2017 has already been a pretty massive year for exclusives, with both Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn proving a huge hit with fans and critics.
With that in mind, it’s time to look ahead at all the big exclusives that are due to come out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017, barring any delays or cancellations, of course.
Let’s start with the PS4…
Coming in April, the fifth entry in the Persona series continues the adventures of a group of high school kids who secretly moonlight as supernatural cat burglars – because why not?
Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
Let’s be honest, anyone who owned an original PlayStation but didn’t get a PS4 is definitely a bit gutted they won’t be able to play this gorgeous looking remake of the first three Crash games, which is out June 30.
Gran Turismo Sport
Gran Turismo Sport – still without a solid release date – focuses on providing a more in-depth competitive racing experience than ever before. Should be good.
Nidhogg was (and still is) one the most insane multiplayer experiences on PS4. Easy to pick up yet near impossible to master, a sequel is definitely something to get excited about.
PaRappa the Rapper Remastered
If you tell me you didn’t want a HD remaster of a relatively obscure 1997 PS1 rhythm game, then I have to call you a liar.
If you’ve never played Shenmue then you probably don’t understand why the news of a sequel was the most exciting news for fans of the Dreamcast cult classic. Definitely one to watch in 2017.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
While this Uncharted side adventure likely won’t be the last Uncharted game, it will almost certainly be the last one Naughty Dog brings us, so that alone makes it worth checking out.
That of course, is far from all of the PS4 exclusives, I’ve just highlighted some of the bigger ones. Other notable names to get excited about include Wipeout: Omega Collection, What Remains of Edith Finch, Pyre, Tokyo 42, Death’s Gambit and more.
But for now, we move on to the big Xbox One exclusives for 2017. A moment of silence for Scalebound.
Voodo Vince Remastered
Back in the days of the original Xbox, there was this weird (but charming) little platformer called Voodo Vince. As if out of nowhere, it’s getting a remaster which is out in April – well worth checking out though.
After numerous delays, the gorgeous action platformer Cuphead will be with us in ‘mid-2017’. I really, really hope that it isn’t shit after all the waiting we’ve done.
Crackdown 3: an open world action game where everything (and I mean everything) in the city is destructible. Sign me the fuck up.
Sea of Thieves
It’s safe to assume Sea of Thieves will be great based solely on the pedigree of developer Rare, who gave us such gems as GoldenEye 007 and Banjo Kazooie.
It’s been a long time since the N64 glory days of course, but a massive pirate adventure set in a shared world sounds promising enough.
State of Decay 2
Open world survival games are about as common these days as zombie games were back in 2007 – 2010, but combining the two genres with a dash of multiplayer co-op should make for an interesting time.
With plenty of great exclusives to look forward to on either side of the fence, 2017 should be a great year for everyone. Even Nintendo gamers, because they’ll be going on about the new Zelda until at least 2020.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.