Top Upcoming PC Video Games of 2018


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Note: This article was updated in August of 2018.

2018 is quickly approaching and with it will come a slew of new video game titles to look forward to playing. With that said, now’s a good time to start marking down what video games to keep an eye on when they officially launch next year. Let us lend a hand, in this list, in particular, we’re going over the top PC video games launching in 2018.


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System Shock Remastered
  • Developer: Night Dive Studios
  • Publisher: Night Dive Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: ON HOLD

If you enjoyed System Shock back when it first released in 1994, next year, 2018, players will be given the chance to once again enjoy the System Shock journey through a remake. The video game is being developed by Night Dive Studios which will retell the narrative journey of a nameless hacker who gets swindled into working with the TriOptimum Corporation, a company the hacker previously attempted to hack and steal files from.

As mentioned, System Shock originally released back in 1994 where it was praised by critics and was a commercial success leading to a sequel to release under the development studios Looking Glass Studios and Irrational Games. We’re interested in seeing just how well the remake will do in today’s market.

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Project Phoenix
  • Developer: Creative Intelligence Arts
  • Publisher: Creative Intelligence Arts
  • Platforms: PC, Mobo, PS4, PSV,
  • Release: 2018

Project Phoenix is an upcoming title under development studio, Creative Intelligence Arts. This is a real-time strategy RPG which takes inspiration from several Japanese role-playing video games. Unfortunately, there are not too many details regarding the video game quite yet.

What we do know is that players will unravel a mystery of an angel with amnesia. During the journey, gamers will explore the lands of Azuregard with your band of heroes searching for the missing pieces in solving this grand mystery.

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Dual Universe
  • Developer: Novaquark
  • Publisher: TBD
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release Date: 2018

This is an upcoming title that very well might not officially release within 2017 as developers hope to release an alpha version next year. Overall, Dual Universe seems to be quite ambitious and even said to combine elements from Minecraft, No Man’s Sky, Eve Online, Star Citizen, and Space Engineers.

Players will share a massive single universe with the ability to edit game worlds by adding structures, altering terrain, along with creating ship scripts and constructs. Dual Universe will focus on collective gameplay with gamers exploring, mining, trading, crafting, and creating in-game politics.

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Dauntless
  • Developer: Phoenix Labs
  • Publisher: Phoenix Labs
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

If you’re looking for a free-to-play MMORPG experience then Dauntless from developers Phoenix Labs may be well worth looking into. This is an upcoming fantasy-based video game which features players becoming Slayers, humans who are tasked in taking down Behemoths around the world, which are giant dinosaur-like animals.

With the game being a free-to-play online title, players can choose to enjoy a cooperative gameplay experience with friends or they can go through the video game narrative by themselves as a single player video game.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: TBA?
  • Release: 2018

Beyond Good & Evil first debuted back in 2003 and since then gamers have been itching to get a sequel. While Beyond Good & Evil 2 may sound like a sequel, it’s actually a prequel to the first title.

We’re still very much in the early stages of marketing so not too many details have been unleashed to the masses just yet. Instead, there is a small snippet of information about the game through the official Ubisoft YouTube video post.

    “System 3 has become the center of interstellar trade and colonization in the Milky Way of the 24th century, thanks to the creation of Hybrid slaves. While private enterprises fight over resources and power, the first colonists weave together the rich and diverse spiritual and cultural heritages of Old Earth to give meaning to their existence. In this new era of piracy, we will rise from lowly pirate to legendary captain at the helm of massive star-faring vessels, adventuring alongside crews of colorful characters to fight for freedom and the right to determine our own fate among the stars!”

Players will work their way up from a struggling pirate to a captain of a massive star-faring vessel. Overall, the setting is based around System 3 which is a center location for interstellar trade and colonization into the Milky Way. During their journey, it would seem likely that there will be a fight to free those in slavery within System 3.

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Code Vein
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XO
  • Release: 2018

Code Vein is an upcoming title being developed by Shift, which you may know from their past works such as the God Eater franchise. Since its announcement, little information was given out in regards to Code Vein, although, thanks to the Tokyo Game Show, a new narrative trailer was officially unveiled.

This is an action role-playing video game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that is flooded with vampires. It seems that the worlds blood supply is running thin and as a result, there’s become a division between vampires.

Our protagonist is a rookie who must fight against the Queen and the corrupted bloodthirsty vampires that gave their allegiance to this seemingly unstoppable force. Being an action role-playing video game, there’s more freedom in how players attack their opponents, but the developers have opted to run with a Dark Souls style approach.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Developer: ArtPlay, DICO
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PSV, Switch, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Led by former Castlevania series producer, Koji Igarashi, comes the upcoming action-adventure game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The video game is in the style of Metroidvania as you explore, craft new weapons, and of course, find new armor.

The video game will follow an orphan named Miriam who has been cursed by an alchemist which is slowly turning her skin into crystal. In order to stop the curse, she must explore a castle to find the summoner of this curse, Gebel, who as it turns out had suffered the same condition.

Luckily, the video game is coming out for a number of different platforms so you should have no trouble getting the chance to enjoy the video game once it launches.

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Metro Exodus
  • Developer: 4A Games
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels, developers 4A Games is bringing out the third installments to the Metro video game series, Metro Exodus. This first-person shooter takes place in the not so distant future, 2036, but in a post-apocalyptic Earth which was devastated by a nuclear war that took place decades earlier.

If you enjoyed the past installments, Metro Exodus will follow the events of Metro: Last Light. More specifically, the video game will follow the Redemption ending with players assuming the role of a young Artyom that flees Metro in Moscow in a journey with Spartan Rangers.

With development of the video game title starting back in 2014, 4A Games does not have a specific release date announced quite yet, but its slated to launch within the 2018 calendar year.

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Darksiders 3
  • Developer: Gunfire Games
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The Darksiders franchise continues on with developers Gunfire Games launching the third main installment sometime in 2018. This franchise is an action role-playing with a ton of hack-and-slash goodness.

So far, what we know about the video game is that the title will take place in a parallel world of events from the past video game installments. In this war-torn Earth, our protagonist, Fury, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, is in a quest to destroy the Seven Deadly Sins.

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Psychonauts 2
  • Developer: Double Fine Productions
  • Publisher: Starbreeze Studios
  • Platforms; PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

If you’re familiar with Double Fine Productions and director, Time Schafer, then you’ve likely either played or fully aware of Psychonauts. The video game released back in 2005 and after years of a growing base of fans, Psychonauts 2 was finally kicked into development.

This will continue on with the gameplay mechanics of the first title so players can expect a third-person platform title controlling the protagonist Raz.

The narrative will follow the events of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin which is a first-person VR video game released earlier this year. In fact, the video game was released in order to bridge the events from the first title and the upcoming sequel next year.

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Shenmue 3
  • Developer: Neilo, Ys Net
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2018

It’s been a longtime coming but we’re finally getting a release of Shenmue 3. The video game is the third installment to the Shenmue saga that launched starting back in 1999, but with the titles not being a commercial success, the third installment found itself in development hell.

Now that we’re finally gearing towards its release, players will be able to pick up the story of Ryo Hazuki. What we know is that the video game will still take place after the events of Shenmue II where Ryo Hazuki continues his journey to find his father’s killer, Lan Di.

With so many fans requesting the third installment and the cult following Shenmue managed to craft, we’re hoping the upcoming video game lives up to expectations. Currently, Shenmue 3 is set to launch towards the end of 2018.

 

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Skull & Bones
  • Developer: Ubisoft Singapore
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Ubisoft is looking to release their upcoming naval warfare video game towards the end of the 2018 year. The title is known as Skull & Bones which will involve piracy and battling other crews in the open seas. The video game is not slated to launch for quite some time and as such there’s not too much information to go off from quite yet.

What we do know is that the game will be open world where players take the role of a pirate captain as they go through the campaign collecting loot while managing their ship and crew. If you enjoyed Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag for its open seas piracy then this may be a title worth keeping an eye on.

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Anthem
  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018 Delayed 2019

The upcoming Anthem video game will be a third-person shooter much like BioWare’s past video game franchise, Mass Effect. In order for players to transverse the world, the use of an Exo suit will be required which are known as Javelins within the video game. These Javelins will give players new powers and abilities such as the flight to soar through the open air or propel them through the depths of an ocean.

So far what we know about Anthem is that players will be taking the role of a freelancer who finds work by protecting civilians by exploring the dangerous landscapes outside of the safe zones. Likewise we know that the game will feature some co-operative multiplayer elements, but there have been no fine details on the matter quite yet.

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State of Decay 2
  • Developer: Undead Labs
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XB1
  • Release Date: 2018

There are not too many details released for State of Decay 2 as of right now. We do know that this video game is a sequel to the 2013 State of Decay and will focus heavily on cooperative gameplay with up to three other players.

Overall, State of Decay 2 is a zombie-survival game that lets players have their own unique story. While battling zombies is very much a key aspect of the upcoming title release, players are encouraged to work together in setting up their own community that’s able to successfully take out the undead threat.

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Vampyr
  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: June 5, 2018

Dontnod Entertainment has crafted up some popular titles so far. Their debut title Remember Me sparked the highly beloved Life is Strange IP.  Following up the release of Life is Strange is Vampyr, a vastly different IP then what the developers have worked.

Vampyr takes place during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic in London where players take the role of a doctor Jonathan Reid. Our protagonist is in a predicament as he is a vampire with a bloodthirsty nature, but is battling his condition with his Hippocratic Oath.

Being an action role-playing title, players can traverse parts of the world while also leveling up Jonathan in order to unlock new abilities and skills through the skill tree.

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Crackdown 3
  • Developer: Reagent Games
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XB1
  • Release: 2018

Nearly a decade after the release of Crackdown 2, Reagent Games is bringing out the third installment, Crackdown 3. The video game doesn’t have too many details available quite yet though we do know that there is a big emphasis on destruction. Players will be able to destroy practically anything within the video game thanks to a Microsoft cloud computing platform known as Microsoft Azure.

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A Way Out
  • Developer: Hazelight Studios
  • Publisher: EA Originals
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 23, 2018

A Way Out is an upcoming action-adventure journey from Hazelight Studios. This will be the second video game to be directed by Josef Fares who you may be familiar with from his previous title, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

This is a unique action-adventure video game as it will require two players with the display being split-screen regardless of playing the video game locally or through online. All-in-all, the narrative is based around two prisoners who must survive and escape a prison. Their stories will be told simultaneously and while one character may be in a cutscene, the other will be able to freely move and execute their tasks.

As you can likely imagine, A Way Out will focus on gamers having to work together in order to escape the authorities and complete goals.

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Sea of Thieves
  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: March 20, 2018

Sea of Thieves is all about being a pirate with a crew. Scavenge for treasure, loot islands, take to the open sea, and battle against other crews that are unfortunate enough to come across your pathway.

User-generated content is a big feature for Sea of Thieves as well. Players will be able to craft their own custom stories using the various in-game tools. From there, these campaigns can be uploaded online for other players to download and enjoy on their own.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Developer: Arc System Works
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Release: January 26, 2018
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

Dragon Ball FighterZ is the next title to release within the Dragon Ball franchise. The video game is currently being developed by Arc System Works, who may be best known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series.

The video game will have players choose three characters to fight and switch through during matches. However, for the story narrative, the game will follow a newly revived Android 16 and his army of androids that are designed to look like various characters.

While the video game is only stated to be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms, Bandai Namco has expressed the possibility of bringing out a Nintendo Switch platform release, that is if there are enough requests from fans.

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Far Cry 5
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release: March 27, 2018
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC

The eleventh installment but the fifth main title within the franchise, Far Cry 5 will be seeing a release in 2018. The video game takes place within the United States of America this time around, though more specifically, in a fictional Hope County, Montana.

Within the narrative, Far Cry 5 pins players against Joseph Seed, a leader of a cult who has forced his way into controlling Hope County. As more innocent civilians become trapped and forced into submission under Joseph Seed’s rule, only a handful of resistance stands between Seed and his reign.

Just as before, players can expect the title to deliver as a first-person shooter in an open world environment to explore either on foot or through vehicles.

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Monster Hunter: World
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release: Jan 26, 2018
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC

The Monster Hunter franchise is consistently growing and with each new installment a number of new gamers explore the monster filled worlds development studio Capcom has crafted. Monster Hunter: World will mark as the fifth main installment to the franchise and as you can expect, there will be a number of notable updates.

For instance, Capcom has placed larger maps, a more seamless experience between zones and what’s a Monster Hunter video game without the ability to hunt with friends? Outside of the offline campaign, the game will allow a four-player online co-op opportunity.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there’s any word on the video game seeing a release on the Nintendo Switch, but you can expect a launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.

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Kingdom Come Deliverance
  • Developer: Warhorse Studios
  • Publisher: Warhorse Studios, Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
  • Release: February 13, 2018

Developers Warhorse Studios is attempting to deliver a historically accurate and realistic video game set in the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia. Gamers may notice the period-accurate armor, clothing, combat techniques, and even real-world castle recreations.

In the video game’s campaign, the old king of Bohemia had passed with his heirs lacking the ability and power to secure the throne. Using this opportunity to take advantage and claim the rights, the old king’s brother takes control of Bohemia.

Players will be taking on the role of a blacksmith’s son whose family had been murdered by an invading army. With revenge burning in his heart, the son seeks out his family’s killer while also restoring the throne to the rightful heir.

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Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
  • Developer: Level-5
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Release: March 23, 2018
  • Platforms: PS4, PC

If you enjoyed Ni no Kuni, a video game title that released for Sony’s PlayStation 3 exclusively, then you’ll likely be delighted to know that the series will continue on. Developers Level-5 are planning to release the video game sequel to Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch early 2018.

The video game takes place a hundred years after the events of the first title where players follow a young king named Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum who sets out to reclaim his kingdom.

While fans of the first title can expect the role-playing experience with the sequel, this time around the title won’t be a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Instead, Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom will be available for both the PlayStation 4 and PC platforms.

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The Last Night
  • Developer: Odd Tales
  • Publisher: Raw Fury
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The Last Night is an upcoming indie platform video game by developers Odd Tales. In this video game, players are taken into a futuristic world where our protagonist, Charlie, is a man who lives within a lower-class system. Most of the menial work has been taken up by robots leaving Charlie to explore the city, talk with other civilians, and of course, get into some gunfights.

Originally, the video game was featured in a game jam which the title came out on top, leading the developers to continue on with the development for a full video game title release for the Xbox One and PC platforms.

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Super Meat Boy Forever
  • Developer: Team Meat
  • Publisher: Team Meat
  • Platforms: NS, PS4, XBO, PC, Mobo
  • Release: 2018

It would be hard to imagine running into a gamer who hasn’t played or at the very least, heard of Super Meat Boy. The video game was a massive success and a highly addicting and challenging platform title by indie developers Team Meat.

What was originally meant to be a mobile-only version of Super Meat Boy has gradually turned into a full-fledged sequel. Super Meat Boy Forever will once again have players going through dangerous obstacles, but this time, Meta Boy and Bandage Girl must work together.

In the narrative, Super Meat Boy Forever tells the story of Dr. Fetus who has managed to kidnap Meat Boy and Bandage Girl’s child, Nugget. While the platforming mechanics are present, there are some slight gameplay mechanic overhauls made for the upcoming sequel as well.

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Freedom Planet 2
  • Developer: GalaxyTrail
  • Publisher: GalaxyTrail
  • Platforms: TBA
  • Release: 2018

If you enjoyed the video game franchise Sonic The Hedgehog then Freedom Planet is a must-play. The video game first started out as a Sonic fan-made video game title but gradually became its own entity. Upon its launch, the video game was a huge success with fans leaving developers to continue on with the IP by delivering a sequel.

No official details on the sequel have been revealed quite yet for Freedom Planet 2. Instead, the video game was simply noted to be in-development with GalaxyTrail working on the game with the Unity development engine while also working on the general art style.

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Left Alive
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2018

Left Alive from development studio Square Enix is an upcoming survival action shooter and there are already gamers online suggesting that this could be the next Metal Gear Solid franchise. Not too many details are available with the upcoming title other than that players will be taking the role of three different protagonists.

It seems that these protagonists are set to tell the story of human survival during the war-torn Novo Slava in 2127. Players will be able to engage in gun battles or go into a more stealth approach by using your wit.

As you progress through the narrative, it seems that there will be a series of choices available that will give big consequences to the storyline. Currently, the game is slated to launch at some point this year.

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The Crew 2
  • Developer: Ivory Tower
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 16, 2018

The Crew 2 is the sequel to the 2014 release, The Crew. Much of the same gameplay is present in the upcoming sequel as players will be roaming around the open world environment racing cars, motorcycles, boats, and airplanes.

At its core, The Crew 2 is still very much a racing title with a narrative for plays to follow along with. In the game, the player will take on the role of some new upcoming racer who is working to become a success in the racing industry.

While players can enjoy the game alone, there is a multiplayer mode which you can race against other players online to friends in a slew of tracks set in this scaled down version of the United States.

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Jurassic World Evolution
  • Developer: Frontier Developments
  • Publisher: Frontier Developments
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Jurassic World Evolution is being developed by Frontier Developments who have brought out several other tycoon based video games. With Jurassic World Evolution, players are tasked with working on the construction of a Jurassic World dinosaur theme park.

The game acts out much like its predecessor, Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis where players not only construct the park but manage it daily. You’ll set up the aesthetics of the park, what dinosaurs are featured and the various business operations that go on behind the scenes.

There is already a big following with the game and its set to release alongside the launch of the upcoming film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, though the set release date for the game has yet to be unveiled.

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Darksiders III
  • Developer: Gunfire Games
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The Darksiders franchise continues on with developers Gunfire Games launching the third main installment sometime in 2018. This franchise is an action role-playing with a ton of hack-and-slash goodness.

So far, what we know about the video game is that the title will take place in a parallel world of events from the past video game installments. In this war-torn Earth, our protagonist, Fury, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, is in a quest to destroy the Seven Deadly Sins.

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World War Z
  • Developer: Saber Interactive
  • Publisher: Saber Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

World War Z became a hit novel when it released and since then the story was adapted loosely into a blockbuster film. Now that story is moving into the video game industry with a title being developed under Saber Interactive.

We’re still waiting to hear more information about the game, but from what we can tell so far, the video game may be aimed more towards the novel than the film. Players will be going across the world in different regions as they partake in survival stories against the zombie pandemic.

Furthermore, the game will feature four player co-op which means you and your friends can blast through the undead. There seems to be a massive amount of undead coming at players so you may not get the same vibe and feel as Left 4 Dead though, at the same time, the reveal trailer does show players unloading assault weapons into the horde rather than rushing to safety.

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Mega Man 11
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

We’re still looking at scarce information when it comes to Mega Man 11, but it looks like the long-beloved Mega Man franchise will receive a new main installment late 2018. There is certainly a strong following with the franchise and we know that this eleventh installment will feature 3D characters and environments and not a 2.5D video game.

From the announcement trailer, it looks like the same game mechanics are gameplay are present that the series is known for. However, for now, we’ll have to wait and see just what the narrative will hold when it comes to the game. Likewise, with the title already claiming to not release until late 2018, this very well could be a game that will be delayed until next year, 2019.

Regardless, we’re keeping close tabs with Mega Man 11 and will continue to update you on the progress of the video game.

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Soulcalibur VI
  • Developer: Project Soul
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

It’s been over five years since we saw a major release for Soulcalibur, or stylized as Soulcalibur, but now we have its sixth installment launching sometime this year. The video game franchise has been iconic where players duke it out with 3D characters, most sporting a weapon.

Developers Project Soul along with publishers Bandai Namco Entertainment has stated that this upcoming Soulcalibur VI release will be set as a celebration of the franchise’s 20th anniversary. As for the story narrative, so far we know that the game will take place during the 16th century and revisit events that occurred in the first Soulcalibur video game, where secrets will be unveiled.

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Strange Brigade
  • Developer: Rebellion Developments
  • Publisher: Rebellion Developments
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Rebellion Developments has been around for over twenty years and has launched a number of video game titles such as the Sniper Elite series. However, their latest upcoming release, Strange Brigade is a title we’re hoping to hear more information with a release date set for this year, but that may be wishful thinking.

Strange Brigade is an upcoming cooperative third-person shooter filled with both puzzles and survival horror elements. What we know so far is that this is a video game based in the 1930s, where the British Empire has established a fearless group known as the Strange Brigade.

Players are then tasked with seeking out the strange and supernatural areas to uncover what lies within the deepest cracks. Riches await with hidden caves and deadly traps, though at the center of it all may be a beast far too evil for players to take down.

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Extinction
  • Developer: Iron Galaxy
  • Publisher: Maximum Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: April 10, 2018

Extinction is an upcoming action video game developed by Iron Galaxy, who may be best known for Killer Instinct. Coming out soon is their latest title, Extinction, which looks and acts similar to Attack on Titan.

Within the game, players will take control of a soldier named Avil who must protect the world from giant ogres. Gameplay is said to be fast paced where players will run around the map, making wall runs, or even using your whip to vault you up towards the beast.

Developers also have plans for future DLC with the game so after you finish up the narrative campaign and side missions, more content will be rolling out for gamers to enjoy. Just how much content is set to launch after the game remains to be seen, but Extinction in itself looks to be rather interesting.

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Wargroove
  • Developer: Chucklefish
  • Publisher: Chucklefish
  • Platforms: PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

If you are looking for a turn-based strategy game to enjoy this year then you’ll want to keep tabs on Wargroove. This is an upcoming turn-based strategy title by developers Chucklefish, the developers behind Starbound and publishers of Stardew Valley.

Stated to be an easy game for beginners to pick up and enjoy, Wargroove offers a deep campaign that features over ten commanders from four factions, each of which will have their own campaign, motivations, and personalities.

Outside of the singleplayer narrative campaign, Wargroove is said to include online multiplayer which will feature PvP and cooperative gameplay. Currently, the game is still slated to launch sometime early this year, so keep an eye out for its official launch date to be revealed soon.

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Ooblets
  • Developer: Glumberland
  • Publisher: Double Fine Presents
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Developed by indie studio Glumberland, Ooblets is described as a mixture between Harvest Moon, Pokemon and Animal Crossing. At its base, the game is a life simulation title where players control beings known as ooblets while also keeping up with your farm, town life, and creature collection.

Players will also find that they can run a shop, explore the open world lands, battle ooblets, and other ooblet trainers. While the game has us intrigued, we’re still unsure of just when the title will officially launch. Developers have simply stated that the game will see a release within this year.

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GTFO
  • Developer: 10 Chambers Collective
  • Publisher: 10 Chambers Collective
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

GTFO is all about teamwork as you and your crew head into the dark underground complex to fight off horrifying creatures. Developers 10 Chambers Collective promises gamers a thrilling and atmospheric environment where teams are set to go into the unknown in order to claim precious artifacts.

Working together, using nothing but their firepower and tools, gamers will have to rely on coordination along with communication to survive the nightmare that awaits your arrival.

However, it seems the artifacts are not the only thing worth exploring the underground complex as you may just kick up old secrets of your past. Currently, the developers are stating that the game will launch in 2018, though there are no details as to the system requirements to run the game nor a specific release date.

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Knights and Bikes
  • Developer: Foam Sword
  • Publisher: Double Fine Presents
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2018

Knights and Bikes is a hand-painted action-adventure title developed by Foam Sword. The video game is a coming of age story from inspirations of films such as The Goonies and video games like Earthbound. Within the narrative, players will follow two best friends, Nessa and Demelza, who are biking their way around the area, exploring what secrets lay hidden.

Within the game, players will find that they will have to fight enemies using a variety of weapons such as frisbees, water-balloons, and their pet goose. When the dust settles from the battles, a slew of puzzles and adventure awaits.

Being that there is a duo in Knights and Bikes, the game offers cooperative gameplay where two players can go through the narrative both online or locally, though the official release date on the game has yet to be unleashed into the masses.

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In The Valley of Gods
  • Developer: Campo Santo
  • Publisher: Campo Santo
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

In The Valley of Gods is another title we’re thrilled to see release. The video game is coming from developers Campo Santo who previously launched their debut title, Firewatch. Much like Firewatch, In The Valley of Gods is said to be an adventure title, though this time players are Rashida, an explorer who was disgraced.

Set on to uncover a new adventure filled with fame and fortune, Rashida seeks out a new incredible archaeological discovery within Egypt. Developers are promising a thrilling first-person adventure filled with exploration, though it’s unknown just when the game will launch.

While we’re hoping a launch this year, In The Valley of Gods may not make it until 2019. Regardless, we’ll be keeping our eyes out for new information and the system requirements required to run this game.

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BattleTech
  • Developer: Harebrained Schemes
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: April 2018

BattleTech is a new upcoming turn-based strategy video game developed by Harebrained Schemes. The title is part of the BattleTech series where players will take on the role of being a mercenary commander who is leading a powerful group of combat vehicles known as Battlemechs.

Players will be able to select and customize various attributes to the mech models along with a faction to serve. Set in 3025, the game will follow the Succession Wars Era, which is similar to the BattleTech board game.

Originally, the game was set to release in August of 2017 but has been pushed back to help make some refinements to the game.

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The Gardens Between
  • Developer: The Voxel Agents
  • Publisher: The Voxel Agents
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2018

If you enjoy puzzle titles then The Gardens Between by developers The Voxel Agents is something to keep tabs on. This is a video game based on friendship and growing up, though the base of the game is set around puzzles.

Players will follow the story of Arina and Frendt who are best friends. The duo somehow finds themselves in a world filled with beautiful gardens where they’ll need to solve a series puzzles. It’s through these puzzles that the best friends learn about friendship, childhood and growing up.

Currently, the game is set to launch later this year for the PC and PlayStation 4 platforms, though there’s no specific release date attached quite yet.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Developer: Crystal Dynamics
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PS4, PC, XBO
  • Release: 2018

When Tomb Raider received its big reboot back in 2013, the series received a massive revival with new and veteran players enjoying the latest big adventure featuring Lara Croft. In 2015, a sequel to Tomb Raider landed into the market and much like the reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider was a big hit.

Now gamers are waiting for the next big release known as Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Within the upcoming installment, players will find Lara Croft will pick things back up after the events of Rise of the Tomb Raider. So far we know that the game will follow Lara as she attempts to stop a Mayan apocalypse though the antagonist organization Trinity believes they can wield the power in order to reshape the world.

Much like the previous installments as well, Lara will have to use not only stealth but force as she battles against Trinity’s guards. There is of course wildlife lurking within the jungles, puzzles to solve and resources to gather in order to craft previous materials.

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Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: April 19, 2018

Total War is soon receiving a new title in the series of Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia. The video game is very much the same style strategy game that the series is known for but set in the British Isles in 878 AD where Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic’s and Vikings begin to fight to reign as the leader.

The game has players going through campaigns where history will be shaped from the player’s actions and victories. Set to be a standalone Total War video game, players can opt to pick the game up without having to replay any past titles. Likewise, developers have crafted the game to contain a highly detailed map as you gather armies and embark on campaign conquests.

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Deep Rock Galactic
  • Developer: Ghost Ship Games
  • Publisher: Coffee Stain Publishing
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: February 28, 2018 (Early Access)

Seeking to create a thrilling co-op experience, developers Ghost Ship Games is developing a title known as Deep Rock Galactic. This is currently an Early Access title that can be purchased today, though you can expect some changes and bugs until the final release launches.

Within the game, players are tasked with working together in digging into the underground as they collect valuable resources through cave systems. However, you’re not alone underground forcing our team of miners to come packed and loaded with heavy artillery to face against the hostile threats.

Caves are procedurally generated with enemies and loot to collect making it a new adventure every time you start. Currently, the game offers four-player cooperative gameplay with four unique classes to not only help fight against the enemy hostiles but to flesh out a team of miners.

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Ashen
  • Developer: Aurora44
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Ashen is an upcoming action RPG title that follows players into a world that is full of hostile enemies and gloom. Little information has been released about the game so far, but what we do know is that players can opt to work together in hopes for a greater chance of survival.

Within the world, players may cross paths and can then team up in a means to increase the skill set and crafting abilities. Strength in numbers seems to be key for survival in Ashen which has a wide variety of creatures and hostile environments that lurk around the corners of this decayed world.

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The Darwin Project
  • Developer: Scavengers Studio
  • Publisher: Scavengers Studio
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: March 9, 2018

The Darwin Project is another video game set to launch the popular and trending battle royale genre. Within the game, ten players will battle it out to see who will be the last man standing, though unlike some of the other popular battle royale games in the market today, there can be a variety of ways a player is killed.

While players can kill each other using weapons, there are other elements to worry about such as the weather and environments. Likewise, the developers behind this video game, Scavengers Studios, are hoping that viewers will play a big role in game matches.

Another player will play as a host, who will have the ability to trigger events and cause some extra surprises for gamers to go through. However, viewers who simply watch the match can vote on certain elements to unfold as well. We expect matches to go relatively quick with all these elements combined, though we’ll know for sure when the game releases this March 9, 2018.

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The Last Night
  • Developer: Odd Tales
  • Publisher: Raw Fury
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The Last Night is another video game title that we don’t have too many details on yet. We know that this is a platform title that features a cyberpunk theme setting, but we’re still a bit scarce in regards to gameplay and narrative information.

What we do know is that the game follows a low-class protagonist named Charlie who lives in a society that only the wealthy can enjoy. As a result, players will be subjected to a rough life filled with other citizens who are trying to get by.

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Blazing Chrome
  • Developer: JoyMasher
  • Publisher: JoyMasher
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: TBD

If you enjoyed the old classics such as Contra then you may appreciate the upcoming Blazing Chrome video game. This is an indie title that is inspired by both Control and Metal Slug where players will be battling in nonstop action and avoiding any and all bullets that come their way.

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The Church in the Darkness
  • Developer: Paranoid Productions
  • Publisher: Paranoid Productions
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The Church in the Darkness is similar to Far Cry 5 in that the story revolves around a Christian based cultist group in a rural town. Players step into the shoes of Vic, a former law enforcement officer who decides to travel to South America and infiltrate the religious compound in order to check in on his nephew, Alex.

Developers created the game to allow players to go through the game however they like. Likewise, it seems that there will be choices available within the game that will have consequences no matter what action you take within the situation.

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Fatal Velocity: Physics Combat
  • Developer: Range Plus One Inc.
  • Publisher: Range Plus One Inc.
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: March 29, 2018

Fatal Velocity: Physics Combat is a little indie title we’re keeping tabs on. Currently, the game is available purely as an Early Access title through Steam and it should be interesting to see just how the game evolves throughout the development.

For those unaware of the video game, this is a first-person combat title where the weapons are based on physics and the environment. Players can use a variety of tech-based weapons that will help grapple surfaces, deploy gravity wells, knock players back among others based on movement. As mentioned, the game is currently available to try right now as an Early Access title.

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Mothergunship
  • Developer: Grip Digital, Terrible Posture Games
  • Publisher: Grip Digital
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2018

Within Mothergunship, players are part of a global resistance group that will fight against an advanced alien species from controlling the Earth. Players can join together in a co-op experience in this FPS bullet hell video game. Within Mothergunship, players will craft their own unique guns to fight against monstrous enemy ships and machines all while avoiding the bullets being sprayed your way.

If you enjoy bullet hell type shooters then this may be the game for you especially with the ability to jump in with a friend in order to save humanity from the evil alien reign.

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Defector
  • Developer: Twisted Pixel
  • Publisher: Oculus
  • Platforms: PC Oculus Rift
  • Release: 2018

Defector is a VR title that puts players in the role of a super spy agent who must complete the objective by any means necessary.

From what we can tell, the game will play similarly to a James Bond film, where gamers must carefully talk their way through a narrative and take out the henchmen that get in the way. We’re eager to hear more about this game as it looks to potentially be a big hit when it launches later this year.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Developers: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: October 5, 2018

Assassin’s Creed will have a new installment this year with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The video game is set in 431 BCE where players will have the choice of being a mercenary that fights for Athens and the Delian League or the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta. Either way, players will be a descendant of Spartan King Leonidas I during the Peloponnesian War.

Much like the previous Assassin’s Creed installments, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will feature a modern day protagonist as well. Ubisoft will be reintroducing to Layla Hassan who was present during Assassin’s Creed Origins.

Developers over at Ubisoft seems to also be working more on an RPG progressive system in this upcoming title which ranges from dialogue choices to a skill tree that can help in aspects such as stealth and combat.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: October 12, 2018

There seems to never be any shortages when it comes to the Call of Duty franchise and this year we’re getting a new installment to the Black Ops line. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be launching in October of this year though there is one rather major element being completely dropped with this upcoming installment.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not contain a campaign mode. In the day and age of battle royale modes being incredibly popular, Treyarch has decided to make this next call of the Duty title to feature nothing but a multiplayer component.

The focus will be doubling down on the multiplayer game modes including Zombies. So if you’re a fan of Call of Duty for their online multiplayer matches then you have nothing to worry about in this installment but with that said, if you picked up the latest installments to enjoy the action-packed campaigns then you may have to hold out for the 2019 installment release.

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Hitman 2
  • Developer: IO Interactive
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: November 13, 2018

If you enjoyed the Hitman video game release back in 2016 then you won’t want to miss out on its sequel. Hitman 2 will continue on with the narrative journey left off in the previous installment. Players will once again step into the role of Agent 47 where he will be taking on contracts and killing off the designated targets. However, the overall goal in Agent 47’s mind is taking out the Shadow Client from the previous video game storyline.

There is also another change up from the past title and that this time around players will not have to deal with an episodic release. Unlike Hitman, Hitman 2 will have a more standard video game release with the entire game being available right from launch. However, the game will still be supported post-release as developers IO Interactive will be delivering DLC expansions.

Gameplay will still be the same where Agent 47 will have to blend into his environment in order to stealthily take down his target. Currently, Hitman 2 is slated to launch in November of this year for the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One platforms.

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Fallout 76
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: November 14, 2018

Fallout 76 is the latest upcoming installment to the Fallout franchise though it will be quite a bit different in comparison to past main installments. Bethesda has developed Fallout 76 to be an online multiplayer title that takes place before previous Fallout games.

Within the game, players take on a member from Vault 76 where their goal is to help rebuild the wasteland when the vault opens twenty-five years after the nuclear war. While this is still an action RPG, the gameplay is centered on building up and maintaining settlements.

For instance, when players have managed to build up a base, they will have to defend it from the mutated monsters both old and new along with other hostile players. Luckily it seems that Bethesda has incorporated a feature that will save player creations when they are offline so you won’t have to start completely over if your settlement gets trashed when you’re not playing.

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Just Cause 4
  • Developer: Avalanche Studios
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: December 4, 2018

Get ready to jump back into the boots of Rico Rodriguez. Just Cause 4 is coming out this holiday season and as always players will be following Rico who is dealing with a new antagonist group in the South American country called Solis.

From what we know so far about Just Cause 4 is that Rico is going against a paramilitary group known as the Black Hand. This installment is actually slated to unveil the mysterious history of Rico, but you’ll also find that the Black Hand isn’t the only hostility that Rico will have to endure before he is able to learn of his past.

Solis is home of conflict and oppression along with severe weather conditions. As such, players will need to prepare to use the wingsuit to soar through the skies while avoiding lightning storms and massive tornadoes.

Currently, Just Cause 4 will be launching on December 4, 2018, for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

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Metal Wolf Chaos XD
  • Developer: General Arcade, FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Metal Wolf Chaos was released in 2004 as a Japanese only Xbox exclusive title that features America’s president going to war with the vice president. Oddly enough the game never made it overseas which meant that the game was incredibly tough to come by and even more so to play. However, over the years the interest of playing this game only grew and now thanks to Devolver Digital, it seems that we’re going to be receiving localized copies.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD is the upcoming remastered edition of the game being developed under General Arcade. Players outside of Japan will finally be able to enjoy this mech title where President Michael Wilson will be fighting against the rebellion that’s under control of Vice-President Richard Hawk.

This remastered edition will also feature new controls, save system and 4K 16:9 support. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, we don’t have a specific release date attached to the game quite yet. Instead, we are expected to receive the title sometime this year.

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