The Most Anticipated Games Of 2017, As Voted By You

The Most Anticipated Games Of 2017, As Voted By You

We asked, and you voted in droves. There’s plenty of huge games set to come out in 2017, but here’s the ones you’re all most excited for.

In fifth place…

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

It’s probably still the most favourite Final Fantasy game – even though FF15 was very decent – so it’s not a surprise to see Square’s episodic remake of FF7 place this high. It only beat out Persona 5 by a few votes as well, which is fun to see.

In fourth place …

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Image: Supplied

I was slightly surprised that Horizon didn’t get a bigger share of the vote. Everyone seems to have loved the look of Horizon since it was first announced, although the short amount I got to play at EB Expo kind of dulled the shine a little for me. Still going to play it day one, of course.

And for third place in 2017’s most anticipated game, according to all of you, is:

Cyberpunk 2077

I don’t know that this is actually coming out this year, but it’s pretty clear that anything CD Projekt Red does or says will immediately capture your attention.

A cyberpunk-spin on The Witcher 3 is pretty much a licence to print money, when you think about it.

And the second most anticipated game of the year, as voted by you:

Red Dead Redemption 2

Image: Rockstar

With 8% of the vote – it was a very tight contest – Red Dead Redemption is your second most anticipated game of the year. Which isn’t much of a surprise: hell, people are still begging Rockstar to port the original Red Dead to PC. (Something that will probably never happen.)

But your most anticipated game for 2017 is:

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Image: Kotaku

It’s the first new Mass Effect in 5 years!

People love the Mass Effect world, and having open-world planets to roam around and explore has gotten people hugely hyped. We’ll only have to wait a couple of months until release as well, which is great, and it’s sounding like it’ll be a decent PC port from the off as well.

But what happened to Zelda?

Image: Nintendo

Eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed that in the top five, Breath of the Wild was nowhere to be seen. And that’s probably, well, my fault.

When I put the original list together I was in an airport lounge enroute to the US for CES this year. And thanks to a long flight and not much sleep, I managed to miss Zelda in the poll when the post was first published. I added it in later, but there’s a good chance many people didn’t include Zelda in their votes when they otherwise would have.

Needless to say, as someone who reads all of your comments and sees how much people read Zelda-related stuff on the site, it’s a very, very safe assumption that Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of your most anticipated games of the year. Despite the mistake on my part, it still managed to finish #8 in the voting and my gut feeling is that it would have been either #1 or #2 if I hadn’t stuffed up.


Some other interesting notes from the poll:

  • Persona 5: Persona 5 polling #6 was a huge surprise for me. I know the game has a very strong fanbase, but I guess I underestimated just how much love people have for it.
  • More people voting for Ni No Kuni 2 than Destiny 2: Both games finished quite high in the overall votes – #9 and #10 respectively – but given some of the criticisms of the original Ni No Kuni, I thought the sequel would have finished a bit lower. (The apathy towards Destiny, however, doesn’t surprise me.)
  • People still want Yooka-Laylee: The crowdfunded 3D platformer finished just outside of the top 10; nostalgia still reigns supreme.
  • Detroit: Become Human: David Cage cops a lot of flak, but there were more votes for this than Star Citizen’s singleplayer module, the Battlefront sequel, Prey, whatever the Switch’s new 3D Mario game is, and Dawn of War 3. Big surprise.

So those were your votes for the most anticipated game of the year. What do you think? What’s your top personal top five for the year, and are there any games you’re keen for that didn’t make the list?


      • I’d forgotten it was episodic…. 🙁
        Replace ME with Zelda though and that’s my ideal list for 2017. Great work Kotaku community!

        • They mentioned by “episodic” they actually meant a few fully fleshed out games ala FFXIII or Xenosaga which made me more relieved.

      • [Rushes up to Alex and clamps his mouth shut]

        Don’t give Square-Enix any unwanted ideas! FF7 should a complete game; episodic often leads to micro-transactions and other undesirables.

        EDIT: Nevermind, I missed the memo that it already is episodic.

        [Takes G-Clamp off Alex’s mouth.]

        • They already announced it was going to be a multi-part thing, and with the success that Hitman had there’s no way they’d abandon their plans for it.

          • IMO the only things FF15 had going for it was the relationship between the four bros, a beautiful world (unfortunately filled with lame fetch quests) and an awesome combat system when it worked.

            The rest was a steaming pile of shit. Honestly the worst excuse for a story I’ve ever experienced – it was absolute garbage from beginning to end. Which is a shame, because what was there had so much potential and Final Fantasy used to be a series renown for telling great stories.

            Yes, I’m salty about it. 😛

          • The things you said were exactly what I wanted from the game! I was lucky though, I wasn’t hype, bought it with a gift card, went in expecting very little and when I got through 20 hours was like “this is fucking awesome”.

            Granted the story isn’t very tight and some sequences are no good, but I am still having a great time with the game and really enjoy playing it. I’ll definitely do a DLC and new scenes run once all the stuff is out.

    • No way it’ll come out on the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy and the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII? You think squenix will miss a marketing opportunity like that?

  • I’ve got no idea of the context of the shot since I avoid the ingame trailers, but that Andromeda pic is so derpy >

    • The face of the female Ryder shown in that video does look kind of bad. Hopefully it’ll be fixed up before release.

  • So keen for Ni No Kuni 2! Never did finish the first one though…

    Might be time to drag the old PS3 out of the cupboard!

    • We only know 2 things about Cyberpunk and they are the most important:
      1) CDPR is developing it
      2) It will use a similar game engine to The Witcher 3

      • very true, and when they have failed to deliver they are pretty open to the community about fixing their mistakes (big or small)

  • Well the anticipation for Zelda title is probably curbed by the lack of system information for Switch.

    Despite the Switch presser being 4 days away… we still know very little and the hype is very tempered due to the rumors.

  • Horizon is number one for me. Andromeda and GR Wildlands second, and I’m cautiously optimistic about the new Battletech game.
    Elite Dangerous on console has piqued my interest too.

  • 1: Zelda. 2: Andromeda. 3: Horizon.

    Simple and easy. What wont be easy is potentially playing Andromeda and Zelda at the same time!

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