ByMarcus O'Shea, writer at
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Marcus O'Shea

2017 is already off to a great start for the PlayStation 4, with the release of a slew of new console exclusives and AAA titles like Nioh, Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5 and Resident Evil 7, but what's coming down the line for the in the year ahead? Luckily, I'm here with the answers on what to look forward to in 2017!

See also:

The Best Upcoming PlayStation 4 Exclusive Games In 2017

If you've got any additional exclusives that you're looking forward to that we've failed to mention below, let us know in the comments. But here are the best upcoming games we're excited for in 2017!

1. 'God of War'

  • Publisher: SIEA
  • Developer: Santa Monica Studio
  • Release Date: TBA

Santa Monica Studios is taking things in a new direction with their latest exclusive title. Eschewing the one-dimensional extremo screamo characterization of Kratos, Santa Monica Studio is adding at least one dimension by giving Kratos a son that he must train, guide and possibly comfort in a series of quicktime events. The combat in the latest looks very different too, with a tighter camera, dodge roll system and slower, more methodical combat that recalls the Dark Souls series.

Also, since he's killed basically everyone in the Greek pantheon, Kratos has headed off to the land of the Vikings, presumably to kill everyone there as well. Who knows though, maybe they'll teach the God of War how to not be such a grump and relax with a bit of mead occasionally.

2. 'Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom'

  • Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
  • Developer: Level-5
  • Release Date: TBA

The bestselling JRPG for the PS3 is finally getting a real sequel, and Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli are back to lend their beautiful and distinctive aesthetic to the game. CEO Akihiro Hino has promised a slew of new features and improvements over the already excellent original, including a kingdom creation sub-game for Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom. Plus, with Ghibli providing the visual design, maybe we'll get a game that tops in the delicious-looking video game food category.

3. 'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy'

[Credit: Activision]
[Credit: Activision]
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: Vicarious Visions
  • Release Date: June 30, 2017

Everyone's favorite manic bandicoot is back and at it again with the upcoming remaster of his first three iconic outings. Developer Vicarious Visions is taking some real care to make everything look absolutely gorgeous, fully overhauling the entire game's graphics to make every part of the trilogy look crisper, brighter and even more crazy and cartoony than ever. If Yooka-Laylee doesn't scratch that classic platforming itch, then Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be just the medicine you're looking for.

4. 'Final Fantasy 7 Remake'

  • Publisher: Square Enix Holdings
  • Developer: Square Enix Holdings
  • Release Date: TBA

It's hard to say anything about the remake of Final Fantasy 7 that hasn't already been said. One of the most beloved games of all time is getting a long-awaited remake. The game looks gorgeous, the updated battle system looks amazing and I'm looking forward to a brand new series of urban legends about how you can save Aeris.

5. 'Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice'

  • Publisher: Ninja Theory
  • Developer: Ninja Theory
  • Release Date: 2017 TBA

Despite the slightly goofy sounding name, Hellbade: Senua's Sacrifice is shaping up to be an incredibly interesting game. The story of Hellblade follows the titular Senua, a traumatized and mentally ill young warrior woman, who must travel through hell to rescue someone close to her from death.

The combat of Hellblade looks to be slightly Dark Souls inspired, with a tight camera, fluid animations and a focus on careful positioning and dodging to prevail against much stronger and larger enemies. The graphics are shaping up to be absolutely gorgeous as well, with some of the best motion capture work I've seen in games so far and a stunning performance from the actress playing Senua.

6. 'Death Stranding'

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Release Date: TBA

After Hideo Kojima's abrupt departure from Konami and the cancellation of the eagerly awaited Silent Hills, fans were left wondering what was up next for Kojima. The answer? Death Stranding, the first game from the newly formed Kojima Productions. So far we haven't seen much besides the cryptic trailer and the fact that Norman Reedus is involved, but rest assured the game will feature Hideo Kojima's trademark grandiosity and weirdness that he brought to the Metal Gear Solid series.

We sure did see a lot of Reedus though [credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
We sure did see a lot of Reedus though [credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

7. 'Wild'

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Developer: Wild Sheep Studio
  • Release Date: TBA

Perhaps the only game on this list that looks to rival Horizon: Zero Dawn in expansive ambition is Wild. Wild sees you take on the role of a neolithic shaman, helping your tribe by possessing and befriending natural beasts. The natural open world of the game looks incredible, but mostly I'm excited by the possibility of befriending a bear, which has been on my bucket list since a life-changing viewing of The Jungle Book at age five.

8. 'The Last Of Us Part 2'

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: TBA

The long-awaited sequel to the heartwarming zombie survival hit. takes us a fair few years into the future, where Ellie, the badass young lass from the first game, is all grown up and looking for revenge. So far few details have been leaked besides an incredible teaser trailer, but fans are already abuzz with speculation about everything from the significance of Ellie's tattoo to whether or not Joel is still alive. Are you excited for The Last of Us Part II?

9. 'Spider-Man'

  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: TBA

Spider-Man for the PS4 will be the first Spider-Man game made by a non-Activision developer in two decades. The developer, Insomniac Games, is responsible for fan favorites Ratchet and Clank and Sunset Overdrive. Fans are already excited that the new Spider-Man game may be the first to recapture the magic of Spider-Man 2 for the PS2, or as I like to call it, the last good Spider-Man game.

10. 'Days Gone'

  • Developer: SIE Bend Studio
  • Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Release Date: TBA

Days Gone is the new open world zombie survival game by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Taking inspiration from The Last Of Us, plans to bring the same narrative-driven approach to desperate zombie survival while breaking out of the linear restraints and offering players a vast, open world to explore and dozens of ways to complete every objective.

11. 'Shenmue 3'

[Credit: Ys Net]
[Credit: Ys Net]
  • Developer: Ys Net
  • Publishers: Ys Net
  • Release Date: December 2017

Shenmue 3 is the long-, long-awaited third entry in what was originally meant to be the Shenmue trilogy. After almost 20 years and an endless period in stasis, the third and final game was kickstarted by loyal fans who wanted more of the bizarre action-adventure RPG.

It reached over two million dollars in six hours, the fastest a Kickstarter has ever reached that amount, which makes sense. The original titles were awesome cult hits that gave us great martial arts action and of course, a bevy of ways to absolutely waste our time and ignore our quest for revenge.

12. 'Death's Gambit'

[Credit: Adult Swim]
[Credit: Adult Swim]
  • Developer: White Rabbit
  • Publisher: Adult Swim
  • Release Date: 2017

Imagine someone crossed Dark Souls with a little bit of classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and a touch of Shadow of the Colossus and you might be getting close to describing Death's Gambit.

This white knuckle side-scrolling action RPG pits you against massive immortals and their servants in fast-paced, intensely challenging combat for the fate of the world. From the early gameplay demos, it's looking like a worthy entry to the burgeoning Souls-like genre.

Got a game you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments!


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