The PC Games Of 2016

Strategy games

Whether turn-based or real-time, this is where you go for games about making important tactical and strategic decision. Expect orcs, men with machineguns, economic simulations and games about managing theme parks. For example…

Planet Coaster

Official site

Genre
Management
Release date
Q4 2016
What is it?
Amid the carry on that’s surrounded RollerCoaster Tycoon World’s creation, news of Frontier’s upcoming Planet Coaster – dubbed the spiritual successor to RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, also developed by Frontier – is no doubt welcomed to fans of the genre. News of player-created content, shareable via a “global village” feature sounds equally as exciting.

All Planet Coaster posts.

The Political Machine 2016

Official site

Genre
Political Simulation
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Recreate the US presidential race and play as real-world candidates – yes, Mr Trump if you’re that way inclined – or create your own made-up hopefuls. You’ll canvass, fundraise, deal with the press, and set your sights on the oval office. Fun, cheap and cheerful.

The Political Machine 2016 Review (Early Access).
All The Political Machine 2016 posts.

Endless Space 2

Official site

Genre
4X
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Endless Space was an oft-interesting 4X strategy-em-up that Amplitude Studios eventually set aside and followed up with Endless Legend – a 4X fantasy game that won the coveted RPS best game of 2014 award. Now, Endless Space is back and a somewhat cryptic trailer released mid-last year sort of suggested number 2 could be in a way related to Endless Legend 2. Excitement!

All Endless Space 2 posts.

Parkitect

Official site

Genre
Management
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Parkitect is another rollercoaster-em-up that’ll help satisfy our burning urge to run small, cramped cars across huge welded lengths of steel at any cost. It’s as business simulator resonant of Theme Park and, particularly, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2.

All Theme Parkitect posts.

Citybound

Official site

Genre
Management, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Citybound is still inbound, it seems. Although developers aePlay kept up semi-regular updates via their company blog throughout 2015, actual solid, bricks and mortar images or videos – or even artwork – for their city builder have become few and far between. They’ve also recently lost a team member due to external commitments but here’s hoping more is revealed this year.

All Citybound posts.

Worms W.M.D.

Official site

Genre
Strategy, Turn-based, Multiplayer
Release date

What is it?
The archetypal artillery annihilation simulator – it’s Worms as you know and love with a cutesy new art style, neat mechanics and new features. For example, now only players housed inside buildings can actually see their interiors meaning you’ll be forced to fire blindly if you find yourself on the outside. This might be made easier by WMD’s addition of tanks. Yup, tanks. Gung ho!

All Worms W.M.D. posts.

Stellaris

Official site

Genre
4X
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Adam’s favourite game from last year’s Gamescom. Rest assured, he doesn’t offer such plaudits lightly. Made by Paradox, Stellaris is a 4X strategy game about a procedurally generated and very moddable galaxy whose features have been brilliantly explained/teased via a string of engaging developer diaries. Well worth watching.

All Stellaris posts.

Master of Orion

Official site

Genre
4X
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Reboots are clearly in fashion nowadays, and, announced at last year’s E3 conference, Master Of Orion is another 90s classic set to get one courtesy of Wargaming and NGD Studios. In standard strategy-heavy 4X procedure you’ll explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate your way through a galaxy inhabited by your race and nine others.

Master of Orion preview.
All Master of Orion posts.

Tharsis

Official site

Genre
4X, Turn-based
Release date
January 12 2016
What is it?
Tharsis is a game about exploring Mars wherein you’re in charge of the crew’s wellbeing – making sure they stay fed, watered, and sane. It has elements of FTL in its design, a board game aesthetics/mechanics in its layout and use of dice rolling respectively, and permadeath – not to mention hints of cannibalism should things got tits up.

All Tharsis posts.

At the Gates

Official site

Genre
Strategy, 4X, Turn-based
Release date
Q1 2017
What is it?
From Civilisation V’s lead designer Jon Schafer, At The Gates is a strategy game designed to recreate the mastery of the all-time genre classics. As you might expect, you start out small, beginning with a tribe and expanding outward as you strive to conquer land and whoever inhabits it. It was successfully Kickstarted in 2013 and although isn’t set for full release until 2017, we can expect to see more in the coming month.

All At the Gates posts.

Duelyst

Official site

Genre
Strategy, Turn-based, Card Game
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Duelyst is probably best described as a card game, like, say, Hearthstone, but without feeling as restricted as most other card games. It’s maybe more traditional turn-based role-playing with the addition of cards, an ultra-fast 90-second turn limit, and quicktime strategy a la Hearthstone. .It’s also free-to-play and is currently in its beta phase.

All Duelyst posts.

Stars Beyond Reach

Official site

Genre
4X
Release date
March 2016
What is it?
Those responsible for AI War and The Last Federation, Arcen Games’ upcoming 4X strategy game sees you crash land on a foreign planet with next to nothing to your name. You’re then expected to assimilate with the locals, learn their native tongues, explore, build and do whatever needs doing to get back on home soil.

All Stars Beyond Reach posts.

Chronicle: RuneScape Legends

Official site

Genre
Card Game
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A collectable card game that’s based on the RuneScape universe that has unsurprisingly been compared with Blizzard’s PvP-focussed Hearthstone on occasion. Unlike Hearthstone, however, Chronicle places far greater distinction on its single-player elements which bleed into RPG territory. It’s similar, yes, but not quite the same.

All Chronicle: RuneScape Legends posts.

Hex: Shards of Fate

Official site

Genre
Card Game
Release date
TBA
What is it?
After settling its once overhanging lawsuit in September, Hex now stands on the precipice of becoming something rather special. The Kickstarted card game is not only the first card-trader of its kind in that it’s an MMO, but it also have scope to fuse the prettiness/slickness of the likes of Hearthstone with the intricacies of the time-tested Magic The Gathering.

Hex: Shards of Fate preview.
Hex: Shards of Fate preview.
Hex: Shards of Fate feature.
All Hex: Shards of Fate posts.

Ultima Ratio Regum

Official site

Genre
Early Access, 4X, Roguelike
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The roguelike created by developer Mark Johnson in 2011 that he took on as full time project in 2014. In scope, it could be massive – even bigger than it’s already becoming – perhaps similar to the aforementioned Dwarf Fortress. The last year and a bit has seen castles and cathedrals, procedural people, cities and fortresses and coins added. 2016 will undoubtedly bring more.

Ultima Ratio Regum interview.
All Ultima Ratio Regum posts.

RollerCoaster Tycoon: World

Official site

Genre
Management
Release date
Early 2016
What is it?
RollerCoaster Tycoon World’s development has been volatile to say the least – it’s had three different sets of developers and has been pushed back on a few occasions due to bugs and other unfortunate occurrences, such as complaints following open testing. Atari remain assured things are on track for a timley and successful release this year.

All RollerCoaster Tycoon: World posts.

Westport Independent

Official site

Genre
Management
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Hauntingly – although apparently entirely coincidental – similar to the real world goings on that have engulfed the British press over the past few years, Westport Independent is about censorship and the complicated relationship the media often shares with the political spectrum. It looks sort of like Papers, Please too which only adds to its potential.
All Westport Independent posts.

Blitzkrieg 3

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy
Release date
March 2016
What is it?
The third instalment to the real time strategy Blitzkrieg series which is based on the events of World War II. You’ll take control of one of three factions: Axis, the Western Allies, and the USSR. Although DLC is expected further down the line, an MMO component is expected to come free of charge surplus to single player.
Blitzkreig 3 preview.
All Blitzkrieg 3 posts.

Salvaged

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A dual-screen outing which has you tracking the movements of your crew via first person perspectives as they clamber around a monster-ridden ship, and a separate top-down view on a touch-activated device like, say, a tablet. This could go either way: it could be a fantastic idea or a disappointing gimmick. Here’s hoping it’s the former.

All Salvaged posts.

Nantucket

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
A beautifully hand-drawn strategy game set years after the events of literary classic Moby Dick. It’s sentiment, on the other hand, might be a little less wonderful as Nantucket tells its tale of Ishmael’s revenge – you’ll guide him and crew across the Seven Seas to hunt whales. From what we’ve seen so far there’s plenty in the way of systems and strategy to complement the game’s lovely art style.

Call To Arms

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy, Early Access
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
A spiritual successor to one of Jim’s all-time strategy favourites: Men Of War. Old war is out, this time round, with modern warfare taking the shape of two factions and over 20 vehicles. You’ve also got the option to play god as you command your entire troop from above; or perhaps you’d rather fight individually from third-person, on the ground level. Call To Arms arrived on Early Access in July of last year to which the devs said then: “We estimate the game to be in Early Access until Q1 2016.”

Call To Arms interview.
All Call To Arms posts.

Plague Inc: Evolved

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Plague Inc: Evolved is Stephen King’s The Stand-meets-28 Days Later where you design, manufacture, and unleash devastating chemical weapons of mass destruction upon the world with the intention of killing the world. Sounds grim because it is but it’s also strangely addictive and compelling strategy game. Still lurking in Early Access but expected to escape to full release this year.

Plague Inc: Evolved preview.
All Plague Inc: Evolved posts.

Shallow Space

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy, Early Access, Space
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Inspired by classic space simulations Homeworld and Nexus: The Jupiter Incident, Shallow Space wants to leave its own mark on the ever-growing space sim genre by showing off its looks and its highly customisable ships and loadouts. Landed on Early Access late last year with very little to play with, but expect more from the following 12 months.

All Shallow Space posts.

Flagship

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy, First-Person, Space
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
A first-person take on the normally stand-offish RTS formula. Normally, you’d command crews from above, but here you’re forced to interact one-on-one and on a personal level. You’re also made to watch everything turn to shit through the eyes of a commander as you peer out through the front windshield at an army of enemies out to end you. It’s a great idea that really changes the complexion of how these games are normally played. The Feels, man.

All Flagship posts.

Clockwork Empires

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy, Management, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Set in a “Steampunk world of science, industry and cosmic horror” Clockwork Empires is a Sim City-meets-Cthulhu-type game about growing a community, overseeing some hard-working pilgrims and allowing them to thrive or die. It’s spend a tad longer in Early Access than first planned, however developers Gaslamp Games have kept on top of regular blog updates over the past several months.

Clockwork Empires preview.
All Clockwork Empires posts.

Stonehearth

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy, Management, Early Access, Creative
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A lovely looking Minecraftian-Terrarian lovechild where voxel building and enormous ambitions – be that from you in-game, or from the devs outwith – go hand-in-hand. The Early Access offering is pretty accomplished as it stands, however full release promises a multiplayer mode, extra biomes, and variable seasons.
All Stonehearth posts.

SpellForce 3

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy, RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Details are REALLY thin on the ground currently on this one, but it is said to be an upgrade on previous SpellForce games, with its Wiki claiming it to have three playable races, four basic unit types and it to be more complicated – which in the context appears to be a good thing – “even compared to SF1”. You’ll know more as soon as we do!

Oh My Gore!

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy, Tower Defense
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Going on looks alone, Oh My Gore! is the quintessential interpretation of a modern pixel-favouring indie game. Going deeper, it’s a mash of genres covering RTS, regular Tower Defence and “reverse Tower Defence”, which I guess is Tower Offence? Story-wise you’re an evil god who’s been banned by the goodie gods thus bundles of bloodshed is your only obvious recourse.

Super Roman Conquest

Official site

Genre
Side-Scrolling, Strategy, Early Access
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
A touch reminiscent of the land battles of the original console-dwelling JRPG Suikoden in that Super Roman Conquest asks you to plan battles by virtue of considered strategy, yet does so via a side-on perspective. You’ll organise and equip your troops from a more user-friendly map interface. It’s lighthearted, but it’s fun!

All Super Roman Conquest posts.

Galactic Princess

Official site

Genre
Space 4X
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
A side-on and ever-so-pretty looking take on FTL whereby you pilot a pirate ship in a sandbox world. Interestingly, enemy fire isn’t all you’ll look out for: enemies can easily jump ship should they get close enough and do with little reservation. Galactic Princess was successfully Kickstarted in 2014 and all backers received access to the alpha last month.

All Galactic Princess posts.

The Mandate

Official site

Genre
Space 4X, RPG
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
So as to stand out from the ever-burgeoning space-crowding crowd, modern space sims appear to be merging genres whether they fit together or not. The Mandate, fortunately, chooses to combine its 4X strategy with RPG elements to its benefit. Fight interstellar rebels, individually control all members of your crew and seek to board enemy ships. All in day’s work.

The Mandate interview.
All The Mandate posts.

FAR Colony

Official site

Genre
Turn-Based Strategy
Release date
TBA
What is it?
FAR Colony is a gritty, nuts and bolts, hard-sci-fi game about the first man-man colony in space and, most interestingly, it’s split into two parts. Part is one influences part two in that the choices you make in the first in-game year determine how viable your colony is long term. You get a score that correlates with the difficulty of the sandbox strategy game offered up in part two in which you must sustain your colony.

All FAR Colony posts.

Hearts Of Iron IV

Official site

Genre
Turn-Based Strategy
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
The latest entry to the World War II-based Hearts Of Iron series that will lean heavily on its sandbox elements. First announced two years ago, it’s been put back on a couple of occasions as developers Paradox continue to tinker with its innards. First entry to the series since Crusader Kings II rose to prominence, thus Paradox have also states their desire to make Hearts Of Iron IV more accessible that previous instalments.
Hearts of Iron IV preview.
All Hearts Of Iron IV posts.

Twilight Struggle

Official site

Genre
Turn-Based Strategy
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Typically stylish videogame interpretation of the board game of the same name, Twilight Struggle is a game about the Cold War as it ran from post WWII right through into the early 90s. Players pick a side between America and the USSR and engage in socio-political warfare; reenacted historical events such as the Nuclear Arms Race and the Space Race.

All Twilight Struggle posts.

Antihero

Official site

Genre
Turn-Based Strategy, 4X
Release date
March 2016
What is it?
A microscopic take on inter-city warfare, Antihero is a 4X strategy game about competing thieve’s guilds slugging it out on the cold hard streets to take over their city’s wealth. Send your agents into the concrete jungle and have them perform Robin Hood-style duties while keeping a mindful eye on rival assassins.
All Antihero posts.

Battle Brothers

Official site

Genre
Turn-Based Strategy, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Turn-based affair set in a medieval fantasy world with X-com-esque unscripted mission selection on a procedurally generated world map. Travel freely on the latter, before diving into the minutiae in tactical maps where combat takes place. Developers Overhype Studios plan to implement modding support upon full release.
All Battle Brothers posts.

Homeworld: Shipbreakers

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy, Space
Release date
January 2016
What is it?
Once known as Hardware: Shipbreakers and merely inspired by the Homeworld franchise, Blackbird Interactive’s Homeworld: Shipbreakers is now fully supported by Gearbox who’ve also helped out with its funding. This has ultimately led to Shipbreakers switching from an originally slotted free-to-play model to full release which should make for a much more enjoyable end product.

All Homeworld: Shipbreakers posts.

The Banner Saga 2

Official site

Genre
Strategy, RPG
Release date
Q4 2016
What is it?
No matter how often you feast your eyes upon mere stills of anything Banner Saga-related it’s tough not to be impressed. That cracking art style returns in the proposed sequel and, from the little information available since its announcement, it seems like more tactical RPG-ing a la the original Kickstarter success.
The Banner Saga 2 interview.
All The Banner Saga 2 posts.

Total War: Warhammer

Official site

Genre
Strategy
Release date
28 April 2016
What is it?
The Total War/hammer hype train continues to push on forward as Creative Assembly’s strategic take on the Warhammer fantasy world gathers steam. It ain’t arriving till April but, typically, there’s already much talk of pre-order incentives and what DLC may or may not land first. Fret not, though, as all will be dissected here at the Hivemind as and when we receive it.

All Total Warhammer posts.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Official site

Genre
Strategy
Release date
March 2016
What is it?
It’s orcs in space! Mostly due to the fact the spaceship spin-off to Warhammer 40,000’s real life models were never really that popular, there was never really any calls for a videogame adaptation. Until now, because, well, orcs in space! There hasn’t been an inordinate amount of footage released since it was announced last year, but what has made it to light has looked rather wonderful.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada preview.
All Battlefleet Gothic: Armada posts.

Ashes of the Singularity

Official site

Genre
RTS
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
An RTS that operates on a vast scale where there tends to be lots of things going on at once at any given time. It can be quite daunting if you let it be, but it can be rather brilliant too. Not made by the Supreme Commander team – or even Command And Conquer – but you might be forgiven for thinking so. Either way, that’s not a bad thing.

All Ashes of the Singularity posts.

XCOM 2

Official site

Genre
Strategy
Release date
February 5th 2016
What is it?
The second entry to the XCOM reboot series which is set two decades after the events of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, rather, events where XCOM lost the war (you might’ve WON the war yourself, but that doesn’t matter now, sadly). The rural and suburban screenshots that’ve surfaced thus far look lovely and Adam was really impressed with his hands-on towards the end of last year. Previously delayed but looked good for its proposed February launch.

XCOM 2 preview.
XCOM 2 feature.
All XCOM 2 posts.

Cossacks 3

Official site

Genre
RTS
Release date
April 2016
What is it?
GSC Game World’s (those of STALKER notoriety) remake and sequel to the classic now 15 years old (!). Straightforward but thoroughly enjoyable RTS-ing in 17th century Europe where a keen Sun Tzu understanding of the lay of the land will serve you well as you conquer all that lies in front of you.

All Cossacks 3 posts.

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena

Official site

Genre
MOBA, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Games Workshop seem determined to dish out as many official licenses as humanly (or orcly) possible these days, thus Warhammer 40,000 has received a MOBA. It’s only just been let loose on Steam Early Access where it’s accrued mixed initial reviews due to its work-in-progress manner. Long term, this arguably makes the Warhammer 40K all the more worth watching as it grows into 2016.

All Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena posts.

Total War: Arena

Official site

Genre
RTS, Early Access, Free To Play
Release date
TBA
What is it?
If you’re into huge, sprawling historical battles where teams of up to ten players control different elements of the one huge, sprawling battle, then Total War: Arena is most likely for you. Each player will also control three units, each comprised of up to 100 men. Sheesh.

Total War: Arena preview.
All Total War: Arena posts.

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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.

  23. 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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