The new PC games of 2018

RPGs OF 2018

Fallout 76

November 14 | Bethesda | Link
It's four times bigger than Fallout 4, it's always-online, and you can nuke fellow players' bases. The biggest departure for the Fallout franchise since it went 3D, Fallout 76 is ditching NPC interaction for online multiplayer base-building survival action, all set in the verdant hills of West Virginia, complete with new creatures based on local folklore. John Denver would be proud.

Underworld Ascendant

November 15 | OtherSide | Link
Picking up where the Ultima Underworld games left off, Underworld Ascendant is a first-person dungeon crawler and an immersive sim with a highly reactive environment. It's being designed to encourage improvisation and reward experimenting with its systems.

Slasher’s Keep

Late 2018/Early 2019 (Currently Early Access) | Damian Schloter | Link
Slasher’s Keep is a first-person dungeon crawling game where you hack and slash a standard selection of fantastical enemies. Developer Damian Scholter has no qualms with self-deprecation, labeling Slasher’s Keep as a “roguelike” or “roguelikelike if you like”. Despite Schloter’s efforts to make it sound generic and derivative, Slasher’s keep has a bold art style and sounds like it will be borrowing the best elements from a lot of RPG subgenres. It’s released in February 2018 as an early access title with plans for a full-release approximately five to seven months afterwards.

The Quest Giver

2018 | Rest.less | Link
Instead of being an adventuring hero, in The Quest Giver, you take on the role of, you’ve guessed it, the person doling out quests. Start up a guild, create quests, hire heroes, and then send them out on adventures to increase your guild’s reputation. It looks a bit like Recettear or Epic Tavern. It didn’t get close to its Kickstarter target, but it’s now on BrightLocker.

Barkley 2

TBA | Tales of Game’s Studios | Link
Also known as The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7–Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie–Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa, this sequel to the hilarious JRPG-styled Barkley 1 could be one of the funniest games of the year, if it comes out this year. The project has been quiet for a while, but we’re hoping for more news at some point. 

Griftlands

2018 | Klei | Link
A turn-based RPG with battles that look a bit Final Fantasy from the people behind Invisible Inc. and Don't Starve. The setting's sci-fi, the protagonists are pirates and mercenaries, and one of them's a neat-looking slug dude. Negotiation will apparently be as important as combat, and you'll be adventuring in a sandbox with its own simulated economy.

Sunless Skies

September (still listed as early access despite date) | Failbetter | Link
The sequel to Sunless Sea leaves underground oceans behind and sets off into space. Set 10 years later in the year 1905, its steam-powered ships are now capable of interplanetary travel. As the captain of one you'll be experiencing familiar activities from Sunless Sea—like going mad, running out of food, and eating all your crew.