Sunday, September 10, 2017

Upcoming Games 2017



Assassin's Creed: Origins

Release date: October 27, 2017
Developer: Ubisoft
Link: Steam page
An open secret for months, E3 2017 finally confirmed that Assassin's Creed is headed to Egypt. It also looks to be making the biggest changes to the series formula since it started. There's an RPG-style skill tree, Far Cry-style time and nature systems at work, and a lot more. Ubisoft has (rather symbolically) done away with the icon-strewn mini map. Oh, and you have an eagle companion—a very promising feature for eagle enthusiasts worldwide.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Release date: October 10, 2017
Developer: Monolith Productions
Link: Steam page
A sequel to the surprisingly good 2014 orc slayer Shadow of Mordor that so far looks to be seriously expanding on the Nemesis system with a huge variety of stories and personalities for enemies and allies, with a new strategy layer on top of the open world combat and adventuring. The environments look a bit more colourful and diverse this time (thanks to no longer being set exclusively in Mordor). Also check out the new cinematic trailer which debuted at the PC Gaming Show.

Call of Duty: WWII

 Release date: November 3, 2017
Developer: Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software
Link: Steam page
We're going back to World War 2. This Call of Duty's revolutionary introduction? Health packs. The CoD:WWII multiplayer reveal trailer is directed like any other free-camera gameplay montage, but despite masking the real look of it, we do learn a lot: there are paratroopers, objectives like bomb planting and vehicle escorts, and what appear to be bombing and strafing killstreaks. After Sony’s show, we learned a bit more from Activision about how the replacement for create-a-class works, and what sort of weapons to expect. Evan got some hands-on time in, and was pleased to find that the new War Mode brings real change to the series.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Release date: March 7, 2017 (Out now)
Developer: Ubisoft Paris
Link: Official site
Take a big open world, stuff it with 100 Far Cry-type outpost missions, and jump in with some co-op partners. Ghost Recon: Wildlands takes place in a Bolivian landmass where four players comprise a military taskforce sent to disrupt a drug cartel and the government it’s aligned with. While players may have a specific missions—whether it’s to steal some intel or kidnap an informant—how they choose to tackle it is up to them. Guns blazing? Stealth? Or, as often happens, failed stealth that leads to guns blazing?
The open world—the first in Ghost Recon’s ten-game history—promises diverse environments like mountains, forests, and deserts, explorable by ground vehicles, helicopters, and parachutes. The setting is close to modern day, so weapons and gear aren’t as futuristic as they have been in earlier Recon games.
We had some fun with Wildlands, but as we wrote in our review, it's "not worth it as a solo adventure. In co-op, Wildlands is an enjoyable stealth romp that too often gets in its own way."

Sniper Elite 4

Release date: February 14, 2017 (Out now)
Developer: Rebellion Developments
Link: Official Site
If you don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day, no worries: you can spend your the romantic holiday shooting Nazis in the nuts. We got a look at Sniper Elite 4 during 2016’s GDC, and the World War II third-person sandbox shooter featured stealth, melee kills, and a whole lot of disturbingly graphic slow-motion x-ray sniper shots the series is famous for. Turns out it's "a hearty improvement on Sniper Elite 3 that embraces freeform play, gets better in co-op, and most importantly lets us shoot things from very far away," 

Metal Gear Survive

Release date: Delayed to 2018
Developer: Konami
Link: Official site
A four-player co-op stealth game with zombies that is also Metal Gear? Well, OK. We expected things would change at Konami post-Kojima, and this is certainly a change. After being sucked out of Mother Base by a rogue wormhole, you wake up in an alien landscape that looks suspiciously like the Middle East, and must battle hordes of the undead with your fellow grunts. There’s plenty of MGS 5-style stealth, fulton devices, and both base infiltration and defense in the 15 minutes of gameplay you can see below.

The Evil Within 2

Release date: October 13, 2017
Developer: Tango Gameworks
Link: Steam page
Is this an action game, or a survival game? We're going with action game, but spooky. Sebastian Castellanos returns for another round of gore and horror, the poor guy. No one believed his version of the events of the first game, and he's been kicked off the police force and has slipped into alcoholism, even as he continues on a quest to unearth the truth of his experiences and find his daughter, Lily. With Shinji Mikami at the helm once again, we can expect plenty of bizarre and twisted locations, characters, and story twists, plus no small amount of scares

Crackdown 3

Release date: November 7, 2017
Developer: Reagent Games
Link: Official site
The latest in open world orb collection is due this year, no longer an Xbox exclusive. In earlier entries, you jump, punch, and shoot your way around a big city, collecting power orbs that upgrade your jumping, punching, and shooting powers. It’s a simple loop, and Crackdown 3 likely won’t stray far from supersoldier sandboxing. The re-reveal at E3 2017 came with the welcome surprise that Terry Crews is now in the game, and though it showed suspiciously little city destruction in singleplayer, the developers said that promised mayhem will be part of the multiplayer experience.

Agents of Mayhem

Release date: August 15, 2017
Developer: Deep Silver Volition
Link: Steam page
Set in the Saints Row universe, Agents of Mayhem is essentially a rebranding and reboot of the series. It’s got a more cartoony look than the rest of the Saints Row games, and a near-future pseudo-superhero setting somewhat reminiscent of Overwatch. Although developer Volition is calling it a “sister game” to Saints Row, it doesn’t look too far off from its sibling. The over the top action and adult humor we’ve come to expect is still there, but the new direction has given the studio a chance to branch out from other pre-existing conventions of the series.

Quake Champions

Release date: 2017
Developer: id Software
Link: Official site
The newest game in the Quake series, Quake Champions is a fast paced arena shooter. New to the series in this game is the addition of, you guessed it, champions who each have unique abilities. There was initially a sense of trepidation when the idea was announced, given Quake has always been seen as a 'pure' FPS experience, but the first gameplay trailer released showed it still looks as fast and lethal as the series has ever been. Still, we’ll have to wait and see if that’s really the case when we actually get our hands on it later this year.


Release date: 2017
Developer: Offworld Industries
Link: Official site
Squad has quickly become one of our favorite multiplayer shooters, and steady updates has helped the game change a lot over 2016. Big puzzle pieces like vehicles and logistics have finally snapped into place, and developer Offworld is planning for a final version release during 2017. We particularly love how Squad emphasizes voice chat and teamwork, which makes finding a good squad a magical experience filled with friends and swearing.

Insurgency: Sandstorm

Release date: 2017
Developer: New World Interactive
Link: Official site
Insurgency is a reliably great time for shooter fans looking for something a bit grittier than Call of Duty, but not quite as coarse as Arma. With Insurgency: Sandstorm, the game is jumping to a new engine, new visuals, and adding a storyline. Is it an expansion? A reboot? Don’t ask questions while we’re trying to aim.

TimeSplitters: Rewind

Release date: 2017
Developer:  Cedar Interactive Arts
Link: Official site
This fan-made, multiplayer focused TimeSplitters game (which has Crytek's blessing) is still alive, and according to the latest teaser below, the team is now aiming for a release this year. We wrote a little about Rewind all that way back in 2013.

Hello Neighbor

Release date: Summer 2017
Developer: Dynamic Pixels
Link: Official site
Alfred Hitchcock described the difference between surprise and suspense in terms of a bomb: if a bomb explodes, that’s surprise;  if you can see a bomb about to explode, that’s suspense. Hello Neighbor is so damn thick with suspense that we get ulcers from watching the trailer.

The Darwin Project

Release date: Fall 2017
Developer: Scavengers
Link: Steam page 
Another new entry into the popular battle royale genre, The Darwin Project will launch first for Xbox but arrive on PC as well. It's as much about surviving a freezing environment as it is about battling other players, and the trailer shows not just weapons like arrows and axes but powers like energy shields and invisibility. The demented game show looks like it will support 8 players rather than the typical dozens like other battle royale games.


Release date: 2017 (Early Access)
Developer: Team Panoptes
Link: Steam page
One player, the eye in the sky ‘Overseer,’ wears an HTC Vive headset and surveys a complex structure of stairs and platforms. Another person plays as the ‘Challenger’ on a regular monitor, running and hiding from the Overseer’s gaze as they attempt to escape a prison. It’s a creative, asymmetrical use of VR for multiplayer.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Release date: August 7, 2017 (Out now)
Developer: Ninja Theory
Link: Steam page
A new action game from the team behind Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DMC. It's incredible looking, for starters, and takes place in...Viking hell? You're a Viking on a spirit quest, and that means swinging a sword at some very scary axe-wielding bad guys.

Styx: Shards of Darkness

Release date: March 14 2017 (Out now)
Developer: Cyanide
Link: Official site
In the realm of fantasy-stealth-goblin games, Styx: Master of Shadows was one of the best. While sneaking, stealing, and assassinating to your little goblin heart’s content, expect to use a lot of potions to create controllable clones of yourself, set acid traps, and turn invisible. Plus, the fantasy setting and stark, fire-cast lighting looks excellent. We called it a satisfying stealth experience in our review.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Release date: Second half of 2018 (delayed)
Developer: Overkill (Obviously)
Link: Official site
We were really hoping to sink our decaying teeth into this new Walking Dead shooter made by Overkill, the folks behind Payday and Payday 2, in 2016. Some business things happened in an official business capacity (or something—we don’t really understand how business works), and Overkill’s Walking Dead got pushed to late 2017 to make time for a global release in Asian and Western markets.
Hopefully the delay and infusion of cash will help the game shine, because the last Walking Dead FPS we got was a total load of bum.

John Wick Chronicles

Release date: February 10, 2017 (Out now)
Developer: Starbreeze Studios
Link: Steam page
It’s fitting that one of the first really interesting VR games for the HTC Vive is John Wick, a movie famous for looking like an FPS video game. John Wick Chronicles was timed to come out with the second John Wick movie. Sadly, it's not going to make you feel like Keanu.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Release date: January 27 2017 (Out now)
Developer: CI Games
Link: Official site
A modern military shooter sequel that blends the long-range marksmanship that you'd expect from the title with stealth and action approaches supported by lots of Clancy-style gadgets. Maps are large with lots of defensive positions to bypass, camps to raid, and security systems to manipulate.

Far Cry 5

Release date: February 2018
Developer: Ubisoft
Link: Official site
Far Cry's back, and it's traded the jungle and desert and Himalayas for Hope County, Montana. Here's our first look at Far Cry 5, which is scheduled to come out in early 2018. We thought Ubisoft might be angling for that holiday release, but instead Far Cry 5's likely to be the biggest game of next February.

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