2017 was a wild ride for gamers of all kinds, serving up arguably one of the best years for the medium ever, while introducing several new gaming trends - both good and bad - and setting the stage for what will come to define 2018 in gaming.
Just a month into 2018, it has already been a huge, surprising year for gaming, with a number of titles receiving unexpectedly strong acclaim - namely Monster Hunter World, Celeste, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Subnautica to name just a few.
But what about the rest of the year? It's unlikely that hyped-up AAA titles such as God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 will fall short of expectations, but elsewhere, it's possible to make some less-than-certain predictions about what might happen.
How will a certain recent Microsoft announcement change the gaming landscape? Which games will be delayed to 2019? And what about the potential for next-gen tech and new forms of gaming to emerge out of the woodwork?
It's entirely possible none of these things will pan out over the next 11 months, but in light of recent market trends, it's certainly worth keeping them all in mind...