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:
Upcoming PC games Q1 2020
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: Bannerlord will enter Steam Early Access Spring 2020.
Mount & Blade 2 release date: March 31, 2020
Phantasy Star Online 2
Japan’s biggest online RPG has never made its way to Western shores before, until now. Phantasy Star Online 2 on PC is on to the West – excluding the European region – and it comes packing “all the bosses and epic battles” Japanese players have long enjoyed. Soon we’ll finally get to see what all the fuss is about.
Phantasy Star Online 2 release date: Spring 2020
While it was originally tipped to be something of a Rocket League-like, Roller Champions appears to be something all of its own. As the Roller Champions release date approaches, we know that it will be a skill-based, PvP esports game with two teams of three racing around a banked track to score points.
It certainly looks an entertaining spectacle, and developer Ubisoft certainly want to leverage that and grow a competitive scene around the upcoming game. It wants Roller Champions to be “as fun to watch as it is to play”, so expect the company to be courting plenty of streamers and esports personalities to ensure its longevity.
Roller Champions release date: early 2020
Resident Evil 3 remake
Following the success of Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 remake, we’re now getting the opportunity to dive back into the series’ third numbered instalment. It’s not just a graphical update, though, and includes several tweaks. Tank controls are gone, and a new over-the-shoulder solution is here. Much like Resi’ 2, this one also features a revamped environment courtesy of Capcom’s RE engine.
Resident Evil 3 remake release date: April 3, 2020
In a crushing defeat for nominative determinism, this is a Minecraft game that features neither mining nor crafting, really. Minecraft: Dungeons is a dungeon-crawling RPG with drop-in/drop-out four-player co-op and different classes set in Mojang’s recognisably blocky universe, and it looks like a refreshing change of pace for the franchise.
Minecraft: Dungeons release date: April, 2020
Fast & Furious Crossroads
Miss the days of bombastic movie tie-in games? Next year may have what you’re looking for, then. Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez took to the stage of The Game Awards 2019 to reveal Fast & Furious Crossroads. It’s not a racing game, though, and focuses on heists and team-based fun.
Fast & Furious Crossroads release date: May 29, 2020
Hideo Kojima’s first solo effort since splitting from Konami, Death Stranding, finally has a PC release scheduled for this summer.
Kojima has remained tight-lipped over what we can expect from Death Stranding. Even genre-wise the Metal Gear Solid director reckons this game will be the origin of a new genre called strand games. What we do know, though, is that Death Stranding is packed with celebrities in an array of roles, from Norman Reedus to Conan O’Brien. So, you know, if you like games with celebrities in then this may be one to get excited about.
Death Stranding release date: June 2, 2020
What do you get if you cross CSGO’s gunfights with Overwatch’s character ability system? Valorant, it looks like. This pastel plastered shooter looks lovely, and it’s hoping to attract the kind of esports fandom that makes League of Legends what it is. A good thing, then, is that LoL dev’ Riot is helming this one. You’ll need more than good aim, though, as you’ll need to manage abilities effectively to get the most out of your Valorant characters. Good news if you’re keen to try this one out, it looks like a Valorant beta is happening soon, so you don’t have to wait for that pesky launch date.
Valorant release date: Summer, 2020
Have you ever dreamed of being Thor or Captain America? Prepare to settle into your spandex, then: The Avengers is a live service that’s narrative-focused, and you will “play in it for years to come”, according to developer Crystal Dynamics.
In an “original story” for The Avengers, when the launch of a West Coast Avengers base in San Francisco goes awry, it’s up to you and one of your choice of five heroes to use your incredible powers to fix the mess you made. The Avengers gameplay looks impressive so far, but we’ll have to wait and see if it’s fun enough to sustain hundreds of hours of play.
The Avengers release date: September 4, 2020
The next game from the folks who made a little RPG called The Witcher – you might have heard of it. Now the Cyberpunk 2077 release date is finally known, we can finally get properly hyped for the upcoming game shaping up to be one of the best ever made.
And that’s not only because friggin’ Keanu Reeves is Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077. No you’re breathtaking.
Cyberpunk 2077 release date: September 17, 2020
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: November, 2020
343 Industries says the game is so ambitious that it “needed” the new Slipspace Halo Infinite engine, so it’s going to look ridiculous. If that;s got you all hot and bothered, this official Xbox deodorant should do the trick.
Halo Infinite release date: Holiday 2020
As far as shooter developers go, the atmospheric new IP, Outriders, comes from good stock. People Can Fly created Gears of War: Judgement and the most overlooked and best FPS games that is Bulletstorm. The Outriders reveal shows that we’ll be getting intimidating extraterrestrials in our crosshairs as we wade through a dark, perilous world. As delve into in our Outriders impressions, there’s also classes that take inspiration from Diablo.
Outriders release date: Holiday 2020
A loot ‘em up ARPG that replaces standard-issue shooting with slashing, Godfall takes you to a high fantasy locale that’s split into the realms of earth, water, air, fire, and spirit. You take up the sword and shield of one of last exalted Knight’s Order, and you’re here to prevent a major apocalyptic event. Expect class builds and a slew of armour options to deck yourself out in.
Godfall release date: late 2020
Prologue is something from the developers of PUBG. The website bills it as a “an exploration of new technologies and gameplay”, and all we have to currently go on is a short teaser that features rain, a rock, the sound of breathing, and the distant sound of a dog barking. We would bet on it being a narrative experience with some horror thrown in, although it’s hard to see the studio moving away from multiplayer just yet.
Prologue release date: TBC, 2020
Ruined King may be a League of Legends game, but it’s also somewhat of a departure for the franchise. It’s a story-driven single-player game from Darksiders Genesis dev Airship Syndicate. Details beyond that aren’t forthcoming, but we do know it’s set after Burning Tides, lore-wise.
Ruined King release date: TBC, 2020
Another League of Legends spin-off, but this one follows Ekko as he travels through time. It’s an action-platformer helmed by Speed Brawl dev Double Stallion Games.
Convergence release date: TBC, 2020
The Wolf Among Us 2
One of the more surprising updates from The Games Awards 2019 was the return The Wolf Among Us 2. You can expect the same choice and consequence style narrative experience of previous Telltale games. Don’t expect it anytime soon, though, as developer LCG Entertainment has hit the reset button.
The Wolf Among Us 2 release date: TBC
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 2020
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 2020
GODS & MONSTERS
It certainly looks like Gods & Monsters is Ubisoft’s take on Nintendo favourite, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. From the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey devs, you’ll be pitted against the many Ancient Greek Gods and Monsters, err, monsters such as Gorgons, Cyclopes, and Hydras as you take on quests, explore dungeons, and solve fiendish puzzles.
Gods & Monsters release date: TBC 2020
WATCH DOGS LEGION
So the next game in Ubisoft’s hacktivist series didn’t turn out to be Watch Dogs 3. Instead, we’re getting Watch Dogs Legion, which sends you and your brigade of tech-savvy operators to a post-Brexit London in what looks like a darker turn for the franchise.
Not to worry, though, you can share in the misery with all of Watch Dogs Legion’s NPCs, who are all recruitable and playable with unique animations and voice lines.
Watch Dogs Legion release date: TBC 2020
RAINBOW SIX QUARANTINE
Ubisoft’s limited-time PvE mode which ended with 4.5 billion zombies slain – if you check the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak stats – was just too well-made to be removed for good. Once Rainbow Six Quarantine was revealed at E3 2019, the spiritual sequel to it was official.
In the run up to the Rainbow Six Quarantine release date you can look forward to 3-player PvE co-op that features operators such as Ela and Vigil tackling the fallout of “an unknown and devastating parasite”. However, the rumoured Rainbow Six Quarantine permadeath features seem to make this a rather different beast from standard Siege.
Rainbow Six Quarantine release date: TBC 2020
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 2020
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: TBC 2020
Move over Mordhau, the definitive medieval, multiplayer slash-’em-up is returning for a sequel. The Chivalry 2 release date is coming soon and, when it does, the upcoming game will support 64 players, new horses, and fresh sets of battle tactics.
The pace of battles will much much speedier than the original and everything has been “completely revamped” according to developer Torn Banner Studios. But, since “at least half” of Chivalry 2 players are drunk when they’re in action, maybe you won’t even notice, anyway.
Chivalry 2 release date: TBC 2020
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Skywalker Saga gives you another chance to immerse yourself in George Lucas’ sci-fi fantasy world in the blocky form of Lego. But, this isn’t just a rehash of The Complete Saga with The Force Awakens tacked on: you get proper Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga space exploration in this one.
The films already covered in the game are being remade, and you can tackle them in any order but, you’ll now be able to explore space just as you did Lego Marvel Superheroes’ Manhattan. What’s more, you can fight and explore the inside of Star Destroyers, each made of 18 million digital bricks.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga release date: TBC 2020
Kerbal Space Program 2
The challenging space exploration game is set to launch back into our hearts with a host of new features, improved graphics, and a friendlier AI, which should appeal to long-awaiting fans and newcomers alike. Kerbal Space Program 2 is developed by Star Theory games and aims to bring an all new ‘next generation’ of features to the adorable physics puzzler.
Kerbal Space Program 2 release date: TBC 2020
From the studio behind Endless Legend, comes a new historical turn-based strategy front-runner, Humankind. The 4x game will include plenty of tactical elements as you make your way through over 60 various “historical cultures from across the heritage of humanity”. Humankind is built around the importance of fame and a tactical battle system that gives you full control in combat.
Humankind release date: TBC 2020
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 2020
Crusader Kings 3
It’s not often a new Crusader Kings game rolls around. The first one came out in 2004 but wasn’t followed up on until 2012. You can imagine our excitement, then, following the Crusader Kings 3 reveal at PDXCON 2019.
Crusader Kings combines role-playing and strategy like a medieval pre-arranged marriage, which as it happens is a pretty key part of gameplay. It didn’t quite land with the first iteration, but come Crusader Kings 2 it was finely honed into one of the best strategy games on PC. Expect kingdom management, rewriting of history, and more family drama than you can handle.
We’ll have to wait until 2020 to get our hands on it, but Rich got a peep at PDXCON and notes that Paradox is shooting for a deeper experience that redefines the core fundamentals. Every system has been redesigned from a character-centric standpoint, and the lifestyle system has been given some depth. Rulers can invest in five different lifestyles, each of them getting three different skill trees with a range of perks. Neat.
Crusader Kings 3 release date: TBC 2020
VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE – BLOODLINES 2
It’s been 15 long years, but now we finally have a sequel to the cult classic bloodsucker. The sequel is taking us to Seattle, but the land of coffee and grunge has been given a coagulated coat of crimson as you unravel another rich mystery.
Yet, while the original is remembered fondly for its engrossing narrative, it remained rife with bugs and disappointing combat. Luckily, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2’s gameplay plunders immersive sims such as Dishonored 2 and Deus Ex to make its vampiric fisticuffs just as engaging as its story. We’re growing hungrier, but we just have to wait a little longer.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 release date: TBC 2020
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
DYING LIGHT 2
You’d better prepare yourself for the Dying Light 2 release date: the decisions you make in this zombie parkour sequel will significantly alter the larger world as Dying Light 2 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
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
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
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
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
Baldur’s Gate 3
It’s official: Baldur’s Gate 3 is real. “If you like D&D, you’ll be happy,” the developer said in our Baldur’s Gate 3 Larian interview. The original revitalised the CRPG and made the now iconic isometric Infinity Engine famous.
That said, it’s not a one-way street in terms of inspiration: Baldur’s Gate 3 will shape Dungeons and Dragons 6th edition. We already know the accomplished Belgian studio can use D&D to enhance their games with the exquisite Divinity titles, so colour us excited.
Baldur’s Gate 3 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 a Elder Scrolls 6 release date, of course.
We didn’t hear anything more at the following E3, really. Game director Todd Howard let us down early at E3 2019 to say that there wouldn’t be any further news on The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield, but stressed that Bethesda is “still hard at work” on both of them.
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 their upcoming space game: although the Starfield release date is seemingly lost somewhere in the vacuum.
It’s much further along than the company’s famous fantasy series, however, but that’s about all we know so far. Basically, when it comes to Starfield, “everyone should be very patient”. Regardless, it’s got our interstellar interest piqued.
Starfield 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
It’s a meeting of minds only the most optimistic of fantasy RPG fans could conjure up, but it’s happening. The Elden Ring E3 2019 trailer gives only cryptic clues for fans to dissect for months to come, but here’s the only thing you need to know: it’s a FromSoftware open-world game written by George R. R. ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Martin.
As you’d expect Elden Ring reflects Dark Souls’ gameplay in terms of difficulty, but combat, Miyazaki-san says, is “fundamentally different” and its FromSoft’s biggest game yet. Martin has reportedly penned reams of lore for this dark new universe, and we couldn’t be more hyped.
Elden Ring release date: TBC
Having played the Dishonored games, we’re excited about anything developer Arkane is working on, frankly. The latest is set on the fictional island of Blackreef as two legendary assassins lock horns. While we wait for the Deathloop launch date, we can only imagine the inventiveness and meticulous detail Arkane Lyon will imbue into this nicely stylised experience.
Deathloop release date: TBC
An action-adventure game with a twist, GhostWire: Tokyo is a new IP from the developers behind the Evil Within games, with all the spookiness, if not the survival-horror elements that entails.
The GhostWire: Tokyo E3 announcement trailer shows that the story from developer Tango Gameworks centres on the baffling disappearances of people from their home of Tokyo. Let’s hope this curio doesn’t go missing, too.
GhostWire: Tokyo release date: TBC
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
Legends of Runeterra
Out of all of Riot’s freshly revealed wave of upcoming games, this one looks the closest to release. Legends of Runeterra is a strategy card game that tasks you with choosing a champion and combining cards from different regions, each of them embodying their own style and strategic advantage. Think of it as Riot’s take Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering. If you want to have a go before release, you can when the Legends of Runeterra beta release date arrives.
Legends of Runeterra release date: TBC
So nice they announced it twice, Riot’s also dipping into the fighting genre. It’s fitting, then, that we first caught wind of Project L at EVO 2019, before getting another quick peek at LoL’s 10-year anniversary show.
Fighting games are a huge staple of the esports scene, from DragonBall FightersZ anime beat ‘em style to Mortal Kombat’ bloodier take on fisticuffs. We’ve barely seen anything of Project L, so we have a bit of waiting to find out what it’ll play like.
Project L release date: TBC
Blizzard’s hero-based team shooter is getting a new lick of paint. PvP fans can look forward to a swathe of new Overwatch 2 heroes and a new mode that involves a robot pushing the payload for you, meaning that Overwatch players may now finally play the chuffin’ objective – although somehow we fear they’ll still find a way to ignore.
Story fans, meanwhile, get story PvE missions that focus on advancing the game’s overarching narrative and hero missions that allow you to customise your hero’s moveset with Overwatch 2 talents.
Overwatch 2 release date: TBC
At long last, we’ve got some confirmation on Diablo 4. We always knew it would be coming, really, but getting a look at it is exciting. We know that the Druid class is coming back to join the roster of Diablo 4 classes, and we enjoyed our playtime with it at Blizzcon. Plus, it looks like there will be plenty of scope for creative Diablo 4 builds, especially with the reveal that Mythic items will be available.
Details are dripping out right now – there will be an open-world setting, and Blizzard has plans for extensive player customization. That said, the game still boasts the same balance of lootin’ and dungeon dwelling that fans have come to adore.
Diablo 4 release date: not even coming ‘Blizzard soon’
The auto-battler craze rolls on, and now Blizzard is getting in on the fun. In case you’re wondering how to play Hearthstone Battlegrounds, it features the regular beats of eight-player matches with randomised bouts of minion fights.
One of the big differences here, though, is the Hearthstone Battlegrounds heroes you pick as your avatar. In the likes of Teamfight Tactics, for example, they are merely cosmetic. In Hearthstone Battlegrounds they all have unique abilities that’ll play into how you strategise during the match.
Hearthstone Battlegrounds release date: TBC
Wow, that’s a lot of games to get excited for, so luckily our anticipation levels are boundless already. Of course, it’s tough just keeping up with games as they come out, let alone remembering the games we should be saving for. For that we have a new PC games guide so you know the best titles you could be playing right now. For now, perhaps if you keep reading this list the games you want will come out quicker. It’s worth a go, at least.