2017 Video Game Release Schedule

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2017 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2017, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have a confirmed release dates

Square Enix Mostly Silent On Final Fantasy VII Remake, Shares New Art

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Square Enix Mostly Silent On Final Fantasy VII Remake, Shares New Art

Square Enix kicked off Final Fantasy's 30th Anniversary in Tokyo today, beginning with an event that gave fans a small taste of what the series' future holds. The focus was mostly on the coming months, delivering the release date for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, details about Final Fantasy XV's Episode Gladio DLC, and other merchandise like Final Fantasy Wine, a fashion line, and partnerships with various food companies. Square has a track record of getting ahead of itself with game announcements, but made no mention of any new Final Fantasy titles.

The company also held back on sharing new details for Final Fantasy VII Remake – believed to be the next big release for the series – but did debut new key art from the game that shows Cloud and Sephiroth looming over Midgar and the Shinra Electric Power Company.

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Fans were hoping Square Enix would deliver a release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake, or at least show new gameplay from it, but the key art does confirm it's still on the radar. The question that looms large now is what year will it release?

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Releasing In July

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Releasing In July

For all you Final Fantasy fans waiting to dive into the new and improved version of Final Fantasy XII, mark your calendar. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is coming on July 11.

The announcement from Square Enix came this morning as part of the company's celebration of the Final Fantasy series' 30th anniversary. The Zodiac Age is an HD remaster of the PS2 title, but also features revamped mechanics (like the Zodiac job system), giving players a different experience this time around.  

Square Enix also released new art (below) from artist Akihiko Yoshida.

Strong Pokémon Sun & Moon Sales Fuel Nintendo Profit Swing

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Strong Pokémon Sun & Moon Sales Fuel Nintendo Profit Swing

The intense Poké-craze of 2016 that started with Pokémon Go carried forward right into Sun & Moon. According to a Nintendo financial report released today, the 3DS game has already sold 14.6 million copies.

The publisher also said the mobile hit fueled growth of the Pokémon back catalog, which led to a 10-percent year-over-year growth in 3DS sales and 20-percent year-over-year growth of 3DS software sales from the period of April to December. This helped offset the continual poor performance of the Wii U, which saw plummeting sales for both hardware (75-percent drop year-over-year) and software (46-percent decrease). 

In total, the company netted $569 million in profit, a strong positive swing from previous quarter, when the company reported losses of $51.7 million. You can read the full report here.

Nintendo Delays Animal Crossing Mobile

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Nintendo Delays Animal Crossing Mobile

Nintendo has delayed Animal Crossing's mobile debut out of the early part of this year and into the next fiscal year, which runs from April to March 2018.

The company said it is doing so "to accommodate the releases and operation" of Fire Emblem Heroes on mobile and Super Mario Run on Android.

No further details were given regarding a new release timeframe within the coming fiscal year.

Ben Affleck No Longer Directing Upcoming Batman Movie

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Ben Affleck No Longer Directing Upcoming Batman Movie

According to a report by Variety, Ben Affleck has stepped down from directing The Batman but will remain on as a producer. Affleck gave his reasons for stepping down in a statement:

There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require.

Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.

Insomniac Games Releases Statement "Strongly Opposing" Trump Immigration Ban

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Insomniac Games Releases Statement

Today, Insomniac Games, the developer behind Ratchet & Clank and the upcoming Spider-Man game, released a video statement concerning the executive order that President Donald Trump issued that barred visitors, refugees, immigrants, green card holders from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering or traveling to the United States.

In the video, founder Ted Price stands in front of his team at the Burbank studio to issue the statement:

We at Insomniac Games stand united in strongly opposing President Trump's immigration ban. There's no question that these orders will harm us as a company and many of our team members. So we ask: is this the American way? Is discriminating based on religious faith or national origin American?

Phantom Dust HD Coming To Xbox One Before E3 2017

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Phantom Dust HD Coming To Xbox One Before E3 2017

In a Twitter exchange today, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that the Phantom Dust HD remaster is coming this year, and should be launching sometime before E3 2017.

Originally announced at Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference, Phantom Dust HD comes just two years after the ill-fated Phantom Dust remake, which was unveiled at E3 2014. See the full twitter exchange below.

Phantom Dust HD, as it's tentatively being called, features upgraded textures and performance, as well as new Xbox Live functionality for the 2005 cult classic. For more on Phantom Dust HD's announcement, you can click here.

Mass Effect Andromeda Multiplayer Will Not Support Dedicated Servers

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Mass Effect Andromeda Multiplayer Will Not Support Dedicated Servers

Mass Effect 3’ co-op multiplayer was a pleasant surprise, which crossed over with the single-player story mode in a clever and meaningful way, while remaining entirely optional. Mass Effect Andromeda, the first current-gen entry in the series, is aiming to be bigger and better than its predecessors in every way, and that extends to its online component.
However, BioWare’s next space opera won't have dedicated servers. Producer Fernando Melo confirmed as much in a Twitter response to a fan, stating that "MP is Peer to Peer (same as ME3).” In the same tweet, he also shot down the possibility of cross-platform play, so PlayStation users won't be able to save the galaxy with their Xbox brethren.

@tibermoon @Tinkham11 crossplay not in the current plans, sorry. and mp is peer to peer (same as me3)

Mass Effect Andromeda is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 21. To learn more about the game, visit our cover story hub here