While the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X might dominate the gaming news spotlight, PC continues to be one of the best gaming platforms out there. Last year saw a variety of high-profile releases, but 2023 year looks to be even better.
If you’re searching for your next big PC game (or want to see what’s on the horizon before investing in a new rig), here are the best upcoming PC games set to arrive in 2023 and beyond.
Confirmed 2023 releases
The games listed below either have 100% confirmed release dates or solid release windows that we expect them to hit this year. Anything that’s up in the air due to more vague launch predictions or previous delays will be listed under the following header.
The newest game from Arkane Austin is a brand new and very exciting concept. Set in an open world called Redfall, this will be a co-op-focused shooter where players are let loose on an island infested with vampires. The sun has been blocked out, making you, a human, constantly in danger in a sort of 30 Days of Night-style scenario. Using a suite of guns, magic, and anti-vampire tech, you and your squad need to survive against the bloodthirsty hunters.
Lego 2K Drive is the first entry in a multi-title partnership between Visual Concepts, 2K Games, and The Lego Group. Blending the simplicity of Legos with the complexity of driving simulators, this game is going to be a blast for younger casual players and racing veterans alike.
Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is the spiritual successor of Jet Set Radio. Players will be able to start a cypher, dance, paint, do tricks, and face off with the cops in this funky indie action-adventure platformer.
Based on the popular board game Calico, Quilts and Cats of Calico is an adorable multiplayer game that will have players sewing quilts with their friends and cute cats. We don’t have an exact release date yet, but it’s expected to launch this fall.
Possible 2023 releases
These games are confirmed to be coming to PC at some point soon. We aren’t entirely sure when, or if, they’ll drop this year, but we have hope.
Set in a post-apocalyptic, open-world environment, Stalker 2 invites you to discover a mystery hidden deep in the Heart of Chornobyl. A unique amalgam of FPS, immersive sim, and horror, the non-linear story is hoping to give you unprecedented freedom in how the action unfolds. It’s all driven by Unreal Engine 5, and ultra-realistic graphics will push your GPU to its limits. And if the tense single-player action isn’t enough, you’ll be glad to know that multiplayer will be available sometime after launch as part of a free update. Originally set to release in Spring 2022, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been pushed back to sometime in 2023 due to the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian conflict which has affected the city of developer GSC Game World.
Skull and Bones has been delayed for a sixth (and hopefully final) time, and has now been given the vague release date of “early 2023 to 2024.” The final version of Skull and Bones is a mix of Ubisoft’s open-world titles, survival games, and a more detailed version of the Assassin’s Creed series’ naval combat. Are players still interested after the title has seen so many delays? And will it stack up against the success of Sea of Thieves? Only time will tell./dt_media]
As we get deeper into 2023, we’re going to start getting confirmed release dates and rumors for next year. Here’s everything that’s on our radar for 2024.
Ark II is going to give fans of the survival series exactly what they want — more dinosaurs. First announced in 2020, trailers starring Vin Diesel (yes, you read that correctly) describe a war in the past that led to the state of the world being a mashup of prehistoric animals and futuristic technologies. We think it’s safe to assume that gameplay will be very similar to the first game — you’ll explore with friends, raise dinosaurs, hunt dinosaurs, be hunted by dinosaurs, and try to build a safe settlement in a harsh world. This game has been pushed back to late 2024, but we could see it slipping into 2025.
Games with no release window
All we know about the games listed below is that they’re in development. Most of them are probably a few years away from launch.
It will likely be a while before we see GTA 6 — the only thing we really know about the next Grand Theft Auto entry is that it’s in development and will definitely come to PC.
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