50 Upcoming New Action Games of 2018 & Beyond

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Sony Interactive Entertainment

Now I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t every game an “action” game? Well, technically, all games require the player to perform an action, but as far as content goes, action games tend to have high-octane combat and epic, sweeping set pieces with some story elements to tie everything together.

These types of action-packed games can take you on adventures in the case of many open world games, and they can incorporate elements from other genres such as RPGs. Either way, you’re probably wondering what new action games you should pay attention to or which you already might have missed in 2018 so far.

Allow us to direct you to some of the biggest upcoming new action games 2018 will bless our PS4s, Xbox Ones, and PCs with our mega list below:


1. Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered

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Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Sofia
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: PS4, Xbox One

While often overlooked, 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Rogue was a very interesting chapter of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, as it allows you to play as an Assassin turned Templar. After a mission gone horribly wrong in the middle of the French and Indian War, Shay Patrick Cormac vows to become one of the best Assassin hunters in history as he tracks down and kills his former brothers across New York City, the wild river valley, and the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic. It will be exciting to play through the adventure again but with a nice, new coat of paint, thanks to the remastered edition.

The game will get an upscaled graphical resolution allowing for play in 4K on Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro, along with enhanced environment rendering, upgraded shadow resolution, denser crowds, and more, according to Ubisoft’s website.

The remastered package will also include two bonus missions from the original edition and customization packs allowing you to dress up as all of the main Assassins from the franchise including Bayek and Ezio.

You can also expect all of the content you love from the original game. The game features the use of Shay’s air rifle for picking off foes or distracting them along with enhanced Eagle Vision for finding Assassins hidden in plain sight. The game also builds on the naval combat of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag with enemies boarding your ship and the use of new weapons like burning oil and the Puckle gun.

However, you have to be wary of the mixed critical reception of the original game. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions earned an average score of 72 on Metacritic while the PC version earned a 74. While it was praised for its interesting story and polished gameplay, many criticized it for being too derivative of past entries and for feeling repetitive. Hopefully the remastered edition will make it worth coming back after all this time.


2. Sea of Thieves

Developer: Rare Ltd.
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: Xbox One, Windows PC

The legendary developer Rare has been working on Sea of Thieves since 2014. The game has players, from one to four team groups, sailing on a ship and doing pirate stuff like getting drunk on rum and looking for buried treasure. There are different ships to pilot depending on how many crew members you have each requiring you to manually manage their operations such as raising or lowering the sails, loading cannons, and repairing the hull.

You can navigate stormy seas and dank caves completing different kinds of quests and even solving riddles to find treasure. You’ll also be encountering other crews in a shared game world with both Xbox One and Windows players playing together. Your pirate avatar and ship have a ton of customization options as well. If you progress enough through the game, you can become a legendary pirate and gain access to the legendary pirate hideout for new quests and story secrets. The game will also be constantly updated with new timed quests and more. The game looks to be ripe for the emergent gameplay that has captivated the gaming community lately.

Now there is a bit of a concern with the game’s use of microtransactions. While the game won’t feature loot boxes, the first major content update three months after release will include the ability to purchase certain cosmetic items and even pets for real life doubloons according to IGN. It’s disappointing that the game will feature microtransactions along with its $60 price tag, especially for items that will no doubt make players jealous and tempted to buy them.

None the less, Sea of Theives looks to be one of 2018 most interesting games. Now that Rare isn’t being forced at gunpoint to make games like Kinect Sports, we can finally see if they’ve still got it after all these years.

Update 4/2/18: Unfortunately, it looks like Sea of Thieves didn’t quite live up to expectations, and so far, it’s one of the weaker new action games of 2018. Hopefully, we’ll get more content for it soon.


3. Assault Gunners HD Edition

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Marvelous Europe

Developer: SHADE Inc.
Publisher: Marvelous Europe
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Action, Third-Person Shooter
Platform: PS4, PC

Who doesn’t like a good mech shooter? Assault Gunners is making its way to the West and from the graveyard of the PS Vita to Steam and PS4 with Assault Gunners HD Edition.

As an officer for the Battle Mech Peace Keeping Force called DAT, you use your missiles and mech boosters to defeat waves of enemies on the surface of Mars. The game features 35 missions, a horde mode, and over 100 mech-customization options according to a press release sent to Heavy.com. Being a console version of a handheld game, the graphics look a bit basic but you can’t go wrong with mech combat.


4. Attack on Titan 2

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Koei Tecmo

Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Action
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

Following the storyline of Season 2 of the critically acclaimed Attack on Titan anime and manga, Attack on Titan 2 promises to be even more faithful to the human vs. titan combat than the first game.

The movement controls have been tweaked to offer better precision and movement. However the titans have also been given a boost to their movement as well along with a larger variety of behaviors that better match the anime and manga. The game will see additional storylines supervised by series creator Hajime Isayama himself to offer a new side to beloved characters. The game also offers new playable characters, team battles of up to 4 vs. 4, co-op, and more.


5. A Way Out

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EA

Developer: Hazelight
Publisher: EA
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Genre: Action
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

From the team behind the award-winning indie darling Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes A Way Out.

The game stars two convicts, Leo and Vincent, who must set aside their differences to escape prison. The hook of the game is that it is split-screen co-op only, with players playing the game locally or online through car chases, stealth sections, fisticuffs, shootouts, and more. Sometimes a character will be in the middle of a cutscene while another has full control. According to Gamespot, your friend can play the full game with you even if they don’t own it.

The game is six to eight hours long which may turn off some people but we think it’s perfect for this kind of narrative-driven game. The only other concern is that it’s being published by EA, but the director, Josef Fares, said to GameSpot that EA has been very supportive and hands-off and confirmed that no microtransactions were coming to the game. Plus all of the sales will go to Hazelight instead of EA while EA helps with the marketing and support. Seems pretty refreshing after what EA did to Star Wars Battlefront II.

A Way Out looks poised to be the breakout indie game of 2018 and a grand return of the dying art of local co-op.

Update 4/2/18: It looks like A Way Out is the best of the new action games of the year so far, so definitely go pick it up.

Buy it at Gamestop.


6. Far Cry 5

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Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Ukraine, Ubisoft Montral, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Toronto
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Genre: Action-adventure, First-person shooter
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The latest in the popular Far Cry franchise is nearly upon us with Far Cry 5.

As the new junior deputy of the fictional town of Hope County in the not-so-fictional Montana, you have to defend the residents from the Project at Eden’s Gate, a radical religious cult slowly taking over the town through manipulation and violence. You can take on cult bases with a menagerie of Guns for Hire ranging from airplane pilots to bears. The entire game can be played solo or two-player co-op. It also features a robust level editor.

The game seems to refine what we loved about the series according to our preview. While we brought up concerns about the mute protagonist, the balance of silly and serious themes, and the questionable sightlines of the enemies, we applauded the trickier gunplay, more thoughtful stealth, and fun Guns for Hire. While it’s the same Far Cry experience we’ve come to expect, it looks to be the most promising.

Buy it at Gamestop.


7. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

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SEGA

Developer: SEGA
Publisher: SEGA
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: PS4

Yakuza 6 tells the final tale of Kazuma Kiryu as we find out how much people are willing to sacrifice for family.

For years the Yakuza series has captivated fans thanks to its wealth of content, explosive brawler combat, and irreverent sense of humor. According to the official website, Yakuza 6 takes advantage of the new “Dragon Engine” as players travel through the new setting of the sleepy port town of Onomichi and Kamurocho, the biggest red light district of Tokyo.

The game also iterates on the meal system giving you EXP points in addition to hit points so long as you don’t overextend your Hunger Gauge. The EXP go towards leveling up your health, Heat, abilities, and even social skills and can even be augmented by hitting the gym.

Combat has also been given a boost with improved combat tracking and a new physics engine. Punches and kicks will now react to the position of the enemy making combat flow better and reactions and recoil change when attacks are guarded. Objects around you will be destroyed and you can now steal enemy knives, swords, and guns in combat. Devastating Heat actions return alongside an Extreme Heat Mode which boosts your power, defense, and skill temporarily. For the first time in the series you can run away from fights if things go south.

Whether you’re new to the series, loved Yakuza Zero and the remake of the first game from last year, or have been a fan since the beginning, Yakuza 6 looks to be a very impressive game indeed.

Pre-order Yakuza 6 at GameStop.


8. God of War

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Sony Interactive Entertainment

Developer: Santa Monica Studio
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: April 20, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: PS4

The God of War franchise ditches its Greek mythology and brawler roots for an action-adventure game that’s like The Last of Us meets Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

According to creative director Cory Barlog on the official website, the game will explore how Kratos deals with rage and the cycle of violence that led him to the decisions he made in the old games, especially with his son Atreus at his side. You’ll explore the unfamiliar world dripping with Norse mythology in the franchise’s biggest world. Barlog told Gamespot that the world is open but isn’t open world, possibly taking on the structure of Dark Souls where mostly linear levels are interconnected with branching paths.

You’ll take down monsters with a new over-the shoulder free camera. This time Kratos will wield the Leviathan Axe and chain together light and heavy attacks for different combos depending on the situation. You can throw the axe and switch to bare handed combat augmented with a shield which can stun enemies easier according to a gameplay video. You’ll also level up via skill trees. Along the way Atreus will help with combat, traversal, and puzzle-solving.

The combat looks to be as brutal and fun as we’ve come to expect from the series, but we are concerned about how well the story will be told. People are already taking bets on whether or not Atreus dies in the game.

None the less, God of War looks to take the series in bold new directions and it will be interesting to see how things play out.

Pre-order God of War at GameStop.


9. Conan Exiles

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Funcom

Developer: Funcom
Publisher: Funcom
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, Survival
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Conan Exiles leaves early access on May 8. The open world survival game take players through the savage lands of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian. As you gather everything you need for survival, you’ll build forts and towns along the way via the free form building system. Then you clan can wage war on other clans and even command massive avatars.

Games based on Conan the Barbarian don’t exactly have the strongest track record, but Conan Exiles has already proven to be pretty popular even during its early access phase with the game selling 320,000 copies in one week according to GameSpot. Let’s see what the full release has to offer us.


10. Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time

Developer: A+ Games
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Genre: Action, 2D Brawler, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Streets of Rage meets anime Harry Potter with RPG elements? Yes please! All that and more is on the table with Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Secrets Time.

Explore the halls and mysteries of Luna Nova Witch Academy from the popular anime Little Witch Academia. As a party of three witches, you battle monsters in side-scrolling brawler combat while earning points to unlock new spells and customization options, according to PlayStation Blog. Animations will be handled by series creators Studio Trigger, lending their signature style to action-packed battles.

Now games based on anime, and licensed games in general, are not known for their quality. But with the backing of Studio Trigger themselves and judging from gameplay footage it looks to be something special indeed.


11. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

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Nintendo, Koei Tecmo

Developer: Omega Force, Team Ninja
Publisher: Nintendo, Koei Tecmo
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Genre: Action, Hack & Slash
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Hyrule Warriors is coming to the Switch in a big way.

The Definitive Edition includes all of the content and paid DLC from the Wii U and 3DS editions, including all 29 characters, maps, missions, and outfits. The Switch version also offers a new epilogue and new outfits for Link and Zelda based on their appearance in Breath of the Wild. The game also supports full 1080p graphics in TV mode and two player split-screen co-op on a single system by sharing the Joy-Cons.

Sharing the Joy-Cons may be a bit cramped and we’ll have to wait and see how it runs in handheld mode but Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition gives Nintendo fans literally no reason not to play the game.

Pre-order Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition at Gamestop.


12. Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers

Developer: Vanpool
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: May 24, 2018
Genre: Action, Tower Defense
Platform: 3DS

Looking for more content for the slowly dying 3DS? Then Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers may be the game for you.

The game combines action-packed rolling with tower defense-style gameplay as you defend a post-apocalyptic wild west from waves of 30 types of rock monsters, according to the official website. Gather resources by completing races and helping local businesses. You’ll also gain the assistance of you Mii character along with the Miis of friends.

Now these C and D-list Nintendo franchises can go either way but you can try out a demo of the game on May 10 to see if it’s worth the purchase a few weeks later.


13. Dark Souls: Remastered

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Bandai Namco

Developer: Virtuos
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

After being speculated for some time and rumored to be a launch title for the Switch, Dark Souls: Remastered is finally bringing the legendary game to modern systems. The remaster gives us all the Dark Souls content we love plus the Artorias of the Abyss DLC as well as updated resolutions and framerates.

This is great and all, but we can’t help but feel a little disappointed that the Switch version runs at only 30 fps, especially since playing Dark Souls: Remastered portably will be the definitive way to play this definitive edition. We also hope the more – how should I put this? – sucky parts of the game like fighting the Bed of Chaos and the Capra Demon get a bit of an upgrade, but we’re not holding our breath. And let’s not forget the legendarily terrible PC port of the original game, though judging by the excellent PC port of Dark Souls III the PC port of Dark Souls: Remastered shouldn’t be bad at all.

Either way, we’ll just have to prepare to die… again.


14. LEGO The Incredibles

Developer: TT Games
Publisher: WB Games
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

Play through the fantastic Pixar adventure The Incredibles as well as the upcoming sequel with a LEGO twist.

Releasing the same day as The Incredibles 2, LEGO The Incredibles lets you play as the entire Parr family with all of their super powers as you journey through both films and building LEGO structures along the way, according to the official website. The game also includes an open hub world where you take on super villains in side missions to free the districts of a city. You can also modify your characters’ appearances and abilities and play the game with a friend in two-player co-op.

The game is sure to be a hit with kids, but older players may want to skip this one as they will probably get bored of how formulaic the modern LEGO games have become. We know we can play as the Parr family and maybe Frozone but it’s unclear if there are any other playable characters. The modern LEGO games are known for having tons of playable characters so it will be disappointing if it was limited to just the five, especially with the catalog of supers found in the movie’s lore.

We’ll have to see if TT Games and WB Games can build up a game as super as the films its based off of.

Update: According to a recent trailer, all five members of the Parr family including Jack Jack will be playable along with Frozone. No word yet on any other characters.


15. Death’s Gambit

Developer: White Rabbit
Publisher: Adult Swim Games
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Genre: Action, RPG
Platform: PS4, PC

If you enjoyed 2D Souls-like games like Salt & Sanctuary, then this is one game you should pay attention to.

Gameplay in Death’s Gambit is fast and fierce. Each weapon comes with its own set of skills with the player able to combine different gear. Travel the desolate world on foot or horseback. Take on formidable foes from the small to the towering as you weave through their attacks and strike with your own. According to the website, you can also rematch bosses in heroic mode to earn more rewards and keep playing the game with New Game +.


16. Marvel’s Spider Man

Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: September 7, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: PS4

From the developers of Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank comes a brand new game starring everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Marvel’s Spider Man takes players into the world of Spider-Man with web-slinging traversal with a fluidity that hasn’t been seen since the cult classic Spider-Man 2 video game. Insomniac Games developed a more experienced Peter Parker who can smoothly switch between melee combat, swinging around, and using gadgets. While this is “Marvel’s” Spider-Man, the developers confirmed to GameSpot that the game stands independent of the new movies.


17. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is set to complete the modern trilogy of Tomb Raider games. The game has Lara Croft, played again by Camilla Luddington, racing to save the world from a Mayan apocalypse according to the official website. The game will also come to Xbox One, PS4, and PC all at the same time on September 14, 2018 instead of being a timed exclusive on Xbox One like the last game.

The Square Enix E3 2018 presentation on June 11, 2018 showed off some new gameplay of Laura Croft inflicting fear on opponents to make them turn on one another and stealthily taking down opponents with camouflage and explosives. They also promised the biggest hub world in any Tomb Raider game and even deadlier tombs to explore.

Croft won’t have her iconic dual pistols yet again according to VG247 and that the game will have a multiplayer component for an extended gameplay experience according to Screen Rant. However we didn’t get any news of a multiplayer mode during E3.


18. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Developer: Toys for Bob
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: September 21, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: PS4, Xbox One

After years of anticipation, especially after the great remastered edition of all three Crash Bandicoot games, another semi-official PlayStation One mascot is getting the royal treatment.

Spyro Reignited Triloty takes all three of the legendary 3D platformers on PS1 and gives them brand new graphics. The game is being developed by Toys for Bob, who were behind the Skylanders games as well as the all time classic Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure. Look forward to barbecuing sheep on September 21, 2018, on PS4 and Xbox One.


19. Code Vein

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Bandai Namco

Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

From the publisher of Dark Souls comes their own Dark Souls clone with Code Vein. But judging by a preview from Kotaku UK, it looks to be a lot more than a Souls clone.

The game tasks your vampire hero with battling horrific monsters through a post-apocalyptic Earth with the goal of escaping their blood-slurping existence. Combat is very similar to its Souls inspiration with light attacks, heavy attacks, blocks, dodge rolls, and parries all governed by a stamina meter. You also have a limited supply of healing items and when you die you respawn at the last “bonfire” and try to reach your “bloodstain” to reclaim your lost currency/experience. However, Code Vein adds an Ichor (magic) meter which lets you boost your defense, electrify your weapon, pull enemies towards you, use guns, and more. You also get a launcher attack which can put space between you and your enemy and a charged melee attack that makes you dash forward while restoring and increasing your total Ichor. But the biggest change is that you can be accompanied by an NPC companion that can cast defensive spells, attack, draw aggro of enemies away from you, and even revive you provided that you have enough Ichor available and they don’t die themselves. Kotaku UK found that the NPC was very capable and gave a bit of a safety net to bosses while the game retained its overall difficulty.

While Kotaku UK had some issues with the framerates, that could be down to the preview build. Either way, we can’t wait for some anime-flavored Dark Souls.

Pre-order Code Vein at Gamestop.


20. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The next Assassin’s Creed game is on its way with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

According to an interview with narrative director Mel MacCoubrey for UNILAD Gaming (via Variety), Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes place in 431 BC during the Peloponnesian War between Athens’ Delian League and Sparta’s Peloponnesian League. Your two playable characters, Kassandra and Alexios, are both Spartan. After having their families destroyed 17 years ago, the two work together as mercenaries on the island of Kefalonia. Ubisoft’s E3 2018 presentation later confirmed that you will play as just one of the two characters throughout the entire game. The Abstergo Industries subplot returns with Layla Hassan from Origins. There’s also naval combat with the player recruiting sailors to provide buffs for the ship. Combat builds from Origins with gear customizable and upgradeable. There’s also a ability system connected to the spears they wield, with the player choosing to specialize in melee combat, ranged combat, and stealth. The events in the story will play out as they did historically but the dialogue system can impact side stories.

Ubisoft’s E3 presentation on June 11, 2018 showed off a gameplay demo demonstrating horse riding, hand-to-hand combat, gear rarities, skill trees, large scale army battles, ship combat, and the return of falconry as seen in Origins. We also saw a Minotaur in the trailer, indicating that we will fight mythical Greek monsters.

Read More: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey


21. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Genre: Action, First-person shooter
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 sees the biggest shakeup for the franchise in recent memory. Treyarch and Activision are eschewing a single player campaign in favor of a Battle Royale mode known as Blackout, with players fighting on the biggest map in CoD history while playing as characters from Black Ops’ story. Players can expect to use weapons from the Black Ops universe along with RC-XDs, traps, and land, sea, and air vehicles. Even zombies are coming to the game mode.

The regular multiplayer mode if returning as usual but with a couple of key changes. According the official website, multiplayer sees the return of Specialists from Black Ops 3. Specialists now have their own Special Issue Equipment that grants unique abilities, such as Ruin who has a Grapple Gun for rapid traversal and ground slams. The Pick 10 system returns as well which lets players choose 10 elements to make up their loadout. This time the system includes a new Gear category. Attachments are no longer shared across a class of weapons as each weapon will have their own set of attachments. Scorestreaks will return. According to Forbes, grenades have a cooldown instead of the player carrying a set amount. Items/abilities are set to R1 while health recovery is set to L1.

According the website, the game will be “boots on the ground” without any wall-running or thrust-jumping. Health will no longer regenerate as players must manually trigger the healing process with a button press. Players can equip one of two healing items in the Gear slot: the Stim Pack which has players healing more often and more quickly or the Body Armor which reduces damage from bullets until it breaks. You can also be healed by the medic specialist Crash. The game will feature a “Predictive Patter Recoil System” allowing players to make adjustments while aiming and shooting with each weapon operating differently. The Fog of War feature will now only display one’s immediate surroundings on the mini-map or those of fellow players.

Zombies also return with up to four players fending off waves of enemies in three different themed campaigns upon launch.

Read More: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Mode: Everything We Know So Far


22. Starlink: Battle for Atlas

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Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, Toys-to-Life
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

What began as part of a mission in Watch Dogs 2 is now Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Ubisoft’s foray into the Toys-to-Life market.

The game uses physical, Skylanders-like Starship models that you mount onto your game controller to play with them in the game’s world. The ships’ wings, hulls, weapons, and even pilots all have different stats and abilities and can be mixed and matched with changes instantly appearing in the game.

Players travel through an open, living star system with seven planets to explore. You can fly directly from a planet into space for more battles and then head to a different planet.

The game will include the Arwings from Star Fox, according to Ubisoft’s E3 2018 presentation. The Arwings will be a physical starship that you can play with in the game. Star Fox creator Shigeru Miyamoto himself came on stage to accept a prototype of the Arwing toy. The Star Fox content will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.


23. Battlefield V

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EA

Developer: DICE
Publisher: EA
Release Date: October 19, 2018
Genre: Action, First-person shooter
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Following up from the World War I setting of Battlefield I, Battlefield V takes place in World War II. Don’t worry, we’re just as confused as you are.

Multiple game modes are coming back including Operations, Conquest, and Rush. A new feature known as the Toolbox lets players build fortifications, repair buildings, and set up machine gun nests. The game also features a deeper level of character customization affecting not only how your character looks but how they play. DICE has also confirmed that a Battle Royale mode will come to the game complete with vehicles and squad-based gameplay. And unlike Black Ops 4, Battlefield will feature a single player campaign known as War Stories as well as four player co-op.

Read More: Battlefield V: Release Date, Battle Royale & More (Updated!)


24. Red Dead Redemption 2

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Rockstar

Developer: Rockstar Studios
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, Third-person shooter
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

After five years without a new Rockstar game and nearly eight years since the release of the near universally acclaimed Red Dead Redemption, we’re finally getting Red Dead Redemption 2. We can expect plenty of gun-slinging, gritty storytelling, and lovingly rendered period setting graphics. The website also promises what we’re sure will be another microtransaction-fueled cash cow of an online multiplayer component.

Fun fact: Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of Heavy‘s most anticipated games of 2017 before it was delayed to 2018 and also made our list of most anticipated games of 2018.


25. Hitman 2

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Developer: IO Interactive
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Genre: Action, Stealth
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Agent 47 returns with Hitman 2. The game will be a departure from its predecessor in that it will no longer be episodic and will release all its levels at the same time according to our report. However gameplay looks to be much of the same with 47 taking down targets in creative and deadly ways.


26. Fallout 76

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Bethesda

Developer: Bethesda Game Studio
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Fallout 76 takes the post-apocalyptic exploration and base building of Fallout 4 but gives it a spin with online multiplayer. You scavenge across West Virginia as one of the first people to emerge from the vaults after a nuclear apocalypse. As you and your friends explore the world of Fallout 76, which is apparently four times larger than Fallout 4, you can acquire nuclear missile launch codes to annihilate rival bases.

Read More: How to Join the Fallout 76 Beta


27. Just Cause 4

just cause 4

Square Enix

Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Avalanche Studios returns with one of the most explosive franchises in gaming. The Square Enix E3 2018 presentation confirmed that Just Cause 4 will see Rico traveling to South America and that it will introduce extreme weather like lightning and sandstorms. Vehicles have been overhauled with the player able to drive bulldozers and more. The grapple has more customization and has more tethers along with new booster rockets. Enemies will be more intelligent with each archetype employing different tactics. The Apex engine promises a bigger draw distance for the game.

Read More: Just Cause 4: Release Date, Trailers, News & More


28. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Developer:
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: December 7, 2018
Genre: Action, Fighting, Party
Platform: Nintendo Switch

The highly anticipated next entry in the Super Smash Bros. game is dropping December 2018. The game will feature all 65 characters from the past four entries in the series along with new fighters Daisy, Inkling, and Ridley.

In addition to that revelation, the game will also get some notable tweaks from the previous game. Directional air dodging from Melee returns and Perfect Shield only works when lowering your shield as an enemy attacks instead of bringing it up. Most of the characters have been given tweaks big and small, such as Ganondorf using his sword for smash attacks.

Read More: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Release Date & Roster (E3 2018)


29. Biomutant

upcoming action games

THQ Nordic

Developer: Experiment 101
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Action, Hack & Slash
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

A plague is killing off the Tree-of-Life and the surrounding land. In a land divided by tribes, someone needs to either unite them all or bring them down.

Biomutant promises to be a new take on 3rd person combat with movement mixing with shooting, melee, and mutation powers. You also acquire new Wushu combat styles and even learn from masters you meet along your quest. According to GameReactor, the game has a karma system with the game changing depending on your actions.

The game also has a unique take on player customization. You’ll expose yourself to bio-contamination to create physical mutations like mantis-claws and barbed tails with your stats going up and down accordingly. Exposure to radioactivity from old-world bunkers will unlock psychic powers like telekinesis and levitation. The game also features a robust crafting system letting you mix and match weapon parts to create your own melee weapons, guns, tools, and automaton sidekicks.

Explore the world from the dying wild lands to the dank underground networks. You’ll need to equip a gas mask and oxygen tank for exploring Dead Zones, warm clothing for cold environments, and protective gear for dealing with bio-mutated creatures.


30. Darksiders III

upcoming action games

THQ Nordic

Developer: Gunfire Games
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, Hack & Slash
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Darksiders III will continue the open-world, action-adventure gameplay the series is known for but this time you’ll play as War’s sister Fury. You’ll hunt down the Seven Deadly Sins with your whip and magic as you explore the world and its environmental puzzles. According to IGN, the game will be set around the same time as Darksiders II and the development team is made up of many ex-Vigil Games employees who worked on the first two games.

Look forward to raising hell sometime in 2018.


31. The World Ends With You Final Remix

upcoming action games

Square Enix

Developer: Square Enix, Jupiter
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: Nintendo Switch

The cult classic The World Ends With You is getting ported to the Switch. The World Ends With You Final Remix takes Neku and friends to a purgatory version of Shibuya, Tokyo where they must work together to complete a game from a mysterious organization and return to the land of the living. The Final Remix version will take advantage of both touch controls and the new Joy-Con controls. The dual screen setup of the original has been replaced with what appears to be the setup from the mobile port with both partners on the same screen, complete with HD graphics of course. Plus there will be a brand new story epilogue.


32. GTFO

Developer: 10 Chambers Collective
Publisher: 10 Chambers Collective
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Action, Horror, Multiplayer Co-op
Platform: PC

One of the biggest surprises at The Game Awards 2017, GTFO (yes, that’s the official name) is a action multiplayer horror game where players try to scavenge a vast underground complex filled with terrifying monsters.

The game will feature procedurally generated gameplay scenarios through the Expedition Director, according to the official Steam page. Players will have to combine and coordinate their firepower and tools to get through the map for better gear for future expeditions.

Hopefully the game will scratch the long time Left 4 Dead itch.


33. Wolf Metal Chaos XD

metal wolf chaos XD

Devolver Digital

Developer: From Software, General Arcade
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Action, Third-person shooter
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Devolver Digital is bring From Software’s Wolf Metal Chaos to modern systems. The game was previously released in 2004 only on Xbox systems in Japan, making it notoriously hard to play. But now it’s back with upgraded visual fidelity, updated controls, a new save systems, and 4K and 16:9 support for modern displays. Now everyone can enjoy the mech combat with weapons swapping out on the fly for 100 different combinations.


34. Kingdom Hearts III

Developer: Square Enix Business Division 3
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, Hack & Slash, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Kingdom Hearts III is finally coming soon after what feels like forever.

The game will of course feature all of the characters you’ve known and loved for decades but with some added twists. You’ll be able to transform your Keyblade into different weapons from dual guns to a rocket launcher and even a pegasus leading a chariot, according to GameSpot. Each Keyblade transformation will be unlocked by clearing all missions in a world. You’ll also have access to summon attacks with Sora riding on iconic Disneyland rides. Some mechanics will return such as situation commands according to Gaming Bolt. The Gummi Ship is also returning with 360 degree control according to Comicbook.com.

We’d be remiss not to mention the worlds Sora will travel to. We already know that we can explore the worlds of Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Big Hero 6, Hercules, and Tangled. Rumor has it that we’ll also see a world set in The Jungle Book too. The E3 2018 presentation revealed worlds based on Disney’s Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Hopefully the frantic and explosive action we’ve seen in the trailers is an indication that we won’t be waiting in vain.


35. Anthem

upcoming action games

EA

Developer: Bioware
Publisher: EA
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

EA’s answer to Activision’s Destiny comes in the form of Anthem.

In the shared open world, you venture beyond the safety of the wall to the untamed lands. Up to four players fight for that sweet loot while piloting power armor equipped with unique weapons, abilities, and customization options built from gear earned and crafted, according to the official website. You’ll also have to content with world-altering events like Shaper Storms.

With a loot-based gameplay system like this, we can expect to see microtransactions even though they haven’t been officially confirmed. And seeing how people reacted to Star Wars Battlefront II‘s loot boxes, EA will likely be pretty quiet on this front. According to analyst Michael Pachter, the microtransactions will likely be cosmetic as Battlefront II’s loot box controversy revolved around tying in-game advantages to money. But that won’t make them any less tempting and will be very distracting in a game that already will cost $60.

Update: EA confirmed that there will be no microtransactions in Anthem and promised no “pay-to-win” mechanics. However cosmetic items will still be available to purchase.

We’ll have to wait and see when Anthem finally releases in February 2019.


36. Days Gone

upcoming action games

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, Survival Horror
Platform: PS4

Days Gone impressed people with its E3 2016 gameplay demo, where streams of zombies chased after the player while they scrambled to block and evade the fleshy tidal wave. According to GamesRadar the game will be open world and will feature a day/night cycle with zombies being slower during the day and more aggressive during the night. The zombies will also act more like diseased humans, feral and rabid instead of slow and decaying which will lead to more fast-paced combat. It’s also developer SIE Bend Studio’s first intellectual property since Syphon Filter which they first released in 1999.

So while Days Gone takes many predictable ques from The Last of Us and other survival horror zombie games with its stealth combat, story beats, and crafting, it’s sure to be something special.

Pre-order Days Gone at GameStop.


37. Metro: Exodus

Developer: A4 Games
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Genre: Action, First-person shooter, Horror
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Metro: Exodus is the third entry in the Metro series, based on the novels by Dmitry Glukhovsky set in the post-apocalyptic Russian Federation. The story-driven FPS has you traveling the wastes fighting off mutated humans and animals


38. Crackdown 3

upcoming action games

Microsoft Studios

Developer: Sumo Digital, Reagent Games, Cloudgine
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: February 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, Third-person shooter
Platform: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Crackdown 3 retains much of the city-destroying combat we’ve known and loved from Crackdown 2. You’ll be air-dodging, shot gunning, and debris tossing your way through crime bosses galore. According to US Gamer, the game uses cloud computing to handle the physics calculation, allowing for more complex destruction of buildings while keeping up a steady framerate.

Now the biggest concern with this game is that it was first announced back at E3 2014 and delayed multiple times, which is always a worrying sign. Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis even admitted to Polygon that they’ve announced the game too early. But the delays were because they wanted to refine their three distinct game modes to the best they can be. The modes include co-op and a 10 player competitive multiplayer mode with a 100 percent destructible arena according to the official website.

We’ll see for ourselves once the game launches in February 2019.


39. The Division 2

the division 2

UbisoftThe Division

Developer: Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft Reflections, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Bucharest
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, Multiplayer, RPG
Platform: N/A

The announcement for The Division 2 seemingly came out of nowhere. We don’t know much about the game but we do know from the official announcement that it will continue the story from the first game. The developers also promise more updates to the first game even with the release of the sequel. In fact, they’re adding a new type of achievement to the first game called “Shields” that will unlock special awards in the sequel.

The Division 2 will see players exploring Washington D.C. fending off an oppressive organization. After completing the story campaign, players will pick on of several different specializations each with unique gear and weapons. Then you can take your character into eight player Raids. PvP is also confirmed and the map will be 20 percent bigger, according to our report.


40. RAGE 2

Developer: Id Software, Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: Spring 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, First-person shooter
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Id Software and Avalanche Studios join forces to combine their skill in FPS combat and open world design respectively for RAGE 2.

Players travel the seamless open world in buggies, monster trucks, gyrocopters, and more. When it comes time to shoot some mutants, you’ll double jump and strafe around them while firing off Bioshock-like powers and the bladed boomerang.

Read More: RAGE 2: Release Date, Trailer, Gameplay, & More


41. Devil May Cry 5

devil may cry 5

Capcom

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: Spring 2019
Genre: Action
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Devil May Cry is back for some more demon ass-kicking action.

According to a press release, Devil May Cry 5 will show the conclusion of the Sons of Sparda saga. The game also takes place several years after Devil May Cry 4 with the seeds of a “demon tree” taking root in Red Grave City and causing a demon invasion. Nero will be the main playable character and has a new robotic arm to replace his demon arm. Graphics will be rendered with the RE Engine. There will be three different playable characters, but so far the only confirmed characters are Nero and Dante. We also got a brief clip of what appears to be a much older Dante on his motorbike in the reveal trailer.

Producer Matthew Walker and Director Hideaki Itsuno came on stage during Microsoft’s E3 2018 presentation to talk about the game. Walker said that early on in the game’s development they set out to make a game with “world class visuals,” so they scanned fully costumed models into the game so that the Xbox One X could render them as powerfully as possible. He also said that they’ve assembled the best minds at Capcom to ensure that the game had tight controls and that it feels better than any action game the publisher has ever created. Itsuno said that he is convinced that Devil May Cry 5 is the best game he has ever made because he made it for the fans.

Read More: Devil May Cry 5 Revealed


42. The Surge 2

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Focus Home Interactive

Developer: Deck13
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release Date: 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Surge had its fans but it didn’t exactly set the world on fire thanks to its difficulty spikes and other limitations. Hopefully Deck 13 can turn things around with The Surge 2.

The Lords of the Fallen developer will “keep what fans and critics loved about the original while also expanding greatly upon the formula,” according to publisher Focus Home Interactive and Deck13. The game will take place from the ruins of the CREO company to a much larger ruins of a city. The game will also iterate on The Surge‘s “limb targeting system” which separated the game from its Dark Souls inspiration, where attacks can target certain body parts on enemies so they can sever them and use their resources for upgrades. Plus there will be more abilities, weapons, implants, and drones to find.


43. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Developer: From Software
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The mysterious new project from From Software first revealed at The Game Awards 2017 has been revealed as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

You play as a disgraced warrior who must rescue the young lord he is bound to protect. The game has you exploring 1500s Sengoku Japan with lots of prosthetic tools and ninja abilities as you take on monstrous foes.

Now any From Software project is exciting, but we are concerned about the publisher attached. Activision has a history of shoving in disruptive monetization into the games they publish, with them patenting a method of online matchmaking that encourages players to buy microtransactions as Kotaku reported. Hopefully they keep as hands off as possible with this project.


44. Babylon’s Fall

Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: 2019
Genre: Action
Platform: PS4, PC

Babylon’s Fall is a brand new game from Square Enix and PlatinumGames. PlatinumGames are world renowned for their action games, so just their attachment to this project has us excited even if we barely know anything about the project other than what we can see from the reveal trailer.


45. Bayonetta 3

Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action
Platform: Nintendo Switch

After bringing Bayonetta 2 to existence on the Wii U and giving the series a new life on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo is once again pledging their support to the series with Bayonetta 3. We can expect all the same high-octane action the series is known for, but the reveal trailer indicates a darker tone as the titular witch is defeated by some unseen enemy.


46. God Eater 3

Developer: Shift
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, PC

Bandai Namco’s take on Monster Hunter gameplay with the God Eater franchise has been going strong since 2010. And now they’ve announced God Eater 3.

The series has players taking on missions to hunt down powerful monsters so they can take their materials and become stronger. The game also has multiple fighting forms and plenty of high-octane hack and slash action.

We don’t know much about God Eater 3 other than it’s coming to PS4 and Steam and will have players facing off against new forms of the Aragami monsters according to the announcement trailer. Bandai Namco promises more info soon.


47. Deathgarden

deathgarden

Behavior Interactive

Developer: Behavior Interactive
Publisher: N/A
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action, Multiplayer
Platform: PC

Developer Behavior Interactive is moving on from the Friday the 13th-inspired Dead by Daylight to the Hunter Games-inspired Deathgarden.

The game is set in the near future where a blood sport has become the most popular entertainment on the planet, according to the official website. Agile Runners try to escape an arena that changes with every match while being hunted down by armored, gun-toting Hunters.

Little else is known about the game but it is playable at Pax East 2018 according to the reveal trailer. You can sign up for the PC Closed Alpha via the official website.


48. Nioh 2

Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4

Nioh is one of the best Souls-like games not made by FromSoftware. So already Nioh 2 is one of our most anticipated games to come out of E3 2018.

According to Polygon, the game will let you create your own character instead of sticking to the character of William Adams like in the last game. The game won’t be a “dramatic change” from the original game but it will be a “proper evolution” as director Fumihiko Yasuda told the publication. It will have ties to the original game’s narrative, which followed the historical events of the end of the Sengoku period in Japan. Yasuda also promised “more satisfying deaths for players,” and that the developers will release at least one free demo to acquire player feedback as they did with the last game.


49. Ghost of Tsushima

Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4

Imagine God of War 2018 but set during the first Mongolian invasion of Japan and developed behind the team that made the Sly Cooper and Infamous franchises. You just imagined Ghost of Tsushima.

As the last samurai on the island of Tsushima, you fend off Mongol forces in fast sword combat and even with stealth. The island is a big open world that you can travel through on horseback, according to US Gamer.

We’re in no shortage of feudal Japanese settings in games, and Ghost of Tsushima is definitely on the forefront of our radars.


50. Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass

serious sam 4

Devolver Digital

Developer: Croteam
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action
Platform: PC

Serious Sam is right up there with Doom and Painkiller when it comes to gaming’s most influential old-school shooters. Croteam are back to once again bring circle-strafing and backpedaling-flavored FPS action with Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass.


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