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:
“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, as can be seen in the Trials Rising E3 2018 trailer.
Trials Rising release date: February 12, 2019
Resident Evil 2 remake
We’re still pining for an eighth entry to the series after a stellar romp in America’s Deep South last time around, but this upcoming game is a close second on our undead wishlist. We can’t wait to get covered in more gloriously remade gore from its many excellent boss fights.
Resident Evil 2 remake release date: January 25, 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 there are some upgrades to come, too.
Tropico 6 release date: January 25, 2019
Despite running out of books to base the stories upon the Metro series of games isn’t done. It’s heading outside, for a year-round story – but Metro Exodus isn’t set in an open world, instead taking place around several massive, interconnected levels linked by train journeys with horrible consequences.
Metro Exodus release date: February 15, 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.
Anno 1800 release date: February 26, 2019
How do you make explosions even more explosive? Get the cloud to compute them. That is the plan for Crackdown 3, the years-late sequel to one of the Xbox’s most popular games.
Crackdown 3 release date: February 2019
BioWare’s next project is trying to combine the studio’s storytelling acumen and beautiful art with the MMO-lite nature of Destiny. Anthem also lets you essentially be Iron Man – so, there’s that. For more on that, check out all the Anthem Javelins you’ll be able to use.
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. Dirt Rally will launch with six location and multi-car pile ups and there’s even talk of VR support to get you closer to the action.
Dirt Rally 2.0 release date: February 26, 2018
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. Here are five improvements we hope to see.
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
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.
Total War: Three Kingdoms release date: March 7, 2019
If Into the Breach wasn’t enough to sate your rampant Advance Wars nostalgia, there’s always Wargroove. In this turn-based tactics game you take charge of one of 12 commanders from four feuding factions to wage war against your bright, cartoonish foes.
Wargroove release date: Q1 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 gory gameplay to match its dark prettiness.
Rage 2 release date: June 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: June 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, but we could do without the grind, thanks.
World of Warcraft Classic release date: Summer 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
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: 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
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 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.
Gears of War 5 release date: TBC 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: 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. 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
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
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 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.
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
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. 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.