What are we getting comfy with next year? With the enhanced graphics of the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro and versatility and flat-out fun of the Nintendo Switch, 2018 is shaping up to be pretty amazing! Here’s what we’ve got our eyes on for the new year!
Sea of Thieves (Xbox One/Windows 10) – March 20, 2018
2018 is going to be a terrific year for would-be pirates. Sea of Theives is a game from Microsoft Studios and developer Rare, which we’ve seen games from all too rarely these days. We got a chance to play Sea of Thieves at E3 this past year, and found what should be a really fun online cooperative game. The premise is unimpeachable — you and four other players jump into the game world and cruise around in your own pirate ship, splitting up duties like hoisting the sails, navigating from the crow’s nest, and steering the ship. There’s treasure to be found, but there will also be rival pirates — and yes, they’ll be other players.
Kingdom Hearts III (Xbox One/Windows 10, PS4) – 2018
I’ve got some misgivings about putting this game on here, because deep down, I fully expect it to be delayed until 2019. Such is the way with big budget Square-Enix games, especially one as anticipated as Kingdom Hearts III. The great Square-Enix x Disney crossover series has had one million side releases over the years, but no main entry since Kingdom Hearts II in (brace yourself) 2006. Since then, Disney has acquired Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and are now in the process of grabbing Fox’s entertainment properties. While Fox isn’t part of the Disney family yet and Star Wars is restricted by a video game licensing agreement with EA, a Marvel world is still possible. If nothing else, Pixar is definitely in — a Toy Story world has been confirmed. Only one thing — if all you’ve played is Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, the story is going to be confusing (if it wasn’t already). Sora, Riku, Kairi, Donald, and Goofy will be at the heart of it, but the story will continue from the loads of handheld games that have come out over the years.