Note: This 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 FPS video games launching in 2018.
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Overkill’s The Walking Dead
- Developer: Overkill Software
- Publisher: Starbreeze Studios, 505 Games
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
- Release: November 6, 2018
The Walking Dead is an upcoming first-person co-op shooter based on The Walking Dead comic book series. Players will have to survive together in a world that has been dominated by mindless flesh-eating walkers.
This is a cooperative game where players can take the role of a survivor in the world that is attempting to complete a series of objectives, similar to the Left 4 Dead series. We haven’t seen too much of the game since it was announced but its still apparently set to launch towards the end of this year.
Far Cry 5
- Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Release: March 27, 2018
- Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC
Far Cry 5 launched in 2018 where the video game takes place within the United States of America in a fictional town of Hope County, Montana.
Within the narrative, Far Cry 5 pins players against Joseph Seed, a leader of a cult who has forced his way into controlling Hope County. As more innocent civilians become trapped and forced into submission under Joseph Seed’s rule, only a handful of resistance stands between Seed and his reign.
Just as before, players can expect the title to deliver as a first-person shooter in an open world environment to explore either on foot or through a variety of vehicles.
- Developer: Bulkhead Interactive
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: February 1, 2018
Set during World War II is developers Bulkhead Interactive upcoming first-person shooter, Battalion 1944. The video game is said to be bring back the old school vibe of FPS to the latest generation of consoles. With that said, there’s no campaign available to go through alone. Instead, the developers have created Battalion 1944 to be a multiplayer focused close quarters combat frenzy.
Currently the game is only available as an Early Access title with the official launch slated to be within sometime in 2019. Likewise, the game has been receiving a positive response from players who have purchased the Early Access build which will set players back about $15.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- Developer: MachineGames
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Release: June 29, 2018 (NS)
Yes, we know! Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is already out this past year, 2017. The video game follows the events of Wolfenstein: The New Order which alters historical events. With the Nazi Regime ruling the world, a military resistance looks to fight back within America, acting as the nation’s second American Revolution against the Nazi rule.
However, Nintendo Switch owners are officially getting a copy of the game this year which we recommend picking up as Bethesda Softworks have announced that another installment that will take place after the events of Wolfentstein II: The New Colossus is currently in the works. This upcoming installment, Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be launching at some point in 2019.
- Developer: 10 Chambers Collective
- Publisher: 10 Chambers Collective
- Platforms: PC
- Release: 2018
GTFO is all about teamwork as you and your crew head into the dark underground complex to fight off horrifying creatures in this first-person shooter. Developers 10 Chambers Collective promises gamers a thrilling and atmospheric environment where teams are set to go into the unknown in order to claim precious artifacts.
Working together, using nothing but their firepower and tools, gamers will have to rely on coordination along with communication to survive the nightmare that awaits your arrival.
Deep Rock Galactic
- Developer: Ghost Ship Games
- Publisher: Coffee Stain Publishing
- Platforms: PC, XBO
- Release: February 28, 2018 (Early Access)
Seeking to create a thrilling co-op experience, developers Ghost Ship Games is developing a title known as Deep Rock Galactic. This is currently an Early Access title that can be purchased today, though you can expect some changes and bugs until the final release launches.
Within the game, players are tasked with working together in digging into the underground as they collect valuable resources while exploring cave systems. However, you’re not alone underground forcing our team of miners to come packed and loaded with heavy artillery to face against the hostile threats.
Caves are procedurally generated with enemies and loot to collect making it a new adventure every time you start. As mentioned the game is currently an Early Access title so it’s likely this game won’t have a full launch this year.
- Developer: Overkill Software
- Publisher: Sumo Digital (NS)
- Platforms: PC, X360, XBO, PS3, PS4, NS
- Release: February 27, 2018
Payday 2 finally made its way to the Nintendo Switch platform this year. The video game had originally released back in 2013 for the PC and last generation platforms. Overall within Payday 2, players can work together in a cooperative FPS as they go through elaborate heists.
Within these heists, players may have to rob banks, shops and armored cars. In the main hub, players will find various contracts to take on which will showcase the job details and while the game offers AI to help you along the heists, most will find it more entertaining to join up with friends online.
Jobs are meant to be done in a more stealth like matter where players are avoiding the attention of security or police. With that said, if players trip the alarm, the gameplay will become difficult where focus shifts from gathering loot to escaping with your life.
Currently, the developers are working on a third installment which is slated to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One platforms.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Developer: Treyarch
- Publisher: Activision
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: October 12, 2018
There seems to never be any shortages when it comes to the Call of Duty franchise and this year we’re getting a new installment to the Black Ops line. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be launching in October of this year though there is one rather major element being completely dropped with this upcoming installment.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not contain a campaign mode. In the day and age of battle royale modes being incredibly popular, Treyarch has decided to make this next call of the Duty title to feature nothing but a multiplayer component.
The focus will be doubling down on the multiplayer game modes including Zombies. So if you’re a fan of Call of Duty for their online multiplayer matches then you have nothing to worry about in this installment but with that said, if you picked up the latest installments to enjoy the action-packed campaigns then you may have to hold out for the 2019 installment release.
Much like all of the previous main installments to the Call of Duty franchise, this is still a first-person shooter and it doesn’t appear that there are very many changes added to the gameplay mechanics. Players will still be able to customize their weapons and skills prior to the match along with the various gear equipment that can help define a class role.
- Developer: New World Interactive
- Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
- Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC
- Release: September 18, 2018
Set to release within September of this year is the upcoming Insurgency: Sandstorm FPS title by developers New World Interactive. This is a team-based tactical FPS where players are battling in close quarters much like Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. As a result, this is a multiplayer-focused FPS title with a heavy influence on teamwork.
This title will also mark as the first time players will be able to customize their characters from clothing, accessories and character voices. If you’re a fan of the previous Insurgency title then developers promise an expanded and improved experience with this sequel.
Likewise, as mentioned, if you enjoy titles such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege then chances are you’ll want to give this game a shot.
- Developer: EA DICE
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: October 19, 2018
Battlefield V is the latest upcoming installment to the Battlefield franchise which will follow after Battlefield 1. This time around, EA Dice is focusing their storyline with World War II as players embark on yet another war-torn journey. Unfortunately, not too many details have been released yet for the game, though from the trailers it seems that we’ll still have the war stories style campaign much like how EA DICE developed Battlefield 1.
Multiplayer is also still a major component with Battlefield V and it’s been unveiled that the game will include a battle royale style mode which doesn’t come to much surprise due to the success other titles have been receiving thanks to the game mode.
What may be the most popular aspect leading up to the release of Battlefield V is the fact that the game has no premium pass or paid expansions which means that everyone will gain access to the content released after launch.
Being set in World War II, weapons and gear will range from within that time period. For instance, melee weapons will range from ax’s to combat knives and gadgets could be anywhere from anti-tank mines to a PIAT launcher. You’ll find that there is plenty of weaponry to go around that is accurate to the real-world counterparts such as the MG42, Walther P38 or Luger P08.
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