2017 was an interesting year for gaming, especially the PC market. We had to endure the wrath of the Star Wars Battlefront community after EA utterly trashed the sequel to the 2015 title, laugh at the death counter in Cuphead, and regain consciousness after witnessing headlines of Intel and AMD working together on mobile processors.
2018 is set to be a solid year with some killer releases scheduled. Here are nine of our most anticipated.
A Way Out
Director Jose Fares has made some waves of his own at The Game Awards, but he's also responsible for A Way Out. It's an upcoming EA Originals co-op game that puts two players in control of Leo and Vincent, convicted prisoners who have to break out of prison.
The story of both protagonists is told on-screen in interesting and unique ways — one player may be watching a cutscene while the other has control of their character. Absolute co-operation is required to make progress, which also covers running from the authorities and attempting to keep low.
It sounds like anything I've yet to play — and something I'd enjoy with a friend.
BioWare's newest property, Anthem, is a mysterious new game that features loot, co-op play, a live service model similar to that of Destiny and a whole new universe to explore. Will it be good? It looks like it might be... but after what happened with Mass Effect Andromeda and Battlefront 2, we're hesitant of what EA may bring to the table. That said, one must keep an open mind.
Anthem is a futuristic open-world game requiring players to traverse and interact with special exo-suits called Javelins. There are several to discover, each with weakness and strengths. Set for release in fall 2018, we've some way to go until we can see what the studio has in the works, but we're interested.
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
Obsidian Entertainment is returning to the classic RPG genre with a sequel to the highly successful Kickstarter campaign, which resulted in the launch of Pillars of Eternity. This second title in the series was also funded in a similar fashion and is slated for release in 2018.
For those unfamiliar with the original, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire will be an isometric RPG with classic features, like dynamic weather and a living, breathing world with a close connection to Dungeon & Dragon-esque rules and combat. The sequel will focus on the player commandeering vessels to act as mobile bases, which can be upgraded or replaced with captured ships.
It's a direct sequel and takes place in the world of Eora, requiring players assume the role of a Watcher, who has the ability to look into the souls of others and read their memories.
Skull & Bones
Have you ever played through Assassin's Creed Black Flag and thought to yourself "I'd love a game focused solely on the naval action"? Then Skull & Bones is for you. This upcoming Ubisoft game allows players to take charge of a ship and sail the seas in search of loot and glory.
There's still plenty of time for more details to be released on gameplay, but what we've seen so far indicates that it's taking Black Flag's sailing mechanics and adding a ton of fun to the mix — or so we hope.
Monster Hunter: World
Forget Pokemon, Monster Hunter: World is coming to PC in 2018. It's an action RPG, developed by Capcom, that will see players build characters, slay monsters and taking on challenging quests. Sure, you won't be raising levels of six friendly animals, but you will be taking down some incredible beasts and we're okay with that.
If you seek an adventure that will see you return hundreds of hours of entertainment for the price of a triple-AAA game, this should be it.
Assassin's Creed, while flawed, holds a special place in my heart. Vampyr is set to take the formula of Ubisoft's highly successful open-world adventure series and add a dark twist. Players will take control of Jonathan E. Reid, a doctor who has been turned into a vampire and thirsts for blood.
Whether the player wishes to kill innocent individuals is a choice one must come to terms with and the fictional representation of London makes for a mysterious experience. Each civilian will have a personality, a life, and a consequence should you kill them or even turn them into a vampire. We're a big fan of games that hold consequences for player actions and Vampyr looks to offer something unique in 2018.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
After first debuting in 2003, we've waited patiently to get a sequel to Beyond Good & Evil. Ubisoft is now working on the said game, and it should launch sometime in 2018. Details are a little sparse, but we do know it's rather different from the first game — and is actually a prequel.
BGAE2 will be an action-come-adventure game sporting more tradition RPG elements like character creation and development, completing quests, improve attributes, and move up the ranks in the competitive social system.
Hideo Kojima still has us wondering whether or not we're doing drugs with his studio trailers but Death Stranding is something on our calendar. The latest video doesn't really reveal much but we're holing out for an immersive story. Let us know what you make of it all in the comments.
Being tasked with landing and establishing a colony on the hostile planet that is Mars is no easy feat. From the same publisher that brought the world the rather difficult Offworld Trading Company, Paradox Interactive is working with Haemimont Games to bring a whole new city management-type survival game.
Your task: to ensure everyone lives in the harsh environment. There are a bunch of features to help you both succeed and fail so it's down to you to take control and make everything work. Our Games Editor, Jez Corden, spent some time with the game at Gamescon:
Surviving Mars was already one of my most anticipated Xbox One and Windows PC games, but after going hands on, I think it's probably my most anticipated. The sheer amount of features, opportunities for micromanagement and creativity is incredibly exciting, and there's that secretive Mystery feature to look forward to as well.
Slated for release in 2018. if you like Cities: Skylines you should keep an eye on Surviving Mars.
Your hidden gem
What are you looking forward to the most for 2018? Let us know your favorite upcoming PC games in the comments, if they didn't make the list.