Guide to the games of 2017

We're more than halfway through 2017, but the new games keep on coming. Our guide to the new games of 2017 is broken down by genre, and we've updated it with the most recent release date info we have, for promising indie games on up to the biggest PC series. Of course, with dozens of games hitting Steam every day, we can't hit everything. But this list of new PC games are the ones we think you should keep an eye on.

For the surprise releases, check out our weekly guide to five new Steam games you probably missed this week. There's even more goodness in there that you won't find on this massive list.

Now it's time to buckle in. There's a lot to cover.

We'll update this post throughout the year to keep up with new announcements and game releases.

Table of contents

Action and FPS
Action and FPS (cont.)
2D action
Fighting and brawlers
RPGs
MMOs
Exploration and survival
Strategy and sims
Platforming and puzzle
Adventure games
Sports and racing games

Action and FPS

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Release date: October 27, 2017
Developer: MachineGames
Link: Steam page 

It’s a game about shooting Nazis, of course. Some people say there are too many games about shooting Nazis, but we say: nope. This sequel to the 2014 reboot sees BJ Blazkowicz taking the fight to the United States, and will feature more ludicrous, unrealistic weaponry compared to its predecessor. MachineGames doesn’t seem to be departing from the relatively linear, narrative focused template it established with The New Order, but the studio has also proven it doesn’t really need to. 

Assassin's Creed: Origins

Release date: October 27, 2017
Developer: Ubisoft
Link: Steam page

An open secret for months, E3 2017 finally confirmed that Assassin's Creed is headed to Egypt. It also looks to be making the biggest changes to the series formula since it started. There's an RPG-style skill tree, Far Cry-style time and nature systems at work, and a lot more. Ubisoft has (rather symbolically) done away with the icon-strewn mini map. Oh, and you have an eagle companion—a very promising feature for eagle enthusiasts worldwide. 

Destiny 2

Release date: October 24, 2017
Developer: Bungie
Link: Official site

PC's not missing out this time around: Bungie's MMO shooter is making its grand debut on PC this fall with the sequel, which the Destiny faithful are already head over heels for. It's out on September 8 on consoles, but we don't know when it'll hit the PC just yet. As Tim wrote in our hands-on: "I sank an ungodly amount of time into the original, but having played Destiny 2’s first campaign mission and Strike through multiple times, and dabbled in some PvP, there’s absolutely no question in my mind now that the PC version is going to be the definitive one. Yes it sucks that we’re getting it later, and doubly so that we don’t how much later, but if the final version retains the polish we saw today, it’ll be worth the wait."

Call of Duty: WWII

 Release date: November 3, 2017
Developer: Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software
Link: Steam page

We're going back to World War 2. This Call of Duty's revolutionary introduction? Health packs. The CoD:WWII multiplayer reveal trailer is directed like any other free-camera gameplay montage, but despite masking the real look of it, we do learn a lot: there are paratroopers, objectives like bomb planting and vehicle escorts, and what appear to be bombing and strafing killstreaks. After Sony’s show, we learned a bit more from Activision about how the replacement for create-a-class works, and what sort of weapons to expect. Evan got some hands-on time in, and was pleased to find that the new War Mode brings real change to the series. 

Dusk

Release date: 2017
Developer: David Szymanski
Link: Steam

An ode to southern gothic horror and Quake-era FPS design, Dusk is aiming for the low-poly scares and hectic precision shooter action a good chunk of PC gamers grew up on. So far, it’s pitch perfect, throwing chainsaw-wielding maniacs, witches, and all sorts of occult enemies your way in massive levels hiding secrets rooms, weapons, and bosses in every corner.
 

Sea of Thieves

Release date: Delayed to 2018
Developer: Rare
Link: Official site

Rare's ambitious pirating MMO adventure (or, more accurately, massively co-op adventure) aims to let you do whatever you'd expect from the pirate life alongside a crew of your best mateys. That means searching for treasure, drinking grog, sailing, and fighting ship battles against other pirate crews, but Rare still seems to be working out the exact scope of your activities and how this living pirate world will work. The most interesting choice is the bold lack of UI. You'll find almost no sign of reticles or health bars or maps or any of the usual clutter in Sea of Thieves.

Metal Gear Survive

Release date: Delayed to 2018
Developer: Konami
Link: Official site

A four-player co-op stealth game with zombies that is also Metal Gear? Well, OK. We expected things would change at Konami post-Kojima, and this is certainly a change. After being sucked out of Mother Base by a rogue wormhole, you wake up in an alien landscape that looks suspiciously like the Middle East, and must battle hordes of the undead with your fellow grunts. There’s plenty of MGS 5-style stealth, fulton devices, and both base infiltration and defense in the 15 minutes of gameplay you can see below.

The Evil Within 2

Release date: October 13, 2017
Developer: Tango Gameworks
Link: Steam page

Is this an action game, or a survival game? We're going with action game, but spooky. Sebastian Castellanos returns for another round of gore and horror, the poor guy. No one believed his version of the events of the first game, and he's been kicked off the police force and has slipped into alcoholism, even as he continues on a quest to unearth the truth of his experiences and find his daughter, Lily. With Shinji Mikami at the helm once again, we can expect plenty of bizarre and twisted locations, characters, and story twists, plus no small amount of scares 

Crackdown 3

Release date: Delayed to 2018
Developer: Reagent Games
Link: Official site

The latest in open world orb collection is due this year, no longer an Xbox exclusive. In earlier entries, you jump, punch, and shoot your way around a big city, collecting power orbs that upgrade your jumping, punching, and shooting powers. It’s a simple loop, and Crackdown 3 likely won’t stray far from supersoldier sandboxing. The re-reveal at E3 2017 came with the welcome surprise that Terry Crews is now in the game, and though it showed suspiciously little city destruction in singleplayer, the developers said that promised mayhem will be part of the multiplayer experience.

Quake Champions

Release date: 2017 (Out now in Early Access)
Developer: id Software
Link: Official site

The newest game in the Quake series, Quake Champions is a fast paced arena shooter. New to the series in this game is the addition of, you guessed it, champions who each have unique abilities. There was initially a sense of trepidation when the idea was announced, given Quake has always been seen as a 'pure' FPS experience, but the first gameplay trailer released showed it still looks as fast and lethal as the series has ever been. Still, we’ll have to wait and see if that’s really the case when we actually get our hands on it later this year.

Squad

Release date: 2017
Developer: Offworld Industries
Link: Official site

Squad has quickly become one of our favorite multiplayer shooters, and steady updates has helped the game change a lot over 2016. Big puzzle pieces like vehicles and logistics have finally snapped into place, and developer Offworld is planning for a final version release during 2017. We particularly love how Squad emphasizes voice chat and teamwork, which makes finding a good squad a magical experience filled with friends and swearing.

Insurgency: Sandstorm

Release date: 2017
Developer: New World Interactive
Link: Official site

Insurgency is a reliably great time for shooter fans looking for something a bit grittier than Call of Duty, but not quite as coarse as Arma. With Insurgency: Sandstorm, the game is jumping to a new engine, new visuals, and adding a storyline. Is it an expansion? A reboot? Don’t ask questions while we’re trying to aim.

TimeSplitters: Rewind

Release date: 2017
Developer:  Cedar Interactive Arts
Link: Official site

This fan-made, multiplayer focused TimeSplitters game (which has Crytek's blessing) is still alive, and according to the latest teaser below, the team is now aiming for a release this year. We wrote a little about Rewind all that way back in 2013.

Hello Neighbor

Release date: December 8, 2017
Developer: Dynamic Pixels
Link: Official site

Alfred Hitchcock described the difference between surprise and suspense in terms of a bomb: if a bomb explodes, that’s surprise;  if you can see a bomb about to explode, that’s suspense. Hello Neighbor is so damn thick with suspense that we get ulcers from watching the trailer.

The Darwin Project

Release date: Fall 2017
Developer: Scavengers
Link: Steam page 

Another new entry into the popular battle royale genre, The Darwin Project will launch first for Xbox but arrive on PC as well. It's as much about surviving a freezing environment as it is about battling other players, and the trailer shows not just weapons like arrows and axes but powers like energy shields and invisibility. The demented game show looks like it will support 8 players rather than the typical dozens like other battle royale games. 

Panoptic

Release date: 2017 (Early Access)
Developer: Team Panoptes
Link: Steam page

One player, the eye in the sky ‘Overseer,’ wears an HTC Vive headset and surveys a complex structure of stairs and platforms. Another person plays as the ‘Challenger’ on a regular monitor, running and hiding from the Overseer’s gaze as they attempt to escape a prison. It’s a creative, asymmetrical use of VR for multiplayer.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: Spring 2018
Developer: Rockstar Studios
Link: Official site

Rockstar has done it again: announced a highly-anticipated game without mentioning whether or not it will come to PC. The original Red Dead Redemption never came to PC, but this feels more like a repeat of GTA V than that.

Assuming we’re right, we seem to be looking at a Magnificent Seven approach to the western—or at least, there are seven riders conspicuously featured in the debut teaser. Rockstar is also touting multiplayer, which will presumably look something like GTA Online, but with people running you over with trains instead of cars.