Resident Evil 7, Nioh, Nier: Automata, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Gravity Rush 2, Mass Effect Andromeda, Yakuza 0, and Persona 5 will all have been released within the first quarter of 2017. While it remains to be seen if Mass Effect Andromeda will live up to expectations, it should be fair to say that for the first quarter of 2017 triple A titles have been some of the strongest we have ever seen in any quarter of video gaming ever.
Perhaps this is a sign that triple A gaming is making a resounding resurgence. Big developers have come out of the gate swinging this year, and while not all games hit the mark (cough* Wildlands) most do their part to cater to the gaming audience at large. Something to note of that list above is many are from overseas. It may be a sign that Japanese developers have started to find their place in a niche market once again, or that they have found their groove lost long ago. In any case it is a welcome sight to see so many games coming out of Japan exceeding expectations and delivering top notch performances.
However we should not be hasty in assuming this year will be all sunshine and rainbows. With the release of Persona 5 and Yooka-Laylee in April we may be heading into a quiet second quarter as a result of a strong first. It begs the question of whether smaller mid tier gaming (such as Fire Emblem and Crash Bandicoot) and indie gaming will be able to fill the void of the second quarter, or if the gaming industry will slump in preparation for the titan that is Shadow of War.
In any case, we should celebrate the start to a strong year. Because I know these games will tide me over well into the summer and fall.