2018 is more than half over, and that means fall 2018 will be here before we know it. The busiest season for new games is just around the corner, and an overwhelming number of games are still on our list of what's to come for this year. To make it manageable, our guide to the new games of 2018 is split up by genre: RPGs, shooters, action games, and more.
We regularly update this guide to include new games announced throughout the year and at big events like E3. Each upcoming PC game is listed with its expected 2018 release date, so you know when to clear your schedule!
Table of contents
Action games and fighting games
Platformers and Metroidvanias
Survival and exploration games
Sports and racing games
If you are based in the UK and fancy trying out upcoming games like Biomutant and Warhammer: Vermintide 2 then book tickets now for the PC Gamer Weekender in the London Olympia this February. It should be an exciting year, and we have already lined up a bunch of predictions for PC gaming in 2018. We've also made some PC gaming new year's resolutions that we definitely won't break.
ACTION GAMES OF 2018
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
September 14, 2018 | Crystal Dynamics | Link
Lara ditches the tropical islands and snowy peaks of past adventures for dense jungles and what appears to be Mayan architecture on her third modern adventure. Combat is the same familiar blend of third-person stealth action, although it’s implied that sneakiness will play a larger role this time around, with an ability that lets Lara slink into a wall of moss like John Rambo. The plot revolves around Lara accidentally triggering an apocalyptic cataclysm by removing a sacred Mayan dagger from its resting place, plus all the secret society stuff that’s de rigeur in treasure hunting games. Check out our full preview here.
Just Cause 4
December 4 | Avalanche Studios | Link
Rico Rodriguez is back surprisingly quickly after Just Cause 3. This time, he's battling evil in the South American country of Solis. Expect a lot of the same parachuting and wingsuit gliding action, but joined by extreme weather events like tornadoes, tropical storms, and falling helicopters.
November 13, 2018 | IO Interactive | Link
For a while there, the future of the Hitman franchise was up in the air, following Square Enix's move to sell developer IO Interactive. After a year of relative silence, recent rumors turned out to be true as Warner Bros. announced Hitman 2 shortly before E3. The game won't be episodic this time around, but will feature six levels at launch, including an F1 racetrack set in Miami seen in the trailer. At least two post-launch DLCs are planned and available through limited edition SKUs. Folks who pre-order the game get immediate access to Hitman: Sniper Assassin mode, not to be confused with Hitman: Sniper for mobile. Just like an assassin to keep you confused. Warner Bros. is hanging out with us to share more details during the PC Gaming Show next week.
My Hero One's Justice
October 26 | Bandai Namco | Link
The best damn anime of all time (and I’m not just saying that because I own all the toys), the My Hero Academia adaptation lets you get all PLUS ULTRA on a decent number of heroes and villains in this arena brawler. You’ll be able to utilize quirks and charge them up for “explosive attacks” and call on two other allies mid-fight. I apologize in advance to my neighbors for frequently yelling “United States of Smash!”
2018 | One More Level | Link
Harry and Judy, angel and demon, are not the pair you’d expect to find teaming up to stop the four horsemen of the apocalypse but apparently they have their reasons. God’s Trigger is a fast and bloody top-down action game where a quick trigger finger and a bit of communication help you take out hordes of supernatural enemies. You can take on one of the main characters, but God’s Trigger is better experienced alongside another player.
TBA | Cococucumber | Link
“Legend of Zelda meets Castle Crashers,” as the developer puts it, Riverbond pits you and up to three other friends in a shimmery voxel world full of enemies to hack-n-slash as you traverse down the River of Light. Between the incredibly destructible environments, each level is full of neat hidden secrets and alternate weapons that can drastically change how you approach a battle.
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove
"Before end of November" | Humanature Studios | Link
From the original creators of ToeJam & Earl, the funky alien duo and friends are back for another rogue-like adventure on Earth. With nine playable characters (and online/couch co-op for up to four players), explore through randomly generated levels to recover parts of your ride, the Rapmaster Rocketship, and jam out to 15 new songs.
November 27 | Gunfire Games | Link
Fury, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse in the Darksiders universe, takes center stage for the third installment in the popular action franchise. You’ll make use of her bladed whip, a revamped combat system, and plenty of magic abilities to take down the Seven Deadly Sins, and collect some solid loot in the process.
The Moon Fields
TBA | lunarsignals | Link
The Moon Fields is a fast-paced sword and sorcery action game that developer lunarsignals intends to turn into a single-player adventure with a large overworld, but right now, in its ‘first access’ phase, it’s a multiplayer versus game for up to eight players. Pick from 18 characters with hundreds of character variations and then go batter your mates.
FIGHTING GAMES AND BEAT 'EM UPS OF 2018
December | Studio Koba | Link
Fight some street thugs, demons, and maybe even a giant toad made out of monochrome PC monitors in this heavily atmospheric beat-em-up. Channeling some serious Kung Fury-esque vibes (you will at some point hang ten on a floppy disk), you play as Narita Boy, a hero destined to save the Digital Kingdom using the legendary techno sword.
October 19 | Project Soul | Link
With SoulCalibur 6, the long-running fighting series is finally making its way to PC. SoulCalibur’s fights are 3D duels, with each combatant wielding with a unique weapon with particular quirks, strengths and weaknesses. If you’ve played previous iterations, 6 should feel familiar, though it does introduce some new features, like the Reverse Edge, a move that halts time and makes both players duke it out in a rocker, paper, scissors confrontation.
Late 2018 (currently Early Access) | Sirlin Games | Link
Fighting games can be difficult to get into for anyone without a photographic memory for combo lists and the manual dexterity of a classically trained pianist. For the rest of us, there’s Fantasy Strike, which attempts to lower the skill bar for actually enjoying a fighting game. Every move takes only one button press, not an elaborately timed sequence. Where classic fighting games are hard to learn and hard to master, Fantasy Strike attempts to at least be easy to pick up. It’s currently in early access with a full release planned for later in 2018.
Warriors Orochi 4
September 27 | Koei Tecmo | Link
I’m never quite sure what I’m looking at when I watch a musou game, but I know it’s about a lot of things happening at once. Orochi 4 once again mashes Dynasty Warriors’ and Samurai Warriors’ hack-n-slashing with magic attacks, all with 170 playable characters. I’m never complaining about Smash Bros. balancing again.