2017 is here! There’s already a stack of great new titles announced, so we’ve rounded up the best upcoming games of 2017 in one place. There’s a great selection of titles, including the best upcoming PS4 games, the best upcoming Xbox One games and – if you’re looking for a new console – Nintendo Switch, ranging from enticing sequels to intriguing new ideas. Below are some of the best upcoming games in 2017 (and even a few due in 2018). Take a look, try to work out how you’re going to afford them all (good luck) and let us know what you’re most looking forward to below.
1. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
The game is slated to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America and Europe on January 24, 2017 and in Japan on January 26.For 12 months of its release, the virtual reality format will be exclusive to PlayStation VR. In October 2016, Capcom launched a 10 part video series called The World of Resident Evil 7, teasing pieces of the game’s contents such as characters and gameplay. A cross-save feature between Microsoft Windows and the Xbox One was confirmed in November 2016.
Due to its first-person presentation, the game has drawn comparisons to Konami’s canceled Silent Hills title and its P.T. demo. Capcom responded to this by pointing out that Resident Evil 7 was in development before the reveal of P.T., and dispelled any rumors about staff of P.T. having been hired to work on the game.
2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
According to BioWare, the game will feature an open world this time around, stating that “A big open world is the big thing the team is trying to embrace, and that’s expressed through those amazing looking planets.”
Ian S. Frazier, lead designer of Mass Effect: Andromeda, revealed on Twitter that the game is developed by BioWare studios: Montreal, Edmonton, and Austin.
3. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
The initial reception of the game has been positive, with critics claiming that the open-world design of the game has strayed away from the typical Ubisoft open-world design formula. As the game was revealed at E3 2015, some critics called the announcement one of the most surprising reveals during E3. Wildlands was nominated for IGN’s E3 2015 Game of the Show, Best PlayStation 4 Game, Best Xbox One Game and Best PC Game awards, and received one of GameSpot’s Best of E3 2015 awards. It was also named the best co-operative and the best shooter by Game Informer in their Best of E3 2015 Awards.
4. For Honor
For Honor is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal. Ubisoft Blue Byte developed the game’s PC version. It was announced during Ubisoft’s E3 2015 press conference. A CGI trailer and a gameplay demo were shown during the conference. For Honor is a new intellectual property for Ubisoft, and will be the company’s first attempt at developing a hack and slash video game. The structure of the game is inspired by shooter games. The game is set to be released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 14, 2017.
5. Outlast 2
After the successful release and development of Outlast, Red Barrels confirmed the development of Outlast 2 on 23 October 2014. It was also reported that the characters and setting would be much different than the first, as players wouldn’t return to Mount Massive in the sequel. In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, co-founder Philippe Morin stated that “we really want to keep improving our craft, but ultimately we’ll approach things the same way.”
On 28 October, on both Red Barrels’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, a post featured a bulletin board with documents posted saying, “Classified”, and the word “Tomorrow” across the picture. The next day, the teaser trailer for the game was released on their YouTube account.
On 26 January 2016, when asked about the possibility of being released simultaneously and pre-order, Red Barrels replied that it might be possible but are not exactly sure. 5 February, Morin was interviewed by Indie Games Level Up! about the game, in which he stated that it was largely based on the Jonestown massacre of 1978. On 4 April, a video named “Jude 1:14-15” was released by Red Barrels. Unlike other teasers, the video contains a cross of St. Peter across a background of clouds, with an ominous backmasked audio message.
The game will be released in Q1 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game was originally slated for Fall 2016 release as stated on the teaser trailer, however, on August 1, the company announced that the game’s release would be postponed until Q1 2017.