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Top 50 upcoming games of 2018

Welcome to 2018! Every year brings the bar higher in gaming, and 2017 had some tough acts to follow.  From new IPs to highly anticipated sequels, from small indies to big Triple A…Let’s take a look at some of the top 50 upcoming games of 2018 and what is around the corner for us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game Cover

Developer: Project Aces
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Platform: Windows, Xbox ONE, PS4
Release: 2018

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Discover the glory of being an elite fighter pilot. Become an Ace pilot by taking down enemies through tactical dogfighting, while experiencing the exhilaration of flying freely in a fully immersive world.

Agony game cover

Developer: Madmind Studio
Publisher: PlayWay S.A
Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PS4
Release: Mar 30 2018

Agony

Agony is a first-person survival horror game currently in development.
Players will begin their journey as tormented soul within the depths of hell without any memories about his past. By exploring hostile environment and interacting with the other weary souls of the hellscape, the hero will soon understand that there is only one way to escape from Hell, and it will require a meeting of the mystical Red Goddess.

Anthem game cover

Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PS4
Release: Q3 2018

Anthem

Anthem is a shared-world action RPG, where players can delve into a vast landscape teeming with amazing technology and forgotten treasures. This is a world where Freelancers are called upon to defeat savage beasts, ruthless marauders, and forces plotting to conquer humanity.

A Way Out game cover

Developer: Hazelight Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PS4
Release: Mar 23 2018

A Way Out

What begins as a thrilling escape quickly turns into an emotional adventure unlike anything seen & played before. A Way Out is a two-player experience. Each player controls one of the main characters, working together to escape the prison and continue beyond into each character’s lives.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game cover

Developer: ArtPlay, DICO
Publisher: 505 Games
Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PS4
Release: Q1 2018

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

You are Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes your skin. You must battle your way through a demon-filled castle summoned by Gebel, your old friend whose body has become more crystal than flesh.

Call of Cthulhu game cover

Developer: Cyanide Studio
Publisher: Focus home Interactive
Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PS4
Release: TBA 2018

Call of Cthulhu

On a mission to find the truth behind the death of an acclaimed artist and her family on a backwater island, the player will soon uncover a more disturbing truth as the Great Dreamer, Cthulhu, prepares its awakening…

Code Vein game cover

Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PS4
Release: TBA 2018

Code Vein

At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.

Developer: Reagent Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: Windows, Xbox-ONE
Release: Q2-2018

Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3 has seen a few delays and hiccups, but we’re hoping to finally be able to destroy environments to our hearts content later this year.  If you enjoy causing havoc and explode everything in online multiplayer, this is probably a game for you.

Darksiders 3 game cover

Developer: Gunfire Games
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PS4
Release: 2018

Darksiders 3

Return to an apocalyptic Earth in Darksiders III, a hack-n-slash Action Adventure where players assume the role of FURY in her quest to hunt down and dispose of the Seven Deadly Sins. The most enigmatic of the Four Horsemen, FURY must bring balance to the forces that now ravage Earth.

Dauntless game cover

Developer: Phoenix Labs
Publisher: Phoenix Labs
Platform: Windows
Release: 2018

Dauntless

Dauntless takes place in a fantasy setting, where a cataclysmic event has torn the world apart, releasing monster-like Behemoths that prey on the surviving humans. Players take on the role of Slayers to take down Behemoths, collecting loot that they used to craft and upgrade weapons and equipment as to take down larger and more powerful Behemoths.

Days Gone game cover

Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release: 2018

Days Gone

At its core, Days Gone is about survivors and what makes them human: desperation, loss, madness, betrayal, friendship, brotherhood, regret, love – and hope. It’s about how even when confronted with such enormous tragedy they find a reason to live. Hope never dies.

Detroit: Become human game cover

Developer: Quantic Dreams
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release: Q2 2018

Detroit: Become Human

Detroit: Become Human is an neo-noir thriller. The plot revolves around three androids: Kara, who escapes the factory she was made in to explore her newfound sentience; Connor, whose job it is to hunt down deviant androids like Kara; and Markus, who devotes himself to releasing the androids from servitude.

Donut County game cover

Developer: Ben Esposito
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Platform: PS4, Windows, Mac, IOS
Release: 2018

Donut County

Donut County is a physics adventure game where you control a hole in the ground. Every time you swallow something, the hole grows a little bit bigger.

Dragon Ball Fighter Z game cover_Cover

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform: PS4, Xbox-ONE, Windows
Release: Jan 26 2018

Dragon Ball Fighter Z

The Dragon Ball Franchise isn’t a newcomer to the fighting genre, to say the least, but with famous developer Arc System Works (BlazBlue, GuiltyGear), this might just be the closest thing to playing the actual anime.

Dreams game coverDeveloper: Media Molecule
Publisher: SCEI
Platform: PS4
Release:TBA 2018

Dreams

Media Molecule has proven they know how to provide their community with the right tools and support when it comes to building worlds. Which is important, since Dreams looks the part for an amazing sandbox for all the creative minds out there.

Dynasty Warriors 9 game coverDeveloper: Omega Force
Publisher: KOEI
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
Release: Feb 8 2018 (Japan), Feb 13 (EU/NA)

Dynasty Warriors 9

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a hack and slash game with stealth elements. The title will revamp the gameplay of the series with the introduction of the open world environment. A traversable map of China will be implemented which the player can freely roam on foot, horseback or boat, though the game will focus on livable environments such as cities and towns as well as places where large battles take place.

Extinction game cover

Developer: Iron Galaxy Studios
Publisher: Maximum Games
Platform: PS4, Xbox-ONE, Windows
Release: Mar 31 2018

Extinction

Towering enemies and massive fights will keep us busy in 2018.  Extinction’s fast pace gameplay, enchanting world and epic encounters are all looking very promising indeed!

Fe game cover

Developer: Zoink Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: PS4, Xbox-ONE, Windows, Switch
Release: 2018

Fe

Fe is a personal narrative about our relationship with nature – a wordless experience that captures our connection with the world around us.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake game cover

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: PS4
Release: EP1 2018

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake, which retells the story of the original game, follows Cloud Strife, a former Shinra soldier who joins the AVALANCHE eco-terrorist group as a mercenary to fight against the Shinra corporation, who have been draining the planet’s life energy, only to become involved in something much bigger.

Far Cry 5 game cover

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft Entertainment
Platform: PS4, Xbox-ONE, Windows
Release: Mar 27 2018

Fry Cry 5

Set in a fictional Southern American state, the newest entry in the famous open world action series pits you against deranged cultists and private militia.

Game of War game cover

Developer: SCE Santa Monica
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release: TBA 2018

God Of War

Kratos is making a come back, and while he is probably as angry as ever fatherhood is now an integral part of his life (and gameplay!). His son joins in the frenzy of this action-RPG set in the northern mythology.

Guacamelee 2 Cover

Developer: Drinkbox Studios
Publisher: Drinkbox Studios
Platform: PS4
Release: TBA 2018

Guacamelee 2

Seven years after defeating Carlos Calaca, Juan Aguacate is forced to don his luchador mask again to face a new threat – this time to the very fabric of space and time. Punch your way through a whole new Metroid-vania style world and try to save the Mexiverse!

Kingdom Come Deliverance game cover

Developer: Warhorse Studio
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platform: PS4, Xbox-ONE, Windows
Release: Feb 13 2018

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Dungeons, NO dragons. Czech developer Warhorse Studio’s message is clear: don’t expect fantasy with Kingdom Come: Deliverance, but rather a brutal and realistic historical depiction of medieval Europe.

Kingdom Hearts 3 game cover

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Release: 2018

Kingdom Hearts 3

Set after the events of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, returning protagonist Sora is joined by Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey and Riku in their search for the seven Guardians of Light and the “Key to Return Hearts” as they attempt to thwart Master Xehanort’s plan to bring about a second Keyblade War.

Knights and Bikes game cover

Developer: Foam Sword Games
Publisher: Double Fine Productions
Platform: PS4, Windows, Mac
Release: 2018

Knights and Bikes

Knights and Bikes is a co-op action adventure game set in a beautifully hand drawn 3D world. You play as our two heroines, Nessa and Demelza. Nessa is an orphan from the mainland, who has run away to the island searching for her past and her identity. Demelza is a video game-obsessed islander searching for the truth using clues from her favorite game.

The Last Night game cover

Developer: Odd Tales
Publisher: Raw Fury Games
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
Release: 2018

The Last Night

The Last Night immerses you in the everyday life of Charlie, a second-class citizen living in a city brimming with augmentation and citizens living a gamified existence — none of which Charlie can experience himself due to a childhood accident. Apathetic and disheartened by the seemingly pointless world around him, Charlie is presented with an opportunity to take matters into his own hands. But at what risk?

Lost Sphear game cover

Developer: Tokyo RPG Factory
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: PS4, Windows, Switch
Release: Jan 23 (NA/EU)

Lost Sphear

A young man, who suffered a phenomenon that he had never seen, faces an ominous power that threatens the fabric of reality. Awaken the power of Memory to restore what was lost! Muster different Memory and craft the world around you in a journey to save the world.

Mega Man 11 game cover

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Windows, Switch
Release: Q4 2018

Mega Man 11

A freshly redesigned Mega Man takes on Dr. Wily’s berserk machines, defeating Robot Master bosses and taking their weapons, in an ever-evolving fight for justice with new and unique enemy designs.

Metro Exodus game cover

Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
Release: TBA 2018

Metro Exodus

Explore the Russian wilderness across vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line that spans an entire year through spring, summer and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter. Inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro Exodus continues Artyom’s story in the greatest Metro adventure yet.

Monster Hunter World game cover

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PS4, Xbox-ONE, Windows
Release: Jan 26 2018 (Consoles), TBA (Windows)

Monster Hunter World

The Monster Hunter series is big, enormous even depending where you look, and the upcoming 2018 entry is carrying its name with pride as it indeed sets to take on the (rest of the) world. Bigger, bolder and more accessible than ever before.

So bring on some friends and sharpen your swords, there’s big foes awaiting.

Moss game cover

Developer: Polyarc
Publisher: Polyarc
Platform: PS4,
Release: Feb 27 2018

Moss

Meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her quiet settlement. One day while exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious stone and an ancient magic is awakened. Dramatic events quickly unfold as a distant evil extends its reach. With her uncle now in grave danger, Quill must embark on an epic journey—and she needs you there by her side.

Crackdown 3 cover art

Developer: Level-5
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform: PS4, Windows
Release: Mar 23 2018

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

After being overthrown in a coup, the young king Evan sets out on an extraordinary quest to found a new kingdom, unite his world and protect its inhabitants from the dark forces that threaten them.
Join him on an unforgettable adventure which blurs the line between animated feature film and video game.

The Ni No Kuni is surely shaping up to be one of the prettiest games of this top 50.

Ooblets game cover

Developer: Glumberland
Publisher: Double Fine Presents
Platform: Xbox One, Windows
Release: TBA 2018

Ooblets

Ooblets is a farming, town life, and creature collection game inspired by Pokémon, Harvest Moon, and Animal Crossing. Manage your farm, grow and train your ooblets, run a shop, explore strange lands, battle wild ooblets and other ooblet trainers, and unlock the mysteries of Oob.

Project Octopath Traveler game cover

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: Switch
Release: TBA 2018

Project OCTOPATH TRAVELER

Embark on a vast new role-playing adventure as one of eight travelers, all with their own origins, paths, and goals. Where to begin? Who to team up with? Where to go next? Only you can decide.
Each traveler can use a distinct Path Action, a specialized way of achieving objectives and interacting with people you encounter. The warrior can “challenge” people to a duel, whereas the dancer can “allure” others to follow her, even into battle!

Red Dead Redemption 3 game cover

Developer: Rockstar Studios
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Platform: PS4, Xbox-ONE
Release: Q2-2018

Red Dead Redemption 2

Since we’re not likely to see GTA VI for a long time, let’s focus our attention to Rockstar’s Wild West Epic instead. The original game was a stellar showcase of what art and cinematography within a game could achieve, safe to say fans and critics alike were pleased when the sequel was announced last year.

We’ll be able to saddle our horse, pack our gear and ride into the sunset around Q2 this year, hopefully.

Scorn game cover

Developer: Ebb Software
Publisher: Humble Bundle
Platform: Windows
Release: October 2018

Scorn

Scorn is as mysterious as it is engrossing, and it does look pretty gross. With an organic design and aesthetics that would make H.R Giger or David Cronenberg blush, Scorn is a first person adventure set in a nightmarish world.

Serbian developer Ebb Software is promising one hell of a ride for Horror fans, watch out this one is our top 50 upcoming games this year.

The game is divided in 2 parts, the first of which Part 1 of 2: Dasein releases in October.

Sea of Thieves game cover

Developer: Rare
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: Xbox-ONE, Windows
Release: Mar 20 2018

Sea of Thieves

Ahoy! Rare’s new upcomin’ swashbucklin’ coop game looks immensely fun !
Wit’ an art style t’ set it apart from th’ competition, get ready t’ brin’ yer crew together ‘n set on an adventure on th’ high seas.
Pirate speech be optional, yarr.

Shadow of the Colossus game cover

Developer: Bluepoint Games
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release: Feb 6 2018

Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey through ancient lands to seek out and destroy gigantic mythical beasts. With your trusty horse at your side, explore the spacious lands and unearth each Colossi. Armed with your wits, a sword and a bow, use cunning and strategy to topple each behemoth.

Shenmue 3

Developer: Ys Net
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platform: PS4, Windows
Release: TBA 2018

Shenmue III

In 1987, following the events of Shenmue II, teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki has journeyed from Yokosuka, Japan to the mountains of Guilin, China in search of his father’s killer, Lan Di. There he met Ling Shenhua, a mysterious girl who previously appeared in his dreams. After learning the legend of her village which foretells a united path between them, Ryo and Shenhua embark on a new journey which reveals their shared destiny. Lan Di returns, with a new antagonist, Niao Sun.

Skull and Bones game cover

Developer: Ubisoft Singapore
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
Release: Q3/Q4 2018

Skull & Bones

Enter the Golden Age of Piracy as you sail through rich merchant trade routes. Embody an insatiable pirate captain, dive into the battle for the ruling of the Indian Ocean and become the most feared pirate, alone or with your gang of up to 5 players.

Soul Calibur 6

Developer: Project Soul
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
Release: TBA 2018

Soul Calibur VI

SoulCalibur VI represents the latest entry in the premier weapons-based, head-to-head fighting series and continues the epic struggle of warriors searching for the legendary Soul Swords. Taking place in the 16th century, revisit the events of the original SOULCALIBUR to uncover hidden truths.

Spider-man game cover

Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release: TBA 2018

Spider-Man

This isn’t the Spider-Man you’ve met or ever seen before. This is an experienced Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City. At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of millions of New Yorkers rest upon his shoulders.

Starlink battle for atlas cover

Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release: Q3 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

You choose your pilot, hull, wings and weapons, combine them to build a custom starship and lock it into place atop your game controller. As you pilot your way to a nearby planet within the Atlas Star System, you sense you’re not alone. Suddenly, three enemy ships emerge from a nearby astreroid field and it becomes very clear you are not welcome. You make a lightning-fast decision, swap out your wings and weapons on the fly and re-engage, as another epic battle begins to save the galaxy from Grax and the Forgotten Legion.

State of Decay 2 game cover

Developer: Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: Xbox One, Windows
Release: Q2 2018

State of Decay 2

The next installment in the critically acclaimed “State of Decay” franchise immerses you in an all-new, multiplayer zombie survival fantasy. Build a lasting community, working with other players or solo to overcome challenges while exploring your own unique story in a world that remembers the choices you make.

Surviving Mars game Cover

Developer: Haemimont Games
Publisher: Paradox interactive
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Windows, Mac
Release: TBA 2018

Surviving Mars

Welcome Home! The time has come to stake your claim on the Red Planet and build the first functioning human colonies on Mars! All you need are supplies, oxygen, decades of training, experience with sandstorms, and a can-do attitude to discover the purpose of those weird black cubes that appeared out of nowhere. With a bit of sprucing up, this place is going to be awesome!

System Shock game cover

Developer: Night Dive Studios
Publisher: Night Dive Studios
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Windows
Release: Q2 2018

System Shock Remastered

After 22 years, cyberpunk cult classic System Shock is getting an update. A “reimagined” version of the 1994 Windows PC game is in the works at Night Dive Studios for PC and Xbox One, and it’s a project that company founder Stephen Kick says he can hardly believe is really happening.

No More heroes: Travis Strikes again cover

Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher: Grasshopper Manufacture
Platform: Switch
Release: TBA 2018

No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again

Seven years have passed since the beginning of Travis Touchdown’s dealings with the United Assassins Association. He has since isolated himself and lives in a trailer with his cat Jeane. One night, Touchdown is tracked down by Badman, father of the deceased assassin Bad Girl, who Touchdown killed on his first climb up the UAA rankings. Badman attacks Touchdown, but their fight is cut short when Touchdown’s “phantom” Death Drive Mark II game console absorbs them.

Vampyr game cover

Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Focus Home Entertainment
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
Release: TBA 2018

Vampyr

Dontnod Enternaiment have shared some truly fantastic gaming moments with their previous games, so when we heard they were working on a new action role playing IP based on a Vampire with a conscience.. as a result we are of course curious.

We’re expecting some strong (and difficult) decision making with our kills, that would affect gameplay and story altogether dramatically.

Yakuza 6 game cover

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Platform: PS4
Release: Mar 20 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

As Kazuma Kiryu returns to the criminal underworld after Haruka’s revelation of Kiryu as the former chairman and Yakuza head. Haruka had hoped to retire from the life of being an idol and return to Asagao Orphanage. When one of the patriarchs of a rising Tojo clan sets fire to Little Asia and hospitalizes Haruka, Kiryu is forced to fight one last time to protect the Tojo clan he knows as rivals seek to reform the clan in a bloody fashion.

We happy few game cover

Developer: Compulsion Games
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
Release: Apr 13 2018 (PS4, Xbox One)

We Happy Few

Will get a full release in 2018! We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who don’t take kindly to people who don’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.

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