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Jan 01

Jan 01

PlayStation Developers Pick Their Most Anticipated Games of 2018 and Beyond

The clever minds behind your favourite games tell us what they’re looking forward to

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The team over at PlayStation EU have put together an excellent series of posts gathering some end-of-year thoughts from a group of prolific creators. We were thrilled with how they turned out, so we’re running the series here as well. If you’re based in Europe, do yourself a favor and bookmark the EU PlayStation.Blog for more high-quality, region-appropriate updates and announcements into 2018 and beyond.

Hear that? That’s the sound of multiple Trophies being unlocked worldwide, as we try and clear our backlog in anticipation for what’s ahead in 2018 and beyond. Some of the gamers causing that iconic sound to ring out? Developers of your favourite games this year, who are also rushing to clear their gaming calendars.

We asked them what titles have got them personally excited. Here’s their selection.

God of War

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“I am really looking forward to this father and son adventure. The new direction Santa Monica Studios is taking the franchise is looking very promising and I can’t wait to see what larger-than-life set pieces they have been creating.” Hermen Hulst, Co-founder, Guerrilla Games (Horizon Zero Dawn)

“It has been a while since the last title in the series, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how Kratos has evolved. From watching the video that has been released, I get a sense that the actions and gore are really going to live up to expectations.” Fumihiko Yasuda, Director, Team Ninja (Nioh)

“The player experience is obviously great, but seeing how far they can push the technical limits of the PlayStation 4 hardware and thus raise the bar for game developers all over the world is both frightening and exhilarating at the same time! Seeing if my own predictions about how the story will develop is also something that I am secretly looking forward to a lot!” Naoki Yoshida, Director, Square-Enix (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn)

Days Gone

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Days Gone looks like a fabulous mix of third person zombie carnage and smart storytelling that will be a brutal blast to play. I can’t wait.” Steve Goss, Director of Design, Supermassive Games (Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Hidden Agenda)

“ZOMBIES, and bloody loads of them. Get in my PS4 Pro right now!” John McLaughlin, Senior Producer, XDev Studios

Marvel’s Spider-Man

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“My son and I have played the trailer for Insomniac’s Spider-Man so much that we’ve worn a groove in YouTube. Looks. Amazing. Cannot. Wait!” Capsar Field, CEO, Wish Studios (Knowledge is Power!)

“It just looks so much fun to play!” John Johanas, Director, Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within 2)

“I am really looking forward to experiencing the same kind of roller-coaster ride feelings from the movies in video game form.” Takashi Katano, Director, Square-Enix (Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age)

Monster Hunter: World

As chosen by…

“I have a big interest in seeing how fans overseas rate this new Japanese-made Monster Hunter that has been reborn for PS4!” Hiroaki Kato, Producer, Square-Enix (Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age)

“I spent countless hours playing all the Monster Hunters and never get tired of it. I played it at PAX this year and it just stoked the fire even more. The level of polish is nuts. Can’t wait!” Steve Madureira, Lead Designer/Lead Animator, Airship Syndicate (Battle Chasers: Nightwar)


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“Of course I am very biased here, as I previously worked with Media Molecule a few years ago and Dreams was already in the works. Now I’m just eager to see how far they improved it. It’s a very ambitious project with fabulous technology.” Omar Cornut, Co-founder, Lizardcube (Wonder Boy)

“I had the chance to play it and it is incredible!” Raul Rubio Munarriz, Co-founder, Tequila Works (Rime)

The Last of Us Part II

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“The first game was an amazing accomplishment that made me re-evaluate what is possible in terms of video game storytelling. Part II looks even more fantastic.” Jens Matthies, Creative Director, MachineGames (Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus)

“I can’t wait to see what Naughty Dog has in store for us. It’s going to be heartbreaking, but oh-so worth it!” Brad Davey, Lead Designer, Sumo Digital (Snake Pass)

Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption is one of my most cherished videogame experiences in recent years. Rockstar took their open world formula and created a breath of fresh air with their western setting… now, after a long eight years, we will be returning to the amazing world that grabbed me in and held tightly. I simply cannot wait to see what Rockstar delivers.” Khalil Osaimi, Media Designer, Housemarque (Nex Machina, Matterfall)

Ace Combat 7

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“First and foremost, I have high hopes for PS VR. Apparently you’ll be able to frantically swing your head around to see enemy fighters, just like you would in a real fighter jet. I can’t wait to experience those true-to-life dogfights next year.” Keiichiro Toyama, Director, SIE Japan Studio (Gravity Rush 2)

Dragon Quest Builders 2

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“In the first title, you had to defend cities you designed from bosses, and you needed to construct buildings based on set plans by putting materials together. It did a great job of balancing elements that make people want to do and have more and more. I have been looking forward to the sequel ever since I finished the first one.” Tsutomu Kouno, Designer, SIE Japan Studio (LocoRoco)

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

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“I cannot wait to immerse myself in the gorgeous world of Ni No Kuni again. Thinking back on how great Oliver’s story was, and all the emotion that comes rushing back with that has me ready to explore the other parallel worlds Revenant Kingdom has waiting for us.” Jeramy Bergerson, Associate Producer, Arkane Studios (Prey)

Detroit: Become Human

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“This is the one that I will buy and play on day one.” Henrik Larsson, Producer, Tarsier Studios (Little Nightmares, Statik)

Death Stranding

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“I can safely say this is the game I’m most looking forward to. I’m a big fan of Hideo Kojima and Mads Mikkelsen. The teaser trailers have been very strong so far, even though I didn’t understand anything that was going on in them! Classic Kojima.” James Valls, Senior Producer, Rebellion (Battlezone)

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

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“The one that I’m most curious about is probably 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. Mr. Kamitani from Vanillaware makes games that are so appealing, I always end up buying them.” Yoko Taro, Director, Platinum Games (Nier: Automata)

Concrete Genie

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“Another Paris Games Week treat. It looks really beautiful and expressive and unlike anything else… I want to steal those visuals!” Gavin Price, Creative Lead, Playtonic (Yooka Laylee)

Add Your Own

Arn_1 said:

January 1st, 8:00 am

Great picks. Out of these, I’m most interested in Dreams, God of War, and Monster Hunter. 2018 will be awesome.

vrgamesplayer said:

January 1st, 8:55 am

Yes, cant wait to play monster hunter soon. So awesome…slept late nights….

Now playing skyrim. Cant wait to complete after getting the bundle set

JinZer069 said:

January 1st, 10:28 am

I’m looking forward to…
DragonBall FighterZ
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Under Night In Birth EXE Latest [ST]
Street Fighter V Arcade Edition
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
Soul Calibur VI

MakaiOokami said:

January 1st, 12:03 pm

Yoko Taro, Director, Platinum Games (Nier: Automata) you the real MVP. Everyone else chose a game that everyone knows about. You did a respectable but under the cloak of darkness title no one has been talking about. Never heard of it. Concrete Genie people have talked about, there was a blog post, etc… No idea that Vanillaware had announced a new game or that it was coming out.

As long as they come out next year I’m excited about Cyberpunk 2077, Shenmue 3, and Bloodstained Ritual of the Night. Granted I kickstarted 2 of those games but i’ve been keeping my nose out of their business, so I’m going to be completely surprised so far about anything that happens in those games. But CD Red Project doing a Cyberpunk game? Did they double their staff or something? That’s like if the Killzone developers made like some 3rd person action game where you shoot robotic dinsosaurs. Would never happen, and even if it did it would never be a game of the year contender right?


    steeler192 said:

    January 2nd, 1:09 pm

    Same here. I read I read 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, then Yoko Taro, then VanillaWare… and now it’s in my radar.

Neo-CTU said:

January 1st, 1:23 pm

Ace Combat Skies Unknown is going to revolutionize PlayStation VR’s games. I can not wait to play it. This is a definitely a system seller game in my opinion.

MLTizzy said:

January 1st, 2:46 pm

The Games I can’t wait to play this year are
Detroit Become Human
Past Cure

Potter13579 said:

January 1st, 3:16 pm

My most anticipated titles are:
The Last of Us: Pt. II
Kingdom Hearts III
Detroit: Become Human
Red Dead Redemption 2
MediEvil remastered
Ghost of Tsushima
Psychonauts 2
The Wolf Among Us season 2

Pete41608 said:

January 1st, 3:56 pm

Knew so little about Detroit except that it was a QD game but after seeing that trailer it looks to be a Day 1 buy.

Anticipating Spider-Man first and foremost and will definitely get MH:World.

Will be keeping an eye on GoW too.

hawjboi2009 said:

January 1st, 7:31 pm

My Most Anticipated Games for this year

God of War
Red Dead Redemption 2
Days Gone
Detroit Become Human
Ni No Kuni 2
Farcry 5
Metro Exodus

WackyMonster23 said:

January 1st, 8:32 pm

I am interested in Digimon. Which is coming out soon for the portable!

RNBaran said:

January 1st, 9:26 pm

Oh how i would soo love to see a new SOCOM game. yes, i know, Zipper Inc isn’t around anymore, but maybe 2018 is the year that anything is possible ^_^

    JeRzYzFyNeSt said:

    January 4th, 5:04 pm

    Im all in for a new SOCOM!!!!

    also looking foward to…

    Last of US 2
    Detroit: Become human
    Days Gone
    Death Stranding
    God Of War

    no order

sekaniy said:

January 1st, 9:27 pm

1 Spider-Man. Love Insomniac
2. Dreams- True next gen sequel to LBP
3. Concrete genie

drinkyscarecrow said:

January 2nd, 5:20 am

Yeah cyberpunk 2077 for the win. Im still playing witcher 3 more than any release that came out since and just can not wait to see what cdprojectred has in store for us. Im a little doubtful it will even be a ps4 release probably ps5 but I hope they do a special edition console to go with it. I dont understand how you can even make a list referencing big future games without cyberpunk 2077.

Jake1080p said:

January 2nd, 12:36 pm

I’d say Shenmue III for me!

xXKameleonicXx said:

January 2nd, 8:36 pm


An RPG akin to System Shock, Deus Ex, or Vampire the Masquerade in a gloomy London setting


RapidSlothOmega said:

January 3rd, 1:01 am

Can we fix the Dragonball Fighterz release date in the store please? It drops like this month.

virubash said:

January 3rd, 8:25 am

God of war will beat all the games this year.i am not meaning that others games are not good ,spider man ,Detroit,etc are gonna be awesome but god of war is just going to beat them all & will be the best game in gow history

Crazyjunkman said:

January 3rd, 9:19 pm

I’m most excited for Kingdom Hearts 3, Ni no Kuni II(Even though I never heard of it or played the first game. Don’t judge me D: ) Dragonball Fighterz, Red Dead Redemption , Vampyr, Spiderman and Monster Hunter: Worlds. 2018 is going to be such a fantastic year for games and gaming in general. Happy New Years everyone!!!

Tomoprime said:

January 4th, 12:02 am

Most Anticipated Games of 2018 and Beyond?

For me it was:
Deep Down
Final Fantasy 7 Remake

(It’s funny I got a PS4 for these and I feel like I may be waiting till PS5 and beyond… Greatness awaits?)


Tomoprime said:

January 4th, 12:16 am

Diablo 5
Twisted Metal
Battle Arena Toshinden
Devils Crush Remake

Tomoprime said:

January 4th, 12:30 am

Dragron Quest Builders 2 for Ps Vita

Because why the hell not!

shadowshark15 said:

January 4th, 2:31 pm

My most anticipated titles of 2018:

God of War, Days Gone, RDR2, Spider-Man and Last of Us pt 2. I’d name more but the list is too long. I’m also really looking forward to the full power of the PS4 Pro being utilized. 2018 is going to be a great year to be a gamer!

TR_BySariyerli said:

January 6th, 2:25 am

Playstation 4 best game god of war. Playstation tamiri akomps PS4 mavi ışık hatası tamiri akomps. Fifa 2018 best game. tank you

boatman220 said:

January 10th, 5:18 pm

The VR GAMES are where PLAYSTATION should be talking to all developers and bring more VR games. More enveloped into the VR. TIME TO ADVANCE DEEPER. My little step-daughter agreed and would like to see even Minecraft and Battleship along with others become more VR.


January 10th, 5:57 pm

I enjoyed the last of us I’m so hyped for part 2 I know naughty dog will come through with another good game

Mmckinley1010 said:

January 11th, 4:29 am

What about Kingdom Hearts 3? I’ve been waiting nearly 12 years.

OrionThePax said:

January 11th, 5:10 am

I’m just waiting for God Of War !

joe_lazz said:

January 11th, 5:33 am

Death Stranding, this game really picks away at my interest…i’ve only seen the original trailer for it and i’m already hooked…I wanna see more!!!

toyabrown said:

January 11th, 8:02 am

I’ll say. What about Beyond Good and Evil 2?


January 11th, 12:17 pm

Games planning to pre-order: Monster Hunter: World, Shadow of Colossus, Far Cry 5, God of War, & The Last of Us 2 (no release date, yet!!) :=\

asdfghhjkhjkl said:

January 11th, 10:39 pm

Metro Redux
Metro light
Metro exodus

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