Best Upcoming PC Games 2019 (And Beyond)

Last year was arguably one of the greatest years for PC gaming. From small indie gems to big budget triple-A titles, PC players are afforded the luxury of being able to access a wide-selection of titles, including the best upcoming games of 2019.

Here, we will be highlighting the most highly-anticipated PC releases along with some lesser-known titles that may not be on your radar. Make sure to check back as we’ll updating this list in the future with new entries. If you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Release Date: Nov 15, 2019

Platform: Origin

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.

Biomutant

Release Date: TBA 2019

Platform: TBA

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.

Atomic Heart 

Release Date: TBA 2019

Platform: Steam

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.

Cyberpunk 2077

Release Date: April 6, 2020

Platform: Steam

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

Release Date: Spring 2020

Platform: Steam

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

Release Date: TBA 2020

Platform: Steam

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.

Watch Dogs: Legion

Release Date: TBA

Platform: Epic Games Store

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.

Spelunky 2

Release Date: TBA

Platform: Steam

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.

Genesis Noir

Release Date: TBA

Platform: 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

Release Date: TBA

Platform: Steam

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.

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 a slew of relaxing activities players can take part in, such as fishing and farm cultivation.

Hollow Knight: Silksong

Release Date: TBA

Platform: Steam

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 to 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

Release Date: TBA 

Platform: 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

Release Date: TBA 

Platform: Steam

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. 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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