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:
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: 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 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 might sound excellent, but the company has asked “are you aware” that there could well be a WoW level cap squish. If that doesn’t put you off, there are a series of WoW Classic stress tests you can get involved with to help test the game.
World of Warcraft Classic release date: August 27, 2019
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Yet another erstwhile Sony exclusive we can welcome to the land of PC with open arms. Ahead of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy release date, we can look forward to each of the famous dragon’s games bundled together: Spyro The Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy release date: September 3, 2019
In Gears 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 5 is built “from the ground up for PC”, and it looks like that means we could be getting 4K at 60 fps. Locust slaughter will never have looked so good.
Gears 5 release date: September 10, 2019
By Claptrap, the next era of cel-shaded looter shooters is officially on its way. Yes, the Borderlands 3 release date is coming soon with a frankly absurd “one billion guns” – well, even more than that, actually.
So you’ll certainly be kept busy collecting an impossible number of Borderlands 3 weapons as you take on the evil duo, The Calypso Twins. On top of the predictable visual upgrades and multiple planets to visit, your new Vault Hunters will consist of a robotic beastmaster and a siren with six summonable arms.
Borderlands 3 release date: September 13, 2019
Ni no Kuni Remastered
Our instinct when a sequel, not the original, comes to PC, is to wait to see the whole story. When it comes to this anime game series, the two might not be all that connected, but we’ve still been waiting for a Ni no Kuni Remastered release date ever since Revenant Kingdom hit Steam in 2018.
Both games are wholesome, but the series lost some of its spark when it lost Studio Ghibli, the legendary Japanese animators. If you haven’t undertaken Olly’s excellent adventure in his own grief-stricken imagination, get that corrected when it comes to PC.
Ni no Kuni Remastered release date: September 20, 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: September 24, 2019
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Breakpoint takes 2017’s Wildlands away from the Bolivian open-world to a fictional island infested with Ghost army operatives. But, as we’ve come to expect from Ubisoft games by now – Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s politics are, well, absent.
Whatever your stance on that as you devastate your foes with a quick time to kill behind enemy lines, all the new Breakpoint gameplay features and The Division 2-esque MMO stylings mean this is shaping up to be quite the series upgrade, regardless.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint release date: October 4, 2019
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
The ‘modernity’ of Infinity Ward’s most famous COD is over a decade old now so, naturally, a reboot is in order. By the end of the year – once the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare release date has arrived – we’ll have just that, but with Fortnite-style matchmaking, co-op, and no Zombies mode.
This is an upcoming PC game that aims to be the most realistic shooter ever made in terms of its context. In our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare interview with the developers, we find a team wrestling with the problem of updating COD for today’s troubled world in a sensitive way.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare release date: October 25, 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 – when The Outer Worlds release date lands, this resolutely single-player RPG plonks you in the midst of a deep colonial conspiracy.
The setting of Halcyon is nice and zany, but that goes for how you role-play, too: You can create a variety of wildly different The Outer Worlds builds, such as making yourself a natural leader or a blabbering ‘idiot’.
The Outer Worlds release date: October 25, 2019
STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER
After cancellations and disappointments, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order looks the real deal for fans looking for a properly good Star Wars game. And, no, we’re not counting Battlefront 2 *shudders*.
Ahead of the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date, we know that its lightsaber combat is as punishing as Dark Souls with world design inspired by Metroid. Also, Chris Avellone is in so, naturally, we are, too.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date: November 15, 2019
Well, it’s happening. A massively successful Kickstarter, a presumably large amount of Sony cash, and an almost bottomless pile of hype. Successive delays to the Shenmue release date have disappointed but some will wait for Shenmue 3 however long they need to.
If the storefront the game is sold on matters to you, note that Shenmue 3 is an Epic exclusive, but developer Ys Net is “assessing the situation” in that regard. If it makes you feel any better, Shenmue 3 has real-time turtle racing, at least.
Shenmue 3 release date: November 19, 2019
Hell is coming to Earth. But, in better news, Doom Eternal’s Heaven is on its way, too. We’ve been waiting a while for the Doom Eternal but, when the Doom Eternal launch date arrives, it’s likely we’ll enjoy being bathed in more beautiful demonic viscera – despite its “restrained” game design.
Doom Eternal release date: November 22, 2019
HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION
The beloved FPS series that played a formative part in the early gaming experiences of many is coming to PC: guns, Spartans, Warthogs, and all. The Halo Master Chief Collection consists of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4, with Halo Reach making its first appearance in the set.
When it comes to the Halo Collection PC price, you can buy each for $10. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC release date is 2019, with each game in the set coming out separately. The wait to see the green-armoured icon on Steam is almost over.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection release date: 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: December 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
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
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
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
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Set to be a jewel in the crown of the Xbox Game Pass for PC lineup, Ori and the Will of the Wisps sees us visiting “a vast and exotic world” to “unravel Ori’s true destiny”. All we can say is, we’re itching to save the adorable little owl from that huge, horrible spider from the reveal trailer when the Ori and the Will of the Wisps launch date arrives.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps release date: February 11, 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: February 25, 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: March 6, 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: March, 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
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: Spring 2020
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: 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
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: early 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: April 16, 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: May 15, 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.
Outriders release date: Summer 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
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
Final Fantasy 8 Remastered
While it might not be the all-singing, all-dancing revitalisation of Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s combat and setting, the fact that Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is happening – and is more than just a simple re-release – means that it’s a great time to be a fan of the series. Let’s hope it still comes to PC, as promised.
Final Fantasy 8 Remastered 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
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
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
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
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
If you actually understand the esoteric rules of the supremely popular MOBA spin-off – the Dota Auto Chess player count topped eight million in May 2019 – which we absolutely do, then you’ll no doubt have played the Dota Underlords open beta that shortly followed E3 2019.
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Underlords is Valve’s official take on the custom made that resembles neither Dota nor the ancient tabletop game all that much. The company describes it as “a new stand-alone game that pits you against seven opponents in a battle of wits that will have you building, combining, and leveling-up a crew.” So Auto Chess, basically. It’s currently in early-access, but a firm release date has yet to be revealed.
Dota Underlords 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
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
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.