The big end-of-year game for a lot of PC gamers is Cyberpunk 2077, which CD Projekt plans to release on December 10—and this time they mean it. The giant open world RPG has been so highly anticipated for so long, several developers delayed their games into 2021 just to avoid releasing at the same time as it.
That doesn't mean December is a total wasteland, though—Ubisoft, for one, wasn't scared of Cyberpunk—and as a side effect January gets to enjoy a few bigger releases, such as the new horror game from Bloober Team, The Medium. IO Interactive's next slapstick contract killing game, Hitman 3 (opens in new tab), is also releasing in the first month of 2021.
For your free time planning purposes, here are all the big PC games releasing this December and January, as well as a few coming later in 2021:
Chronos: Before the Ashes (opens in new tab)| December 1
From VR game Chronos, we get a non-VR game prequel to the great Remnant: From the Ashes—except it's all about melee combat, not guns.
Twin Mirror (opens in new tab) | December 1
Using the word "Twin" in the title of a game whose premise involves traveling to a small town to investigate a mysterious death feels like trolling, but Life is Strange developer Dontnod went for it anyway for its new adventure game. Rachel got a look at it recently. (opens in new tab)
Immortals Fenyx Rising (opens in new tab) | Dec 3
It'll be interesting to see if Ubisoft's new Breath of the Wild-ish game surprises us—it looks cool, but it's presently a bit overshadowed by Cyberpunk 2077, which is out a week later. (If Immortals doesn't sound familiar, that may be because it used to be called Gods and Monsters.) Read Andy's preview (opens in new tab) for more.
Sam and Max Save the World (opens in new tab) | December 2
Some former Telltale employees got together to release a remaster of the studio's first episodic game, which continued the adventures of the beloved comic book and LucasArts detective duo.
Haven (opens in new tab) | December 3
A co-op RPG about a couple trying to get by on a hostile planet. Not too many games star romantic pairs from the outset, or are about relationships, and Haven's rhythm combat looks cool.
Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) | December 10
After multiple delays, CD Projekt says that Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely, for real this time, absolutely releasing on December 10. At least, that's what they told their investors (opens in new tab). Here's everything we know (opens in new tab) about the game from years of previews and interviews.
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond (opens in new tab) | December 11
A virtual reality WWII shooter created by Titanfall and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order studio Respawn Entertainment. Things are coming full circle: Respawn's founders also founded Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward, which was originally formed from Medal of Honor: Allied Assault developers.
Airborne Kingdom (opens in new tab) | December 17
Build a city in the sky. I'm looking forward to this one—it potentially mixes the fun of sending your first scouts out in Civilization with fiddly city planning, both things I love.
More December releases:
- Worms Rumble (opens in new tab)
- Project Wingman (opens in new tab)
- Tinkertown (Earl (opens in new tab)y (opens in new tab) Access) (opens in new tab)
- Shadow Empire (opens in new tab)
- Orwell’s Animal Farm (opens in new tab)
- The Binding of Isaac: Repentance DLC (opens in new tab)
Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues (opens in new tab) | January 5
To be honest, I didn't know there was a Cobra Kai game coming until I looked at Steam's upcoming games list just now. I don't have high hopes, but I am pleased that licensed games like this still get made.
Hitman 3 (opens in new tab) | January 20
Agent 47 is back for more comedy assassination hijinks, and progress from Hitman 2 will carry over—in fact, you'll be able to play the maps from both of the last two Hitmans in Hitman 3. We also recently learned that the engine supports 300 active NPCs at once (opens in new tab).
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake (opens in new tab) |
January 21 (Delayed to March 18, 2021)
The 2003 classic remade in Assassin's Creed's Anvil engine—funny, because the first Assassin's Creed was going to be a Prince of Persia game. Here's a little preview of what to expect (opens in new tab) from the rebuilt levels and new mo-cap and voice performances.
The Medium (opens in new tab) | January 28
One of several games that was chased out of December by Cyberpunk 2077, The Medium is a new horror game from Bloober Team, developers of Layers of Fear and Blair Witch. It's one of the Xbox Series X optimized games, so we expect some fancy graphics settings (ray traced blood river reflections?).
More January releases:
- Stronghold: Warlords (opens in new tab)
- Sword of the Necromancer (opens in new tab)
- Everspace 2 (Early Access) (opens in new tab)
- Gods Will Fall (opens in new tab)
Here are some of the games we expect to see in February or March. (We're not sure sure about Halo Infinite, Far Cry 6, or Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2, but they're on the horizon somewhere.)
- Outriders (opens in new tab) | February 2
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood (opens in new tab)| February 4
- Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition (opens in new tab) | February 5
- Little Nightmares 2 (opens in new tab) | February 10
- Wing of Darkness (opens in new tab) | February 25
- Hiro's Escape (opens in new tab) | February TBD
- Halo Infinite (opens in new tab) | 2021 TBD
- Far Cry 6 (opens in new tab) | 2021 TBD (Possibly not until May)
- Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 (opens in new tab)| 2021 TBD