With a new year comes a new calendar full of games to play, and a new list of must-haves and bargain-buys. We’ve done the legwork and assembled all of the PC games we know about for 2013 into one (okay, two) big lists for you to look over, so gather round and get ready for a great year of gaming.
(Please note that all release dates are as accurate as possible — sometimes all we have to go on is the estimated release quarter. These may be subject to change!)
Click here for part one of our massive list, covering all games from now up to June.
Deadfall Adventures – July 30
Deadfall Adventures follows in the shoes of Indy, Lara and Nathan Drake in exploring old tombs, grabbing treasure and generally shooting people. Set in 1938, Deadfall Adventures stars James Lee Quartermain, an adventurer escorting US agent Jennifer Goodwin to an Egyptian temple in order to retrieve an artefact called ‘The Heart of Atlantis.’ Guess who else wants the Heart of Atlantis? I’ll give you a hint: They begin with ‘n’ and end with ‘azis’. Here’s the trailer!
Sir, You Are Being Hunted – July (date TBA)
Here’s a thing: wander through a procedurally-generated English countryside, being hunted by “tweedpunk” robot aristocracy bent on killing you and making sure you never get home? Sounds like Sir, You Are Being Hunted, a successfully-Kickstarted game which blends survival horror with robots in the most delightful fashion. Take a look at this video and hang onto your stovepipe hat until some time in July — although the developers say that the overwhelming success of the Kickstarter and the subsequent stretch goals means there may be some slippage.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist – August 20
I enjoyed Conviction and Double Agent before it, but let’s face facts: they weren’t really the Splinter Cell games we wanted. Blacklist marks a return to the glory days, with even the developers acknowledging that they’re aiming to recapture the spirit of Chaos Theory, still the best in the series and one of my favourite games. We’ve seen quite a few videos so far, but nobody’s had any hands-on time with it yet — expect more as we roll into the second quarter.
War for the Overworld – August (date TBA)
It’s the spiritual successor to Dungeon Keeper that you didn’t even know you wanted: War for the Overworld sets you up as an Underlord and tasks you with filling your dungeon full of the nasty beasts needed to make it a meatgrinder for any unfortunate heroes who happen to walk in. War for the Overworld is another successful Kickstarter game, and one of the stretch goals has been to unlock the voice of the original Dungeon Keeper narrator, Richard Ridings — a goal which has been thoroughly achieved.
Total War: Rome II – September 3
It’s a big year for strategy titles, with a new StarCraft II installment and another Total War, this time around resurrecting the old favourite of Rome for another bash at the walls of Carthage. Everything we’ve seen so far shows an engine of impressively epic scale, with gargantuan battlefields, thousands of units, and… well, lots and lots of brown. But that’s not the point: the point is that we’re going to see some enormous battles taking place, a whole lot of tiny men being ordered to their deaths, and some impressive explosions as city walls come tumbling down. That is the point.
Godus - September (date TBA)
Three Kickstarter games in a row, you say? This one comes to us from the mind of Peter Molyneux, a man whose reputation for grand ideas that can never be realised haunted Godus, causing its Kickstarter drive to almost falter. Nevertheless, Godus eventually made it over the line before the end of the year, meaning that you can see relive the glory days of Populous and the like in an all-new format come this September. For more info on Godus, check out some of the prototype videos.
Air Conflicts: Vietnam – Q3 (date TBA)
bitComposer have announced a new addition to the Air Conflicts family: Air Conflicts: Vietnam. Set in the Vietnam War (I know, right!) it offers over 20 accurately-simulated jets and aircraft from the era and promises more than just jet combat, with special helicopter missions and the ability to upgrade and control whole squadrons or individual members of it. The official announcement also promises a gripping storyline of how war changes our hero Joe Thompson forever, as well as multiple single player and multiplayer modes. That’s all we know about it at this time — check back here for more as we find it.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – October 31
Following on from the resounding success of the naval battles in Assassin’s Creed III (and mostly only the naval battles) comes Black Flag, and entirely nautical-themed AssCreed adventure set in the Caribbean of the 1500s. At the time of this writing we know very little about it, but you can see the CGI announce trailer here.
Wasteland 2 - October (date TBA)
Ah, we’re not quite finished with the Kickstarters yet, it turns out. Wasteland 2 was one of the first big-name Kickstarters, raking in $2.9 million on its drive to bring back the “Grandfather of post-apocalyptic RPGs”. This sequel to the original 1988 RPG has been a few years coming — 25 of them in fact — but so far things are looking pretty good with real scientists being brought in to weigh in on the game’s fiction and some impressive-looking screens. October isn’t a solid date, but they’ve been at it a while so hopefully it’ll come good.
Announced for 2013 without a specific date
This has to be one of the top contenders for “Best-Looking Game of 2013”: ArmA III’s visuals to date have been stupendous and their vehicle showcase, including new underwater combat and suicidal goats, was also very tasty-looking. Unfortunately the arrest of some of their key development staff has pushed this game back to “sometime in 2013”, but it should be clear sailing from here: look out for more information soon.
We had a Medal of Honor last year, and that means we get a Battlefield this year — much like Activision have put their studios on rolling releases to ensure they get their military shooter out each year, EA are committed to alternating between Battlefield and MOH. So! What’s on the shelf for this year’s installment? Well… we don’t know. But we do know what we’d like to see — click here to see the most needed Battlefield 4 changes.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Expected some time in 2013, Elder Scrolls Online have been working hard to improve their reputation after an E3 2012 performance which left many feeling the title had little to distinguish it from World of Warcraft. Since then they’ve been hitting the video hard, showing off their customisation and campaign features, as well as discussing the lore in detail. Check out all the coverage of this upcoming MMO here.
Star Wars 1313
The people have been crying out for a mature Star Wars game, and LucasArts has answered: Star Wars 1313 has precisely no jedi, no Jar Jar Binks, and instead has a bunch of gritty crime, “visceral action”, and killer robot mercenaries. It’s everything you ever wanted in a Star Wars game (unless you like Jar Jar Binks, perhaps) and it’s looking hella purty to boot. Check out the latest game footage right here.
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
In the wake of Telltale’s amazing The Walking Dead series comes Activision’s crack at the franchise, and this time it’s a shooter starring Daryl and Merle from the TV show you all know and love/love-to-hate. Terminal Reality are keeping pretty tight lipped about their development of the game, and the only trailer we’ve seen so far turned out to be a complete fake. So there you go — or not, as the case may be.
Rainbow 6: Patriots
Ubisoft Montreal return to the helm of this long running series to continue the story of Team Rainbow, who return to New York to beat up some terrorists calling themselves ‘The True Patriots’. Development on this one has been strained: Ubisoft removed the team’s creative director, narrative director, animation director and lead designer back in March of last year, and have given no information since about how the title is progressing other than to say it could slip back to next-gen consoles. Watch this space.
Meanwhile, Ubisoft are only too happy to pimp Watch Dogs, which blew everybody away at last year’s E3 and is expected to make a similarly strong showing this year. An open world game in which almost anyone and everything can be hacked and controlled, Watch Dogs looks to blend third-person combat with sandbox gameplay in a highly satisfying and surprisingly innovative new package. We don’t have a solid release date, but it’s widely expected to hit in 2013, so stay tuned — and in the meantime, read our impressions from E3 (and watch the videos) by clicking here.
When 2K announced that they’d be redeveloping XCOM as an FPS, a lot of people didn’t like it — in fact so many, perhaps, that we haven’t heard anything official about the XCOM FPS for the better part of a year. The last we knew was a rumour that it had been turned into a third-person shooter with squad management, which would certainly fit with current gaming trends but seemingly run pretty counter to the original vision for the remake. Fingers crossed that this mid-stride change of direction doesn’t hurt the original game.
Not many people have heard of Fortnite, and with good reason: Epic Games aren’t making a big fuss about it. Which is strange, considering it’ll be their first game to use the new Unreal Engine 4, and a huge departure from Gears of War – plus, it sounds amazing: players have to work together to scavenge and build fortresses during the day, then work together to defend themselves from waves and waves of monsters during the night. And it’s a PC exclusive. What’s not to like? Check out the official site and learn more.
Many are describing Starforge as “sci-fi Minecraft”, and the comparison is pretty inevitable: with infinite procedural terrain, a deformable landscape and a heap of sci-fi things to build, it’s an indie offering that’s sure to please. You can download the alpha right now from our file library while you wait for the full release later this year.
Every man and his dog is shoe-horning in on the MOBA territory, and SMITE comes to us from Hi-Rez studios, the people behind the amazing Tribes: Ascend. SMITE bases itself on the gods of different pantheons, including Egyptian, Greek, Hindu, Roman, Mayan and Norse and went into beta in the middle of last year to generally positive reception. It’s not yet known how Australian players will fare with ping, but Hi-Rez took the initiative of paying for Australian servers for Tribes: Ascend, so chances are good.
Bit of an outside chance, this: THQ was originally slated to publish the game but dropped it like a hot potato earlier in the year, leaving it publisher-less and bereft. There’s no word yet on who is going to publish, but we do know that the developers are outsourcing a specific PC-porting firm to bring the game to Windows, which is excellent as the trailer so far have shown a highly kinetic, brutal-looking beat-em-up. Stay tuned.
Set to launch later this year some time, Warframe is a F2P co-op game where you and your friends play as what are essentially robotic ninja and battle through a series of enemies and objectives in a strange far-future space environment. With robotic ninjas. I’ve been playing the beta myself and it’s an interesting experience, one that needs a bit more polish but could find a niche in the crowded F2P market. Cast an eye over our coverage and see what interests you.
This upcoming MMO is based on the 4th edition D&D ruleset is due in “early 2013” some time, and it’s looking like it’s going to be focusing more on the combat than the roleplaying side of its tabletop inspiration, with huge spinning swords, numbers flying everyone and all sorts of crazy powers. Still, that might just be your thing — and with the game boasting a creation toolset so you can build your own adventures, you can make it your own! Take a look at these screenshots and see what intrigues you.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New N’ Tasty!
Formerly known as Abe’s Oddysee HD, New and Tasty is the new and tasty name for the remake of one of PC gaming’s most iconic platforming heroes, the lovable Abe. Now boasting more platforms, more puzzles, smarter enemies and no screen transitions (magic!) the game is looking amazing. Check out the latest footage and smile for yourself.
Company of Heroes 2
2013 continues its strong RTS run with Relic’s latest offering, Company of Heroes 2. Set on the Eastern Front, you’ll take command in the war between the Soviets and the Germans as you fight over frozen battlefields and icy lakes, burning down farm houses and using blizzards as cover. We recently went hands on with both the multiplayer and the single-player campaigns, and came back feeling very pleased. Plus it looks stunning DirectX 11, too.
Path of Exile
Developed in New Zealand, this action-RPG has blown people away with its tactical depth and flexibility, as well as the commitment by this small indie team to creating an old-school Diablo II-style experience. It’s entering open beta this month, so if you’re keen to get a hold of it before it eventually launches then make sure you’re registered over at the official site. In the mean time, why not check out our huge interview with the development team?
Another action-RPG, this time coming to us from the men and women behind the underrated Titan Quest. Grim Dawn thrusts us into a wartorn earth where we have been caught between two otherworldly powers whose battle has destroyed civilisation as we know it. Iron is now the only currency of value, since it can be used to make weapons — and salt is much better used to keep the horrors at bay than it is to sprinkle on food. Grim Dawn managed to pull in another $500,000 on Kickstarter last year, which helped the already-struggling development team over the line for 2013. I’m very excited to get hands-on with the final product very soon.
Set to run alongside the TV show of the same name, Defiance is an enormous multi-platform MMO whose events are, apparently, in some way set to influence the progression and development of the TV series. We don’t know much about it, but what we have seen so far looks like scenes out of Starship Troopers, and that’s pretty okay with me. The beta is running until January 20, so make sure to sign up if you want to jump in.
Avadon 2: The Corruption
Another RPG from Spiderweb Software, the little indie that could. Avadon 2 carries on where the original Avadon: The Black Fortress left off, with a surprise attack shattering the fortress and leaving you to fend for yourself as the land devolves into chaos and anarchy. Keep an eye on the official site for more info.
Have we missed something? Of course we have! If you think of a game that should be here, let us know — in the meantime, what are you looking forward to most in 2013 and why? Shout it from the rooftops in the comments below.
Click here for part one of our massive list, covering all games from now up to June.