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. Below you’ll find the best PC games you should keep on your radar, as well as their expected release dates.
Here are all the upcoming PC games:
Hogwarts Legacy is the much anticipated open-world game and prequel to the Harry Potter books and films. Expect to roam the secret corridors of Hogwarts along with its magical grounds as a student of the prestigious wizarding school, concocting potions and performing Hogwarts Legacy spells before retiring to the Hogwarts Legacy common rooms for your sorted house.
Hogwarts Legacy release date: February 10, 2023
Atomic Heart has been in the pipeline for so long and appeared so ambitious that we occasionally began to question whether or not it would ever come out. Thankfully, we’ve now got a release date to make our dreams of playing it a reality. The recent gameplay overview trailer goes into detail about what we can expect in this action-adventure FPS game. Set in a retro-futuristic version of Soviet Russia that’s been disrupted by an inadvertent robot uprising, you assume the role of Agent P-3, otherwise known as Major Nechaev. Your mission is to investigate the cause of the uprising, and put an end to it.
Atomic Heart pits you against an army of mutants and machines, and coming out unscathed won’t be easy. In order to survive you must use everything you can get your hands on, from heavy artillery to a power glove that grants you superhuman powers. At times surreal and comedic, Atomic Heart looks like a lovechild of Bioshock and Wolfenstein that’s set to blow us all away.
Atomic Heart release date: February 21, 2023
Sons of The Forest
Following on from the success of survival game, The Forest, this time you’re looking for a missing billionaire and again find yourself stranded on a remote island infested with cannibals. The changing seasons adds a new difficult dimension to storing food and staying alive in harsher conditions, and you’ll stumble across creatures varying in strength and intelligence. To survive, you need to craft weapons and build up a base, all while exploring the secrets and mysteries of the open world.
Sons of Forest release date: February 23, 2023
Company of Heroes 3
Strategy game fans rejoice – Company of Heroes 3 has been officially unveiled. The upcoming new game in the beloved series of RTS games is set in the mountains, deserts, and coasts of the Mediterranian. The game features a ‘dynamic campaign map’ that unfolds differently over each playthrough. There’s also a ‘full tactical pause’ feature in single-player, in case you need to halt the action to assess the situation. Here are our pre-alpha Company of Heroes 3 impressions ahead of the game’s release.
Company of Heroes 3 release date: February 23, 2023
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: February 24, 2023
Resident Evil 4 remake
After two very successful remakes in recent years it was only a matter of time before Capcom turned its attention to one of the most beloved entries to the series: Resident Evil 4. Details about the remake were reported by VGC, and since then we’ve seen several trailers showing off what we can expect from the upcoming remake. While the extent of the changes are still unknown, we can already confirm that you really, really, really can’t pet the dog.
Resident Evil 4 remake release date: March 24, 2023
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Jedi: Survivor is set to pick up five years after the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Older, continuing the story of Cal Kestis, a young Jedi Knight that miraculously survived the purge initiated by Order 66. The conclusion of Fallen Order left a lingering question of what might be in store for the Cal, Cere and the rest of the Mantis crew, though we’ve got some hints of what we can expect in the recent reveal trailer.
From taking on intergalactic flora and fauna to facing off against Empire droids and human militia alike, we can expect more of Fallen Order’s action-oriented, soulslite combat. There’s also a sneak preview of additional lightsaber stances – including one that incorporates a blaster, in flagrant disregard of Jedi convention. It’s a clear indication of the lengths Cal will be forced to go to in order to survive, though he won’t be alone. New allies, an Imperial Senator, and a mysterious figure in a bacta tank are just a fraction of what we can expect in a sequel that promises to mirror the glow-up of its own protagonist.
Star Wars Jedi Survivor release date: April 28, 2023
Dead Island 2
It’s been a long time since Dead Island 2’s initial E3 announcement back in 2014, but it’s finally coming to fruition thanks to the efforts of take-over developer Sumo. Exactly how effectively it’ll capture the weird Californian sun-pocalypse is yet to be determined, but the recent gameplay trailers certainly captures the chaos, violence, and comedy that we expect. Grab your katana and bear claws, because we’re going zombie hunting.
Dead Island 2 release date: April 28, 2023
Amnesia The Bunker
After Amnesia: Rebirth took steps to restore this beloved survival horror series to its former glory back in 2020, it shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise that we’d see a continuation. That said, the recent announcement trailer confirmed that we’ll be getting our hands on it a little sooner than expected. It also gave us some indication of what we can expect from the latest instalment of the Amnesia series. We assume the role of Henri Clément, a WW2 French soldier trapped in an underground bunker. He’s also not alone, and the creature that’s stalking him is both terrifying and relentless.
Amnesia The Bunker is already set to make some big changes to the Amnesia format. Not only has it dispensed with traditional linearity in favour of a semi-open-world, it also includes actual weapons to defend yourself. While your chances of survival may be slim, there’ll be plenty of puzzles to solve between creeping around the eponymous bunker and scavenging for items – just don’t forget to keep an ear out for your impending death.
Amnesia The Bunker release date: May 16, 2023
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
We’ve been wondering what Batman Arkham developer Rocksteady is up to for years and now we finally have our answer: a Suicide Squad game. We can’t say it’s the game we were hoping for, but Rocksteady has done a terrific job with the Batman license so we’re quietly confident. The latest we’ve seen is a trailer at The Game Awards 2022 that pays homage to the late great Kevin Conroy as Batman.
Suicide Squad game release date: May 2023
After a lengthy wait, Diablo fans will finally be able to sink their teeth into Diablo 4 this year. 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. Ahead of the full launch, we’ve got details on the Diablo 4 pre-order bonus and beta access you can expect from each edition available to purchase.
Diablo 4 release date: June 6, 2023
Besides the Facebook announcement from GSC Game World owner Sergiy Grygorovych that Stalker 2 is in development, we know barely anything about the upcoming survival horror sequel. All we have is an official site with a few trailers. This isn’t the first time the game has been in production, but fingers crossed everything goes swimmingly this time.
Stalker 2 release date: December 2023
Homeworld, the beloved series of real-time strategy games, is getting a long-awaited third installation. Homeworld 2 was released almost 18 years ago, but in recent years, the positive reception to the Homeworld Remastered Collection and prequel Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak has encouraged publisher Gearbox and developer Blackbird Interactive to work on an official sequel. Expect more tiny ships gracefully swooping through the vastness of space, and a “ballistics style weapon system similar to Homeworld 1”.
Homeworld 3 release date: 2023
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, which is much further along than the company’s famous fantasy series. We got plenty of revelations about Starfield’s gameplay during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase 2022, including the Starfield ship designs, cities, and factions we can expect to encounter on our journey across the stars. Suffice it to say, it’s got our interstellar interest piqued.
Starfield release date: 2023
All we have to go from the trailer is that Redfall is a game about a bunch of misfits using their guns and weird powers against a horde of cultists and vampires. But boy did Arkane Studios sell the hell out of that premise.
All four of the playable characters have cool designs and superpowers: there’s the lass with psychic powers that calls on a spectral elevator to launch friends into the sky, a sharpshooter with a raven friend, a nerd with a gatling gun filled with stakes, and a techie with a tiny robot friend. They make an immediate first impression and we can’t wait to see more.
Redfall release date: 2023
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: 2023
Skull and 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 sea-bound adventure, it’s no surprise that its garnered a following of fans since its announcement in 2017. Unfortunately, it’s been subject to continuous delays since then, with the latest delay providing a very rough estimate of this year or next. It’s a shame, but one day we’re certain we’ll be able to sail the high seas and claim some booty for ourselves.
Skull & Bones release date: 2023-2024
Ubisoft’s upcoming arena shooter will see 6v6 teams of ‘Defiants’ duke it out, using customised loadouts and powerful abilities unique to the ‘faction’ you choose. You can change your loadout each time you respawn, so you can adapt to the fast-paced battles as they develop. The game will be free-to-play, and recently dropped the Tom Clancy brand.
XDefiant release date: TBC
The Outer Worlds 2
Obsidian’s hit retro-futuristic roleplaying game is getting a sequel. The teaser trailer doesn’t tell us much, simply showing off exotic alien landscapes and futuristic combat, but with a wry, self-aware voiceover telling us “the developers haven’t finished the [main character’s] design, or finished the story, or finished any gameplay that’s actually ready to show”. We don’t have any more details, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more.
The Outer Worlds 2 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 launch window, 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.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
It’s been 18 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. Following a switch of developers, the release date has been pushed back, but we’re more than ready to sink our teeth in when it finally arrives.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 release date: TBC
The Outlast Trials
The Outlast Trials lets you share the terror of being hunted by sledgehammer-wielding brutes with friends. This time you’re not investigating a hospital, instead you and your pals are human guinea pigs in experiments being run by the Murkoff Corporation. Oh, and you can forget all about carrying a camcorder with you everywhere for night vision, instead the chaps at Murkoff have drilled night vision goggles directly into your skull. You lucky thing.
The Outlast Trials release date: TBC
The next game from Stardew Valley developer Eric ‘Concerned Ape’ Barone has been announced, and it’s set in an enchanting fantasy town with plenty of spooky goings-on. It shares Stardew Valley’s charming pixel-art style, though the gameplay will focus on on combat rather than farming.
Haunted Chocolatier release date: TBC
That’s a lot of games to get excited for – 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. If you’re not looking to break the bank, we have list of the best free PC games you could be playing right now while you wait. For now, perhaps if you keep reading this list the games you want will come out quicker. It’s worth a go, at least!