We've already seen some of the best game releases ever in 2017, including Assassin's Creed Origins and Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch. But there's still plenty to come in 2017 and 2018, and we can't wait.

Lots of great-looking PS4 and Xbox One games are coming, as well as some PC and Nintendo gems. In order of release date, these are the games we're most excited about for 2017 and beyond.

Dominic Preston and Lewis Painter also contributed to this article.

Gwent

Release date: Autumn 2017
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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's surprisingly deep tactical card game, Gwent, was so well received that it is now coming out as a standalone game later this year. It's set to be free-to-play, and the public beta is available as of 24 May.

Find out more about Gwent here.

DOOM VFR

Release date: 1 December 2017
Available to pre-order from: Steam, Green Man Gaming, Amazon
Platforms: HTC Vive, PS VR

Bethesda is going all-in on virtual reality right now, and after Fallout and Skyrim, the next game to get the big VR treatment is the DOOM reboot.

DOOM VFR (we'll leave you to guess what the 'F' stands for) isn't quite a VR version of the original 2016 game - instead it's a new title built from the ground-up for VR, though we don't know much more than that for now.

Find out more in our DOOM VFR round-up.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Release date: 12 December 2017
Available to buy on PC
Platforms: Xbox One, PC

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is sort of out, and sort of not - it's an Early Access title on PC, which means you can buy a copy right now - but it's not officially out until Q4 2017, when it will also hit Xbox One as a console exclusive.

The shooter is a battle royale, which sees you dropped into a deserted location with 99 other players, left to scavenge for supplies and fight it out until only one of you is left.

You can play solo or as part of a team (in which case it's last team standing), and either way it's tense, tactical, and riveting.

Read more about PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Fallout 4 VR

Release date: 12 December 2017
Pre-order from Amazon
Platforms: HTC Vive

The first of Bethesda's series of ports of major games into VR is Fallout 4, which arrives in October as an HTC Vive exclusive.

The entirety of the original Fallout 4 will be included, albeit tweaked to best suit the VR format, giving you the chance to explore the immersive post-apocalyptic world up close and personal.

Find out more about Fallout 4 VR.

Metal Gear Survive

Release date: 20 February 2018
Available to pre-order from: Amazon, Game, ShopTo
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Konami's first Metal Gear game without Hideo Kojima at the helm looks to be a pretty drastic departure from formula in a few ways.

It's set in an alternate timeline, and an alternate world, and is a co-op survival shooter with hordes of zombie-esque enemies to evade. So, uh, not the usual grandiose espionage action then.

There's apparently an expansive single-player mode too, though we still don't know too much more than that.

Find out more about Metal Gear Survive.

Far Cry 5

Release date: 27 February 2018
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Far Cry 5 sees a big shift to the long-running franchise, for the first time taking it away from exotic locales and towards somewhere more familiar (at least in the West): rural Montana.

The bad guys this time are a right-wing Christian nationalist cult, which has already ruffled plenty of feathers in the US, but otherwise expect more of the usual Far Cry running, gunning, and exploring.

As soon as we know more, we'll add it to our news round-up.

The Crew 2

Release date: Early 2018
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Ubisoft teased that driving game The Crew's sequel, The Crew 2 is in the works during its annual earnings call earlier this year. You'll get to control cars, boats, planes and more across the expansive sequel.

You can find out more about The Crew 2 here.

Monster Hunter: World

Release date: Early 2018
Available to pre-order from Game
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Monster Hunter franchise is best known for its small-screen outings on handhelds like the 3DS and PSP, but for the first time it's going to make an appearance on core home consoles and PC with Monster Hunter: World.

There'll be four-player co-op, global servers, and all the usual monster slaying action you know and love from the original games, but with the prettiest, shiniest graphics yet. Sign us up.

Find out more about Monster Hunter: World.

Days Gone

Release date: Early 2018
Platforms: PS4

Days Gone is one of the brand-new titles announced by Sony during E3 2016. The open-world survival adventure game looks utterly terrifying, with zombie-like creatures out to eat your brains. Worse yet, they're speedy and there are thousands of them.

We don't know quite when Days Gone is coming out yet, but it'll be some time in 2018.

Find out more: Days Gone release date rumours & gameplay features

Shadow of the Colossus

Release date: Early 2018
Platforms: PS4

PS2 icon Shadow of the Colossus is coming back to the PS4, and this isn't just an HD remaster - it's a full remake of the game with PS4 Pro support.

The first trailer and screenshots look absolutely stunning, with the newly rendered colossi towering above the map. If they've polished the controls slightly to go along with the new look, this could be one of 2018's absolute best.

Read the latest news about the Shadow of the Colossus remake.

Sea of Thieves

Release date: Early 2018
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon, Game

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

First announced at E3 2016, Sea of Thieves is an open-world pirate adventure game that's sure to shiver your timbers and all sorts of other piratical things.

It offers large-scale online co-op, so you'll be able to join up with other players to control a single ship together, will all sorts of missions, customisation, and all-round pillaging. Hopefully this will be a return to form for acclaimed developer Rare.

We're expecting to find out more from the Xbox Gamescom livestream, so stay tuned.

Find out the latest in our round-up.

God of War

Release date: Early 2018
Platforms: PS4

God of War kicked off Sony's E3 conference in June 2016, which is a sure sign that this is going to be a highly-anticipated new game. It's set to bring completely reimagined gameplay mechanics for fans of the series, with a fresh perspective.

You can watch the trailer to see for yourself how things are changing in our God of War round-up.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Release date: Spring 2018
Pre-order from Microsoft
Platforms: PC

The original Age of Empires is an undisputed PC classic, so it's pretty exciting to have a remastered version coming out just in time for the 20th anniversary.

The Definitive Edition will feature 4K assets, a re-orchestrated score, modern UI, bug fixes, and gameplay tweaks all designed to optimise the experience.

It'll also boast online multiplayer and achievements through Xbox Live, and even includes the whole Rise of Rome expansion, giving you even more content.

Find out more about the game in our Age of Empires: Definitive Edition round-up.

Vampyr

Release date: Spring 2018
Available to pre-order from Amazon
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

How do you follow up a thoughtful teen drama like Life Is Strange? If you're developers Dontnod, with a moody gothic vampire RPG. Makes sense.

Vampyr is set in London during the 1918 flu epidemic, and the action RPG sees you play as a doctor recently turned into a vampire, caught between the conflicting desires to both save and take lives.

As you work through the game you'll have to feed on people to survive, and will have to decide for yourself who your prey will be. Will you limit yourself to only villainous sorts, or will desperation drive you to target the innocent too?

Find out more in our Vampyr news round-up.

Crackdown 3

Release date: Spring 2018
Available to pre-order from Amazon
Platforms: Xbox One

Unveiled at Gamescom 2015, Crackdown 3 is set to be one of the most exciting games on the horizon, showcasing some truly amazing technical advancements that make it stand out from the crowd. Intrigued? You should be.

Unfortunately, it was revealed that Crackdown 3 has been delayed until 2018, so we'll have to wait a while longer before we can play it for ourselves.

Find out more in our Crackdown 3 round-up here.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: Spring 2018
Available to pre-order now from: Game
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

Arguably the most exciting gaming news to come out of 2016 is the announcement that Red Dead Redemption 2 is official and will be arriving on consoles early in 2018.

There's very little information to share about Red Dead 2 so far, but everything we do know can be found in our Red Dead Redemption 2 rumour round-up.

Kirby

Release date: Spring 2018
Platforms: Switch

Everyone's favourite ball of pink cuteness is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018 - hooray! It's the first Kirby game since Planet Robobot on Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo's Spotlight introduced Kirby battling using melee weapons, changing shapes - including a curling stone - and employing his traditional Kirby powers and abilities like inhaling enemies.

This time, Kirby will also have up to three teammates to solve puzzles. This will work in the form of either three other players in co-operative play, or by recruiting enemies to his side by tossing hearts at them.

Nintendo has also shown Kirby combining copy abilities to create combo attacks with the entire team.

Anthem

Release date: Autumn 2018
Available to pre-order from: Amazon
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Destiny is great and all, but wouldn't it be great if we just had even more of it? How about another Destiny, made by Mass Effect devs BioWare, and featuring sci-fi exosuits?

That's Anthem, the latest attempt at a Destiny-alike, which has a similar post-apocalyptic sci-fi setting and MMO shooter combat, though adopts a third-person perspective to mix things up.

Instead of a Guardian you're a Freelancer, instead of harnessing the Light you wear a high-tech exosuit, instead of exploring beyond the limits of a walled city you... explore beyond the limits of a walled city. Huh. Either way, we can't wait.

Find out the latest Anthem news and rumours.

Skull and Bones

Release date: Autumn 2018
Available to pre-order from: Amazon
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

If you played Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and wished you could just spend all your time having piratical naval battles, you might want to take a look at Skull and Bones.

Ubisoft has essentially taken the ship-to-ship combat of that title and expanded it into a full game in its own right, with customisable ships, a single-player campaign, and online multiplayer.

Find out more about Skull and Bones.

Star Citizen

Release date: 2018
Platforms: PC

Star Citizen managed to raise almost $100m from Kickstarter and through other crowdfunding means, which just goes to show how highly anticipated it is. It brings together solo, cooperative, FPS, third-person, open-world gameplay, space exploration and hand-to-hand combat into one shiny package that we can't wait to open.

The release date is questionable - we were told 2016 but that clearly didn't happen, and with no solid release date yet revealed it could well mean we've still got a while to wait.

Find out more about the game and its release date rumours in our Star Citizen rumour round-up.

Detroit: Become Human

Release date: 2018
Platforms: PS4

Announced during Sony's Paris Games Week in October 2015, Detroit: Become Human is an exciting upcoming sci-fi game created by Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls developer Quantic Dream.

We love the trailer for this one, which you can watch here.

Death Stranding

Release date: 2018

You might notice something familiar about the star of this new game from Hideo Kojima. That's right, The Walking Dead's own Norman Reedus has been recreated in digital form for Death Stranding, which so far has left us scratching our heads.

It was announced with a cryptic trailer that really doesn't tell us much, but the creators have said that it will be an action game "if you really want to put a genre on it."

Find out more in our round-up of all the Death Stranding rumours.

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State of Decay 2

Release date: 2018
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

This sequel to the 2013 zombie survival game is coming to Xbox One and PC through the Xbox Play Anywhere system, and is basically the closest you'll be able to get to a massive, open-world, co-op The Walking Dead game anytime soon. 

Find out more and watch the game's trailer.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Release date: 2018
Platforms: PS4

It's been more than 11 years since Kingdom Hearts II arrived on PS2 in 2005. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment, and there was a time when we were unsure whether there would be one at all.

The good news is, there definitely is going to be a Kingdom Hearts 3. The bad news is we still don't know when it's coming out beyond a year-long release window.

We do, however, know that Tangled and Big Hero 6 characters will star in Kingdom Hearts 3, and we can't wait. Find out more in our Kingdom Hearts 3 rumour round-up.

Spider-Man PS4

Release date: 2018
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon
Platforms: PS4

The next Spider-Man game won't be tied directly to Marvel's new Spider-Man: Homecoming film, but it looks pretty great regardless. Or at least the cinematic trailer did, because that's all we've seen of it so far.

Still, the PS4 exclusive is being made by Insomniac Games, the creators of Ratchet & Clank and the Resistance games, so there's good reason to be optimistic.

Watch the Spider-Man PS4 trailer for yourself.

Darksiders 3

Release date: 2018
Available to pre-order now from: Steam
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The game's publisher went bankrupt, and its developer shut down, but you just can't keep Darksiders 3 down. After THQ Nordic picked up the rights, it recruited a few of the original devs (now re-formed as Gunfire Games) to make the threequel.

This time around you're Fury, working through a ruined Earth to kill the Seven Deadly Sins. It's all as over the top as you'd expect from Darksiders, and promises to be plenty of fun.

Find out more in our Darksiders 3 news round-up.

Metro: Exodus

Release date: 2018
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

This sequel to Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light continues the post-apocalyptic shooter series, but is opening up into bigger, more open levels than ever before, encouraging a sandbox approach to getting through them.

Expect combat, stealth, and giant irradiated wildlife to contend with along the way - so pretty much your average day out, really.

Find out more about Metro: Exodus.

Artifact

Release date: 2018
Platforms: TBC

Valve's first new game in years isn't the Half-Life sequel fans have been desperate for. Instead, it's a card game spin-off from hit MOBA Dota 2, clearly intended to rival the likes of Hearthstone and Gwent.

Beyond that, we don't know much about the game, but we're hoping Valve gives us a bit more to go on soon.

Find out what we do know about Artifact.

Yoshi

Release date: 2018
Platforms: Switch

Not only is Kirby coming to the Switch, the much loved Yoshi is, too. This game was also announced during Nintendo's Spotlight at E3 2017 with a look at the gameplay.

We enjoyed playing Yoshi's Woolly World and this looks similar except that the wool has been replaced with cardboard - slightly less cute, but it still looks good.

Playing as Yoshi, players can solve levels how they like trailing eggs behind the lovable character and interacting with papier-mache items like a dragon train.

Flipping Death

Release date: TBC
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

Flipping Death is an upcoming game set in the small town of Flatwood Peaks, although there is a problem: Death has gone on holiday. Hey, after ushering the dead into the afterlife for thousands of years has got to be tiring, right?

Flipping Death is a 2D problem-solving side-scroller built with Unity that employs a combination of charming graphics and (frankly hilarious) characters to keep you engaged.

The main draw of the game is that you as Penny, the newly employed Grim Reaper, can explore Flatwood Peaks or “The Otherside”, a deathly mirror image of the world with some subtle differences, including monsters, ghosts and more. But as death, Penny can only explore Flatwood Peaks by possessing people that are still alive.

The puzzles revolve around character-specific abilities, with each featuring unique characteristics and personalities that’ll make you chuckle if nothing else. For example, we licked an old lady which made her follow us around infatuated. Obviously.

Ghosts of Tsushima

Release date: TBC
Platforms: PS4 (PC and Xbox One unconfirmed)

Set in Tsushima, Japan in 1274, you take on the role of a legendary Samurai warrior defending the island against the fearsome Mongol Empire. The Empire is wreaking havoc and terrorising the local population, and as one of the last surviving Samurai warriors, you fight back and build the legend of the Ghost of Tsushima using old samurai traditions and unconventional skills.

It’ll be set in an interactive open world, allowing you to explore the war-torn island of Tsushima however you want. You’ll have access not only to the legendary Katana sword favoured by the Samurai, but also a six-foot-tall long bow and other stealthy weapons to help you take down enemies in your path.

Find out more in our Ghosts of Tshushima hub

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Release date: TBC
Platforms: PS4, TBC

Final Fantasy 7 is one of those undisputed all-time classic games - especially for RPG fans - so it's not really surprising that Square Enix is working on a remake.

This won't be a simple remaster though - the game is being rebuilt from the ground up, with new features like voiceovers, and we're expecting to see gameplay and combat systems adjusted too. It will also be episodic, though we don't know exactly how the company will be splitting the game up.

Find out everything we know about the Final Fantasy 7 remake here.

The Avengers Project

Release date: TBC
Platforms: TBC

This is another one that we know next to nothing about, but that hasn't stopped us from getting childishly excited about it. Square Enix and Marvel have announced a partnership that will see the publisher work on multiple games with the superhero license, including at least one starring the Avengers. Beyond that, we don't know much, and realistically we won't for a while. We do know that it's being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, the teams responsible for the recent Tomb Raider and Deus Ex games respectively, which is a pretty good sign. 

Watch the teaser trailer and find out more in our Avengers Project rumour round-up.

The Last of Us Part II

Release date: TBC
Platforms: PS4

This one's a bit of a fudge, because right now we have no idea if The Last of Us Part II will be coming out in 2017 at all, and it could well not arrive until 2018.

But we're so excited about the prospect of revisiting Joel and Ellie that the game is making it onto this list regardless. The first game was big-budget gaming at its absolute best, pairing tense horror and action with believable, sincere character drama. 

Check out the first trailer for The Last of Us 2 right here.

Beyond Good and Evil 2

Release date: TBC
Platforms: TBC

It may look like we don't know much about Beyond Good and Evil 2, and to be honest, we don't. But there's a glossy cinematic trailer, and a select few people have gone hands-on with a tech demo, so we do know there's a game on the way.

This long-delayed sequel to the 2003 cult classic promises to be even more ambitious, with an expansive open world, multiple planets to explore, and a sprawling online player base. We can't wait.

Find out more about Beyond Good and Evil 2.

Metroid Prime 4

Release date: TBC
Platforms: Switch

Announced at E3 2017, we know next to nothing about Metroid Prime 4, except that it's coming to the Switch, and probably in 2019 or even later - though we do at least have a logo to look at.

It'll presumably pick up on the story of the original Metroid Prime trilogy, released on the Gamecube and Wii, and boasts one of the same producers - though isn't being made by original devs Retro Studios.

Check out our Metroid Prime 4 news round-up for the latest updates as we get them.