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(Pocket-lint) - 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.

Ascent

  • Release date: 29 July 2021
  • Type: Action-adventure RPG
  • Publisher: Curve Digital
  • See 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

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

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

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

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 2021
  • Type: RPG
  • Publisher: Anshar Studios
  • See 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. 

Deathloop

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

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 2021
  • Type: Zombie FPS
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
  • See 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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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 2021
  • Type: Arcade Racing
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • See 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. 

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: 2021
  • Type: Action-adventure
  • Publisher: Another Indie
  • See 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

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

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

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. 

Rainbow Six Extraction

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. 

Occupy Mars: The Game

  • Release date: TBA
  • Type: Space simulation
  • Publisher: 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

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

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

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

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: TBA
  • Type: Survival Horror 
  • Publisher: Red Barrels
  • See 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: TBA
  • Type: Third-person shooter
  • Publisher: MYTONA
  • See 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: TBA
  • Type: Tactical shooter
  • Publisher: VOID Interactive
  • See 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

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

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. 

Company of Heroes 3

Company of Heroes is coming back. This time with a Mediterranean campaign where you'll be commanding ground, air and naval forces too. This new addition to the series promises authentic new gameplay features as well as everything you know and love from Company of Heroes including skirmishes, a campaign and multiplayer. New soldier animations, enhanced AI, realistic squad reactions and a destructible environment should make Company of Heroes 3 a joy for any fan of the series. 

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2

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: 2021
  • Type: Action-adventure FPS
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • See 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

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 soon
  • Type: Strategy
  • Publisher: Iron Sight
  • See 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: TBC
  • Type: Horror adventure
  • Publisher: Ebb Software
  • See 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: TBD
  • Type: Turn-based tactical RPG
  • Publisher: Brace Yourself Games
  • See 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: TBC
  • Type: Survival
  • Publisher: 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: 2021
  • Type: Sci-fi action adventure
  • Publisher: Nightdive Studios
  • See 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: TBA
  • Type: Early access Battle Royale
  • Publisher: PixelPizza Games
  • See 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.  

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. 

Dead Island 2

  • Release date: TBC
  • Type: Survival horror action RPG
  • Publisher: 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

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: TBC
  • Type: FPS action-adventure
  • Publisher: Mundfish
  • See 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. 

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: 2021
  • Type: Detective adventure
  • Publisher: Frogwares
  • See 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 soon
  • Type: Action-adventure/RPG
  • Publisher: Merge Games
  • See 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

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: TBA
  • Type: Medieval strategy 
  • Publisher: Slavic Magic
  • See 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: 2022
  • Type: Action RPG
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • See 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: 2021
  • Type: Hack and Slash 
  • Publisher: Fatshark
  • See 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

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

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

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: 2022
  • Type: Action RPG
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • See 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. 

Writing by Adrian Willings. Originally published on 13 July 2018.