New year, new games.
2018 is finally upon us, and that means a tidal wave of fresh titles are coming our way as well. Though you might still be pining over your favourite games from 2017, counting down the workday clock until you can finally get home and dive back into Breath of the Wild or Persona 5, there are AAA games and smaller-scale titles about to burst onto the scene — with a fair few releasing in January alone.
To get you in the new game-playing mood, here’s the full list of video games rolling out in January 2018.
Celeste (PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch) — January TBD
“Celeste is a platformer about climbing a mountain from the creators of TowerFall. Unravel the secrets of the mountain and overcome your limitations to reach the summit.” — Nintendo
The Escapists 2 (Nintendo Switch) — January 11
“Risk it all to breakout from the toughest prisons in the world. Explore the biggest prisons yet, with multiple floors, roofs, vents and underground tunnels. You’ll have to live by the prison rules, attending roll call, doing prison jobs and following strict routines; all the while secretly engineering your bid for freedom! Your prison escape antics will take you from the frosty Fort Tundra, a train hurtling through the desert, and even to the final frontier!” — Nintendo
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (PC and PS4) — January 16
“Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is coming to all our warriors around the world on January 16, 2018! Arcade Mode, Extra Battle Mode, a second V-Trigger for each character, Gallery, and a redesigned UI are among the features being added to the game. The initial purchase of Street Fighter V is still the only copy you’ll need as all gameplay-related content will be part of a free in-game update for current players! We’ll have more information to share in the coming months leading up to launch.” — PlayStation
Gintama Rumble (PS4) — January 18
“A chronicle of Gintama stories, follow Gintoki and his odd job members, Shinpachi and Kagura on their epic adventure.” — Bandai Namco
World to the West (Nintendo Switch) — January 18
“World to the West is a standalone followup of Teslagrad, the indie hit that sold more than 1.6 million copies worldwide. A vast world of blue skies and dark caves awaits you in this 3D action adventure, as you try to unveil the mysteries of an ancient prophecy.
World to the West is a pulpy, cartoony top down action adventure inspired by European adventure comics. Take control of four unique characters, each with their their own motivations, skills and interweaving storylines, as they seek to escape the dark shadow of an ancient prophecy: Lumina the Teslamancer, Knaus the orphan, Miss Teri the mind bender and the gloriously mustachioed strongman, Lord Clonington. Travel trough corrupt colonies, lush jungles and frozen tundras, as you snoop through the secrets of a forgotten civilization!” — Rain Games
Death Mark (PS4 and Nintendo Switch) — January 19
“Originally released on the PS Vita, Death Mark — or Shiin as it is known in Japan — sees you assuming the role of a character who has been branded with the titular mark, which means they will soon die. The game takes place in a mysterious mansion where others branded with this “Death Mark” have come together to find a solution.” — Nintendo Life
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory (PS4 and PlayStation Vita) — January 19
“It’s time to re-digitize and dive back into the digital world! As Keisuke Amazawa, experience an all new adventure while you work to clear your name, uncover the truth, and protect your friends and family. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory will arrive on PS4 and PSVita early 2018.” — Bandai Namco
Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo 3DS) — January 19
Kirby Battle Royale launched for Nintendo 3DS systems overseas in November of 2017. Those in the United States will receive the game this January.
Lost Sphear (PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch) — January 23
“The adventure of Lost Sphear begins in a remote town where a young boy, Kanata, awakens from a devastating dream to find his hometown disappearing.” — Square Enix NA
The Inpatient (PSVR) — January 23
“Discover who you are before it’s too late in this PS VR Exclusive set in the Blackwood Sanatorium, over 60 years prior to the 2016 BAFTA award-winning Until Dawn.” — PlayStation
Dragon Ball FighterZ (PC, PS4, and Xbox One) — January 26
“Goku vs. Frieza? Gohan vs. Cell? Get ready to engage in the most memorable Dragon Ball fights ever!” — Bandai Namco
Monster Hunter: World (PS4 and Xbox One) — January 26
“Battle gigantic monsters in epic locales. As a hunter, you’ll take on quests to hunt monsters in a variety of habitats. Take down these monsters and receive materials that you can use to create stronger weapons and armor in order to hunt even more dangerous monsters.
In Monster Hunter: World, the latest installment in the series, you can enjoy the ultimate hunting experience, using everything at your disposal to hunt monsters in a new world teeming with surprises and excitement.” — Monster Hunter: World
DISSIDIA Final Fantasy NT (PS4) — January 30
“DISSIDIA Final Fantasy NT is 3 v 3 team-based brawler featuring unique combat mechanics, character abilities and game changing summons from the legendary Final Fantasy series. Take a deep dive into the four different classes that best fit your battle style and learn the strategies behind the bravery combat system that will lead your team to victory. Join the next evolution of fighting games with DISSIDIA Final Fantasy NT coming January 30, 2018.” — PlayStation
Which games are you most excited to play in January 2018?