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

Sea of Thieves 

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date:
TBC 2017  

Who doesn’t love pirates? The swashbuckling, the loot, the rum, the fabulous hats, most of us have at one time or another wished we could leave it all behind and run away to sea. The time has come to live out that dream and to bring friends along for the ride. Sea of Thieves is due to make land some time in 2017.  

Gran Turismo Sport

Platforms: PS4, PSVR
Release date: TBC 2017 

While the racing won’t change much in GT Sport, the way you actually do it will. This version of the racer is geared towards eSports - it has live events and loads of scheduled tournaments - and VR. When PSVR initially launched, racing games were the worst offenders when it came to making people sick, so let’s hope GT figures out a non-vom solution between now and release. 

Detroit: Become Human

Platforms: PS4
Release date: TBC 2017 

As is the trend nowadays, Detroit is an adventure about Androids achieving sentience. Remember the Kara tech demo Sony showed off years ago? Well, it’s the same character from that. We follow her as she makes her way into a futuristic version of Detroit. It’s a game of staggering ambition - it took David Cage two years to write the script, and 100s of actors have done mo-cap work for it. Let’s hope it’s a bit more than just a ‘moral decision making’ game, which early trailers suggest. 

Spider-Man

Platforms: PS4
Release date: TBC 2017

This new Spider-Man game was revealed in 2016, and is already being touted as a showcase for PS4 Pro. Because it looks incredible. Insomniac is developing, so expect that team's inFamous smarts to influence the game. Oh, and it isn't tied to any specific comic or movie, so the creators aren't bound by a specific existing story (phew), but it will cover both the Spidey and Peter Parker aspects of the franchise.

Vampyr

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: TBC 2017 

Vampyr is an action RPG which puts you in the shoes Dr Reid, who’s recently been turned into a blood-sucking denizen of the night. It’s up to you to decide whether to kill enough people to become powerful beyond belief, or heal London’s citizens from the Spanish Flu and bring peace back to the city. 

Agents of Mayhem 

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

When you hear the name Volition, you know to expect something over-the-top and hilarious. After all, these are the people who gave us the crass glory that is Saints Row. They’re back in business with this new riff on the superhero game. Players can seamlessly switch between controlling the 12 larger-than-life characters. Pick three at a time and in an instant you’ll be able to equip yourself with a new set of superpowers and weapons. Which means so many combinations for fun, hilarity, and… well, mayhem. 

The Last of Us part 2

Platforms: PS4
Release date: TBC 

Recently announced, The Last of Us 2 picks up the story of Joel and Ellie five years after the original game. While survival in a post-outbreak world will still be the key theme of the game, we know very little else… other than the fact that Ellie is seriously pissed off about something in the reveal trailer. Fan theories suggest that Joel is actually dead and Ellie is simply imagining him, but we won’t know for sure until the game releases some time in the next couple of years. 

Death Stranding

Platforms: PS4
Release date: TBC 

Death Stranding is Hideo Kojima’s first game after the Metal Gear franchise, and it’s exclusive to PS4. Naturally, it features weird old babies and stars Guillermo del Toro and Mads Mikkelsen. Trailers have been incredibly enigmatic so far, but fans are already pulling them apart for hidden meaning. Here’s the best breakdown you’ll read. If you want the tl;dr version - it’s Kojima doing another high-quality action adventure, so be excited. 

Red Dead Redemption 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: TBC 

What do we know about Red Dead Redemption 2? Other than: we want it now? Very little. It’ll have both single player and multiplayer components, and has been tentatively scheduled for a late 2017 release date. Hot rumours suggest we’ll be playing as John Marston’s son, and that forming a posse will be a big part of the game (as suggested by the early concept art). The setting is towards the end of the Wild West era (we see steam trains and brick housing in the trailer), so this will likely be set after the last game… 

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