Top Upcoming Adventure Games of 2018

Top adventure games launching in 2018.

Note: Article was updated in March of 2018.

2018 is quickly approaching and with it will come a slew of new video game titles to look forward to playing. With that said, now’s a good time to start marking down what video games to keep an eye on when they officially launch next year. Let us lend a hand, in this list, in particular, we’re going over the top adventure video games launching in 2018.


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Monster Hunter: World
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release: Jan 26, 2018
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC

The Monster Hunter franchise is consistently growing and with each new installment a number of new gamers explore the monster filled worlds development studio Capcom has crafted. Monster Hunter: World will mark as the fifth main installment to the franchise and as you can expect, there will be a number of notable updates.

For instance, Capcom has placed larger maps, a more seamless experience between zones and what’s a Monster Hunter video game without the ability to hunt with friends? Outside of the offline campaign, the game will allow a four-player online co-op opportunity.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there’s any word on the video game seeing a release on the Nintendo Switch, but you can expect a launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.



Sea of Thieves
  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XB1
  • Release: March 20, 2018

Sea of Thieves is all about being a pirate with a crew. Scavenge for treasure, loot islands, take to the open sea, and battle against other crews that are unfortunate enough to come across your pathway.

User-generated content is a big feature for Sea of Thieves as well. Players will be able to craft their own custom story adventures using the various in-game tools. From there, these campaigns can be uploaded online for other players to download and enjoy on their own.



A Way Out
  • Developer: Hazelight Studios
  • Publisher: EA Originals
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 23, 2018

A Way Out is an upcoming action-adventure journey from Hazelight Studios. This will be the second video game to be directed by Josef Fares who you may be familiar with from his previous title, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

This is a unique action-adventure video game as it will require two players with the display being split-screen regardless of playing the video game locally or through online. All-in-all, the narrative is based around two prisoners who must survive and escape a prison. Their stories will be told simultaneously and while one character may be in a cutscene, the other will be able to freely move and execute their tasks.

As you can likely imagine, A Way Out will focus on gamers having to work together in order to escape the authorities and complete goals.



Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Developer: Rockstar Studios
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO
  • Release: October 26, 2018

Rockstar Games has crafted up a number of incredible pieces of work. Their beloved long-running series Grand Theft Auto, the single IP release of Bully, and of course their old western series, Red Dead Redemption just to name a few. Red Dead Redemption has a massive following and gamers all over the world are undoubtedly waiting for new information to trickle down from Rockstar for their upcoming installment, Red Dead Redemption 2.

Gamers can be delighted to know that the latest trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 reveals the narrative.

Within the upcoming game, players will progress through an adventure featuring an outlaw named Arthur Morgan and the Va der Linde gang. This appears to be a gritty western and if it’s similar to the original Red Dead Redemption along with Grand Theft Auto V then there is likely to be a few random encounter missions to take part in outside of the main campaign.



Anthem
  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: DELAYED 2019

The upcoming Anthem video game will be a third-person shooter much like BioWare’s past video game franchise, Mass Effect. In order for players to transverse the world, the use of an Exo suit will be required which are known as Javelins within the video game. These Javelins will give players new powers and abilities such as the flight to soar through the open air or propel them through the depths of an ocean.

So far what we know about Anthem is that players will be taking the role of a freelancer who finds work by protecting civilians by exploring the dangerous landscapes outside of the safe zones. Likewise we know that the game will feature some co-operative multiplayer elements, but there have been no fine details on the matter quite yet.


Shenmue 3
  • Developer: Neilo, Ys Net
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2018

It’s been a longtime coming but we’re finally getting a release of Shenmue 3. The video game is the third installment to the Shenmue saga that launched starting back in 1999, but with the titles not being a commercial success, the third installment found itself in development hell.

Now that we’re finally gearing towards its release, players will be able to pick up the story of Ryo Hazuki. What we know is that the video game will still take place after the events of Shenmue II where Ryo Hazuki continues his journey to find his father’s killer, Lan Di.

With so many fans requesting the third installment and the cult following Shenmue managed to craft, we’re hoping the upcoming video game lives up to expectations. Currently, Shenmue 3 is set to launch towards the end of 2018.


God of War
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 20, 2018

What can we say about God of War that you probably are not already fully aware of? The video game franchise got its start back in the days of the PlayStation 2 and is still going strong today. However, this upcoming title, in particular, is more of a soft reboot to the franchise.

Within this upcoming adventure, our favorite god killer Kratos is watching over and teaching wisdom to his son. Likewise, this narrative takes us to a whole new mythology to face against.

Instead of the Greek mythology, Kratos will be facing against gods and monsters featured in Norse mythology. Likewise, several years have passed since the past God of War games so we can expect an older Kratos who doesn’t seem to be bothered by his age when it comes to battling against massive foes.



Psychonauts 2
  • Developer: Double Fine Productions
  • Publisher: Starbreeze Studios
  • Platforms; PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: TBA 2019

If you’re familiar with Double Fine Productions and director, Time Schafer, then you’ve likely either played or fully aware of Psychonauts. The video game released back in 2005 and after years of a growing base of fans, Psychonauts 2 was finally kicked into development.

This will continue on with the gameplay mechanics of the first title so players can expect a third-person platform title controlling the protagonist Raz.

The narrative will follow the events of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin which is a first-person VR video game released earlier this year. In fact, the video game was released in order to bridge the events from the first title and the upcoming sequel next year.


Detroit: Become Human
  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: May 25, 2018

Set in Detroit, Michigan, and developed by Quantic Dream, gamers who enjoy choice-driven narratives will want to keep tabs on Detroit: Become Human. This is a futuristic neo-noir thriller that’s based off an old 2012 tech demo from Quantic Dream that became viral online.

Players will take control of three different characters, all of which are androids. You will have Kara, a female android that has escaped the factory from where she was made. There’s also Connor, who is a male android that is tasked with hunting down deviant androids. Lastly, there is Markus, another male android who has begun an android revolution against the human race.

This video game is all about choices and it certainly seems that there will be a ton of them to choose through within the game. In fact, there are so many choices that each will alter the narrative storyline and can have grave consequences with your characters. We’re not positive just how long this narrative journey will be, but it seems like there will be plenty of replay value for when Detroit: Become Human officially releases some time in 2018.



Spider-Man
  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Spider-Man is an upcoming video game title under developers Insomniac Games who are previously known for their Ratchet & Clank and Resistance video game franchises. Their latest upcoming title will breathe some new life into the Spider-Man story as this video game title will not be linked to any past comic books or cinematic movies.

Furthermore, we’re not going through some origin story of Spider-Man, instead, the video game will be focused around Peter Parker, eight years after he has established the role of being the famed hero. From what we know so far, this is an open-world title where the narrative will follow Peter Parker graduating college while keeping up as protector of New York City.

The video game will also give players the ability to go through the narrative as not only Spider-Man but as the civilian Peter Parker character as well. From what we know from so far through trailers released, Spider-Man’s main antagonist will be Mister Negative, who turns out to be Martin Li, one of New York’s prominent philanthropist and owner of the F.E.A.S.T. shelters that Aunt May works at.



Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 1
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platform: PS4
  • Release: TBA

Out of all the Final Fantasy video game titles to have released, there’s no arguing that Final Fantasy VII is the most recognized and well-known among gamers. The video game title was such a big hit on the original PlayStation that it was still being brought up and talked about nearly decades later.

Now original fans and newcomers can once again relive the narrative journey soon with the Final Fantasy VII Remake. This will be a retelling of the original narrative that follows Cloud Strife and the eco-terrorist group known as Avalanche as they battle against the corrupt megacorporation, Shinra.

There are some slight change ups to the remake, for instance, this will be an action role-playing title, but with so many requests to see a remake release, it’s a safe bet that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a day-one buy for a majority of gamers.

There’s no set release date attached to the video game just yet but we’re hoping to see the title come out at some point this coming year, 2018.



The Last of Us Part 2
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: TBA

It’s no secret that one of the most beloved and cherished video games to have released for Sony’s last generation console was Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. The video game was a massive hit with a deep dramatic narrative storyline that left us eagerly waiting for more.

While it’s no surprised for gamers, Naughty Dog has unveiled that their upcoming sequel to the video game known as The Last of Us Part II is currently in development. We’re still left with little to no information other than the fact that the sequel will take place five years after the first video game with Ellie confirmed to be present.

Just what players can expect from the upcoming sequel remains to be seen, though I think we are all hoping that the narrative journey will continue to be just as strong and deep.


Beyond Good & Evil 2
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: TBA
  • Release: TBA

Beyond Good & Evil first debuted back in 2003 and since then gamers have been itching to get a sequel. While Beyond Good & Evil 2 may sound like a sequel, it’s actually a prequel to the first title.

We’re still very much in the early stages of marketing so not too many details have been unleashed to the masses just yet. Instead, there is a small snippet of information about the game through the official Ubisoft YouTube video post.

“System 3 has become the center of interstellar trade and colonization in the Milky Way of the 24th century, thanks to the creation of Hybrid slaves. While private enterprises fight over resources and power, the first colonists weave together the rich and diverse spiritual and cultural heritages of Old Earth to give meaning to their existence. In this new era of piracy, we will rise from lowly pirate to legendary captain at the helm of massive star-faring vessels, adventuring alongside crews of colorful characters to fight for freedom and the right to determine our own fate among the stars!”

Players will work their way up from a struggling pirate to a captain of a massive star-faring vessel. Overall, the setting is based around System 3 which is a center location for interstellar trade and colonization into the Milky Way. During their journey, it would seem likely that there will be a fight to free those in slavery within System 3.


Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Developer: Square Enix 1st Production Department
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Everyone should be well aware of the Kingdom Hearts franchise. The third installment is expected to release sometime 2018, continuing the narrative Disney story. Since the release of Kingdom Hearts 2, The Walt Disney Company had acquired Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilm, which could result in seeing a variety of characters and worlds from these three newly acquired companies. Just as before, we can expect Sora to be the leading protagonist in a journey filled with Disney settings and Final Fantasy characters.



Shadow of the Colossus
  • Developer: SCE Japan Studio, Bluepoint Games, Inc.
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: February 6, 2018

Shadow of the Colossus is an iconic title, one of which that originally released back in 2005 for the PlayStation 2. Overall, players take on the role of a young man named Wander who has entered into a forbidden land. Your overall goal in the video game is rather straightforward, players must track down and fight these massive creatures known as Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono.

The video game as mentioned was introduced and released for the PlayStation 2, however, it was later re-released with enhanced graphics in 2011 for the PlayStation 3. During Sony’s E3 2017 press conference, we were once again taken back to the classic title as Sony unveiled their intentions to remake the video game for the PlayStation 4 console.



Death Stranding
  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: TBA

After the brutal split between world famed developer Hideo Kojima and his previous employer, Konami, the gaming world kept close tabs on just what Kojima would bring out next if anything. Luckily, the developer is not interested in leaving the gaming industry just yet and has graced us with his own development studio known as Kojima Productions.

The first video game title to release under the development studio will be Death Stranding and if one thing is certain, no one knows just what to expect from the video game title. There’s a ton of secrecy surrounding it with trailers and teasers only adding fuel to the hype of this upcoming Hideo Kojima production.

Perhaps the mysterious trailers and lack of information leading to the video game launch alongside knowing that Hideo Kojima, a well-known and respected developer is in control of this product, could be the source of why this video game is building up so much with fans around the world.



The Last Night
  • Developer: Odd Tales
  • Publisher: Raw Fury
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The Last Night is another video game title that we don’t have too many details on yet. We know that this is a platform title that features a cyberpunk theme setting, but we’re still a bit scarce in regards to gameplay and narrative information.

What we do know is that the game follows a low-class protagonist named Charlie who lives in a society that only the wealthy can enjoy. As a result, players will be subjected to a rough life filled with other citizens who are trying to get by.


Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Developer: Crystal Dynamics
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: TBA (PS4, PC, XBO likely)
  • Release: 2018

(Note: No available trailer for Shadow of Tomb Raider. Video displayed is Rise of Tomb Raider.)

When Tomb Raider received its big reboot back in 2013, the series received a massive revival with new and veteran players enjoying the latest big adventure featuring Lara Croft. In 2015, a sequel to Tomb Raider landed into the market and much like the reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider was a big hit.

Now gamers are waiting for the next big release known as Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Unfortunately, outside of an expected release date of sometime this year, no information has been released yet. Online, the community is anticipating a darker toned story simply from the title name, though that has yet to be confirmed.

We’ll simply have to wait and see just what the narrative holds, the official platforms being supported by the game and just when it will launch into the market.



In The Valley of Gods
  • Developer: Campo Santo
  • Publisher: Campo Santo
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

In The Valley of Gods is another title we’re thrilled to see release. The video game is coming from developers Campo Santo who previously launched their debut title, Firewatch. Much like Firewatch, In The Valley of Gods is said to be an adventure title, though this time players are Rashida, an explorer who was disgraced.

Set on to uncover a new adventure filled with fame and fortune, Rashida seeks out a new incredible archaeological discovery within Egypt. Developers are promising a thrilling first-person adventure filled with exploration, though it’s unknown just when the game will launch.

While we’re hoping a launch this year, In The Valley of Gods may not make it until 2019. Regardless, we’ll be keeping our eyes out for new information and the system requirements required to run this game.


Ghost of Tsushima
  • Developer: Sucker Punch
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: TBD

From the developers who brought up the Sly Cooper and Infamous series comes their latest IP, Ghost of Tsushima. Sucker Punch has yet to unveil too many fine details about the game and we’re not necessarily positive we’ll see this game launch within 2018 so that may mean a future post update to note that the game is launching in the following year.

Ghost of Tsushima is a singleplayer narrative that takes place in 1274 Japan. Samurai were once the greatest warriors to defend Japan, though that reign has ended after the ruthless Khan marches through terrorizing the island.

In the game, players will follow Jin, one of the last battered samurai who may be Japan’s only hope against Khan. Even with your armor, katana, and longbow, players will be against the odds of survival, that’s why Jin will have to forget the traditional ways.

Instead of the old ways, players will need to rise up and become a ghost, using unconventional war tactics to free Japan.


Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 17, 2018

For those familiar with the Yakuza series, the seventh main installment of the series is slated to launch worldwide in April of this year. Of course, if you’re unfamiliar with the series, you may want to go back and play through some of the past installments as Yakuza 6: The Song of Life picks up the story from the previous game.

The game has already released in Japan where it has received a positive reception. Gamers can still expect a brawler type gameplay set in an open world environment. Players will step into the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu once again who is on a mission to learn what has happened to Haruka after being locked away for three years.



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