There's been no shortage of excellent video games in the last few years and that good luck continues once again in 2023. Some of the biggest titles of the decade release this year for PC players to enjoy. We're talking action-adventure games, strategy games, visual novels, FPS multiplayers, and much more.
Recent PC game releases
Street Fighter 6 (Jun. 2, 2023)
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Street Fighter has long been one of the biggest names in the PC fighting game genre and now it seeks to shake things up by adding a very different art style and new characters to the roster. There are 18 fighters total including classic fighters like Chun-Li, Ryu, Ken, Guile, and more along with brand-new characters.
You can play on your own against the computer in solo mode or fight against others online to prove you have the best fighting skills. The combat system offers three control types — Classic, Modern, or Dynamic — which makes it easy to find a play style that works for you. Street Fighter 6 releases June 2, 2023.
Amnesia: The Bunker (June 6, 2023)
Frictional Games' critically acclaimed horror franchise, Amnesia, is back with a new upcoming title called Amnesia: The Bunker. In this title, you play Henri Clément, a French soldier trapped inside a bunker during World War 1.
You have no memories of how you got here, your only resources are a flashlight and a revolver with only one bullet, and there's a mysterious monster hunting you down. Using what little resources you have, you must find a way to escape this hellish bunker alive and figure out what you brought here in the first place.
Diablo 4 (Jun. 6, 2023)
Diablo 4 is one of the most anticipated games in 2023 and for good reason. It has players taking on the role of a fighter who can be one of five different classes — Barbarian, Sorceress, Druid, Rogue, or Necromancer — while they fight against the main antagonist Lilith. She is one of the creators of Sanctuary and the Queen of Succubi. Players will have to take up their weapons, level up, and master combat in order to defeat Lilith's hordes.
This entry still employs the top-down action-RPG style that the Diablo series is known for but promises a darker story than we've seen previously. Travel around this large world taking on missions or engaging in PvP events. Diablo 4 releases June 6, 2023.
2023 PC games: Release dates confirmed
Dordogne (June 13, 2023)
Dordogne is an emotionally-driven narrative adventure about a young woman called Mimi. One day, she decides to read her journal to recount the tales of her youth spent visiting and hanging out with her late grandmother.
What follows is a heartwarming journey as you travel through a marvelous hand-painted, watercolor world, fondly remember sweet and innocent times, and perhaps stumble upon secrets long forgotten about your family.
Layers of Fear (June 2023)
Both the first and second of Bloober Teams' Layers of Fear games are being combined into one title along with all of the DLC that has previously released. This is a psychological horror game that has players exploring a Victorian mansion. However, things are not as they seem as the mansion continually changes and strange things happen to the artwork displayed on the walls.
Players will need to brave the strange house, solve puzzles, and uncover the mystery surrounding their father, a painter who went mad. There's plenty to keep you on your toes and the story will pull you ever closer in. It launches for PC sometime in June 2023.
Park Beyond (June 15, 2023)
Park Beyond is a theme park management simulator developed by Limbic Entertainment and published by Bandai Namco Europe S.A.S. You play an architect that's been charged with helping a struggling company create the world's greatest theme park.
In this game, the laws of physics don't apply here — allowing the player to create some of the wildest and most insane theme park rides their imagination can come up with without being held back by reality.
Park Beyond | Coming soon to Steam
Create the theme park of your dreams in Park Beyond. Help a company build the world's best theme park in a charming story-driven campaign, meet a host of colorful characters, and wow your customers by creating the craziest theme park rides they will ever experience.
Aliens: Dark Descent (June 20, 2023)
Aliens: Dark Descent is a squad-based, real-time strategy game set in the Aliens universe. You play as a squad of Colonial Marines tasked with purging the planet of Lethe's moon of a Xenomorph outbreak.
You will need to keep your marines' gears up to date and give them solid leadership so that they have a fighting chance against the Xenomorph hordes, rogue agents from the Weyland-Yutani corporation, and new creatures never-before-seen in the Alien franchise.
Aliens: Dark Descent | Coming Soon to Steam
Command a squad of hardened Colonial Marines to save Lethe from Xenomorph infestation in Aliens: Dark Descent. Embark on a mission through an original story set in the Alien franchise, explore large open levels for supplies, and devise strategies to defeat Xenomorph threats lying in wait.
Sonic Origins Plus (June 23, 2023)
Experience the golden age of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise with Sonic Origins Plus. This grand games collection brings together remastered Sonic's iconic titles from the Sega Genesis like Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD — all of which have been remastered in widescreen HD.
Sonic Origins Plus also features 12 Sonic games from the Sega Game Gear, new challenge modes, art collections, and even new playable characters for the Sega Genesis games like Amy Rose.
Sonic Origins Plus | $40 at Steam
Relive Sonic's adventure from the 16-bit era of gaming with Sonic Origins Plus. This collection features over a dozen and a half classic Sonic games from the Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear, new challenges to complete, new characters to play, and much more.
SOULVARS (June 27, 2023)
SOULVARS is a JRPG inspired by 16-bit era JRPGs with retro-style pixelated graphics and turn-based battles but with modern-day gameplay features like a card deck-building system to spice up the combat.
In a world ravaged by monsters called Dominators, you play as Soulbearers — a group of people gifted with the power to slay Dominators by using their souls as weapons. Led the freelance Soulbearer Yakumo, your band of heroes must together to protect mankind from the Dominators and find a way to defeat them for good.
SOULVARS | Coming soon to Steam
Let loose the power of your soul to save the world in SOULVARS. Bear witness to a world rendered through a retro 16-bit graphical artstyle, discover the cause of the Dominators plaguing humanity, and defeat them using a turn-based battle system where building a deck of powerful cards for your team is key to victory.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (June 30, 2023)
Created by Shu Takumi, the mind behind the Ace Attorney franchise comes Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. This narrative-adventure game was originally released for the Nintendo DS back in 2010 but it will soon return for modern systems with upgraded visuals, a remastered soundtrack, and more.
The story centers around Sissel, a ghost who can't remember how he died or anything else about his life before dying. So, Sissels takes it upon himself to solve the mystery behind his death before his spirit fades away come dawn.
Exoprimal (July 14, 2023)
Exoprimal is a team-based third-person shooter brought to you by Capcom. The year is 2040, and humanity is under attack by invading hordes of dinosaurs that have mysteriously been transported from the past and into the modern day. To combat the dinosaurs, you must pilot heavily-armed Exosuits and use their sheer firepower to send these pre-historic predators back into extinction.
Immortals of Aveum (July 20, 2023)
Immortals of Aveum is a first-person shooter where you play as Jak, an elite Battlemage trying to save his world, Aveum, from being destroyed by the horrors of war. His journey will take him far and wide Aveum where he must uncover dark secrets and master the forces of magic to defeat enemies who bar his path.
Immortals of Aveum | $60 at Steam
Wield phenomenal magic power and save the world from its doom in Immortals of Aveum. Learn to conjure spells from three forces of magic, fight enemies in fast-paced battles that defy the laws of physics, and uncover your world’s long-lost history to save its future.
Remnant 2 (July 25, 2023)
Remnant 2 is a co-operative focused third-person shooter with Soulslike elements where humanity is fighting for survival battling otherworldly monsters collectively known as The Root. With little of your kind left, you must band together with your fellow man to slay The Root and help save mankind from the brink of extinction.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (July 26, 2023)
After many years of being a PlayStation-exclusive franchise, Sony's Ratchet & Clank series will finally be making the jump to PC with a port of 2021's Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Follow the loveable adventurer Ratchet and his best robot buddy Clank as they hop across dimensions to stop the evil Dr. Nafarious from taking over the multiverse.
Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons (July 27, 2023)
Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons is an upcoming revival of the legendary Beat 'em Up franchise, Double Dragon, developed by Secret Base Pte Ltd and published by Modus Games.
In the year 199X, a nuclear war has left New York City in disarray as citizens fight for survival and criminal gangs terrorize the streets. Not content with seeing their hometown being ruled by bad guys, two delinquent martial artists, BIlly and Jimmy Lee, decide to take to the streets and beat the snot of the gangs ruining their home.
Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons | Coming soon to Steam
The iconic Double Dragon has returned to kick butt once again with Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons. Fight never-ending hordes of bad guys in an action-packed adventure with roguelite elements solo or with your best friend in two-player local co-op.
Atlas Fallen (Aug. 10, 2023)
Atlas Fallen is an upcoming action-RPG brought to you by Deck13 Interactive, the developers behind the cult soulslike series, The Surge. In this world, humanity is enslaved by powerful and corrupt gods and it is up to you to free your fellow man from the gods' tyranny.
Wield the powers of magical, shape-shifting sand to explore a dangerous land rife with ancient secrets, and create sand-infused weapons to slay giant beasts sent by the gods to stop you. You can embark on this epic campaign solo or with a friend via online co-op.
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon (Aug. 25, 2023)
FromSoftware, the creators of beloved titles of such as Dark Souls, Elden Ring, Bloodborne, Sekiro and more, return to their cult classic Armored Core franchise with a new entry — Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon.
Armored Core is a series of action games where the player is takes on the roles of mercenaries piloting giant mechs and contracted by private corporations to engage enemy forces armies in intense, high-flying battles. Armored Core VI is looking to expand upon the series' beloved mech-combat gameplay while incorporating new tricks and story-telling elements FromSoftware has learnt from its more modern titles.
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon | $60 at Steam
Take control of walking instruments of destruction in Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. Set in the war-torn world of Rubicon 3, you are a mech pilot contracted to take part in a war fighting for the planet's resources and claiming them for your employer.
Sea of Stars (Aug. 29, 2023)
Sea of Stars is an upcoming turn-based, retro-inspired developed and published by Sabotage Studio. This game's story centers around the Children of the Solstice, who have the power to combine sun and moon elemental magic to perform powerful Eclipse Magic.
As the Children of the Solstice, you have been tasked to travel the land and use your Eclipse Magic to stop the evil Fleshmancer and his army of monsters from destroying the world.
Baldur's Gate 3 (Aug. 31, 2023)
This story of epic fantasy and combat takes place in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Baldur's Gate 3 is an RPG with strategic elements that has players running around a magical world while acquiring party members and leveling up their characters.
Unfortunately, everyone in the party has been infested with a parasite that is slowly turning each character into a Mind Flayer. It's not wholly a bad thing, though as this metamorphosis is gives you and your crew new powers. However, you need to do something before the parasite overtakes you completely. Baldur's Gate 3 is currently in Early Access, but the full version releases sometime in August 2023.
Starfield (Sept. 6, 2023)
From the studio that brought us Fallout, DOOM, The Elder Scrolls, and more comes the highly-anticipated open-world sci-fi adventure, Starfield. The game takes place in 2330, a time when humanity has spread across our solar system and become comfortable with space travel.
Players start as a space miner, but have the opportunities to evolve and grow in a number of different ways. As part of Constellation, you and the others in your group seek out rare and exciting things in the universe. Who knows what wonders you'll uncover.
Lies of P (Sept. 19, 2023)
Lies of P is a soulslike, action-adventure game created and published by NEOWIZ. The story is a grim reimaging of the classic fairy tale, Pinocchio and you play as the titular Pinocchio (also known as 'P') on a quest to find his creator Geppetto and learn how to become human. However, your journey will not be a pleasant one as you must traverse through a ruined city infested with insane and violent steampunk robots that will attack and kill you on sight.
Lies of P | $60 at Steam
Carve a path through a world of darkness to become a real boy in Lies of P. Explore the city of Krat to discover how it fell into ruin, battle bloodthirsty automatons by making use of your weaponized mechanical body in combat, and learn how to be human by lying to characters you meet on your journey.
Mortal Kombat 1 (Sept. 19, 2023)
Mortal Kombat 1 is an upcoming reboot of the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. This game will feature a cinematic story mode where you fight to defend Earthrealm in a reborn Mortal Kombat Universe, a new combat system where you summon Kameo Fighters to aid you in battle, and a roster of fan-favorite playable characters reimagined for a new era of Mortal Kombat.
Party Animals (Sept. 20, 2023)
Party Animals is a party game where you and friends play as cute animals...and beat the stuffing out of each other in hilariously chaotic brawls. Smack each other weapons and toss your opponents out of the arena or off of submarines and airplanes.
Witchfire (Sept. 20, 2023)
Witchfire is an upcoming first-person shooter with roguelike elements. The world is beset by evil witches who conduct dark rituals in the name of their dark gods by sacrificing innocent lives and summoning demonic phantoms from hell.
The only ones who can stop these witches are Preyers — a group of immortal witch-hunters that use forbidden pagan magic to slay their quarry. As one of these esteemed Preyers, your goal in this game is to hunt the witch of the Black Sea and retrieve a sacred artifact she has stolen, and wipe out her phantom army.
Infinity Strash: DRAGON QUEST -The Adventure of Dai- (Sept. 28, 2023)
Infinity Strash: DRAGON QUEST -The Adventure of Dai-, an action-RPG/hack and slash adventure where you play as Dai, a young boy with aspirations of becoming a hero, just like the Legendary Hero who defeated the Dark Lord and saved the world.
Unfortunately, the Dark Lord has been resurrected and has already begun destroying the land with his army of monsters. Armed with a sword and accompanied by powerful allies, Dai sets on a quest to defeat the Dark Lord and save his world from destruction.
Assassin's Creed Mirage (Oct. 12, 2023)
Assasin’s Creed Mirage is an action-adventure game with stealth elements that follows the story of Basim — a common thief living in the streets of Baghdad. This protagonist suffers from seeing haunting visions every day.
One day, he comes across a secret organization called the Hidden Ones and they tell Basim that they can help solve the mystery behind his visions on the condition that he becomes one of their assassins. Little choice in the matter, Basim accepts and begins training in the art of assassination and stealth so he can finally be rid of his nightmares.
Alan Wake 2 (Oct. 17, 2023)
Back in 2010, Remedy Entertainment released an episodic horror, shooter game that touched on psychological terror via paranormal opponents but allowed players to fend it off with satisfying combat. Now Alan Wake 2 continues the story.
In the first game, Wake — a best-selling thriller novelist — came to a small town called Bright Falls with his wife, Alice, in the hopes of getting over writer's block. However, while there his wife disappears and Wake realizes that he's written a whole novel but doesn't remember doing so. Now in the sequel, he's on a mission against paranormal enemies to save Alice. Alan Wake 2 releases some time in 2023.
Endless Dungeon (Oct. 19, 2023)
Endless Dungeon is a roguelike that combines top-down run-&-gun action with tower defence-like strategy elements. You play as a group of unlikely heroes stranded onboard an abandoned space station after they were forced to make a crash landing.
To survive, you need to comb the space station for an emergency escape route and safeguard your life-support-granting crystal bot from alien creatures looking to grind it, and you into dust.
Endless Dungeon | $30 at Steam
After getting stranded in an abandoned space station, several heroes must launch into shipwrecked areas in order to defeat alien enemies, gather upgrades, and move further into the ship. Each character has their own skills and abilities and up to three players can explore together.
Alone in the Dark (Oct. 25, 2023)
Alone in the Dark is an upcoming survival horror game developed by Pieces Interactive and published by THQ Nordic. Set in 1920s America, you follow two protagonists — Edward Carnby and Emily Hartwood. The young Emily Hartwood has enlisted the services of Edward Carnby, a private detective, to help her find her missing uncle.
Their investigation takes them to the Derceto Manor, a place where mentally ill people are taken to seek help. Little do our heroes know that this manor hides dark, terrifying secrets that are best undiscovered and decrepit, ancient creatures lie in wait to prey upon them.
Alone in the Dark | Coming soon to Steam
The progenitor of the survival horror genre, Alone in the Dark, returns with a new, horrifying reimaging of the classic title that started it all. Explore the haunting halls of a cursed manor, solve diabolical puzzles, and uncover a sinister plot before hideous monsters come to devour your soul.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (Nov. 8, 2023)
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is an action-adventure game that explores what the series' long-time protagonist Kiryu Kazuma was up to in between Yakuza 6 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. After getting caught up in yet another life-threatening conspiracy, Kiryu Kazuma fakes his death and abandons his name in order to protect his family from the yakuza.
However, a mysterious individual is conspiring to bring our protagonist out of hiding by forcing Kiryu (now going by the codename "Joryu") into a conflict that he cannot ignore.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name | $50 at Steam
Forsake your name and fight the criminal underworld to protect your loved ones in Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name. Explore the crime-riddled streets of Sotenbori and Yokohama, unwind in various mini-games, and beat down thugs using two intense martial arts styles to survive.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown (Jan. 18, 2024)
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a new 2D-Metroidvania side-scrolling spin-of Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia series. As the Persian warrior Sargan, your goal is to travel to Mount Qaf and survey this cursed land for the missing Prince Ghassan. You will fight engage enemies in acrobatic sword fights, jump and dodge your way through traps, and use time magic to solve puzzles and overcome life or death situations.
PC games in 2023: Release dates to be confirmed
Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 (TBA)
After the success of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, it came as no surprise that a sequel was in the works. But now with Xbox Game Studio as the publisher it's only coming to PC and Xbox and will not be on PS5.
Very little is known about the exact plot at present, but trailers show that Senua isn't alone like she was for the first game. The story likely contains more references to a war between the invading Vikings and Senua's people, the Orkneymen. We also know thanks to Ninja Theory, that the developer has been working alongside mental health experts to know how best to understand Senua's psychosis, which is why she hears voices and sees hallucinations. At any rate, it looks like it will be a powerful tale.
We're once more stepping into Senua's shoes and exploring a gritty world while wrestling with the warrior's personal demons. The story will likely take us places we haven't been before. It's coming to PC and Xbox Series X|S.
Bomb Rush Cyberfunk (Summer 2023)
This action-adventure 3D platformer allows players to run through a colorful world while performing tricks, painting graffiti, dancing, and evading the cops. The goal is to raise your reputation on the streets and then eventually challenge the leaders of local territories.
There are plenty of unique characters to interact with and you'll have fun performing tricks while running around such as wall-running, grinding, and sliding. Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is releasing sometime in Summer 2023.
RoboCop: Rogue City (Sept. 2023)
RoboCop: Rogue is an FPS being developed by Teyon and published by Nacon. Based on the classic RoboCop movie franchise, you play as Alex Murphy (a.k.a. RoboCop) as he is tasked with taking down a new wave of criminals causing chaos in Old Detroit.
RoboCop: Rogue City | Coming soon to Steam
Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, and uphold the law in RoboCop: Rogue City. With an arsenal of deadly weapons, gadgets, and super strength at your disposal, bring justice to the criminal scumbags causing mayhem and disrupting the peace.
Sand Land (Fall 2023)
Sand Land is an upcoming action-RPG based on the manga series created by manga artist/writer Akira Toriyama, whose most famous works include Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball. Play as the demonic Beelzebub and drive across a desert wasteland in search of the Legendary Fountain to save this land from succumbing to a terrible drought.
Sonic Superstars (Fall 2023)
Sonic Superstars is an exciting new take on side-scrolling Sonic games that combines 2D platforming with 3D visuals and features 4-player local co-op. Team up with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose, and travel to the Northstar Isle to stop Dr. Eggman’s latest scheme to take over the world by harnessing the power of the Chaos Emeralds.
The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria (Fall 2023)
The Lord of the Rings franchise shall receive its first-ever survival-crafting spin-off game in the form of The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. The fan-favorite dwarf, Gimli Lockbearer has called upon you and fellow dwarves to begin an expedition into the Mines of Moria and recover your kind's lost treasures.
However, you must keep your guard at all times as this once great dwarven kingdom is now crawling with all manner of beasts and monsters looking to prey upon any unsuspecting travelers that venture into their lair.
The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria | Coming soon to Epic Games Store
Revisit one of the most iconic locales of Middle-Earth to recover long-lost treasure in The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. Dig deep into the Mines of Moria, craft tools to help you survive, and beware of the dangers that lie ahead.
Warhaven (Fall 2023)
Warhaven is a free-to-play PVP hack n' slash title where two teams of sixteen players duke it out in epic battles for supremacy. Choose between six different soldier classes charge into the battlefield to decimate your enemies with swordplay and magic in order to gain the power of a divine immortal.
Dreadhunter (Winter 2023)
Dreadhunter is an upcoming twin-stick shooter created and published by Dreadhunter. You play as monster hunter and your job is to slay monsters and otherworldly horrors plaguing the universe. You will explore ruined facilities where your quarry is waiting to ambush you, fight hundreds of alien beasts using a state-of-the-art combat mech suit, and take on ginormous bosses the size of buildings.
Granblue Fantasy: Relink (Winter 2023)
Granblue Fantasy: Relink is an action-RPG spin-off of Cygames’ Granblue Fantasy franchise. Set in a fantasy world you play as a band of adventurers called Grandcypher traveling the land in search of adventure.
On your travels, you come across a mysterious girl named Lyria who is being pursued by the evil Erste Empire and wishes to exploit her hidden magic powers for their own ends. You take her into your crew to protect but little do you realize that in doing so, you set in motion events that will reshape your destiny.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 (Winter 2023)
Warhammer fans and those who love a good hack-n-slash are eagerly looking forward to the release of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2. This is a third-person shooter that centers on taking down Tyranid hordes while playing as a brutal Space Marine. You'll be sent off to various planets with different missions to accomplish.
In addition to guns, players have access to various weapons which they can use to mutilate dangerous enemies in quick succession. Work to acquire new items, level up, and save mankind from imminent doom. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 releases some time in 2023.
Mankind is in trouble, faced with dangerous alien forces and it's up to powerful Space Marines to save the day. Take down ferocious enemies and bosses while growing stronger and exploring the sci-fi world.
Cities: Skylines II (2023)
City: Skylines II is a sequel to the beloved city-builder game, Cities: Skylines. Use your imagination to design your own city, manage its economy to help bring new citizens that will help it prosper, and improve the infrastructure of its buildings to new heights of architectural engineering.
Cities: Skylines II | Coming Soon to Steam
Get ready to build the city of dreams in Cities: Skylines II. This long-awaited sequel promises to bring in more buildings for you to create, more challenges to test your management skills, and fewer creative limitations so you can create whatever city your heart desires.
Counter-Strike 2 (2023)
Counter-Strike 2 is an upcoming sequel to Valve's popular online-multiplayer FPS, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This game promises to improve upon the original game with overhauled maps, improved gunplay, new dynamic visuals and lighting created by the Source 2 engine, and much more.
Counter-Strike 2 | Coming soon
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, one of the most beloved competitive-multiplayer shooters is finally getting a follow-up with Counter-Strike 2. This title will revamp everything from gunplay to maps, and even online servers to enhance the Counter-Strike experience for modern gaming.
Enshrouded is an open-world survival game with action-RPG elements set in the ruined land of Embervale. As one of the last surviving members of an ancient race called the Flameborn, you are tasked with journeying out into the world to discover why your people have been brought to the brink of extinction and hopefully bring peace and prosperity back to Embervale.
Ghostrunner 2 (2023)
Ghostunner 2 is a fast-paced action game where you play as the Ghostrunner, a cyborg vigilante that dispenses justice upon the wicked. One year has passed since the previous game and the evil Keymaster has been slain for their misdeeds. Unfortunately, a new threat is on the rise and a cult of AI-driven cyber ninjas have appeared to replace the Keymaster. Now it is up to you to stop these cyber ninjas from growing too powerful. You'll need to secure peace for your home city for good.
Gord is an upcoming real-time strategy game with RPG elements developed by Covenant.dev and published by Team17. You are put in charge of the Tribe of the Dawn and it is your goal to help its indigenous people survive in a dark fantasy land inspired by Slavic mythology.
Task your villagers to build settlements that will help them withstand the elements, complete quests for them to boost their morale, and erect defensive structures to ward off attacks from rival tribes and horrifying monsters.
Gord | Coming Soon at Steam
Help your tribe survive in a world of darkness, terror, and insanity in Gord. Build settlements to safeguard your people, venture into the wilderness to uncover the history of this world, and appease ancient gods so they may bless you with magic that will destroy your enemies.
Lightyear Frontier (2023)
Lightyear Frontier is a tranquil farming simulator that takes place on a planet in the far depths of space. In this game, you set off to begin a career as an intergalactic farmer cultivating alien crops, building a new home, and exploring the wilderness to uncover this world's long-lost history.
Lil’ Guardsman (2023)
Lil’ Guardsman is a social deduction adventure game where you play as Lil, a little girl watching over the kingdom’s gates while her father is away. As a guardsman, your job will be to keep watch and judge dozens of characters to see who will be allowed into the kingdom or be sent to jail for illegal trespassing.
Lil’ Guardsman | Coming soon to Steam
Fill in the role of a guardsman and keep your kingdom safe in Lil’ Guardsman. Explore a gigantic city filled with quirky characters and interrogate over 100 visitors to see if they’re worthy of entering your kingdom by solving complex and comedic logic puzzles.
Lords of the Fallen (2023)
Lords of the Fallen is a soulslike, action-RPG set in a dark-fantasy world beset with the undead, monsters, and evil gods. Adyr, a deceased demon god that once threatened to destroy all life is about to be resurrected from the dead and only you can stop him. As the indomitable Dark Crusader, your mission is to travel between the realms of the living and the dead and prevent Adyr's heretical minions from reviving their master.
Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals (2023)
Following five years after the events of the first game, Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals continues to follow Riley Poverly, who returns to her hometown after hearing about strange radio signals detected there. To make matters creepier, a group calling themselves "Parentage" have something to do with it all.
Players once more get to choose between multiple dialogue options to influence the outcome of various conversations. Your decisions can even determine the ending of the story. Seek out whatever paranormal problems are plaguing your hometown and try to set things right. Oxenfree 2 is launching sometime in 2023.
Path of Exile 2 (2023)
Skull and Bones (2023)
This pirate action-adventure game initially drew inspiration from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag but has since been developed with a new direction to become its own thing. Players take on the role of an outcast and then work to fight and claw their way up the ranks until they are known as notorious pirates.
You can battle other ships, obtain loot, fight monstrous animals, and more while surviving life on the treacherous seas. Both solo play and multiplayer is available in either PvE or PvEvP.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl (2023)
In this post-apocalyptic open-world FPS game, players take on the role of a S.T.A.L.K.E.R (Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killers, Explorers and Robbers), who has entered the huge Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. Here there are powerful items to acquire, dangerous mutants to fight off, and warring factions to be warry of.
One of the things that makes STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl so compelling is that the decisions you make throughout the course of the story affect what happens. You can also explore in any way you see fit as this is a nonlinear adventure. STALKER 2 is expected to launch by December 2023.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League (2023)
Anyone who loved the Batman Arkham series will be eager to check out Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League as both are made by Rocksteady Studios. The story follows members of the Suicide Squad who are super criminals that the government controls by threatening to detonate bombs placed in each of their heads if they disobey.
Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark, Deathstroke, and more are given the task to take down the Justice League whose most notable members are Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash, among others.
It's worth noting that this game features the final performance of the late Kevin Conroy — the talented voice actor who portrayed Batman for several video games, shows, and movies since the 90s. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League releases sometime in 2023.
The Lamplighters League (2023)
The Lamplighters League is a turn-based strategy that takes place in a pulp-adventure-inspired world set in an alternative version of the 1930s. Recruit a team of unlikely heroes, scoundrels, and rogues to scour the globe and stop the evil Banished Court from achieving world domination.
The Plucky Squire (2023)
The Plucky Squire is an action-adventure game about a young storybook hero named Jot fighting to defeat the evil Humgrump. Humgrump eventually discovers that as the villain of a child’s storybook, he is destined to fail forever at the hands of the good guys.
With this knowledge, Humgrump decides to defy fate by using his magic to kick Jot and his friends out of the book and into the real world. Jot must now find a way to get back, rescue his lost friends, and stop Humgrump before he ruins the book’s happy ending forever.
The Talos Principle 2 (2023)
The Talos Principle 2 is a puzzle adventure game set in a world where humanity no longer exists. Robots now rule the Earth and one day, one of these robots (whom you play as) comes across an ancient temple-like structure that may be one of the last surviving human-made buildings on the planet. Wanting to satisfy their curiosity, the robot enters the structure to investigate it, but little do they know that the secrets they will find will be more than they bargained for.
The Talos Principle 2 | Coming soon to Steam
The Talos Principle 2 is a puzzle-game where you must delve deep in the heart of ancient facility to uncover the long-lost secrets of humanity. Solve mind-bending puzzles, discover gorgeously detailed environments and be presented with philosophical questions that leave you pondering on the meaning of life and the cosmos.
Tron: Identity (2023)
This visual novel expands upon the known Tron universe and takes place in a previously never-before-seen server. Here programs go about their business and as a detective program, it's up to you to solve a huge mystery. There's been a break-in and you have to figure out what was stolen and by whom. These answers could have serious repercussions.
Decisions made by players help form the story and result in a number of different endings. You might find yourself wanting to play it multiple times to see what outcomes you can unlock. Tron: Identity is expected to release in 2023.
Blue Protocol (2024)
Bandai Namco Entertainment presents Blue Protocol — an upcoming free-to-play MMORPG set in the realm of Regnas. Players take on the role of adventurers who cannot remember their point of origin. To unravel this mystery, players will band together to explore Regnas, uncover its many secrets, and confront ravenous beasts and evil villains.
Blue Protocol | Coming soon to Steam
Become the hero you always dreamed of being in Blue Protocol. Explore the vibrant world of Regna and band together with your friends to take on challenging quests and defeat giant raid bosses.
John Carpenter's Toxic Commando (2024)
John Carpenter's Toxic Commando is an upcoming first-person shooter directed by John Carptenter, a world-renowned movie director who worked on classic films such as Halloween (1979), The Thing (1982), Escape from New York, and more.
In this 80's-movie style adventure, you play as the Toxic Commandos and your mission is to save the Earth from annihilation by destroying an eldritch abomination called the Sludge God and its horde of freakish undead ghouls.
The Wolf Among Us 2 (2024)
The sequel to the gritty detective game that released back in 2013 is finally coming out this year. Based on the Fables comics created by Bill Willingham, the story follows the Sheriff of Fabletown, Bigby Wolf, as he seeks to solve murders and mysteries while interacting with the fairy tale characters who live in New York City.
Don't expect a happily ever after, though. Fairytale characters have to do some drastic things to get by in the real world and you're bound to uncover some serious depravity. Not to mention, Bigby Wolf tends to turn into a wolf himself when he gets upset. The Wolf Among Us 2 is set to release sometime in 2024.
Beneath is a survival horror game where you play as a deep-sea diver named Noah Quinn. You find yourself stranded in the middle of the ocean aboard a seemingly abandoned frigate with no immediate means of escape in sight.
However, you discover that this ship is not abandoned — it has been attacked and is now infested with disgusting monsters and nightmarish horrors beyond comprehension. Now you must find a way to escape before you succumb to creatures lurking within.
Broken Roads (TBA)
Broken Roads is a CRPG set in a post-apocalyptic future where you explore a ruined Australia. You play as a survivor living in this blighted wasteland and your goal is simply to survive as best you can.
Along your journey, you will meet a wide range of characters in the Outback. Some may join you on your journey, while others may try to kill you and loot your corpse for food. By using an advanced morality system called Moral Compass, you can decide the fate of these characters and determine if you wish to help them, disregard them, or kill them off to take their stuff.
Broken Roads | Coming Soon to Steam
Trek through the post-apocalyptic Australian Outback in Broken Roads. Explore a bittersweet world filled with intriguing characters, gather a party to help you fend off dangerous wildlife and bandits, and decide what kind of survivor you will become by using the Moral Compass morality system.
Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean (TBA)
Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean is an action-adventure game where you play as a swashbuckling purr-ivateer in hopes of becoming the world's greatest pirate. You'll sail the treacherous Purribean seas and find the Northern Star, a mythical treasure that is worth a fortune to those who can find it and sell it.
Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean | Coming soon to Steam
Embark on a purr-fectly amazing adventure on the seven seas in Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean. Explore a rich and colorful 2.5D world, clash swords with the villainess Pi-rats, and retrieve the legendary Northern Star before the greedy Pirate King gets their paws on it.
Closer the Distance (TBA)
Closer the Distance is an emotional slice-of-life simulator that tells the story of the citizens of Yesterby. In this small, humble town, its people are suffering many forms of grief ranging from losing loved ones or damaged relationships. As the young woman Angela, you have the power to help these people heal their pain and mend their relationships by using a mysterious ethereal power to guide their emotions.
Closer the Distance | Coming soon to Steam
Help your townsfolk move on from traumatic sorrow and become better people in Closer the Distance. Explore the town of Yesterby to find people in need of emotional therapy, learn of the people’s emotionally gripping and tragic stories, and make complex moral choices to determine the course of the story.
Chrono Odyssey (TBA)
Chrono Odyssey is an MMORPG set in the fantastical world of Setera. This land is under siege by a destructive force of monsters called The Void and only you and your companions have the power to stop them.
Armed with the ability to control time and years of martial arts and magic training, you set off to defend the land of Setera from The Void's ravenous beasts and uncover the secret behind your mysterious time-manipulating powers.
Destiny 2: The Final Shape (TBA)
The long running “Light and Dark Saga” will soon draw to a close in Destiny 2: The Final Shape. This game is the latest expansion of Destiny 2 and will feature the return of Cayde-6, a popular character who many players thought had perished during the events of the Destiny 2: Forsaken expansion.
Dragon's Dogma 2 (TBA)
Capcom’s cult action-RPG, Dragon Dogma, will finally be getting a sequel after over a decade of anticipation and speculation. Like its predecessor, Dragon’s Dogma 2 will follow the story of The Arison, a person who has had their heart ripped out by an ancient Dragon and is cursed with immortality until they can defeat it.
Players will set forth on new adventures where they will encounter new monstrous foes, explore new uncharted lands, and call forth Pawns to assist them in battle and help them defeat the Dragon who cursed them.
Dragon's Dogma 2 | Coming soon
Travel the world to slay The Dragon and rid yourself of unwanted immortality in Dragon’s Dogma 2. This game promises to improve the foundation of the first game with enhanced combat, improved AI so that Pawns can better serve you in battle, and refined graphics to better immerse players in Dragon’s Dogma's grim yet beautiful fantasy setting.
Fairgame$ is a multiplayer-focused heist game developed by Haven Studios where you play as criminals looking to make it big in the criminal underworld by pulling off risky heists. You and your team of crooks will break into exotic locales, smash their security systems and steal the valuable riches lying inside to set your crew for life. However, you will need to work fast as rival gangs are looking to swipe the goods before you do.
Helldivers 2 (TBA)
Helldivers 2 is co-operative, multiplayer-focused third-person shooter developed by Arrowhead Game Studios AB and published by PlayStation PC LLC. You play as Helldivers, a group of elite soldiers tasked with defending Super Earth from alien invaders by traveling into the enemies’ territory and blowing them up before they have a chance to invade.
Helldivers 2 | Coming soon to Steam
Sign up today to join the Helldivers and fight against alien invaders in Helldivers 2. Strap on your power suit, load up your weapons, and team up with your friends to form 4-player parties to wipe the alien menace off the face of the galaxy.
Lysfanga: The Time Shift Warrior (TBA)
Lysfanga: The Time Shift Warrior is a hack n' slash game with strategic elements developed by Sand Door Studio and published by Quantic Dream. You play as Imë, a warrior blessed by the Goddess of Time with the ability to bend time to your will. The Goddess has appointed you to become the Lysfanga, a guardian who watches and protects the realm of Antala from evil.
Your mission as Lysfanga is to track down The Raxes — an ancient evil force that has escaped their captivity. You must find the Raxes and destroy them before they rain destruction upon the realm.
Lysfanga: The Time Shift Warrior | Coming soon to Steam
Unleash your godlike powers and defeat the evil Raxes in Lysfanga: The Time Shift Warrior. Tackle hordes of foes using advanced sword skills, rewind time to escape, and even create time-clones of yourself to even the odds when you are outnumbered.
Marathon is a first-person shooter being developed and published by Bungie and it will be the first entry in Bungie’s Marathon series since 1996’s Marathon Infinity. Unlike its single-player predecessors, this new title will be a PVP extraction game with a story and setting unrelated to the 1990s Marathon trilogy.
You are a Runner, a robotic mercenary sent to investigate a ghost spaceship floating next to a derelict space colony and retrieve any intact treasures, artifacts, or AI programs inside. However, you will have to contend with rival mercenaries and pirates looking to plunder the ship for themselves.
Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater (TBA)
Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater is an upcoming remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, one of the most critically-acclaimed and beloved entries in the legendary Metal Gear Solid series. While no gameplay has been shown yet, it has been confirmed it will remain faithful to the stealth-action gameplay formula of the original Snake Eater.
Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater takes place during the height of the Cold War in 1968 and has the player assume the role of a secret government agent codenamed “Naked Snake.” His mission is to retrieve a Russian scientist named Dr. Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov who has been kidnapped and forced to work on a secret superweapon for the USSR. What follows is an unforgettable adventure filled with political intrigue and intense action as Snake must adapt to the harsh environment he is thrust into and battle highly dangerous, elite soldiers to complete the mission.
Mouse is an upcoming first-person-shooter inspired by film-noir movies, 90s FPS, and 1930s rubber hose-style cartoons. As the hard-boiled detective John Mouston, you are on a case to take down criminal gangs who have turned your home city into a cesspool of corruption, crime and betrayal.
Neva is an emotional and artistic 2D side-scroller where you play as Alba, a young warrior who adopts a wolf cub after a traumatic battle with monsters claimed the life of its parent. Now they must learn to work together to survive in a once-peaceful world that is now rife with decay and strife.
Neva | Coming soon to Steam
Experience the heartbreaking tale of a young woman fighting to keep her friend safe from the cruel, unforgiving world in Neva. They will journey across beautifully hand-drawn environments, battle otherworldly demons hunting them down for sport, and learn life lessons on what it means to be a family.
Phantom Blade Zero (TBA)
Phantom Blade Zero is an upcoming action-RPG set in a bleak world where demonic occultism, Chinese martial arts, and steampunk technology collide. You play as Soul, a deadly assassin working for the secretive organization known as “The Order.” One day, Soul was framed for murdering “The Order’s” patriarch and is quickly chased off by his former comrades.
He almost dies from a grievous injury during the chase but is saved at the last second by a wandering healer. Unfortunately, the cure is only temporary as it will hold back Soul’s death for 66 days. With little time remaining, Soul embarks on a quest for revenge to kill the mastermind behind his master’s murder before his life is snuffed out.
Project Tower (TBA)
Project Tower is a third-person shooter where you taken prisoner by an alien force that has conquered Earth called the Hiks. You imprisoned inside a tower and are forced to become target practice for Hik soldiers getting ready to invade other planets.
To escape this predicament, you will need to escape your cell, grab a weapon and shoot a path to freedom through the Hiks.
Stellaris Nexus (TBA)
Stellaris Nexus is an upcoming 4X turn-based strategy game developed by Whatboy Games and published by Paradox Interactive. In this game, you choose one of many space-faring factions and venture forth to the far corners of the galaxy to expand your empire's influence and territory.
However, you will be forced to confront opposing factions who don't take kindly to your existence. Will you try gain to their allegiance to form a deadly alliance? Or will you wage war against them to make sure no one threatens the safety of your faction? The choice is yours.
The Explorator (TBA)
The Explorator is a first-person adventure game where you play as an explorer traveling to Ospolis island to uncover the long-lost city of Atlantis. However, this expedition will be no walk in the park as all manner of dangerous goblins and monsters inhabit the island and deadly traps have been placed to eliminate the island’s intruders.
The Explorator | Coming soon to Steam
Trek to a strange and mysterious to discover the fabled city Atlantis in The Explorator. Explore a colorful world with a gorgeous cell-shaded art style, collect and manage an inventory of ancient artifacts to aid your expedition, and do battle with vicious creatures looking to crush any unwelcome guests.
The Thaumaturge (TBA)
The Thaumaturge is an upcoming, isometric RPG with turn-based combat developed by Fool's Theory and published by 11 bit studios. You play as a Thaumaturge, a magically-gifted individual who has the power to perceive and tame mysterious and demonic creatures called Salutors.
Together with your otherworldly companion, you will embark a quest through a dark alternate version of 20th-century Warsaw where you will uncover dark conspiracies, engage in battle with dark forces that can warp your mind, and confront man's inner demons.
The Thaumaturge | Coming Soon to Steam
Embrace the power of your inner demons in The Thaumaturge. Take on the role of a Thaumaturge and use your demonic beast, the Salutor, to explore 20th-century Warsaw, uncover its sinister secrets, and engage in turn-based battles with mortal men and eldritch horrors beyond your imagination.
Throne & Liberty (TBA)
Throne & Liberty is a free-to-play MMORPG set in the world of Solisium. In this game, players can explore a vast world filled with ancient unsolved mysteries, transform into animals to traverse grand environments and take part in gigantic battles where they will face armies of enemies.
Yes, Your Grace: Snowfall (TBA)
Yes, Your Grace: Snowfall is an upcoming kingdom management game with RPG-elements created and published by Brave At Night. You play as the king of a kingdom inspired by Slavic-folklore and it is your duty to help it survive and prosper in a cruel world filled with monsters.
So much to look forward to
This year is filled with some of the most highly-anticipated PC games of the decade. Of course, most people have Starfield at the very top of their list as it's the first new universe to come from Bethesda in 25 years. With the number of hits under the developer's belt, we're expect great things from this sci-fi game.
More games will doubtless be announced as time goes on and we'll continue to add to this list. So check back regularly to see what the best PC games of 2023 are.
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