When it comes to games, this past year is going to be a hard act to follow. But 2018 is skipping onto the stage with a flourish of promising titles. We pick a few of the standout games for the year ahead.
Massive sequels like The Last of Us Part 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are likely to appear. Highly creative oddities like Where the Water Tastes Like Wine and Wattam are moving up for release. Multiplayer games like Anthem, Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves are looking to change the way we play collectively.
This list was put together by the whole Polygon team and is, of course, subjective. The games you’re most looking forward to in 2018.
Set in a lush, alien world, BioWare’s open-world monster shooter embraces loot drops, as players seek to upgrade exosuits and weapons. With the game targeted for launch in the fall, there’ll be a heavy emphasis on in-game events and shared-world, squad-based challenges.
ATTACK ON TITAN 2
Koei Tecmo’s combat game is based on the second season of the anime series, in which human-eating giants attack fortified cities. According to the game’s developers, this sequel to the 2016 original will feature more story and more options for players who like their enemies to be super tough. It’s set to arrive in March.
A WAY OUT
Created by Hazelight Studios, led by the man behind the superb Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, this two-player co-op game is about two men trying to break out of prison. It’s set in the early 1970s and makes use of a variety of gameplay set-ups, such as shooting, driving, crawling and solving other physical problems. It’s out on March 23.
The original BattleTech’s creator, Jordan Weisman, is heading up the team behind this latest take on mech combat. It’s a turn-based strategy game, which attracted more than $2.7 million on Kickstarter. Players assemble a team of mechs, and train up enough pilots to create a cohesive fighting force.
Announced at Paris Games Week, this pretty game comes from the makers of Entwined. It’s about a teenage artist who explores his gloomy hometown, using a magic quill to create living art in order to defeat a gang of bullies.