Top Upcoming Exploration Video Games of 2017

Top upcoming exploration games of 2017 for PC, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

2017 is just around the corner and we’re already marking down which video game titles we’re looking forward to picking up throughout the coming year. In today’s list we are going over some of our most anticipated video games that will have us exploring endlessly. Not only are these some solid upcoming titles that range in a variety of genres, but will likely include a massive map to roam and explore freely.

As always, check out our list down below and leave us a comment as to what upcoming video game you’re looking forward to playing most in 2017!


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Scalebound

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Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: PC, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

PlatinumGames has had its share of great releases in the past and we’re interested in one of their more hyped up Microsoft exclusive video game titles, Scalebound. This is an action role-playing video game that’s set in a modern fantasy world.

Players will be taking the role of a protagonist named Drew and a dragon named Thuban. It’s revealed that within this world, the two are connected and as such, both characters will die if either Drew or Thuban’s life comes to an end.


Shenmue III

Developer: Neilo, Ys Net
Publisher: Ys Net
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release Date: December 2017

Shenmue was a popular franchise when it first launched into the market for the Sega Dreamcast. The series was set to have a several installments to fully unveil the narrative story. However, due to the development cost, the Shenmue series was ultimately shelved after its second installment.

That was until E3 2015 when Shenmue III was officially unveiled with a Kickstarter hoping to reach a goal of $2 million USD. Fans couldn’t flock to the campaign faster as the goal was accomplished in just eight hours with the total campaign reaching just over $6 million USD.

From what we know so far about Shenmue III is that the title will follow the events of Shenmue II with Ryo Hazuki seeking out his father’s killer, Lan Di. During his journey, Ryo meets a mysterious girl named Ling Shenhua who has appeared in his dreams. The two pair up to learn why destiny has united a path between them.


Mass Effect: Andromeda

Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: Q2 2017

The next installment of the Mass Effect franchise will be launching during the second quarter of 2017. From what we know so far, Mass Effect: Andromeda will be taking place hundreds of years after the events of Mass Effect 3.

Set within the Andromeda Galaxy, players take on the role of an N7 Special Forces soldier who is set to be a Pathfinder. These Pathfinders are an operative task force that is in charge of discovering new planets for the Human species to colonize.


Vampyr

Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

Development team Dontnod Entertainment really gained mass exposure for their Life is Strange video game release. Now the studio has taken a much darker tone for their next IP, Vampyr. This is a title that is set during the 1918 London Spanish flu pandemic.

Players will take the role of a doctor named Jonathan Reid who happens to be a vampire. Johnathan is fighting his own inner demons that attacks his sworn Hippocratic Oath as he must feed on the blood of humans in order to survive.

Similar to Life is Strange, it appears that Vampyr will present players with a variety of choices and dialogue options that will likely steer the narrative overall. However, unlike Life is Strange, this is an action role-playing video game where players can battle enemies rather than focusing on communication and choices to progress the campaign story.


Horizon Zero Dawn

Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PS4
Release Date:  February 28, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn will mark as the first IP developed by Guerrilla Games since their release of Killzone in 2004. This is an action role-playing video game title that is set a thousand years into the future.

Mankind has mysteriously fallen with cities only a shell of a once thriving society. Now only small tribal groups remain with giant mechanical beasts that roam the world openly. The plot will revolve around a female hunter named Aloy who sets out on a journey to explore the open world, meet with other tribes, and potentially learn of the reason mankind fell to being with.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Developer: Nintendo EPD
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: TBA 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will mark as the nineteenth main installment to The Legend of Zelda franchise. This time around, players will be placed in a large open-world environment with the ability to play through the game’s dungeons in any order.

Within The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, players will take on the role of Link after he awakens from a deep slumber that lasted a hundred years. A mysterious voice alerts link to reach a ruined Kingdom known as Hyrule where he will learn of Calamity Ganon, the antagonist who had previously destroyed Hyrule, though, during the process, he had trapped himself within the Kingdom. Ultimately, Link will have to train and prepare for a battle against Calamity Ganon before he escapes and destroys the world.


Nier: Automata

Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release Date: TBA 2017

Nier: Automata is an upcoming action role-playing video game. Taking place after the fourth ending of the previously released Nier, Automata follows YoRHa, androids sent to Earth to fight the invaders in a proxy war.

Being set in an open world environment, players will control multiple characters with combat mainly focused on melee weapons. Unfortunately, while Japan has a confirmed release date within 2017, a specific western release date was not officially revealed.


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Developer: Ubisoft Paris
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: March 7, 2017

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands will be the tenth installment in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise. This time around, the game is set in Bolivia, where the rising power of drug cartels has become a concern to the United States Government.

To deal with this concern, the Government has sent in an elite special operations unit called “the Ghosts” to destroy the cartels. Unlike previous installments within the franchise, players will be set in an open world environment with more freedom in how they execute missions.


Crackdown 3

Developer: Reagent Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: PC, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

Nearly a decade after the release of Crackdown 2, Reagent Games is bringing out the third installment, Crackdown 3. The video game doesn’t have too many details available quite yet though we do know that there is a big emphasis on destruction. Players will be able to destroy practically anything within the video game thanks to a Microsoft cloud computing platform known as Microsoft Azure.


Destiny 2

Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: Unknown
Release Date: TBA 2017

Destiny was met with a positive reception from critics and fans alike and now we are gearing closer to its official sequel release. While we’re still awaiting news regarding the title, developers Bungie had confirmed that Destiny 2 will be releasing at some point in 2017.

With the sequel release, it will be interesting to see if past characters from the original Destiny installment will carry over. Likewise, perhaps we’ll find new lore, bigger open world environments, new multiplayer modes, weapons, and more. Likewise, it would be nice to see the sequel to Destiny also launch on the PC platform.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Developer: Rockstar Games
Publisher: Take-Two Interactive
Platforms: PS4, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

So far there is nothing we know officially about Red Dead Redemption 2 other than Rockstar Games is currently working on the third entry to the Red Dead series.

With Red Dead Redemption being a critically acclaimed hit and fans eager to continue with the Grand Theft Auto style gameplay set in the old west, Rockstar Games isn’t revealing just what all they have planned for their next entry quite yet. One thing is for sure, we certainly hope that Red Dead Redemption 2 will at least offer PC gamers a chance to pick up the video game installment along with new towns and locations to explore during our journey.


Sea of Thieves

Developer: Rare
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: PC, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

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 stories using the various in-game tools. From there, these campaigns can be uploaded online for other players to download and enjoy on their own. With that said, you can be sure that there will be plenty of exploration tied into the game.


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