With the start of another year means only one thing. A long list of games we are looking forward to getting our paws on over the next 12 months (hopefully).
So let’s get started in no particular order with…
The Last of Us: Part II
OK, let’s be honest, this one is a long shot for a 2018 release. We wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not even a 2019. It we can hope.
Virtually nothing is known about The Last of Part II, except it takes place 5 years after the events of the first game and Elle is massively pissed about something in the latest trailer. I’ll be honest, I’m a bit sceptical about this one. If any game never needed a sequel it’s The Last of Us. But I hope I’m proved wrong.
Sea of Thieves
ETA: March 20th
The freedom of the pirate life awaits in Sea of Thieves. Be the pirates you want to be and share adventures with friends in a world where every sail on the horizon is another crew of players. If first impressions from the Technical Alpha are anything to go by, this one is going to suck a lot of our time come March 20th.
Forza Horizon 4
ETA: Fall 2018
Absolutely nothing about Horizon 4 is known. It hasn’t even been announced at time of writing. But you would have to be a fool to think it isn’t coming.
If Playground Games have managed to improve upon 2016’s Forza Horizon 3 we are in for a real treat.
Call of Duty
Again this one hasn’t even been announced yet. But like every year we know it will be out at the beginning of November, Get one of the most downvotes all of time on YouTube but still go on to be the years best selling game.
It will more than likely be set during one of the 2 World Wars or maybe even the Korean War.
Skull & Bones
ETA: Late 2018
Based on the ship combat from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Much like Sea of Thieves players will have the option of going out on their own for a single player campaign of joining a crew of 5 other players for a online adventure against other crews.
We know that Halo 6 is in development, and that’s almost all we know. After the disappointing reception Halo 5: Guardians received, 343 Industries reworked some of the story for Halo 6 to make sure fans got what they wanted from Halo 6, a lot more Master Chief.
Far Cry 5
ETA: March 27th
In what is shaping up to be another busy March, 1 week after Sea of Thieves hits we get Far Cry 5. Expect more of the same open world action from Far Cry 4, except this time around, instead of playing as a single character there will be a character creator so you can play as a male or female.
The Crew 2
ETA: Late 2018
After the mixed reception that 2014’s The Crew received, lets hope developers Ivory Tower have been able to improve upon the huge open world racer. The Crew 2 follows a similar plot to the original, you start out as an unknown racer and must use a variety of different types of vehicles, including Cars, Bikes, Boats and Planes to race across a scaled down United States.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
The direct sequel to Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is the first numbered entry in the franchise in 11 years. Also being the first Ace Combat made for the current generation of consoles. Little is known about this one but will feature exclusive missions for PSVR.
A Way Out
ETA: March 23rd
Another for the busy March week. A way out is looking like the most ambitious game of 2018. It can only be played either online or in split screen. Players will control one of two prisoners as they attempt to escape and run from the authorities. Players must cooperate with each other in order to escape the prison and evade capture on the outside.
God of War
ETA: Q1 2018
God of War is both a sequel to 2010’s God of War III and a soft reboot for the franchise. Kratos returns with his son Atreus. Kratos is a mentor and protector to his son, and must to master the rage that has driven him for many years.
ETA: Spring 2018
Originally due to launch alongside the Xbox One X in November 2017, Crackdown 3 was delayed to Spring 2018. Presumably to give developers Sumo Digital longer to work on the games appearance which was heavily criticised at E3 2017 for looking very lacklustre. Crackdown 3 promises to be a game more akin to the original rather than Crackdown 2, which can only be good news.
Red Dead Redemption 2
ETA: Q2 2018
Every year has a behemoth of a game. 2017 had Zelda and 2018 will have Red Dead Redemption 2. The only game this year capable of keeping Call of Duty from the top spot come years end. This will be the first Rockstar game built from the ground up for current generation consoles and looks incredible. Rumours suggest a late April early May release for this one so clear those calendars folks.
ETA: Q4 2018
EA’s answer to Destiny. Little is known except it’ll be a third-person open world RPG. Players can use exosuits called Javelins, think Titanfall, but from the Mass Effect Developers.
ETA: Early 2018
Spider-Man will be a completely new story, not connected to any of the films or comic books. Peter Parker is 23 years old and about to graduate from college. Peter has been Spider-Man for eight years and has settled into his role as protector of New York City.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Another unlikely 2018 release, but miracles do happen. In a full remake to the iconic 1997 original, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released episodically. We don’t know how many episodes it will be spilt into but the game was announced at E3 2015 so releasing the first episode this year isn’t entirely out of the question.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Announced during the Ubisoft E3 press conference, Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a prequel to the 2003 original. More of a traditional RPG than the original, players will create a character at the bottom of the social system. Players will explore planets and complete quests to upgrade their ship and crew.
Kingdom Hearts 3
The long awaited sequel to the 2005 Kingdom Hearts II. Rumours suggest planning for Kingdom Hearts 3 began all the way back in 2006. Following much of the same style as the second game, number 3 is set to take players to a host of worlds based on Disney properties. Gamers are hoping to see a Star Wars world after Disney bought LucasFilm in 2012.
This one is almost certainly not coming this year. Hideo Kojima once hinted we wouldn’t see this game before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. However we have recently learnt that at least 5 hours of the game is in a playable state. The worry with announcing a game so early in development they hadn’t even decided what engine to use to build the game, can it possibly live up to 3+ years of hype? We know it is a PlayStation exclusive but will it even be released on the PlayStation 4? or is it destined for the PlayStation 5? I think we will be waiting a while to find out unfortunately.