The year of 2017 had new consoles arrive that brought a lot of new territories for video games to explore.  The video game industry reached new heights with the Nintendo Switch dominating in sales. Virtual reality having a bigger impact than it did in 2016. But, 2018 is a new year for gaming and development. Towards the end of 2017, a lot of new games had been announced that sparked a lot of excitement. Rather that be through new trailers or just updates on previously announced games, it was a great way to end the year. We are already 2 months into the new year and have already been informed when some of these titles are going to make an appearance. E3, which is the biggest stage for developers to showcase their games, attracts millions of viewers around the world. Some of the most anticipated games plan to be in the spotlight on June 12th - June 14th, 2018. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a long awaited game made by Rockstar games. The game takes place in the year 1911, featuring the American frontier, the Cowboys and Outlaws who shaped the world. The game will be releasing on October 26, 2018. The Last of Us: Part ll is an upcoming sequel made by Naughty Dog, whom made the Uncharted franchise. The Last of Us had gained over 200 awards, being the most awarded game of all time. Continuing the story of survival in the eyes of Ellie in Seattle, trying to find a cure to the disease that caused many to be infected. The game is set to release in 2019 but new trailers will be released this year. Days Gone initial release is set sometime this year in 2018, set in an apocalyptic world. There isn’t too much information regarding the storyline but we have already had the opportunity to see some gameplay @E3 back in 2017. The game looks stunning and seems that the player will have multiple decisions to how they want to attack certain hoards of zombies. Far Cry 5 is the fifth edition to the series of Far Cry games. It is scheduled to be released on March 27th 2018. The game is based in Montana and is an open world game. In the game you are tasked with taking down a cult leader in Hope County. The beloved Final Fantasy VII has been under-development to get remade for quite some time. The game originally being released on the PlayStation 1 back in 1997, will not be remade in any similar form to the game we know now. This game follows a male named Cloud Strife whose goal is to stop the evil corporation (Electric Power Company) from draining all of the lifeblood that exists on the planet that will be used to increase their earnings. The game is rumored to be dropped towards the end of 2018. The new version of the game is to fit the expectations of video games that we know today. Call of Duty is one of the biggest franchises in the gaming industry. Each year between three video game companies Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer, get to have an opportunity to produce the best Call of Duty game ever. With it being Treyarch’s turn to create a game, rumors are circulating that they’ll continue their best series, Call of Duty: Black Ops. The upcoming game is expected to be named “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,” set to release sometime in November 2018. Further detail will be obtained most likely at E3 2018. If everything falls through and works out, we are looking at having a very excited year ahead of us and a good year for the gaming industry to rack up big bucks.

Story by Zachary Curtis and Jeoy Freeburg