With E3 2017 behind us, we now have a pretty firm vision of what the rest of this year will look like. In particular, we know what big exclusives will be coming to the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
But perhaps you’re having trouble keeping up? That’s understandable! A lot of games were announced and shown off over the past week! Which big games are actually coming this year, rather than in 2018 and beyond? And if, like most people, you only own one or two consoles, which games will you be getting privileged access to? Exclusives may not mean quite as much as they once did, but they’re still something gamer’s care about, so here’s all the major games coming out only on PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch for the rest of this year…
Note: I’m including console exclusives on this list – a number of these games will also be available on PC. Also, first-party published titles have been marked in bold.
Sony clearly benefits from being in first place in the console race, as the system is getting a healthy handful of third-party exclusives, which is a good thing, as this year’s first-party lineup is surprisingly weak.
2018 is set to be a huge year for PS4 with God of War, Spider-Man, and The Last of Us Part II slated, but this year PlayStation owners will have to make do Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Gran Turismo Sport as their big games. There will still be plenty to play when you take multiplatform titles into account, but it’s clear Sony is coasting on their successes a bit in 2017.
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (June 30)
- Final Fantasy: The Zodiac Age (July 11)
- Pyre (July 25)
- Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Aug. 8)
- Lawbreakers (Aug. 8)
- Matterfall (Aug. 15)
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Aug. 22)
- Everybody's Golf (Aug. 29)
- Yakuza Kiwami (Aug. 29)
- Knack II (Sept. 5)
- Patapon Remastered (Summer 2017)
- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Nov. 10)
- Gran Turismo Sport (Fall 2017)
- Hidden Agenda (2017)
It’s kind of a worst-of-both-worlds situation for Xbox One owners this year. The system won’t be getting many third-party exclusives, and Microsoft’s first-party offerings are disappointingly thin, too.
Basically, for big first-party exclusives, you’re looking at Forza Motorsport 7 and Crackdown 3…and that’s about it. A pretty sad state of affairs considering Microsoft is launching the souped-up Xbox One X this year. But hey, Cuphead looks really nice. Enjoy visuals from the 1930s on your 6-teraflop beast!
- Fable Fortune (July 7)
- Cuphead (Sept. 29)
- Forza Motorsport 7 (Oct. 3)
- Super Lucky's Tale (Nov. 7)
- Crackdown 3 (Nov. 7)
- Conan Exiles (2017)
And finally, we have the Nintendo Switch. Unsurprisingly, the system has no third-party exclusives to speak of. I mean, technically, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a Ubisoft game, but obviously Nintendo has been very involved in its creation. Thankfully, Nintendo’s first-party lineup is easily this year’s best.
Nintendo is delivering a big game almost every month for the rest of the year, and titles like ARMS, Splatoon 2, Mario + Rabbids, and Super Mario Odyssey all look like top-notch stuff. It seems the long software droughts that afflicted the Wii U have been effectively eliminated. Let’s hope Nintendo continues this flow into 2018.
- ARMS (June 16)
- Splatoon 2 (July 21)
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Aug. 29)
- Pokken Tournament DX (Sept. 22)
- Fire Emblem Warriors (Oct. 13)
- Super Mario Odyssey (Oct. 27)
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017)
There you are, all of 2017’s big exclusives for your console partisans. When it comes to stuff you can’t get anywhere else, it looks like the Nintendo Switch is winning this year!