Best Upcoming PC Games 2021 (And Beyond)

We've organized a massive list of the best upcoming PC games releasing this year. There are some hidden gems you don't want to miss out on.

From indie gems to big-budget releases, PC players continue to benefit from both sides of game development.

They also have bragging rights over things like free online multiplayer, modding capabilities, and overall more control over what they play and how they play it. 

In this list, we’ll be highlighting the best upcoming PC games of 2021, including new indie games and highly-anticipated sequels.

We’ll be ranking them in order of release date and providing any info we have in regards to exclusivity, considering how divisive the Steam versus Epic battle has become.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any games!

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Evil Genius 2: World Domination will see players reprising their role as an evil mastermind as they build a secret base from the ground-up while recruiting and managing an army of minions.

An early gameplay trailer highlights the many improvements and new features being worked into the sequel.

These include streamlined base construction and minion recruitment systems as well as the ability to send minions out on missions once they’ve been properly trained.

Evil lairs can now be infiltrated by secret agents, requiring players to use a variety of over-the-top defenses to stop them. 

The next entry in Arc System Works cel-shaded fighter is expected to release at some point this year and aims to deliver the biggest and best Guilty Gear experience by far.

Guilty Gear Strive sees the return of fan favorites like Sol Badguy, May, and Ky Kiske in addition to series newcomers, including a mysteriously unknown samurai.

The game is a continuation of Arc System Works’ commitment to flashy combat and gorgeous 2.5D graphics that utilize dynamic camera angles.

From a gameplay perspective, Strive looks to offer the smoothest battling experience to date with new combos and more fluid stage transitions than previous entries.

Coming from indie developer Amplitude Studios, Humankind is a 4X strategy game that sees you rewriting history by establishing unique civilizations based on 60 historical periods starting with the Bronze Age up until modern times.

Players will be able to influence societies by making tough moral decisions, reacting to historical events, and spearheading scientific breakthroughs.

The game shares some obvious similarities with the Civilization series, but we can’t exactly blame it.

The Sid Meier games have dominated the 4x turn-based strategy subgenre for almost 30 years, so you could say fans are overdue a worthy alternative.

Capcom plans to set a new standard for survival horror with the eighth mainline entry in the iconic Resident Evil franchise.

The story is set a couple of years after the events of RE7 and sees protagonist Ethan Winters living happily with his reunited wife, Mia.

However, things take a turn for the worst when Chris Redfield shows up, setting off a whirlwind of events that causes Ethan to seek out a mysterious snowcapped village in search of answers.

Village will revisit the first-person perspective of RE7 while focusing more on combat and exploration than the last game.

Hood: Outlaws & Legends is an upcoming co-op PvPvE stealth game from established developer Sumo Digital that’s due out this May.

The game takes place in a violent medieval game dominated by rival gangs motivated to steal treasures from the rich and spoiled.

Gameplay sees squads of players competing to infiltrate fortified castles and secure any valuables they manage to find along the way.

Once detected by AI guards or other players, the game’s loud and brutal combat takes center stage.

Although we’ve known about Arkane Lyon’s next project since E3 2019, there hasn’t been much info to go off of other than a flashy trailer where we see players are trying to kill each other while trapped in a perpetual time loop.

In it, you play as Colt, a talented hitman who finds himself trapped in a Groundhog’s Day-style time loop on a party island filled with rival assassins.

To end the loop, Colt sets out to eliminate the eight targets responsible for their current situation.

It’s an interesting progression of Dishonored’s open-ended stealth gameplay that only benefits from looking like a 1970s acid trip.

Biomutant has had a lengthy development cycle consisting of numerous delays, so we’re happy to finally report it has a release date.

Set in a post-apocalyptic open-world, it sees you playing as raccoon-like creatures with cool mutations and bio-mechanical body parts that affect both combat and traversal. 

Players will have free reign over most of the world from the start but will need to acquire certain gear to reach some areas, adding a Metroidvania quality to progression.

Biomutant ios currently in development by Experiment 101, a studio founded by former Avalanche Studios creative director Stefan Ljungqvist, best known for the Just Cause Series.

A sequel to the first-person sword combat game Chivalry is expected to release later this summer on PC.

The original saw players participating in gruesome medieval battles complete with gut-wrencing screams and bloody decapitations.

Chivalry 2 ups the ante by adding new gameplay features such as horses, more fluid animations, and immersive 64-player battles.

Combat has also been revamped in order to provide players with more choices and encourage creative playstyles using an array of medieval weapons.

With Valve pretty much flat-out refusing to make a new Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is the closest we’ll ever get to a new installment in the zombie shooter franchise.

Thankfully, development is being handled by Turtle Rock Studios, the team behind the original L4D, whose credits also include the asymmetrical multiplayer title Evolve.

Described as a spiritual successor to TR’s game, Back 4 Blood will include genre staples such as local and online four-player co-op along with a replayable campaign.

Additionally, the game will feature a PvP mode where you can play as the monster and attack other players.

Although recent events have delayed the next installment in Ubisoft’s Far Cry series, the game is still on track to release sometime this year.

In contrast to Far Cry 5’s rural American setting, Far Cry 6 revisits the lush tropical paradise trope of previous entries while telling a new politically-charged story.

Players will be casted as Dani, a rebel soldier fighting against Yara’s corrupt dictatorship lead by Anton Castillo (performed by Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito).

Although Techland recently delayed the next entry in their zombie-parkour survival series, Dying Light 2 is still expected to release on PC through Steam.

The first-person action RPG is set after the first game and introduces Aiden Caldwell, an infected zombie virus survivor who uses his superb dexterity and combat prowess to gain allies and constantly escape the clutches of the undead. 

Dying Light 2 plans on delivering a refined traversal system with more fluid animations along with highly-interactive environments where players can swing from ropes and even ride on the roof of vehicles.

Techland has also included more player-choice this time around, offering a dynamic open-world that evolves throughout the game. 

Platinum Games is partnering with Square Enix once again to deliver a new action RPG called Babylon’s Fall.

The latest trailer suggests the game will bring players along for an epic fantasy adventure spanning multiple in-game generations.

It’s currently unclear when and where Bablyon’s Fall takes place, however the presence of knights, demonic enemies, and a massive tower suggests there may be a connection to the mythical Tower of Babel from the Book of Genesis.

Microsoft has been surprisingly tight-lipped following the recent delay of the next Halo game.

Halo: Infinite will be the sixth mainline entry in the first-person shooter franchise and launches on both Xbox and PC.

Current speculation suggests the game’s story is set during the “Reclaimer Saga” of Halo and plans to tell a more serious story centered around Master Chief and Cortana’s relationship.

Additionally, it will see the debut of 343’s new Slipspace Engine, which was developed alongside Halo: Infinite. 

Many strategy fans consider Age of Empires to be the best long-running series around, starting with the first entry’s release in 1997.

While the original focused on human history throughout the Stone and Iron Ages, later installments have shifted their focus to the Middle Ages, a trend that appears to be continuing in the next game.

Age of Empires IV will attempt to recapture the magic of the original trilogy while offering new experiences tailored for both veterans and newcomers to the series.

In it, players are tasked with managing their civilization’s workers and military units, eventually turning their small population into a mighty nation. 

Fans of the cult frisbee-meets-tennis sports phenomenon will get to experience intense disc-throwing bouts when Windjammers 2 releases later this year.

The sequel will introduce new features along with updated visuals inspired by the original arcade cabinet art.

The benefits of this new look become obvious once you see the game in motion, with characters performing flashy animations that see them launching into the air, charging up powerful throws, and celebrating between sets.

Windjammers 2 is being produced by French developer DotEmu, who also worked on the 2017 port of the original game for current-gen consoles.

Ubisoft is set to release their upcoming free-to-play multiplayer sports game Roller Champions later this year.

The game is best described as roller derby with a splash of Rocket League and a cartoony visuals reminiscent of games like Fortnite.

Matches see teams competing to maintain control over a ball and land shots in a wall-mounted hoop while passing, tackling, and performing stylish tricks.

As players win matches, they’ll boost their reputation and earn fans as well as unlock new stylish gear for their character.

We recently got a closer look at Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks’ upcoming horror action-adventure game, Ghostwire: Tokyo.

In it, you play as one of the few remaining survivors following a paranormal event that causes 99% of Tokyo’s population to mysteriously disappear.

Soon after, you discover you’ve been bestowed with supernatural abilities that allow you to fight back against the horrific terrors that have taken over Tokyo.

The premise seems thoroughly intriguing and will only be made better by Ghostwire‘s stunning depiction of modern-day Tokyo, with environments ranging from vibrant cityscapes to tranquil holy grounds.

WB Games Montréal, best known for Batman: Arkham Origins, is back with another game set in the DC Universe.

With the Caped Crusader supposedly dead, Gotham Knights shifts its focus to his superpowered proteges as they’re called to defend Gotham City.

Presented as co-op based action-RPG for up to four players, the game sees you donning the mantle of Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, and Nightwing with help from friends.

A single-player mode will also be available, allowing one player to swap between the four characters throughout the campaign.

Best described as Starfox for grown-ups, Chorus has you taking control of an ace pilot as she sets out to destroy the cult that created her.

To reach her targets, Nara will have to rely on her skills as a space-combat pilot and sentient starfighter, aptly named Forsaken.

Gameplay revolves around exploring ancient temples, engaging in energetic zero-g combat, and traveling to distant galaxies just beyond our reach.

It’s unclear where Nara’s rageful journey will end up taking her, but we’re more than happy to come along for the ride, cosmic dogfighting and all.

Indie developer Picogram has partnered with Rose City Games to publish Garden Story, a hybrid social sim/adventure RPG with farming sim mechanics. 

The game sees you controlling an adorable-looking grape named Concord who sets out to save his home from a mysterious Rot that’s destroying the island.

With help from his friends and neighbors, Concord will travel to new regions, solve puzzles, and care for the environment.

Throughout the game, players will become well-acquainted with the numerous creatures that call Grove island home as they complete favors and create memories to fill Concord’s scrapbook with new skills.

F.I.S.T. is an upcoming exploration-based platformer with an eye-catching aesthetic developer TiGames calls “dieselpunk.”

In it, you play as Rayton, an anthropomorphic bunny who’s forced into battle after his friend is kidnapped by a race of machine-like enemies who control the world. 

Armed with a trio of weapons that includes a mechanized fist, a drill, and a whip, Rayton sets out to find his friend’s kidnappers and take down the Machine Legion once and for all. 

F.I.S.T. features a unique arcade-style combat system that relies on performing combo chains using Rayton’s diverse arsenal.

While Silksong will retain many of Hollow Knight’s 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 in the first game, encountering over 150 new creatures along the way.

Announced back in 2015, Psychonauts 2 was scheduled to release in 2018 before getting delayed to 2019.

It appears fans will have to give developer Double Fine Productions a bit more time as the sequel has been pushed back yet again, now slated for a 2021 release. 

In a recent statement to fans, the developer explains, “We know it’s always disappointing when you have to wait a bit longer, but we also know that you are an amazing, supportive bunch, who … want the game to be as good as possible.”

The sequel tries to maintain the third-person platforming action of the original while telling a new story centered around Raz’s family.

Originally planned to release in 2018 and then later 2019, Atomic Heart has had one of the more interesting development stories, with rumors suggesting it may not even be the same game anymore.

Categorized as a “first-person shooter with RPG elements,” the game is well into the process of development at studio Mundfish, a Russian-based indie game studio.  

Evoking memories of sci-fi staples like BioShock and Fallout, Atomic Heart takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union’s research has led to a technical revolution.

Players assume control of a Soviet KGB officer tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are known for getting nitty-gritty with their approach to post-apocalyptic open-worlds.

While they’ve always been reminiscent of series like Metro and even Fallout RPGs to some extent, the series kind of pewtered out after three releases.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will see players venturing into “The Zone,” an irradiated wasteland surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site.

The area stands out for its high levels of radiation which causes scavengers to develop supernatural abilities.

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Justin Fernandez
Justin Fernandez

As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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