Heavy hitters Baldur's Gate 3 and Starfield are releasing in August and September respectively, but July's no slouch. One of the games I've been looking forward to most in 2023, Remnant 2, is out late in the month, and The Sims 4 is getting horses, which is the videogame event of the year for some.
Also coming this month: A super weird co-op and competitive dino hunting game from Capcom, the sequel to a tactical strategy game that released in 1999, and the resurrected Telltale's first stab at recapturing the old company's branching adventure magic.
For a full picture of the year in PC gaming, check out our complete guide to 2023's new games.
July's big PC release dates
Exoprimal | July 14
It's humans vs dinos in this weird PvE and PvP action game from Capcom. It looks extremely silly, and also like it could be a banger: "If you took out the cookie cutter monetization, Exoprimal would look like a game spawned from Capcom's prime experimental period in the early 2000s," Wes said recently.
Jagged Alliance 3 | July 14
Tactical turn-based mercenary combat returns in a game that's been a very long time coming—Jagged Alliance 2 released in 1999. This one promises an "alive, active world" and "open RPG structure."
The Sims 4 Horse Ranch Expansion Pack | July 20
Finally, an expansion pack that lets us "raise, train, and form special bonds with majestic horses" in Sims 4. Players have been waiting years for this, and it's good EA finally made it happen, because you don't wanna make horse lovers mad. (For one thing, some of them have horses, which are fast, powerful, and elegant creatures.)
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart | July 26
Another extravagant PlayStation exclusive comes to PC. Rift Apart was one of those "look what this new console can do" games for the PS5, so we might come to it with a different perspective on PC, where the excitement of new hardware doesn't factor.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series | July 27
Sci-fi show The Expanse strikes me as a good pick for the narrative game treatment—it featured lots of space dilemmas—and this series is particularly notable because it's the reformed Telltale's first attempt at the old company's narrative adventure style.
More games releasing in July
- July 12 — Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals - Spooky adventure sequel (Steam)
- July 13 — Gravity Circuit - Not Mega Man, but basically Mega Man (Steam)
- July 14 — Invector: Rhythm Galaxy - Cosmic pop music rhythm game (Steam)
- July 18 — Ember Knights - Four-player 2D roguelike (Steam)
- July 18 — My Friendly Neighborhood - Sesame Street, but scary (Steam)
- July 18 — Viewfinder - Brain-twisting game of perspective (Steam)
- July 18 — Xenonauts 2 - Strategy inspired by classic X-COM (Steam)
- July 19 — Let's! Revolution! - Minesweeper-inspired roguelite (Steam)
- July 20 — Frank and Drake - Supernatural adventure (Steam)
- July 20 — Homeseek - Post-apocalyptic city-builder (Steam)
- July 20 — Lakeburg Legacies - Matchmaking sim (Steam)
- July 20 — Punch Club 2: Fast Forward - Boxing management game (Steam)
- July 21 — Crime O'Clock - The time for crime (Steam)
- July 27 — Arcadian Atlas - Old-school RPG (Steam)
- July 27 — Deadlink - Cyberpunk FPS (Steam)
- July 31 — F1 Manager 2023 - Formula 1 management sim (Steam)
- July 31 — Venba - Narrative cooking game (Steam)
Delayed from July
Immortals of Aveum | August 22
A wizard FPS that feels like a throwback to the mid-2000s: Halo 3, BioShock, and The Darkness come to mind as comparisons. It's a linear singleplayer campaign split up by somewhat cheesy cutscenes and it gives you lots of special powers (you're a wizard and all). I enjoyed a pre-release demo I tried over at EA HQ. This used to have a July release date, but it got bumped to August.