Upcoming PC games

Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

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 gamers 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 the year in our round-up of 2016's top releases.

And there's plenty on the horizon to feel positive about. From franchise heavyweights to inventive indies, the sheer range of exciting titles due for release in the not too distant future is enough to spread a smile across the face of even the most cynical of gamers. Well, almost. 

Upcoming PC games Q1 2017

Resident Evil VII

Upcoming PC games Resident Evil 7

Absolutely nobody outside of Capcom expected the familiar Resident Evil / Biohazard logo to pop up at the end of this sequel's E3 reveal. The series that defined third-person shooting until Gears came along has turned its back on that perspective altogether, leaping instead into the eyes of a non-combatant creeping through a derelict plantation mansion in rural America. Obvious P.T. comparisons aside, this is a brave reinvention worth keeping a close (wide, bloodshot) eye on.

Resident Evil 7 release date: January 24, 2017

 

For Honor

Upcoming PC games For Honor

Close your eyes and think back: what was the last straight-up Ubi single-player campaign you played? One that wasn’t buried in an open-world or stirred into some kind of multiplayer offering?

For Honor presents just that - a set of tightly-designed levels from the Montreal studio that, lest we forget, once made Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Expect a narrator, big hairy vikings, and an absorbing sword fighting system inspired by real medieval styles.

For Honor release date: February 14, 2017

 

Sniper Elite 4

Upcoming PC games Sniper Elite 4

Rebellion’s dependable snipe ‘n’ sneak series returns for the new year. Though the x-ray bollock-splitting cam has long since lost any novelty it might have held, the studio have pledged to improve AI with more inquisitive enemies, and to continue their trend towards larger and more freeform levels.

What’s truly new is an intriguing morale mechanic that sees soldiers retreat if you manage to pick off an officer early in a mission. Sniper Elite 4 is certainly ambitious enough to merit a delay into 2017.

Sniper Elite 4 release date: February 14, 2017

 

Halo Wars 2

Upcoming PC games Halo Wars 2

First twist: there’s going to be a second Halo Wars, following the respectable console RTS from 2009. Second twist: it’s in development not at Microsoft but at Creative Assembly, with the help of 343 Industries. Third twist: it’s not the Total War team who are making it, but the Alien: Isolation lot.

This unlikely sequel returns to the human crew aboard the UNSC warship Spirit of Fire, while introducing a new alien faction known as the Banished. Both are playable(!).

Halo Wars 2 release date: February 21, 2017

 

Nier: Automata

Upcoming PC games Nier: Automata

We’re living in a new age, where JRPGs are just as at home on PC as they are every other gaming box. Get used to it and start reaping the benefits. Automata is a follow-up to the well-remembered, Square-published Nier, and stars androids with names like 2B and 9S in a world ravaged by a proxy war between machines.

This one is coming courtesy of PlatinumGames, so you know Automata's combat will be particularly special.

Nier: Automata release date: February 23, 2017

 

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Upcoming PC games Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Ghost Recon has sometimes struggled to find its place along Ubisoft’s spectrum of stealth-action games - jostling for space with Rainbow Six and Assassin’s Creed - but it’s now decided to be Far Cry crossed with GTA, and that turns out to be a really attractive idea. Shoot narcos every which way you like.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands release date: March 7, 2017

 

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Upcoming PC games Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Star Trek: Bridge Crew was perhaps the most pleasant surprise at E3 2016 - a VR recreation of a USS vessel you can occupy with a bunch of goggle-wearing mates. Together, you’ll endeavour to keep the thing in one piece, playing your given role as captain or engineer to ready the ship for warp or raise shields for battle.

Behind it all are Ubisoft’s Red Storm, the multiplayer specialists who birthed Rainbow Six.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew release date: March 14, 2017

 

Yooka-Laylee

Upcoming PC games Yooka-Laylee

To hell with ultra realistic settings, brutal melee takedowns and all things trendy in gaming, give us vibrant colours, some endearing animal protagonists, and loads of floaty jumping any day of the week. Yooka-Laylee, a crowdfunded throwback to the 3D platformers of the '90s, is offering up something a little lighter for gamers to sink their teeth into - just as you'd expect given that it's being made by ex-Banjo-Kazooie devs.

Yooka-Laylee release date: March, 2017

 

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Upcoming PC games Torment: Tides of Numenera

Another old-school RPG looking to get you all warm and fuzzy with nostalgia. A spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, this classic isometric roleplayer will carry on the heavy themes of its inspiration, but transfer the action to the setting of Numenera (an already established pen-and-paper RPG world). Expect a heavily story-led, dialogue-rich campaign exploring the darkest corners of existence and mortality, a solid helping of wit, and tactical combat rife with opportunity.

Torment: Tides of Numenera release date: Q1 2017

 

Upcoming PC games Q2 2017

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Upcoming PC games Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

With a name that sounds like an amalgam of Sniper Elite and Ghost Recon, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is... well, somewhere between Sniper Elite and Ghost Recon. This is a tactical FPS, set in an open-world for the first time in the series, that finds a retired US marine hunting a target through Georgia (Eastern Europe, not the Deep South).

While previous Sniper: Ghost Warrior games suffered for smaller budgets, this one is said to be a proper triple-A production.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 release date: April 4, 2017

 

Upcoming PC games TBC 2017

Dawn of War III

Upcoming PC games Dawn of War III

For seven years the forge worlds lay silent - or so we thought. Turns out Relic have fired them up again for Dawn of War III, producing huge numbers of units to match the original game’s bigger battles, as well as ginormous walkers designed to swallow a sizeable portion of your screen. Expect Eldar, Orks and Space Marines to converge on the mysterious world of Acheron, where they’ve found - what else? - a terrible weapon.

Dawn of War III release date: TBC, 2017

 

Divinity: Original Sin II

Upcoming PC games Divinity Original Sin 2

2014’s Divinity: Original Sin was one of best classic RPGs made in recent years, with plenty of charm, depth and challenge to spare. Larian Studios’ follow up promises the same respect for player choices, new origin stories, a revamped crafting system and addictive competitive party elements. And we can attest to all of this following our Original Sin II hands-on.

Divinity: Original Sin II release date: TBC, 2017

 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Upcoming PC games South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Obsidian opened a wildly successful series of RPGs with South Park: The Stick of Truth, but it continues on without them. Ubi are tackling this one internally, sensibly sticking to the map left behind by some of the most respected role-playing designers in the world. No bad news here - except for that which saw The Fractured But Whole delayed into 2017.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole release date: TBC, 2017

 

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Upcoming PC games 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: TBC, 2017

 

Frozen Synapse 2

Upcoming PC games Frozen Synapse 2

After distilling the merits of their simultaneously turn-based tactical shooter in 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

 

Star Citizen

Upcoming PC games Star Citizen

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 will 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, that is…

Star Citizen release date: TBC, 2017

 

Dauntless

Dauntless

After a well-received reveal at The Game Awards 2016, Dauntless will doubtless (ha!) enter a period of hibernation while the brains behind it put the F2P Monster Hunter-esque together. We're hoping to hear some more from them very soon, so stay tuned to PCGamesN - which we know you're doing anyway, you lovely lot.

Dauntless release date: TBC, 2017.

 

Death Stranding

Death Stranding release date

Nobody knows what's going on with Death Stranding, probably not even Hideo Kojima. We're not even sure it's coming to PC as well as its Sony-funded home, but it is 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: TBA.

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.

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Kinth! avatarMaliceAlyce avatarFed-Up avatarFayde avataramirabd2130 avatarFattox avatar+10
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1 Year ago

Battleborn's been pushed back to May 3rd, fyi.

...personally I'm most hyped for Dishonored 2 - gonna be sweet! =]

And as for a game not mentioned - I really hope we'll get to see Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord by the end of 2016....

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Billy1234 Avatar
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11 Months ago

Yeah i hope so too!

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samuel.blck Avatar
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2 Months ago

I'm playing the first M and B right now, so good, but the learning curve is kinda messing with me.

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Kinth! Avatar
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1 Year ago

Get Enter The Gungeon on there, it looks incredible.

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amirabd2130 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Forgot about Rise of Tomb Raider & Need for Speed?! :)

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Jordan Forward Avatar
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1 Year ago

Thanks for the suggestions, have added both to the list.

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Mctittles Avatar
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1 Year ago

My most anticipated game in and long time is "Hover Junkers" and I cannot even remember the last time I was this excited about an upcoming title. Watching their youtube multiplayer battles looks like it will change gaming forever!

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Billy1234 Avatar
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11 Months ago

Is Stellaris meant for 2016?

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llubtoille Avatar
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11 Months ago

I was a little disappointed to realize the 'snake game' in the title, was actually just an Xcom 2 enemy. Snake-dude looks boss.

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DustyGerkin Avatar
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10 Months ago

I actually liked Homefront. Fingers crossed for this one.

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QDP2 Avatar
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3 Months ago

Maybe not confirmed but I think it's fair to assume a 2017 release window.

TBC 2017 - Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

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ZedClampet Avatar
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11 Months ago

Mass Effect and Resident Evil 0 could be added. Two I'll definitely be buying so long as ME really comes out this year.

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Fattox Avatar
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11 Months ago

Woah there. What about Dragon's Dogma? Jan 15th i believe.

Factorio will also be coming to Steam late Feb, but i guess as an Early Access title. I have to give it an honourable mention since i've been addicted to it lately.

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AnAuldWolf Avatar
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5 Months ago

Probably posted in this before. But these articles tend to pop up again, so I'll post again!

I almost clapped when I saw Abzu there. If it's anything as promising as it looks to be, then I'd be very happy. Then again, I was happy with Submerged, which not a lot of people like. I just enjoy mystery, exploration, and less of a focus on violence for the sake of it.

No Man's Sky is kind of on my radar... but mostly not. I really dislike the dull, boring, and entirely uninteresting spaceships. This is a space where you could have your ship be a living squid that you've bonded with that has its own personality and character, and instead of stupid bloody glass cockpits from ancient fighter jets you could have cool telepathic symbiotic HUDs that borrow from more modern things like the HoloLens. It bugs me immensely that few developers realise that they could actually have the starship itself be a character. It would add so much to a game like No Man's Sky.

Battleborn has Nova. I adore Nova. I adored her even more in The Saboteur mission where she's just so hype to be on an away mission with everyone and out of the ship. I think she's getting added to the game, soon, as a giant, bulky bloody robot. A very different vision from the robotic body BioWare decided on for EDI. I'm glad that Battleborn exists, again. It shows me that we can go further than EDI and boring ship designs. Did you notice how insectoid the Battleborn ship is? No? Then you're not very observant! You should go and look at them!

It made me so happy when I saw that Nova's ship design was basically that of a giant bug, it even has legs!

I'm sorry that I fixate on these things, but we seem to have a sexual fetish and an obsession with our own dullness, irrelevance, and how boring we are. Spaceship designs rarely change, they've got flight sticks, glass cockpits, and anachronistic designs which are all about nostalgia. There is next to no creativity in this space. It's like everyone is fighting each other to see who can make the most uninspired spaceship. I expect that whichever video game has spaceships next might continually broadcast an annoyingly monotone person counting the rings of a tree stump. Though even that would be too interesting!

Grump grump grump.

No Man's Sky is really ruined for me by this. I don't know if I'll be able to get past it. It's like... You have an entire Universe, hooray! Now let's go and explore it in the equivalent of a shitty, used Chrysler K-car. That doesn't take the wind out of the sales of grand exploration at all, eh? I keep asking this but when'd we become so xenophobic, technophobic, and soporifically dull? Space sim gamers are the most boring of old men. Lifelong bean counters with not a single interesting story to tell.

And it taints the pool for everyone else. You could have interesting spaceship designs that would appeal to younger gamers who're more relevant to the Zeitgeist, but no. Games like this seem almost happy about their own irrelevancy. And that evokes much sadness in me, as I am a creature of romantic wonder. It's what I do. It's my morning bowl of raison d'etre (thanks, Homer).

I remember Earth: Final Conflict back in the '90s had awesome spaceships and cool techno-organic stuff. That was so, so promising. Where'd all that imagination go? I really do miss it, you know?

Please developers. INTERESTING SHIPS THAT TRAVEL SPACE. Thank you.

Yooka-Laylee is so promising. Please don't be a let down. I don't really have a whole lot to say about that other than I loved how spirited that era of gaming was. I miss fun, sassy heroes. That's part of why Battleborn felt like a return to the '90s/early '00s. It was fun, funny, and it wasn't afraid to make you laugh. I want more of that. I really like the humour of it so far, and the mechanics, at least from what I've seen. I have hopes.

TACOMA? This elicited an 'OH MY GOD, a space game that actually has bits of genuine, honest to goodness futuristic stuff in it, rather than looking like a chrome-plated barn in space' from me. So I have the cautious hopes for this, too. I did enjoy Gone Home, though. It was a lovely explorative experience.

And that's about that, then.

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MaliceAlyce Avatar
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1 Year ago

Only one I'm excited to play is Dark Souls, the rest are meh imo.

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Fayde Avatar
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1 Year ago

Dishonored 2 is up there too but I agree with you on the rest.

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MaliceAlyce Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'm probably one of the few that didn't like Dishonoured. One game that's not in this list I'm really keen for is Lost Ark Online, but that could be a while

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Fattox Avatar
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1 Year ago

Hitman and JC3 for me. Different strokes for different folks? :p

This might be the first DS game i skip out on. Had too many lagstabs to bother getting it unless i can opt-out of the PvP. I'm usually all about PvP in any game that has it, but it felt broken to me in DS1/2. Never tried it while playing DeS, though i expect it was much of the same.

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Lolssi Avatar
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1 Year ago

Didn't care for Dishonored myself either. It was supposed to be game that I like even though I don't really care about steampunk. Combat was fun but to get the good ending had to sneak most of the time and that got bit boring.

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