What are the best upcoming PC games and the new PC games to keep an eye on this year and next? Hope, anticipation, agony and elation – it’s the endless cycle of emotions we go through during the annual PC release schedule.
Year in, year out, games – via Steam and otherwise – are produced in such varying degrees of quality that no announcement is destined for certain success. Masterpieces are released alongside utter disasters, franchises are born while others dwindle and occasionally – so very occasionally – a game actually lives up to our expectations.
You'll find more of the best new PC games of last year in our round-up of 2016's top releases.
Upcoming PC Games Q3 2017
Ruiner is an ultraviolent isometric action shooter based on 1988's sci-fi anime Akira. Think Hotline Miami if it was a ruby-tinted dystopia. I know, right? Check out Jordan's hands-on with Ruiner for more – he called it "a bold and bloody stampede through a cyberpunk city that’s driven entirely by kineticism," which sounds alright to us. It's due late this year.
Ruiner release date: September 26, 2017
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Extremely popular, more-than-slightly strange visual novel Danganronpa is getting its fourth main installment, and it's coming day and date to PC with the other western translations. We feel like you'll probably already know if you like its combination of friend-making, mystery-solving and violence.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony release date: September 26, 2017
Total War: Warhammer II
More elves, more lizards, and probably some Skaven are coming to the second part of the Total War: Warhammer trilogy. That, plus it'll clamp onto the original, and has a story campaign and loads of tweaks.
Total War: Warhammer 2 release date: September 28, 2017
The football returns for another year, with Christiano Ronaldo, logos, and better mo-cap of famous players. There’s also new crowd tech and better stadiums – FIFA 18 looks like a proper upgrade. You probably already know if you’re going to buy it or not, though.
FIFA 18 release date: September 29, 2017
The most intriguing art style in development, Cuphead bases its looks on early 1900s cartoon animation, and its play on a co-op version of Mega Man. How that all combines is the question, and its taken its time getting here – hopefully it can live up to its own design.
Cuphead release date: September 29, 2017
Outcast: Second Contact
Long awaited remake of a cult-classic, Outcast: Second Contact is one of several games hitting this year (not all on our platform, sadly) that many never thought they would see. Despite failing a Kickstarter several years ago, funding was acquired and the game is being made – Matt even got to see it at Gamescom.
Outcast: Second Contact release date: Fall 2017
Upcoming PC Games Q4 2017
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a Kickstarter-backed JRPG from Western developers Airship Syndicate. Joe Madureira, who heads up the small studio, created, wrote, and drew the cancelled comic of the same name, but you'll be into Battle Chasers Nightwar if you like deep dungeon crawling and a rich, well-written story.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar release date: October 3, 2017
Forza Motorsport 7
The vrooms return for another year, bringing exceptional beauty to half-arcadey, half-not racing. There’s a lot more character design this time with loads of cosmetic items for both driver and car. The focus is still very much on what you drive, though: 700 to choose from in all.
Forza 7 release date: October 3, 2017
Waking up in prison is nightmarish enough without supernatural monsters running through the halls and hanging corpses for decoration. That’s the prison that Inmates protagonist Jonathan finds himself trapped in, and we think you'll agree it sounds absolutely horrid. Good thing it’s due out in time for Halloween.
Inmates release date: October 5, 2017
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
The sequel to the greatest 7/10 of all time looks like it's going to continue that theme, with an added dose of WWE-style run-ins and dragons. Dragons! Hooray. It's even further from anything approaching LOTR canon these days, but the Nemesis system is back with avengeance.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War release date: October 10, 2017
The Evil Within 2
The even-spookier follow-up to the Resident Evil-inspired The Evil Within, the sequel promises just as much mad violence and weird stuff happening. You probably won’t glean much from the cinematic trailer beyond that everything’s gone wrong again, but here’s some gameplay to tide you over. Like all of Bethesda’s projects, it’s out very soon.
The Evil Within 2 release date: October 13, 2017
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Following four separate delays, Ubisoft have finally decided a release date for South Park: The Fractured But Whole. As the children of South Park move from high fantasy to superheroes, it's up to the New Kid to master his powers of flatulence to save the town from evil. Nice to see that South Park has gone high-brow after all these years.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole release date: October 17, 2017
Rogue Trooper Redux
Here we have a full-on remake of the 2000 AD adaption Rogue Trooper. Creators, and now IP owners, Rebellion (they do Sniper Elite, shooter fans) were keeping it very under wraps, releasing entire trailers without showing even the main character. We now know plenty more.
Rogue Trooper Redux release date: October 17, 2017
Not content with being a dominant force in console gaming for the better part of three years, Destiny's sequel is headed to the PC. Expect jokes, loot, guns, and probably not Peter Dinklage – almost certainly the biggest launch of the year, here's everything we know about the Destiny 2 on PC.
Destiny 2 release date: October 24, 2017
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
BJ is back again, and there are still so, so many Nazis to kill. This time he’s headed to America to liberate it before switchover day – when English will be abolished as a world language. With something to prove on just how mad a game you can make in 2017, we won’t have long to wait to find out just how silly it gets. Then they’ll get right to work on Wolfenstein 3.
Wolfenstein 2 release date: October 27, 2017
Assassin’s Creed Origins
After taking a break, Assassin’s Creed is back, in Egypt, and long before any of the other games were set. It’s got an RPG system now, and a real combat system that operates more like Dark Souls. Like Black Flag, by the same devs, it wants to mix up the formula to create a massive success. Will it work?
Assassin’s Creed Origins release date: October 27, 2017
Call of Duty: WW2
Returning to the well-trodden battlefields of World War II, the latest Call of Duty hopes to take the series back to what made it such a success. With Zombies also going back to its roots, expectations are high for this installment to put Call of Duty back on track.
Call of Duty: WW2 release date: November 3, 2017
Sonic Mania might have stole all the headlines recently, but for those who prefer the blue blur’s 3D adventures, we still have Sonic Forces coming out in November. On top of the 3D gameplay you can also muck around with a character creator so now you can fully realise your own horrific in-game Sonic character.
Sonic Forces release date: November 7, 2017
Need for Speed: Payback
The Fast & Furious game we deserve – hopefully. Need for Speed Payback is all chaos, all cars, all the time, with about as much crashing and bashing as the best burnouts and a plot straight out of Hollywood. Exactly how all that comes together without the acting talents of The Rock we don’t yet know.
Need for Speed: Payback release date: November 10, 2017
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
Which of these cases will be making it into this remastered version is still unknown. Rockstar have only said that they will be “rebuilt specifically for a virtual reality experience on the HTC Vive.” We’re hoping for a full-body VR experience walking around and interacting with the world, and getting up close up to those uncanny facial animations.
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files release date: November 14, 2017
Star Wars Battlefront II
Not to be confused with Star Wars Battlefront II (2005), this Battlefront II (2017) plans to fix every problem the galactic republic of videogame players had with the first attempt. There's a single-player campaign, there are multiple eras, there's no season pass, and everything will presumably smell of space roses. It looks pretty good so far.
Star Wars Battlefront II release date: November 17, 2017
Later this year, Okami will finally come to PC as Okami HD. Okami is an action-adventure game set in classical Japan where you play as Amaterasu, a mythical white wolf with an even more mythical paintbrush. Developers Clover Studio brought Japan to vibrant life with a beautiful watercolour art style, and we can’t wait to see it on PC.
Okami HD release date: December 12, 2017
Upcoming PC games TBC 2017
Frozen Synapse 2
After distilling the merits of their turn-based tactical shooter into the purist sports strategy of Frozen Cortex, Mode 7 Games have returned to the Synapse series with a view to expand. They’ll retain the waypoint system that evokes early Rainbow Six, but move the action outside those familiar office complexes in favour of “open world tactics.” However that manifests itself, it’ll be a huge departure from the taut, two-player maps of the original Frozen Synapse.
Frozen Synapse 2 release date: TBC 2017
Without a doubt the most wildly ambitious game in a long time, Star Citizen aims to be the ultimate space exploration experience. Taking to the skies in one of numerous ridiculously detailed craft, you'll be able to engage in military service, become a reputable trader of goods, live the life of a smuggler, or become a universe-famous race pilot. If it ever gets finished, of course. Squadron 42, the single-player component, is supposed to be out this year. But also last year.
Star Citizen release date: TBC 2017
After a well-received reveal at The Game Awards 2016, Dauntless entered a period of hibernation while the brains behind it put the free-to-play Monster Hunter-esque game together. After good showings at PAX and other shows, and with a growing community, it's got a shot to be one of the bigger games of the year.
Dauntless release date: TBC 2017
XCOM’s indie cousin takes a lot from the original games – differentiating it from the smaller squad sizes of the modern-day efforts. Xenonauts 2 was announced with a splash page and little else in 2016, and has had work done on it quietly ever since. But builds are now readily available from the official site and to prove it's at a seriously playable point.
Xenonauts 2 release date: TBC 2017
Wild West Online
Famous mostly for getting mistaken for Red Dead Redemption 2 in an early screenshot, Wild West Online promises cowboys, a sandbox, and PvP. The developers haven't announced release plans beyond that they no longer need Kickstarter or Early Access due to the attention brought by the aforementioned confusion. It'll be out this year.
Wild West Online release date: TBC 2017
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
The long-awaited followup to the crowd favourite Mount & Blade, the sequel is promising to be bigger and better in pretty much every way. The developers have focused on two areas so far in reveals: humongous siege battles and making the game moddable. With the latter they’re going as far as possible, giving modders as much power as possible to make their game even better.
Mount & Blade 2 release date: TBC 2017
Dead Island 2
This, apparently, still exists and is making “fantastic progress” at take-over developers Sumo, according to an issue of industry magazine MCV. Exactly how much it will resemble the weird Californian sun-pocalypse we saw on display during the original announcement is anyone's guess, but it’s still tentatively scheduled for 2017.
Dead Island 2 release date: TBC 2017
Quake Champions takes some surprising steps away from its roots, while claiming to be as grounded as possible. It’s still going to feature the lightning gun, railgun, and rocket launcher that made Quake 3 one of the world’s first global esports. But it’s also adding character selection, special abilities and, possibly, a free-to-play monetization model. We’ve got a list of all the announced and rumoured Quake Champions characters if you’re after it, and you can sign-up for the open beta right now.
Quake Champions release date: TBC 2017
Battletech is back(letech), meaning we get to watch giant mechs beat each other up all over again. Created by notable Kickstarter success story Harebrained Schemes, of Shadowrun fame, it’s progressing at speed with regular updates and should be out in 2017.
Battletech release date: TBC 2017
Originally debuting a couple of years back, Eitr went into deep hiding after very positive responses to demo builds to finish up development of this pixelated, isometric Dark Souls. It still looks lovely, and publishers Devolver Digital have confirmed that it’s coming out in 2017.
Eitr release date: TBC 2017
Operating somewhat as a tech demo for new MMO tech, Worlds Adrift is about sky pirates and a massive, persistant world. It calls itself a “first in a new generation” of multiplayer games and it’s certainly pretty enough to sell the premise. If it works, it could be The Next Big Thing – we’ll get to play it in 2017.
Worlds Adrift release date: TBC 2017
The very definition of cult classic, Pathologic is one of the oddest games ever released, not least because of a dodgy translation from its native Russian. After a very successful Kickstarter, a full remake is in development which hit early alpha in late 2016 – we even played a bit of it. It will almost certainly be an event, bad or good.
Pathologic release date: TBC 2017
With the full mod released after what felt like a century of development, many assumed that was the end of legendary project Black Mesa, bringing the original Half-Life up to code in the latest version of the source engine. Not so. Never having added Xen to their version of the game, the devs set up Black Mesa as a full Early Access project, selling at a budget and starting to build a whole new ending to their favourite game. Now it's nearly done.
Black Mesa release date: TBC 2017
Full Metal Furies
A brawler with attitude, pixel graphics, and unholier-than-thou weapons, Full Metal Furies is what's coming next from the folks behind Rogue Legacy. It looks beautiful, is very fast, and seems to involve no small amount of killing large monsters with larger weapons. Good stuff.
Full Metal Furies release date: TBC 2017
Upcoming PC games 2018 & beyond
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
After a short delay, Ni No Kuni 2 is now the first semi-large release of 2018. If you're unfamiliar, it's a Ghibli-styled JRPG that blew socks off in its first iteration a few years ago on the consoles. This is set hundreds of years later, using similar themes and places, but likely as good a jumping on point as any. Good, too, since the first isn't coming to PC any time soon.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom release date: January 19, 2018
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball is getting a proper fighting game and it looks set to give Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite a run for its money. Only a few characters have been revealed so far but it’s enough to get the FGC excited.
Dragon Ball FighterZ release date: February, 2018
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Ever wondered what Skyrim without magic and cat people would look like? Wonder no more, because Warhorse Studios are in the process of making a medieval RPG set in 1403. The game promises to have historically accurate armour, weapons and combat techniques, and is intended to allow the player to become whoever they want - rogue, warrior or bard. Even more so when Kingdom Come mods get going.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance release date: February 13, 2018
Far Cry 5
Far Cry leaves the mountains and islands behind to head to middle America, Montana to be precise, and deal with some extreme fundamentalists and their very angry dog. Expect more tidbits as we head to release, but here's info on the Far Cry 5 story, setting, and everything else we know.
Far Cry 5 release date: February 27, 2018
How do you make explosions even more explosive? You get the cloud to compute them. That’s the plan for Crackdown 3, the seven-years-late sequel to one of the Xbox’s most popular games. Destructible environments in a sandbox city are the setup, but beyond that we haven’t seen much more since the reveal in 2015.
Crackdown 3 release date: Spring 2018
The first game for feels-central developer Dontnod to release after Life is Strange is, obviously, about consuming the flesh of the living for sustenance. Vampyr casts you as a recently-vampirised doctor in 1918, just as Spanish Flu is really starting to mess Europe up. London is the setting, dark is the tone, and surviving is the plan, while trying not to destroy all sense of civilisation in Britain’s capital. Good luck.
Vampyr release date: Spring 2018
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner - Mars
In case you missed Konami’s adored hack-and-slash and third-person shooter mash-up when it initially launched on PS2 in 2003, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is coming to PC in 2018. So, what’s it all about? It is 2174 and your job is to take down the evil BAHRAM military organisation, who are suppressing society across both Earth and Mars. To help you on that mission, you control a powerful mech called Jehuty. The new enhanced edition also adds 4K and VR support to the sci-fi action game, so it shouldn’t look too shabby for a 15-year-old console game.
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner - Mars: Spring 2018
Klei’s latest is an RPG, and that should be enough to get you excited on its own. Griftlands is built on the concept of tradable resources, but little else has been revealed beyond the trailer. Klei have basically nailed everything they’ve ever tried though, bringing originality and quality to whatever they touch.
Griftlands release date: Early 2018
A Way Out
From the folks behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes a co-op adventure that can only be played that way. A Way Out gives you one character each and a prison to break out of. It goes as far as letting one character move around while another might be in a cinematic. It’s a very cool idea, and Brothers was good enough to make us believe this will be worth keeping an eye on.
A Way Out release date: Early 2018
The Crew 2
Cars! But not just cars. That’s the concept of The Crew 2 as it adds biplanes and boats to the formula, along with the usual massive collection of cars and other road vehicles. You’ll even switch between them on the fly, weirdly.
The Crew 2 release date: Early 2018
Pillars of Eternity 2
Pillars 2 is on the way and that’s about all we know. Obsidian have been working on it since at least early 2016 according to interviews, but they’ve kept quiet about exactly how it’s changing. We do know it will be in an entirely different section of the world, featuring all-new characters and a different plot. More to follow in early 2018, we guess.
Pillars of Eternity 2 release date: Q1 2018
We Happy Few
Already in Early Access and making quite a stormer of it, We Happy Few aims to mix BioShock and survival games into, presumably, some sort of world-devouring omni-game. Set in an alternate universe where drugs are all that keep the British population in check, it's horror, humour, survival, and story all wrapped into one. There's also going to be a We Happy Few film, for some reason.
We Happy Few release date: April 13, 2018
Here's an equally dark follow-up and this time it's to the rather good Sunless Sea. Failbetter went back to Kickstarter for this one and did exceptionally well. Fully funded within four hours, Sunless Skies will almost certainly be a total pleasure to fans of the studio. There's plenty of information over on the Kickstarter and a development roadmap points to early access in late 2017.
Sunless Skies release date: May 2018
Jurassic World Evolution
We’ve been watching human beings make mistakes with dinosaurs and theme parks since 1993, but now we get to make those mistakes ourselves with Jurassic World Evolution. Presumably, considering the summer 2018 release date, there’s going to be some sort of tie-in with the Jurassic World film sequel, but Evolution looks to partly be a theme park sim in a similar vein to Planet Coaster - it looks like you can create your own attractions and organise your own park before it inevitably gets destroyed.
Jurassic World Evolution release date: Summer 2018
Skull & Bones
Black Flag and For Honor meet in the middle for PvP boating, pirating, and cannoning. With a very familiar UI and control mechanism for anyone that played Assassin's Creed’s seabound family member, it’s got some strange scoring mechanisms and isn’t all about wiping out the enemy team.
Skull & Bones release date: Fall 2018
Ashes of Creation
The latest in the long line of Kickstarter MMOs, but one that has inspired enough people to blow past its $750,000 asking price, reaching beyond the $3.2 million mark. The wait for a full release could be massive. Hopefully it's worth it for those dropping cash.
Ashes of Creation release date: December, 2018
We’re excited to have a go at some more city builder goodness with Anno 1800. This entry in the series, as the name makes quite clear, is going to have a Victorian flavour, which is a welcome change after the futuristic outing we had with Anno 2205. We don’t know much yet, but expect lots of ships, smog, and vintage dresses in between now and winter next year.
Anno 1800 release date: Winter 2018
BioMutant came from pretty much nowhere, but its vibrant and mysterious world revealed in its initial trailer has made us embrace it with open arms. So far, we’ve seen some typical RPG fare and character creation screens, but we do also know BioMutant has a karma system and a variety of attractive worlds from arid deserts to snowy mountaintops.
BioMutant release date: TBC 2018
Revived by SimBin after a messy cancellation in the bad old days, GTR 3 is in production by the new SimBin and should be in a playable state by mid-2017. They're aiming a little later for a full release, but it's an exciting time to be a fan of crossing tarmac quickly.
GTR 3 release date: TBC 2018
Valve have another game coming out - which, being made by Valve, means it’s certain to be excellent. Revealed at The International, Artifact is going to be a new digital card game set in the Dota 2 universe. You’ll play across three boards with each player taking control of five heroes, playing them down lanes with spawning creeps. Heroes, cards, and spells will be repurposed for this collectible card game - obviously, we’re very excited.
Artifact release date: TBC 2018
BioWare’s next project is trying to combine their storytelling acumen and beautiful art with the MMO-lite nature of Destiny. It also lets you be Iron Man, so, there’s that. Honestly there’s a lot to it, so check our dedicated Anthem info article for more.
Anthem release date: TBC 2018
Via the original team (who've since made the rather good VR Souls-like Chronos) and continuing the story, Darksiders 3 features the whip-wielding witch you see above, Fury. Being so far out, we don't know much about it yet – to the point where it seems slightly weird that it has even been announced yet – but it's got all the stylised monster-slaying you'll be used to from elsewhere.
Darksiders 3 release date: TBC 2018
Super Meat Boy Forever
Smash indie game hit Super Meat Boy is getting a sequel next year called Super Meat Boy Forever. While Forever debut on Switch we have been promised a PC version. The name refers to the fact that each stage can be played endlessly, but will get harder with each new visit. The bright, precisely-designed levels return from the original as you aim to rescue your loved one. This time, though, you'll play as Nugget, the child of Meat Boy and Bandage Girl.
Super Meat Boy Forever release date: TBC 2018
A Left 4 Dead-like with one key difference – you’re basically Indiana Jones. With that comes a new setting of early 1900s and an awful lot of mummies to kill. It looks odd, fun, and is being made by British studio Rebellion – the folks behind Sniper Elite.
Strange Brigade release date: TBC 2018
The next game from original X-Com creator Julian Gollop looks, well, quite a lot like X-Com. It's closest to Terror from the Deep in aesthetic and plays like a more complex version of his classic. If you're well into the resurgence of turn-based strategy and tactics games, you should be excited. And ready to wait...
Phoenix Point release date: TBC 2018
Monster Hunter: World
The PC is getting a Monster Hunter game with all the bells and whistles you'd hope for. Beyond that, we don’t know a tonne beyond it will follow the series formula – co-op monster-smashing with big swords and bigger enemies. The PC version has no specific release date, Capcom say that it will be “at a later date” compared to console early 2018.
Monster Hunter PC release date: TBC 2018
Metal Gear character designer Yoji Shinkawa, Armoured Core director Toshifumi Nabeshima, and Mobile Suit Gundam mech designer Takayuki Yanase are the esteemed names attached to Square Enix’s forthcoming survival action shooter, Left Alive. It is set in the same universe as the Front Mission games and takes place in version of the 21st century where most of the world powers have been consolidated into supranational blocs, which are inevitably at war with one another. You switch between three characters, each of whom is alone and fighting for their survival in an unknown war-ravaged city. There are gathering and crafting systems, as well as action and stealth gameplay. It all sounds ace, and the artwork brings all sorts of fuzzy feelings from the glory days of PS1-era Metal Gear back.
Left Alive release date:TBC 2018
The Tropico devs are back, trading the Caribbean for one planet over, and disgruntled island citizens for slightly unprepared colonists. Strategy masters Paradox are publishing, and it's rare they'll let something subpar out the door. One to watch as we head through 2017.
Surviving Mars release date: TBC 2018
Despite running out of books, Metro isn't done. It’s heading outside, for a year-round story – but it isn’t in an open world, instead taking place around several massive, interconnected levels. It was also one of the prettiest games at E3 and has giant zombie bears. Hooray.
Metro Exodus release date: TBC 2018
Finally officially revealed at E3, Tropico 6 is just as dastardly dictatorial as the previous entries. This time you can quite literally steal the Statue of Liberty so there are some upgrades to come, too. It's a while out yet but expect a bit more info as we get closer.
Tropico 6 release date: TBC 2018
State of Decay 2
The definition of a cult indie hit, State of Decay was a lot of great ideas that were well implemented and not locked in early access for a thousand years. It did well too, managing to garner quite the gaggle of fans that appreciated a group zombie survival where things actually worked. The sequel wants to do all that better and could be one of the semi-surprise hits of the year if it nails it.
State of Decay 2 release date: TBC 2018
The Last Night
One of the prettier games at Microsoft’s conference, cyberpunk platformer The Last Night says it has the “heart of a sci-fi thriller” to go alongside, presumably, moving right and jumping. We haven’t seen any proper gameplay yet, but it’s caught more than a few eyes.
The Last Night release date: TBC 2018
Well, it’s happening. A massively successful Kickstarter, some amount of Sony money and an almost bottomless pile of hype. They finally admitted the delay in mid-2017, saying late 2018 was the new target. That's disappointing but some will wait however long they need to.
Shenmue 3 release date: TBC 2018
Metal Gear Survive
Konami are doing another full Metal Gear game, and this time, they're doing it without Hideo Kojima. Fan reactions are as to be expected, but at least it’s suitably silly – rock zombies, time travel, alternate dimensions, portals through space, time, and structure. It’s co-op in nature and likely won’t bear much resemblance to what’s come before.
Metal Gear Survive release date: TBC 2018
The Good Life
The Good Life is a mysterious RPG from Hidetaka “Swery65” Suehiro, the guy behind Deadly Premonition. It's also set in an English town called Rainy Woods where everyone turns into a cat when the sun sets. "It's a mystery game based on the framework of a daily life RPG,” Swery explains. “I'm positive that the happiest town in the world and the most bizarre townspeople in the world will capture your heart and pull you deep into their world."
The Good Life release date: TBC
Project Tingler is certainly… something. There's a lot going on in the trailer for this piece of surreal erotica: we have gay cowboys, rainbow penises, and Jim Sterling voicing some sort of monkey man. We’re sure that ticks off at least one thing on everyone's list of videogame needs and wants.
This unique project comes from game designer Zoe Quinn and Chuck Tingle - author of Gaygent Brontosaurus: The Butt Is Not Enough and Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt - and appears to be a sort of FMV point-and-click adventure game. Well, our interest is piqued.
Project Tingler release date: TBC
Fully titled 'The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 - Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie - Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa', Barkley 2 is the sequel to one of the oddest fangames to ever exist, Charles Barkley's Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden. It was Kickstarted in December 2012 and has been in some form of development ever since. If it will ever come out is up for debate, but it's worth keeping track of for "WTF?" points alone.
Barkley 2 release date: TBC
What if Dark Souls was more literally dark? Here’s Ashen to answer: it’d be well depressing. With a heavy focus on co-op and hub towns to return NPCs to, it’s grossly difficult combat paired with a flat, simple art style and it looks really nice.
Ashen release date: TBC
Into the Breach
The FTL folks are back, and if that's not enough to get you excited... well, for one thing, there might be something wrong with you. That aside, it's an isometric turn-based strategy game where you must save the Earth from various kaiju-sized threats by commanding humongous robots. It looks extremely rad.
Into the Breach release date: TBC
Joining its erstwhile brother in fragging as a likely 2017 release, Unreal Tournament is taking a different tack – its been in open development since its earliest stages. As in, since they were still developing weapon models, deciding on movement mechanics, the very groundwork of the game. It’s going to be free and supported by cosmetic microtransactions. They’re still calling it pre-alpha so who knows when it will be out.
Unreal Tournament release date: TBC
Werewolf: The Apocalypse
Other than this definitely happening we don't know a whole lot about it. You'll play a Werewolf and will probably tear stuff up at a high rate. It's to be the first WOD game since Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, so a heavy weight is on it to be proper good.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse release date: TBC
Ubisoft Avatar Game
We don’t yet have a title for Ubisoft’s upcoming Avatar game, but we do know it’s going to be a triple-A title for PC and consoles. Developers Massive Entertainment will be working with James Cameron’s film production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, to make it possible. We’re speculating a holiday 2018 release.
Ubisoft Avatar Game release date: TBC
Age of Empires 4
The biggest new game announcement of Gamescom 2017 by some distance was Age of Empires 4. It’s being developed by Relic Entertainment - the team behind Dawn of War and Company of Heroes - and you can see more in the announcement trailer above. It was also revealed at the end of the Age of Empires’ Gamescom stream that us lucky folk would be receiving definitive editions of Age of Empires 2 and 3.
Age of Empires 4 release date: TBC
Sky looks an awful lot like the PS4-only Journey - thatgamecompany’s star outing - but that’s enough to get us PC players excited. After the timed exclusivity of the game on Apple products, that is.
We don’t know how long this charming-looking indie will only be available on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, but, as with the underwater beauty Abzu, we hope to see Sky on PC soon.
Sky release date: TBC
Necromunda: Underhive Wars
Try not to cheer too loud: those folks behind Mordheim are making the 40k equivalent, Necromunda, and there really isn't any excuse for it not to be great. Again, not a lot is known about it yet, but we're primed and ready for a trailer and gameplay details aplenty.
Necromunda: Underhive Wars release date: TBC
Morphies Law is a bizarrely engaging “robot morphology-driven” shooter. In other words, shooting an opponent means you steal some of their body mass. Precisely where you target on your opponent’s anatomy matters too: if you’re a sniper and you keep nailing those headshots your own head will grow, and if you keep shooting people in the legs your legs grow longer.
This then impacts how you interact with and navigate the environment. For instance, your newly-grown legs will allow you to jump higher and an increased butt mass enables you to use your posterior as a jetpack. We did say it was bizarre.
Morphies Law release date: TBC
Magic: The Gathering Arena
You’ve probably heard of the famous trading card game Magic: The Gathering. Old news, right? But now we know that Wizards of the Coast will be bringing out Magic: The Gathering Arena after their Twitch stream on September 7. Arena is the first game to come from Wizard of the Coast’s in-house studio, Digital Games Studio.
Wizards say that Arena will focus on “fast-paced, exciting, and easy-to-follow” gameplay and that there will be a beta test initially focusing on casual play featuring cards from the card game’s Ixalan release.
Magic: The Gathering Arena release date: TBC
Capybara's latest has been delayed more times than the end of the world. Below was originally meant to come out as early as 2014 with an announcement stating as much at E3 2013. That was four years ago, and after a delay in August 2016, it never revealed itself again. Capy did say they were deliberately going dark until it was done, but who knows when it may resurface. We hope it does soon.
Below release date: TBC
Like a neon fever dream made flesh, Drift Stage has been hanging around the internet for a couple of years now, and we're getting tired of grinding our teeth. The developers are running a non-Steam early access plan through their website, but $60,000 on Kickstarter back in 2015 hasn't led to a release date any time soon.
Drift Stage release date: TBC
Crytek’s latest has morphed once in its lifetime – going from Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age to its current title. It’s a co-op monster hunting game with a creepy aesthetic, creating PvPvE moments of terror, hunting in pairs while trying to avoid each other. If it ever comes out it should be pretty good.
Hunt: Showdown release date: TBC
Galaxy in Turmoil
Here's a good, or at least reasonable, end to one of the many fan-game turned cease-and-desist stories. Galaxy in Turmoil used to be a fan-made Star Wars Battlefront successor until EA and Disney gave it the "er, actually." Instead of taking their space-ball and going home, Frontwire Studios decided to keep it up and have got as far as space walks now.
Galaxy in Turmoil release date: TBC
Nobody knows what's going on with Death Stranding. Probably not even Hideo Kojima does. We're not even sure it's coming to PC as well as its Sony-funded home, but its showings so far have been as mad as a box of frogs and that just makes us want to tell you about it. The Mads Mikkelsen trailer reinforced this after the initial reveal and honestly we can't wait for more. Doesn't even matter if it never comes out.
Death Stranding realease date: TBC
System Shock 3
The other side of the System Shock development split, System Shock 3 is likely a long, long way off. We know Warren Spector is involved and… that’s about it. Otherside Entertainment are doing the actual production, with Spector now there as studio director – we’re expecting to hear more from them through 2017.
System Shock 3 release date: TBC
Life is Strange 2
Beyond an extremely short video celebrating incredible sales for the original game, Life is Strange 2 is mostly a mystery. We expect to hear more before the year's out but it's almost certainly a 2018 game at best. Chloe and Max are unlikely to return and you can expect more feels right to the face.
Life is Strange 2 release date: TBC
The next game from those guys who made The Witcher – you might have heard of it. They announced it far, far too early with a teaser trailer and we’ve heard nothing official since. They’re even got a little sick of answering questions about it, it seems, but did get funding for some special city tech recently. Supposedly, it’ll be out before 2019, but who knows.
Cyberpunk 2077 release date: 2077?
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Yes, it’s happening (dot gif) but it’s probably a long, long ways off. According to creator Michel Ancel it’s at “day zero of development” and they’re looking for a lot of community input to get it moving. Yes, somehow, we’ve found a game likely to come out after Cyberpunk 2077. Expect to hear more… at some point.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 release date: Beyond Space And Time, Probably.
These are the upcoming PC games that have got us most excited. Any games on the horizon that have you seriously considering a pre-order? Let us know in the comments.