Upcoming PC games: The best new games to look forward to in 2021 and beyond

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There are plenty of incredible games coming to PC this year and beyond. From upcoming triple-A games to highly hyped gems, there’s plenty to look forward to, whatever your gaming passion.

Whatever your platform of choice – Steam, Epic, Uplay or Origin, there are loads of new PC games to add to your wishlist as well. These new games include bleeding-edge titles with ray tracing capabilities, as well as updates to your favourite RPGs, shooters and co-op masterpieces. 

We’ve hand-picked some of the best, including trailers for you to enjoy – so prepare your wallet and your wishlist.

Best PC games to buy: Fantastic games to add to your collection

Sniper Elite VR

Release date: 8 July 2021Type: VR shooterPublisher: RebellionSee it on Steam

Rebellion is taking the popular Sniper Elite franchise into virtual reality with Sniper Elite VR. This new game is set to feature a new campaign in Italy, an exclusive first-person view, freedom of movement and the classic X-ray kill cam too. Should be interesting!

The latest trailer shows silenced pistols, Sten guns, dual-wielding pistols and, of course, sniper rifle action. The gameplay trailer also talks about how the game works, including insight into the 18 different levels. 

Ascent

Release date: 29 July 2021Type: Action-adventure RPGPublisher: Curve DigitalSee it on Steam

The Ascent is pitched as an explosive shooter that you can play on your own or with up to three friends while using cyberware that designed to complement your playstyle. Your mission is to explore a vibrant cyberpunk world to find out what happened to the world around you. 

Humankind

Release date: 17 August 2021Type: Turn-based strategyPublisher: SEGASee the official site/See it on Steam

From the people that bought your Endless Space comes a new historical strategy game that will let you re-write history. Create your own civilisation and then evolve through the ages. Playing Humankind, you’ll be facing significant historical events, making scientific breakthroughs, discovering the natural wonders of the world and more. All to build your own vision of the world.

Twelve Minutes

Release date: 19 August 2021Type: Interactive mysteryPublisher: Annapurna InteractiveSee the official site/See it on Steam

Twelve Minutes is an “interactive thriller” where you take the role of a husband who finds himself stuck in a time loop after a romantic dinner with his wife turns into a nightmare.

Without warning, a police officer breaks into your home, accuses your wife of murder and beats you to death. When the events start all over again, you need to work out a way to change the outcome before facing another painful death. This game certainly feels like a mix of The Shining and Memento, so should make for an awesome gaming experience. 

Psychonauts 2

Release date: 25 August 2021Type: Platform AdventurePublisher: Double FineSee the official site/See it on Steam

Double Fine studios were at E3 2019 showing off gameplay footage for Psychonauts 2, alongside the annoucement that the company is joining Xbox Game Studios. 

Razputin Aquato is back for Psychonauts 2. This time around Razputin is getting stuck in with the Psychonauts and there’s plenty of acrobatics to look forward to. 

“Psychonauts 2 tells the story of Razputin Aquato, a gifted acrobat with psychic powers, as he fulfills his life-long goal of becoming an international psychic super-spy. In other words, a Psychonaut. Raz joins the Psychonauts at a dangerous time: a mole has infiltrated the organization and is planning to resurrect history’s most cruelly powerful psychic villains. Not knowing who to trust, Raz must dive into the history of the Psychonauts, and that of his own family, to fight the demons of their shared past.”

New World

Release date: 31 August 2021Type: Massively Multiplayer/RPGPublisher: Amazon GamesSee the official site/See it on Steam

An intriguing and beautiful MMO from Amazon Games that will set players off against the dangers of a mystical land, warriors from other eras and other players too. New World promises exploration with “beauty, danger, and opportunity at every turn”.

Originally set to launch a while back, New World has been pushed back a few times and is now set to launch in August. 

Gamedec

Release date: 16 September 2021Type: RPGPublisher: Anshar StudiosSee it on Steam

Gamedec is set to be an intriguing cyberpunk RPG. Playing this one you’ll be in the shoes of a private detective whose job it is to solve crimes inside virtual worlds. A game within a game?

The developers say the game will adapt to your choices as you play. There is also no single solution to any situation, so plenty of choice on ways to play. 

Rainbow Six Extraction

Release date: 16 September 2021Type: Tactical co-op FPSPublisher: UbisoftSee the official site/See it on Epic

Rainbow Six Extraction is the new name for the game previously known as Outbreak. 

A mutated alien parasite is infecting people and threatening mankind. The Rainbow Six team is on a mission to save the world – battling it out against the environment and trying to survive unpredictable missions. 

Deathloop

Release date: 21 September 2021Type: First-person action gamePublisher: BethesdaSee official site/See it on Steam

Deathloop is a first-person action game from the same team behind Dishonored and Prey. 

Deathloop transports players to the lawless island of Blackreef in an eternal struggle between two extraordinary assassins. You’ll be hunting down targets all over the island while trying to evade death. Find out more about Deathloop and everything we know so far here.  

Far Cry 6

Release date: 7 October 2021Type: Open World Publisher: UbisoftSee the official site

Far Cry 6 promises to throw players into an “adrenaline-filled, chaotic world of a modern-day guerrilla revolution.” It’s set in Yara – a fictional paradise that’s apparently frozen in time, ruled by a harsh dictator who’s trying to restore the country to its former glory. You’ll play a gorilla fighter attempting to burn the fascist regime to the ground. 

Far Cry 6 is said to be the “most expansive” game in the series. But it’s also going to be neat thanks to the appearance of Hollywood stars Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian, Breaking Bad) and Anthony Gonzalez (Coco). 

Back 4 Blood

Release date: 12 October 2021Type: Zombie FPSPublisher: Warner Bros. GamesSee it on Steam

What would it look like if the team behind the Left 4 Dead franchise made a new game, with modern graphics and an awesome four-player co-op? Well, exactly what you’d imagine, with a lot of blood and exploding zombie heads. Left 4 Dead fans rejoice!

The enemy, known as “The Ridden” are very varied here, with massive bosses to deal with alongside your buddies. Now we’re getting to see more of the game, including the promise of a beta for those who pre-order or sign up on the website that’ll take place in August. 

Battlefield 2042

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Release date: 22 October 2021Type: Multiplayer FPSPublisher: EA/DiceSee it on Steam/See official site

Finally, Battlefield 2042 has been revealed and from the looks of it, it’s set to be a massive rip-roaring rollercoaster ride of fun and utter chaos. The next Battlefield is set in the near future with a major conflict between the USA and Russia. Expect futuristic weaponry, servers with 128 players battling it out and utterly massive maps too. 

Forza Horizon 5

Release date: 9 November 2021Type: Arcade RacingPublisher: Xbox Game StudiosSee it on Steam

The next outing of the Forza Horizon series is taking to the dirt tracks of Mexico. The promise of open-world adventure in a vibrant and ever-evolving landscape certainly sounds appealing. And if the last game was anything to go by, Forza Horizon 5 should be a great deal of fun. 

Release date: 7 December 2021Type: Action-adventure RPGPublisher: Techland PublishingPre-order at Fanatical/See it on Steam

Dying Light 2 was originally announced at E3 2018, now finally we have some info on when it’s fully releasing and a taste of what’s to come. 

A while back we saw a 26-minute gameplay demo to whet our appetites, now there’s a trailer showing off more of the story, the parkour and the zombies you’ll be facing. Recent updates include some crazy footage of the various monsters you’ll have to dodge and the joyful eye-pleasing visuals too.

We can’t wait for this one. 

Hazel Sky

Release date: 2021Type: Action-adventurePublisher: Another IndieSee it on Steam

Hazel Sky was revealed at PAX East and shows off an action-adventure game where you run about as Shane, a young engineer who’s trying to fix various flying machines. Certainly a quaint looking indie game. 

Kingpin: Reloaded

Release date: 2021Type: Action RPG Publisher: 3D Realms/InterplaySee the official site/See it on Steam

If, like us, you’re old enough to remember 1999’s Kingpin: Life of Crime, then you might be pleased to hear that the controversial game is getting a remaster later this year. This reboot will add 4K and ultrawide support, as well as rebalanced gameplay, yet keeps the same classic aesthetic. We’re looking forward to reliving the hazy days. 

Project 007

Release date: 2021Type: Stealth shooter?Publisher: IO InteractiveSee the official site

If you enjoy Bond, then this is bound to thrill. From the creators of the Hitman series is coming a James Bond game which is said to feature not only a “…wholly original Bond story” but an origin one at that. Count us in. 

Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodhunt

Release date: 2021Type: Battle RoyalePublisher: Sharkmob ABSee it on Steam

Hope might be lost for Vampire The Masquerade: The Bloodlines 2, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get some thrills in the Vampire The Masquerade universe this year. Blood Hunt is a free-to-play battle royale with customisable bloodsuckers, supernatural powers and more. 

Occupy Mars: The Game

Release date: TBAType: Space simulationPublisher: PlayWay S.A.See on Steam

From the same people who bought us Thief Simulator, Farm Manager 2018 and the Car Mechanic simulators comes a new game where your mission is to survive on Mars.

This new game is apparently a highly technical, open-world, sandbox centring around Mars colonisation. It will allow you to build and upgrade a base including everything from growing plants to learning how to generate oxygen and survive the harsh climates of Mars. 

Total War: Warhammer III

Release date: Late 2021Type: Grand strategy/RTSPublisher: SegaSee it on Steam/See it on Epic

Sega and Creative Assembly have said that Total War: Warhammer III will be the biggest yet with warfare on an unprecedented scale. The third game in the series is set in the Realm of Chaos and the Lands of the East with appearances of both daemonic factions and new human factions (Kislev and Cathay) as well. Get ready to rally your forces sometime in 2021. 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2

Release date: 28 April 2022Type: Post-apocalyptic open-world shooterPublisher: GSC Game WorldSee official site/See it on Steam

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is making a return at some point in the future with a promise of being “one of the biggest seamless open-worlds to date.” – a blend of horror, FPS and atmospheric sim, it’s also said to have an epic story with multiple endings. Awesome stuff. 

The latest gameplay shows a staggeringly beautiful view of a horrific world. You’ll have over thirty weapons at your disposal, to deal with all manner of horrifying mutated monsters and there’s a multiplayer too. 

Starfield

Release date: 11 November 2022Type: Space-based RPGPublisher: Bethesda Softworks See the official site

Starfield was teased by Bethesda in June 2018 as the first new franchise in 25 years. But that’s not the exciting part, Starfield is set to be a space-based RPG with plenty of glorious fun in the depths of space. Beyond that, we don’t know much other than we’re excited. 

The latest news is that Starfield is unlikely to be released in 2021 and will be delayed until a future point. 

Halo Infinite

Release date: TBAType: ShooterPublisher: Xbox Game Studios/343 IndustriesSee the official site/See it on Steam

Halo The Master Chief Collection is making the move PC at some point in the near future. Now we’ve also got the news that the next instalment of the series is also going to be available for PC gamers.

Halo Infinite is the next chapter of the series which continues on from the Halo 5: Guardians storyline and promises an ambitious and unexpected direction for the game, powered by an all-new graphics engine. Halo has never looked so good. 

The Outlast Trials

Release date: TBAType: Survival Horror Publisher: Red BarrelsSee it on Steam

If you played and enjoyed the horrific thrills of Outlast and Outlast 2, then buckle up for more. The Outlast Trials is a survival horror that you can play alone or with up to four other people. Set during the Cold War in a place of distrust, fear, and violence you’re thrust into a world where people are being subjected to brainwashing and mind control. All sorts of terror ensue. 

The Day Before

Release date: TBAType: Third-person shooterPublisher: MYTONASee it on Steam

The Day Before is pitched as a third-person, open-world, zombie survival shooter. In a post-pandemic America, where you’ll be facing off against both flesh-eating infected and other humans who are desperate to survive. Sound familiar? 

Ready or Not

Release date: TBAType: Tactical shooterPublisher: VOID InteractiveSee it on Steam

Ready or Not is set to put you in the shoes of SWAT officers with a tactical shooter that’s designed to give you a realistic experience of what it’s like to be on the front line of dangerous policing. There’s a single-player campaign, PVP multiplayer and more. There’s apparently plenty of different ways to play, including non-lethal ones involving bean bag shotguns and more. We’re looking forward to getting stuck into this one. 

The Outer Worlds 2

Release date: TBAType: Open world RPG Publisher: Private DivisionSee official site

The sequel to the superb space-based RPG The Outer Worlds has been teased. We have no details on when it’ll be available but we’re excited! 

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release date: TBAType: AdventurePublisher: Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentSee it on Steam/Pre-order at Fanatical

Love Star Wars? Can’t get enough of Lego? How about a new game that promises the ability to play through all nine Star Wars films in a Lego-based adventure game? 

You’ll even have the ability to travel to any planet, in any order, at any time. We’ll be off to visit the Wookiees for sure. 

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2

Release date: TBAType: Action-adventurePublisher: Ninja TheorySee the official site

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is the follow up to 2017’s fantastic Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. A psychological action-adventure with a rich and dark story that was essentially a dive into insanity via Viking Hell. The first game was utterly sublime, so we’re expecting more of the same from the sequel. This time it’s an exclusive for PC and Xbox Series X.

Shadow Warrior 3

Release date: 2021Type: Action-adventure FPSPublisher: Devolver DigitalSee it on Steam

More demon slashing goodness from the Shadow Warrior series. We’ve always been fans of these games. Glorious colourful graphics, tongue-in-cheek humour and plenty of pew. Shadow Warrior 3 seems to promise more of the same and we can’t wait. 

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

Release date: TBCType: Action RPG Publisher: Paradox InteractiveSee it on Steam/Pre-order at Fanatical

The follow-up to 2004’s awesome Vampire: The Masquerade – The Bloodlines is coming in 2021. The previous game was an utter RPG masterpiece packed full of vampires, dark alleyways and rich characters. The new game is written by the same creative genius behind that game, so we’re expecting more of the same here. 

Sadly it’s not looking good for this game at the moment after Paradox Interactive pulled Hardsuit Labs from the development and has postponed pre-orders. 

End State

Release date: Coming soonType: StrategyPublisher: Iron SightSee it on Steam

End State is set a to be an interesting early access game coming later this year. It uses turn-based play allowing you to manage a mercenary company tracking down terrorists. 

There’s the promise of an open-world experience where you get to pick and choose the missions you play in a world with destructible environments that include bullet penetration and more. An interesting ballistics simulation system and enemy reaction system should make this an interesting game for sure. 

Scorn

Release date: TBCType: Horror adventurePublisher: Ebb SoftwareSee it on Steam

Scorn is an atmospheric horror adventure game in development by Ebb Software. It was originally scheduled to release in 2018, but is still yet to appear. It is inspired by the works of H.R. Giger who was part of the special effects team for the film Alien. The trailer certainly shows some horrific visuals and a spine-tingling atmosphere that fans of the genre will love. 

Phantom Brigade

Release date: TBDType: Turn-based tactical RPGPublisher: Brace Yourself GamesSee it on Steam

Phantom Brigade is a turn-based tactical RPG, that promises a cinematic spin on the genre. This game will also have a focus on in-depth customisation and player-driven stories. It will be your mission to lead The Brigade through a hard-fought campaign to retake their homeland.

Dead Matter

Release date: TBCType: SurvivalPublisher: Quantum Integrity Software Inc.See official site

Dead Matter has been in development for a while now after appearing on Kickstarter. This is a new zombie survival game that the developers how will “properly” balance survival mechanics with enjoyable gameplay. 

“We aim to create the first true zombie survival game with a design emphasis placed on making the game feel good to play, promoting engaging emergent gameplay by giving our players the tools they need to survive.”

Development is drawing closer and the game is still looking promising. 

System Shock

Release date: 2021Type: Sci-fi action adventurePublisher: Nightdive StudiosSee it on Steam

Nightdive Studios is set to remake and reboot the classic sci-fi adventure System Shock sometime in the near future. The developers are promising a new game that’s true to the original while being given a refresh with modern visuals and gameplay. 

Fans of the series will be pleased to hear the original voice actor is returning too. The original game released in 1994, so this reboot is a long time coming and should certainly be an interesting one. System Shock 3 is also being developed, so we’ve got that to look forward to as well. 

Last Man Sitting

Release date: TBAType: Early access Battle RoyalePublisher: PixelPizza GamesSee it on Steam

Last Man Sitting is probably the most ridiculous Battle Royale game you’re ever likely to see. Smartly dressed sit in green office chairs armed to the teeth. Shotguns, ragdoll psychics and a slippery floor are bound to make for plenty of shenanigans and much hilarity.  

Release date: TBCType: Open world RPGPublisher: BethesdaClick to see at Fanatical

Elder Scrolls fans have been waiting impatiently for a sequel to Skyrim for what might seem like forever. Now we finally have proof that The Elder Scrolls VI is coming at some point, we just don’t know much beyond that. Exciting times lie ahead though. 

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Dead Island 2

Release date: TBCType: Survival horror action RPGPublisher: Deep Silver

Dead Island 2 has been thought dead for a while, but Deep Silver has suggested it is still in the works. We certainly would be thrilled to see a brilliant second outing for Dead Island. The original was an awesome zombie-slaying adventure that we loved when we first played it on PC.

Weapon crafting, a bright and unusual island location and zombies in bathing costumes, this game had it all. The new trailer doesn’t show much, but it certainly looks like there’s going to be some of the same hilarity and good times.  We’ve heard more rumblings about Dead Island 2 recently, with suggestions that it’s going to be an Epic Store exclusive. 

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Release date: 2021Type: Action-adventure gamePublisher: BethesdaSee official site

GhostWire: Tokyo is a new action-adventure game by Tango Gameworks where players will be set on a mission to “fight paranormal enemies and rid the city of a supernatural evil”. 

“After strange disappearances hit Tokyo’s population, it’s up to you to uncover the source and purge the city of a strange, new evil. Armed with your own mysterious spectral abilities, you will face down the occult, unravel conspiracy theories and experience urban legends like never before.”

We don’t know much else about this game yet, but it certainly looks intriguing. 

Atomic Heart

Release date: TBCType: FPS action-adventurePublisher: MundfishSee it on Steam

A quirky, gory and fairly awesome looking FPS set in an alternative universe in the heart of the Soviet Union. Players will take on the role of a special agent who has been sent a highly secret object and is desperately trying to investigate what’s going on. Weird creatures, robots and a multitude of customisable weapons certainly make this one appear intriguing if nothing else. 

Release date: TBCType: Multiplayer pirate adventurePublisher: UbisoftSee the official site/See it on Steam

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag proved incredibly popular and spiked interest in pirating based-shenanigans on the high seas. Since then, we’ve seen Sea of Thieves and the hilarity of Blackwake but Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones is making waves in the build-up to launch. Become the pirate captain you’ve always wanted to be and battle on the high seas on your own or with up to five other players. Grease the gangplank and ready the mainsail, this is surely going to be a glorious grog-swilling romp. 

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One

Release date: 2021Type: Detective adventurePublisher: FrogwaresSee it on Steam

From the developers of the excellent Sherlock Holmes game comes an open-world detective adventure where you’ll play as the young Sherlock Holmes investigating the death of his mother.

The developers say there will be “minimal handholding” and you’ll be able to get everyone in the world to help with your investigation, even if that’s just asking for directions. The new trailer shows off a bit of combat and more importantly some interesting disguise mechanics for Sherlock as well as plenty of investigation paths to keep things interesting too. 

Smalland 

Release date: Coming soonType: Action-adventure/RPGPublisher: Merge GamesSee it on Steam

What would you if you found yourself shrunk down to a minute size where trees were suddenly the size of skyscrapers and even simple blades of grass tower overhead? That’s the world of Smalland and wonderful adventures await including running from packs of rats, trying to survive in a strange new world and even riding wasps as mounts.

Smalland promises multiplayer survival like no other, with a wonderful sandbox, hidden quests and NPCs to meet and much more besides. Sounds amazing. 

Body of Evidence

Release date: TBAType: Casual IndiePublisher: Fat Dog GamesSee it on Steam

Daft and gruesome, Body of Evidence puts you into the shoes of a dead body disposal expert. Become Winston Wolfe – hide bodies and clean up the mess before anyone finds out. A time limit and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour should make this a superb chortle. 

Manor Lord

Release date: TBAType: Medieval strategy Publisher: Slavic MagicSee it on Steam

Manor Lords is an indie medieval strategy game with “realistic” city building, battles and the promise of a full building freedom which should be thoroughly enjoyable. 

Everything is medieval too. Youll need oxen to plough the fields, you’ll have to herd sheep and fight battles too. Looks like fun. 

Gotham Knights

Release date: 2022Type: Action RPGPublisher: Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentSee official site

Batman is dead and now it’s up to Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin to protect Gotham City from the fiends that causing chaos on the city streets. 

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Release date: 2021Type: Hack and Slash Publisher: FatsharkSee it on Steam

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is pitched as a “visceral” four-player co-op action game with healthy amounts of FPS action too. Details are thin but it’s being developed by the team behind the popular Vermintide so should be a blast. 

Taxi Simulator

Release date: 2021Type: SimulatorPublisher: PlayWay S.A.See it on Steam

Ever wondered what the life of a Taxi driver might be like? Well, wonder no more as you’ll soon be able to take on that role and slog your way through the ranks. 

Elden Ring

Release date: 1 January 2022Type: Fantasy RPGPublisher: FromSoftwareSee the official site

Elden Ring is the result of a collaboration between George R. R. Martin (author of Game of Thrones) and FromSoftware (the team behind Dark Souls). Combine that knowledge with the trailer and you get an idea of a brutal and incredibly tough fantasy game coming at some point in the next few years.

We’d imagine this will be punishing, beautiful and story-rich. The new trailer certainly has a strong Dark Souls vibe to it, so we’re expecting some tough but satisfying combat and a glorious story too. 

Kerbal Space Program 2

Release date: 2022Type: Space simulation/sandboxPublisher: Private DivisionSee the official site/See it on Steam

Kerbal Space Program is back, with a sequel to the highly thought of space-flight simulation game coming some time in 2020. If you enjoyed the sandbox fun of the first game, then you’re bound to found the new game a blast. There’s the promise of exciting new parts, colony building, interstellar travel and enhanced modding along with breath-taking visuals and a multiplayer system too.

Hogwarts Legacy

Release date: 2022Type: Action RPGPublisher: Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentSee the official site

Hogwarts Legacy is an upcoming action role-playing video game. It is set in the late 1800s in and establishes itself in the Wizarding World set by the Harry Potter books. As you’d expect you’ll be casting spells, discovering fantastic beasts and generally wizarding about the place. 

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