Big-ticket video game releases for 2017


The year 2017 has a lot of things in store for the world of video games ranging from a tonne of new titles to new platforms. While the year is being pegged as the “Year of VR”, traditional video games will be released en masse as the year progresses.

Nintendo Switch is releasing this year and while we await the platform, it has been confirmed that The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild will be launching in March 2017. Breath of the Wild shakes up the old Zelda framework in favour of an open-world approach that seems very loose and almost Minecraft-esque in its survival-like design. It also looks absolutely delightful, so whether it’s your final purchase for your Wii U or your very first Switch game, Nintendo’s next Zelda ought to be well worth your attention.

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite – a crossover fighter title – will be launching in 2017 with some notable changes to the game play. Gone are the three-fighter teams from the past couple of entries, dropped down to two-on-two battles, plus assist attacks are gone. Also, the new Infinity Stones mechanic lets you choose a special type of boost to augment your skills. We don’t know much of the roster as of this writing, but newcomers Captain Marvel and Mega Man X are confirmed so far.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is another title that is definitely launching in March 2017. Andromeda will take place long after the events of the Mass Effect trilogy, and players will be able to take on the role of a male or female human character. What’s more, we now know that we’ll be able to pilot a Mako, a customisable six-wheeled vehicle.

Windows has been the primary choice for PC gamers since the days of Windows 95 and to take gaming to the next level, Microsoft has announced that it will be releasing ‘Windows 10 Creators Update’ wherein there will be a dedicated ‘Game Mode’ that will shift a greater share of your computer’s resources to the game, making for a better experience. Gaming will also have its own hub in the Settings section and features like game streaming and Xbox Live compatibility will see upgrades when the release finally arrives later this year.