Top 15 Upcoming Games of 2017

Top 15 Upcoming Games of 2017

E3 2017 unveiled numerous game announcements for titles slated to debut in 2018 on the Xbox One (One S, One X), PS4 (PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro), and PC. Prior to these major releases hitting the shelves, key players in the gaming industry have already lined up heavyweight titles expected to launch before 2017 concludes. These games encompass innovative concepts, stunning remasters, and eagerly awaited sequels. We’re eagerly anticipating their release. If you’re seeking the cream of the crop in 2017 gaming, dive into our curated list of the top 15 upcoming games.

Note: The titles in the list are arranged in the order of their respective release dates. Since they haven’t been released yet, we would like to refrain ourselves from arranging them in any other specific order.

Best Upcoming Games for PC, Xbox One, and PS4

1. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

A treasure hunter seeking an ancient relic, with a murderous thug hot on their trail, and a series of narrow escapes leading to a big climax. Familiar? That’s the main concept of every Uncharted game. And while some might argue it’s cliched, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the best-selling PS4 game of all time. Developer Naughty Dog aims to continue this success with their upcoming game – The Lost Legacy.

Unlike Uncharted series’ main protagonist Drake, The Lost Legacy stars Uncharted 2’s treasure hunter Chloe Frazer partnering with mercenary Nadine Ross to navigate a vast archaeological site in India. Expanding on Uncharted 4’s emphasis on character relationships, The Lost Legacy delves deeper into Chloe and Nadine’s bond as they unite in pursuit of the Tusk of Ganesha, a mystical artifact concealed in the Western Ghats mountain range.

The Uncharted series consistently exceeds expectations, exemplifying innovation and excitement. With the monumental success of A Thief’s End, anticipation for Sony’s next move is palpable. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy promises a thrilling sense of wonder, adventure, and discovery.

Platforms: PS4

Release Date: August 22nd, 2017 (Pre-order)

2. Destiny 2

One of 2014’s most acclaimed games, Destiny quickly became beloved by gamers of all kinds. Bungie, renowned for its exceptional world-building, once again demonstrated this prowess with Destiny. An online-only first-person shooter, Destiny tasked players with traversing various planets to eliminate alien threats and prevent humanity’s extinction. However, the absence of a cohesive single-player campaign storyline was a notable flaw in the original Destiny, a deficiency that Destiny 2 aims to rectify.

Fulfilling fans’ expectations, Destiny 2 emphasizes its fresh character-driven solo campaign, promising an epic experience. Expanding on the 4v4 team format, Destiny 2 broadens its multiplayer combat accessibility beyond seasoned fire teams. The game introduces the ‘Red War’ solo campaign, boasting increased cinematic content, along with a novel Strike Mission titled ‘The Inverted Spire’. Additionally, a Guided Games function enables new players to join experienced clans for challenging raid and strike missions.

Guardians anticipate new subclasses with unique abilities. Destiny 2 shapes up as an impressive sequel. The Destiny 2 beta runs from July 18 to July 24, exclusively for pre-orders or those with beta keys.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: September 6th, 2017 (Pre-order)

3. Dishonored: Death of The Outsider

Dishonored stands as one of Bethesda’s finest creations, establishing benchmarks for first-person stealth games. Following numerous DLCs, Bethesda now elevates the narrative. In the original, players assumed the role of Corvo. The sequel introduced the option to play as Corvo or the princess Emily, whom Corvo trained. With Death of The Outsider, Bethesda aims to revolutionize the game with a fresh storyline while preserving the essence of its predecessors.

As a standalone expansion pack, players now control Billie Lurk, an assassin introduced in Dishonored 1 DLC – Knife of Dunwall and reprised in Dishonored 2 as Meagan Foster. In Death of The Outsider, she reunites with Daud, her old mentor and the protagonist of Knife Of Dunwall, to kill the Outsider. Billie will use new powers to infiltrate underground fight clubs and confront the Sisters of the Oracular Order, immortal Envisioned, and the Outsider-obsessed Eyeless gang.

She’ll face new Clockwork Soldiers and other returning foes while retrieving ancient artifacts in a thrilling bank-heist mission, eventually confronting the mysterious, god-like Outsider. The expansion also includes an “Original Game Plus” mode, allowing players to experience the Death Of The Outsider story with a selection of Emily and Corvo’s abilities from Dishonored 2.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: September 15th, 2017 (Pre-order)

4. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite marks the sixth mainstream entry in the crossover games series. The last installment, Fate of Two Worlds, debuted in 2011, a time when the Marvel Cinematic Universe consisted of just one movie. Consequently, although the game garnered praise, it mainly appealed to Capcom’s fan base and occasional Marvel comic book readers. Now, nearly six years later, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded significantly, and Capcom aims to capitalize on this growth with Infinite.

Similar to prior editions, players control characters from both Marvel Comics and Capcom universes in tag team battles. Infinite features two-on-two fights, contrasting with the three-on-three format of its predecessors. Traditional character assists are omitted; instead, the game employs a tag-based combo system, enabling instant character switches for continuous combos. It introduces the Infinity Stones, granting unique abilities and stat boosts based on the stone type chosen. Although controls are simplified, gameplay remains as intricate as before.

Consisting of only 14 fighters – Ryu, Chun-Li, Mega Man X, Chris Redfield, Strider Hiryu, Morrigan, Ultron, Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and Rocket Raccoon, with more to be added, Capcom ensures there is balance among the characters. Unlike certain characters in Mortal Kombat or Tekken series, each player has an equal power set. However, a fight can be lost from the character select screen if you don’t choose three fighters that complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. For any Capcom and/or Marvel fan, Infinite is an easy investment.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: September 19th, 2017 (Pre-order)

5. FIFA 18

For any football (or soccer) fan, FIFA has long been the favorite simulator game for the world’s beloved sport. Yes, like some of you, even I prefer PES, but we’re talking about the majority here, and FIFA clearly wins. Developed by EA Sports, FIFA 18 is the next entrant in the annual football simulator series. While it is difficult to continuously add new features to a game with each iteration for an annual release, EA has still managed to check almost all the right boxes once again with FIFA 18.

Despite FIFA 18 not being a huge overhaul, the tweaks and additions create a football game that’s more realistic, fluid, and enjoyable. Switching to the Frostbite Engine in FIFA 17 was a step in the right direction, offering players improved graphics and gameplay. However, FIFA 17 only scratched the surface of Frostbite’s potential with its story mode. While the initial switch brought some bugs, FIFA 18 aims to address FIFA 17’s shortcomings and fill its loopholes.

Frostbite, a powerful engine behind games like Battlefield, drives FIFA 18. Its careful implementation delivers enhanced graphics, detailed lighting, improved stadiums, and atmospheric gameplay. The standout improvement is the sequel to Alex Hunter’s story mode, where he must choose a club. Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence brings realistic player movements, an enhanced stamina system, and individual celebrations. While not as dramatic as previous jumps, FIFA 18 promises to engage users for another year.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: September 29th, 2017 (Pre-order)

6. Forza Motorsport 7

Forza is Microsoft’s crown jewel, alongside the Halo series, and Sony’s answer to Gran Turismo. The Forza series comprises two variants – Motorsport and Horizon. While the Horizon series focuses on open-world/street racing, Motorsport emphasizes professional racing. As the tenth installment, Forza Motorsport 7 is poised to be the biggest racing game to date.

Turn 10 Studios developed Forza Motorsport, featuring over 700 cars within the game. Additional DLCs and expansion packs will add more cars. Staying true to its core, the game allows users to customize each vehicle with over 200 customizations. In this iteration, users can also customize their drivers.

In 2016, Turn 10 Studios stunned with superb graphics in Forza Horizon 3. If you thought those were great, wait until you’ve seen Motorsport 7’s graphics. Kicking last year’s gorgeous Forza Horizon 3 out of the park (pun intended), Forza Motorsport 7 boasts a ridiculous commitment to realism and graphical fidelity. Microsoft provided the Turn 10 team with a prototype XBOX One X System, allowing development for 60 frames per second at 4K resolution. Forza Motorsport 7 is clearly a racing game made by racing nerds for racing nerds.

Platforms: Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: October 3rd, 2017 (Pre-order)

7. Middle Earth: Shadow of War

In Shadow of War, the player continues the story of the ranger Talion who shares his body with the spirit of the elf lord Celebrimbor, using one of the Rings of Power to amass an army against Sauron and his Nazgûl forces. Combat has been slightly tweaked to provide more skills, and the loot system upgraded for increased variety and statistical differences between items. However, at its core, the free running and combat mechanics resemble those of Shadow of Mordor, offering dodge, attack, and executions, occasionally interspersed with ranged bow shots or magic.

The game introduces a new Siege mode, where you rally your forces to wrest control of a region from Sauron by capturing key points in the stronghold and defeating the main warlord. Each siege varies as the orc leader and bosses possess different personalities, skills, and weaknesses. Additionally, it enables users to recruit and manage their army as they prefer. If Warner Brothers fulfills its promise to allow players to genuinely influence Mordor, Shadow of War could contend for game of the year.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: October 10th, 2017 (Pre-order)

8. Evil Within 2

In fall 2014, Bethesda delved into horror with The Evil Within. A third-person psychological survival horror directed by Shinji Mikami, known for Resident Evil. The game earned praise for its horror and atmosphere, as players navigated a distorted, nightmarish world.

Top 15 Upcoming Games of 2017

Taking place three years after the first game, The Evil Within 2 is a direct sequel to Tango Gameworks’ original. Sebastian Castellanos, our smooth-talking protagonist with a suave waistcoat, is back and grumpier than ever. Years before the events of the first game, Sebastian’s daughter, Lily, passed away in a tragic house fire. At least, that’s what he thought. The Evil Within 2 follows Sebastian as he travels to Union. With Lily’s mind at the core of its creation, Union is a mix of claustrophobic environments and wide open areas for exploration.

In Union city, Sebastian ventures through both real and supernatural locales to find his daughter. His former colleague, Juli Kidman, aids him amidst puzzles and foes, relying on his detective skills for survival. Shinji Mikami promises a compelling storyline for users.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: October 13th, 2017 (Pre-order)

9. Gran Turismo Sport

Sony’s enduring racing franchise, Gran Turismo, returns with Gran Turismo Sport, the thirteenth installment and the first exclusive to PlayStation 4. Referred to not merely as a reboot but as a complete revitalization of the series, it heralds a new era in its second generation.

Gran Turismo Sport offers 137 super premium cars, a contrast to Forza Motorsport 7. Despite fewer in quantity, this number remains significant. Sony’s extended tenure in the gaming industry gives Gran Turismo a distinct advantage. With insights garnered from their prior racing title, Driveclub, Sony emerges as a formidable competitor, at least theoretically.

GT Sport offers three game modes: “Campaign”, “Sports Mode”, and “Arcade Mode”, playable offline and online. It diverges from past “Prologue” titles, promising more content. Despite Forza’s market success, Gran Turismo Sport competes fiercely. Both games being platform exclusive, the choice boils down to your console.

Platforms: PS4

Release Date: October 17th, 2017 (Pre-order)

10. Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Featuring historical fiction and characters, mixed with real-world historical events and figures, Assassin’s Creed is among Ubisoft’s most successful franchises. It portrays a centuries-old struggle between the Assassins, advocating peace with free will, and the Templars, seeking peace through control. All games in the series have become best sellers, with some winning Game of the Year awards. Thus, when Ubisoft announced at E3 2017 a new entry to the award-winning series, it naturally sparked excitement.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins, the tenth installment in the franchise, has no connection to previous titles. Set in Ptolemaic Egypt, the story follows Bayek, a Medjay, protecting his people. The open world allows players to freely roam Egypt by foot, horseback, camelback, or boat. Unlike earlier games, combat offers a fast-paced system, blending dodges, shield blocks, light, and heavy melee, along with ranged bow attacks.

This year, Ubisoft focused on enhancing its combat system and introduced a new RPG-esque gear and skills systems. Origin also gives you direct control over your equipment and, according to the devs, will feature an advanced loot system allowing you to scavenge and buy various weapons during your adventure. Overall, Origins appears to be a step in the right direction for the Assassin’s Creed series.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: October 27th, 2017 (Pre-order)

11. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Our third entry from Bethesda Studios, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, follows 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order. It’s the eighth main installment in the series and highly anticipated after the success of its predecessor. In The New Order, the story unfolds in an alternate history where the Nazis won World War II. The New Colossus continues this narrative, confronting Nazi rule.

The user controls the game’s protagonist, BJ Blazkowicz. Following the grenade blast concluding The New Order, The New Colossus begins with our hero badly injured, barely able to walk. The player must navigate while seated in a wheelchair. Despite the oddity of traversing against Nazi machine guns and personnel, the environment complements the player’s so-called disability. Exploring, you’ll encounter conveyor belts and elevators propelling you through areas, dispatching Nazis with flair. Like its predecessor, The New Colossus employs on-the-rails level design, but it’s the clever use of vertical space that stands out.

The New Colossus underscores the series’ sadistic nature. Whether additional features augment gameplay remains uncertain. Nonetheless, the storyline has consistently been the Wolfenstein series’ forte, with The New Colossus poised to uphold that reputation.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: October 27th, 2017 (Pre-order)

12. Call of Duty: World War II

The premier first-person shooter franchise worldwide, Call of Duty reemerges with its fourteenth installment, Call of Duty: World War II. Serving as a sequel to the 2008 release Call of Duty: World at War, this return follows the poorly received Infinite Warfare, known for its heavily criticized trailer, now the second most disliked video on YouTube. Returning to the roots of the original CoD trilogy, this installment embraces “boots on the ground gameplay” within a WWII setting.

After EA’s success with Battlefield 1, set in World War 1, Call of Duty responds to its fan base by developing a game centered on World War 2. The story unfolds in the European theater, focusing on a squad from the 1st Infantry Division battling on the Western Front. Unlike its predecessors, the game lacks the unlimited sprint mechanic and replaces the “slide” movement with a “hit-the-deck” mechanic, enabling players to leap forward and take cover rapidly, reminiscent of the “dolphin dive” from the Black Ops series.

WWII is the first title since the original Call of Duty to omit health regeneration in the campaign. Players rely on medic squadmates for health packs and other squad members for ammunition. Squadmates can also spot enemies, revealing their position as silhouettes. Additionally, all players are automatically in “Hardcore Mode,” eliminating difficulty settings. Enemy soldiers can be captured, and wounded allies can be dragged to cover. These actions, along with killing enemies and completing objectives, contribute to player experience (XP) and skill improvement. With fast-paced gameplay and an overhauled class system, WW2 aims to return CoD to its roots.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: November 3rd, 2017 (Pre-order)

13. Need For Speed: Payback

Need For Speed, a globally recognized franchise, holds sway in the gaming world. Nearly every gamer has indulged in its adrenaline-fueled races. While historically setting gaming benchmarks, recent iterations have struggled to maintain momentum. With market dominance shifting towards Forza and Gran Turismo, the franchise faced a pivotal moment. Need For Speed: Payback emerged as the answer.

While not entirely original, the game evokes the spirit of the Fast and Furious film franchise, a theme prominently featured in its Heist mode. Located in Fortune Valley, it offers racers full autonomy to select missions, races, and dominate the streets. As the 23rd installment, EA leverages its experience in racing games, aiming to rectify past shortcomings by reintroducing the customization options that defined Underground 2 and Most Wanted 2005 as franchise highlights.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: November 10th, 2017 (Pre-order)

14. Star Wars Battlefront 2

It’s hard to imagine a movie franchise better suited to video games than Star Wars. The fans have wanted this for ages, and while there have been many Star Wars games, none have been as beautiful as the 2015 Battlefront. With the films featuring epic space dogfights, memorable characters, and legions of enemies who seemingly can’t aim properly, it’s a brand that fits the medium more than anything else. While Battlefront was great, it left the players wanting for more – a single player campaign mode, and that is exactly what Battlefront 2 comes with.

The campaign begins right after the destruction of Death Star 2 and concludes around the time Starkiller Base is destroyed – spanning nearly 30 years. Players assume control of elite Imperial Commander Iden Versio, with segments featuring Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren. The narrative aims to humanize the Empire, providing insight into a seemingly likable character who genuinely believes in the Death Star’s merits.

With a newfound attention to detail lacking in its predecessor, Battlefront II’s multiplayer embodies the essence of the movies more authentically than its campaign. It offers deeper and more rewarding gameplay than the original Battlefront. However, the captivatingly crafted single-player cutscenes allude to a Star Wars narrative that fans eagerly anticipate.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: November 17th, 2017 (Pre-order)

15. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a massively multiplayer online battle royal video game, developed by Bluehole. Among the most promising titles, it entered Steam’s early access in March 2017, selling approximately five million copies. Although initially released as Early Access (Beta), the full game is scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter of 2017, featuring additional content.

The game’s concept defines battle royale. Up to one hundred players parachute onto an island, scavenging for weapons and equipment to eliminate others while avoiding death themselves. The available safe area shrinks over a match, funneling surviving players into tighter spaces and necessitating encounters. The last player or team standing wins.

Compared to the current version, developers assure that the final release will include modding tools, enabling players to customize their experience. Windows users can purchase the game now or await the final release, which will also be available to console users.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: TBA (Q4, 2017) (Early Release)

Get Ready for 2017’s Best Upcoming Games

2017 promises an array of exceptional games for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Among them, these 15 stand out as the most thrilling. If you seek the year’s finest upcoming games, our list has you covered. Share in the comments below which game excites you the most and that you’re eagerly anticipating.