The best upcoming games of 2017 (and beyond)

The games to watch on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch – from blockbusters to potential under-the-radar gems.

***UPDATE March 17: Sonic Forces and Tacoma have been added to the list!***

It's rare that a year of games starts out this strong, with multiple GOTY contenders already out in the wild. The best games of 2017 so far have set quite a precedent - but there's still so much left to look forward to in the near and distant future. We've sifted through all the upcoming PS4 games, upcoming Xbox One games, and upcoming Nintendo Switch games to present you with the most exciting titles on the horizon, organized by release date so you can calculate just how soon you need to start saving up. Some are innovative new ideas, others are highly anticipated sequels; some have definitive release dates, while others might be over a year away. But whatever the case, we can't wait to play them.

Persona 5

Platform(s): PS4, PS3
Release date:
April 4, 2017  

After nearly a decade of development and a leap from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4, Persona 5 will finally, finally arrive in April 2017. While the role-playing game still follows high school students with supernatural powers in a highly stylized world, Persona 5 does represent a dramatic shift in tone for the series. Where Persona 3 and Persona 4 focused on fairly typical teens in unusual circumstances - secret paramilitary ghost fighters in the former, a Japanese riff on Scooby Doo mystery solving in the latter - Persona 5 follows a group of flamboyant young cat burglars. Think Lupin the Third by way of Degrassi.

Yooka-Laylee 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release date:
April 11, 2017

One of the bigger Kickstarter successes in 2015, this colorful 3D platformer (made by some of the key minds behind Banjo-Kazooie) looks to recapture the simple glee of N64 collectathons. In place of a bear and a bird, you'll be guiding around the duo of Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the bat through utterly gorgeous landscapes, full of things to run across, jump over, and snag from perilous heights.  

Prey

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: May 5, 2017  

Don't worry if you missed the 2006 FPS Prey - this reimagined Prey by the same name chucks everything from its predecessor out the window. Developed by Arkane Studios, the team behind the Dishonored games, this sci-fi shooter has you confined on a space station that's been overrun by shape-shifting, shadow-like aliens. Protagonist Morgan Yu will have to fight back against these invaders in a struggle to survive, even as his (or her) sanity seems to deteriorate bit by bit. 

Injustice 2 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One
Release date:
May 16, 2017  

Batman, Superman, and a slew of other heroes and villains are back to duke it out in Injustice 2, Netherrealm Studios' return to the slick new engine that powered Mortal Kombat X. There's a ton of fanservice in this 2.5D fighter for anyone with even the slightest knowledge of DC Comics, and Injustice 2 is taking an interesting gamble with the addition of gear in a fighting game, gathered over time to give your preferred character enhanced abilities and a personalized look.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Platform(s): PSVR, Vive
Release date: May 30, 2017 

Delayed from its original Nov 2016 launch window, this four-player VR game is basically your chance to play out the Kobayashi Maru simulation. Not sure if you can beat it, though. In Star Trek Bridge Crew you can assume various roles on the bridge of the Enterprise and actually wander around with your friends. In VR. As a piece of fan-service, this is looking absolutely stunning. 

Rime 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release date: May 2017

We were happy to see Rime reemerge after two years of silence, because its colorful landscapes and mysterious ruins look like a joy to explore. This third-person action adventure follows the journey of a young boy, who washes up on a beach after a storm at sea. He awakens to find an idyllic island dotted with ancient-looking marble ruins, the most notable of which is a giant tower at the center of them all. You'll seek out a path to said tower via platforming and puzzle-solving, guided along the way by the help of a fox companion (and probably stop frequently just to soak in the beautiful cel-shaded sights).   

Tekken 7 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date:
June 2, 2017  

Funnily enough, Tekken 7 has been in Japanese arcades since early 2015, and it's taking its sweet time in making the transition to Western consoles. But with any luck, that extra wait will be worth it. Tekken 7 is the next iteration of Bandai Namco's famed 3D fighting series, bringing back veterans from the King of Iron Fist tournament alongside some spiffy-looking newcomers - including Kazumi Mishima, Kazuya's mother who can perform literal tiger uppercuts with her beast companion. Expect plenty of heavy-hitting animations, devastating ground bounce combos, and bizarre backdrops. 

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: June 30, 2017

Rumors have swirled for years about a potential Crash Bandicoot revival, and the PS1-era marsupial is finally making his return in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. More remake than remaster, the N. Sane Trilogy compiles the once-famed PlayStation mascot's first three outings and completely overhauls them in 4K high-definition. The N. Sane Trilogy contains all the same enemy-bopping, fruit-collecting, and precision-jumping action fans have loved for years, while introducing all-new textures, animation, and art, as well as unifying the checkpoint and save systems to be consistent across all three games. Finally, Crash Bandicoot is getting the respect and attention he rightly deserves.

Splatoon 2 

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: Summer 2017

A decade ago, you'd be called a fool for saying Nintendo could make an amazing team-based shooter perfect for online competition - and yet, here we are getting a sequel to the Wii U's fantastic Splatoon. Those squid-kid Inklings are back for more 4v4 color-splashing warfare across a bevy of new stages, wielding fresh weapons like the twin-pistol Splat Dualies or refined versions of fan favorites like the Splat Roller. If you want to test your skills before going online, Splatoon 2 also allows for local multiplayer thanks to the Switch system link. And along with the extra precision provided by the controller's gyroscopic aiming, you'll have to master the added Dodge Roll maneuver to maximize your turf-tagging potential.  

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