Open world games are one of my most favorite types of games (although I do try my hand at all genres). E3 2017 just flew by, and as usual, many games were showcased. Of course, among the crowd of game launches and previews, only a few truly stood out.

7 Open World Games That Caught my Eye

Here are the most promising/anticipated open world games announced at E3 –

1. Skull and Bones

Set in the golden age of piracy, Skull and Bones is Ubisoft’s endeavor toward a game based on warship battles.  The game takes place in the vast Indian Ocean, where far-reaching colonial empires, powerful trading corporations, and ruthless pirate gangs roam endlessly.

Yes, this does seem like Ubisoft’s attempt to cash in on Assassins Creed: Black Flag’s ship warfare success. Although it was not very refined or even a major part of the game, it was fun. Skull and Bones should hopefully deliver an excellent experience to those who love open world games.

However, Ubisoft’s recent debacle with For Honor might result in some gamers not touching this title with a ten-foot pole.

Beta Signup Link

Platforms – PC, PS4, and XBOX One.

2. Shadow of The Colossus

This one is a PS4 exclusive. It builds on the success of the original Shadow of Colossus – remastering and overhauling the graphics by using the enhanced hardware capabilities of the PS4.

It should garner a lot of interest from fans of the original, who want to see the familiar colossi and the Forbidden Land in eye-catching detail.

No Beta Signup link yet. Will be updated if/when there is one.

Platforms – PS4

3. Fortnite

This latest offering from Epic Games seems like a cross between Orcs Must Die and a survival shooter, zombie (monster) apocalypse game with a dash of RPG elements. That said, it looks like loads of fun! Especially when playing with a group of friends.

Build your defenses, hunt for loot in the vast open world, and keep your fort safe from monster attacks. The flexibility that the game provides is astounding. In fact, it ensures that almost every game will be a unique experience, or so they say.

No beta signup, but early access for pre-orders is available here.

Platforms – PC, PS4, XBOX One, and Mac.

4. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

The sequel to Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was finally announced. Shadow of War features an original story with the return of Talion and Celebrimbor. They must go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron.

Those familiar with the lore of Middle-Earth are definitely twiddling their thumbs waiting for the latest adventure into the interior of Mordor (guilty). I loved the first game, and I hope that remains the case with the sequel as well. However, huge expectations and hype might prove to be its downfall.

Pre-order link

Platforms – XBOX ONE, PS4, and PC.

5. Sea of Thieves

Plunder. Loot. Steal. Kill. That basically sums up the Sea of Thieves game world. Set in a massive shared open world, the objective is to gain loot.

Fight with other pirates on the high seas. Form a crew and voyage to treasure-filled islands, face legendary creatures and test your mettle in epic ship battles against other pirates.

Sounds fun? Sure does! Register for the beta and keep your fingers crossed.

Beta Signup

Platforms – Windows 10, XBOX One.

6. Anthem

Anthem was definitely the star of E3, stealing the limelight from a lot of games. Exosuits, similar to the Nanosuits in Crysis, should make every aspect of gameplay interesting and unique to the player.

Adding in a massive open world just sweetened the deal. In fact, a linear story mode in a similar setting would not have generated this much interest (in my opinion). This is one of the games that I have high hopes for, and really want to try. However, the release date of fall 2018 is a slight bummer.

Nonetheless, as long as the game is polished and isn’t rushed, most gamers won’t mind the wait.

No beta announcement yet.

Platforms – PC, PS4, and XBOX One.

7. Far Cry 5

No open world list can be complete without a Far Cry game in it. Heading towards its fifth iteration, Far Cry 5 had better deliver a quality game experience. Every Far Cry release is bogged down by massive expectations which often leads to disappointment.

Set in Hope County, Montana, you must rise up and spark the fires of resistance to liberate a besieged community in the small town.

No beta announcement yet. Pre-order available here.

Platforms – PC, PS4, and XBOX One.


SOURCEE3: 2017
Jerry is a gamer and Computer Science Engineer with an inquisitive disposition. Since he started playing Mario and Contra at the age of 6 with a friend, his thirst for knowledge and his passion for gaming have only grown. He can usually be found engrossed playing the latest game releases, researching new hardware and tech, or coding away on a new project that grabbed his attention.