ByFrank Fields, writer at Creators.co
Storyteller. World builder. Bant loyalist. My life for Aiur, Magic, and Esports.
Frank Fields

Another year, another calendar of amazing game releases!

2016 was a great year in gaming, and with the confirmed releases in the coming year, 2017 looks just as good.

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Here are the games we're most looking forward to in 2017:

6. 'Prey'

Arkane Studios and Bethesda made quite the impact this year when they announced the long awaited return of Prey. 11 years after the original was released, Prey seems to be stepping away from the Cherokee and tribal rituals and looks both futuristic and a lot darker.

Details

  • Developer: Arkane Studios (Bethesda)
  • Release Date: TBD 2017
  • Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • Director: Raphaël Colantonio

Why We're Excited

The previously questionable storyline seems more dynamic and engaging, and the graphics look simply stunning. There are a number of avenues the game could take. Will it be an intense Doom-like action shooter, or a more collected and tense affair? Either way, the trailer showcases a few clips of gameplay in all its glory and certainly makes us excited for what Prey will have to offer.

5. 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild'

It's been a long time since Nintendo released a "real" Zelda game. We've seen remakes, spin-offs, and handheld titles, but none that quite captured the merry adventuring ethos missing from the series since 2006's Twilight Princess. (Your faithful correspondent happens to find Skyward Sword's motion controls horribly tiresome and distracting, so he likes to pretend it doesn't exist.) That will (hopefully) all change in 2017, when Breath of the Wild comes out on the Wii U and #Switch.

Details

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release Date: 2017
  • Platform(s): Wii U, Switch
  • Website: Link (No pun intended.)
  • Link's Trademark Green Hat: Appears to be missing.

Why We're Excited

This is the world's first truly open-world Zelda game, with deeper equipment, crafting, and customization systems than ever before. This change could either result in a total revitalization of the series, or it could be an absolute face-planting failure. Either way, we're desperate to find out.

4. 'Red Dead Redemption 2'

Westerns are a genre criminally under-explored in video games. Red Dead Redemption tackled the setting in style, with a sweeping, emotionally impactful story to boot. Rockstar Games is the undisputed champion of open-world crime-em-ups, and expectations for Red Dead Redemption 2 run rampant as a result.

Details

  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Release Date: Fall 2017
  • Platform: PS4, Xbox One
  • Website: Link
  • Return of John Marston: Unconfirmed

Why We're Excited

Everyone would have expected a sequel to Red Dead Redemption to boast fluid gunplay, a vibrant open world, and a well-crafted story. What they might not have expected is how beautiful it seems to be. The trailer above is replete with vistas and landscapes so gorgeous that without playing a minute of the actual game, I already expect Red Dead Redemption 2 to be one of the best-looking nature games in history.

3. 'Torment: Tides Of Numenera'

inXile Entertainment have created an offering that may just challenge the heavyweights of the RPG world next year. Torment takes place in Numenera, a fantasy land created from the mind of Monte Cook, the games designer. It was successfully funded via their Kickstarter campaign after being online for only six hours.

Details:

  • Developer: inXile Entertainment
  • Release Date: Early 2017
  • Platforms: PC, OSX, Linux, Xbox One, PS4
  • Director: Kevin Saunders, Chris Keenan

Why are we excited?

The large emphasis on storytelling and the narrative means the game will be incredibly immersive, providing the player with hours of play without the feeling of repetition. The dialogue tree system of speech opens up many opportunities for the game to take different paths and the opportunities this presents are very appealing to us.

2. 'Horizon Zero Dawn'

Horizon Zero Dawn is a game about fighting giant robot dinosaurs in a post-apocalyptic wilderness. There are giant robot dinosaurs, and you fight them. In the future. With a bow and arrow. You shoot the giant robot dinosaurs with a cybernetic bow and arrow. I mean, do I even need to go on?

Details

  • Publisher: Guerrilla Games (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Release Date: February 28, 2017
  • Platform: PS4 Exclusive
  • Website: Link
  • Can you also hit the robot dinosaurs with some kind of cobbled-together energy sword: Definitely yes.

Why We're Excited

Wait - THIS is the one you need an explanation for? Horizon Zero Dawn is perhaps the most self-evidently interesting idea for a video game in recent memory. It's new and different and frankly just bizarre - in a good way. The robotic creatures are staggering in their immensity, and I have no idea how one cavewoman - even a cavewoman from the future - could possibly take them down. But I look forward to finding out.

1. 'Kingdom Hearts III'

Kingdom Hearts III, which at this point might be the most anticipated video game in the industry, is rumored to have a 2017 release date. Whether this actually pans out or not remains to be seen - the elusive Square Enix title has been in the works since 2006, and the answer to "when does it come out" has been an emphatic "eventually" ever since.

Details

  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Release Date: 2017?
  • Platform: PS4 and Xbox One
  • Website: Link
  • Disney character who is secretly the most badass warrior in history: Goofy

Why We're Excited

This is Kingdom Hearts III we're talking about. The long-awaited third major installment in a series that put fun-for-the-whole-family action/adventure games on the map. My friend Tejas practically goes into cardiac arrest whenever he hears this game mentioned, and I doubt he's the only one.

What Games Are You Most Looking Forward To In 2017?