2017 has been a great year for video games, with Nintendo’s meteoric rise of the Switch, with fantastic titles like Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, Horizon Zero Dawn and Persona 5 coming early in the year as a sign of things to come, and phenomenal indie titles like PUBG and Cuphead becoming a phenomenon in their own right. Things look pretty good as 2017 comes to a close and 2018 draws near. A lot of good games are coming, but what the games that are unlikely to come next year? Let’s check some of these out:
Let’s just get this out of the way, no it's not happening, it’ll never be confirmed, not in a million years. Half-Life 2: Episode 2 was released 10 years ago, with the original Half-Life 2 being the first game ever, to require Steam to run. So unless Valve has come up with a bigger cash-cow than Steam, Half-Life 3 will be locked up in Gaben’s vault for an eternity.
Sure, it was confirmed that a Nintendo Switch mainline Pokemon will soon grace the system and all who own it. It has been a dream come true for most fans to see a full console release of Pokemon, with HD graphics, amazing online play, and every Pokemon ever imagined. But we hardly saw anything of this new game and would be lucky to have even a teaser trailer for next year.
Battlefield: Bad Company 3
Battlefield: Bad Company 1 & 2 were amazing games that introduced destructible environments and was the Battlefield series’ big break into the console market. Many gamers pine for this sequel, but we might not be seeing Bad Company 3 as the next big Battlefield game anytime soon. It might just be their trump card someday as the series falters or maybe they don’t want to mess up the Bad Company series. It is a safe bet that the next Battlefield will be the sequel to Battlefield 1, Battlefield 2.
Fallout New Vegas 2/ Remastered
For a couple of E3s now, we’ve been seeing fans speculating on a remaster or sequel to Fallout: New Vegas would be coming. Bethesda has been porting the best Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim to every system, so why not the best Fallout game right? Well, New Vegas was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda and so far Obsidian has been too busy with their Pillars of Eternity series to work on a Fallout game. Meanwhile, expect more Bethesda games to be ported to the Switch.
Devil May Cry 5/ DMC 2
So far, every Devil May Cry game is available for modern systems, with the first 3 coming soon in 2018. Fans have taken that as a sign that a new Devil May Cry is coming, a true sequel to Devil May Cry is coming to modern systems soon. I for one enjoyed DmC, and having played the DLC and HD port to XBox One and PS4 were great and made me want a DmC 2. But even with that, we’re more likely to get a Devil May Cry 5. Either way, Bayonetta 3 is a great distraction while this whole debate blows over.
Smash Bros. 5
Another must-have Nintendo game, “a Nintendo console isn’t a Nintendo console without it” cries hardcore fans. And yet, it’ll be too good to be true if a surprise Smash 5 appears in E3 2018. Smash games take a while to make, with the last 3 having 7-8 years between them. And they have surprising longevity too, with people still playing Melee until today. The debate will continue on, Smash 5, Smash 4 port, Melee port, the fact remains that we may just not get any Smash anytime soon.
Shovel Knight 2
The runaway indie, Kickstarter success story, no indie game has ever reached the heights of Shovel Knight. He has since been in other indie titles like Yooka Laylee and Blaster Master 0, and has 3 expansions based on his fellow knights. It almost feels like it is 4 games in one. Yacht Club games have done a tremendous job with their debut title, and it is very unlikely that we’ll see a new game out so soon.
Hideo Kojima’s Norman Reedus-holding-a-baby simulator doesn’t have a date settled on yet, heck we don’t even how the game plays or what its even about. Even Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo Del Toro seem to be just as in the dark as we are about the whole thing. To expect Hideo Kojima’s huge middle-finger to Konami to come out so soon would be folly. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and Kojima seems to be taking his time to enact his revenge. Meanwhile, we can all enjoy Metal Gear Survive for whatever it is.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
This year, Final Fantasy VII celebrated its 20th Anniversary, with it coming out in 1997 and all. Its a landmark of a game, an instant classic. And naturally, Square Enix didn’t release any sort of news on the Final Fantasy VII remake and missed the mark on its 20th anniversary. We might just get the game on its 25th anniversary instead of the way things are going.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Nope, it just ain’t happening. Nope, nope, nope. Maybe in 2019. But not Kingdom Hearts 3. It’s been forever. Final Fantasy XV2 is more likely than Kingdom Hearts 3. Nothing you guys can say will ever convince me that the best game ever will be released next year. It's too good to be true…