12. The Guild 3
Golem Labs is bringing back 4HEAD Studios' The Guild series, a historical real-time strategy game, after a 12-year hiatus. The Guild 3, a sequel to 2006's The Guild 2, takes place in Europe during the year 1400 and tasks players with creating a family dynasty of their own. While the game has been in development for many years, it only recently entered Early Access, with Golem expecting to ship the full release sometime in spring 2018.
11. State of Decay 2
Undead Labs burst onto the scene in 2013 with their debut action-adventure, survival horror title, State of Decay. Rather than follow virtually every other survival horror game, State of Decay prioritizes players' critical thinking skills as well as how they defend their base - their home - against an onslaught of zombies. The game released on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in 2013, and its sequel, State of Decay 2, presents a unique opportunity for Microsoft Studios to bolster its exclusive slate. The publisher first announced State of Decay 2 in 2016, and after years of development, the game will finally release in 2018, with 4-player co-op to boot.
10. Mega Man 11
Mega Man is back! The iconic Japanese video game series has been around for over 30 years, and Capcom wants to make sure gamers don't forget that, for they will be releasing Mega Man 11 - the 11th entry in the core Mega Man series - at the tail-end of 2018. The developer-publisher made the announcement during Mega Man's 30th-anniversary celebration in December 2017, confirming that Mega Man 11 will feature major graphical upgrades and release in 2018, eight years after Mega Man 10 released on PS3 and Xbox 360.
9. Soulcalibur VI
Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and other fighting games are cornerstones of the gaming industry, and Project Soul's Soulcalibur series happens to be among those titles. The mainline Soulcalibur franchise started off with 1995's Soul Edge and continued all the way through Soulcalibur V in 2012. The studio announced Soulcalibur VI at The Game Awards 2017, which will include series regulars Mitsurugi and Sophitia Alexandra. While details are still scarce on the title, publisher Bandai Namco confirmed that Soulcalibur VI will release in 2018, presumably towards the end of the year.
8. Valkyria Chronicles 4
Sega's military-themed video game series, Valkyria Chronicles, first released in 2008 and produced three mainline installments as well as two, mostly unconnected spinoffs. The third core title, Valkyria Chronicles 3, released on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in 2011. Although the game reviewed well, it didn't sell enough copies for the studio to immediately begin working on a fourth installment. After years of waiting, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is finally slated to release in 2018 on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The sequel will first release on the PS4 in March 2018, with the game coming to the other platforms later this year.
7. The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog's 2013 game, The Last of Us, released at the tail-end of the PS3's lifecycle, but it pushed the console to its limits and became a defining chapter in the last console generation. Sony Interactive Entertainment announced the long-awaited and highly-anticipated sequel, The Last of Us Part II, at PSX 2016 and revealed the return of Ellie and Joel, the first game's main protagonists. But the sequel's second trailer showcased several new characters, meaning the sequel is going to expand the series as much as it's continuing its fundamental narrative. A release date hasn't been set, but it's fully expected to release sometime in 2018.