We are nearing the end of the year and the beginning of 2018. From September to about March or April each year always seems to be the busiest release time for video games. It makes sense. Gaming time probably drops down a little bit for most people in the summertime, so why release a game then? I was starting to browse through some of the upcoming games and thought I would put together a list of the games I am most looking forward to right now.
This list is in no particular order and includes games that will be released this year and also next year.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds
Most of my friends are primarily console gamers, so I have not had an opportunity to play this game with them yet. I streamed it quite a bit on the PC, but as I have stated before I hated it. I think part of the reason I hated it was because none of my closest friends were playing it with me. I’m curious to see if my impression of the game changes when I get to play with more people I know.
It is slated for an Xbox One release sometime in 2017.
Although I said I was not a big fan of the game, there are some things I like about it. I love that this game doesn’t take itself too serious. This is not a hardcore, Tom Clancy type of game. There is no grind in the game. It’s just jump in, jump out, multiplayer havoc.
I can see myself spending quite a few hours in this one with friends.
Or maybe I will just continue to not enjoy it. Do friends make or break a game for you?
Star Wars Battlefront 2
I was a big fan of the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 game that came out in 2005. I spent a LOT of hours on that one. I was really looking forward to Battlefront coming to consoles in 2015, but ended up pretty disappointed with EA’s Star Wars Battlefront.
The game was beautiful looking and the sounds were amazing. They totally captured Star Wars.
However, the game was really lacking replayability. I just could not find a reason to keep coming back to it, and within a few weeks of launch I was done with it. I was not the only one.
I could never quite put my finger on what went wrong. I think the maps were too small for the big battles. Maybe too small wasn’t the problem. They just did not feel too grand. They were very linear. Maybe some of the DLC maps were better, but I did not stick around to find out.
The weapons also did not feel great. Some felt utterly useless. Many were not fun to play because you were at a distinct advantage if you were using them.
From everything that has been released about the game so far, it looks like a vast improvement over the last outing. I’m really looking forward to the starfighter combat mode. It looks amazing.
We’ll find out on November 17th, 2017 when the game releases.
Warframe: Plains of Eidolon
Okay, this is not an actual game release. It is an update to an existing game. I’m putting it on my list anyhow because it looks like it is adding almost a new game onto the existing one.
Plains of Eidolon promises an open world environment to explore in Warframe. There will be day and night cycles. There will also be a new crafting mechanic added to the game for creating all new powerful weapons.
And we are getting a new Warframe to play with.
The update releases on PC sometime in the next few days and is promised on consoles sometime in November.
I don’t talk about it much, and never really streamed it in my “old life”, but I really love this game.
Most developers would release this sort of update as a sequel, not a free update. Kudos Digital Extremes.
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade
This one I am really curious about. I’ve always been a fan of the Warhammer 40k universe. I owned the original tabletop game back when it first came out. I got out of it pretty quickly because I just didn’t have enough people around me who were into it to play with. I also own the board game Space Hulk, which is still fantastic by the way.
This is slated to be a massively multiplayer third-person shooter. Players will be dropped into an online war and can choose one of four factions to side with.
Not much else is known about the game. I’m not really picturing something like Destiny. In the Warhammer universe, you don’t really have super powered individuals capable of soloing against unimaginable odds. You have armies of marines, Orcs, etc. that function best when working together.
I’m not picturing a massive online shooter where you go out and do quests like Destiny. I’m picturing more something where you jump into battles, maybe some will be objective based, on a dynamic map of a planet or other battlefield. How you do in the game will impact that map. If your faction wins X amount of games versus another faction, you take control of that territory.
I know it wasn’t super popular (unfortunately, because it was awesome and needs a sequel), but I’m thinking of something like how Tom Clancy EndWar handled their faction wars.
I’ll be keeping an eye out for news on this one. All we know right now is it will be out in 2018.
Sea of Thieves
Want to join up with your friends and man a pirate ship together, sailing the seas, searching for treasure, and terrorizing shipping lanes? Of course you do. We all do.
Enter Sea of Thieves. This game made a big splash at E3 this past summer.
Now this is not a hardcore sailing or combat simulation. In terms of its level of realism, I would put it in a category pretty close to PUBG. However, in terms of fun, this game looks like it could be a blast online with a few friends.
Sea of Thieves is scheduled to be released somewhere during the second quarter of 2018.
The latest game in development from Bioware came out of nowhere and grabbed the attention of everyone at E3. Bioware has still kept details of this game very close to their vest. About the only thing we do know about it is what we saw in the gameplay video they showed off at E3.
I hate to get too excited about gameplay videos like that one so far ahead of launch. We have seen what can happen to a game from conception to launch and how it can drastically change along the way. Yes, I’m looking squarely at you, The Division.
That being said, this game looks like it could be amazing. I’m trying to temper my expectations to keep from being disappointed, but I have to say that I am fully on the hype train for this one.
Anthem is scheduled for release in 2018. No further clarification of when in 2018 has been provided, which makes me think definitely the second half of 2018. Probably the final quarter.
It’s a long way off, and as ambitious as the game looks, a delay into 2019 would not be all that shocking.
I said at the beginning that this list was in no particular order, but right now, out of this list, Anthem is the game I am most excited about and looking forward to.