The PC games of 2019

Steel Division 2

May 2 | Eugen Systems | Steam | Strategy
Steel Division 2 is big. Like, 1:1 scale big. This means you’ll mix turn-based, broad strokes war planning with RTS tactical battles, melding infantry, tank, and air combat on a dizzying scope. This time around you’ll be plotting out the Soviet-led Operation Bagration in Belarus. Read our huge preview here.

Rage 2

May 14 | id Software/Avalanche | Link | FPS
This surprise sequel features the talents of Mad Max developers Avalanche Software. You’re a ranger wandering the jungles and deserts of the wasteland, fighting to take back your home from the masochistic Authority gang. You’ll splice, dice, and make nice with a ton of beefy monster trucks and gyrocopters, and collect weapon upgrades that push your machine to its limit. 

Aquanox: Deep Descent

May 1 | Digital Arrow | Steam | Action Simulation
The Aquanox series has been around since the turn of the century, and its brand of first-person submersible action still holds up from what we’ve seen.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

May 14 | Asobo Studio | Link | Action Adventure
A young girl and her brother are trying to make their way through medieval France, but they’ve got ruthless soldiers and ridiculously huge swarms of plague rats hunting them down. The tech behind the rats is pretty impressive (and creepy), so expect plenty of gore, horror, and using light sources to solve puzzles and ward off the buggers.

Team Sonic Racing

May 21 | Sumo Digital | Steam | Racing
If for some strange reason the really-quite-good Sonic Mania throwback isn’t doing it for you, the blue blur is gearing up for another multiplayer racer. Enjoy the nostalgic Crush 40 butt rock.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

May 23 | Creative Assembly | Link | Strategy
After delving through dark fantasy in Total War: Warhammer and briefly returning to British history in Thrones of Britannia, the Total War series takes us to the fall of China’s Han dynasty. Fans of Dynasty Warriors might get some wild ideas once they see Lu Bu running around, but rest assured that Three Kingdoms will likely follow a much more historically accurate (though no less bloody) timeline. 

Observation

Q2 2019 | No Code | Steam | Adventure
If 2001: A Space Odyssey were a game, this might be it, especially since you’re controlling the ship’s A.I. “Sam” instead of his human counterpart. Thankfully, you’re not very murderous (we hope), but you’ll be helping the kind human astronaut gain access to other areas and solve the mystery of a vanishing crew.

Levelhead

April (as Early Access) | Butterscotch Shenanigans | Link | Platformer
The very good folks at Crashlands developer Butterscotch Shenanigans are bringing us a hardcore co-op platformer reminiscent of Super Meat Boy, but it’s the level workshop mode that looks absolutely bonkers. Lots of community features like leaderboards and creator subscription feeds are just the cherry on top.