Some of our most anticipated games are set to launch in 2018 and we can’t wait. With only a few days left of 2017, we thought we’d take a look ahead at what we can expect- provided none of these games are further delayed – and look forward to what’s in store in the world of video games in 2018.
While 2017 was big for the Nintendo Switch, it’s interesting to see that there aren’t that many first party titles for the console planned for 2018, at least, not yet anyway. Chances are we’ll see something more in March, on the anniversary of the console’s launch. Also, if you want to reflect on 2017, here are some of our top games of 2017.
What about 2018? Well at first I genuinely couldn’t think of more than four games, but actually looking back at what has been announced, there are over 30 games we can’t wait to get our hands on. To make this list a little more concise however, I’ve whittled the list down to our top 15.
DONTNOD Entertainment have been hanging onto this title since 2016 and I genuinely can’t wait for it. What looks to be a blend of narrative storytelling (like Life is Strange) and hack and slash gameplay (like Remember Me) Vampyr seems to bring together some of the company’s best works into one game.
In Vampyr, players can change the course of the entire game, either saving plague-ridden Victorian London, or letting it burn to the ground. Players actions in this game, no matter how small, will have a grand affect on the entire world – that is if they don’t succumb to vampire hunters first.
Vampyr is currently set for release in “Spring” 2018.
This was a late bloomer for me as I really only spotted the game’s initial gameplay trailer via one of those awful video game Facebook pages. While Crytek haven’t been relevant for some time now, Hunt Showdown might bring the company back into the limelight.
In this game, players are tasked with hunting monsters in amongst a dank and dreary world. However they won’t be alone, as other teams of players will also be hunting for the same creatures, and if successful, will also become the hunted. This game genuinely looks pretty damn good, and pretty ruthless too as other players can turn on you at any moment.
While no release date has been set, betas for Hunt Showdown are set to take place in the early part of 2018.
Abandon Ship is one I’ve been keeping an eye on for a little while now as it blends the tactical team management from games like FTL with sea voyages. Players will embark on a journey fulfilling quests and dealing with random events. The entire game is procedurally generated too, so no two playthroughs will be the same.
In the game, players will find themselves coming up against some of the toughest ships as well as sea monsters, and when the shit really hits the fan, they must then decide to either stick around or… abandon ship. Doing this will leave you fending for yourself as you attempt to survive mother nature until you find land and a way of getting back on your feet – and back on the ocean.
Abandon Ship is set to launch into Early Access on Steam sometime in 2018.
A Way Out
EA Games may have disappointed many this year with both Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Need for Speed Payback, but I have high hopes for the company to make some headway in the return of co-op games. A Way Out is the start of this as the game can only be played with another player – that’s why EA are letting players jump in with only one person owning the game.
A Way Out is essentially Prison Break the game as players are tasked with escaping the confines of a prison in which they are both residing. It doesn’t look like either of them have the blueprints tattooed to them, so it’ll be a case of observing and executing a plan, and hopefully not getting caught.
A Way Out is set to launch in March 2018.
I know, I know. Fortnite is technically already out, but only the Battle Royale mode is available for free. When Fortnite launches in 2018 the entire game is free and the Save the World campaign, which is currently in paid early access, is a genuinely good co-op shooter.
While we’re all pretty familiar with the Battle Royale mode, Save the World is a co-op campaign in which players team together to defeat hoards of zombies – known as Husks in this game. The campaign offers a pretty hefty bunch of features such as building and defending your own base, managing a colourful cast of heroes and supporting characters, and much more.
Fortnite is set to fully launch, completely free-to-play, sometime in 2018.
Jurassic World Evolution
It’s not often that I find myself excited by city builders, but this one has me hopping around like an excited puppy. Think Sim City, but with dinosaurs. Players can build their own dinosaur theme parks, just like in the movies! Chances are, there’ll be dinosaur-related disasters, too!
The best part about the game is that it’s made by the same people who made Planet Coaster and previously worked on the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, so you know it’s going to be a pretty decent game, right?
Jurassic World Evolution is set to launch sometime in 2018.
Far Cry 5
Despite being delayed a few months, people still have their hopes set high for Far Cry 5, the latest in the series that’ll bring all the chaos home to America. Based around a mysterious cult, players will be thrust into the heart of the USA with the task of infiltrating and taking down Eden’s Gate.
As a sheriff’s deputy, players must take down this doomsday cult and unite with Hope County’s resistance in order to put an end to it all, before the cult “saves” everyone. Religion, eh?
Far Cry 5 is set to launch on March 27, 2018.
State of Decay 2
While the original State of Decay wasn’t necessarily a bad game, players expected more, namely a multiplayer portion of the game that’d have players join up to build base camps and defend themselves against the zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately that never happened as this mode was spun off into a completely separate game.
That being said, State of Decay 2 is set to bring the game everyone wanted in the first place and we’re excited. There’s zombies, there’s co-op action, there’s base building. What more could a boy want?
State of Decay 2 is set to launch sometime in 2018.
Thanks to a series of closed betas over the past couple of months, I’ve slapped this one at the top of my watch list. Darwin Project is… wait for it, another battle royale game, but this time it focuses less on aimlessly killing other players, and adds certain twists to the game, like surviving the elements, crafting, and hunting.
While other battle royale games are a kill-on-sight type affair, Darwin Project adds the element of the hunt to the game. Players can track other players as well as be tracked themselves, making the game a million-times more tense.
Darwin Project is set to launch sometime in 2018.
Microsoft have kept us clinging onto this one for far too long. With hopes of a big reveal in 2016, the game was inevitably delayed to 2017, come 2017 the game gets pushed to 2018. With 2018 around the corner there’s a high possibility that the game will also be delayed again, but I don’t want to tempt fate too much.
Crackdown 3 is set to feature similar gameplay to the others, however the online mode will feature something completely new: cloud-based world destruction. Rather than the game being rendered locally, Microsoft is taking on the task of using the power of the cloud to render the game world so that destruction doesn’t send the game and our Xbox One’s into meltdown.
Crackdown 3 is set to (hopefully) launch in 2018.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Kingdom Hearts 3 is one of those games that we hope is releasing in 2018 despite not actually getting an official confirmation. The game has been in development for some time and we’re seeing plenty of teases from Square Enix, but nothing overly substantial, but we can hope, right?
With the recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox however, players have a feeling the game might be delayed once more so Square can add more Disney-related cross-overs into the game. Though that just might be me…
Kingdom Hearts 3 doesn’t have an official release date, but we’re hoping it’ll land in 2018.
Forza Horizon 4
Speaking of hoping something will land in 2018, the inevitable arrival of Forza Horizon 4 is something we’re looking forward to. These games, while more arcade in nature, offer the series’ fantastic racing mechanics with a much more relaxed atmosphere, not to mention completely wild environments to race around.
With Forza Motorsport 7 introducing Porche into the mix, we’ll have even more cars to jump into when this game is announced at E3 2018 along side a vehicle debut.
Forza Horizon 4 doesn’t technically exist yet, but it’s incredibly likely to launch late 2018.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory
While I’m more of a Pokémon guy, Digimon is still something that excites some people and that’s why it’s on our most anticipated games list. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory is the second game in the Cyber Sleuth series and is set to expand on the gameplay found in the first title.
In this game, players find themselves victims of a crime they didn’t commit, so in order to clear their names, they enter the cyber underworld in order to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory is set to launch January 19, 2018.
God of War
God of War, also known as God of War 4, is the latest in the series of God of War games. This time however players won’t just be following the story of Kratos, they’ll also be following his son.
This title is set to be a soft reboot of the series that’ll be focusing on Norse mythology rather than the game’s usual Greek mythology. It’ll be interesting to see how this change affects the game, though the game is set to feature more RPG elements which may switch things up a bit.
God of War is set to launch early 2018.
And here it is, the game that’s likely on the top of everyone’s anticipated games list for 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2. A game that’s a sequel, but also a prequel. Though it seems most of us may not care too much for the story as we’re all expecting a GTA Online-type multiplayer aspect to the game.
While very little has been revealed about Red Dead Redemption 2, what has been teased has everyone hot under the collar. Here’s hoping it doesn’t get delayed again, eh?
Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to land sometime in 2018.