The 29 Biggest Video Games Coming in 2017

With all of the video game announcements that happen sporadically throughout the year, it’s almost impossible to keep track of all the games heading our way. That’s where we come in. Below, we’ve gathered trailers and descriptions of all the biggest video games coming in 2017. Some games will inevitably be delayed, but we’ll be updating this article to keep it current.

So start saving up your money, because enough great-looking games are launching in 2017 to wring your bank account dry.

1. Dragon Quest VIII

Release date: January 20, 2017
Platform: Nintendo 3DS

The Dragon Quest series is like comfort food for RPG fans. That’s not a knock against it — it just means that these games are reliably excellent, with long, episodic campaigns and loads of side quests to keep you coming back for dozens and dozens of hours. The eighth installment, which originally launched on the PlayStation 2 in 2008, is particularly great, thanks to its delightful cast of characters and fast-moving plot. We’re hoping Dragon Quest XI will come out on 3DS in the U.S. at some point, but in the meantime, the seventh and eighth installments will tide over fans of the series.

2. Gravity Rush 2

Release date: January 20, 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4

In the PS Vita game Gravity Rush, you play as a woman who can defy the laws of gravity, which means she can fall in any direction she chooses. A remake of that game has already come out on PS4, making way for this PS4-exclusive sequel. Watch the new trailer above to get an idea of how you’ll be able to use the forces of nature to your advantage in Gravity Rush 2.

3. Resident Evil VII: Biohazard

Release date: January 24, 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

By and large, players weren’t thrilled with Resident Evil VI, a game that had far more action sequences than scares. Think of Resident Evil VII as a course correction. It’s designed to bring horror back to the franchise by letting players explore a spooky farm house in first-person. It will also come with complete PlayStation VR support, so owners of the $400 headset can become even more immersed in the horror.

4. Hitman: The Complete First Season

Release date: January 31, 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Square Enix released this Hitman reboot episodically over the course of 2016, but it finally gets a full disc release in 2017. The game has you play as the bald and badass Agent 47 as you travel to fabulous locations around the world only to sneak around and kill powerful enemies. The episodic release was a great fit for the game, but it spread out the hype, so it didn’t get as much respect as it deserves. If you missed it in 2016, don’t make the same mistake in 2017.

5. Poochy & Yoshi’s World

Release date: February 3, 2017
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

Another Wii U game that’s heading to handheld is Yoshi’s Woolly World, a game that looks like it’s sewn together with yarn. That means you can pull zippers to reveal secrets and unspool coils of yarn to navigate treacherous paths. The Wii U version offers a terrific amount of imaginative fun for gamers of all ages, so you can expect much the same from this version. It even has some additional content, like new stages that focus on Poochy the dog.

6. Nioh

Release date: February 9, 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4

Think modern games are too easy? Nioh will show you that’s not always the case. Like the “Soulsborne” games before it, Nioh is no walk to Sunday school. Any given enemy is capable of cutting you down if you’re not careful. Set in a demon-infested version of ancient Japan, you play as a samurai who sets out to do away with the bad guys.

7. For Honor

Release date: February 14, 2017
Platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4

For Honor is a game of brutal medieval warfare that pits knights against vikings against samurai. You can play as any of the factions as you hack and slash your way through enemies using a heavy-hitting melee combat system. If you’ve been playing other action games lately, it might take some time to recalibrate your muscle memory to work with the complex controls in For Honor, but if it’s as good as it looks, it’ll be worth it.

8. Persona 5

Release date: February 14, 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3

With each new entry, the Persona series gets more and more popular. And for good reason, because these games are great. They follow a group of teenagers who always get wrapped up in spellbinding mysteries as they explore dungeons, collect demons, and fuse those demons together to create new, more powerful creatures. It’s kind of like a more mature take on Pokémon, a recipe that never seems to get old.

9. Halo Wars 2

Release date: February 21, 2017
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows 10

A real-time strategy game set in the Halo universe, Halo Wars 2 puts you in charge of an army of Spartan soldiers along with futuristic military vehicles like Warthogs and Scorpions that will be familiar to anyone who’s played a Halo game. The idea is to wipe out the threat posed by a “terrifying new enemy.” Whether you’ve played the original or not, this is a safe bet for any RTS fans out there.

10. Horizon: Zero Dawn

Release date: February 28, 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4

One of the most anticipated PS4 exclusives is Horizon: Zero Dawn, a game that mixes the prehistoric with a large helping of sci-fi. The game is an action RPG that takes place 1,000 years in the future, when civilization has collapsed and robotic dinosaurs rule the land. You play as an archer who hunts these gigantic beasts and harvests their parts for tools. Watch the trailer above for an idea of what to expect.

11. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Release date: March 7, 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

Tom Clancy’s legacy lives on, thanks to games made by Ubisoft. The next entry in the beloved Ghost Recon series takes place in Bolivia, where you’ll find a great big open world to explore, and loads of vicious drug dealers to hunt down. Your job is to seize control of the country from the drug cartel that’s taken over. You can even team up with buddies online to run missions together.

12. NieR: Automata

Release date: March 7, 2017
Platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4

If you’re in the market for a weird, robot-heavy action RPG, you’ll want to keep an eye on NieR: Automata. This fast-paced game from Bayonetta developer Platinum Games looks like an ultra-stylish beat-‘em-up that will let you take out your aggression in a reasonable manner.

13. Danganronpa 1-2 Reload

Release date: March 14, 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4

You know the idea of the closed-room murder mystery? The board game Clue is a classic example. In a closed-room mystery, a group of people are trapped somewhere, and someone winds up dead. The murderer is one of the group, and the rest have to figure out which one it is. That’s the set-up of the Danganronpa games, but as they progress, more and more people wind up dead. These fantastic games came out on Vita a few years ago, but they’re well worth a look on PS4 for anyone who missed out on them.

14. Mass Effect Andromeda

Release date: March 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

After creating an entire galaxy’s worth of action, adventure, and lore with the original trilogy, the team at BioWare isn’t done yet. This installment takes place long after the events of those games and shifts the setting from our galaxy way out to Andromeda. We don’t know much about it yet other than it marks the return of the Mako, a rugged vehicle used in exploring strange new worlds. If it lives up to the quality of the rest of the series, sci-fi fans are in for a treat.

15. Nintendo Switch

Release date: March 2017

Thanks to the Wii U’s dismal market share, Nintendo is moving to its next-generation system before its competitors. The new machine is the Nintendo Switch, a device you can use to play games on your Television, or on the go. The controller situation seems like it could be confusing, but overall Nintendo is doing a much better job explaining why you’d want a Switch than it did with Wii U.

16. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment

Release date: Spring 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

The original Shovel Knight was a revelation. Not only did it look like a game from the Super Nintendo era, but it was designed like the best of them, drawing inspiration from classics like Mega Man and Castlevania. Specter of Torment is a prequel that stars the evil Specter Knight as he assembles a team of villains. Anyone interested in fantastic side-scrollers should keep this one on their radar.

17. Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: Fall 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

No one makes games like Rockstar. With games like With Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, the company has been unleashing violent masterpieces on the world for years. At long last, a Red Dead sequel is in the works, but we still don’t know much about it. Will it take place after the events of the original and follow Marston’s son, or before, with John Marston’s criminal days? We’ll have to wait and see, but if it’s as good as the original, it’s sure to be one of the biggest games of 2017.

18. Shenmue III

Release date: December 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PC

It’s safe to say that the original Shenmue was ahead of its time. Launching on Dreamcast in 2000, Shenmue was one of the first big open-world games ever made. Like real life, it had a day and night cycle, dynamic weather conditions, and non-playable characters who went about their daily lives. That might not sound like much now, but it was fresh as the morning air when it came out.

Shenmue II launched on the original Xbox to rave reviews, but it failed to sell in high enough numbers to justify a sequel. However, the people who played the series love it and have been begging for a new installment for years. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Shenmue III is finally happening, but we don’t know much about it yet. Stay tuned.

19. South Park: The Fractured but Whole

Release date: 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

When it comes to biting wit, no one does it better than Trey Parker and Matt Stone. For a second time, the creative duo is bringing their long-running cartoon to the realm of video games, and for the second time, it looks great. The idea this time is that the kids of South Park are creating their own superhero cinematic universe, but things turn ugly when they can’t decide whose movie to make first. This creates a rift in their friendship and kicks off a civil war.

20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Release date: 2017
Platforms: Wii U and NX

It seems like it was a lifetime ago that Nintendo announced this action-adventure game for Wii U. That’s OK, because Zelda games are almost always worth waiting for. With this installment, Nintendo promises an enormous open world for Link to explore, while fighting enemies, solving puzzles, cooking, and crafting. For more information, check out all the things Zelda: Breath of the Wild does different.

21. Crackdown 3

Release date: 2017
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows 10

The Crackdown series follows a futuristic cop in a corrupt, open-world city overrun by violent gangs. What’s remarkable about it is how you start out as a pretty normal guy, but thanks to incremental upgrades, you can leap up the sides of skyscrapers and wipe out swarms of bad guys single-handedly by the end of the game.

We haven’t seen much of the third installment, but we do know that it will offer a cooperative campaign, destructible environments, and will take advantage of the Xbox One’s long-forgotten cloud computing feature. Watch the trailer above to get an idea of what to expect once the game comes out.

22. Scalebound

Release date: 2017
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows 10

Developed by Platinum Games, the makers of such excellent action titles as Bayonetta 2 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (along with the miserable TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan), Scalebound promises to be a fantasy game of epic proportions. You play as an adventurer who travels to a distant world full of enormous monsters. Luckily for you, you soon befriend a dragon who helps you take on these vicious beasts.

23. Sea of Thieves

Release date: 2017
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows 10

Microsoft’s Rare Studio is behind this seafaring title about being a pirate. You and other players will take to the seas, sailing ships, engaging in cannon battles, fighting fantastical creatures, and looking for treasure. Not much else is known about the game, but it looks promising so far.

24. State of Decay 2

Release date: 2017
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows 10

Looking to have some fun by surviving a zombie apocalypse? If so, this is the game for you. State of Decay 2 follows in its predecessor’s footsteps by offering up a grueling apocalyptical survival role-playing game. Since surviving with friends is always more fun than surviving alone, it features up to four-player co-op multiplayer, so your buddies can drop in or out of your game at any time. Check out the trailer above if you could use more zombies in your life.

25. Prey

Release date: 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

While Prey shares a title with a game from 2006, the two games have nothing to do with one another. This new Prey is all about being trapped alone on a spaceship with some nasty aliens. That’s a scenario straight out of Dead Space, but the game looks like it has a personality all its own, particularly when it comes to the cool abilities you can learn as you progress.

26. Tekken 7

Release date: 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

Tekken is a long-running series that includes some of the best fighting games of all time. This installment has a wide cast of characters, each of whom has dozens and dozens of moves at their disposal. If you can use good ones while avoiding being pounded into paste, you’ll probably have a lot of fun with this sequel.

27. Injustice 2

Release date: 2017
Platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Injustice 2 is a fighting game about DC superheroes. It’s a sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us. What more do you need to know? How about that it contains an all-new loot system that constantly rewards you with new costumes and gear? I’m going to bet it will also include micro-transactions for anyone addicted to making their fighters look just so.

28. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Release date: 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4

It’s not a whole new Uncharted game, but Lost Legacy is a standalone chunk of DLC that ditches Nathan Drake to center on two characters from previous adventures. One is Chloe Frazer, a capable thief last seen in Uncharted 3. The other is Nadine Ross, a complex villain who got short shrift in her debut in Uncharted 4.

29. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite

Release date: 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Probably the most beloved fighting game crossover in the world is getting a new installment in 2017. As you can probably tell from the title, this brawler pits Marvel superheroes like Iron Man and Captain Marvel against a large roster of Capcom characters like Mega Man and Street Fighter’s Ryu. Capcom is taking its time announcing the roster, so keep your eyes on gaming news to see if your favorite characters will make the cut.