Typically the first quarter of the year is quiet on the gaming front, with most publishers banking their releases for the holiday season. That isn’t the case in 2017, with March shaping up to be one of the busiest months on the gaming calendar. Thankfully, we’ve organised some of the biggest upcoming releases into one handy article. Remember, you’ll also get VIP points for following games – so make sure to add these ones too!
Right at the top we’ll see the launch of Horizon Zero Dawn, PlayStation’s open-world action game set in a post-post apocalypse. If you’re more of a Nintendo fan, then the company’s latest system is slated to launch on March 3 – accompanied by a brand-new Legend of Zelda. If you're looking for something with a sci-fi bent, Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to release later in the month.
For a more in-depth look at upcoming games – including some we may have missed – make sure to check our supplemental “Releasing This Week” article every Monday. For an overview of the year, check out the 2017 Game Release Schedule, which we'll periodically be updating.
Note: While this list is intended to be as comprehensive as possible, it is difficult to cover everything, especially with the growing prominence of downloadable and indie games. The dates of some releases can also shift around. If you notice anything that's missing, please let us know in the comments, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a lush, post-apocalyptic world where nature has reclaimed the ruins of a forgotten civilization, pockets of humanity live on in primitive hunter-gatherer tribes. Their dominion over the new wilderness has been usurped by the Machines – fearsome mechanical creatures of unknown origin.
This is the story of Setsuna; a young woman of incredible inner strength and the sacrifice she must make to save the people of her land. The Island had a custom. To maintain peace, once a decade, a sacrifice was offered to a fiend on the island. However, one year, the fiend grew violent before the next sacrifice was due. Those living on the island were afraid and tried to calm the fiend by offering a sacrifice; Setsuna, chosen because of her powers of enchantment. Setsuna must leave with her safeguards for the farthest land, where the ceremony of sacrifice will be held.
Kaos has discovered the ancient power of Mind Magic and is using it to create an unstoppable army of Doomlanders! Eon is calling upon all Portal Masters and Skylands' greatest mystic warriors, the Senseis to stop Kaos and his minions. Now, you must use the power of your imagination to create your own Skylanders to battle in the ultimate adventure alongside the almighty Senseis to save Skylands.
Wii U, Switch
Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure.
Super Bomberman R makes full use of the Nintendo Switch system capabilities, which enables gamers to play wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. Super Bomberman R offers a ‘Battle’ mode where up to eight players are dropped within a maze until the ‘last man standing’ is declared the winner. There is also a ‘Story’ mode where one to two players work cooperatively to clear a series of 50 stages in order to save the galaxy.
Join a community of more than 118 million players around the world and bust out your best moves! Dance your heart out to Cheap Thrills by Sia Ft. Sean Paul, Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake Ft. MØ, and Sorry by Justin Bieber. Relive classics including Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen, or if J-Pop is your thing get down to Po Pi Po by Hatsune Miku!
Throw an impromptu party anywhere with anyone thanks to a new play style in which players look at each other—not the screen! Bring the action and fun into the real world as you face off in wild-west duels, cow-milking competitions, a copycat dance-off, and more. Each game takes advantage of the Joy-Con controller features of the Nintendo Switch system in different ways. While the action unfolds off- screen, the audience watches the players themselves instead of the screen. That makes it as hilarious to watch as it is to play – an instant party amplifier!
In a galaxy of procedural worlds made entirely from LEGO bricks, will you... EXPLORE environments filled with adventure, then alter them? DISCOVER secrets and treasures, then play with them? CREATE your own models, then make a world your own? In LEGO® Worlds, it’s up to you...
Adventurers play as a quirky astronaut on a strange procedurally-generated planet, fighting goofy baddies and gathering stat-boosting cards to build their character. Developer Hollow Ponds' team includes an Adventure Time animator and former Hohokum developers.
PS4, Xbox One, PC
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is the first military shooter set in a massive and responsive open world, entirely playable in 4 player co-op or solo. Coming to PS4, Xbox ONE and PC. Bolivia, a few years from now. The country has become the largest cocaine producer in the world. The Santa Blanca drug cartel has turned the country into a narco-state, leading to lawlessness, injustice, and violence. The Ghosts, an elite US Special Forces team, is sent behind enemy lines to wreak havoc and takedown the cartel.
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