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The best upcoming games of 2017 (and beyond)

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As far as video games are concerned, 2017 is off to a fantastic start. The best games of 2017 so far have set quite a precedent, but there's still so much left to look forward to in the near and distant future. We've sifted through all the upcoming PS4 games, upcoming Xbox One games, and upcoming Nintendo Switch games to present you with the most exciting titles on the horizon, organized by release date so you can calculate just how soon you need to start saving up. Some are innovative new ideas, others are highly anticipated sequels; some have definitive release dates, while others might be over a year away. But whatever the case, we can't wait to play them. 

For Honor 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: Out now  

If melee combat is your thing, For Honor should be your most anticipated game of 2017. This 4v4 multiplayer brawler pits Knights, Samurai, and Vikings against one another in thrilling duels across chaotic battlefields. From what we've seen of it so far, For Honor's combat is absolutely superb: every forceful hit or last-second block has a palpable weight to it, and the motion-captured animations are impressively fluid and graceful (as well as being unique to each of the four distinct roles in each faction). This is everything that the ho-hum Deadliest Warrior game should've been.

 Sniper Elite 4 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: February 14, 2017

Sniper Elite 4, the stealthy shooter, is back with even more gruesome bullet time and enormous open-world levels to sneak through. Grizzled sniper Karl Fairburne is still battling his way alone through World War 2 and he’s made it as far as Mussolini’s Italy where the Nazis are welcomed guests. Spoiler: Karl doesn’t feel quite the same way. 

Halo Wars 2

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Platform(s): Xbox One, PC

Release date: February 21, 2017

While never quite as entertaining as core Halo, the Wars spin off offers something a bit different. Plus, it’s one of the very few RTS games available on console. This sequel brings more of the same tactical action, and there are multiplayer modes for up to six players, so that will get seriously intense. There’s a new enemy type to battle - the Banished - and it all takes place on a Forerunner installation responsible for creating the Halo rings, so will be packed with delicious lore. 

Horizon Zero Dawn 

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Platform(s): PS4

Release date: February 28, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn promises to take all the elements you love in an open-world RPG and turn them up to 11. Unique universe? Check. Epic story about fate, destiny, and identity? Check. Cool weapons and combat options? Check. Possessed robotic dinosaurs rampaging around attacking people? Okay, maybe that’s not a standard feature, but it’s here and we’re really excited. It's a showcase game for PS4 Pro too, so expect it to look absolutely sensational in 4K.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Platform(s): Wii U, Switch

Release date: March 3, 2017  

When The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild arrives in 2017, the Zelda series will be over 30 years old. This game, the series' debut not just on the beleaguered Nintendo Wii U but the brand new NX, is actually very close in spirit to the NES original from all those decades ago. Emphasizing a wide open world that's primarily monster-infested wilderness rather than a populated landscape prone to cutscenes, Breath of the Wild is a dramatic shift from the handholding adventures Nintendo has traded in during the 21st century. We couldn't be more excited.

Nier: Automata 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: March 7, 2017

Nier: Automata blends Bayonetta with Battlestar Galactica , fusing the kind of hyperactive third-person combat PlatinumGames is best known for with the grim sci-fi setting from Square Enix's thought-provoking, wonderfully weird cult classic Nier. Millennia from now, a hostile alien force has sent legions of robots to invade Earth, forcing humanity to retreat to the Moon. Now, the former Earthlings are fighting back with teams of highly skilled combat androids armed with an arsenal of swords, including our hero 2B and her teammate 9S. Expect fluid melee combat, bullet-hell-style boss battles, and heart-wrenching displays of the atrocities between man and machine in this gorgeous, cerebral hack-'n'-slash. 

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: March 7, 2017

Ubisoft is taking two of its biggest strengths - open-world sandboxes and Tom Clancy games - and combining them into a gritty modern-day entry in the Ghost Recon series. This time, the tactical, squad-based shooting takes place in a huge expanse of Bolivia, where a cocaine cartel called Santa Blanca has seized total power. Ghost Recon Wildlands deploys you and your team of operatives into the vast deserts, mountain ranges, and swamps surrounding the cartel's operation and lets you take it from there, giving you everything you need for stealth assassinations, infighting instigation, guns-blazing assaults, or any option in between. You have the choice of suiting up alongside AI or online squadmates throughout the campaign, so you can approach this lawless, violent playground however you see fit. 

Star Trek Bridge Crew

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Platform(s): PSVR, Vive

Release date: March 14, 2017 

Delayed from its original Nov 2016 launch window, this four-player VR game is basically your chance to play out the Kobayashi Maru simulation. Not sure if you can beat it, though. In Star Trek Bridge Crew you can assume various roles on the bridge of the Enterprise and actually wander around with your friends. In VR. As a piece of fan-service, this is looking absolutely stunning. 

Mass Effect: Andromeda 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date:

March 21, 2017  

Commander Shepard may have taken out the Reapers and saved the day, but there’s plenty more adventure yet to be had in the Mass Effect universe. BioWare's been keeping details for Mass Effect: Andromeda mostly under wraps, although the footage that has been revealed certainly looks slick. Here’s what we do know, though. It appears the story will take us on a journey to try to find a new home for humanity. Many of the more familiar concepts from the original trilogy - conversations, romances, and shooting things - are back in action. The game now has a first release date - March 21 - so we're officially hyped.

Snipperclips: Cut It Out Together   

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Platform(s): Switch

Release date: March 2017

Ah, co-op: a force that can bring us closer together in one moment and threaten to end friendships in the next. That playful dynamic is what drives Snipperclips, an inventive puzzle game that makes perfect use of the Switch's built-in two-player courtesy of the Joy-Con controllers. Each single-screen brainteaser requires the combined efforts of your adorable paper protagonists, which can snip overlapping chunks off their partner to reshape them for puzzle-solving purposes (or just a bit of friendly griefing; fortunately you can easily reform or undo cuts with the press of a button). The cartoony aesthetic and the cute faces you can make are chock-full of charm, and the teamwork needed to perform tasks (like popping balloons or fixing up cars) using your irregularly shaped bodies looks like a ton of cooperative fun.  

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Persona 5

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Platform(s): PS4, PS3

Release date:

April 4, 2017  

After nearly a decade of development and a leap from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4, Persona 5 will finally, finally arrive in April 2017. While the role-playing game still follows high school students with supernatural powers in a highly stylized world, Persona 5 does represent a dramatic shift in tone for the series. Where Persona 3 and Persona 4 focused on fairly typical teens in unusual circumstances - secret paramilitary ghost fighters in the former, a Japanese riff on Scooby Doo mystery solving in the latter - Persona 5 follows a group of flamboyant young cat burglars. Think Lupin the Third by way of Degrassi.

Yooka-Laylee 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC

Release date:

April 11, 2017

One of the bigger Kickstarter successes in 2015, this colorful 3D platformer (made by some of the key minds behind Banjo-Kazooie) looks to recapture the simple glee of N64 collectathons. In place of a bear and a bird, you'll be guiding around the duo of Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the bat through utterly gorgeous landscapes, full of things to run across, jump over, and snag from perilous heights.  

Prey

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: May 5, 2017  

Don't worry if you missed the 2006 FPS Prey - this reimagined Prey by the same name chucks everything from its predecessor out the window. Developed by Arkane Studios, the team behind the Dishonored games, this sci-fi shooter has you confined on a space station that's been overrun by shape-shifting, shadow-like aliens. Protagonist Morgan Yu will have to fight back against these invaders in a struggle to survive, even as his (or her) sanity seems to deteriorate bit by bit. 

Injustice 2 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One

Release date:

May 16, 2017  

Batman, Superman, and a slew of other heroes and villains are back to duke it out in Injustice 2, Netherrealm Studios' return to the slick new engine that powered Mortal Kombat X. There's a ton of fanservice in this 2.5D fighter for anyone with even the slightest knowledge of DC Comics, and Injustice 2 is taking an interesting gamble with the addition of gear in a fighting game, gathered over time to give your preferred character enhanced abilities and a personalized look.

Rime 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Release date: May 2017

We were happy to see Rime reemerge after two years of silence, because its colorful landscapes and mysterious ruins look like a joy to explore. This third-person action adventure follows the journey of a young boy, who washes up on a beach after a storm at sea. He awakens to find an idyllic island dotted with ancient-looking marble ruins, the most notable of which is a giant tower at the center of them all. You'll seek out a path to said tower via platforming and puzzle-solving, guided along the way by the help of a fox companion (and probably stop frequently just to soak in the beautiful cel-shaded sights).   

Tekken 7 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date:

June 2, 2017  

Funnily enough, Tekken 7 has been in Japanese arcades since early 2015, and it's taking its sweet time in making the transition to Western consoles. But with any luck, that extra wait will be worth it. Tekken 7 is the next iteration of Bandai Namco's famed 3D fighting series, bringing back veterans from the King of Iron Fist tournament alongside some spiffy-looking newcomers - including Kazumi Mishima, Kazuya's mother who can perform literal tiger uppercuts with her beast companion. Expect plenty of heavy-hitting animations, devastating ground bounce combos, and bizarre backdrops. 

Splatoon 2 

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Platform(s): Switch

Release date: Summer 2017

A decade ago, you'd be called a fool for saying Nintendo could make an amazing team-based shooter perfect for online competition - and yet, here we are getting a sequel to the Wii U's fantastic Splatoon. Those squid-kid Inklings are back for more 4v4 color-splashing warfare across a bevy of new stages, wielding fresh weapons like the twin-pistol Splat Dualies or refined versions of fan favorites like the Splat Roller. If you want to test your skills before going online, Splatoon 2 also allows for local multiplayer thanks to the Switch system link. And along with the extra precision provided by the controller's gyroscopic aiming, you'll have to master the added Dodge Roll maneuver to maximize your turf-tagging potential.  

Super Mario Odyssey 

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Platform(s): Switch

Release date: Holiday 2017

Super Mario Odyssey looks like a grand debut for Nintendo's mascot on the Switch, which whisks Mario away to different worlds involving rainbow-colored cookery, dancing sprinkler robots, and the bustling metropolis of New Donk City. The platforming plumber also has a few new moves: he can roll down hills like a certain blue hedgehog, and throw his boomerang-like cap to create a makeshift springboard. Oh, and it seems that Mario's headwear is alive this time around, complete with two bulbous eyes. Was... was it sentient all this time? 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC 2017

South Park has a special talent for satirising current events and trends, so it’s no surprise that this latest game is focused on gently mocking Hollywood’s obsession with superheroes and super-teams. The forever-young children of South Park are at war, all dressed up as their favourite characters for tactical RPG combat. South Park: The Fractured But Whole will have 12 classes to choose from, and as the new kid you’ll get to pick a side in the conflict and a gender. Farts are making a comeback too. 

State of Decay 2 

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Platform(s): Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC 2017

If The Walking Dead has taught us anything, it's that forging bonds between survivors and building up a community is essential to surviving the zombie apocalypse. State of Decay 2 will take those values to heart with co-op for up to four players, provided you all agree to work together instead of backstabbing one another for precious supplies. To build up your encampment, you'll need to scavenge on foot or four wheels, splattering the skulls of countless undead along the way. What we saw in State of Decay 2's E3 trailer looked promising, so here's to hoping that the gameplay lives up the cinematic vignette.

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Call of Cthulhu 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC 2017

The influence of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos creeps across the gaming landscape like the black tendrils of some otherworldly Elder God, so it's about time a game used modern hardware to take those nightmarish, existentially terrifying themes head-on. Made in the same style as 2005's Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, this Call of Cthulhu reimagining is a first-person RPG that's equal parts investigation and delirium. Combat takes a backseat to critical thinking as you poke around the shadows of Darkwater, and all the while you'll need to manage your sanity meter to stave off the madness so commonly associated with Cthulhu-worshipping cultists. 

God of War 

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Platform(s): PS4

Release date:

TBC 2017 

Having torn the Greek pantheon asunder, Kratos (now sporting a scruffy beard) has set his sights on a new mythology to conquer: Norse. The fourth main entry in the legendarily brutal PlayStation series - God of War - drops the numbering and looks like it'll force Kratos to control his endless rage, as he acts as the father figure for a young, as-yet-unnamed boy with latent lightning powers. Don't worry, you'll still slay plenty of fantastical creatures along the way - but expect a lot more character development and quieter moments in between all the carnage. 

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Platform(s): PS4

Release date: TBC 2017 

This isn’t a brand new Uncharted game, but its not an expansion either. In The Lost Legacy you play as Chloe who teams up with Nadine Ross (yeah, from A Thief’s End) to track down an ancient Indian artefact. Does that mean it’s co-op? Unlikely, as the pair will likely assume the same dynamic as Nathan and Sam in the main game. It’s more Uncharted, which is a great thing, and you don’t have to own the original to play. 

Days Gone 

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Platform(s): PS4

Release date:

TBC 2017

If you think zombies have been done to death, well... you're right, but that isn't stopping the PS4-exclusive Days Gone. The enemies in this open-world post-apocalypse aren't technically undead - the so-called 'Freakers' are actually infected humans who have gone feral and seem eager to devour our hero Deacon (voiced by and modelled after Sam Witwer, who you might recognize as Starkiller from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed). What really sets the Freaker horde apart is just how many can be chasing you at once; there are times when they're practically flooding out of the environment, and all you can do to survive is simply run. Another PS4 Pro optimised game that promises to look incredible.

Crackdown 3

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Platform(s): Xbox One

Release date: TBC 2017 

In Crackdown 3 you’re a super-cop in an open-world city, using your powers to fight crime and likely smash the whole place up in the process. We haven’t actually seen the game since 2015 but, given the ambitious nature of it, that’s no surprise. While there’s a regular single-player story to tackle, multiplayer co-op takes place in a whole different city which you can tear apart piece by piece. The Xbox is doing some fancy stuff with the Cloud to make this one of the most technically impressive games ever. Hopefully we’ll see more of it in 2017. 

Outlast 2

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC 2017 

You are Blake Langermann (where do they get these names?), a freelance cameraman who visits a small, isolated village in Arizona to investigate the murder of a young, pregnant woman. What follows is lashings of the same non-combat horror we saw in the original. You have a camera to look through - and because Blake is a cameraman, expect his to be more advanced - and legs to run away with. Early trailers make this look chilling, as you’d expect. 

Sea of Thieves 

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Platform(s): Xbox One, PC

Release date:

TBC 2017  

Who doesn’t love pirates? The swashbuckling, the loot, the rum, the fabulous hats, most of us have at one time or another wished we could leave it all behind and run away to sea. The time has come to live out that dream and to bring friends along for the ride. Sea of Thieves is due to make land some time in 2017.  

Gran Turismo Sport

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Platform(s): PS4, PSVR

Release date: TBC 2017 

While the racing won’t change much in GT Sport, the way you actually do it will. This version of the racer is geared towards eSports - it has live events and loads of scheduled tournaments - and VR. When PSVR initially launched, racing games were the worst offenders when it came to making people sick, so let’s hope GT figures out a non-vom solution between now and release. 

Detroit: Become Human

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Platform(s): PS4

Release date: TBC 2017 

As is the trend nowadays, Detroit is an adventure about Androids achieving sentience. Remember the Kara tech demo Sony showed off years ago? Well, it’s the same character from that. We follow her as she makes her way into a futuristic version of Detroit. It’s a game of staggering ambition - it took David Cage two years to write the script, and 100s of actors have done mo-cap work for it. Let’s hope it’s a bit more than just a ‘moral decision making’ game, which early trailers suggest. 

Spider-Man

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Platform(s): PS4

Release date: TBC 2017

This new Spider-Man game was revealed in 2016, and is already being touted as a showcase for PS4 Pro. Because it looks incredible. This superhero game should be an interesting departure for Insomniac Games, the studio most famous for the Ratchet & Clank series. Oh, and it isn't tied to any specific comic or movie, so the creators aren't bound by a specific existing story (phew), but it will cover both the Spidey and Peter Parker aspects of the franchise.

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Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC 2017

The entire Marvel vs. Capcom series is a veritable fighting game hype factory, responsible for some of the flashiest combos, greatest upsets, and loudest screams ever witnessed by enraptured onlookers. At long last, the fourth entry is on the way with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, with a host of mechanics changes to the familiar tag-team brawls between Capcom stars and Marvel's iconic heroes and villains. The three-fighter teams have been reined back to the simpler 2v2 akin to the original MvC, and assists have been removed entirely, replaced by character swaps mid-combo and unique buffs granted by the Infinity Gems.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC 2017

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is like a historically accurate Skyrim , because this large-scale, first-person medieval RPG takes place in a massive open-world devoted to the real-world history of Bohemia (no Rhapsody here). In some ways, it's even more hardcore, stripping away the HUD indicators and minimap markers you've probably come to expect from giant RPGs. And amazingly, quests and world events will carry on with or without you, adding a real sense of urgency to your hero's actions; stopping to chit-chat with every NPC could mean missing out on the melee battle of a lifetime. Kingdom Come's refusal to hold the player's hand sounds like a refreshing change of pace, and if the finished product can pull off the kind of grandiose living world suggested by our preview, it should be something special indeed.

Vampyr

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC 2017 

Vampyr is an action RPG which puts you in the shoes Dr. Reid, who's recently been turned into a blood-sucking denizen of the night. It's up to you to decide whether to kill enough people to become powerful beyond belief, or heal London’s citizens from the Spanish Flu and bring peace back to the city. 

Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom 

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Platform(s): PS4, PC

Release date: TBC 2017

With its beautiful, Studio Ghibli-inspired art direction, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is unmistakable, and it looks like the sequel iterates on the original's gameplay in all the right ways. Ni no Kuni 2's RPG action is more Pikmin than Pokemon: instead of controlling individually collected Familiars from the sidelines, your party members Evan, Roland, and Tani are always in the thick of each real-time fight, assisted by a horde of cutesy elemental creatures called Higgledies. Though the events once again takes place in the parallel realm of Ni no Kuni, this story has a much grander scope than the first, as the deposed young king Evan endeavors to reclaim his kingdom of Ding Dong Dell after a hostile takeover. 

Agents of Mayhem 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date:

TBC 2017  

When you hear the name Volition, you know to expect something over-the-top and hilarious. After all, these are the people who gave us the crass glory that is Saints Row. They’re back in business with this new riff on the superhero game. Players can seamlessly switch between controlling the 12 larger-than-life characters. Pick three at a time and in an instant you’ll be able to equip yourself with a new set of superpowers and weapons. Which means so many combinations for fun, hilarity, and… well, mayhem. 

The Last of Us Part 2

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Platform(s): PS4

Release date: TBC 

The Last of Us 2 picks up the story of Joel and Ellie five years after the original game. While survival in a post-outbreak world will still be the key theme of the game, we know very little else... other than the fact that Ellie is seriously pissed off about something in the reveal trailer. Fan theories suggest that Joel is actually dead and Ellie is simply imagining him, but we won’t know for sure until the game releases some time in the next couple of years. 

Destiny 2 

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Platform(s): TBC

Release date: TBC 2017

We know Destiny 2 is coming, we just don't know exactly when, and it's eating our poor Guardians up inside. Now that the Rise of Iron expansion has had its time in the sun, this seems like the perfect time for Bungie to be gearing up for the next chapter in this expansive sci-fi FPS. Though Destiny 2 is still scant on concrete facts, you can likely expect even larger zones and a PC release to get even more players in on the MMO-scale action. Fingers crossed that we'll be able to port over our Guardians in some capacity, even if all that hard-earned gear has to stay behind. 

Final Fantasy 7 Remake 

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Platform(s): PS4

Release date: TBC

You wanted it so badly, and pretty soon, you're going to get it. Fans had been pining for the seminal RPG Final Fantasy 7 to be remade with slick modern visuals, and at E3 2015, Square-Enix finally obliged with a glorious glimpse at Cloud Strife's big comeback. We've since learned plenty about Final Fantasy 7 Remake, like the fact that it's planned to be split up along full-game-sized episodes, and features action-heavy real-time combat in the same vein as Final Fantasy 15. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the original FF7, so hopefully we'll be celebrating with FF7 Remake before long. 

Death Stranding

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Platform(s): PS4

Release date: TBC 

Death Stranding is Hideo Kojima’s first game after the Metal Gear franchise, and it’s exclusive to PS4. Naturally, it features weird old babies and stars Guillermo del Toro and Mads Mikkelsen. Trailers have been incredibly enigmatic so far, but fans are already pulling them apart for hidden meaning. Here’s the best breakdown you’ll read. If you want the tl;dr version - it’s Kojima doing another high-quality action adventure, so be excited. 

Red Dead Redemption 2

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC 

What do we know about Red Dead Redemption 2? Other than: we want it now? Very little. It’ll have both single player and multiplayer components, and has been tentatively scheduled for a late 2017 release date. Hot rumours suggest we’ll be playing as John Marston’s son, and that forming a posse will be a big part of the game (as suggested by the early concept art). The setting is towards the end of the Wild West era (we see steam trains and brick housing in the trailer), so this will likely be set after the last game… 

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Cuphead

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Platform(s): Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC 2017

We've been anticipating Xbox indie standout Cuphead for what feels like ages, and the game seems to have veered dangerously close to vaporware territory with how many times it's been pushed back. But 2017 will reportedly be the year we finally get our hands on this inventive run-'n'-gun shooter, which combines the 2D intensity of Mega Man's large-scale boss battles with an unmistakable 1930s animation aesthetic in the vein of Disney relics like Steamboat Willie. With its frenetic-looking boss designs and completely-on-point visual style, we'll wait as long as it takes to finally play this thoroughly old-school beaut'.

Kingdom Hearts 3 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One

Release date: TBC

Our relationship with Kingdom Hearts 3 feels like a Jane Austen novel: we constantly write letters professing our love and pining need for it, yet we only get a fleeting glimpse into how it's doing every few months. While you wistfully wait for more of Sora, Donald, Goofy adventuring through Disney-themed worlds, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 should help ease the pain, because it includes an all-new playable prologue (made in Unreal Engine 4) leading up to KH3. Otherwise, you'll just have to longingly gaze at those in-game pictures of Hercules' Mount Olympus and dream of Sora riding atop Baymax over Big Hero 6's San Fransokyo. 

Shenmue 3 

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Platform(s): PS4, PC

Release date: TBC 

The Shenmue series was never a huge commercial success, but thanks in part to Kickstarter and thousands of fans' hard-earned dollars (plus some generous funding from Sony), the project is fully underway. In Shenmue 3, you'll take the role of a martial artist named Ryo Hazuki as he attempts to uncover who is responsible for his father's murder. The game promises to have gameplay reminiscent of the previous titles, enabling players to take on enemies in hand-to-hand combat, upgrade combat abilities, and explore a living world full of villages, shops, and an active populous. When is it due? Your guess is as good as ours, but it's likely to be 2018 at the earliest.

Bloodstained

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita, PC

Release date: TBC 2018  

We were so accustomed to a steady stream of excellent exploration-based Castlevania games for so long that we didn't realize what we had until they were gone. No more! In 2018, the mastermind behind Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Aria of Sorrow, and many others will bring us Bloodstained. Koji Igarashi's first major post-Konami project is Castlevania in all but name, with the same smooth action, gothic atmosphere, and haunted locale spelunking we loved for so long. Shame it has been delayed until 2018, eh.

Cyberpunk 2077 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC

This is probably a case of a game being teased way too early, but after what CD Projekt Red's accomplished with The Witcher series, anything new this studio makes demands your attention. We've heard little from Cyberpunk 2077 since its cinematic teaser debuted all the way back in 2013, but it promises a Blade Runner-style dystopian future with Deus Ex-like RPG elements. That core concept, as made by developers promising a world even larger than The Witcher 3's, is more than enough to get our excite-o-meter peaking. 

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