6. The Wolf Among Us: Season 2
Telltale Games' The Wolf Among Us is a canonical video game prequel to Bill Willingham's Fables comic book series. The first season of the episodic game began in October 2013 and generated an unyielding cult following. Telltale spent the next few years developing various other games, such as Game of Thrones, Minecraft: Story Mode, and Tales From the Borderlands, but they are finally returning to The Wolf Among Us this year. The Wolf Among Us Season 2 is expected to release sometime in fall 2018.
5. Shenmue III
Legendary video game designer Yu Suzuki originally envisioned an 11-chapter Shenmue series, spanning four or five games, but he only managed to develop two before being shut down due to poor sales and high production costs. Shenmue II essentially ended on a cliffhanger when it released in 2001, and Suzuki's Shenmue III - developed by Ys Net and published by Deep Silver - is expected to continue and possibly conclude Ryo Hazuki's quest. Suzuki finally brought the game out of development hell by putting launching a Kickstarter campaign, which became the fastest campaign to reach $2 million (in under eight hours). According to Shibuya Productions' Cedric Biscay, Shenmue III is still on track to release in 2018.
4. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
FASA Corp's BattleTech is world-recognized fictional universe that spans across multiple media forms, which happens to include spinoff games such as the MechWarrior series. The first installment, MechWarrior, released for the MS-DOS way back in 1989, and the last mainline installment in the series, MechWarrior 4: Vengeance, hit consoles in 2001 (not counting the free-to-play title, MechWarrior Online, in 2013). FASA shelved the series until enough interest convinced them to bring it back one more time with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, which is scheduled to release at some point in 2018.
3. The Bard's Tale IV
The Bard's Tale is one of the oldest role-playing series in the gaming industry. The first installment originally released for the Apple II in 1985, which was later ported to the Commodore 64 and NES, among various other platforms. The last game in the series, The Bard's Tale Construction Set, released in 1991, but the iconic dungeon crawler is finally coming back after being stuck on ice for 27 years. inXile Entertainment's The Bard's Tale IV is slated to release for PC, Mac, and Linux sometime in 2018.
2. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Level-5's role-playing series Ni no Kuni is returning to the fold after a seven-year hiatus (not counting the Japanese mobile game release in 2012) with Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. The sequel takes place hundreds of years after the events of 2011's Wrath of the White Witch and follows King Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, who embarks on a quest to reclaim his kingdom after being usurped from his throne. Sony PlayStation first revealed the game at PSX 2015, and it's finally hit store shelves in March 2018.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 marks the third entry in the Red Dead series but is considered a prequel/sequel to the franchise's second installment, Red Dead Redemption. Rather than continue the story that left off with Redemption, though, and follow John Marston's son, Jack, Redemption 2's story takes place prior to the events of the last game, with players controlling Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van Der Linde gang. While Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't necessarily a sequel, it is a long-awaited follow-up to one of the most favorited games from the last console generation, and people waited years for Rockstar to finally confirm that they're making another Red Dead game, let alone release it in 2018.