It’s the first week of a new year, so of course we’re going to look ahead at what the coming 12 months of gaming will bring.
04-01-2017 - by Thijs Kaagman
Release: March 2017?
Probably the most exciting gaming-related launch this year isn’t even that far away. Nintendo promises to launch the Nintendo Switch in March this year and the full reveal of the console is only a week away. January 13th the company will likely announce all the juicy details like the exact release date, the price and the launch titles.
We’re crossing our fingers for a launch with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, because there’s been mixed signals on this one. First Nintendo said it would be a launch title, then they said it wouldn’t be, then rumours emerged that it will be available at launch after all. We’re also hoping for a new Super Mario, Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros. and some good third-party support to top it off.
Release: March 2017?
It’s been 5 years since Mass Effect 3 came out, so we’re really (really, really) excited to go back to the Mass Effect universe. BioWare is keeping details about Andromeda’s story under tight wraps, but we do know it takes place about 600 years after the events of the original trilogy (compared to that, our 5-year wait is nothing...).
Like the first games, you’ll take control of either a male or female character that you can equip with skills and abilities as you see fit. The game won’t even force you into any pre-made classes; you get full creativity when it comes to building your character.
Release: 1 March 2017
As a Dutch company, we’re a little proud that one of this year’s most anticipated games comes from our tiny little country. Horizon: Zero Dawn blew minds the minute it was shown at E3 in 2015 and it has been at the very top of our wishlish ever since.
Horizon: Zero Dawn tells the story of Aloy, a girl who grows up in an apocalyptic world ruled by giant robots. There aren’t many details about the plot yet, but we can guess it’s about finding out the truth about the world and how the machines were created.
Release: 17 February 2017
Ubisoft chose a fitting date to release their gritty, bloody and brutal hack-‘n-slasher For Honor. In this game, you’ll take control of a member of The Legion, The Chosen or The Warborn, which represent knights, samurai and vikings. Your goal; kill a bunch of people.
Besides hacking and slashing your way through legions of enemies, you’ll also duel stronger opponents in a tactical combat system called ‘The Art of Battle’. You’ll have to discover your enemies weak points and make use of them with precision attacks.
Release: Q4 2017
Do I really think this game will be released this year? Meh, probably not. But for now the official release stands for the end of this year, so I still wanted to take the chance to remind you that it’s really happening: Red Dead Redemption is finally getting a sequel!
Red Dead Redemption was easily one of my favourite games from the 360/PS3 era and a sequel was inevitable. But in true Rockstar fashion, the company didn’t say a word about it until they suddenly unleashed the hype machine. Just tweeting a solid red picture was enough to send fans into a frenzy and the official announcement a few days later was received as the second coming. Ever since then it’s been quiet though… Too quiet…
Is that all? Of course not! There's games like South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Yooka-Laylee, Prey, Days Gone, God of War, Scalebound and (even though we're quite positive it won't come out this year) Death Stranding. And on the hardware side Microsoft is set to release their Scorpio console this year, which will probably break the console-generation-cycle once and for all. So for all your games and gaming news, keep it tuned to Startselect!