Top Upcoming Adventure Games of 2018

Top adventure games launching in 2018.

Note: Article was updated in August 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.

 


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.

Overall the game is based around exploring with your fellow pirate crews as you search for gold to plunder or rival pirates that come across your territory. Developers will be supporting the game to offer new exciting content for gamers to enjoy though gameplay is mainly dependent on player activity.

 


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 plot their escape. 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.

 


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.

Within the upcoming game, players will progress through an adventure featuring an outlaw named Arthur Morgan and the Va der Linde gang. Players will be stepping into the role of Arthur as they flee across the country as the gang is constantly being chased by law enforcement.

 


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.

 


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.

Quantic Dreams is also known to deliver some in-depth narrative driven adventure titles such as Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls.

 


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.

 


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 and now once again for the PlayStation 4.

 


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: PS4, PC, XBO
  • Release: September 14, 2018

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. Players will be taking Lara Croft on a new grand adventure that will send her back to battling against the Trinity organization. However, her main objective is preventing an apocalypse that will curse the entire world.

Much like the past main installments to the Tomb Raider franchise, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will take players into ancient ruins with the ever growing threat of supernatural abilities falling into the wrong hands. If you enjoyed Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider then this is likely already a day one purchase for you.

 


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.

 


Subnautica
  • Developer: Unknown Worlds
  • Publisher: Unknown Worlds
  • Platform: PC, XBO
  • Release: January 23, 2018 (PC), 2018 (XBO)

Subnautica is a survival adventure game that is currently available for the PC platform with an Xbox One release coming later this year. Set within the late 22nd century, players step into the shoes of an astronaut who are set to discover and colonize new planets. However, early in the game, our protagonist is the lone survivor of a crashed spaceship.

Trapped on an aquatic planet filled with creatures, some of which will be hostile to the player, gamers are free to explore the world and progress through the narrative. During the journey, players will have to collect a variety of resources to maintain nutrition, hydration, and of course, oxygen.

This can be a tough adventure title to go through as it heavily involves survival game elements. But with that said, if you enjoy managing your resources and venturing off to explore the in-game world then we highly recommend giving this game a try.

 


Night in the Woods
  • Developer: Infinite Fall
  • Publisher: Finji
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS, Ios, Android

Night in the Woods is another title that has become a favorite for fans of the adventure genre. Within the game, players take on the role of a young character by the name of Mae who dropped out of college.

Now back at her hometown and living with her parents, Mae discovers how much time has passed which changed not only her hometown but the friends that she grew up with. This adventure title quickly takes Mae into the woods where she begins to uncover a hidden secret that the town kept long ago.

Digging deeper into the history of Possum Springs, Mae will learn of the reason the coal mines were officially shut down and the disappearance of her childhood friend.

You can currently play this game on most platforms with the exception of both iOS and Android as they have yet to be released into the market.

 


The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: June 25, 2018

Shortly after E3 2018, we were able to get our hands on Dontnod Entertainment’s The Aweomse Adventures of Captain Spirit. This is a one-off graphic adventure style video game that was meant to give fans of the Life is Strange franchise a look into the upcoming sequel.

Within the game, players take control of a young boy with a creative imagination. However, early on in the narrative journey, you realized that the child’s life is not always the safest at home. Much of the game is based around puzzle solving and choices that will have unique consequences.

While the game doesn’t offer too much info as to what we can fully expect with Life is Strange 2, developers did make mention that you may see certain characters return when the upcoming sequel releases later this year.

 


The Walking Dead: The Final Season
  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: August 14, 2018 – TBA

Telltale Games has really become a leading development studio over the years thanks to the careful story narrative they take players through. Each IP is handled delicately and delivers fans a unique look at some of their favorite franchises such as The Walking Dead. We’ve been following this narrative journey since it first released in 2012 and now we’re gearing up for its final season.

The Walking Dead has mainly followed a young girl who was raised and adapted to a world filled with chaos and fleshing eating monsters. It’s hard not to love Clementine and cheer for not only her survival but happiness in this world as she overcomes the odds with each season that releases.

This season will follow Clementine and will be concluding her story. Currently, we know that the game will take place years after the events that followed The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. However, we are confident that this adventure that Telltale Games will be taking players on will be full of dramatic and heart-wrenching moments.

 


Life is Strange 2
  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: September 27, 2018

Life is Strange was a breakout hit for development studio Dontnod Entertainment. The video game followed Max, a young high school student that was equipped with the supernatural ability. Through the use of her time altering power, Max went on a deep and dark journey filled with deception, lies, heartache, and murder.

Since the video game release, fans have been eagerly awaiting a sequel which we are finally receiving this year. Not too many details were unveiled quite yet regarding the upcoming sequel but Dontnod Entertainment did put out a free standalone title called The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. It’s with this title that gamers were able to get a glimpse of this upcoming Life is Strange 2 world.

All of our questions regarding what the upcoming game will be based on should be answered on September 27, 2018, when the first episode is finally released.


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