Nobody should need to tell you how popular open world games are at the moment. The days of GTA being the only series flying the flag for the genre are long gone, as the majority of blockbusters are offer up huge sandbox experiences for players to enjoy.
And with just about every studio and publisher getting in on the popularity of the genre, it means players have plenty of promising open world titles to look forward across all of 2018.
From brand new originals to classic franchises that are being given a sandbox transformation, next year is stacked with open world releases. With so many games to choose from though, it can be difficult to know which ones you should be keeping a close eye on.
Fortunately, it's becoming obvious which games are shaping up to be must-play releases when they eventually hit shelves in the coming months.
The gaming industry has been saturated with sandbox releases over the past few years, but if these upcoming games are anything to go by, it doesn't look like open world fatigue will be setting in anytime soon.