What are the best upcoming 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.
Related: the latest games released on PC.
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.
Upcoming PC Games Q4 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
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: 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
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
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 MMO tech, Worlds Adrift is about sky pirates and a massive, persistant world. 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 another 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
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: January 26, 2018
There are loads of simulation games out there - for cities, planes, and even farms. But train fans have had to wait some time for a upcoming game for them. However, their patience - which has been tested since 2006’s Railroad Tycoon - has recently been rewarded.
Railway Empire, from the team behind Tropico, has 40 different types of train for fans to build their business on, and 300 technologies to research. That, and the building of rail stations, maintenance buildings, and factories, will surely keep railway fans busy once the game pulls up to the station.
Railway Empire release date: January 26, 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
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
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 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
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: 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
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 fresh 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
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: Q2 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
Steel Rats is a bike adventure game that blends Trials with Inside, which would be excellent if we were any good at it. This really is not a game for casuals: messing around on your Harley Davidson-esque motorbike in this dark, dieselpunk world feels like learning to ride all over again.
From the developers behind Urban Trial Freestyle, Steel Rats allows you to choose one of four greaser gang characters to save the industrial Coastal City from an invasion of dastardly robots. The Blade Runner and Tron influences are clear throughout; Steel Rats promises to be a treat.
Steel Rats release date: Summer 2018
The Gardens Between
As Arina and Frendt, you will journey through dreamworlds, solving the mind-bending temporal puzzles in your way. Over the course of your adventure, more about the pair’s friendship are revealed as the theme of childhood is explored.
The Gardens Between release date: Q3 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
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: Late 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
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 2018
Revived by SimBin after a messy cancellation in the bad old days, GTR 3 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 a 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
Untitled Goose Game
The game doesn’t have a name yet but that doesn’t matter. All you need to be convinced you need this game in your life is the pre-alpha footage above. This untitled goose game appears to be built around two interactions: honking, and grasping things with your beak. It’s certainly, er, something.
Untitled Goose Game 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
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 2018
Remember Theme Hospital? Developer Oxymoron Games does, too. In fact, they are pretty brazen about their version, Project Hospital, and how similar it is to its inspiration. Oxymoron Games claim that it will “cure your nostalgia.”
But you won’t just be running a hospital: this upcoming game will charge you with building your own medical empire. Since you will be juggling the needs of patients and the power supply of our hospitals, we admire your commitment to the Hippocratic Oath.
Project Hospital 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
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 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 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 an early 1900s setting comes 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
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
A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
Total War Sagas are spin-off series of the main Creative Assembly titles that focus on “flashpoint” moments in history, the first of which being Thrones of Britannia.
In this first Total War Saga, it is the year 878, and the Vikings have established themselves on the British mainland, but the native kings are yet to be overthrown. For Total War and fans of strategy games generally, this is an upcoming game to watch out for.
A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia release date: TBC 2018 AD
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 now the target. That's disappointing but some will wait however long they need to.
Shenmue 3 release date: TBC 2018
It is a dungeon-crawler ‘stroke’ dating sim, in which your character feels desire for the weapons they dispatch their foes with. To fight the waves of enemies coming your way, you will need to woo your weapons and take them on dates. The best weapons probably have higher damage and penetration stats, we surmise.
Boyfriend Dungeon release date: TBC 2019
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
Guacamelee was an excellent Metroidvania wrassle ‘em up, and the platforming sequel is chokeslamming its way onto PC. In Guacamelee 2, the original game’s famous chicken returns, but is complimented by a four-player co-op mode.
Guacamelee 2 release date: “soon-ish”
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
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
Paris Games Week 2017 gave us plenty of goodies, but Spelunky 2 is up there with the biggest announcements. Expect more, well, spelunking and randomly-generated levels in this challenging indie game sequel as the now older platforming protagonist has been replaced by his daughter - and her beloved pug, Monty.
Spelunky 2 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
God Eater 3
In the God Eater RPG series from Bandai Namco, you wield massive God Arc weapons that function as supernatural swiss army knives that transform between melee and ranged combat forms.
The latest entry to the series, God Eater 3, has been announced, but there are few concrete details about the game so far. Expect more massive weapons and battles with borderline de-ific monsters.
God Eater 3 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
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition
Many felt that, when Neverwinter Nights came out in 2002, that it was the definitive videogame version of the Dungeons and Dragons pen-and-paper RPG. D&D fans should be pleased to hear that developer Beamdog are not just working on an Enhanced Edition: the wealth of content that the community has produced for the game will be compatible, too.
This new, shiny edition will feature crisper visuals through pixel shaders and lighting and post-processing effects, plus 1080p and 4K support.
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition release date: TBC
Age of Empires 4
The biggest 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 extended 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
World of Warcraft Classic
There are not many details on this nostalgia-driven reimagining, but Blizzard have finally done what fans have been badgering them to do for years: World of Warcraft Classic. That is despite the fact that Blizzard have only just started hiring for it.
All we have to go on for this upcoming game is the beautiful trailer you can see above, but we do know that, according to executive producer J. Allen Brack, Blizzard “want to replicate the game experience.” This, obviously, sounds excellent, but we could do without the grind, thanks.
World of Warcraft Classic release date: TBC
Magic: The Gathering Arena
You’ve probably heard of the famous trading card game Magic: The Gathering. 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
Ascent: Infinite Realms
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the smash hit of 2017, turning the notion of battle royale into a genre, and an immensely popular one at that. Now Bluehole are looking to be just as successful in the MMORPG space, with Ascent: Infinite Realms.
This upcoming game is a steampunk take on the genre with elaborate, customisable airships doing battle with gargantuan dragons and massive mechs. Its PvP mode sees players do battle between realms, where “factions fight for fame and glory, taking turns to lead offensive and defensive efforts using all kinds of fantastical flying vehicles.” We are in.
Ascent: Infinite Realms 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
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.