5) Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Platform: Nintendo 3DS/2DS

Are we upset that a brand new Pokémon adventure is only coming to the 3DS in late 2017? Yes, absolutely. But that probably won't stop us from whipping out the nearly-retired handheld to play Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon come Christmastime.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon piggyback off of last year's Sun and Moon, offering up a new storyline set in the same world along with fresh Pokémon and other play elements. It's insane that this isn't on the Switch, but we can't turn down some Pikachu-packed fun, wherever it is.

Due: 17 November

 

6) Sky

Platforms: Apple TV, iOS

Spotlighted at Apple's big event for the iPhone XiPhone 8, and Apple TV 4KSky is the latest game from brilliant indie studio thatgamecompany – the folks behind the essential Journey, plus the wondrous Flower before it. But this will be its first mobile debut.

Sky looks as though it shares some DNA with Journey, at least as far as collaborative play experiences go, albeit now in the clouds as little flying creatures. And if you know the company from its PlayStation work, then you might be in luck: it's coming first to iOS and Apple TV, but it will definitely be a multiplatform release beyond that.

Due: TBD 2017

7) Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Finished Breath of the Wild? Looking for an elaborate, extensive time sink on the Switch later this year? Super Mario Galaxy has our attention, but if you want something with more of a fantasy role-playing edge, then Xenoblade Chronicles 2 should do the trick.

Don't worry if you missed the previous Wii and Wii U entriesXenoblade Chronicles 2 features a fresh world with new characters, and from the looks of the trailer, it's packed with plenty of JRPG drama and excitement. Sadly, it's unclear if the giant playable mech suits return in this one – but really, why wouldn't they?

Due: Q4 2017

 

8) Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Given that it came from an age-old franchise, 2004's Wolfenstein: The New Order was a surprise breath of fresh air, delivering a compelling alt-history setting, a surprising amount of narrative progression and character development, and a whole lot of Nazis to kill.

And Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus doesn't seem like it'll break from that entertaining formula. Here, you'll take charge of BJ "Terror-Billy" Blazkowicz as you attempt to free America from the Nazi grip, using an array of odd futuristic technology and weapons to destroy the evil bastards in as many gruesome, over-the-top ways as you can think of.

Due: 27 October

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