With 2016 drawing to a close, it’s time to look ahead to what’s coming down the pipeline in 2017 for all platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and the Nintendo Switch.
2016 saw the release of some major games that had been in development for a very long time, such as Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian. While not every game lived up to the hype, there were plenty of games like Uncharted 4, Doom, and Overwatch that gave fans exactly what they were hoping for and more. But now, as 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to look ahead to what’s coming in 2017. Next year will bring plenty of console exclusives for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and don’t forget about the Nintendo Switch.
Here are Game Rant’s 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2017.
The last game on our list goes to yet another title that first debuted during E3 2014. Cuphead has been repeatedly delayed over the last two years, and yet it still remains a highly anticipated game, thanks to its 1930s-style cartoon visuals.
Whether or not Cuphead will live up to the hype is anyone’s guess, but we do know that Studio MDHR, the team behind the game, has used the additional time to add extra levels to the game, as well as fine-tuning the overall experience. These will include traditional platforming levels in addition to the various boss fights that were the core of the game’s original concept.
Cuphead will release during 2017 for Xbox One and PC.
Another Xbox One game that’s been a long time coming, Scalebound was first announced at E3 2014 with an action-packed, dragon-heavy trailer. Developer Platinum Games went mostly dark on the title, though, for the better part of two years. This year, the developer announced co-op gameplay and the ability to train and control your dragons.
With Platinum Games and Microsoft still remaining mostly silent on the title, however, it’s unclear just when in 2017 fans will get their hands on Scalebound. Despite the delay, the game remains one of the better exclusives coming down the pipeline for the Xbox One, so hopefully we’ll hear more news soon.
Scalebound will release during 2017 for Xbox One and PC.
18. Shenmue III
Shenmue III was one of the biggest surprises of E3 2015, being announced in the form of a Kickstarter campaign that quickly met its initial goal. Shenmue III was always one of those mythical unannounced games like Half-Life 3 that fans dreamed about for years, never actually expecting it to see the light of day. But late next year, the title will finally become a reality, and it sounds like development is going as well as could be hoped for, with developer Ys Net even bringing on the director of the original Shenmue to help with the effort.
Shenmue III will release during December 2017 for PlayStation 4 and PC.
17. Sea of Thieves
It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a proper “Rare” game. Sure, Rare Replay is good fun when you’re looking for a nostalgia trip, but other than that most of the British developer’s offerings the last few years were tied to the Kinect. Consider Sea of Thieves, then, to be a return to form for the legendary studio.
Sea of Thieves will send players on a multiplayer adventure on the open sea, and Game Rant’s early impressions at E3 2016 were largely positive. Perhaps most notable is a pledge from the developers to work directly with fans once the game is out to create the kind of content that gamers want to see in the title.
Sea of Thieves will release during 2017 for Xbox One and PC.
16. For Honor
For Honor, simply put, is one of the most anticipated new IPs of 2017. The Ubisoft title will focus on a multiplayer experience that will let players go at it using a variety of ancient weaponry, inspired by the Vikings, Knights, and Samurai present in the game.
As well as this, For Honor will also feature a single player campaign that is surprisingly varied and engaging. If Ubisoft can pull off a complete experience between the story campaign and the PvP combat, it may just have another major franchise that can stand toe to toe with other company stalwarts like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs.
For Honor will release on February 14 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The Prey franchise these days is mostly known for its troubled development history, with a Prey 2 title getting cancelled by Bethesda a few years ago. So, it was quite the surprise when Dishonored developer Arkane Studios unveiled what is essentially a reboot of the franchise at Bethesda’s E3 2016 press conference.
Arkane’s Prey is being advertised as a “reimagining” of the 2006 title’s general idea, but it has no direct ties to that game besides the name. We also know that the game is not focused on horror, aiming to be more of a psychological thriller instead. The title’s gameplay was first revealed in December at The Game Awards 2016.
Prey will release during 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
14. Friday the 13th: The Game
Video games based on movies tend to disappoint, historically speaking. So, when Gun Media announced it was launching a Kickstarter for Friday the 13th: The Game, most fans of the horror franchise starring serial killer Jason Voorhees were excited but also tried to keep their expectations in check.
Over the last year, Gun Media has announced more and more content for the game, even adding a single player campaign at the expense of a delay into 2017. But as long as the developer can nail the initially advertised multiplayer experience, which will allow one gamer to play as Jason as he ruthlessly hunts down other gamers playing as campers, Crystal Lake may become the go-to destination for horror fans everywhere next spring.
Friday the 13th: The Game will release during Spring 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
13. Crackdown 3
Rumors surrounding the development of Crackdown 3 date back to four years ago, so this game has been a long time coming. Of course, given that this title was also on our list for the Most Anticipated Games of 2016, some may be a little sceptical over the title’s new-found 2017 release date.
If all goes well, though, Crackdown 3 could be one of the first big-budget titles to support Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, which just might make the long wait worth it. Microsoft and Reagent Games are also now promising a “multiplayer experience that will redefine what it feels like to play games,” so the sooner it gets here, the better.
Crackdown 3 will release during Q4 2017 for Xbox One and PC.
12. Halo Wars 2
Halo remains one of the biggest franchises on Xbox, as last year’s Halo 5: Guardians proved with its massive sales. But with the unannounced Halo 6 not yet ready for a reveal, Microsoft needed something to hold fans over. Enter Halo Wars 2.
The real-time strategy game takes place 30 years after the original Halo Wars, and shortly after the events of Halo 5: Guardians. Even if RTS games are not your cup of tea, Halo Wars 2 might be worth a play through due to the “big impact” it is supposed to have on the story of Halo 6. Gamers got their first hint of what to expect via a story trailer during The Game Awards 2016.
Halo Wars 2 will release February 21 for Xbox One and PC.
11. Injustice 2
NetherRealm Studios is most closely associated with Mortal Kombat, but 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us gave the studio another hugely successful fighting franchise. With Mortal Kombat X now in the rearview mirror, it was only a matter of time until NetherRealm returned to the world of DC’s heroes with Injustice 2.
So far, characters like Harley Quinn and Deadshot have been confirmed for the game, as well as Wonder Women and Blue Beetle. Injustice 2 might even release a bit sooner than everyone expected if Gamestop’s marketing plans are to be believed, but for now we’ll just have to wait and see.
Injustice 2 will release during 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.