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56 Biggest Upcoming New Games of 2018 & Beyond

Trying to figure out which games to buy this year? Don't worry, we (and our bloody massive list) have you covered.

This is the bit where I write that 2017 was an exceptional year for gaming, a sentiment echoed by almost every publication and YouTube channel you can think of. No matter how many times it’s said, however, it doesn’t make it any less true. With the likes of Breath of the Wild, Odyssey, and Horizon Zero Dawn wowing everyone last year, it will certainly go down as a stellar year. But that was then and this is now, so it’s time to look forward to the biggest upcoming new games of 2018.

We’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible with our list, adding games from all major platforms and the basic information we know about each. We have held off on rumoured new games, such as Battlefield 5 and a new Devil May Cry title, but we will add them here if and when they are confirmed. For variety’s sake, we’ve also excluded annual releases like FIFA and CoD because it’s utter folly.

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Join Ashley Bates (AB) and Jimmy Donnellan (JD) as they reveal some games you should certainly watch out for. Which of these new games below are you looking forward to most in 2018 and the near future? Drop us a comment down below with your picks or simply let us know what we’ve missed.

 

1. The Crew 2

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The Crew 2

Developer(s): Ivory Tower, Ubisoft Reflections
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release date: Q2/3 2018

Let’s all be honest with ourselves: the original version of The Crew wasn’t that good. The premise was great, certainly, with the player being able to explore a miniaturised version of the United States, allowing you to actually road trip from New York to LA in one sitting. Unfortunately, the actual driving was dull and the story was yawn-inducing garbage. The Crew 2 should hopefully address these issues, whilst adding significant updates like boats, bikes and planes to help keep the game fresh as you become the best racer in Motornation. – AB

 

2. Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 sniper

Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform(s): PC, XB1, PS4
Release date: 27 March 2018

Just when you thought it was safe to release animals into the wild again, Far Cry 5 came along – no furs are safe. If you’ve played a Far Cry game before, you know what to expect: a lush open-world with more collectibles than your average stamp collector. The main difference this time out is that it appears to be politically-charged, putting you in the shoes of a deputy Sheriff as you fight against the “cult” followers of Joseph Seed in the backwaters of Hope County. – JD

 

3. Dragon Ball FighterZ

Developer(s): Arc System Works
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release Date: 26 January 2018

Regular readers might already know that I’m very, very excited for this one. I’m sure Jimmy is already sick of me gushing about Dragon Ball FighterZ, especially after getting some hands-on time with the game. The marriage of Arc System Works and Akira Toriyama’s much loved franchise looks to be one made in heaven, and each announcement just increases the excitement tenfold. With plenty of modes, all the fan favourite characters and some debutants as well, along with Arc System’s trademark beautiful visuals and a fantastic soundtrack, Dragon Ball FighterZ has all the makings of a real winner. – AB

 

4. Days Gone

Days Gone wallpaper

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

Don’t let its appearance deceive you: this isn’t just any old zombie game. It also has a motorcycle. And a crafting system. Also a day/night cycle and dynamic weather. And the main character’s name is Deacon St. John. Best of all, however? Infected bears. Details on the release date for this not-actually-zombies zombie game for the PS4 have been scarce, but look towards the latter half of 2018 if you’re a gambler. – JD

 

5. Red Dead Redemption 2

Developer(s): Rockstar, Rockstar San Diego
Publisher: Rockstar
Platform(s): PS4, XB1
Release Date: 2018

Let’s all take a minute to thank Rockstar and Take-Two for taking a break from GTA Online updates and Shark Cards to work on Red Dead Redemption 2. The urge to revisit those familiar frontiers has been growing these past few years, and RDR 2 has all the potential in the world to be the best entry in the series. Let’s just hope that the Red Dead Online or whatever it’ll be called isn’t the microtransaction fest that GTA. Or hope there’s no awful zombie DLC. Yeah, I said it. Undead Nightmare was shite. Fight me. – AB

 

6. Detroit: Become Human

Detroit: Become Human

Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release date: Q1/Q2 2018

No matter your opinion on David Cage (and most of the internet seems to have one), you can’t deny that he’s always a little “out there” and takes some narrative risks. Sure, his games doesn’t always make a lot of sense, but Detroit: Become Human could at least put an interesting spin on the “are androids human?” old-fashioned yarn in the only way Cage knows how. If there are no QTE prompts for sex, though, I don’t want to know. – JD

 

7. Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves Xbox One

Developer(s): Rare
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform(s): XB1, PC
Release Date: 20th March 2018

The joy of gaming is that it can provide you with limitless opportunities to live out any fantasy you like, whether that be a space marine, master criminal or just someone who actually has their life together. Looking at you, Sims. Rare’s upcoming offering, Sea of Thieves, wants you and your friends to become pirates, sailing the seven seas and plundering some sweet loot. Just look out for the likes of murderous skeletons, treacherous mutinies and worst of all: scurvy. – AB

 

8. God of War

God of War PS4

Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release date: Q1 2018

The angriest dad in gaming –a spot tied with The Last of Us’ Joel– is back, but he’s a little bit more somber this time out. Oh, and he’s also hopped and skipped through mythological times and is now in Norse mythology instead of Greek. It’s all change for Kratos this time out with his iconic blades now replaced with axes and less emphasis on the hacking and slashing. It’s going to be an interesting one, that’s for sure, but early signs for God of War look very promising indeed. – JD

 

9. Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3

Developer(s): Reagent Games, Sumo Digital
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform(s): XB1, PC
Release Date: 2018, maybe.

Fans of the original Crackdown, such as myself, have been waiting for Crackdown 3 for what seems like forever. It was announced back in 2014, but in the time between then and now, Microsoft have been quite stingy with news about the game. Most of the time it’s been a delay or nothing. Crackdown 3 was touted to include a massive environmental destruction system, but we’ve seen very little of that either. We have seen Terry Crews in one of the trailers though, so there’s that. I’m still excited for it, because Crackdown was one of the Xbox 360’s defining games, but I’m cautious too. We’ll have to wait and see. – AB

 

10. The Last Night

Developer: Odd Tales
Publisher: Raw Fury
Platform(s): XB1, PC, Mac
Release date: 2018

I’m a sucker for any side-scroller with a gorgeous aesthetic, a bill which The Last Night fits like a glove. Set in a dystopian city and featuring more cyberpunk stylings than Roger Deakins could shake his tripod at, The Last Night’s themes included classism, automation, and just how pretty a game can be before you screencap every single frame and plaster them on your wall. – JD

 

11. Monster Hunter: World

Developer(s): Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release Date: 26th January 2018 (for consoles), Autumn 2018 (for PC)

Monster Hunter: World is the first non-Nintendo game in the series to be released in the west in almost thirteen years. In fact, this game will be the first time that a Monster Hunter game will be released in Japan, Europe and North America simultaneously. It’s clear that Capcom are going all in on the series, which is a good thing. Early demos and the recent betas suggest that Monster Hunter: World has the potential to be a big hit in 2018, for fans of the series and newcomers alike. – AB

 

12. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come Deliverance

Developer: Warhorse Studios
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: February 13th 2018

Long in the making, Kingdom Come: Deliverance promises to be a realistic depiction of medieval warfare. No word if you can fling plague rats at your enemies, sadly. Focusing on narrative in its open-world, you play as Henry, a blacksmith who survives the massacre of everyone in his village and joins the rebellion in a civil war. It’s been in development for almost as long as we’ve been a website, so here’s hoping the guys at Warhorse can deliver. – JD

 

13. State of Decay 2

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Developer(s): Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform(s): XB1, PC
Release date: 2018

The original State of Decay was hard. Well, perhaps that’s the wrong choice of words. State of Decay was brutal, unforgiving and punishing. You could say it was the “Dark Souls of Zombie Survival Games” if you happened to be some asshole on Twitter. Shade throwing aside, State of Decay 2 looks to be more of the same permadeath purgatory that dropped back in 2013, but with more special zombies, survivors and weapons. Also, there’ll be co-op. Misery does love company, after all. – AB

 

14. A Way Out

A Way Out game

Developer: Hazelight
Publisher: EA Originals
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: March 23 2018

If you don’t have any interest in A Way Out, you clearly haven’t heard about its creator. Josef Fares is a torpedo to the suits in the industry and he makes great games to boot. His first game since Brothers offers one of the more interesting forms of co-op in a few years, pitching players as two criminals looking to escape from prison. It’s brave that there’s no single-player whatsoever, so watch this space to see if the experiment works and what Fares says next. – JD

 

15. Anthem

Anthem gameplay

Developer(s): Bioware
Publisher: EA
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release date: 2018

You know how we were afraid that Red Dead Redemption 2 might become a microtransaction riddled mess? Here’s our other worry. It’s already been suggested that Anthem could be the start of a 10 year journey for BioWare, which might force the looming spectre of loot boxes and microtransactions to rear their ugly heads. From the debut trailer during Microsoft’s presentation at E3, Anthem looked stunning. Players will have access to a fully customisable exosuit, and a huge open world with which to dick about in with up to 3 friends. We’ve just got our fingers crossed that we can enjoy the game without having to fork out extra money just for a chance at some loot. – AB

 

16. Vampyr

Vampyr game

Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: Q1/Q2 2018

The creators of Life Is Strange are back with something completely different. Playing as Jonathan Reid, a vampiric doctor, Vampyr is an action RPG where your decisions have lasting impact on the game world. With the Spanish flu running rampant through London, does Reid convert many of its citizens to vampires to cure them while also cursing them to a miserable life or does he let it play its course? One of underdog picks to make a huge splash this year. – JD

 

17. Witchfire

Developer(s): The Astronauts
Publisher: The Astronauts
Platform(s): PC
Release Date: TBC

Announced at The Game Awards 2017, Witchfire is being made by The Astronauts, the team behind The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. The Witchfire trailer looked like more of the same narrative adventure stuff, until the demons started to rise and bullets started flying. This couldn’t be further from Ethan Carter. Whilst the dev team note on their blog that Witchfire is a long way from completion, the early footage is enough to excite. The game looks very reminiscent of some of The Astronauts’ previous work, specifically Painkiller and Bulletstorm. Think big guns, bigger enemies and, hopefully, huge amounts of fun. – AB

 

18. Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: TBC (rumoured first half of 2018)

I may be one of a few people who mostly adored A New Frontier, but I can admit that it was the right call for Telltale to close the book on its most beloved franchise – shame the guys at AMC can’t do the same. Little is known about the last undead foray of Clem, but here’s a couple of guarantees: it will be sad and people will die. Definitely not Clem, though. Right? RIGHT? – JD

 

19. Darksiders III

Darksiders 3

Developer(s): Gunfire Games
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release date: 2018

When THQ went tits up back in 2013, the fate of many franchises were left up in the air. The WWE games and the Saints Row series found new homes relatively quickly, but Darksiders had to be auctioned off. The property was acquired by Nordic Games, who have now renamed themselves THQ Nordic, and in May of 2017 they announced that Darksiders III was on the way. Development duties have been passed to Gunfire Games, whose dev team largely consists of Vigil Games employees, and have already worked on the Darksiders series. Safe to say, the series is in good hands. We certainly can’t wait to see how Fury’s journey compares to her fellow Horsemen of the Apocalypse War and Death. – AB

 

20. The Inpatient

The Inpatient

Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PSVR
Release date: Jan 23rd 2018 (US), Jan 24th 2018 (WW)

I have a lot of faith in the guys at Supermassive Games to deliver a haunting VR experience with The Inpatient. Set before the events of Until Dawn, you wake up in Blackwood Sanatorium and have to uncover why you landed up there. The game’s incorporation of voice controls looks like a pretty cool twist and the possibility for multiple endings means there will be plenty for you to do to unlock them all. Don’t let your nan play it, mind you. – JD

 

21. Spider-Man

Spider-Man PS4

Developer(s): Insomniac Games
Publisher: SIE
Platform(s): PS4
Release Date: 2018

The Spider-Man franchise had somewhat of a tempestuous relationship with gaming. For every Spider-Man 2, there was a Spider-Man 3. For Shattered Dimensions, there was The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Insomniac Games are the latest team to try their hand at portraying the Virtual Neighbourhood Spider-Man, and all signs point to a successful outing. No more web swinging on thin air, for starters, but they’re also drawing on elements of more recent canon and characters, like Mr Negative and Miles Morales, to create a more modern Spider-Man game. Could it knock Spider-Man 2 off its throne? We’ll have to see. – AB

22. The Wolf Among Us: Season 2

The Wolf Among Us

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1, iOS, Android
Release date: 2018

We never thought we would see the day, but Telltale’s cult hit is finally getting a follow-up after years of fan campaigning. Almost nothing is known about the second season of The Wolf Among Us with details being hard to come across since its reveal, but if we know Bigby, expect detached appendages and a lot of drinking. Now, if we could just get Telltale to make a second season of Tales From the Borderlands… – JD

 

23. Metro: Exodus

Developer(s): 4A Games
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release date: 2018

The third game in the first-person shooter series based on the books written by Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro: Exodus will once again place you in the well-worn shoes of Artyom as he tries to survive post-nuclear apocalypse Russia. Previous games confined you to Moscow, both on the surface and the underground train system, but this game will see Artyom travel further afield. With new characters, new locations and probably some new enemies, Exodus should be an interesting addition to the series. – AB

 

24. Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus PS4 Remaster

Developer: Bluepoint, Team ICO (original)
Publisher: SIE
Platform(s): PS4
Release date: February 6th 2018 (US), February 7th 2018 (WW)

A modern update of the bonafide guilt simulator, Shadow of the Colossus is looking like a remake done the right way. Handled by the same guys who remastered Nathan Drake’s earlier adventures for PS4, SotC will feature all of the trimmings of the original, which includes climbing up plenty of stunning leviathans and shameful crying once the final blow lands. It’s going to appeal to those who have and haven’t played the original: newcomers will be able to experience one of the most iconic games in the PS2’s huge library and older players will be able to keep their nostalgia intact without dealing with some outdated controls. – JD

 

25. Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts

Developer(s): Double Fine Productions
Publisher: Starbreeze Studios
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release date: Not 2018, unfortunately.

One of the last great platformers of the PS2/Original Xbox era, Psychonauts was an unforgettable journey of psychic abilities, summer camps and brains. It was eccentric, absurd, and quite frankly brilliant. Fans have demanded a sequel for years, and in 2015 Double Fine Studios delivered, announced they were working on Psychonauts 2. Though we’ve had a Psychonauts VR experience between then and now, we haven’t seen or heard much about Psychonauts 2. The sequel has some big shoes to fill, but if anyone can deliver, Double Fine can. – AB

 

26. Biomutant

Biomutant

Developer(s): Experiment 101
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release date: 2018

Another entry from publishers THQ Nordic, Biomutant is an action RPG where you control a raccoon like creature that you can customise, and then use to beat the shit out of other animals. Early videos of the gameplay suggest that developers Experiment 101 are combining the best parts of character action games like Devil May Cry with RPGs like The Witcher and with exploration elements found in classic Metroidvania games. Biomutant is definitely one to keep an eye on. – AB

 

27. Agony

Agony trailer

Developer: Madmind Studio
Publisher: PlayWay
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: March 30th 2018

Agony looks like serious grossness and I am here for it. A first-person action horror game, you must stumble through the festering halls of Hell while trying not to puke over its many utterly gruesome spectacles. One of its more interesting quirks is the ability to control the minds of humans and simple demons, hopefully to help them see episodes of Care Bears rather than the living nightmare they are in. Agony is going to completely fuck me up and I can’t wait. As a bonus, nipples are everywhere. – JD

 

28. Jurassic World Evolution

Jurassic World Evolution

Developer(s): Frontier Developments
Publisher: Frontier Developments
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release date: June 2018

Fuck a Theme Hospital or a Rollercoaster Tycoon, the idea of becoming John Hammond incarnate and making our own little Jurassic Park is a tantalising one, yet one that hasn’t truly been capitalised upon. Other than Operation Genesis for the PS2, Xbox and PC, there hasn’t been any other game of that ilk. We’re not counting that Jurassic Park Builder mobile game, go away. Jurassic World Evolution from Frontier Developments will fill that void. Expect the usual park management with some added DNA splicing a la the Jurassic World film thrown in for good measure. – AB

 

29. A Plague Tale: Innocence

Developer: Asobo Studio
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: TBC

Little is known about Asobo’s A Plague Tale, apart from the fact that it centers around the plague and that there will be lots of rats. Lots and lots of rats. Elsewhere, we will have a strong dynamic between its two lead characters, brother and sister Hugo and Amicia. As you’re playing as kids, don’t expect flamethrowers to be at your disposal. Instead, depend on your wits and make your way through puzzles while also trying not to get noshed on by vermin. – JD

 

30. Soul Calibur VI

Soul Calibur 6

Developer(s): Project Soul
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release date: 2018

Here it is, the game that essentially ruined my Best Fighting Games of 2018 list by being announced a couple of days later: Soul Calibur VI. Announced at The Game Awards 2017, Soul Calibur appears to be a much needed reboot for the series, with the debut trailer showcasing a youthful Mitsurugi and Sophitia doing battle. The gameplay appears similar to Soul Calibur V, with Critical Edges making a comeback, but new mechanics such as Reversal Edges should help keep the gameplay fresh. Now we just wait for more character announcements. Here’s hoping for Maxi and Astaroth. – AB

 

31. Bravo Team

Bravo Team PS VR

Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PSVR
Release date: Mar 6th 2018 (US), March 7th 2018 (WW)

Another VR entry from Supermassive Games, Bravo Team could be the early Rainbow Six game that virtual reality’s been crying out for. Featuring a heavy emphasis on team-based play, you can pair up with a friend to take down the bad guys behind enemy lines. You will be ducking in and out of cover and waving your aim controller around like a madman – Bravo Team looks like a straightforward but very satisfying shooter. If you enjoyed Rush of Blood, this is the natural progression. – JD

 

32. Code: Vein

Code Vein Xbox One

Developer(s): Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release date: 2018

The vampiric slash ‘em up from Bandai Namco has fallen victim of the Dark Souls comparison ever since its announcement (hell, I think I was even guilty of it during my tenure at a previous website), though in fairness Code Vein does share a lot of the same hallmarks. The emphasis is on using big swords to twat bigger monsters, but there are some key differences too. The art style for starters draws inspirations from the darker, more mature side of anime, and it’ll be interesting to see how being a vampire and using blood will factor into the gameplay when it launches. – AB

 

33. Ghost of Tsushima

Developer: Sucker Punch
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release date: TBA

Revealed at PGW 2017, Ghost of Tsushima is what the inFamous guys have been up to since we parted pays with Delsin Rowe in Second Son. Taking place in feudal Japan on the island of Tsushima itself, little is known about the game so far, so don’t expect it to make 2018. What we do know, however, is that we can’t wait to dash around the open, luscious landscapes of the time period with a great big bastard katana. – JD

 

34. Bayonetta 3

Developer(s): Platinum Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Release Date: TBC

The current Queen of the Character Action genre, Bayonetta is currently enjoying the perks of an exclusive deal with Nintendo. It was announced that Bayonetta 3 will launch on the Nintendo Switch, along with re-releases of the first two games. Not much is currently known about the third game, other than Bayonetta will return (obviously, not like I’m winning a Pulitzer Prize for that one), and her main opponent in the announcement trailer was a purple ghost that bodied her in no time at all. Bayonetta 3 might just be the toughest instalment yet. – AB

 

35. Praey for the Gods

Praey For The Gods

Developer: No Matter
Publisher: No Matter
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1

Remember this? Well, it’s probably more to do with the copyright kerfuffle with Zenimax more than anything else, but in a year which sees Shadow of the Colossus rising up again, it will be interesting to see a how game with clear inspirations from Team ICO’s stone cold classic stack up. Most impressive of all, however, is the scale of the game considering the small development. The jury’s still out on Praey for the Gods, but I’m going to say that it’s nothing if not impressive so far. – JD

 

36. Fighting EX Layer

Developer(s): ARIKA
Publisher: ARIKA
Platform(s): PS4
Release Date: 2018

It’s still somewhat hard to believe that this is real, but it is. We played the beta, it was actually a lot of fun. Fighting EX Layer is the latest fighting game from ARIKA, most notably responsible for the Street Fighter EX series and the arcade only release Fighting Layer. Fighting EX Layer is the just natural fusion of the two. Gameplay wise, the game very similar to Street Fighter EX, as combos and super moves are fairly easy to perform. The time it takes to cancel a move into a super is very generous, which should lower the barrier for entry that affects other fighting games. During the beta though, the netcode led to a variety of gameplay issues, mainly that the game would stutter every five seconds in particularly rough patches. Here’s hoping that ARIKA can work on those before release. – AB

 

37. The Last of Us: Part II

The Last of Us 2

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release date: TBC

I realise that this is not going to be out for a long time, but a man can dream. As with most games these days, The Last of Us: Part II is shrouded in mystery, even with two trailers to its name. We know that we’ll be playing as Ellie this time out, but what of Joel? Could the theories be correct? Just when we were getting acclimated to the possibility that gaming’s best dad may not be around anymore, a second trailer came out featuring a hammer-wielding badass. Who knows what’s going on anymore, but I am along for the ride. – JD

 

38. Blood and Truth

Blood and Truth PS4

Developer(s): SIE London Studios
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s): PSVR
Release Date: TBC

Anyone got the money to buy me a PSVR headset? Anyone? I’m going to need my fix of Blood and Truth when it eventually launches. London Studio’s first person shooter/revenge thriller appears to be the result of casting Ross Kemp as John Wick: lots of cockney accents and lots more dead bodies. Unlike other VR FPS games, you move from cover to cover instead freely moving or teleporting around a level, which allows to focus more on the action at hand, making for a more absorbing and heart-pounding experience. The more we see of this game, the more excited we get. – AB

 

39. We Happy Few

We Happy Few Screenshot / promo artwork

Developer: Compulsion Games
Publisher: Gearbox
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: April 13th 2018

When it was revealed that We Happy Few was finally leaving Early Access and becoming a full-fledged AAA title, not many people were, ahem, overjoyed. In its defense, the game is almost unrecognisable from its fledgling days and has been regularly updated and tweaked based on player feedback. It’s a dystopian open-world survival game with a lot of beautiful but twisted visuals, so if that sounds like your cup of tea, keep calm and keep on taking your Joy. – JD

 

40. Extinction

Extinction game

Developer(s): Iron Galaxy
Publisher: Maximum Games
Platform(s): PS4, XB1, PC
Release Date: Early 2018

Attack On Who? What On Titan? What are you talking about? Extinction might bear a little bit of a resemblance to a certain anime, but Iron Galaxy are looking to create a something different. Extinction boasts a vibrant fantasy world that can be fully explored along with a playable character, Avil, who puts Ezio’s climbing abilities to shame. It’s a good thing too, as he’ll need those abilities to scale the 150ft ogres who are laying siege to all the towns and villages of your world. Extinction will feature fully destructible environments too, which should make fights seem like you’re in the middle of a full on Godzilla rampage. – AB

 

41. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Developer: Moon Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform(s): PC, XB1
Release date: TBC

If the Blind Forest made gamers feel feelings, who knows what Will of the Wisps, which already looks like a more sombre affair, will do. Little has been revealed about the game since its tease at E3 2017, but the safe money is on it being a Metroidvania with its heart in all the right places. Bring tissues and some earplugs to drown out the beautiful, haunting music and you should make it out alive. – JD

 

42. Onrush

Onrush game

Developer(s): Codemasters
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platform(s): PS4, XB1
Release date: Summer 2018

Arcade racing games always make a blip on my radar. Always. Some of the most fun I’ve had in gaming was playing the likes of Burnout 3: Takedown, Split/Second, Blur and so on. Watching the debut trailer for Codemasters’ new racing game Onrush caused that same blip to occur. With a dev team comprised of former members of the Motorstorm team, Onrush certainly has the pedigree to succeed, and gameplay has been described as “all-action, gravity-defying racing”. We’ll have to wait until the summer to see if it does tick all the right boxes. – AB

 

43. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

yakuza 6

Developer: SEGA
Publisher: SEGA
Platform: PS4
Release date: March 20th 2018

What looks like being the closing chapter in the saga of the aged and weary Kazuma Kiryu, Yakuza 6 could be the most adventurous game in the series to date. Expect plenty of gang politics and punching, but we’re all here for the mini-games and karaoke, really. It’s already out in Japan where it received a 39/40 score from famed gaming magazine Famitsu, but don’t forget that they also gave Umbrella Corps a 36. Still, it’s Yakuza, and unless it has zombies in it, Yakuza is always mad and fantastic. – JD

 

44. Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle

Developer(s): Arc System Works
Publisher: Arc System Works
Platform(s): PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release date: 2018

Another entrant from our Best Fighting Games of 2018 list, Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle is the product of Arc System Works combining the likes of Blazblue, Persona 4: Arena, Under Night: In Birth and RWBY to create a 2v2 tag fighter. It’s basically Marvel vs Capcom for weeaboos, even though RWBY is American made. Yes, I did just poke holes in my own joke. Whether you have an interest in the franchises or not, Arc System know how to make a great fighting game, and Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle should be no different. – AB

 

45. Death Stranding

Death Stranding Mads

Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release date: TBC

Kojima’s Death Stranding is an enigma wrapped up in a box of silly string filled with interrobangs and spiders. What I’m trying to say here is that it’s utterly mystifying so far, offering more questions than answers with every new trailer. It could be a convoluted mess, but this is Kojima we are talking about – it will definitely be convoluted, but the man does not release messes. Look for resolutions over all of the baby stuff next year. – JD

 

46. Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts 3
Source: gamespot

Developer(s): Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform(s): PS4, XB1
Release date: 2018, maybe.

Ahhh, yes. Kingdom Hearts III. At this point, fans are probably more concerned with whether or not the game is coming out at all. Announced back in 2013, Square Enix have said that the game will launch at some point in 2018, but concepts for the game have been around since 2006. Clearly, they’re in no rush. Perhaps the dev team are stalling so Disney can acquire the rights to the properties of worlds they want to create. We’re calling it now: Sora in The Simpsons. Square Enix better deliver. – AB

 

47. Medievil

Developer: SCE Cambridge Studio (original game)
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release date: 2018

Listen, a remake of a PS1 cult classic might not necessarily be one of the “biggest” new games of 2018, but I’m putting it in here. Why? Because I will finally be able to finish a game that scarred me as a child – it was a lot darker than a lot of its peers on the console, but it also had a silly side. Hopefully my big boy pants will allow me to appreciate Sir Daniel Fortesque for the dashing dynamo that he is. – JD

 

48. Concrete Genie

Concrete Genie

Developer(s): Pixelopus
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s): PS4
Release Date: 2018

If there was ever a game that could personify the feeling of leaving 2017 and heading into 2018, it would be Concrete Genie. You control the child Ash who uses a magical brush to bring colour to the town of Denska, and in doing so you rid the town of its nasty pollution problem. Meanwhile, we’re all trying to think positive in 2018 to wash away the stench of 2017. And 2016. Anyway, Concrete Genie looks absolutely delightful and exactly the type of game that 2018 needs. Colour us excited. – AB

 

49. Moss

Moss

Developer: Polyarc
Publisher: Polyarc, Inc.
Platform: PSVR
Release date: February 27th 2018

We had the chance to play Moss last year and you could say that we were charmed by what this little virtual reality platformer had to offer. A VR game that doesn’t require you to do cardio beforehand, Moss revolves around mouse hero Quill as he ventures through pages of a book and solves puzzles. It has a few motion tracking issues to sort out, so here’s hoping the guys at Polyarc take the time to hone it in Moss’ late chapters (ha) of development. – JD

 

50. Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones

Developer: Ubisoft Singapore
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform(s): PC, XB1, PS4
Release date: Fall 2018

With fans crying out for more of the seafaring seen in AC: Black Flag, Ubisoft decided to go one better and make a game entirely about being a pirate. Revealed (and leaked ahead of time) at E3 2017, Skull and Bones takes place in the golden age of piracy and asks you to build and customise your fleet to take on other pirates, trading corporations, and massive empires. It looks like it will be mainly centred on multiplayer, but if it’s half as entertaining as it was in Black Flag, the life of a pirate could be a fine one indeed. – JD

 

51. Beyond Good and Evil 2

Beyond Good and Evil 2

Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform(s): TBC
Release date: TBC

File this one under “maybe too ambitious for its own good“. A gigantic sequel to the Ubisoft cult favourite, Beyond Good and Evil 2 is going to have living, breathing worlds, ship customisation, and an procedurally generated star system. There’s a lot riding on Michel Ancel’s follow-up and it’s certainly a risk to make a long-delayed game a AAA tentpole. Still, if it comes out, it’s more than likely going to be pretty damn great. See also: Ancel’s WiLD – JD

 

52. Dreams

Dreams

Developer: Media Molecule
Publisher: SIE
Platform: PS4
Release date: TBC 2018

We used to dream that we would ever see Dreams, Media Molecule’s aspiring playground where the only limit is your imagination. It was all silent on the Dreams front for a long time, but it was “resurrected” just prior to PSX 2017, and it looked just as weird and wonderful as ever. Open-ended, grandiose, and positively cute as a button, we will finally get a chance to see if the experiment works out later in 2018. – JD

 

53. Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Developer: Overkill Software
Publisher: Starbreeze Publishing
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: Fall 2018

Speaking of AWOL games that suddenly made a reappearance, Overkill’s The Walking Dead was hotly-anticipated upon its reveal but then quickly disappeared off a cliff. It made a welcome return at the tail end of 2017 with a pretty great trailer that didn’t show off gameplay, but seeing as it’s from the same guys who created Payday, the license should be in safe hands. A zombie co-op murderthon, it looks like being the Left 4 Dead 3 we will almost certainly never get. – JD

 

54. Kirby Star Allies

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform(s): Switch
Release date: Spring 2018

And now for something completely different. A lot of games you will find on this list feature guns, guts, and maybe a few swears. Not with Kirby: he just eats stuff whole like the savage marshmallow he is. You’ll want to find some friends with this one, as you copy the abilities of your foes and have a whale of a time while doing so. If you’re looking the antithesis to the ultraviolence of many modern gaming experiences, this wholesome slice of the Nintendo pie could be just what you need. – JD

 

55. Yoshi

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Switch
Release date: 2018

Mario’s whipping boy makes his debut on the Switch later in 2018, bringing with him the some lovely new visuals and the same endless licking he’s made a name out of. Simple titled Yoshi, the side-scrolling game will take place in a diorama-esque world with an interesting twist: levels have two sides, so you can “flip” them and discover new secrets. Co-op might make this one of the better games to play with the youngsters this year.

 

56. Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt
Platform(s): TBC
Release date: ha

When we say “2018 and beyond”, we really mean beyond our sun burning out and us evolving to live in sewers and becoming monkey-spider-humans with a penchant for eating tin cans.


So that was our list for the biggest new games of 2018 and beyond! We hope you enjoyed the read and found something to your liking or a reminder of a game you had forgotten about. While we have you here, we’ve got more 2018 stuff for your eyes. Why not check out our choices for the biggest new horror games of 2018? Or how about the PS4 exclusives still to come (warning: there are lots)? If you’re after something a bit more retrospective, we spent a long time reeling off the best games of 2017, so please read it. Please.