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Upcoming PC games 2024 and beyond

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What are the best upcoming games this year? If you’re anything like us, you’re time is already stretched trying to play all the great games out right now… but it’s not slowing down any time soon. Hope, anticipation, agony, and elation (plus exhaustion) – the endless cycle of emotions we go through during the annual PC release schedule.

Year in, year out, games are produced in such varying degrees of quality that not a single one of them is destined for certain success. Some of the best PC games of all time are released alongside utter disasters, series are born while others dwindle, and occasionally a game actually lives up to our expectations. Below you’ll find all the upcoming PC games you should keep on your radar, and it’s wildly varied. There are horror games, racing games, story games, a sequel for one of the most popular fighting games series of all time, and all of their expected release dates.

Here are all the best upcoming PC games in 2024 and beyond:

February 2024 game releases

  • Solium Infernum – February 14
  • Tomb Raider Remastered – February 14
  • Skull & Bones – February 16
  • Last Epoch – February 21
  • Pacific Drive – February 22

Solium Infernum

This incredibly unique strategy game puts you in hell – as a powerful demon, no less – in the chaotic aftermath of the disappearance of the underworld’s ruler. With the throne up for the taking, you must lie, deceive, and betray Hell’s other Archfiends in a bid to take it for yourself. With all the usual gameplay mechanics of any classic political strategy game but with a Machiavellian twist, the resurrection of the 2009 cult classic Solium Infernum is not one to be missed.

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Tomb Raider Remastered

During a recent Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that Lara Croft and her pointy boobs would be returning to a PC or console near you. Yes, Tomb Raider I-III is getting remastered and rereleased in 2024, and the great thing is that you have the option to toggle between the new graphics and the old ones at will to see just how far the game has come. Even better is that the new graphics are truly just a remaster of the old, so it still has that classic Tomb Raider feel to it, unlike some more modern Tomb Raider content.

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Skull and Bones

Black Flag and For Honor meet for PvP sailing, piracy, and cannon-firing in Skull and Bones. With a familiar UI and control mechanism for anyone who’s played Assassin’s Creed’s sea-bound adventure, it’s no surprise that it’s garnered a following of fans since its announcement in 2017. Unfortunately, it’s been subject to continuous delays since then, but Ubisoft has now confirmed that the game is set to launch in February 2024.

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Last Epoch

Another action RPG for fans of Diablo 4 and Path of Exile, Last Epoch’s all-too-familiar gameplay will come naturally. With a mammoth choice of 15 classes at launch, there is a lot to discover in this fantasy world as you take on difficult dungeons, loot legendary weapons, work through complex skill trees, and even travel through time in a bid to save the world of Eterra from The Void.

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Pacific Drive

Set in the ’90s, following decades of mysterious encounters and unsolved disappearances, Pacific Drive takes you on a literal journey through the eerie Olympic Peninsula, and your car is your best weapon. As creepy events still take place all around you in this survival game, you must try to avoid your own demise as you collect materials to upgrade your vehicle, turning it into a Mad Max-style all-rounder, fit to help you outrun the impending storm and uncover the mysteries of the Olympic Exclusion Zone. If you’re still not convinced, read out Pacific Drive preview for more.

March 2024 game releases

  • Classified France ’44 – March 5
  • Homeworld 3 – March 8
  • Alone in the Dark – March 20
  • Dragon’s Dogma 2 – March 22
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Classified France ’44

Classified France 44 puts you in charge of a Special Forces unit who have been carefully picked to cause as much destruction to the German army as possible. In this turn-based strategy game, you need to carefully consider each move as one wrong decision can cause huge damage to your party. Not only will you need to think about how to avoid taking damage, but the stress involved in battle also takes a toll on your party’s mental health.

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Homeworld 3

Homeworld, the beloved series of real-time strategy games, is getting a long-awaited third installation. Homeworld 2 was released almost 18 years ago, but in recent years the positive reception to the Homeworld Remastered Collection and prequel Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak has encouraged publisher Gearbox and developer Blackbird Interactive to work on an official sequel. Expect more tiny ships gracefully swooping through the vastness of space and a “ballistics-style weapon system similar to Homeworld 1”.

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Alone in the Dark

Keeping the era of the remake going strong, Pieces Interactive brings the 1992 classic horror Alone in the Dark up to date with this Hollywood adventure through Derceto Manor. Like the original, choose to play as either Edward Carnby or Emily Hartwood, only this time they are played by David Harbour and Jodie Comer, respectively. Between you, you must uncover the dark and thrilling secrets of the manor as you try to find out what happened to Hartwood’s Uncle by completing puzzles, defeating monsters, and surviving with minimal resources.

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Dragon’s Dogma 2

It’s been over a decade in the making, but Dragon’s Dogma 2 finally lets us step back into the boots of the Arisen. A pesky dragon’s only gone and stolen our heart, and it’s up to us to save the kingdom and slay the beast once and for all.

While we didn’t get to experience any of the plot in our Dragon’s Dogma 2 preview, we did get to grips with the combat, and quite literally so with the larger monsters as you climb on top of them to drive a sword into their skulls. The returning pawns back up the player with a mixture of ranged weapons, spells, and swift melee strikes to fell all kinds of beasts, from minotaurs to harpies. We even chased a griffon, which went as badly as one expects. Everything we’ve seen so far has been promising, and with a much-improved engine running the RPG, it has every potential to be one of the best of 2024.

May 2024 game releases

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Hellblade 2

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is a direct continuation of the eponymous Senua’s journey following the events of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. The troubled Pict warrior returns to overcome the darkness both within and without – but this time, she’s not alone. Senua has accrued a warrior tribe of her own, which she’s set to lead on a brutal journey to survive the desolate cold and folkloric horrors of Viking Iceland. BAFTA Games Award winner Melina Juergens reprises her role as Senua for the sequel, and familiar staples return, including the unnerving binaural whispers baked into Hellblade’s sound design.

June 2024 game releases

  • Destiny 2 The Final Shape – June 4
  • Life by You – June 4
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Life by You

Even with the next The Sims game, Project Rene, under production, we couldn’t be more excited about the release of Sims-like Life by You. Incredibly similar to The Sims but seemingly more detailed with more customization options, Life by You could be a real rival for whatever Project Rene becomes. It’s also developed by Paradox Tectonic, whose parent publisher, Paradox Interactive, also published Cities Skylines, so the simulation game is in good company already. The game recently saw a delay, taking it from March to June.

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Destiny 2 The Final Shape

The latest Destiny 2 expansion takes us into the Pale Heart of The Traveler to confront The Witness in a showdown that’s set to be as nostalgic as it is memorable. While The Final Shape may seem pretty, well, final, have no fear – Bungie has since confirmed that the multiplayer game is set to continue beyond the conclusion of the Light and Darkness saga. It also heralds the grand return of fan-favorite Cayde, just in time to close out the storyline.

Of course, these high-stakes story developments aren’t the only new additions to Destiny 2. New locations and enemies are sure to put your build to the test, though new supers and aspects for Destiny 2 classes are also inbound. Naturally, new Destiny 2 exotics join the loot tables to enhance the best Destiny 2 builds even further. The Final Shape also comes with a massive shake-up to the live service formula, as Bungie scraps the seasonal model in favor of an episodic format split into story acts. The events of The Final Shape are a decade in the making, so be sure to brush up on the Destiny 2 system requirements if you want to take part in the end of an era.

September 2024 game releases

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Stalker 2

Nearly two decades since the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R, the horror sequel is finally on its way. Okay, we were expecting it in December 2023, but we finally have a “final release date” of September 5, 2024, and, looking at the trailers and the official site’s proud discussion of its use of mo-cap and photogrammetry tech, it looks like Stalker 2 should be worth the wait. Take a look at our Stalker 2 release date guide for more details.

Other 2024 game releases

  • Frostpunk 2 – first half of 2024
  • FFXIV Dawntrail – Summer 2024
  • WoW The War Within – Summer 2024
  • Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 – Fall 2024
  • Indiana Jones and the Great Circle – Fall 2024
  • Star Wars Outlaws – 2024
  • The Wolf Among Us 2 – 2024
  • Avowed – 2024
  • Earthless – 2024
  • Zenless Zone Zero – 2024
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Frostpunk 2

Following on from the BAFTA-nominated Frostpunk of 2018, one of the best survival games out there, we’re heading back into the storm for another attempt at surviving the apocalypse. Frostpunk 2 takes place in the same last city standing in which we found ourselves in the original game, but this time, things are changing. The age of steam has come and gone, and the future lies in oil – naturally, this leads to newer, more terrifying threats than before.

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FFXIV Dawntrail

Dawntrail is the highly anticipated expansion of Final Fantasy XIV, set to take us across the ocean to Tural – an all-new continent full of new characters to meet and territories to explore. Between the harsh wilds of the mountain ranges and expansive forests lies the golden city of Tuliyollal, the royal seat of Gulool Ja Ja. We can expect to make our acquaintance with the Mamool leader as he ponders over his successor, and factions are drawn and divided into loyal allies and fierce rivals.

Story aside, two new playable FFXIV classes are inbound: the dual-wielding Viper and the painterly Pictomancer. Dawntrail also expands the existing roster of FFXIV races with the long-awaited female Hrothgar, along with additional Tribal Alliance quests, and of course, an increased level cap. The dawn of this latest FF14 expansion is just beginning to break, so check out our FFXIV leveling guide and catch up with the conclusion to Endwalker in the FF14 patch 6.55 release date.

FF14 Dawntrail release date: Summer 2024

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WoW The War Within

First revealed during Blizzcon 2023, World of Warcraft: The War Within takes us into the subterranean world that lies below the land of Azeroth itself, where Xal’atath, The Harbinger of the Void, lies in wait. It’s also the long-forgotten seat of the Nerubian Empire – if you’ve got arachnophobia, be sure to turn back now. However, we won’t be consigned to the depths forever. We can also expect to explore the Isle of Dorn, the Earthern capital located just off the western shore of Pandaria. The Earthen also serves as The War Within’s new playable Allied race, available after completing their dedicated questline.

Naturally, a variety of new dungeons and raids are due to arrive with the expansion, though Blizzard is also expanding the MMORPG’s endgame with the introduction of Delves. This latest system consists of 13 self-contained adventures to retrieve rare treasure from underground vaults as part of the Dragonscale Expedition and can be completed either solo or as part of a group. New WoW talents, quests, and epic loot await, and that’s just scratching the surface – we haven’t even mentioned what’s going on with Anduin and Thrall.

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

It’s been nearly 19 long years, but we finally have a sequel to the cult classic bloodsucking RPG. The sequel takes us to Seattle, but the land of coffee and grunge has been given a coagulated coat of crimson as you unravel another rich mystery. Several years after it was first announced, we got a look at an extended gameplay trailer showing the game in action, and it was worth the wait.

While the original is remembered fondly for its engrossing narrative, it remained rife with bugs and disappointing combat. Luckily, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2’s gameplay plunders immersive sims such as Dishonored 2 and Deus Ex to make its vampiric fisticuffs just as engaging as its story. Following a switch of developers, the release date has been pushed back, but we’re more than ready to sink our teeth in when it finally arrives.

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Indiana Jones and the Great Circle

We finally got our first look at Machine Games’ latest title in January 2024. This time the devs swap their Nazi-blasting guns for Indy’s iconic whip as he prepares to solve yet another mystery.  Taking place between the first and third movie, Indy finds himself post-breakup as he tries to bury himself under his work. Prepare to take on a new set of villains as Indy tries to put a stop to the dangerous group looking to utilize the Great Circle to accomplish their nefarious goals.

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Star Wars Outlaws

Become a space outlaw in this open-world Ubisoft Star Wars game, which follows lead character Kay Vess on a mission to free herself from her fugitive status. Accompanied by the very classy android ND-5 and the adorable Nix, you’ll never be short of company in Star Wars Outlaws, which has been narrowed down for a release date sometime in 2024.

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The Wolf Among Us 2

One of the more surprising updates from The Games Awards 2019 was the return of The Wolf Among Us 2. You can expect the same choice and consequence-style narrative experience of previous Telltale games. While the original trailer confidently boasted a 2023 release date, don’t expect The Wolf Among Us 2 anytime soon, as developer LCG Entertainment has hit the reset button.

  • The Wolf Among Us 2 release date: 2024
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We got our first proper glimpse of Avowed during the Xbox Games Showcase, and while everyone’s attention may have been on a Bethesda-developed space game, Obsidian’s fantasy RPG adventure has all the hallmarks of a fun romp across the Pillars of Eternity world. Will you use your magic powers and competent swordsmanship for good, or will you terrorize the land with evil intent? It may be a while until Elder Scrolls 6, so this is the next best thing, even if it’s not an open-world game.

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Zenless Zone Zero

Though we expect Zenless Zone Zero to release sometime in 2024, this hasn’t been fully confirmed by HoyoVerse yet, so we’re keeping it in the ‘beyond’ section for now. That said, players are currently testing out the most recent ZZZ closed beta and getting to grips with the satisfying combat, unique dungeon-crawling similarities, and cute ZZZ Bangboos.

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A sci-fi, roguelike deckbuilder? Yes, please. Earthless is a unique deckbuilder in which your cards will help (or hinder) your journey through space on a mission to save mankind. The space game will be released into early access sometime in 2024, so if you want to be part of the Earthless development, you can wishlist now.

  • Earthless release date: 2024

Game releases in 2025 and beyond

  • Grand Theft Auto 6 – 2025
  • Civilization 7 – TBC
  • Marvel’s Blade – TBC
  • Silent Hill 2 – TBC
  • XDefiant – TBC
  • The Outer Worlds 2 – TBC
  • The Sims 5/Project Rene – TBC
  • The Elder Scrolls 6 – TBC
  • Dragon Age 4 – TBC
  • The Witcher 4 – TBC
  • Haunted Chocolatier – TBC

A sepia toned landscape showing a 1980s Vice City beach from GTA Vice City, where GTA 6 is supposedly set.

Grand Theft Auto 6

The long and short of it is, while we’ve seen leaks of this hotly anticipated action game, we know next to nothing else about it for sure. We know it’s coming sometime between 2024 and 2025 and is likely to have a Vice City setting as well as two playable protagonists with a Bonnie and Clyde relationship, but that’s it. We’ll bring you more when the game is officially announced.

Civilization 7

After getting confirmation that Civ 7 is in development, the much-beloved strategy game series has us wondering just how it’ll evolve this time around. We even have a Civ 7 wishlist of all the new stuff and changes to existing mechanics that we want to see. However, it’s early days as of yet, with nothing other than a confirmation that it’s being made and a Firaxis job listing to go on so far. We’ll bring you more as soon as the first trailers and gameplay details are announced.

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Marvel’s Blade

If you missed the glory days of Blade, back when Wesley Snipes portrayed the legendary Daywalker, you’re in luck as Arkane Lyon is bringing the series back. In this single-player game, players assume the role of Eric Brooks, the half-man, half-vampire who has no problem confronting problems head-on with his sword equipped. Blade is a  third-person game, marking a big change from Arkane Lyon’s last games, Dishonored and Deathloop.

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Silent Hill 2

We all know it: Silent Hill 2 is one of the best horror games of all time, and, as such, there has been some concern about rebooting the game in 2024, especially given that Bloober Team is behind the new release. That said, we enjoyed Layers of Fear, and we can’t wait to see James, Pyramid Head, and Silent Hill itself in their all-new, updated glory.

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Ubisoft’s upcoming arena shooter will see 6v6 teams of ‘Defiants’ duke it out, using customized loadouts and powerful abilities unique to the ‘faction’ you choose. You can change your loadout each time you respawn to adapt to the fast-paced battles as they develop. Following recent beta tests, Ubisoft’s Mark Rubin released a statement on the delay of XDefiant, stating there is more work to do with compliance before the game passes the submission process. As such, he’s still keeping us waiting for a release date.

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The Outer Worlds 2

Obsidian’s hit retro-futuristic roleplaying game is getting a sequel. The teaser trailer doesn’t tell us much, simply showing off exotic alien landscapes and futuristic combat, but its wry, self-aware voiceover tells us “the developers haven’t finished the [main character’s] design, or finished the story, or finished any gameplay that’s actually ready to show”. At least it’s honest.

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The Sims 5/Project Rene

EA still hasn’t gone into great detail about how The Sims 5 will look, but in the Sims Summit video above, we did get a small glimpse of the early ideas following the Project Rene reveal. This “new era of The Sims” features more detail, more customizability, and a greater focus on community than ever before, and while there’s no set release date yet, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for The Sims.

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The Elder Scrolls 6

Bethesda finished its E3 2018 conference in the best way possible by announcing the upcoming PC game we all wanted: The Elder Scrolls VI. With only a teaser trailer of some rocky hills, ruined castles, and coastlines to go on, we’re still waiting on a setting and a launch window.

With Starfield now in orbit, we can assume (from Todd Howard’s previous comments) that attention turns to Elder Scrolls 6 as the next Bethesda game to see the light of day. Just when that will be, though, is still a mystery.

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Dragon Age 4

Otherwise known as Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, it should come as no surprise to long-time Dragon Age fans that Solas – the Dread Wolf himself – is set to return in a new high fantasy adventure set after the events of Dragon Age Inquisition. While BioWare has remained tight-lipped on the development of Dragon Age 4 thus far, lead writer Patrick Weekes says that Dreadwolf’s story explores “what happens when you don’t have power” – a question that may have startling implications for Dreadwolf’s protagonist. Regardless, we can anticipate BioWare to deliver an expansive RPG complete with politics, romance, and elves. Lots of elves.

The School of the Lynx medallion half-buried in snow with glowing red eyes, the first official teaser image of The WItcher 4, one of the most anticipated upcoming PC games.

The Witcher 4

The Witcher 4 is slated to be the first installment of a brand-new saga, so there’s a high chance that it won’t actually be called The Witcher 4. However, CD Projekt Red’s official reveal includes a School of the Lynx medallion half-buried in snowIt’s possible that this brief tease is a nod to The Witcher 4’s protagonist, though the particulars are still unclear. While The Witcher 4 is likely years away, we can’t wait to experience the follow-up to one of the best PC games of all time.

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Haunted Chocolatier

The next game from Stardew Valley developer Eric ‘Concerned Ape’ Barone has been announced, and it’s set in an enchanting fantasy town with plenty of spooky goings-on. It shares Stardew Valley’s charming pixel-art style, though the gameplay focuses on combat rather than farming. As the eponymous chocolatier, you’ll be tasked with fending off slimes to harvest ingredients for intricate chocolate creations, which you can sell and display in your own chocolate shop. There’ll also be plenty of characters to meet along the way, though relationships may play out slightly differently than in Stardew. Unfortunately, there’s been no further word on when we can expect to get our sticky hands on Barone’s upcoming game, but one thing’s for sure: the day we open our chocolate shop can’t come soon enough.

That’s a lot of games to get excited for – luckily, our anticipation levels are boundless already. I mean, there are life games, RPG games, pirate games, and so much more on this list. Of course, it’s tough to keep up with games as they come out, let alone remember the games we should save for. If you’re not looking to break the bank, we list the best free PC games you could be playing while you wait.