Each new year brings innovations in every field, including video games. Passionate gamers are looking forward to new titles, especially since 2016 has been a great year for games, with good quality releases like Hitman, Battlefield 1, and Final Fantasy XV. What surprises are waiting for us in 2017?
The first Yakuza game was launched in 2005 and due to its commercial success was expanded to an entire game franchise. Yakuza is a third-person game in the action-adventure genre, where players evolve through combat. The game was originally launched in Japan and for 2017 Sega has planned to release Yakuza 0, featuring a young Kazuma Kiryu living in the 1980s and fighting violence and corruption.
2. Days Gone
This title is most probably unknown to you because it’s a new game. Days Gone is being developed by SIE Bend Studio and will be an open world action-adventure video game in the survival horror genre. The action is placed in a zombie post-apocalyptic era and the main character is a former bounty hunter, called Deacon St. John. The game is expected to have amazing graphics and players will enjoy a vast open world to explore.
3. Sniper Elite 4
Scheduled for release on February 14, 2017, Sniper Elite 4 can be played on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The action is placed in World War 2, and the protagonist Karl Fairburne reaches Mussolini’s Italy. This tactical shooter and stealth game was first released in 2005, and players can use weapons inspired from the World War II era, such as sniper rifles, light machine guns, anti-tank weapons, hand grenades, and so on.
4. Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil is a very popular title, because it’s more than just a video game, it has also been developed into a media franchise. Created by Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara, Resident Evil was originally a survival horror video game that inspired novels, comic books, films, animations, action figure, and sound dramas. The first release dates from 1996, and for 2017 Capcom has scheduled Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. This is the first instalment in the series that has a first-person perspective and is adapted for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
5. Sea of Thieves
Again a new title with Sea of Thieves, an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Rare and published for PC and Xbox One. Sea of Thieves uses Unreal Engine 4 and will include the following gameplay elements and key features: treasure hunting, cooperative gameplay mechanics, teamwork to manoeuvre the ship around the sea, day and night cycle, and proximity voice chat with other players, among others.
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda is one of the video games with the highest longevity, and Breath of the Wild will be the 19th instalment of the series. A novelty for this game is that it will be developed with an HD resolution. The action-adventure game is placed in a vast open-world, populated by monsters, and is announced to have many things in common with the original game. Moreover, it will be using an advanced physics engine and voice acting. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is definitely a title that has made curious many video game fans and we are looking forward to see what’s new about it.
Looking for a good platform video game to remind you of your 90’s childhood, but which can also live up to today’s standards? The upcoming Yooka-Laylee may be the solution. The game will be released in April 2017 for Linux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Yooka-Laylee is being developed by Playtonic Games and its gameplay will have many elements in common with predecessor Banjo-Kazooie.
8. Mass Effect Andromeda
Mass Effect Andromeda is an action role-playing, third-person shooter scheduled for March 2017. Its publisher is Electronic Arts and the game will be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The last instalment in the series is Mass Effect 3, released in 2012, and this sequel has been announced in June 2015. The player controls one of two main characters, Sara or Scott Ryder, and navigates using the Tempest ship throughout the Andromeda galaxy.
9. Nier: Automata
Nier: Automata has been in production since 2014 and is being developed by Platinum Games. The action role-playing video game will be published for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows. The main character is a combat android who protects the remnants of humanity from machines sent by alien invaders. This game will probably attract the attention of those who like Japanese role-playing games and is expected to retain many of the elements of the original Nier game.
Which of these games are you already expecting to be launched? What are your expectations for 2017 in gaming? One thing is for sure – this year will be very generous for those looking for a new video game passion.