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 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, as well as their expected release dates.
Here are all the upcoming PC games:
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
After many rumours, Square Enix finally revealed Guardians of the Galaxy at E3 2021, and its release date isn’t far off, either. More good news: it’s not a follow up to Marvel’s Avengers, a game that was met with disappointment last year. Guardians of the Galaxy is a single-player action adventure game, where you’ll play as Star Lord alongside the other Guardians. It’s set several years after a galactic civil war, after a bet goes awry for our heroes for hire.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy release date: October 26, 2021
If you like extreme sports then you’ll like new IP Riders Republic arriving later this year. Think of games like Trials Rising and Steep and add in a huge multiplayer world with challenges, trials, and competitions and you get a taste of Ubisoft’s new sports game. The trailer shows off just a portion of the gear you’ll be able to unlock as you tear up slopes and mountain ranges, and it looks pretty incredible.
Riders Republic release date: October 28, 2021
Age of Empires 4
Age of Empires 4 is being developed by Relic Entertainment – the team behind Dawn of War and Company of Heroes.
The series has been seminal in the triple-A strategy space, and Age of Empires 4 is the first new entry in over a decade, so anticipation is high. So far, the English, Mongols, Chinese, and the Delhi Sultanate have been revealed as playable civilisations.
Age of Empires 4 release date: October 28, 2021
Call of Duty Vanguard
The next Call of Duty game is on its way this November, and takes place during WWII, taking a closer look at battles in The Pacific, Western Front, Eastern Front, and North Africa. There are four playable characters making up an elite group of soldiers – Task Force One. The game expands on the Zombies offering, as well as integrating with Warzone to bring a new map to the battle royale game. Here’s everything you need to know about Call of Duty Vanguard’s release date and gameplay.
Call of Duty Vanguard release date: November 5, 2021
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
The Frogwares Sherlock games might not be on everyone’s radar, but if you love detective games as much as we do then the news that the studio is returning to the world’s greatest detective will bring a smile to your face. Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is a prequel to Frogwares’ other Sherlock games and will feature the series’ first proper open world setting.
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One release date: November 16, 2021
Things don’t look so good for the human race in Battlefield 2042 – climate change has destroyed multiple economies around the world, there’s a food and fuel shortage, and the world is on the brink of war. The stage has been set for the biggest Battlefield game yet, supporting up to 128 players, a dynamic weather system, and dynamically changing battlegrounds. Be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming Battlefield 2042 open beta.
Battlefield 2042 release date: November 19, 2021
A multiplayer survival game set on an alien planet that you’ve attempted to terraform – but things have gone awfully wrong. Icarus is from the creator of DayZ, but instead of surviving among hordes of zombies, you’ll be battling the perils of severe weather, hostile animals, and depleting oxygen in order to survive and get back to your ship. It looks like there’s plenty of building options, as well as tools and weapons to create from foraged materials. You can test your survival skills beforehand in a series of beta weekends before launch.
Icarus release date: 20 November 2021
Space combat shooters are few and far between, so the reveal of Choru(v?)s was a very pleasant surprise. Chorus is being billed as a single-player, story-driven experience where you battle to free the galaxy from the suffocating grip of an oppressive cult. We don’t know a huge amount else unfortunately, but the short trailer is packed with enough barrel-rolling spaceships to whet our appetite.
Chorus release date: December 3, 2021
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: December 8, 2021
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: 2021
Upcoming PC games 2022 and beyond
King of Fighters XV
The next King of Fighters game will see another huge roster of new and returning characters duke it out on a series of classic stages. There will be a major team shuffle; this time around, the protagonists on the Hero Team are Shun’ei, Meitenkun, and Benimaru Nikaido. SNK is also hoping to implement rollback netcode to ensure robust online gameplay.
King of Fighters XV release date: Q1 2022
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction
A mix of Rainbow Six Siege and Left 4 Dead, this co-op shooter has a lot to live up to. As players wade further into the thick black alien goo, more monsters will attempt to thwart your missions to gain intel on the mysterious threat. Fans of the series may find a lot that’s familiar to them, but Extraction heads in a different direction to the ultra-competitive esports shooting action that Siege offers.
Rainbow Six Extraction release date: January 2022
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: February 4, 2022
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: February 25, 2022
At Gamescom 2021, Saints Row developer Volition announced that the next game in the series will be a full reboot. The announcement trailer introduces us to the new Saints – Neenah, Kevin, and Eli, who will accompany you as the Boss on your mission to take over the vibrant city of Santo Ileso.
As you progress through the campaign, you can drop in and out of co-op play whenever you like, so you can conquer the city’s nine districts with friends. According to Volition chief creative officer Jim Boone, “This is the biggest, richest, and most ambitious Saints Row game we’ve ever created.”
Saints Row release date: February 25, 2022
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: Early 2022
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 2022
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 even cooler 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: Summer 2022
Total War: Warhammer 3
The third entry in the beloved Total War: Warhammer series of strategy games, Warhammer 3 promises more of the same tactical gameplay, with turn based map management and real-time battles. This time, the campaign takes place in the magical Realm of Chaos, with a campaign map “twice the size” of Warhammer 2’s Eye of the Vortex map.
The Warhammer 3 factions of the Chaos gods – Khorne, Tzeentch, Nurgle, and Slaanesh – will all be present, plus Kislev and Grand Cathay as human civilizations, with more to be announced.
Total War Warhammer 3 release date: Early 2022
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: April 28, 2022
Two Point Campus
The team behind the hilariously absurd Two Point Hospital is making another management sim; this time, we build and run a university campus. Much like how Two Point Hospital’s patients are afflicted with various fantastical ailments, the students at Two Point Campus are after some zany qualifications, attending knight school or gastronomy classes. Your job is to keep your students and staff happy as they joust on the sports field and make giant pizzas.
Two Point Campus release date: 2022
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.
The full game isn’t due to release until next year, but there is a pre-alpha build you can try out until August 2. Here are our pre-alpha Company of Heroes 3 impressions.
Company of Heroes 3 release date: 2022
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: 2022
If you’re looking to learn how to play the guitar, or you just want to jam along to your favourite tracks, Rocksmith+ may be the perfect game for you. The original Rocksmith requires a Real Tone cable in order to register notes, however Rocksmith+ allows you to use a mobile app or an audio interface. There’s also a new subscription model which costs $14.99 per month. The new pricing model ensures that players have a large library of songs available to them right from the moment they start playing.
Rocksmith+ release date: 2022
Unnamed new Sonic game
A brand new game from Sonic Team has been announced, and it’s coming to PC. The Sonic Central live stream in May 2021 debuted a teaser trailer, featuring a glowing blue Sonic sprinting through a green forest, leaving a trail of pixels in his wake. We don’t know anything more yet, but we’re preparing a batch of chili dogs in anticipation.
Sonic game release date: 2022
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is an ‘open world driving and lifestyle experience’. Set in a 1:1 recreation of Hong Kong island, the racing game has a heavy emphasis on style. You can customise your cars and your in-game avatar, to ensure you look the part as you zip around in your Lamborghini, or Porsche, or Bugatti, or Ferrari… you get the idea. Alongside perfecting the setting, developer KT Racing has been hard at work fine-tuning the driving tech to ensure a smooth ride.
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown release date: September 22, 2022
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: Q4, 2022
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 it may be some time.
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: November 11, 2022
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
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
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
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
Tom Clancy’s XDefiant
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 a PC beta is currently live.
Tom Clancy’s 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
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
Hitman 3 developer IO Interactive has announced a brand-new project – and it’s a James Bond game. The teaser clip shows a bullet loaded into a gun, before panning around to reveal the iconic gun barrel shot – though Bond himself is nowhere to be seen. That’s all we’ve got about Project 007 so far, but we’re already sold.
Project 007 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
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.
Elder Scrolls 6 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
System Shock 3 was announced back in 2015, in development by Otherside Entertainment, with Warren Spector on board as studio director – however, since then, the project has been taken over by Tencent, who will be ‘taking the franchise forward’.
System Shock 3 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. A playable Beyond Good & Evil 2 beta was said to be in the works for late 2019, however it seems that has now been pushed back.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 release date: Beyond Space And Time, Probably
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
We know nothing about it other than that it’s confirmed – still, we’re incredibly excited for the return of this series. Come to think of it, we don’t even know if it’s coming to PC…
Skate 4 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. We hope to see the game arriving in 2022.
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’
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. There are no real details in the Suicide Squad game reveal, but the studio teased more details at the August 22 DC Fandome event.
Suicide Squad game release date: 2022
VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE – BLOODLINES 2
It’s been 17 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, we won’t be seeing a 2021 release, but we’re more than ready to sink our teeth in when it finally arrives.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 release date: 2022
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 while it’s allegedly a long way off we’re still very excited to see what Capcom has in store for us.
Resident Evil 4 remake release date: 2022
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: 2022
RoboCop: Rogue City
During the 2021 Nacon Direct show, the publishers revealed that a RoboCop videogame is coming in 2023. Developed by Terminator: Resistance studio Teyon, RoboCop: Rogue City is set in Old Detroit, where the hero embarks on a ‘first-person, explosive hunt for the truth’. The story is based on the sci-fi cult classic RoboCop films which tell the story of Alex Murphy, a Detroit police officer who is brought back as a cyborg after being grievously injured on duty.
RoboCop: Rogue City release date: TBC, 2023
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.