What are the best upcoming PC games and the new PC games to keep an eye on this year and 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 no announcement is destined for certain success. Masterpieces are released alongside utter disasters, franchises are born while others dwindle and occasionally – so very occasionally – a game actually lives up to our expectations.
You'll find more of the best new PC games of last year in our round-up of 2016's top releases.
Upcoming PC Games Q3 2017
The End is Nigh!
Keeping in McMillen's wheelhouse of being both bleak and rewarding, The End is Nigh is a twitch platformer where players help a blob monster called Ash make a new friend. You're literally making a new friend mind you, as Ash cobbles together a pal out of the parts of dead people, following a catacylsmic event. Lovely.
The End is Nigh! release date: July 25, 2017
A game that many thought was lost to the ages, Fortnite is still alive and coming out this year. As an 'action builder', Fortnite sees players constructing forts and other defences to fend off waves of monsters. With loot to collect as well, Fortnite looks perfect for those in the market for a decent co-op game.
Fortnite release date: July 25, 2017
The next attempt by the Bastion and Transistor devs to kill you by making a game too pretty, Pyre has a caravan of adventurers trying to survive and thrive. You play weird magic football to win battles - yeah, we're not sure either. Should be sweet though.
Pyre release date: July 25, 2017
The next game from the Gone Home folks is silent, creepy, and explorative – as you might expect – but also in space. Excellent. Fullbright haven’t exactly shouted out the plot details, and for good reason (mystery!), but you’ll be aboard a space station where something’s not quite right. Originally slated for a 2016 launch, it got delayed to refactor various parts of the game to something better and should now be out soon.
Tacoma release date: August 2, 2017
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
An independent effort by DmC developers Ninja Theory, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice follows Celtic warrior Senua on a journey into the savage viking heartlands in search of her lover. It looks and sounds gorgeous so far, and sees its protagonist wrestle with weighty themes such as trauma and psychosis.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice release date: August 8, 2017
StarCraft, but prettier. Remastered is going to be built on the same engine as the old game, meaning there'll even be cross-play with the free version of Brood War. While there's some tiny hope that it once again becomes the world's dominant esport, more likely it's just a good excuse to play a classic all over again.
StarCraft Remastered release date: August 14, 2017
What if Sonic was not only good again but just like you remember it? That's essentially the concept of a new, 2D Sonic made in the exact style of the old games. It's even being made by a fan team who've spent their lives dedicated to the old Sonics. It's as good a chance as the fast 'n' blue one has had in years, frankly.
Sonic Mania release date: August 15, 2017
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
XCOM 2 is getting an expansion so big it was almost XCOM 3. It adds three super-alien enemies, three human factions to help out, and totally redesigns almost every system and subsystem. No word on price yet, but don’t expect this one to come cheap – it’s just that huge.
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen release date: August 29, 2017
More than a little odd, Absolver is about punching – simple enough so far – but to a degree almost no game ever is. You can customise your fighting style, your combos, the way your character moves, all in the hope of creating a build an opponent can’t defeat in 1v1 online combat. It made a splash on first announcement during E3 2016 and looks like it could be an early contender for indie smash hit of the year.
Absolver release date: August 29, 2017
Here's an equally dark follow-up and this time it's to the rather good Sunless Sea. Failbetter went back to Kickstarter for this one and did exceptionally well. Fully funded within four hours, Sunless Skies will almost certainly be a total pleasure to fans of the studio. There's plenty of information over on the Kickstarter and a development roadmap points to early access in late 2017.
Sunless Skies release date: August 2017
Konami are apparently upgrading the PC version of their football game massively this year and making PC the place to play PES 18. Previously, it’s been a fairly poor port of the previous generation (360, PS3 etc.) version, meaning crappy graphics and poor controls.
PES 18 release date: September 12, 2017
Divinity: Original Sin II
2014’s Divinity: Original Sin was one of best classic RPGs made in recent years, with plenty of charm, depth, and challenge to spare. Larian Studios’ follow up promises the same respect for player choices, new origin stories, a revamped crafting system, and addictive competitive party elements. And we can attest to all of this following our Original Sin II hands-on. They're even making a D&D mode.
Divinity: Original Sin II release date: September 14, 2017
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Here’s what Arkane are doing next: more Dishonored. In what has taken a couple of games to build up to, you’ll be hunting down the Outsider as some side characters from Dishonored 2. He has, presumably, been an extremely naughty boy.
Death of the Outsider release date: September 15, 2017
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
It’s Marvel, baby! Bringing back mechanics from older Vs. games like the Infinity Stones and 2v2 combat, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite hopes to please both Marvel veterans and new players. The full character list leak is looking more and more likely by the day, too.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite release date: September 19, 2017
Total War: Warhammer II
More elves, more lizards, and probably some Skaven are coming to the second part of the Total War: Warhammer trilogy. That, plus it'll clamp onto the original, and has a story campaign and loads of tweaks.
Total War: Warhammer 2 release date: September 28, 2017
The football returns for another year, with Christiano Ronaldo, logos, and better mo-cap of famous players. There’s also new crowd tech and better stadiums – FIFA 18 looks like a proper upgrade. You probably already know if you’re going to buy it or not, though.
FIFA 18 release date: September 29, 2017
The most intriguing art style in development, Cuphead bases its looks on early 1900s cartoon animation, and its play on a co-op version of Mega Man. How that all combines is the question, and its taken its time getting here – hopefully it can live up to its own design.
Cuphead release date: September 29, 2017
We Happy Few
Already in Early Access and making quite a stormer of it, We Happy Few aims to mix BioShock and survival games into, presumably, some sort of world-devouring omni-game. Set in an alternate universe where drugs are all that keep the British population in check, it's horror, humour, survival, and story all wrapped into one. There's also going to be a We Happy Few film, for some reason.
We Happy Few release date: Q3 2017
Outcast: Second Contact
Long awaited remake of a cult-classic, Outcast: Second Contact is one of several games hitting this year (not all on our platform, sadly) that many never thought they would see. Despite failing a Kickstarter several years ago, funding was acquired and the game is being made – Matt even got to see it at Gamescom.
Outcast: Second Contact release date: Fall 2017
Upcoming PC Games Q4 2017
Forza Motorsport 7
The vrooms return for another year, bringing exceptional beauty to half-arcadey, half-not racing. There’s a lot more character design this time with loads of cosmetic items for both driver and car. The focus is still very much on what you drive, though: 700 to choose from in all.
Forza 7 release date: October 3, 2017
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
The sequel to the greatest 7/10 of all time looks like it's going to continue that theme, with an added dose of WWE-style run-ins and dragons. Dragons! Hooray. It's even further from anything approaching LOTR canon these days, but the Nemesis system is back with avengeance.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War release date: October 10, 2017
The Evil Within 2
The even-spookier follow-up to the Resident Evil-inspired The Evil Within, the sequel promises just as much mad violence and weird stuff happening. You probably won’t glean much from the cinematic trailer beyond that everything’s gone wrong again, but here’s some gameplay to tide you over. Like all of Bethesda’s projects, it’s out very soon.
The Evil Within 2 release date: October 13, 2017
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Following four separate delays, Ubisoft have finally decided a release date for South Park: The Fractured But Whole. As the children of South Park move from high fantasy to superheroes, it's up to the New Kid to master his powers of flatulence to save the town from evil. Nice to see that South Park has gone high-brow after all these years.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole release date: October 17, 2017
Rogue Trooper Redux
Here we have a full-on remake of the 2000 AD adaption Rogue Trooper. Creators, and now IP owners, Rebellion (they do Sniper Elite, shooter fans) were keeping it very under wraps, releasing entire trailers without showing even the main character. We now know plenty more.
Rogue Trooper Redux release date: October 17, 2017
Not content with being a dominant force in console gaming for the better part of three years, Destiny's sequel is headed to the PC. Expect jokes, loot, guns, and probably not Peter Dinklage – almost certainly the biggest launch of the year, here's everything we know about the Destiny 2 on PC.
Destiny 2 release date: October 24, 2017
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
BJ is back again, and there are still so, so many Nazis to kill. This time he’s headed to America to liberate it before switchover day – when English will be abolished as a world language. With something to prove on just how mad a game you can make in 2017, we won’t have long to wait to find out just how silly it gets. Then they’ll get right to work on Wolfenstein 3.
Wolfenstein 2 release date: October 27, 2017
Assassin’s Creed Origins
After taking a break, Assassin’s Creed is back, in Egypt, and long before any of the other games were set. It’s got an RPG system now, and a real combat system that operates more like Dark Souls. Like Black Flag, by the same devs, it wants to mix up the formula to create a massive success. Will it work?
Assassin’s Creed Origins release date: October 27, 2017
Call of Duty: WW2
Returning to the well-trodden battlefields of World War II, the latest Call of Duty hopes to take the series back to what made it such a success. With Zombies also going back to its roots, expectations are high for this installment to put Call of Duty back on track.
Call of Duty: WW2 release date: November 3, 2017
How do you make explosions even more explosive? You get the cloud to compute them. That’s the plan for Crackdown 3, the seven-years-late sequel to one of the Xbox’s most popular games. Destructible environments in a sandbox city are the setup, but beyond that we haven’t seen much more since the reveal in 2015.
Crackdown 3 release date: November 7, 2017
Need for Speed: Payback
The Fast & Furious game we deserve – hopefully. Need for Speed Payback is all chaos, all cars, all the time, with about as much crashing and bashing as the best burnouts and a plot straight out of Hollywood. Exactly how all that comes together without the acting talents of The Rock we don’t yet know.
Need for Speed: Payback release date: November 10, 2017
Star Wars Battlefront II
Not to be confused with Star Wars Battlefront II (2005), this Battlefront II (2017) plans to fix every problem the galactic republic of videogame players had with the first attempt. There's a single-player campaign, there are multiple eras, there's no season pass, and everything will presumably smell of space roses. It looks pretty good so far.
Star Wars Battlefront II release date: November 17, 2017
The first game for feels-central developer Dontnod to release after Life is Strange is, obviously, about consuming the flesh of the living for sustenance. Vampyr casts you as a recently-vampirised doctor in 1918, just as Spanish Flu is really starting to mess Europe up. London is the setting, dark is the tone, and surviving is the plan, while trying not to destroy all sense of civilisation in Britain’s capital. Good luck.
Vampyr release date: November 2017
Well, it’s happening. A massively successful Kickstarter, some amount of Sony money and an almost bottomless pile of hype. It’s estimated for the end of 2017, but we’d be surprised if it doesn’t slip into the year after – or even further. Some, however, will wait however long they need to.
Shenmue 3 release date: December 2017
Upcoming PC games TBC 2017
Frozen Synapse 2
After distilling the merits of their turn-based tactical shooter into the purist sports strategy of Frozen Cortex, Mode 7 Games have returned to the Synapse series with a view to expand. They’ll retain the waypoint system that evokes early Rainbow Six, but move the action outside those familiar office complexes in favour of “open world tactics.” However that manifests itself, it’ll be a huge departure from the taut, two-player maps of the original Frozen Synapse.
Frozen Synapse 2 release date: TBC 2017
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'll be able to engage in military service, become a reputable trader of goods, live the life of a smuggler, or become a universe-famous race pilot. If it ever gets finished, of course. Squadron 42, the single-player component, is supposed to be out this year. But also last year.
Star Citizen release date: TBC 2017
After a well-received reveal at The Game Awards 2016, Dauntless entered a period of hibernation while the brains behind it put the free-to-play Monster Hunter-esque game together. After good showings at PAX and other shows, and with a growing community, it's got a shot to be one of the bigger games of the year.
Dauntless release date: TBC 2017
Ruiner is an ultraviolent isometric action shooter based on 1988's sci-fi anime Akira. Think Hotline Miami if it was a ruby-tinted dystopia. I know, right? Check out Jordan's hands-on with Ruiner for more – he called it "a bold and bloody stampede through a cyberpunk city that’s driven entirely by kineticism," which sounds alright to us. It's due late this year.
Ruiner release date: TBC 2017
XCOM’s indie cousin takes a lot from the original games – differentiating it from the smaller squad sizes of the modern-day efforts. Xenonauts 2 was announced with a splash page and little else in 2016, and has had work done on it quietly ever since. But builds are now readily available from the official site and to prove it's at a seriously playable point.
Xenonauts 2 release date: TBC 2017
Wild West Online
Famous mostly for getting mistaken for Red Dead Redemption 2 in an early screenshot, Wild West Online promises cowboys, a sandbox, and PvP. The developers haven't announced release plans beyond that they no longer need Kickstarter or Early Access due to the attention brought by the aforementioned confusion. It'll be out this year.
Wild West Online release date: TBC 2017
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
The long-awaited followup to the crowd favourite Mount & Blade, the sequel is promising to be bigger and better in pretty much every way. The developers have focused on two areas so far in reveals: humongous siege battles and making the game moddable. With the latter they’re going as far as possible, giving modders as much power as possible to make their game even better.
Mount & Blade 2 release date: TBC 2017
Dead Island 2
This, apparently, still exists and is making “fantastic progress” at take-over developers Sumo, according to an issue of industry magazine MCV. Exactly how much it will resemble the weird Californian sun-pocalypse we saw on display during the original announcement is anyone's guess, but it’s still tentatively scheduled for 2017.
Dead Island 2 release date: TBC 2017
Quake Champions takes some surprising steps away from its roots, while claiming to be as grounded as possible. It’s still going to feature the lightning gun, railgun, and rocket launcher that made Quake 3 one of the world’s first global esports. But it’s also adding character selection, special abilities and, possibly, a free-to-play monetization model. We’ve got a list of all the announced and rumoured Quake Champions characters if you’re after it, and you can sign-up for the open beta right now.
Quake Champions release date: TBC 2017
Cliff Bleszinski’s hat thrown into the hero shooter ring, Lawbreakers bares a bit more similarity to classic shooters than Overwatch, Battleborn, and the like. It doesn't have a cartoony art style, though does still have a sense of humour, plus lots of rocket jumps along with the wall-running. It’s going through a lot of beta tests currently and will probably make it out in 2017.
Lawbreakers release date: TBC 2017
Battletech is back(letech), meaning we get to watch giant mechs beat each other up all over again. Created by notable Kickstarter success story Harebrained Schemes, of Shadowrun fame, it’s progressing at speed with regular updates and should be out in 2017.
Battletech release date: TBC 2017
Originally debuting a couple of years back, Eitr went into deep hiding after very positive responses to demo builds to finish up development of this pixelated, isometric Dark Souls. It still looks lovely, and publishers Devolver Digital have confirmed that it’s coming out in 2017.
Eitr release date: TBC 2017
Operating somewhat as a tech demo for new MMO tech, Worlds Adrift is about sky pirates and a massive, persistant world. It calls itself a “first in a new generation” of multiplayer games and it’s certainly pretty enough to sell the premise. If it works, it could be The Next Big Thing – we’ll get to play it in 2017.
Worlds Adrift release date: TBC 2017
The very definition of cult classic, Pathologic is one of the oddest games ever released, not least because of a dodgy translation from its native Russian. After a very successful Kickstarter, a full remake is in development which hit early alpha in late 2016 – we even played a bit of it. It will almost certainly be an event, bad or good.
Pathologic release date: TBC 2017
Mirage: Arcane Warfare
Mirage: Arcane Warfare is the follow up to Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, which boasts some of the deepest melee combat we’ve ever seen. Using every mouse button and even its drag speed, several different attacks were possible, as were parries and feints. Each weapon had varying stats for reach, speed, and damage, further complicating things.
To this intricate mix, Mirage promises to bring synergistic magical powers and a rather lovely pastel colour scheme, which you'll spoil by disembowelling your enemies all over the map. A likely rival to For Honor for deep multiplayer brawling, expect Mirage’s beta test and then a full launch later this year.
Mirage: Arcane Warfare release date: TBC 2017
With the full mod released after what felt like a century of development, many assumed that was the end of legendary project Black Mesa, bringing the original Half-Life up to code in the latest version of the source engine. Not so. Never having added Xen to their version of the game, the devs set up Black Mesa as a full Early Access project, selling at a budget and starting to build a whole new ending to their favourite game. Now it's nearly done.
Black Mesa release date: TBC 2017
Full Metal Furies
A brawler with attitude, pixel graphics, and unholier-than-thou weapons, Full Metal Furies is what's coming next from the folks behind Rogue Legacy. It looks beautiful, is very fast, and seems to involve no small amount of killing large monsters with larger weapons. Good stuff.
Full Metal Furies release date: TBC 2017
Tyranny: The Bastard’s Wound
Weird, wonderful, but flawed gem Tyranny is getting an expansion before the end of the year to buff up its third act. It'll also add an ending and generally fix the game’s problems. It’s a bit of a surprise given the game never sold that well to begin with, but we’ll take it.
Tyranny: The Bastard’s Wound release date: TBC 2017
Upcoming PC games 2018 & beyond
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
After a short delay, Ni No Kuni 2 is now the first semi-large release of 2018. If you're unfamiliar, it's a Ghibli-styled JRPG that blew socks off in its first iteration a few years ago on the consoles. This is set hundreds of years later, using similar themes and places, but likely as good a jumping on point as any. Good, too, since the first isn't coming to PC any time soon.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom release date: January 19, 2018
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Ever wondered what Skyrim without magic and cat people would look like? Wonder no more, because Warhorse Studios are in the process of making a medieval RPG set in 1403. The game promises to have historically accurate armour, weapons and combat techniques, and is intended to allow the player to become whoever they want - rogue, warrior or bard. Even more so when Kingdom Come mods get going.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance release date: February 13, 2018
Far Cry 5
Far Cry leaves the mountains and islands behind to head to middle America, Montana to be precise, and deal with some extreme fundamentalists and their very angry dog. Expect more tidbits as we head to release, but here's info on the Far Cry 5 story, setting, and everything else we know.
Far Cry 5 release date: February 27, 2018
Klei’s latest is an RPG, and that should be enough to get you excited on its own. Griftlands is built on the concept of tradable resources, but little else has been revealed beyond the trailer. Klei have basically nailed everything they’ve ever tried though, bringing originality and quality to whatever they touch.
Griftlands release date: Early 2018
A Way Out
From the folks behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes a co-op adventure that can only be played that way. A Way Out gives you one character each and a prison to break out of. It goes as far as letting one character move around while another might be in a cinematic. It’s a very cool idea, and Brothers was good enough to make us believe this will be worth keeping an eye on.
A Way Out release date: Early 2018
The Crew 2
Cars! But not just cars. That’s the concept of The Crew 2 as it adds biplanes and boats to the formula, along with the usual massive collection of cars and other road vehicles. You’ll even switch between them on the fly, weirdly.
The Crew 2 release date: Early 2018
Pillars of Eternity 2
Pillars 2 is on the way and that’s about all we know. Obsidian have been working on it since at least early 2016 according to interviews, but they’ve kept quiet about exactly how it’s changing. We do know it will be in an entirely different section of the world, featuring all-new characters and a different plot. More to follow in early 2018, we guess.
Pillars of Eternity 2 release date: Q1 2018
Skull & Bones
Black Flag and For Honor meet in the middle for PvP boating, pirating, and cannoning. With a very familiar UI and control mechanism for anyone that played Assassin's Creed’s seabound family member, it’s got some strange scoring mechanisms and isn’t all about wiping out the enemy team.
Skull & Bones release date: Fall 2018
Ashes of Creation
The latest in the long line of Kickstarter MMOs, but one that has inspired enough people to blow past its $750,000 asking price, reaching beyond the $3.2 million mark. The wait for a full release could be massive. Hopefully it's worth it for those dropping cash.
Ashes of Creation release date: December, 2018
Revived by SimBin after a messy cancellation in the bad old days, GTR 3 is in production by the new SimBin and should be in a playable state by mid-2017. They're aiming a little later for a full release, but it's an exciting time to be a fan of crossing tarmac quickly.
GTR 3 release date: 2018
BioWare’s next project is trying to combine their storytelling acumen and beautiful art with the MMO-lite nature of Destiny. It also lets you be Iron Man, so, there’s that. Honestly there’s a lot to it, so check our dedicated Anthem info article for more.
Anthem release date: 2018
Via the original team (who've since made the rather good VR Souls-like Chronos) and continuing the story, Darksiders 3 features the whip-wielding witch you see above, Fury. Being so far out, we don't know much about it yet – to the point where it seems slightly weird that it has even been announced yet – but it's got all the stylised monster-slaying you'll be used to from elsewhere.
Darksiders 3 release date: 2018
A Left 4 Dead-like with one key difference – you’re basically Indiana Jones. With that comes a new setting of early 1900s and an awful lot of mummies to kill. It looks odd, fun, and is being made by British studio Rebellion – the folks behind Sniper Elite.
Strange Brigade release date: 2018
The next game from original X-Com creator Julian Gollop looks, well, quite a lot like X-Com. It's closest to Terror from the Deep in aesthetic and plays like a more complex version of his classic. If you're well into the resurgence of turn-based strategy and tactics games, you should be excited. And ready to wait...
Phoenix Point release date: 2018
Monster Hunter: World
The PC is getting a Monster Hunter game with all the bells and whistles you'd hope for. Beyond that, we don’t know a tonne beyond it will follow the series formula – co-op monster-smashing with big swords and bigger enemies. The PC version has no specific release date, Capcom say that it will be “at a later date” compared to console early 2018.
Monster Hunter PC release date: 2018
The Tropico devs are back, trading the Caribbean for one planet over, and disgruntled island citizens for slightly unprepared colonists. Strategy masters Paradox are publishing, and it's rare they'll let something subpar out the door. One to watch as we head through 2017.
Surviving Mars release date: 2018
Despite running out of books, Metro isn't done. It’s heading outside, for a year-round story – but it isn’t in an open world, instead taking place around several massive, interconnected levels. It was also one of the prettiest games at E3 and has giant zombie bears. Hooray.
Metro Exodus release date: 2018
Finally officially revealed at E3, Tropico 6 is just as dastardly dictatorial as the previous entries. This time you can quite literally steal the Statue of Liberty so there are some upgrades to come, too. It's a while out yet but expect a bit more info as we get closer.
Tropico 6 release date: 2018
State of Decay 2
The definition of a cult indie hit, State of Decay was a lot of great ideas that were well implemented and not locked in early access for a thousand years. It did well too, managing to garner quite the gaggle of fans that appreciated a group zombie survival where things actually worked. The sequel wants to do all that better and could be one of the semi-surprise hits of the year if it nails it.
State of Decay 2 release date: 2018
The Last Night
One of the prettier games at Microsoft’s conference, cyberpunk platformer The Last Night says it has the “heart of a sci-fi thriller” to go alongside, presumably, moving right and jumping. We haven’t seen any proper gameplay yet, but it’s caught more than a few eyes.
The Last Night release date: 2018
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball is getting a proper fighting game and it looks set to give Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite a run for its money. Only a few characters have been revealed so far but it’s enough to get the FGC excited.
Dragon Ball FighterZ release date: 2018
Metal Gear Survive
Konami are doing another full Metal Gear game, and this time, they're doing it without Hideo Kojima. Fan reactions are as to be expected, but at least it’s suitably silly – rock zombies, time travel, alternate dimensions, portals through space, time, and structure. It’s co-op in nature and likely won’t bear much resemblance to what’s come before.
Metal Gear Survive release date: 2018
Fully titled 'The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 - Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie - Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa', Barkley 2 is the sequel to one of the oddest fangames to ever exist, Charles Barkley's Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden. It was Kickstarted in December 2012 and has been in some form of development ever since. If it will ever come out is up for debate, but it's worth keeping track of for "WTF?" points alone.
Barkley 2 release date: TBC
What if Dark Souls was more literally dark? Here’s Ashen to answer: it’d be well depressing. With a heavy focus on co-op and hub towns to return NPCs to, it’s grossly difficult combat paired with a flat, simple art style and it looks really nice.
Ashen release date: TBC
Into the Breach
The FTL folks are back, and if that's not enough to get you excited... well, for one thing, there might be something wrong with you. That aside, it's an isometric turn-based strategy game where you must save the Earth from various kaiju-sized threats by commanding humongous robots. It looks extremely rad.
Into the Breach release date: TBC
Joining its erstwhile brother in fragging as a likely 2017 release, Unreal Tournament is taking a different tack – its been in open development since its earliest stages. As in, since they were still developing weapon models, deciding on movement mechanics, the very groundwork of the game. It’s going to be free and supported by cosmetic microtransactions. They’re still calling it pre-alpha so who knows when it will be out.
Unreal Tournament release date: TBC
Werewolf: The Apocalypse
Other than this definitely happening we don't know a whole lot about it. You'll play a Werewolf and will probably tear stuff up at a high rate. It's to be the first WOD game since Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, so a heavy weight is on it to be proper good.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse release date: TBC
Necromunda: Underhive Wars
Try not to cheer too loud: those folks behind Mordheim are making the 40k equivalent, Necromunda, and there really isn't any excuse for it not to be great. Again, not a lot is known about it yet, but we're primed and ready for a trailer and gameplay details aplenty.
Necromunda: Underhive Wars release date: TBC
Capybara's latest has been delayed more times than the end of the world. Below was originally meant to come out as early as 2014 with an announcement stating as much at E3 2013. That was four years ago, and after a delay in August 2016, it never revealed itself again. Capy did say they were deliberately going dark until it was done, but who knows when it may resurface. We hope it does soon.
Below release date: TBC
Like a neon fever dream made flesh, Drift Stage has been hanging around the internet for a couple of years now, and we're getting tired of grinding our teeth. The developers are running a non-Steam early access plan through their website, but $60,000 on Kickstarter back in 2015 hasn't led to a release date any time soon.
Drift Stage release date: TBC
Crytek’s latest has morphed once in its lifetime – going from Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age to its current title. It’s a co-op monster hunting game with a creepy aesthetic, creating PvPvE moments of terror, hunting in pairs while trying to avoid each other. If it ever comes out it should be pretty good.
Hunt: Showdown release date: TBC
Galaxy in Turmoil
Here's a good, or at least reasonable, end to one of the many fan-game turned cease-and-desist stories. Galaxy in Turmoil used to be a fan-made Star Wars Battlefront successor until EA and Disney gave it the "er, actually." Instead of taking their space-ball and going home, Frontwire Studios decided to keep it up and have got as far as space walks now.
Galaxy in Turmoil release date: TBC
Nobody knows what's going on with Death Stranding. Probably not even Hideo Kojima does. We're not even sure it's coming to PC as well as its Sony-funded home, but its showings so far have been as mad as a box of frogs and that just makes us want to tell you about it. The Mads Mikkelsen trailer reinforced this after the initial reveal and honestly we can't wait for more. Doesn't even matter if it never comes out.
Death Stranding realease date: TBC
System Shock 3
The other side of the System Shock development split, System Shock 3 is likely a long, long way off. We know Warren Spector is involved and… that’s about it. Otherside Entertainment are doing the actual production, with Spector now there as studio director – we’re expecting to hear more from them through 2017.
System Shock 3 release date: TBC
Life is Strange 2
Beyond an extremely short video celebrating incredible sales for the original game, Life is Strange 2 is mostly a mystery. We expect to hear more before the year's out but it's almost certainly a 2018 game at best. Chloe and Max are unlikely to return and you can expect more feels right to the face.
Life is Strange 2 release date: TBC
The next game from those guys who made The Witcher – you might have heard of it. They announced it far, far too early with a teaser trailer and we’ve heard nothing official since. They’re even got a little sick of answering questions about it, it seems, but did get funding for some special city tech recently. Supposedly, it’ll be out before 2019, but who knows.
Cyberpunk 2077 release date: 2077?
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Yes, it’s happening (dot gif) but it’s probably a long, long ways off. According to creator Michel Ancel it’s at “day zero of development” and they’re looking for a lot of community input to get it moving. Yes, somehow, we’ve found a game likely to come out after Cyberpunk 2077. Expect to hear more… at some point.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 release date: Beyond Space And Time, Probably.
These are the upcoming PC games that have got us most excited. Any games on the horizon that have you seriously considering a pre-order? Let us know in the comments.