6 of Our Most Anticipated Games Coming in 2017
2016 was a great year for gaming, but rather than looking back, let's see what's ahead for the industry as we move into 2017.
Provided the majority of next year's games don't get delayed (and you know a bunch will) this is our tentative list of games releasing next year that have us peeing our pants with excitement.
Horizon Zero Dawn (Release: February 28)
Right off the bat, this early 2017 action RPG from Killzone studio Guerrilla Games looks phenomenal! When the game was first teased a few E3s back, it was immediately evident that Sony had something special on their hands. We can't wait to get our hands on this game, and find out what the team at Guerrilla is capable of. I mean, c'mon, you fight robot dinosaurs in this game!
Halo Wars 2 (Release: February 21)
This is a game that caught most people by surprise when it was announced. The original Halo Wars, although financially successful, didn't shake the world in the way people hoped, but it sure was a hell of a good strategy game. It's awesome to be getting a sequel to this forgotten gem nearly a decade later, and a lot has changed since Bungie was at the helm of the Halo lore. The team at Creative Assembly has a great track record, and it will be interesting to see what they bring to the Halo franchise.
Yooka-Laylee (Release: Spring)
Developer Playtonic Games is a ragtag team of ex-Rare developers on a mission to bring players the Banjo-Kazooie sequel they never got. Yooka-Laylee is a game that oozes 1990s and it has us utterly excited to explore a current generation 3D platformer. For a genre that was once so oversaturated, it sure has been a long time since we got a proper 3D platformer. Yooka-Laylee is a game that is playing off the industries' nostalgia, and frankly filling a void that has been present for a quite some time now.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Release: Who the hell knows)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo has been haunting us with this game since 2014, and boy oh boy does it look good. Breath of the Wild represents a Nintendo that is willing to change. A Nintendo that hears the cries of its fans, both old and new. This game looks so fresh, yet so familiar at the same time. Perhaps the most exciting element of this game is the ability to just explore and get lost in a big open world, knowing its in the Zelda universe. We are not sure when exactly this game will be released, but rest assured, playing and covering this game is a top priority for us.
Untitled Mario Switch Game (Release: Rumored 2017)
This one is a bit of a stretch, seeing as the game hasn't even been officially announced yet, but the glimpse we got of this new Super Mario game during the Nintendo Switch reveal had us more excited than the actual Switch itself (maybe). Judging by the two seconds we saw of this game, it looks like the next proper 3D Mario platformer adventure (akin to Mario 64). Many rumors suggest that the game will be revealed at the Nintendo Switch press event on January 12, and that the game will be a launch title in March. If these rumors are true, March will be our 2017 highlight, provided Nintendo can ship enough Switch units to where we dont have another NES Classic Edition on our hands (we are still trying to get one of those things).
Sea of Thieves (Release: TBD 2017)
Sea of Thieves is a game we still don't know too much about. Announced back at E3 2015, this pirate adventure game has been continuously compared to games like Destiny and The Division, but with pirates! While that sounds awesome, it would be nice to see more of this game. It's extremely pleasing to see Rare create a new and original idea that isn't a forced Kinect game or a sad Banjo-Kazooie spin-off. Details on Sea of Theives are slim, but it looks promising, and we are excited to see what this pirate life is all about.
Hopefully you are now pretty excited for 2017 after taking a look at some of the exciting adventures that await you in the near future.