To make sense of this year’s overwhelming PC release schedule, we’ve created this list to highlight some of the best titles to keep your eye on. Make sure to check back as we’ll be adding new games in the future.
Control – Aug 27, 2019
Control is a third-person shooter that incorporates many of the themes and gameplay mechanics found in other Remedy games like Quantum Break and Alan Wake. In it, you play as Jesse Faden, a woman with special abilities whose been tasked with restoring order to a secret government facility plagued by dark, supernatural forces.
Jesse’s powers prove useful both in and out of battle, as she can manipulate objects around her to create a shield, attack enemies, and levitate. While the game is mostly linear, it does feature some elements commonly found in Metroidvanias, with Jesse being able to access new areas only after acquiring certain powers.
Borderlands 3 – Sep 13, 2019
Fans have been waiting for a new Borderlands game for quite some time, and it looks like Gearbox is finally ready to show what they’ve been working on. Just like in previous entries, Borderlands 3 uses a procedurally-generated loot system that spawns new weapons with varying stats and perks. The game features a new “Radiation” elemental damage type that replaces “Slag” from previous games while adding a DoT effect.
Borderlands 3 will also introduce four new character classes: Amara, a powerful Siren who can summon multiple arms; Moze, a small gunner who fights alongside a mech named Iron Bear; Zane, an operative with access to a variety of gadgets and tools; and FL4K, a robot who can summon creatures to fight alongside them in battle.
The Surge 2 – Sep 24, 2019
The Surge 2 is a third-person action RPG developed by Deck13 Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive. The sequel ditches the preset protagonist from the first game, allowing players to create a customizable character before being thrown into Jericho City, an urban wasteland brimming with dangerous mechanical foes.
The game carries over the challenging, Dark Souls-inspired combat of the original while introducing some new mechanics. Among these is a limb-targeting system which has been expanded, as well as new abilities, weapons, implants, and drones for players to take advantage of.
The Outer Worlds – Oct 25, 2019
The Outer Worlds is an action RPG coming from Obsidian Entertainment, whose notable credits include Fallout: New Vegas. Set in a future where mega-corporations have begun colonizing and terraforming alien planets, the story sees the player traveling through space when something goes awry, leaving the player stranded at the edge of a space colony.
The game features first-person combat and the option to recruit NPC companions who can lend their strength in battle and sometimes offer unconventional solutions to problems encountered in the world. The Outer Worlds places an emphasis on player-choice and features multiple dialogue options as well as a variety of possible outcomes for completing quests.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Nov 15, 2019
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person action RPG set after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith in the aftermath of Order 66, which practically wiped out the entire Jedi Order. You play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan tasked with uncovering the mysteries of an ancient civilization while always staying one step ahead of the Galactic Empire.
During your journey, you’ll learn to harness the power of the Force and hone your lightsaber skills as you try to survive and take down the Empire’s deadly Inquisitors. Fallen Order will feature lightsaber combat that relies heavily on gauging when to strike, block, and dodge enemy attacks.
Chernobylite – Fall, 2019
Chernobylite is an upcoming sci-fi survival horror game from developer The Farm 51. The game draws heavy inspiration from the Metro series, blending together elements commonly seen in open-world, first-person shooters, and adventure games. The result is a thrilling experience that plans to deliver players free exploration of the game’s irradiated world, challenging combat with mutated creatures, a unique weapon crafting system, and non-linear storytelling.
You’ll be able to explore a carefully-handcrafted recreation of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, gathering and managing your supplies while uncovering secrets about the area. Along the way you’ll encounter others who seek to either aid or hurt you on your journey and will have to carefully decide who to trust.
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince – Fall, 2019
Trine 3 marked a dramatic shift from 2.5D to fully-3D gameplay, a change that left a majority of fans unsatisfied. Thankfully, developer Frozenbyte has learned from their mistakes and is returning to 2.5D for Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince. You’ll be able to join the three iconic heroes: Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief once again as they embark on a quest to rescue a young prince.
The action platformer will feature new landscapes for players to explore as well as dynamic puzzles that can be solved solo or with friends in local and online multiplayer. Additionally Trine 4’s combat system has been completely revamped in order to offer more challenges and engaging boss fights.
Untitled Goose Game – TBA, 2019
Untitled Goose Game is a continuation of developer House House’s love for quirky gameplay and minimalist, low-poly art. The upcoming stealth game has you controlling a maniacal goose who loves causing trouble at the expense of humans.
You’ll be exploring sandbox-style environments that are packed with plenty of hats and knick-knacks to steal as well as puzzles to solve. While controlling the goose, you’ll be given a checklist for objectives to complete in each area, with the main goal being to cause as much mayhem and distress for the humans as you can without getting caught.
Biomutant – TBA, 2019
Biomutant is an action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world where you play as a customizable raccoon-like creature capable of wielding a variety of weapons. Your goal is to save the Tree of Life, the source for all living creations, which has become polluted and is under constant attack from enemy creatures.
Along the way, you’ll encounter an array of mutations and bio-mechanical body parts such as robotic legs, wings, and claws which can provide an edge in battle and help you reach new areas. How you choose to design your character factors into gameplay, with gender, body shape, fur thickness, and fangs all affecting stats.
Spelunky 2 – TBA, 2019
Spelunky 2 is an upcoming 2D-platformer with some rogue-like elements, being co-developed by self-published Mossmouth and Blitworks. The sequel carries over many of the mechanics from the first while sporting improved visuals and a host of new characters, enemies, obstacles, and treasures.
Players assume control of a spelunker and begin exploring a series of procedurally-generated caves while collecting treasure, battling enemies, and avoiding traps. One of the best parts of the original was how unique each run felt, so it came as a pleasant surprise when Mossmouth announced they would be sticking to the formula for Spelunky 2.
Atomic Heart – TBA, 2019
Atomic Heart is a first-person shooter produced and self-published by Russian developer Mundfish. The game takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union’s research has led to a technical revolution. You assume control of a Soviet KGB officer who’s been tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.
The game features an expansive open-world that consists of several regions with different biomes and multi-layered structures to explore. Combat is primarily focused on melee weapons, with firearms and ammo encounters being very limited.
Watch Dogs: Legion – Mar 6, 2020
Rumors that a new Watchdogs game set in London had been circulating long before E3, however Ubisoft confirmed the game’s existence when they released a cryptic teaser days before their scheduled presentation with the caption “God Save the NPCs.” Now we know what they were hinting at as Watchdogs: Legion will allow players to seize control of any NPC in the game as they fight to overthrow a corrupt private military corporation controlling London.
Each character will have unique perks that can be useful for different situations, such as dealing bonus damage with a specific weapon or against certain enemy types, faster cooldowns for abilities, discounts at different vendors, etc. Additionally, the game will include an online co-op mode where you’ll be able to participate in missions and side activities with other players. We’re eager to see what the limitations of Legion’s new systems are and can’t wait for the game’s March 6, 2020 release date.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Apr 16, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person action RPG developed and published by CD Projekt, popularized by The Witcher series. The game is an adaptation of the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, set fifty-seven years later in a dystopian future where players will create a customizable character named V before exploring the six distinct regions that combine to make Night City.
As V, you’ll be able to develop a playstyle centered around one of the game’s three classes: NetRunner, Techie, and Solo. Additionally, V has an arsenal of ranged and close combat weapons at their disposal which can be modified and upgraded.
Dying Light 2 – Spring, 2020
Dying Light 2 is a first-person action RPG developed and self-published by Techland, best known for their work on Dead Island, which also featured zombies. The sequel takes place after the events of the first game and has you playing as a new protagonist, Aiden Caldwell, an infected survivor whose extraordinary dexterity and combat abilities prove useful for gaining allies and influencing the world around him.
Gameplay will be fairly similar to the original and has players scavenging for weapons and supplies while traversing the world through fluid, parkour-based movement. For the sequel, Techland is emphasizing a player-driven experience where decisions impact both the story and the physical in-game world.
Carrion – TBA, 2020
Carrion is a reverse horror game that puts the player in control of a deadly amorphous creature that appears to have broken free inside of a military bunker. It appears to follow a Metroidvania format, with the creature being able to reach new areas as it consumes more humans and grows more powerful.
While we’ve seen other games like Evolve and Dead by Daylight swap roles and put a player in control of an evil monster, Carrion seems to be offering a much more immersive horror fantasy. The game is being produced by Phobia Game Studio and published by Devolver Digital.
Genesis Noir – TBA
Genesis Noir is an adventure title being developed by Feral Cat Den and was announced back in early 2018. The game tells “a unique cosmic story” about a selfish artist named Golden Boy, a seductive jazz singer named Miss Mass, and the player character No Man, a watch salesman attempting to prevent the Big Bang from taking place.
Gameplay will be focused on exploring different worlds, getting to know each character, and solving puzzles. Most interesting is Genesis Noir’s gray-scale visuals, which evokes memories of old detective movies and fits in nicely with the game’s sci-fi themes. The project hasn’t been given an official release date, however it’s confirmed to be launching on PC and Mac.
Dysmantle – TBA
Open-world sandbox survival games are among the most popular genres in PC gaming. 10tons Ltd looks to be throwing their hat in the race with Dysmantle, an action-adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic world. Players emerge from an underground shelter on a secluded island only to find it’s been overrun by vile, mutant creatures.
In order to escape the island and uncover its many mysteries, players will have to craft weapons and gear, build outposts, and fight enemies. Where Dysmantle differs from a lot of other games in this genre is its lighthearted tone, which is evident by the game’s cartoonish visual style and slew of relaxing activities players can take part in, such as fishing and farm cultivation.
Hollow Knight: Silksong – TBA
Silksong was initially planned as DLC for Hollow Knight; however, developer Team Cherry was very ambitious in creating the project and kept expanding upon their initial ideas until the game felt large enough to warrant a sequel. While the game will retain many of Hollow Knights core Metroidvania elements, it will be using them in slightly different ways.
For one, players will be controlling Hornet, a curious bug-like creature who uses a needle to fight. At the start of the game, Hornet gets captured and taken to an unknown, haunted kingdom. Players will have escape the kingdom by making their way upwards instead of downwards like the first game, encountering over 150 new creatures along the way.
Solar Ash Kingdom – TBA
Solar Ash Kingdom is the next project to come from developer Heart Machine, best known for the 2D action RPG Hyper Light Drifter. While the game’s color palette and overall tone feel reminiscent of HM’s most recent game, Solar Ash Kingdom takes place in 3D environments with the player character able to glide across surfaces.
Little is known regarding gameplay details, however you can see the main character in the trailer jumping to attack a towering, one-eyed monster. This leads us to believe the game will focus on combat and exploration, similar to HLD.
Afterparty – TBA
Afterparty is an adventure game developed and published by Night School Studio, who first debuted in 2016 with Oxenfree, the supernatural adventure game that let players affect the story through branching dialogue selections. Afterparty seems very much in the same vein, but this time has the player traveling to the depths of Hell on a quest to outdrink Satan and return to the world of the living.
The game seems to have a much lighter tone than Oxenfree, and has you controlling two friends, Milo and Lola, who have recently died and find themselves trapped in the underworld for all eternity. In order to escape, they’ll have to take on a series of intoxicating challenges and visit bars across Hell’s many islands. Also, you can flirt with Satan.
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