There are many ways you can keep warm during Christmas. Hot cocoa is one way. A fireplace and a nifty blanket is another. Then there is the festive supper, a little eggnog. But if you’re a gamer the thing that will probably be keeping you warm and cosy is your gaming machine. There is good chance your thoughts will be going to this mix of a room heater and an interactive entertainment centre. And with good reason.

2016 was a great year for gaming (if nothing else) and there are games coming in 2017 that will put to shame this year’s releases. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting titles. For fairness’ sake we arranged the games alphabetically.

Agents of Mayhem

Saint Row IV ended on a cliffhanger of sorts. The follow-up, Gat out of Hell did some things about it, and now thanks to that we can get Agents of Mayhem.

Agents of Mayhem will be like a Saints Row version of G.I. Joe. One “good” organisation (MAYHEM*, with a familiar fleur-de-lis purple logo), one “evil” organisation (LEGION**, presumably they are many), and not a lick of sense to mess with the unrestricted fun we came to expect from Volition.

AoM will be a TPP action-adventure game, with the player controlling a team of three agents picked from up to twelve total operatives. Expect creative characters, outrageous shenanigans, and unapologetic destruction.

Release date: 2017
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

*Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds
**League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations

Dawn of War III

Blood Ravens have no luck. Changes in the line of command, traitors, demons, Tyranids, other Space Marine chapters wanting their relics back…

It seems their bad streak continues in Dawn of War III, because just as the news about a weapon of immense power reach them, the Eldar and the Orks are already well on their way.

In DoW3 the game abandons the slightly RPG-ish playstyle of Dawn of War 2 and fully embraces its RTS roots. As for the new additions, heavy walker units finally come to DoW. Or, more specifically, Imperial Knights for the Space Marines, Wraithknights for the Eldar, and Gorkanauts of the Orks.

Dawn of War III is going to be a welcome change from a avalanche of low- and mid-budget WH40k licensed games.

Release date: 2017
Platforms: PC

Divinity: Original Sin 2

After its immediate predecessor became a smash hit of 2014, the sequel was simply a matter of time. A rather short time, too. D:OS2 is fully prepared to repeat the original game’s success, with even greater interactivity, more focused narrative and a better implemented co-op now able to host a four-player team.

It’s been said that the game’s story is going to be more serious than in D:OS, which is a curious change. Larian Studios’ games are known for having fun with the genre tropes and not being afraid of doing something because it’s simply funny.

One way or another, by the virtues of its predecessor Divinity: Orinal Sin 2 earns its spot on this list.

Release date: 2017 (yes, we know it’s currently available in Steam Early Access, but it is in no way a full game yet)
Platforms: PC

For Honor

Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight: a samurai, a knight, or a Viking? For Honor will not give you answers to this question, because balance is important, but it will let you figure out which one is your true calling.

Ubisoft’s For Honor has a very simple core gameplay mechanic: the position (one of three) of your gamepad stick defines your guard form and attack direction. If the enemy strikes from the same side, you block, if he doesn’t, you get hit. Simple. Now add special maneuvers, special abilities and you get an interesting and original hack’n’slash game.
For Honor is going to have extensive character customisation, with more options unlocked as you level up, several small-scale multiplayer modes and a full-blown singleplayer campaign.

Release date: 14 February 2017
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

Marvel is on the counter-offensive when it comes to video games. For a long time DC dominated with its Batman Arkham series (despite some hiccups along the way). Now Marvel is in line for three high-profile games.

In addition to Capcom’s Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, and Insomniac’s Spider-Man, Telltale Games is developing a game based on James Gunn’s box office hit Guardians of the Galaxy movie (the teaser trailer makes it clear, that the game will have more ties to the movies than the comic book).

As usual for Telltale, the game will be divided into five episodes, and it’s reasonable to expect little action, a lot of story, and a side serving of Quick Time Events.

The game is set for a 2017 release, probably to use (or boost) the hype for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie premiering the same year.

Release date: 2017
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, others probable.

Horizon Zero Dawn

If you ever wondered what Far Cry: Primal would be like if it was set on a post-apocalyptic Earth full of diverse robotic fauna, you have some very specific imagination. Thankfully Guerilla Games has your back with their new game Horizon Zero Dawn.

HZD‘s protagonist is Aloy, an outcast from her own tribe, and a capable hunter, too, able to take down even some of the largest Machines – bestial robots of unknown origin. The game is going to have an open-world structure, varied gameplay (melee, ranged and stealth are all viable approaches) and a gripping story about the civilization that came before the tribal remnants of humanity that Aloy hails from.

Release date: 28 February 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4

Mass Effect: Andromeda

The fans of BioWare’s Mass Effect series have been waiting for quite some time for a new entry. Mass Effect 3 launched in March 2012, ME3 with a less tacked-on ending three months later. Five years between entries is a lot of time in video game time. But it seems BioWare didn’t waste all this time, because Andromeda looks like a step forward.

In addition to a reportedly open-world structure (where, probably, jump-packs replaced jumping with your own legs) character progression is said to depart from class-based system of the original trilogy, and allow for easy respec.

The game will tell the story of Sara and Scott Ryder (of which one will be controlled by the player). They went on a scouting expedition to the Andromeda galaxy in search of new planets for humanity to inhabit. They left Earth between the events of Mass Effect 2 and 3, but the events of Andromeda take place 600 years after the Reaper invasion. Travelling to other galaxies takes a lot of time, who knew.

Release date: Spring/Autumn 2017
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Nioh

A game with a bit weird title, and even weirder premise.

In Nioh you get to play as a historical figure from the 17th century, William Adams, who travelled to Japan and became the first Westerner to become a samurai. Famous novel and miniseries titled Shogun were based on his story.

Of course, the game is heavily fictionalised into becoming a dark fantasy setting, with demons and other monsters roaming the Sengoku-era Japan. The player will make an impact on the conflict of daimyos and the resurgence of demonic yokai.

In terms of gameplay, Nioh draws strong inspirations from the Soulsborne games, but replaces open world with discrete missions. William will also have three stances (high, medium, and low) changing the speed and strength of his attacks. It will probably be an important mechanic for fighting certain enemies.

Nioh may be a very interesting game, with a creatively warped historical setting, interesting gameplay, and engaging storyline.

Release date: 7 February 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4

Prey

Arkane Studios waste no time, it seems. Soon after the release the warmly welcomed Dishonored 2, another game comes hot on its heels.

Prey is not a sequel to the first-person shooter from 2006, but a revival and reimagining of the franchise. Set on a massive space station full of hostile vaguely amorphous aliens, it puts the player in the shoes of doctor Morgan Yu (customisable to a certain degree) trying to survive in this environment. The developers claim it’s going to have a psychological bent, rather than a horror atmosphere.

In addition to weapons doctor Yu will be able to acquire some abilities of alien origin, like a mimic ability featured in some trailers, allowing Yu to take the form of an inanimate object.

Release date: Q1/Q2 2017
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Red Dead Redemption 2

A long-awaited new entry to the Red Dead series (Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption). Not much is known about it, but judging by the teaser trailer, it will show us the time when John Marston was still running with the gang he was blackmailed into hunting down in RDR.

Does having several prominent characters mean a mechanic similar to the one in GTA V? Will we get a glimpse at the growing affection between John and his future wife Abigail? Will we see them running from the gang?

There are many questions and Rockstar wisely refuses to answer them just yet. But one things is sure: if the game will be as good as its predecessor every other game of 2017 is going to have a hard time beating it to the Game of the Year title.

Release date: Q3/Q4 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox

Resident Evil VII Biohazard

RE7 fought against Outlast to be the horror title highlight on this list, and won by doing something no other core Resident Evil did before. Going full first-person perspective.
That’s right. RE7 apparently took the hint from other modern survival horror games like the aforementioned Outlast, or even Alien: Isolation. Instead of a shooter-horror, the game will focus on the feeling of being hunted by some not-quite-human enemies, as well as some not-at-all-human ones. The immersion is hardly ever as strong as in a first-person perspective. Add to it full VR support and you have a survival-horror game able to stop hearts.

Release date: 24 January 2017
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Numenera is a role-playing system published by Monte Cook in 2013, set a billion years in the future, when eight great civilizations had come and gone, and the Earth is now called the Ninth World due to this fact. The relics of ancient cultures are like magical artifacts to the current one.

This is the setting of a new oldschool role-playing game from inXile Entertainment.
The creators of The Bard’s Tale and Wasteland 2 are the veterans of the genre, headed by Brian Fargo himself. The game is a spiritual successor to a Black Isle game Planescape: Torment, widely accepted as one of the strongest stories in video games.
Torment: Tides of Numenera may be one of the strongest RPGs of 2017 and is worth taking interest in.

Release date: Q1 2017
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

This concludes the main list, but we have a special present for you. In addition to the games that are pretty much certain to be released this year, we prepared a shortlist of four hot announcements without a strictly defined release time.

Death Stranding

When Hideo Kojima left Konami, it was a big news. But not so big as the general confusion caused by the announcement trailer for Death Stranding, the first game he develops unbound from Konami. A naked Norman Reedus, a disappearing baby, and dead whales had a big part in this.

Later it was revealed that Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo del Toro have significant roles in the story (Mikkelsen is, of course, the main antagonist).

The game is going to be quite bizarre, likely in both the story and its mechanics. This is probably what happens when Hideo Kojima gets free reign, which is not a bad thing, by the way. If anything, we are getting something unique and odd. Even the genre is only vaguely going to fall into the “action” category.

Release date: TBA. Possibly before 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4

God of War

Kratos apparently decided to change something about himself after he murdered his way through the Greek pantheon. He travelled to Scandinavia, grew beard, and got himself a son (and a newly-dead wife, presumably). I guess after you kill everyone back home the least you can do is settle down.

Jokes aside, God of War isn’t going to play by the rules. Instead of a distant camera and wild combos we are going to follow Kratos in a third-person perspective and the accordingly adjusted combat system. Kratos’ son will have a significant role in both the gameplay (as a capable distraction, for instance) and in story, as Kratos assumes a mentor role and tries to form a connection with him. To support his lumberjack beard, Kratos also has an elementally charged battleaxe. Can we expect Kratos to go against the Norse pantheon? It seems prudent to do so.

Release date: TBA
Platforms: PlayStation 4

 

Spider-Man

Not much is known about this game (although the trailer looks promising), but a new game with Spider-Man is welcome, especially after a batch of largely mediocre games we got.

Insomniac’s take on the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is going to give us an open world, appropriate parkour and webslinging, and a more experienced Spidey, as opposed to his typical high-schooler incarnation.

An important thing to consider: the game will not be a comic book or movie tie-in, and will tell its own story instead.

Release date: TBA
Platforms: PlayStation 4

The Last of Us Part II

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, but it turns out nobody expected a sequel to The Last of Us, either. The game was announced this December at the PlayStation Experience event, and we even got a nifty trailer.

The Last of Us Part II is going to be set around five years after the previous game’s ending, and will have the player take control of Ellie, for a change.

Release date: TBA
Platforms: PlayStation 4

So there you have it, sixteen upcoming titles that should keep you warm throughout 2017 and beyond. We didn’t cover all the upcoming titles, of course, so write us in the comments about the game you are waiting for.

If we managed to interest you in any title, there is a nice Christmas Sale coming, where you can find some of the pre-order versions.