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.
Upcoming PC games Q4 2018
CALL OF CTHULHU
Try and not to drive yourself into madness, in Cyanide Studio’s Call of Cthulhu you play as a privat investigator who is looking into the death of the Hawkins family. Set in a world of creeping terrors and cosmic mysteries, Call of Cthulhu is a must play for fans of Lovecraftian horror.
Call of Cthulhu release date: October 30, 2018
THE QUIET MAN
A cross between a film and a videogame, The Quiet Man is a left field feature-length adventure in which we’ll lurch between live-action cutscenes and brutal melee combat as a deaf protagonist. The game is set to be a short one with Square Enix saying that it “can be completed in one sitting.” That’s about all we know after The Quiet Man’s E3 2018 announcement, but we’re looking forward to finding out more.
The Quiet Man release date: November 1, 2018
Overkill’s The Walking Dead
If Telltale’s take on Robert Kirkman’s zombie universe leaves you feeling like the emotions-to-bullets balance is a touch too in favour of the former, Overkill’s The Walking Dead is the undead basher for you. Overkill’s The Walking Dead’s gameplay is like Rainbow Six meets Left 4 Dead, and boasts the action and gunplay you might be missing from Telltale’s human-centred use of the franchise.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead release date: November 6, 2018
Hitman 2 release date: November 13, 2018
With New Vegas in mind, a couple of years on from Fallout 4 is the perfect time to announce a new post-apocalyptic spin-off game. Bethesda Games Studios duly obliged by announcing Fallout 76, which will be an “entirely online” game in which you reclaim the Virginian wasteland with friends as you build forts and camps wherever you like.
Fallout 76 release date: November 14, 2018
Following the successful return to form among the poppy-strewn trenches of Battlefield 1, Battlefield V will see DICE’s series explore a new side of the Second World War. Historically accurate weapons and vehicles will feature and the single-player War Stories mode will return alongside the co-op gameplay of Combined Arms. The headline mode, Grand Operations, includes fort building and seems to have a distinct whiff of battle royale to us.
Battlefield V release date: November 20, 2018
Via the original Darksiders team (which has since made the rather good VR Souls-like Chronos) and continuing the story of the apocalypse, Darksiders 3 features the whip-wielding, third horseman you can see above: Fury. It appears to have all the comic-book style and monster slaying you’re used to from the series, and hopefully War and Death will join in, too.
Darksiders 3 release date: November 27, 2018
ARTIFACT: THE DOTA CARD GAME
Valve has another game coming out, which – being made by Valve – means it’s certain to be excellent. Revealed at The International, Artifact is a digital card game set in the Dota 2 universe. You play across three boards with each player taking control of five heroes, sending them down lanes with spawning creeps. Heroes, cards, and spells will be repurposed for this collectible card game – obviously, we’re very excited.
Artifact release date: November 28, 2018
THE ELDER SCROLLS: BLADES
We must have been good little gamers this year: we have not one, but two Elder Scrolls games on the way. The Elder Scrolls: Blades is similar to mobile game hit Infinity Blade as it’s designed for touch screens, turning your swipes into melee and ranged attacks. However, we’re promised that it will come to PC eventually, too.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades release date: December 1, 2018
Just Cause 4
Rico is back for a new adventure in Just Cause 4 and, thanks to the new Apex engine, the weather is going to take quite the turn. In the run up to the Just Cause 4 release date, we’re seeing more of the ridiculous tornado effects and simulated wind patterns on the upcoming game’s massive map. Ready for cause chaos in tandem with nature? You better be.
Just Cause 4 release date: December 4, 2018
Katamari Demacy REROLL
Katamari Demacy is a classic puzzle platformer that first released on the Playstation 2 in 2004 and has now been remastered for PC in REROLL. Play as the small but mighty Prince who has a magical ball that allows anything smaller than it to stick to it, the more that sticks to it the more it grows.
Katamari Demacy REROLL release date: December 7, 2018
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
Steel Rats is a bike adventure game that blends Trials with Inside, which would be excellent if we were any good at it. This really isn’t a game for casuals: messing around on your chopper in this dark, dieselpunk world feels like actually learning to ride.
From the developer of Urban Trial Freestyle, Steel Rats allows you to choose one of four greaser gang characters to save the industrial Coastal City from an invasion of dastardly robots. The Mad Max and Tron influences are clear throughout. Steel Rats promises to be a treat.
Steel Rats release date: Q4 2018
Upcoming PC games TBC 2018
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 2018
Super Meat Boy Forever
Super Meat Boy Forever will debut on Switch but we’ve been promised a PC version. The name 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 platformer as you aim to rescue your loved one. This time, though, you play as Nugget, the child of Meat Boy and Bandage Girl.
Super Meat Boy Forever release date: TBC 2018
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: TBC 2018
Klei’s next game is to be an RPG. That should be enough to get you excited on its own, but there’s more, as Griftlands is also built on the concept of tradeable resources. Klei has basically nailed everything its team has ever put its mind to, bringing originality and quality no matter what genre of game it is.
Griftlands release date: TBC 2018
Upcoming PC Games 2019 and beyond
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. From the Resident Evil 2 remake gameplay, it’s clear that this refreshed second outing will set a new standard for remakes. We can’t wait to get covered in more gloriously remade gore early next year.
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 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
“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 2019
Anthem release date: February 22, 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.
Metro Exodus 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, but we’re going to have to wait until next year for a Devil May Cry 5 release date. 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. In the Devil May Cry 5 E3 trailer we can spot the 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 Division, 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.
The Division 2 release date: March 15, 2019
SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE
Yes, this upcoming game might be made by the peerless FromSoftware, but Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is not what you were expecting. Once the Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice release date lands in 2019, you’ll have to be prepared to swap souls for samurais and brace yourself for no multiplayer, classes, or stats. Oh, and the Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice difficulty is going to be steeper, too.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice release date: March 22, 2019
Total War: Three Kingdoms
We’ve united Viking-era England in spin-off Thrones of Britannia by now but, while Blighty’s green and pleasant battlefields looked a treat, we’re looking ahead to an upcoming PC game that moves on from the ageing Total War: Attila engine. Total War: Three Kingdoms is shaping up to be just that, the first era-spanning historical grand strategy game since Rome II.
A Total War: Three Kingdoms Early Adopter bonus gives you access to bonus DLC, the ‘Yellow Turban Rebellion’, which includes a new unit roster of religious and spiritual warriors plus three new hero classes.
Total War: Three Kingdoms release date: March 7, 2019
The Sinking City
In the Sinking City you play as a private investigator trying to uncover the truth surrounding the slow supernatural, submersion of the city. The 1920s setting and heavy atmosphere of the game are inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft’s and his writings of cosmic horror.
The Sinking City release date: March 21, 2019
The sequel to the game nobody asked for, Rage 2 is a combination of the best of Fallout and Borderlands, giving this follow-up to id Software’s original effort a distinct character – helped along by being made by Avalanche Studios. Vehicular combat and ridiculous weapons such as the Wingstick return, and as protagonist Walker looks to take revenge on the evil Authority, it looks as if we have a good story to go with it, too.
Rage 2 release date: March 2019
The next game from original XCOM creator Julian Gollop looks, well, quite a lot like 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. And ready to wait for a while…
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
The Surge 2
Plenty of games have imitated the influential Dark Souls since its release in 2011. Labelled ‘Souls-likes’, games like sci-fi action RPG The Surge was one of them, pinching FromSoftware’s diamond-hard difficulty level that rewards players by not holding their hand and trusting their skill and patience.
The Surge was one of the better Souls-likes to emerge 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 in a brand new environment, “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 supranational blocs, which are inevitably at war with one another.
During the pre-Tokyo Game Show PlayStation Lineup Tour event, it was announced that Left Alive will be released on February 28, 2019. However, this date is just for the Japanese release and a western date has yet to be confirmed.
Left Alive release date: TBC 2019
Minecraft : Dungeons is being developed by a small team within Mojang and are calling it an action-adventure game inspired by “classic dungeon-crawlers.” You’ll be able to take on the depths of the dungeons alone or in teams of up to four players.
Minecraft: Dungeons 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 Psychonuats 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
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. Gears of War 5’s release date means we’ll be mowing down more waves of Locusts next year 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
One of what will probably be many upcoming videogame ventures based on Games Workshop’s behemoth of a fantasy franchise is an intriguing combination of Diablo and Path of Exile. Warhammer: Chaosbane’s release date can’t come soon enough as it’ll let us slice our way through the Old World.
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. Revealed with a Generation Zero trailer, the upcoming PC game from the Just Cause studio is a multiplayer co-op game with a distinct feel that combines Stranger Things with a technological disaster.
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, obvs, 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’ll have to wait until next year for a Control release date, but 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 to go on than that, at least not at this point before Babylon’s Fall’s release date in 2019. 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
It looks as if hell is coming to Earth. No, we’re not talking about a certain presidency, we’re referring to the upcoming game we all wanted from Bethesda. We’ll almost certainly be waiting a while for the Doom Eternal release date but, when it arrives, we’re sure we’ll be bathed in more beautiful demonic viscera.
Doom Eternal release date: TBC 2019
Friends that slay Nazis together, slay together. The Wolfenstein: Youngblood trailer shows us that the series is lurching 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, pirating, and cannon firing in Skull & Bones. With a familiar UI and control mechanism for anyone that’s played Assassin’s Creed’s seabound entry to the series, it’s got some strange scoring mechanisms, and is not just about wiping out the enemy team.
Skull & Bones release date: TBC 2019
DYING LIGHT 2
Prepare yourself between now and the Dying Light 2 release date: the decisions you make in this zombie parkour sequel will significantly alter the larger world as rival human factions compete for control. And, with the undead in mind, that’s just during the day. With Chris Avellone and The Witcher 3 writers behind the spellbinding Bloody Baron quest 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 below it. This isn’t the first time the game has been in production, but fingers crossed everything goes swimmingly this time – at least better than a nuclear accident site.
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.
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
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 is being developed by Relic Entertainment – the team behind Dawn of War and Company of Heroes. It was also revealed at Gamescom 2017 that us lucky folk are to receive definitive editions of Age of Empires 2 and 3.
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 Halo Infinite E3 trailer we saw during Microsoft’s conference turned out to only be 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
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: 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 at Devolver Digital’s conference at E3 2018. From what we ‘ve seen so far, this is definitely Serious Sam: a teaser trailer shows us 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, according to an issue of industry magazine MCV. 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 is returning, as we found out with the Nioh 2 E3 2018 trailer. We don’t know for certain if the upcoming game is coming to PC – nor do we know the Nioh 2 release date – 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 Wizard of the Coast’s 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.
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.” We. Are. In.
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 hardboiled 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 the most wildly ambitious game in a long time, 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 System Shock 1 is getting a 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. The Cyberpunk 2077 release date could still be a way off, but the futuristic Night City that we saw for the first time at E3 2018 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.
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.