It's a new year in case you hadn't noticed, and that means it's now time to set fire to our backlogs and look forward to creating new ones with games from this year only. To aid with the latter task, I have written – nay, constructed – a ginormous list of games coming out this year. Below are 59 big-budget titles, but there are still lists about smaller games, VR games, and which ports to buy still to come. That's right, that was a list of upcoming lists!

The rules for this particular list were simple (and probably broken several times): a release date of 2018 had to have been uttered by someone in the know, and the game had to have a half decent non-cinematic trailer out. Also: no annual franchises, no 3DS games, and no games already in Early Access or Game Preview were allowed. I no doubt left some games out unintentionally, and definitely ignored some I thought looked dumb! Everything is listed in rough order of release date, and where that's the same, games are listed alphabetically.

With that all out of the way, let's dive in! Does 2018 even stand a chance of coming close to the splendiferous gaming nirvana that was 2017? Let's take a look…

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory

PS4 Switch Vita
Genre: RPG
Developer: Media.Vision
Release date: Jan. 19

The sequel to 2015's Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth has players take control of Keisuke Amazawa, a Digimon tamer who lives a near-future version of Shibuya, Japan. There's the usual cyberspace stuff, 320 Digimon, some identity theft, and a shadowy group of hackers called "Hudie".

Lost Sphear

PC PS4 Switch
Genre: JRPG
Developer: Tokyo RPG Factory
Release date: Jan. 23

Like I Am Setsuna before it, Lost Sphear is a '90s-style JRPG that riffs on that era's famous Active Time Battle combat. This time you follow a young male adventurer named Kanata, who along with his friends Lumina and Locke is looking for a way to eliminate the "White Fog", which is slowly destroying their hometown of Eru.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

PC XO PS4
Genre: Fighting
Developer: Arc System Works
Release date: Jan. 26

Biffo here, boofy hair.

Monster Hunter World

PC XO PS4
Genre: Action RPG
Developer: Capcom
Release date: Jan. 26 (Xbox One, PS4), Q1/Q2 (PC)

The sixth primary Monster Hunter title (and the first on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4) will feature much larger maps, seamless transitions between zones in the map, four-player online co-op, and a grappling hook thing called The Slinger. Presumably, there are also monsters to hunt.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

PS4
Genre: Fighting
Developer: Team Ninja
Release date: Jan. 30

Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, and Nioh studio Team Ninja is creating this fighting sequel, which once again allows players to battle one another using characters from the Final Fantasy series. There will be four combat classes, "Brave" and "HP" attacks, and a focus on three-on-three combat.

EA Sports UFC 3

XO PS4
Genre: Fighting
Developer: EA Canada
Release date: Feb. 2

As it has with nearly all its sports games, EA is now injecting a story-focussed campaign into its UFC series. That means that outside of spamming superman punches and spinning back elbows, you will make promotional choices to build hype and gain fans, while stoking rivalries with other UFC athletes. There's also a new tournament mode. Fun fact! Joe Rogan hated recording commentary for the last game so much that he just straight-up refused to do it for this one. As a consequence, EA had to pull his enthusiastic yelling from actual UFC broadcasts.

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall

PC
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Firaxis Games
Release date: Feb. 8

The first official expansion pack for Civ VI will attempt to bring extra dynamism to empires: borders will ebb and flow, cities will change their loyalties, and ages of dark and light will fall across the land. Rise and Fall will add city Loyalty, Governors, Enhanced Alliances, Emergencies, nine leaders, eight new civilizations, eight new world wonders, seven natural wonders, four new units, two new tile improvements, two new districts, 14 new buildings, and three new resources to the already sprawling game. Phew!

Dynasty Warriors 9

PC XO PS4
Genre: Action
Developer: Omega Force
Release date: Feb. 13

Another one? Christ.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

PC XO PS4
Genre: RPG
Developer: Warhorse Studios
Release date: Feb. 13

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a medieval RPG that's all about historical accuracy. That means period-accurate armour, clothing, combat techniques, castles, and music. And no potatoes, apparently.

Metal Gear Survive

PC XO PS4
Genre: Action
Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment
Release date: Feb. 22

This is the first Metal Gear game to be developed since Hideo Kojima peaced out of Konami in 2015, so unsurprisingly, it only superficially resembles the Metal Gear games we know and tolerate. You are part of a group that has been transported to an alternate reality only to find the world full of hostile, crystalline, zombie-like entities known as "creatures". Whoever named them is surely in line for a raise!

Fe

PC XO PS4
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Zoink
Release date: Sometime in Feb.

The first game that will be released under the EA Originals indie banner, Fe has players control a fox-like creature who must guard a forest from hostile entities called the Silent Ones. Fortunately, this wee foxy gets help from other creatures, and it can learn new abilities from those it helps as well.

Scribblenauts Showdown

PC XO PS4 Switch
Genre: Party
Developer: Shiver Entertainment
Release date: Mar. 9

The first title in the sketchy series to be released on PlayStation and Ek Bok, this one is a party game for up to four players, that uses mini-games based on the Scribblenauts formula.

Kirby Star Allies

Switch
Genre: Platformer
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release date: Mar. 16

Two facts about Nintendo's most popular universe: Mario loves to trip on mushrooms, and Kirby's huge inhale means he smokes by far the most weed.

Sea of Thieves

PC XO
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Rare
Release date: Mar. 20

Grab your mates and explore an open world via pirate ship! Hoist sails, gaze at maps, fire cannonballs out of cannons, fire yourself out of cannons, drink beer, play sea shanties (are there land shanties?), and lock people in the brig! It's the co-op first-person adventure pirate life for me.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

PS4
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Sega
Release date: Mar 20

The Song of Life is a song of sacrifice, if the marketing for this one is to be believed. Powered by the brand-new Dragon Engine, the game is will once again serve up a blend of gritty crime story, hyper-explosive combat, and vices and distractions to aspiring mobsters. Oh, and you can own a cat café! 10/10.

A Way Out

PC XO PS4
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Hazelight Studios
Release date: Mar. 23

Another narrative-heavy co-op game from Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons director Josef Fares, A Way Out is specifically designed for split-screen play – there is no single player mode. Players control Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who must break out of prison and stay on the run from authorities. Fares cancelled a feature film he was working on in order to devote more time to the game, which he describes as an "emotional adventure". It's part of publisher Electronic Arts' EA Originals program.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

PC PS4
Genre: JRPG
Developer: Level-5
Release date: Mar. 23

Twice-delayed, this a sequel is set hundreds of years after the events of Wrath of the White Witch, and features cat and mouse tribes warring in the town of Ding Dong Dell (ugh). Unlike the prior game, this one isn't a collaboration with Studio Ghibli, but former Ghibli character designer Yoshiyuki Momose and longtime music composer Joe Hisaishi both of worked on it anyway.

MX vs ATV All Out

PC XO PS4
Genre: Racing
Developer: Rainbow Studios
Release date: Mar. 27

"All Out is the culmination of Rainbow’s decades-long commitment to creating the most comprehensive and FUN off-road racing games!” said THQ's Klemens Kreuzer last year, presumably right before doing a few donuts, popping a huge wheelie, and peeling out into traffic on a souped-up four-wheeler, never to be seen again.

Far Cry 5

PC XO PS4
Genre: FPS
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Release date: Mar. 27

A game that already has some of the religious right up in arms, Far Cry 5 is set in the fictional Hope County, Montana, where a preacher named Joseph Seed has created a militaristic cult. You, as a sheriff, are tasked with gently talking Seed and his followers out of their doomsday plans – it's all very Waco. Far Cry 5 will add a character creator to the franchise's usual blend of "holy shit" moments, so you can actually pretend it is you being clawed to death by a pack of weasels, or whatever psychotic animals they have up there in the wilds of Montana.

God of War

PS4
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
Release date: Q1

The sequel to 2010's dad deicide epic God of War III has Kratos living with his beard, his regrets, and his young son Atreus in the world of the Norse gods, a savage land inhabited by ferocious monsters. Will Kratos be tricked into killing him as he was his wife and daughter? Can his axe ever be as cool as the Blades of Chaos? Will Atreus stand awkwardly in the corner while Kratos bones the Valkyries? Can he break the cycle of sons killing dads? Will the third-person over-the-shoulder free camera get in the way of the series' kinetic combat? How many eyeballs will Kratos gouge out? Answers are coming soon!

Mario Tennis Aces

Switch
Genre: Sports
Developer: Camelot Software Planning
Release date: Q1

This will be the first game in the Mario Tennis series to feature a story mode since 2005's Mario Tennis: Power Tour, and it will also feature boss battles against the likes of Petey Piranha. That's what AO Tennis is missing, but it's not too late to patch him in, BigBen.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2

PC XO PS4
Genre: FPS
Developer: Fatshark
Release date: Q1

"Vermintide" is such a good word that Fatshark made another game about it. Things sound familiar: a Chaos army of rat-men known as the Skaven is invading and the world is ending, so you and three mates might as well go out in a blaze of rat-bastard-stabbing glory.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

PC XO PS4 Switch
Genre: Castlevania
Developer: ArtPlay, DICO
Release date: Q1/Q2

Led by former Castlevania series producer Koji Igarashi, Ritual of the Night is considered a spiritual successor to that hallowed series. It raised more than US$5.5 million on Kickstarter, making it the most funded video game on the platform until it was surpassed by Shenmue III shortly after. Gamers, eh? More money than sense.

Detroit: Become Human

PS4
Genre: Neo-noir thriller
Developer: Quantic Dream
Release date: Q1/Q2

Detroit: Become Human is another QTE-fest from wannabe filmmaker David Cage. The plot revolves around three androids: Kara, who escapes the factory she was made in to explore her newfound sentience; Connor, whose job it is to hunt down deviant androids like Kara; and Markus, who devotes himself to releasing the androids from servitude. As in other Cage-created games, characters may survive or perish depending on the choices that are made, but here you'll be able to rewind to certain points in the story to reshape decisions.

Red Dead Redemption 2

XO PS4
Genre: Sandbox
Developer: Rockstar Studios
Release date: Q1/Q2

I'd write something here, but I'm too busy weeping with joy.

Spider-Man

PS4
Genre: Action
Developer: Insomniac Games
Release date: Q1/Q2

The first-ever licensed game from Insomniac, Spider-Man will tell a new story about everyone's favourite and only web-slinger. Not tied to any other Spidey media, it features an older Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Mary Jane Watson will be playable in "key moments" of the game (fingers crossed on upside-down pash!). Sunset Overdrive is one of the most tragically underplayed games of this generation and is basically a "Slider-man" game, so chances are this one will be top freaking notch.

State of Decay 2

PC XO
Genre: Survival
Developer: Undead Labs
Release date: Q1/Q2

State of Decay was super jank city, but it still managed to sell like 10 million copies and be entertaining. This sequel looks to iron out some of the kinks of its predecessor, while adding co-op for up to four. Yes please.

System Shock

PC XO PS4
Genre: FPS/RPG
Developer: Night Dive Studios
Release date: Q2

Night Dive's M.O. is obtaining rights to classic video games that are no longer available, making them compatible with modern platforms, and re-releasing them digitally. It's a good gig, and has already seen the studio touch up System Shock and System Shock 2, and in 2015, release System Shock: Enhanced Edition. Night Dive is also publishing System Shock 3 next year, so it's pretty damn familiar with Looking Glass Technologies's classic franchise. This game is apparently more of a reboot than a remastering: the game's story, character, weapons, levels, and enemies remain as in the original game, but Night Dive is applying "modern design principles" to them all, and throwing improved art assets in for good measure. Veteran designer Chris Avellone and members of the Fallout: New Vegas development team are involved, and this one pulled in US$1.35m on Kickstarter.

Jurassic World Evolution

PC XO PS4
Genre: Sim
Developer: Frontier Developments
Release date: Q2/Q3

Much like its predecessor Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, Evolution has players construct a Jurassic World dinosaur theme park with attractions and research facilities in the belief that nothing could possibli go wrong. Possibly go wrong. That's the… first thing that's ever gone wrong. [Cut to: dinosaurs setting the park on fire.]

The Crew 2

PC XO PS4
Genre: Racing
Developer: Ivory Tower
Release date: Q2/Q3

The Crew's pitch hasn't changed much: here's a persistent, open world, scaled-down recreation of the United States, now go huss around it in cars, motorbikes, boats, and airplanes. Expect a huge emphasis on multiplayer, and hopefully better AI than last time.

Shenmue III

PC PS4
Genre: RPG
Developer: Neilo, Ys Net
Release date: Q3/Q4

Sony raised some eyebrows by announcing the Kickstarter for this one at the 2015 E3 conference, but it can't be blamed: Shenmue III is the sequel to a 17-year-old Dreamcast game that sold pretty poorly. Even so, this threequel quickly raked in more than US$6 million in crowdfunds, making it the highest-funded video game ever, and the sixth highest-funded campaign in Kickstarter history. Nostalgia is a helluva drug.

Skull & Bones

PC XO PS4
Genre: Tactical action
Developer: Ubisoft Singapore
Release date: Q3/Q4

If I were unkind, I'd say this looks like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with the sneak/stab taken out. And I am unkind, but I should also do my research, because Skull & Bones has a single-player campaign as well as its flagship (ha!) PvP mode. Keep one eye on the wind, and the other on the horizon – would hate to be ambushed by any rogue microtransactions.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

XO PS4 Switch
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Release date: Q3/Q4

A captain taken hostage, an extinct race, space pew pew, and split-screen for two – that's the recipe for this bafflingly late entry in the toys-to-life genre from Ubisoft. The publisher is at pains to emphasise that the toys-to-life elements are optional, and that's probably just as well: the genre's victims already include heavyweights like Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions.

Anthem

PC XO PS4
Genre: Online multiplayer action RPG
Developer: BioWare
Release date: Q4

Goodbye Mass Effect, hello Anthem, a shared-world shooter that's EA's answer to Destiny (BioWare is even promising the same 10-year journey for the game that Activision did for its sci-fi epic back in 2013). In Anthem, up to four squad members don exosuits ("Javelins") and tool around bothering the local wildlife and – if they feel like it – other players. KOTOR and Mass Effect 1 and 2 scribe Drew Karpyshyn is on board as a writer – in fact, it's his first game since 2011's Star Wars: The Old Republic. Welcome back, Drew!

Mega Man 11

PC XO PS4 Switch
Genre: Action platformer
Developer: Capcom
Release date: Q4

One thing is for sure: playing this game will make the bad guys cry like an anime fan on prom night.

Metro Exodus

PC XO PS4
Genre: FPS
Developer: 4A Games
Release date: Q4

The third installment in the Metro game series based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's novels, Exodus is set in 2036 on a post-apocalyptic Earth infested by mutated creatures and hostile humans. This time there's a dynamic weather system, a day-night cycle, and environments that change along with the seasons as the story progresses (it takes place over the course of a year).

Total War: Three Kingdoms

PC
Genre: Turn-based strategy, real-time tactics
Developer: The Creative Assembly
Release date: Q4

The next core Total War entry drags the series back from fantasy and into the past. This time we're off to lands in Ancient China during the rule of the ancient Han dynasty in 190 C.E., when a child Emperor held the throne. The game centres around heroes who will fight tyranny, but whose ambitions may break their fragile alliance and divide China leading up to the rise of the Three Kingdoms period. Sounds educational!

Vampyr

PC XO PS4
Genre: Action RPG
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Release date: Q4

Vampyr is an action adventure that place in London during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. You play a doctor who has been turned into a vampire, and who must comes to terms with his undead condition as he is torn between the Hippocratic Oath and his newfound bloodthirsty nature. Killing is optional, but you'll be weaker for not doing it, and while some in the world kinda deserve a neck bite, their deaths might have unforseen effects on the community you're trying to save. This is a crazy ambitious game from the studio behind Life Is Strange, so here's hoping it pulls it off.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

PC XO PS4
Genre: Arcade air combat
Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
Release date: 2018

There's already six of these bloody things, so if you haven't figured it out by now, maybe you shouldn't be a pilot. The PlayStation 4 version will feature exclusive missions for PlayStation VR, and all versions will allow two player split-screen accidental team-killing mid-air collisions.

Ashen

PC XO
Genre: Action RPG
Developer: Aurora44
Release date: 2018

Set in a sunless world because Aurora44 is using a trial version of Unreal Engine that restricts colour use, Ashen is a Kiwi game that tells the story of a character seeking a home. It sounds like The Sims, but it's actually an open world affair with Souls-style combat, where co-operation with other players (who join the game in a passive way as in Journey) is advised. The feel of the world was apparently influenced by Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road, so it's no surprise there are survivalist elements. One neat wrinkle: human players in your game can become companion NPCs if you take them to your town, but that all begs the question: if you have a town, why don't you already have a home? We'll find out this year!

BattleTech

PC
Genre: Turn-based strategy
Developer: Harebrained Schemes
Release date: 2018

Noble houses, giant robots, a devastating war – the BattleTech universe is a fun one to stomp around in, until you realise you haven't put enough heat sinks on your mech and can't actually move this turn. And Shadowrun studio Harebrained Schemes is pretty familiar with it all, given that its founders are Battletech creator Jordan Weisman and MechCommander and MechAssault producer Mitch Gitelman. Divert some power to your hype locomotors.

Biomutant

PC XO PS4
Genre: Open world action RPG
Developer: Experiment 101
Release date: 2018

Experiment 101 was founded in 2015 by former Avalanche studio art director and game director Stefan Ljungqvist, who was heavily involved with Mad Max and the Just Cause series. (I've talked to him! Nice man.) Biomutant is a kung fu fable set in a post-apocalyptic universe filled featuring fantastic creatures to discover, dangerous factions to navigate, and a vibrant world to explore with mechs, paragliders, balloons, mounts, jet skis and much more. That's already a hell of a hook, but you can customise your animal's gender, height, thickness, fur, fangs, and so forth, and the Frankenstein's monster you come up with will have stats to match: fatties move slower but take more damage, and so on. You can also mutate your creature, and add bio-mechanical body parts such as robotic legs, wings and claws. Really looking forward to this one.

Code Vein

PC XO PS4
Genre: Action RPG
Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
Release date: 2018

The Dark Souls of anime games is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where vampires with angular, gravity-defying hair roam about, presumably looking to drain the main vein. "The thing that separates us from Dark Souls is really.. well, like I said, it’s because they’re vampires," God Eater director Hiroshi Yoshimura told VG247 last year.

Darksiders III

PC XO PS4
Genre: Action
Developer: Gunfire Games
Release date: 2018

Darksiders III takes place parallel to the events of the previous games on a dilapidated, war-torn planet Earth. It follows the Fury – Rider of the Black Horse and sister Horseman of the Apocalypse – in her quest to hunt down and destroy the Seven Deadly Sins. Expect whips, magic, and beatdowns in this one.

Days Gone

PS4
Genre: Action-adventure survival horror
Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Release date: 2018

The first IP created by SIE Bend since 1999's Syphon Filter, and the first console game developed by the studio since 2010's Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow, Days Gone looks like a welcome return from Sony's Oregan developer. Set in a post-apocalyptic open world environment two years after a global pandemic killed many and transformed millions of others into quickly-evolving zombie-like creatures called "Freakers", Days Gone follows a drifter and former bounty hunter who prefers to live a dangerous life on the road over living in wilderness encampments.

Dreams

PS4
Genre: Creation kit thingy
Developer: Media Molecule
Release date: 2018

Media Molecule is two from two thanks to LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway, but its latest "play, create and share" title looks pretty esoteric, even for a studio that prides itself on expanding the boundaries of play. In the story campaign, players control an "imp" that can possess characters. Beyond that, the game challenges you to make your own fun (or wait for someone else to do so and share it online). Will it be another LBP, or will it evaporate like Microsoft's Project Spark?

Kingdom Hearts III

XO PS4
Genre: Action RPG
Developer: Square Enix
Release date: 2018

Despite the title, this is actually the twelfth (!) installment in the Kingdom Hearts series, which mashes together worlds and characters from various Disney properties with those found Square Enix's Final Fantasy franchise.

ONRUSH

PC XO PS4
Genre: Arcade racer
Developer: Codemasters
Release date: 2018

Codies tends to release a hardcore racing title like F1 or Dirt Rally, and then a crazier arcade-style game like Micro Machines World Series or Toybox Turbos. This one falls firmly into the latter camp, but actually might be good thanks to its focus on stunts and slamming other players, and also thanks to the direction of Driveclub's Paul Rustchynsky.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

PC
Genre: RPG
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Release date: 2018

The guys and gals made at Obsidian made South Park: The Stick of Truth, Tyranny, and Pillars of Eternity, so when they asked for money for a sequel to the latter, the Internet hiffed its EFTPOS cards in their general direction, and the end result was US$4.4 million raised on Fig. So, don't be surprised if this "game" is just FMV of Feargus Urquhart bathing in champagne.

Praey for the Gods

PC XO PS4
Genre: Survival
Developer: No Matter Studios
Release date: 2018

If I were a flippant fellow, I'd say this Shadow of the Colossus remake is coming along nicely. But I'm a complimentary chap, so instead I'll say this Shadow of the Colossus remake is coming along nicely. It features dynamically generated weather, and a survival system that encompasses hunger, cold, and stamina. Fortunately there are also campfires, making Praey the Dark Souls of Shadow of the Colossus remakes.

Project Octopath Traveler

Switch
Genre: JRPG
Developer: Square Enix/Acquire
Release date: 2018

In this one, "each character has a unique command that can be used when interacting with NPCs", apparently. With game mechanics that sophisticated, don't be surprised if this only runs on three Switch consoles gaffer-taped together.

Super Meat Boy Forever

PC XO PS4 Switch mobile
Genre: Platformer
Developer: Team Meat
Release date: 2018

Originally planned as a mobile-only version of Super Meat Boy, Super Meat Boy Forever took on a life of its own, even after Edmund McMillen left Team Meat to make gross games elsewhere. Here, Meat Boy and Bandage Girl's child Nugget has been kidnapped by Dr. Fetus, and the couple must work together to rescue her. They have new moves, and levels are randomly generated, Spelunky-style.

The Bard's Tale IV

PC
Genre: Party-based dungeon crawler/RPG
Developer: inXile Entertainment
Release date: 2018

inXile founder Brian Fargo is finally living out his desire to create a true successor to the original Bard's Tale games of the '80s (inXile's first game was a 2004 Bard's Tale spin-off). His studio is responsible for Torment: Tides of Numenera and Wasteland 2, among others, so it's unsurprising this one nabbed US$1.6m on Kickstarter.

The Darwin Project

PC XO
Genre: Battle royale
Developer: Scavengers Studio
Release date: 2018

Taking place in the Canadian Rockies, this battle royale effort is looking to distinguish itself by allowing spectators to influence the action. Yes, you read that right: this is an asymmetrical combat game described as half science experiment and half live-entertainment. "The director dashboard contains a suite of tools, unlocked through a progression system, with the potential to influence the outcome of the match,” Microsoft said. "The show director can choose to give the underdog an unforeseen edge or turn the tables on a particularly bloodthirsty contestant by restricting zones, calling in airstrikes, or even triggering a manhunt — which reveals a player’s position for a few seconds." Reminds us of the old philosophical thought experiment "if a man wins a battle royale round and no-one is there to watch it, does that really count as a win?"

The Last Night

PC XO
Genre: Action platformer
Developer: Odd Tales
Release date: 2018

Heavily inspirated by cinematic platformers like Flashback, Another World, and Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, this one looks like an absolute gem. The player controls Charlie, a person living a lower-class existence among the rest of society during an "era of leisure", where computers and machinery have otherwise taken over all menial work.

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove

PC XO PS4 Switch
Genre: Roguelike
Developer: HumaNature Studios
Release date: 2018

For all you oldies, this fourth entry in the ToeJam & Earl series from creator Greg Johnson will apparently play most similarly to the original ToeJam & Earl on the Sega Genesis. That is, you explore a series of floating islands while a funky bassline buoys your mood. There will be nine different playable characters, and four-player co-op (online or local). This one snagged half a milli on Kickstarter, then the weirdos at Adult Swim Games came to the party as well.

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

PC
Genre: Turn-based strategy, real-time tactics
Developer: The Creative Assembly
Release date: 2018

The first of a number of Total War spin-offs covering specific flashpoints of history, Thrones of Britannia is set in 878 AD, after the Viking invasion of the British Isles. It will focus on the kingdoms vying for power of the Isles including Wessex, the Danelaw, the Irish, the Welsh, and the Scots. "Unlike our era-spanning titles, we’re putting defined geographical areas under the microscope, building super-detailed campaign maps with a strong cultural focus and flavour that players can dive into," said all members of The Creative Assembly in unison, like some kind of hive mind. "This will complement our broader-scope titles perfectly." We'll be the judge of that, thanks all the same.

Valkyria Chronicles 4

XO PS4 Switch
Genre: Tactical JRPG
Developer: Sega
Release date: 2018

Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place in the same timeframe as the original Valkyria Chronicles, but focusses on a new cast of characters. It is set on the continent of Europa, where the Second Europan War is fought between the Atlantic Federation and the Eastern Imperial Alliance. In a last-ditch effort to end the war and capture the imperial capital, the Federation executes Operation Northern Cross, and as part of it, commander Claude Wallace and his friends in Squad E are sent to fight imperial soldiers and the Valkyria. Classic VC, amirite?

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

PC
Genre: MMORPG
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Release date: 2018

The upcoming seventh expansion for the world's most popular MMO will raise the level cap from 110 to 120, introduce the Kul Tiras and Zandalar continents, add dungeons and raids, add warfronts, and introduce three allied races for each the Alliance and the Horde. None of that means anything to me, but I understand it's all very exciting.

Which of these games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!