Looking Forward to 2018: Games and Trends

With the gaming industry expanding, the landscape for the type of games is making it hard to stay on top of what’s new and upcoming. Developers are going in all different directions from big blockbusters like Call of Duty to smaller indie games made by one person.

2017 was a year filled with major releases like Call of Duty: WWII and PUBG for Xbox; Halo Wars 2, The Legend of Zelda and Mass Effect: Andromeda – it was a good year, to say the least. Looking forward into 2018, it will be an even bigger year in terms of upcoming games and trends. We’ve compiled a list of the most anticipated 2018 games and trends that you’ll want to keep your eye out for. Although games will be delayed and new ones announced, our anticipation for what’s to come is exploding:

Red Dead Redemption 2

Release: Spring

A follow-up to the now-classic open-world Western made by Rockstar Games. In this prequel, we leave John Marston behind to follow a new character named Arthur Morgan as he and his gang go on a crime spree.

Far Cry 5

Release: March 27

It’s shaping up to have the usual raucous action and experimentation the Far Cry series is famous for, but it is the parallels between the game and the real-life rise of the far-right in the States that intrigues the most.

God of War

Release: 2018

The new God of War trades its former mythical Greek setting for a mythical Norse one. Now Kratos must lead his son into the wilds, where, to be fair, he still slices up foes.

Anthem

Release: Fall 2018

BioWare is probably best known for its Mass Effect series of spacefaring action RPGs. The developer has left that series behind to work on Anthem, a shared-world shooter that looks similar to—but also distinct from—Destiny.

Sea of Thieves

Release: Early 2018

Developer Rare is best known for classics like Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye 007. Its next game is Sea of Thieves, an open-world pirate adventure that lets you and your friends band together to run amok and hunt for treasure.

EA/DICE

Trend: Loot Boxes

Love em or hate em, these controversial loot boxes will still be huge in games like Overwatch, Destiny 2, and Star Wars Battlefront 2. Why? Because they make a ton of money for the publishers. The randomized bundles of digital goodies are bought through in-game currencies but the publishers are hoping people will drop real money for them. Despite gamer outrage, loot boxes sell so you’ll still be seeing them in 2018.

Trend: Sony’s Exclusives

Sony will keep dominating the exclusives. They’ve already announced God of War, Spider-Man, and Days Gone, but you know they aren’t done. We’re waiting for E3 and the PlayStation Experience for more big title announcements.

 

Comment below on what you’re looking forward to this year.

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