The PC Games Of 2016

RPGs

RPGs have experienced a resurgence over the past two years, owing in part to the power of Kickstarter to revive old experiences. 2016 should see the release of Torment: Tides of Numenera, Divinity: Original Sin 2, and much, much more.

Dark Souls III

Official site

Genre
Action-RPG
Release date
March 24 2016
What is it?
Another Dark Souls instalment with series mastermind Hidetaka Miyazaki reinstated at the helm. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s a stunning successor to forerunner Dark Souls II and its combat appears quicker, similar in style to Miyazaki’s PS4 exclusive Bloodborne, while maintaining the majesty of series predecessors – particularly that of the much-loved original.

All Dark Souls III posts.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
January 15 2016
What is it?
Dark Arisen marks the PC port of the hackey-slashey, dragon boasting, castle roaming, now 4K supporting Dragon’s Dogma which first landed on consoles the best part of four years ago. For enduring such a long wait, PC players have been awarded a new zone – Bitterblack Isle – not to mention all of the original’s DLC too.

All Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen posts.

Masquerada

Official site

Genre
Isometric, RPG
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
Masquerada: Songs And Shadows is a 2.5 D tactical isometric RPG set in a Venetian fantasy world. It’s a typically whimsical tale of kidnapping, exile and magic; complete with class conflicts, ancient sacrosanct groups and plenty of movements rebelling against the establishment. To top off the fantasy fare, it boasts a lovely Banner Saga-esque aesthetic.

All Masquerada posts.

Styx: Shards of Darkness

Official site

Genre
Stealth, RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The next Styx entry that aims to refine the ambition intrigued its forerunners at times failed to live up to courtesy of a bigger budget, bigger ideas, and the fact that it’ll run on Unreal 4. Shards Of Darkness also aims to capture a wider audience with a more sophisticated narrative than immediate predecessor Master Of Shadows.

All Styx: Shards of Darkness posts.

Bards Tale 4

Official site

Genre
RPG, Turn-based
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The Bard’s Tale 4 is inXile Entertainment’s direct sequel to the mid 80s/early 90s fantasy RPG series from Interplay, and NOT the single entry inXile did themselves back in 2004. The in-engine trailer that popped up in June last year looked positively stunning as it portrayed an expected array of kobolds, goblins, sorcerers and dungeons.

All Bards Tale 4 posts.

Northern Shadow

Official site

Genre
RPG, Sandbox, City Building, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Northern Shadow has some pretty lofty ambitions: to merge a medieval open-world sandbox a la Skyrim with a complex city builder like Banished. If you’ve been following the two-man developer’s updates, you’ll know it’s a game that’s shown spurts of progress, before going very quiet. That said, when it has popped its head above the parapet, it’s looked really quite spectacular. More in 2016, please.

All Northern Shadow posts.

Seven

Official site

Genre
RPG, Isometric
Release date
TBA
What is it?
As unusual as it may at first sound, Seven is a Thief-inspired isometric RPG brought by some of the folks that worked on The Witcher. It’ll take place in the Vetrall Empire, wherein its residents live in a “beyond post-apocalyptic” society.

All Seven posts.

Ashen

Official site

Genre
Action-RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Ashen is a game about forging relationships that revolves around a wandering nomad who’s in search of a new home. For one reason or another there’s no sun and the land is covered in ash. There’s a distinct Ico/Shadow Of The Colossus feel to it all – aesthetically and thematically. That’s no bad thing, particularly as each new trailer seems to impress more than the last.

All Ashen posts.

Vampyr

Official site

Genre
Action-RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An episodic adventure from the fellows behind Life Is Strange. Set in early 20th century London, Spanish flu has swept the community and it’s on you – a surgeon named Johnathan Reid – to converse with the locals, solve clues, and rely on “vampyric” powers to get by. Similar to its previous works, developers DONTNOD have suggested Vampyr’s narrative will be steered by player choice.

All Vampyr posts.

Elex

Official site

Genre
RPG, Open World
Release date
Q3 2016
What is it?
Another interpretation of a post-apocalyptic world from the same chaps who made the Gothic and Risen RPG series. This “science fantasy” universe, as the developers put it, will play host to a multitude of mutated baddies, friendly characters, and moral choices.

All Elex posts.

Cube World

Official site

Genre
RPG, Sandbox
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Cube World has been quite the will it/won’t it saga that’s alternated between the two since work began on the RPG sandbox way back in 2011. A neat little alpha released in 2013, followed by some murmurs in 2014, some lengthy radio silence, and then confirmation that audio was being implemented in late 2015.

All Cube World posts.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
It’s not the Stick Of Truth 2, but follows the familiar South Park cast as they don the roles of their superhero alter egos in another (very probably systems-lite) RPG. Although not without its problems, Stick Of Truth was good fun and – although Obsidian are handing over the reins this time to Ubisoft San Francisco – it’s likely this one will be too.

All South Park: The Fractured But Whole posts.

Sui Generis

Official site

Genre
RPG, Simulation
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Currently, developers Bare Mettle Entertainment have Exanima – a prelude to the massive open-world fantasy RPG with really involved physical interactivity, Sui Generis – on Early Access, thus it might be a wee bit ambitious to include this here. That said, they do inhabit the same universe and we can but dream, yeah?

All Sui Generis posts.

System Shock 3

Official site

Genre
RPG, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
System Shock 3 was only formally announced in December 2015, but boy did it get our sci-fi dystopia juices flowing. There’s not much to go on at the moment, but it is definitely A Thing, it’s being made by OtherSide Entertainment (those who brought us Underworld Ascendent), and original voice actor Terri Brosius is returning to voice sentinel AI antagonist SHODAN.

All System Shock 3 posts.

Eitr

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Since its announcement, Eitr’s trailers have went from strength to strength. It’s a pixelated Diablo-meets-Dark Souls murder-fest that throws gigantic beasts and minion monsters at you in equal measure – both of which appear to pose terrible threats, with little signs of weakness on any level. Yelp.

All Eitr posts.

Moon Hunters

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
February 2016
What is it?
It looks like Titan Souls and plays like a sophisticated procedurally generated 1-4 player co-op RPG. As each quest unfolds, you’ll create your own mythology that can be rediscovered in later playthroughs. In essence, legendary tales that you might uncover down the line, could be the ones written by you in previous playthroughs. “…Each time you play,” reads the game’s blurb, “the constellation of your character’s legend carries over.”

All Moon Hunters posts.

Wayward Tide

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Another 1-4 player co-op game, this time from the guys behind Starbound and about pirates. Expect treachery and swashbuckling and peg legs and parrots perched on shoulders and plenty of “AARGGHH”s. You’ll team up with your fellow comrades as soon as you’ll stab one another in the back in your quest to uncover loot and hidden treasure on procedural islands that regenerate every time you die.

Grim Dawn

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Action RPG
Release date
February 2016
What is it?
An Early Access veteran that plans to make the long-awaited leap into full release come February of this year. It’s fast-paced, Diablo-esque combat where scouring the haunted Victorian-era streets for as much money, loot, weapons and armour as is (un)humanly possible is the name of the game.

Grim Dawn preview.
All Grim Dawn posts.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Official site

Genre
Early Access, RPG
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
A medieval RPG in its truest sense – Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a realist’s approach to the genre that’s dragon-lite but physical warfare heavy. Everything – from its aesthetics down to the game’s inverse kinematics combat system – is designed to depict how a life in the 15th century might’ve been. One for those who take historical accuracy seriously.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance preview.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance interview.
All Kingdom Come: Deliverance posts.

Edge of Eternity

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
Edge Of Eternity considers itself a tribute to the JRPG classics of yesteryear. With a focus on genre features now often considered out-of-date, this game places a distinct focus on strategic turn-based combat, character building and world exploration, while adding its own idiosyncratic touches

All Edge of Eternity posts.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
December 2016
What is it?
Just to be clear: this ain’t Mass Effect 4. In fact Mass Effect: Andromeda is to take place “far away from and long after the events of the original trilogy,” say BioWare. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited for Andromeda ahead of its ‘holiday 2016’ release slot.

All Mass Effect (4?) posts.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The ever-delayed Torment: Tides Of Numenera has pushed its stubborn self back into 2016, having never actually received a solid, set in stone release date up to now. Developers inXile Entertainment accrued one shed-load of crowdfunding cash to make this A Thing (almost $5,000,000), so perhaps taking the time to deliver the absolute best interpretation of a Planescape: Torment spiritual successor as they possibly can is a smart move.

Torment: Tides of Numenera Supporter Post
Torment: Tides of Numenera interview.
All Torment: Tides of Numenera posts.

Barkley 2

Official site

Genre
Shooter, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Barkley 2 – or to give it its Sunday name: The Magical Realms Of Tir Na nOg: Escape From Necron 7 – Revenge Of Cuchulainn: The Official Game Of the Movie – Chapter 2 Of The Hoopz Barkley SaGa – is the top-down shooter Kickstarted sequel to the genuinely laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely entertaining 2008 parody JRPG-type freeware game Barkley, Shut Up And Jam: Gaiden (which of course parodied 93’s Barkley Shut Up And Jam). If the name doesn’t already give it away: it’s bonkers but great fun.

All Barkley 2 posts.

Vagante

Official site

Genre
RPG, Roguelike, Platformer, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Permadeath and procedurally-generated darkened levels make this an easy comparison to Spelunky, but potions and stats and hit-points and the like make it identifiable as an RPG too. In fact, Graham once described it as “Spelunky: The RPG”. Imagine that. A failed Kickstarter saw Vagante enter Early Access at the end of 2014. It missed full release in 2015, but we think it might appear this year.

Vagante review (early access).
All Vagante

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Official site

Genre
RPG, Third-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An old fashioned sequel in that it plans to take everything that worked well in the original Bannerlord, improve upon what already worked well, scrap anything that didn’t make sense, and polish up absolutely everything else by running itself on a brand new engine. Where the latter is most noticeable is how better populated the world now is – the land spans a sizeable space, complete with six different cultures. Interestingly, said cultures all have their own unique board game.

All Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord posts.

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption

Official site

Genre
RPG, Adventure
Release date
March 2016
What is it?
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is a point ‘n’ click/RPG crossover that’s been brewing for close to four years now. In fact it’s now two years passed its planned release as per its successful Kickstarter campaign notes. But hey, here’s hoping the latest from the creators of Quest For Glory – that’s apparently based on their now defunct email-based web game The School For Heroes – lands without issue in March as planned.

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption interview.
All Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption posts.

Sketch Tales

Official site

Genre
RPG, Creative, First Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Bills itself as a D.R.A.W.I.N.G. sandbox, or Doodling Roleplay Action With Imaginative Nonlinear Gameplay sim, and while that’s a bit cringeworthy, Sketch Tales is a cool Skribblenauts-esque sandbox-cum-RPG. Draw whatever comes to mind by way of weapons and allies in your quest to rule and/or save the land.

Enter The Gungeon

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Shooter
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Enter The Gungeon has a tacky name but an adorable look as it swaps boring melee ARPG dungeon brawling with all the projectiles and weaponry and shooty bang banging you could ever need. Shoot the world to shreds on your lonesome or with friends in two player co-op.

All Enter The Gungeon posts.

Super Dungeon Bros

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Co-op
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Fast-paced local multiplayer about storming a medieval fantasy realm named Rokheim as fictional rockstars. You and yer bros will scour dungeons for loot while fighting zombies in a quest to find out more about another apparently legendary band of rockstars. The game also offers limited crafting features.

Underworld Ascendant

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
November 2016
What is it?
Successfully Kickstarted subterranean first-person RPG/spiritual sequel from the creators of Ultima Underworld. Said to take place in a “living, breathing fantasy world”, Ascendant hopes to recapture the appeal of the original while improving elements of its co-op play. November 2016 is when the crowdfunding project suggests full release.

Underworld Ascendant interview.
All Underworld Ascendant posts.

The Technomancer

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Set in the same wider world as Spiders’ other game Mars: Wars Logs, The Technomancer is about exploring the Red Planet, beating the shite out of people with an elaborate combat system or by harnessing magical powers, and crafting a whole load of stuff to make the former a bit more straightforward. If you’re a lone wolf, feel free to go it alone, but a companion and lover system is in place for those who prefer company.

All The Technomancer posts.

Fable Legends

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Co-op, Strategy, Free To Play
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
Four heroes challenge a singular villain via online multiplayer or by virtue of AI in a prequel of sorts that takes place hundreds of year before the original trilogy. Not only will it require Windows 10 to make it tick, it’ll also be exclusive to the Windows 10 store and will have Xbox One cross compatibility.

All Fable Legends posts.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Official site

Genre
RPG, Games British Games Critics Like
Release date
August 23rd 2016
What is it?
Sequel to previous series entry Human Revolution, Mankind Divided is set two in-game years after the Panchaea Incident meaning it takes place in 2029 – some 23 years before the original Deus Ex. This time, protagonist Adam Jensen is out to thwart terrorist sects with the aid of physical augmentation. Expect espionage, action, cyberpunkery and loads of player choices in Square Enix’s second stab at a sequel.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided feature.
All Deus Ex: Mankind Divided posts.

Expeditions: Viking

Official site

Genre
RPG, Strategy
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Expeditions: Viking is a game that’s been in the works for a while now but was only officially announced last year. Ultimately, it’s about exploring your immediate world and exacting power by way of plunder and pillage as you act like a stereotypical Nordic warrior in a quest to “carve your name into the annals of history”.

All Expeditions: Viking posts.

Exanima

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
As mentioned above in the Sui Generis posting, Exanima acts as a prelude to the former’s far more expansive world. It’s a low fantasy isometric RPG with some absolutely chilling/fantastic lighting. When taking this and Sui Generis into consideration at once, developer Bare Mettle Entertainment’s bigger picture is one worth admiring.

Exanima feature.
All Exanima posts.

StarCrawlers

Official site

Genre
RPG, Space
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
StarCrawlers is your classic dungeon crawler that swaps vacuous caves for compact spaceships; ghosts and ghouls for robotic worms; and chainmail and swords for futuristic suits and laser cannons. After landing on Early Access back in March last year, developers Juggernaut Games suggested we’d see its full release “about six months” later.

StarCrawlers feature.
All StarCrawlers posts.

103 Comments

  1. Cockie says:

    No “No Man’s Sky”? Or did I miss it? It’s coming in June this year after all iirc…
    Glad to see Limit Theory make the list though :D

    • Cockie says:

      Also, great work on the list!

    • Andrew says:

      It’s in Action section.

      • Cockie says:

        Ah, I looked in Exploration, Space, Survival and Adventure. It’s listed as “Survival Game, Space” after all.
        Oh well, thanks!

        • Hedgeclipper says:

          Some of the classifications looked a bit odd to me – Mirror’s edge under shooters for example. Still there’s enough games to make assembling a list like this quite a job.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Can that game really tolerate any more extremely vague hype?

      I mean, it could be super amazing, but we really don’t have the slightest clue.

      • Cockie says:

        You mean NMS? I agree, but it definitely belongs on a list of possibly interesting games coming out this year, I’d say.

    • legopirate27 says:

      Limit theory is actually coming out? I assumed that had quietly died along the way. I backed LT on kickstarter, so cool news! :D

      • Cockie says:

        It is! Josh disappeared for some months due to a stress-related breakdown, got professional help, changed his working method to a healthier one and things are now looking great.
        Source: link to kickstarter.com

        • Jay Load says:

          Well…yes, that was a great post to see. However, he’s done little visible since then…October seems to be the last thing I can find of his. Doesn’t mean he’s not busy beavering away, of course, but I do worry there’s been some kind of relapse.

  2. Agnosticus says:

    Haven’t seen the Dying Light expansion The Following in any of the lists, maybe because it’s an expansion.

    I really liked Dying Light, but merging it with mad-maxy car combat sounds like a lot of fun. Also they’re revamping the vanilla game.

  3. unraveler says:

    No Darkest Dungeon?

  4. Yachmenev says:

    Three games and one expansion on my own list:

    XCOM2
    The Witcher III: Blood and Wine
    Headlander
    Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition

    The later two seem to be missing in ther articles list?

    • Haggard4Life says:

      I didn’t see Full Throttle: Remastered either. Did they forget about the Double Fine games?

      • Yachmenev says:

        Full Throttle Remastered is a 2017 title, but the others should be there, when it’s a list of 308 titles. Hope they add them.

        • Hedgeclipper says:

          There’s some odd shoehorning with games for 2016 going on though. I’d be shocked to see a full release of Dwarf Fortress before 2030 and quite surprised to see a lot of those early access games with TBA release dates this year.

  5. rustybroomhandle says:

    XCOM 2!!!! *loud shriek, followed by a thud… foul smell to follow in a few days*

  6. Kallenar says:

    The game that I’m looking forward to the most in 2016 has to be “Stardew Valley”! A pixel art farming RPG, similar to “Harvest Moon” and “Animal Crossing”, but for PC.

    The remastered version of “Full Throttle”.
    Played it as a child, before I even had a grasp of the English language. And the intro still gives me goosebumps after all these years.

    “American Truck Simulator”. Spent more than 100 hours in ETS2, but I’ve always thought American trucks looks alot nicer.

    I really hope the Warhammer 40k games they’re working on turns out great. But leaning on past releases, I won’t hold my breath.

  7. Dodj33 says:

    Great list- i look forward to browsing through at leisurely pace very soon. I would like to echo Unraveller regarding Darkest Dungeon.

    Also Mirror’s Edge seems to have been placed accidentally in the Shooter Category.

  8. pringles says:

    Of the titles on these lists, I’m mildly hyped about Legion, System Shock 3, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, ATS and XCOM 2.

    I am, however, naming Live for Speed S3 as my contender for the game of the year of 2016. ;O.

  9. TheWhippetLord says:

    Although they haven’t set a release date, I’ll be surprised if the delightful-looking evil dead god simulator ‘That Which Sleeps’ doesn’t rise in some form this year.

  10. PopeRatzo says:

    I object to MOBAs and multiplayer gasbags being included in the “Shooter” category.

    • Hedgeclipper says:

      But then it’d be nearly empty… though I do agree; I got to the shooter page and thought there hasn’t been much activity with shooters lately, then I read on and realised I just wasn’t interested in most of what’s being called a shooter now.

  11. Dodj33 says:

    Some other games that look promising from my Steam Wishlist-apologies if they are included and I’ve missed them

    The Solus Project (Survival/ Exploration)
    Worlds Adrift (MMO)
    Goliath (Action)
    Formula Fusion (Racing)
    RIOT- Civil Unrest (Simulation)
    Bombshell (Action)
    Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders (Adventure)
    Block’hood (Simulation)
    Brigador (Action)
    Secrets of Grindea (RPG)
    Gemini: Heroes Reborn (Action)

    • Dodj33 says:

      Also Randomly

      GRIP (Racing)
      That Dragon, Cancer (Exploration)
      Allison Road (Horror/ Exploration)

  12. Turkey says:

    Beyond Good and Evil 2 is my most anticipated game on the PC games of 2017 list.

    • moisan4 says:

      I had no idea they were making a sequel, I am so happy.

      • Arkayjiya says:

        They were not as far as I remember. It was teased then scrapped then never heard again. Did something change in the meantime?

  13. Anthile says:

    I think my wallet just had a panic attack.

  14. suibhne says:

    Daunting list, but also odd omissions like The White March Part 2 and Blood and Wine.

  15. Herr_C says:

    It seems 2016 will be a bit of a let down after 2015. I haven’t been interested in this many games in one year since 2004.

    I just hope 2016 will fix the lack of good MP FPS games in 2015.

  16. Eight Rooks says:

    Small correction: Dragon’s Dogma is exactly the same, content-wise, as the original release. Bitterblack Isle is the new area that was added as an expansion when Dark Arisen first came out – it was just viewed as mildly odd/confusing at the time because Capcom basically sold it as a physical release (for 360 and PS3) which had the original game on and the expansion seamlessly integrated. If you bought it as a download that was what you got as well – there was no option to just pay for the new content (though IIRC it was priced significantly lower than usual). AFAIK there is nothing PC-exclusive about the port besides resomolutions and what have you.

  17. Kitsunin says:

    Ooh I forgot about Ladykiller in a Bind. Weird thing to be excited about, I suppose, but darn it there aren’t enough good visual novels! All the stuff getting localized from Japan lately has been pretty damn mediocre, too, but next year we’ve got this and Zero Escape 3! One would hope for a new Ace Attorney game too, but Capcom is so damn disrespectful with spin-offs.

  18. aircool says:

    I vote to change the term ‘survival game’ to ‘tree puncher’.

  19. Biaxident says:

    So many games I’m looking forward to. Will be better than 2015 if anything for me if the ones I’m really looking forward to do come out this year.

    In particular Torment, HoI4, Stellaris, XCOM 2, Mount and Blade 2, Kingdom Come: Deliverance… I could go on. New Far Cry looks really cool too, big fan of setting it in prehistoric times.

    • jonahcutter says:

      I really like the setting of Far Cry Primal too. Prehistoric, but without human + dinosaur fantasy. And the series’ hunting-for-crafting system finally won’t seem wildly out of place.

      Unfortunately, the melee combat looks really poor so far. Mouse click, stab animation, blood decal. It seems really flat and weightless.

      Even if there are bows, there will probably still be a lot of melee fighting. I hope they can come up with something far more engaging than they’ve shown so far.

  20. ChromeBallz says:

    Why no mention of Black Desert in the MMO section?

    • photoheathen says:

      Black Desert and Blade & Soul are two MMOs releasing (in the west) in 2016.

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    SuddenSight says:

    I don’t see Hat in Time on this list, so I have now mentioned it. Technically TBA, but it seems about as likely to be released in 2016 as half the games on this list.

  22. TheComputerGamer says:

    Didn’t see Trackmania Turbo for the racer section; which will have a campaign mode and some odd coop; two people control the same car mode.

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    Grizzly says:

    Automobilista, a racing sim that is itself build upon the Game Stock Car Extreme thingy everybody keeps overlooking, releases later this month. Among it’s upgraded features is a dynamic track system, which means it can butt heads with Rfactor 2 now.

  24. Themadcow says:

    XCOM 2 just needs to be a bit more x-com to become #1 on my watch list. Just replaying Enemy Within now and it really could have been great if they’d retained the Base and map creation from the original game.

    Bards Tale 4 won’t be released in 2016, it’s slated for a 2017 release and will be produced by a new inXile office that hasn’t begun yet.

    • bills6693 says:

      Obligatory Xenonauts mention :P

      Hopefully 2016 will see Goldhawk (the devs) announce what it is they’ve been working on!

      I think XCOM 2 will be interesting but not back to old X-COM in terms of map/strategy layer. But hopefully a bit more choice than XCOM 2012 (i.e. hopefully not the 3 abductions choose 1 from 2012), but more of a ‘these will expire’ but you can do more than one if you stretch your resources

      • Themadcow says:

        Ah,yeah. Need to try Xenonauts again – haven’t really played it since early beta.

        As for those pick one from three missions – those would definitely be the first thing I’d get rid of. It’s was stupidly annoying and frankly quite improbable that the world’s foremost defence against the alien invasion was so limited.

        • bills6693 says:

          Ah yes, definitely try Xenonauts again then, it very much is worth it! Play with the ‘community edition’ too, I’d say.

          Yeah, I kind of wish I could have a bit more of the Xenonauts campaign map/design with the XCOM visuals (though Xenonauts does look good still). The multiple bases (or for me, one main base and a few air bases), the ability to shoot down as many UFOs as you can manage with your aircraft available, to send out as many ground missions as you can manage and bomb the other crash sites – all great stuff!

          • Hedgeclipper says:

            Funny, I finally got round to XCOM recently and I’m finding the cartooniness off putting – between the art style and the pick from two missions thing I’m struggling to enjoy it. I loved Xenonauts though – I’d love to see them tackle TFTD.

      • Arona Daal says:

        I hope they replace their bizzare Shitpile of Combat Mechanics.Especially the LOS and Cover System.

        As someone who has played pretty much every X-com , and X-com Clone, only “Ufo Extraterrestrials Gold” hat a worse Rule System.

        Without the gorgeous Graphics & Animations,Xcom EU would be just another failed Attempt at creating a UFO Game.
        And i expect Xcom 2 do be just more of the same.

  25. Stupoider says:

    The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, America Truck Simulator, and Mount & Blade Bannerlord are the games I’m most looking forward to in 2016.

  26. Sebioff says:

    The screenshot on the Planet Coaster entry actually is a fairly recent Parkitect screenshot, while the screenshot on the Parkitect entry is very outdated :)

  27. ninjapirate says:

    Classifying “Spy Party” as a “shooter” seems a bit odd…

  28. Anthile says:

    Well, there’s also Kentucky Route Zero. The fourth episode will come out very likely this year and with a bit of luck it might even seen completion. I certainly consider that more likely than Overgrowth being released in 2016.

  29. dbemont says:

    That Which Sleeps tops my list. Surprised it didn’t make this list.

  30. Doomsayer says:

    HALF-LIFE 3

  31. Pulstar says:

    Wasn’t more than half of your 2015 list delayed?
    *applies copious amounts of salt*

  32. Doomsayer says:

    Hey RPS: You accidentally forgot to give VR its own page. Halfway down page 15 is a header for a VR section and a bunch of games that are decidedly not survival games. And it’s not listed on the index page.

    Hey adventure game fans: Obduction is a game you should look forward to this year.

  33. Daryl says:

    Inner Chains looks fantastic.

  34. Ahuizolt says:

    Like last year, no presence of Space Engineers in your list. You put Medieval Engineers, which is less advanced in dev, and miss SE… With darkest dungeon, it’s quite big omission… Otherwise, nice list !

  35. neshi says:

    No Automation (The Car Company Tycoon Game) in the sim list? It’s the one I am most looking forward to!

  36. notcurry says:

    So Hitman aims to recapture the wonder of earlier instalments and aims to recapture the creative magic of earlier instalments. Interesting.

    Also, glad to know that Adam was impressed by its Prequel and Adam was impressed with the segment he saw mid-last year.

    You could have waited for the hangover to wear off, guys. We are an understanding community.

  37. Urthman says:

    Firewatch and The Witness have been my top two most anticipated games for a long time. Hard to believe they’re both coming out within a week of each other.

  38. DevilishEggs says:

    Asylum, the next adventure game from Scratches designer Agustin Cortes, could come out in 2016.

    Twitter indicates maybe.

    The subject matter is a bit dated but only because he’s been working on the game for so long.

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    teije says:

    Thanks for putting this together. Some great games in there, including some I hadn’t heard of before – time to update my wishlist…

    I’ll add to the other commentators a plug for That Which Sleeps as looking very promising and definitely being released this year.

  40. DanMan says:

    I feel rather nun-plussed about most of what’s on offer here. I guess I’m getting too old for this s***.

  41. PhilBowles says:

    Great to see Cossacks 3 picked up in the list – and with a release date, no less. Looks to be a very good year for strategy.

    As for other genres, the second Diablo 3 expansion is rumoured for 2016 as well.

    • PhilBowles says:

      Also, there’s a Homeworld game on this list, but not Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, which is planned for release this month. Is this the same game under a different name?

  42. Hedgeclipper says:

    and Factorio out on 25th Feb

  43. brucethemoose says:

    Did I miss Megaton Rainfall anywhere on this list?

    It’s still coming to PC in spite of the PS4 VR announcement, and it looks like a very promising superhero game that could possibly be coming in 2016.

  44. GWOP says:

    I had totally forgotten about Radio the Universe. How do you guys even remember all these games?

    Great list! Thanks for all the hard work!

  45. pasports31 says:

    No Yooka-Laylee?

  46. AngoraFish says:

    I find it curious that so few, if any, of the games on the “Roguelike” list actually have anything whatsoever in common with actual Roguelikes.

    Seriously, we’re calling a fully 3D space dogfighting sim a “Roguelike” now? The mind boggles… the term truely has become debased to meaninglessness.

    • Kyzrati says:

      I’d say that Cogmind is absolutely a traditional roguelike despite its many innovations :). It’s even completely designed in ASCII, with an optional tileset layered on top for those who just can’t do ASCII.

      I agree on the dogfighting one, though–I remember that one getting posted to /r/roguelikes and then being rather quickly removed by the mods, for good reason.

  47. Darth Gangrel says:

    Well, I’m definitely looking forward to playing through “the Kennedy assassiantion” in Alekhine’s Gun (page 2).

  48. dethtoll says:

    XCOM2, Doom, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Dishonored are my targets for the year.

  49. Eleriel says:

    Not a single mention of ABZÛ?
    good list either way.

  50. davec1 says:

    X-COM 2 is definitely high on the list, but I’m, perhaps naturally, most excited about my own game, the beat-synced ambidextrous arcadey mindf…hug that is MODSORK!

    link to youtu.be

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