What are the best upcoming games to keep an eye on this year and the 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 not a single one of them is destined for certain success. Masterpieces are released alongside utter disasters, series are born while others dwindle and, occasionally, a game actually lives up to our expectations.
So how can we possibly navigate all the dizzying number of announcements, trailers, and teases to find which of the upcoming PC games we should devote our finite supply of hype to? Us old PCGamesN sages have been round the videogame block plenty of times already, so we’re perfectly placed to tell you about the titles you should be saving your pennies up for. Below you’ll find the upcoming PC games you should keep on your radar.
Here are all the upcoming PC games you need to know about by quarter:
Civilization 6: Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm is the next expansion invading Firaxis’ strategy game in early 2019, and we’ve got plenty of new civs, wonders, and more as we look to conquer the world all over again.
Before the Civ 6: Gathering Storm release date comes you’re going to need to bone up on environmental matters, though: from natural disasters to dangerous carbon emissions, this new content has a distinctly ecological theme.
Civilization 6: Gathering Storm release date: February 14, 2019
Far Cry New Dawn
You thought it was all over once the Cult dropped those nukes all over Hope County, didn’t you? Well Far Cry New Dawn proves you thought wrong. 17 years after the now-canon apocalyptic ending, you and a band of survivors are scrambling for resources against the evil Highwaymen.
With repeatable Expedition raid missions and outposts that escalate in difficulty, Far Cry New Dawn’s co-op looks healthier than ever. The setting might ostensibly be the same but, now that Mother Nature reclaimed her troubled Earth, there’s plenty more to discover.
Far Cry: New Dawn release date: February 15, 2019
Despite running out of books to base the stories on, the Metro isn’t done. It’s heading outside, for a year-round story; Metro Exodus isn’t set in an open world, but it instead takes place around several massive, interconnected levels linked by train journeys with horrible consequences.
Metro Exodus’ day/night cycle makes 4A Games’ latest the most strategically deep yet. 2033 might have rationed your ammo to turn it into a form of scarce currency, but your visibility in Exodus’ large levels will force you to think carefully about your approach.
Metro Exodus release date: February 15, 2019
How do you make explosions even more explosive? Get the cloud to compute them. That’s the plan for Crackdown 3, the years-late sequel to one of the Xbox’s most popular games.
Crackdown 3 release date: February 15, 2019
Yakuza games on PC are like buses: you wait ages for one, and then two come along, er, months apart. We’ve already punched our way through Sega’s Tokyo-set prequel in Yakuza 0, and we’re itching to revisit the fictional Kabukicho and Sotenburi districts Kiryu calls home in Kiwami.
Originally released in 2005 in Japan, Yakuza Kiwami is a remaster of the first game that sees Kiryu get further sucked into Tokyo’s seedy underbelly of organised crime. Us PC players might have had to wait a while for the series to arrive on mice and keyboards, but at least we get spruced-up 4K and uncapped frame rates to make up for it.
Yakuza Kiwami release date: February 19, 2019
“Trials is all about crashing with style, and getting up again,” according to Trials Rising creative director Antti Ilvessuo. And, in that spirit, the Trials series has dusted itself down and come back for more side-scrolling motorbike stunt action – you can even backflip off the Eiffel Tower on a tandem bike.
Trials Rising release date: February 26, 2019
You have four different Anthem Javelins from which to choose: the tanky Colossus, agile Interceptor, all-rounder Ranger, and the magical Storm. Each feel distinct but it’s the exhilarating freedom of Anthem’s flying that really sets it apart from the rest of the grind fests.
Anthem release date: February 22, 2019
dirt rally 2.0
Leave the tarmac behind with Dirt Rally 2.0, a racing sim that takes you to real-life off-road environments from Argentina to Australia. Create a team of cars for different racing strategies and drive them on different circuits from the FIA World Rallycross championship.
Dead or Alive 6
In a fighting series known perhaps more for the animation of its wobbly bits than its actual scrapping, Dead or Alive 6 sees Koei Tecmo endeavour to make the game “less sexualised”. With updated graphics and combat systems in, too, we’ll have to wait and see if they succeed.
Dead or Alive 6 release date: March 1, 2019
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’s set in the same universe as the Front Mission games and takes place in a version of the 21st century where most of the world’s powers have been consolidated into warring supranational blocs.
Left Alive release date: March 5, 2019
DEVIL MAY CRY 5
Nero and Dante are back. We’re already ten years on from the previous mainline Devil May Cry game, so we’re expecting this upcoming game to be quite the upgrade – although the Devil May Cry 5 system requirements aren’t too tough. In the E3 trailer we could spot plenty of returning characters and a setting that looks a lot like London.
Devil May Cry 5 release date: March 8, 2019
The Division 2
Two years on from the release of the original, Massive Entertainment is returning with a sequel to one of Ubisoft’s biggest service games this side of Rainbow Six Siege. We cannot wait to get back to betraying our teammates in the Dark Zone all over again.
Speaking of this tricksy area of double-crossing shenanigans, The Division 2’s Dark Zone promises a bright future. Not only are there three this time but, whether you remain a loyal agent of The Division, or go rogue, the refreshed endgame area is more refined and balance than ever.
The Division 2 release date: March 15, 2019
SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE
Yes, this upcoming game might be made by the peerless FromSoftware, but its latest is not what you were expecting. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice swaps souls for samurais, but brace yourself for no multiplayer, classes, or stats. Oh, it’s going to be harder, too. It might be different, but we think it can still learn plenty from Dark Souls.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice release date: March 22, 2019
Tropico 6 is just as dastardly dictatorial as previous entries in the strategy game series. This time you can quite literally steal the Statue of Liberty and put it on your front lawn.
It looks beautiful, too, thanks to it being “rebuilt from scratch”. Limbic Entertainment have not reused any old code or content, and it shows on its sun-dappled beaches and twinkling oceans. It also is shaping up to be one of the best in the series, too.
Tropico 6 release date: March 29, 2019
With 8-bit graphics, instant restarts, and a dose of 80’s aesthetic, there’s more than a passing nod to Jonatan Söderström and Dennis Wedin’s Hotline Miami in Katana ZERO. With a samurai protagonist and hack-and-slash gameplay, this is developer Askiisoft’s ode to this totally tubular decade.
Much like Hotline Miami, each room requires mastery as death sends you back through time to the beginning. But, once you find your rhythm, you’ll be slashing through mobsters and deflecting bullets back at goons like a proper action hero. The whole sequence then replays your glorious exploits back to you once you beat the room. In that sense, Katana ZERO isn’t just inspired by the action films of the 80s, but places you at the centre of it.
Katana ZERO release date: March 2019
We’re excited to have a go at some more city-builder goodness with Anno 1800. This Victorian-flavoured entry is a welcome change after the futuristic outing we enjoyed with Anno 2205. Expect lots of ships, smog, and vintage dresses. Oh, and, whatever you do, don’t mention the red pepper rebellion.
Anno 1800 release date: April 16, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11
A new Mortal Kombat game had long been teased up to its eventual reveal at The Game Awards 2018. Expect even more over-the-top ‘FINISH HIM’ gore when this latest entry to the infamous fighting games series surfaces.
Mortal Kombat 11 release date: April 23, 2019
SUPER MEAT BOY FOREVER
The name of Tommy Refenes’ platformer sequel refers to the fact that each stage can be played endlessly, but will get harder with each visit. The bright, precise levels return from the original as you rescue Nugget’s loved one.
Super Meat Boy Forever release date: April 2019
The original’s bonkers megatextures made it look excellent, but its gameplay was divisive. id are working with Avalanche Studios to address that with Rage 2 with even zanier gameplay to match its dark prettiness.
The goal is to somehow make Rage 2 “more crazy” than the first, and that’s not just because of all the crazy half-sheep half-cow monstrosities you’ll find. Here, ridiculous abilities and endlessly destructible environments combine to make this series more bombastic than ever.
Rage 2 release date: May 14, 2019
TOTAL WAR: THREE KINGDOMS
Total War: Three Kingdoms moves on from the ageing Total War: Attila engine and is the first era-spanning historical grand strategy game since Rome II. Diplomacy has been overhauled as has its battlefield graphics – as we found during our management of the Sun Jian ambush.
We were initially concerned about Creative Assembly’s upcoming outing, but Total War: Three Kingdoms crushes our fears with military efficiency after we spent 30 turns getting to grips with what could the series’ best and deepest yet.
Total War: Three Kingdoms release date: May 23, 2019
The latest videogame venture based on Games Workshop’s fantasy behemoth is an intriguing combination of Diablo and Path of Exile. We can’t wait to slice our way through the Old World in Warhammer: Chaosbane.
Warhammer: Chaosbane release date: June 4, 2019
Well, it’s happening. A massively successful Kickstarter, a presumably large amount of Sony cash, and an almost bottomless pile of hype. Delays have disappointed but some will wait for Shenmue 3 however long they need to.
Shenmue 3 release date: August 27, 2019
WORLD OF WARCRAFT CLASSIC
Blizzard is finally doing what fans have been badgering it to do for years: World of Warcraft Classic. For this upcoming PC game we know that, according to executive producer J. Allen Brack, Blizzard “want to replicate the game experience” of WoW back in its early years.
This sounds excellent, obviously, as long as we can somehow get more hours in the day with which to grind, thanks.
World of Warcraft Classic release date: Summer 2019
The next game from original XCOM creator Julian Gollop looks much more complex than XCOM. Phoenix Point is closest to Terror from the Deep in aesthetic and plays like a more complex version of Gollop’s classic. If you’re well into the resurgence of turn-based strategy and tactics games, you should be excited for its dark and terrifying geoscape.
Phoenix Point release date: September 2019
The Surge 2
The Surge was one of the better Souls-likes so we’re pleased to see the game’s dynamic limb-targeting system return in The Surge 2. Deck 13 claims the sequel will “expand greatly upon the formula” with more ambition and scale featuring “a sprawling, devastated city.”
The Surge 2 release date: TBC 2019
Biomutant came from pretty much nowhere, but the 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 2019
In Psychonauts 2 you continue playing as the same protagonist from the first game, Raz, who is a newly graduated Psychonaut with powerful psychic abilities. This sequel will delving further into parts of Rax’s family and the curse that continues to affect them.
Psychonauts 2 release date: TBC 2019
Gears of War 5
Don’t worry, you can get in on some new Gears action without resorting to messing around with those blasted Funko Pops. In Gears of War 5 we’ll be mowing down more waves of Locusts but, with Kait’s troubled state in mind from the previous game, the toughest battle in this fifth entry to the series might just take place within our burly squad.
In even better news, Gears 5 is built “from the ground up for PC” – it looks like that means we could be getting 4K at 60 fps. Locust slaughter will never have looked so good.
Gears of War 5 release date: TBC 2019
Avalanche Studios has a veritable, er, avalanche of games in the offing, and one of them features robots and the devastation of late 1980s Sweden. Generation Zero is a multiplayer co-op game with a distinct feel that combines Stranger Things with technological disaster.
Welding together Left 4 Dead, DayZ, and The Terminator, this is certainly a unique offering.
Generation Zero release date: TBC 2019
Paris Games Week 2017 gave us plenty of goodies, but Spelunky 2 is up there with the biggest announcements. Expect more spelunking, obviously, as you head into yet more randomly-generated levels in this challenging indie game sequel as the original platforming protagonist has been replaced by his daughter – and her beloved pug, Monty.
Spelunky 2 release date: TBC 2019
With its gun-toting third-person action gameplay redolent of Quantum Break and Max Payne, Control is unmistakably a Remedy game. We’re looking forward to seeing more of the enigmatic brutalist building that shifts around, and using more of the extremely cool Control gun, which is basically Excalibur.
Control release date: TBC 2019
The next offering from Platinum Games is a dark fantasy title, but we don’t have much else to go on than that when it comes to Babylon’s Fall. That doesn’t matter though: if it’s Platinum at the helm, we’re in.
The reveal trailer appears to reference the mythical Tower of Babel, but we’re most looking forward to engaging in what looks like electrical swordplay as considerably overdressed knights.
Babylon’s Fall release date: TBC 2019
Friends that slay Nazis together, slay together. Wolfenstein: Youngblood sees the series lurch forward in time to the 1980s and stars BJ’s twin daughters for some co-op slaughter. Its cheaper price suggests a Wolfenstein game akin in size to The Old Blood, but that’s no bad thing.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood release date: TBC 2019
The Outer Worlds
If Fallout 76 wasn’t what you’d hoped for, The Outer World’s might be the RPG for you. Developed by Obsidian – the minds behind New Vegas as the Fallout franchise as a whole – this resolutely single-player RPG plonks you in the midst of a deep colonial conspiracy.
The setting of Halcyon is bright, zany, and contained enough that you might actually have time to play something else in 2019, too.
The Outer Worlds release date: TBC 2019
SKULL & BONES
Black Flag and For Honor meet for PvP sailing, piracy, and cannon-firing in Skull & Bones. With a familiar UI and control mechanism for anyone that’s played Assassin’s Creed’s seabound adventure, it’s got some strange scoring mechanisms, and its not just about wiping out the enemy team.
Skull & Bones release date: TBC 2019
So, we’re getting the impression by now that battle royale games are kind of a big deal. Ok, we’re being facetious, but Housemarque believe they can move on from their arcade strengths to add something new to the king of the hill genre with Stormdivers. Here the ever-encroaching wall of slow, painful death is much more than that as turbulent tornadoes and other weather effects ravage the map during matches.
Stormdivers release date: TBC 2019
DYING LIGHT 2
You’d better prepare yourself for Dying Light 2: the decisions you make in this zombie parkour sequel will significantly alter the larger world as rival human factions compete for control. And, that’s just during the day. With Chris Avellone and The Witcher 3 writers on narrative duties, this is looking promising.
Dying Light 2 release date: TBC 2019
Besides the Facebook announcement from GSC Game World owner Sergiy Grygorovych that STALKER 2 is in development, we know absolutely nothing about the upcoming survival horror sequel.
All we have is an official site with a new logo and a release date. This isn’t the first time the game has been in production, but fingers crossed everything goes swimmingly this time.
STALKER 2 release date: TBC 2021
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered
Most FPS fans will have fond memories of killstreaks, assiduously maintaining kill/death ratios, and blasting away noob campers in seminal shooter, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. These fans will undoubtedly be shocked to learn that, according to trusted source, CharlieINTEL, that its 2018-bound remaster will not include multiplayer.
The story is still strong and it will cost a reduced $25 in relation to the $40 price of the the original game’s remaster, at least. It’s initial April 30, 2018 launch came and went with nothing, however.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered release date: TBC
Unreal Tournament has been in open development since its earliest stages. As in, since the team was developing weapon models and deciding on movement mechanics – y’know, the very groundwork of the game. It’s going to be free and supported by cosmetic microtransactions. It’s still being called a pre-alpha so who knows when it’ll be out.
Unreal Tournament release date: TBC
Hell is coming to Earth. But, in better news, we’re getting the upcoming game we actually wanted from Bethesda. We will almost certainly be waiting a while for the Doom Eternal but, when it arrives, we’re sure we’ll love being bathed in more beautiful demonic viscera – despite its “restrained” game design.
Doom Eternal release date: TBC
Werewolf: The Apocalypse
In Werewolf, the chances are that you’ll be tearing things up at a high rate. It’s to be the first World of Darkness game since Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, so a heavy weight is on it to be properly good.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse release date: TBC
Age of Empires 4
Age of Empires 4 is being developed by Relic Entertainment – the team behind Dawn of War and Company of Heroes.
It’s exciting, of course, but does the RTS genre really need it? The series has been seminal in the triple-A strategy space, but we’ll have to wait and see whether Age of Empires 4 can imbue it with new life.
Age of Empires 4 release date: TBC
You’re going to be waiting a while for this upcoming game: Halo Infinite’s release date looks a long way off largely because the reveal trailer we saw during Microsoft’s conference was only an engine demo. 343 Industries says the game is so ambitious that it “needed” the new Slipspace Halo Infinite engine – so this might even be a next-gen Master Chief shooter.
Halo Infinite release date: TBC
MAVERICKS: PROVING GROUNDS
Ever felt that the 100-player battlegrounds of PUBG and Fortnite are a little too sparsely populated? Well, this upcoming game from developer Automaton might be for you. Mavericks: Proving Grounds puts 1,000 battle royale players into the mix. To get a taste of the chaos, try out the Mavericks: Proving Grounds closed beta.
Mavericks: Proving Grounds release date: TBC
Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass
Partly funded by Humble and first revealed in the prehistory of 2013, Croteam confirmed that we would see more of Serious Sam 4. From what we’ve seen so far, this is the real deal: the teaser trailer shows the big man cruising through an idyllic countryside on a motorbike before rendering a brainless goon, well, brainless with a shotgun.
Serious Sam 4 release date: TBC
Dead Island 2
Dead Island 2 still exists, apparently, and is making “fantastic progress” at take-over developer Sumo. Exactly how much it’ll resemble the weird Californian sun-pocalypse we saw on display during the original announcement is anyone’s guess.
Development on the first-person zombie smasher has been chaotic to say the least. Last we heard in July 2018, Dead Island 2 is still in development. When it comes to the nature of its current state, however, is anybody’s guess.
Dead Island 2 release date: TBC
Watch Dogs 3
From a series of cheeky hints, we had an idea that a third installment in Ubisoft’s hack-a-thon series is in development. However, it was Sam, Ubisoft’s own gaming assistant, that confirmed Watch Dogs 3 exists in some form. If you ask Sam about the game it says: “Watch Dogs 3 is not finished yet, but from the last early build I tried it’s very solid. The dev team works wonders! Can’t wait for you to try it!”
Watch Dogs 3 release date: TBC
FromSoftware might be muscling its way into the nails-hard action of samurai games, but Team Ninja’s Souls-like will return. We don’t know for certain if the upcoming game is coming to PC, but the original found its way onto Steam eventually, so we’re crossing our fingers that we can wield William’s blades and batter the yokai once again.
Nioh 2 release date: TBC
Magic: The Gathering Arena
You’ve probably heard of the famous trading card game Magic: The Gathering. Now the game’s publisher Wizards of the Coast is releasing Magic: The Gathering Arena, a new digital version of the game. Arena is the first project to come from the in-house studio, Digital Games Studio.
Wizards says that Arena will focus on “fast-paced, exciting, and easy-to-follow” gameplay, and that the beta test will initially focus on casual play, featuring cards from the card game’s Ixalan release. Here’s how it can compete with Hearthstone and Artifact.
Magic: The Gathering Arena release date: TBC
The Elder Scrolls 6
Bethesda finished its E3 2018 conference in the best way possible by announcing the upcoming PC game we all wanted: The Elder Scrolls VI. With only a teaser trailer of some rocky hills, ruined castles, and coastlines to go on, we’re still waiting on a setting and an Elder Scrolls 6 release date.
The Elder Scrolls 6 release date: TBC
When Bethesda took to the stage at E3 2018, The Elder Scrolls 6 was not the only major surprise reveal. We can also get excited about upcoming space game, Starfield. It’s much further along than the company’s famous fantasy series, however, but that’s about all we know so far. Regardless, it’s got our interstellar interest piqued.
Starfield release date: TBC
Ascent: Infinite Realm
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a smash hit, turning the notion of battle royale into a genre, and an immensely popular one at that. Now publisher Bluehole is looking to be just as successful in the MMORPG space, with Ascent: Infinite Realm.
This upcoming PC 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.”
Ascent: Infinite Realms release date: TBC
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
The long-awaited follow-up to crowd favourite Mount & Blade, this sequel is promising to be bigger and better in pretty much every way. The developer has focused on two areas so far in reveals: humongous siege battles and making the game moddable. With the latter, the studio is going as far it can, giving modders as much power as possible to make the game even better.
Mount & Blade 2 release date: TBC
Transforming hard-boiled detective fiction into an isometric RPG, Disco Elysium is a refreshingly zany high-fantasy adventure. It’s up to you to crack a large, open-ended case by interrogating suspects, exploring the city of Revanchol, and making choices that will define the kind of cop you’d like to be.
Disco Elysium release date: TBC
Without a doubt one of the most wildly ambitious games around, Star Citizen aims to be the ultimate space exploration experience.
Taking to the skies in one of numerous ridiculously detailed craft, you will engage in military service, become a reputable trader of goods, live the life of a smuggler, or become a universe-famous race pilot. That’s if development ever finishes, of course.
Star Citizen release date: TBC
System Shock 3
While the original is getting an HD remake from Night Dive Studios, there’s another Shock project on the go elsewhere. System Shock 3 is likely a long, long way off, but we know Warren Spector is involved, and… that’s about it. Otherside Entertainment is doing the actual production, with Spector on board as studio director – we’re expecting to hear more from them throughout 2018.
System Shock 3 release date: TBC
The next game from the folks who made a little RPG called The Witcher – you might have heard of it. Cyberpunk 2077 is still likely a way off, but the futuristic Night City shows that this upcoming game is shaping up to be one of the best ever made. We’ve already seen a jaw-dropping 50 minutes of gameplay already, and we can’t wait to see more of this dark dystopia.
According to a tweet by the game’s Turkish publisher Bilkom, Cyberpunk 2077 will be out in 2019, but that’s as specific as we know so far.
Cyberpunk 2077 release date: 2019?
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Yes, it’s happening, but the Beyond Good & Evil 2 release date is probably a long, long way off. According to creator Michel Ancel, the team is looking for a lot of community input to get it moving, with help from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and hitRECord. Expect to hear more as we approach 2019’s playable Beyond Good & Evil 2 beta.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 release date: Beyond Space And Time, Probably
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