SHOOTERS OF 2018
October 19 | EA DICE | Link
The Battlefield franchise returns to World War II, some liberties aside. The biggest changes include a 64-player Grand Operations mode incorporates multiple modes across three-to-four match story, similar to Battlefield 1's Operations mode, but with some significant changes. Combines Arms provides 4-player co-op via procedurally generated missions. You'll also be able to construct and repair fortifications at specific locations. Much to the joy of folks who hated Star Wars Battlefront II's game-influencing loot systems, Battlefield V will have no loot boxes or premium pass, although you can bet there will be at least some cosmetic options for forking over more money.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
October 12 | Treyarch | Link
Wall-riding? Gone. Automatically regenerating health? Gone. Single-player campaign? Get out of here, smart guy. There's a lot of Black Ops 3's DNA in Black Ops 4, but the new shooter looks like it will finally bring some substantial change to the aging franchise, including multiplayer combat that's far more dependent on character abilities and situational awareness. You've got your zombie campaign, a time-traveling romp through gladiatorial arenas and the Titanic, because of course. Following in the footsteps of Fortnite and PUBG, you've also got Blackout, a battle royale mode that features characters and items from throughout Black Ops history.
Destiny 2: Forsaken Expansion
September 4 | Bungie | Link
Destiny 2's second year is bringing some big changes, including a new raid called Dreaming City, a new Gambit mode that combines PvE and PvP elements, mods in the style of Destiny 1, and plenty more. Forsaken sports a "western revenge vibe" built around a breakout from the giant space prison known as the Reef. Check out our full rundown of the expansion.
The Division 2
TBA | Ubisoft | Link
The Division 2 is coming. That's about all we know, other than we can expect to hear more at E3 in 2018. "The Division 2 will be powered by an updated version of the Snowdrop engine that enables us to realize our ambitions for the sequel, but more importantly, we're also taking everything we learned over the past two years and applying it towards the sequel to make sure we get it right," announces Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment.
2018 | Terrible Posture Games and Grip Digital | Link
Bullet hell is a horrifying enough phrase when you’re playing a top-down game. Mothergunship is a first-person bullet hell, which you can expect to require a lot more dodging about than a typical first-person shooter. It features what’s promised to be a pretty extensive system for modular gun upgrades along with “some of the biggest bosses seen in the FPS genre”.
2018 | Nightdive Studios | Link
It’s been over 20 years since the original System Shock helped establish formula that would influence games like Deus Ex and BioShock. With parts of the original development team and SHODAN voice actor Terri Brosius returning, the remake promises a faithful reimagining of the wrench-swinging, computer-hacking, mutant-shooting action adventure.
TBA (in open alpha) | Epic Games | Link
Epic's "new" Unreal Tournament has been playable in an open alpha for years, now, and there's no sign that it'll be finished in 2018. Even in its unfinished state, though, it's a fun, fast-paced arena shooter that feels mighty faithful to the UT of old. The developers continue to work with the community on maps, weapons, and game balance, making Unreal Tournament as good an opportunity to learn about the process of game development as it is to frag strangers or bots with the best gun in PC gaming. (The Flak Cannon, if that wasn't obvious).
August 29, 2018 | Rebellion | Link
In a 1930’s British empire still rife with undiscovered tombs and armies of evil monsters, four highly skilled adventurers must shoot, explode, and magically blast their way through an ancient witch queen’s undead horde. Gameplay is a familiar blend of Rebellion’s Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army and Tripewire’s Killing Floor, with undead (including huge boss characters) slowly encroaching on your position as each character utilizes a unique set of skills to blow them to chunks. In between battles (and occasionally during), you’ll solve some basic puzzles, loot secret treasure rooms, and infuse your guns with the best kind of magic—flammable.
2018 (Early access now) | Krafted Games | Link
Polygod is a low poly roguelike FPS pitting a gun-toting assassin against gods and their minions in peculiar, minimalistic procedurally generated levels. There’s a hint of Dark Souls in there, too, as souls can be collected and then spent on upgrading the assassin with stackable blessings that might make it easier to kill off the old gods and take their power.
Overkill's The Walking Dead
Fall 2018 | Overkill Software | Link
The Payday and Payday 2 gang know a thing or two about co-op shooters, so it’s probably a good thing that their take on The Walking Dead is a four-player FPS. Survivors will need to team up to secure a base and slice and shoot their way through the sea of zombies occupying Washington D.C. using knives, guns and special abilities. Expect to rescue other survivors, embark on missions, and work your way through your character’s skill tree and story.
Consortium: The Tower
TBA (currently Early Access) | Interdimensional Games | Link
Whereas the first Consortium game featured a narrative-heavy role-playing experience set aboard a single military plane, its sequel expands its scope to a massive tower filled with unique NPCs and dozens of paths to choose from. Complete your mission with guns blazing, pure pacifism, or ignore the mission altogether in this Die Hard-meets-Deus Ex adventure.
Superhot: Mind Control Delete
Fall 2018 (Early access now) | Superhot Team |Link
A standalone spin-off, Superhot: Mind Control Delete takes the time-control FPS conceit from the previous game and adds a roguelike twist. Time still only moves when you do, but now there’s procedural roguelike levels, unlockable special abilities, unlockable characters and trickier enemies that become progressively tougher and more determined to put a stop to your shenanigans. If you own Superhot, you’ll get this for free when it’s finished.
Spring 2018 | Ubisoft | Link
As if multiplayer shooters aren’t hectic enough, Space Junkies is a VR game that adds jetpacks and gravity-free movement. You’ll jetpack through structures and obstacles by accelerating in whichever direction you’re looking. Enemies can come from above and below with everything from space pistols to railguns to laser swords. Its 1v1 and 2v2 matches will be coming to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Deep Rock Galactic
February 28, 2018 (as Early Access) | Ghost Ship Games | Link
“Procedurally generated co-op space dwarf mining shooter” is a heck of a pitch, and it’s one Deep Rock Galactic leans into with gusto. Currently in Early Access, players pick a class of dwarf, then venture into the veins of the most hostile planet ever discovered, fending off massive wall-crawling creatures with a variety of weapons and tools.
2018 | Square Enix |Link
The director of the Armored Core series, mech designer from Ghost in the Shell, and character designer from Metal Gear Solid have teamed up for this third-person shooter/stealth game. Play as three different characters attempting to survive a violent invasion filled with explosions and giant mechs. Because with a pedigree like that, how couldn’t you have giant robots?
TBA, (Out now in Early Access) | id Software | Link
The modernized take on Quake’s signature lightning-fast, rocket-jumping deathmatch has been in early access since last August (you can pay now for full access or wait for the free-to-play version if you don’t have a beta key), but the addition of a roster of player characters with unique abilities and an eSports mode that blends capture-the-flag with point capture has kept things interesting. Id has since added new characters, like the Doom space marine and Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazkowicz, new weapons, and new maps like the Lovecraftian Church of Azathoth.
Full Release 2018 | Crowbar Collective | Link
Crowbar Collective’s recreation of the original Half Life in Source Engine has been around since 2012 and entered Early Access on Steam in 2015. Although it’s been pushed back a few times, the team expects to launch the full release at an unannounced time in 2018. Predictably, and deservingly, even the Early Access version is well-received by Half Life fans.
Escape from Tarkov
2018 | Battlestate Games | Link
Escape from Tarkov is a painfully real survival shooter. Manage your physical condition with stats like hydration, blood pressure, and exhaustion. Adjust your aim to account for ballistics and projectile physics. Manage a limited inventory space and lose your precious loot when you die. It’s also planned to include MMO features like running a store, adapting to the economy, and taking quests from NPCs. Tarkov is likely still a ways off from release, as it’s not yet in beta, but we’re hoping that the mix between Day Z and EVE Online will be worth waiting for.
RELEASED AND DELAYED TO 2019
Out now (Early Access) | New Blood Interactive | Link
This Heretic-inspired retro fantasy FPS is filled with fast and frenetic combat, magic weapons that can be charged with the souls of those you've slain, and a soundtrack from the composer of Brutal Doom. It's now in Early Access with three episodes (of a planned seven) available to play.
Out now (Early Access) | Bulkhead Interactive | Link
Battalion 1944 takes FPS players back to the British front, with all the classic WWII weaponry, including the M1 Garand. Emphasis is being placed on competitive play, with no unlocks beyond cosmetics, and skill tracking implemented from the get-go.
Out now (Early Access) | 3D Realms | Link
An old-school shooter from 3D Realms—even created using the same Build engine as Duke Nukem 3D—Ion Maiden stars the hero of 2016's Bombshell, Shelly Harrison. The FPS is filled with throwbacks like no regenerating health or covere system, colored keycards to unlock doors, and lots of hidden secrets in its levels.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
March 8, 2018 (Out now) | Fatshark | Link
The Left 4 Dead-like fantasy exterminator sim returns, this time with 15 different careers with unique talent trees, customizable weapon and gear loadouts, and a new Heroic Deeds system. You’ll need all the options you can get, considering the vile Skaven hordes have teamed up with a brutish Chaos army that are much stronger than any rat.
Far Cry 5
March 27 (Out now) | Ubisoft | Link
Far Cry moves to mountainous Montana, which has been overtaken by a homicidal cult. A retooled “guns for hire” system means you can call on buddies at any time (including a sharpshooter, aerial support, and even a canine) for help during combat.
2019 | 4A Games | Link
The latest Metro game returns to the irradiated, yet beautiful world of post-apocalypse Moscow. The debut trailer showed off plenty of familiar resource scavenging, mutant shooting, and a tense escape from a quite irritated bear before leaping onto a runaway train.
Destiny 2: Warmind Expansion
May 8 | Bungie | Link
The first expansion in Bungie’s big-budget online shooter travelled to Mercury to unravel the riddle of Osiris. According to Bungie, the second expansion will “will send you to new places to meet new heroes and battle new enemies. You’ll earn new loot and master new activities," which sounds generic enough to be a bit painful. Bungie promises to show more of those new things and "activities" off on April 24. Check out our impressions on the PC Gamer Show.