Year in, year out, games – via Steam and otherwise – are produced in such varying degrees of quality that no game is destined for certain success. Masterpieces are released alongside utter disasters, franchises are born while others dwindle and occasionally – so very occasionally – a game actually lives up to our expectations.
Upcoming PC games Q2 2018
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
Obsidian have been working on Pillars 2 since at least early 2016 and we know it will be an entirely different section of this nostalgic world, featuring fresh characters and a different plot. There will also be ship combat and a nuanced romance system to keep you busy.
Pillars of Eternity 2 release date: April 3, 2018
BATTLETECH is back(letech), meaning we get to watch giant mechs beat each other up all over again. Created by notable Kickstarter success story Harebrained Schemes, of Shadowrun fame, it is progressing at speed with regular updates.
BATTLETECH release date: April 24, 2018
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered
Most FPS fans will have fond memories of killstreaks, assiduously maintaining kill/death ratios, and blasting away noob campers in seminal shooter, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. These fans will undoubtedly be shocked to learnt that, according to trusted source, CharlieINTEL, that its 2018-bound remaster will not include multiplayer. The story is still strong and it will cost a reduced $25 in relation to the $40 price of the the original game’s remaster, at least.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered release date: April 30, 2018.
How do you make explosions even more explosive? Get the cloud to compute them. That is the plan for Crackdown 3, the years-late sequel to one of the Xbox’s most popular games.
Crackdown 3 release date: Spring 2018
A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
Total War Sagas are spin-off series of the main Creative Assembly titles that focus on “flashpoint” moments in history, the first of which being Thrones of Britannia.
In this first Total War Saga, it is the year 878, and the Vikings have established themselves on the British mainland, but the native kings are yet to be overthrown. For Total War and fans of strategy games generally, this is an upcoming PC game to watch out for.
A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia release date: May 3, 2018
State of Decay 2
The definition of a cult indie hit, State of Decay was a lot of great ideas that were well implemented and not locked in early access for a thousand years. It did well too, managing to garner quite the gaggle of fans that appreciated a group zombie survival where things actually worked. The sequel wants to do all that better and it could be one of the surprise hits of the year.
State of Decay 2 release date: May 22, 2018
Dark Souls Remastered
When Dark Souls first landed on PC in 2016 it was not in the best of states. With technical issues and resolution problems and much more, it took third-party patches to get the game running well. Now, thankfully, a new team is handling a remastered version of the notoriously challenging action-RPG.
Rumours have it that Dark Souls Remastered will come packing the excellent Artorias of the Abyss DLC with an “improved frame rate and resolution from the original.” If this means 60fps, it seems PC fans will finally get the port that this special game deserves. Prepare to die all over again.
Dark Souls Remastered release date: May 25, 2018
The first game for feels-central developer Dontnod to release after Life is Strange is, obviously, about consuming the flesh of the living for sustenance. Vampyr casts you as a recently-vampirised doctor in 1918, just as Spanish Flu is really starting to mess Europe up. London is the setting, dark is the tone, and surviving is the plan, while trying not to destroy all sense of civilisation in Britain’s capital. Good luck.
Vampyr release date: June 5, 2018
Jurassic World Evolution
We have been watching human beings make mistakes with dinosaurs and theme parks since 1993, but now we get to make them ourselves with Jurassic World Evolution. Presumably, considering the summer release date, there is going to be some sort of tie-in with the Jurassic World film sequel, but Evolution looks to partly be a theme park sim in a similar vein to Planet Coaster. It looks like you can create your own attractions and organise your own park before it inevitably gets destroyed.
Jurassic World Evolution release date: June 12, 2018
The Banner Saga 3
For fans of turn-based RPGs that appreciate an attractive, hand-drawn art-style with their role-playing, we come bearing good news: The Banner Saga is back with a third game. Unfortunately, there is also bad news: this will be the last in the series.
A character we know about is Varl loyalist Fasolt. We find him in something of a quandary, weighing up whether to help or hinder humanity as the end of the world looms.
The Banner Saga 3 release date: Summer 2018
Steel Rats is a bike adventure game that blends Trials with Inside, which would be excellent if we were any good at it. This really is not a game for casuals: messing around on your Harley Davidson-esque motorbike in this dark, dieselpunk world feels like actually learning to ride.
From the developers behind Urban Trial Freestyle, Steel Rats allows you to choose one of four greaser gang characters to save the industrial Coastal City from an invasion of dastardly robots. The Blade Runner and Tron influences are clear throughout; Steel Rats promises to be a treat.
Steel Rats release date: Summer 2018
The Crew 2
Cars! But not just cars. That is the concept of The Crew 2: it adds biplanes and boats to the formula, along with the usual massive collection of cars and other road-based vehicles. You can even switch between them on the fly, weirdly.
The Crew 2 release date: Mid 2018
Upcoming PC games Q3 2018
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
Good news: PlayStation’s icon marsupial Crash Bandicoot will be rolling and jumping his way onto PC. The bad news? This remastered trilogy including Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped is damn hard. On the plus side, we will be getting all the players PS4 players enjoyed, with luscious 4K-o-vision to sweeten the platforming deal.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy release date: July 10, 2018.
Dragon Quest 11
For the first time we will be getting a numbered entry of the Dragon Quest series on PC. Like many in the series before it, Dragon Quest XI tells a standalone story about a reincarnated hero on the run from a massive army. With a diverse cast of characters, large world, and plenty of quests with which to test out your JRPG, turn-based combat skills, Dragon Quest XI will have around 100 hours of role-playing goodness.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age release date: September 4, 2018
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
All we have to go on with Shadow of the Tomb Raider are leaks, but there are quote a few of them: we have seen what appears to be a teaser trailer, release date, setting, and title. A Mayan or Aztec locations seems to be where we are headed next in the third entry to this rebooted trilogy.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider release date: September 14, 2018
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – Mars
In case you missed Konami’s adored hack-and-slash and third-person shooter mash-up when it initially launched on PS2 in 2003, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is coming to PC in 2018.
It is 2174 and your job is to take down the evil BAHRAM military organisation, who are suppressing society across Earth and Mars, with the help of a powerful mech called Jehuty. The enhanced edition adds 4K and VR support to the sci-fi action game, so it should not look too shabby for a 15-year-old console game.
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – Mars: September 2018
Monster Hunter: World
The PC is getting a Monster Hunter game with all the bells and whistles you could hope for, just without the release date. The PC version will appear at an unspecified date in Autumn, around half a year after the console launch. That extra time better pay off.
Monster Hunter release date: Autumn 2018