, Gigantic is an impressively deep and fun game requiring a great deal of teamwork and strategy.
A beautiful art style combined with a story about urgency, Rime is about a young boy attempting to survive a curse on a mysterious island.
The Square Enix/Platinum Games-developed game on this list, Nier Automata is an action RPG set in the same universe as the 2010 game Nier.
Mine, build, and colonize in space in this sandbox adventure game from System Era Softworks.
We still know very little about the Switch, Nintendo’s new convertible console that doubles as a mobile device and in-home entertainment system. But we’re going to see more of it very soon, and we can’t wait.
Microsoft’s very own slightly higher-powered console, the Scorpio is an Xbox One with a bit more horsepower than its launch counterpart. We expect to learn more about it this year.