The PC Games Of 2016

Survival games

Survival games have survived and thrived over the past year, as more have tumbled into early access and hope to reach the finish line over the next 12 months. If you want desert islands to search, dinosaurs to tame, zombies to barricade against, and many, many broken and unfinished games to contend with, then these are for you.

7 Days To Die

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Survival Game, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Still in its alpha phase on Early Access, 7 Days To Die hasn’t been the fastest of development processes, but it has been an enjoyable one due to attentive dev blog posts and updates. It’s another zombie survival sim but places greater importance on crafting and scavenging instead of blundering and butchering. Definitely one to watch.
7 Days To Die preview.
All 7 Days To Die posts.

DayZ

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Survival Game, Online, First-Person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The once mod, now standalone zombie survive-em-up feels like it’s been around for a long time. In the last year we sort of expected it to enter into its beta stages and while that wasn’t the case, it is something that’ll likely happen in 2016. When it does, expect new features and the possibility of an engine overhaul. Recently teased plans to introduce predatory animals to its desolate world.

DayZ preview.
DayZ feature.
All DayZ posts.

Sheltered

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
A lovely pixelated post-apocalyptic survival game that’s went from strength the strength since embarking on Early Access last year. Besides the obvious threat of nuclear fallout radiation, angry factions, temperamental nomads, and fires can now ravage your humble underground abode. Expect substantial updates this year.

All Sheltered posts.

Stranded Deep

Official site

Genre
Survival Game
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A Castaway-meets-The Beach type endeavour that sees you stranded on an isolated desert island with only you, yourself and you for company. You’ll need to hunt food, build shelter, and craft transport if you’re to survive this survival sim. John returned to it towards the end of last year and, while he still had fun, noted some basic issues needed refined, re-tuned or fixed entirely. The developers had hoped to have it out of Early Access by now, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fares in full release whenever that may be.

Stranded Deep review (early access).
Stranded Deep video.
All Stranded Deep posts.

The Long Dark

Official site

Genre
Survival Game
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
A wonderfully stunning open world survival game about surviving a plane crash and then braving the Canadian wilderness. The last 12 months has seen many impressive updates arrive at its snow dusted door, not to mention an uber stylish teaser trailer for its upcoming story mode.

The Long Dark video.
The Long Dark preview.
The Long Dark feature.
All The Long Dark posts.

Darkwood

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
An unassuming top-down survival nightmare with hints of surrealism that oozes style. There’s not been an abundance of new information coming from developers Acid Wizard of late, however they have recently announced a new recruit who’ll help flesh out Darkwood’s story. RPS horror man Adam said: “My internal organs are swimming in terror-juice.” Yuck.

Darkwood preview.
All Darkwood posts.

Eternal Winter

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
What could be more terrifying that freezing your arse off in a perpetual wintertime? Nothing, according to Eternal Winter which is a less-obvious game of survival against the elements in lieu of scary monsters and zombies and what not. Rely on your four huskies to whisk you around in the snow and scavenge to survive.
Eternal Winter review (early access).
All Eternal Winter posts.

Proven Lands

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
It’s Don’t Starve meets The Sims meets Terraria meets Starbound. Proven Lands is about scouring an alien planet with the company of an AI storyteller who shapes your overarching experience. “Archaeology” is said to play a part which if implemented with any degree of depth will be a welcomed and nuanced take on the scavenge to survive genre formula.

All Proven Lands posts.

Rust

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The project that followed Garry’s Mod for Facepunch Studios is a survivalist sandbox ruled by the community – much like its spiritual forerunner. Given the vast and continued input provided by the game’s community, it’s quite difficult to say exactly what RUST is. Each player could, can, and often does have a wholly different experience to another. In essence: you’ll make of it what you will.

Rust preview.
All Rust posts.

The Forest

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A survival game about cannibals. Right, I’m out, sorry, too scary. The Forest joins the multitude of survival games that entered Early Access towards the end of 2014 but is set apart by its gorgeous visuals, detailed environments, impressive physics engine and, yes, terrifying themes of cannibalism.
The Forest preview.
The Forest feature.
All The Forest posts.

The Flame In The Flood

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Exploration, Early Access
Release date
July 2015
What is it?
A stylish survival game about rafting your way around flooded American backwater towns that have been ravaged by catastrophe. Alongside your companion canine you’ll craft, forage and evade predators in a world where dry land poses as much of a threat as the river-swept streets.

The Flame In The Flood review (Early Access).
All The Flame In The Flood posts.

Salt

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Not the Angelina Jolie 2010 film of the same name, but the RPS Bestest Best Exploration 2014 award winning survival game. By removing all the overblown hyperbole often associated with the genre, Salt is in essence a walking simulator where you’re encouraged to explore but not dally in your search for food and water.

Salt preview.
Salt feature.
All Salt posts.

Subnautica

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Set on a foreign planet that houses whole hosts of underwater nasties, Subnautica is a survival sim that plants you in the shoes of a scientist and gives you the means to get by using your skills and expertise. A massive mid-year update to the Early Accessor in 2013 introduced a host of practical and decorative tweaks that make this well worth a re/visit in the new year.

Subnautica review (early access).
All Subnautica posts.

Draugen

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
From the Dreamfall devs who once billed it ‘Gone Home meets Amnesia.’
Inspired by Scandinavian literature, Norse mythology and Icelandic sagas, Draugen depicts a remote 1920s fishing island where all of its residents have mysteriously vanished. Enter you, on your tod, and expected to work out what’s happened. Such luck.

Draugen preview.
All Draugen posts.

Phantasmal

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Horror, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Phantasmal’s foes use an Amnesia-esque sanity draining mechanism that leaves you completely defenseless before exacting brutal murder upon your helpless self. Lovely. Add that to a roguelike procedurally generated house within which you’re expected to scavenge to survive, and Phantasmal presents a pretty darn terrifying experience.

All Phantasmal posts.

Narcosis

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Horror, VR
Release date
March 2016
What is it?
It’s unusual to see a game about deep sea exploration depict the claustrophobic elements of the vast expanse quite so well. Narcosis is about surviving in the drink as you helplessly scour for oxygen and a way to reach the surface. Add VR support to that mix and prepare to be terrorised.

Narcosis preview.
All Narcosis posts.

Project Zomboid

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
One of the founding fathers of early access games that was doing it before Steam made the initiative cool. Thus, Project Zomboid enters its fifth year in development as it pushes towards its 1.0 release. Last year saw the introduction of the neat Creative Mode which suggests developers Indie Stone still have valid ideas up their sleeves, if not a full release date in mind.

All Project Zomboid posts.

Starbound

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The ‘Terraria in space’ comparison was always going to become misguided as Starbound added updates over the course of development. Last year’s highlights included pets, story quests, the introduction of colonisation and class structures, hoverboards and loads of new weapons. It’s unlikely to slow down this year and is increasingly becoming a game worth returning to/visiting for the first time.

Starbound preview.
All Starbound posts.

Space Pirates And Zombies 2

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Space
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Stick its awful, awful, awful name to one side and find that Space Pirates And Zombies 2 upgrades almost every aspect of its forerunner to pretty good effect. The zombie threat has been defeated but the world’s in awful state. You’ll explore space, upgrade your ship and out-survive all the others hanging on. Enemy AI has been vastly improved meaning they can do anything that you can. Good luck.

All Space Pirates And Zombies 2 posts.

ADR1FT

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Space, VR
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
The age-old, tried and tested protagonist with amnesia card is dealt in ADR1FT as you try to figure out what catastrophic event has wrecked your space station. Hunt for oxygen, supplies, and signs of life against dazzling visuals that make this survival adventure one that’s destined for VR-support.

Planets3

Official site

Genre
Survival, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
That’s Planets cubed, not the third entry to a series you hadn’t previously heard of. Similar to Minecraft in that its about blocks and building and vibrant colours, but different in that a pre-determined but procedurally-spun plot guides you around the world’s sprawling confines. Received $300k in Kickstarter funds in 2014.

All Planets3 posts.

Interstellar Rift

Official site

Genre
Survival, Space
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Starbound-ish in the looks department and a shit-sight more entertaining than the 2015 movie of the same name which I can’t be sure actually praises the game in any way. Typical lost in space survival fare as you explore, trade and fight for your life. You’re also expected to maintain your ship’s wellbeing and feed yourself as you go.

Interstellar Rift review (early access).
All Interstellar Riftposts.

We Happy Few

Official site

Genre
Survival
Release date
June 2016
What is it?
A weird and wonderful Clockwork Orange meets A Brave New World set in an alternate 1964 English town where everyone’s high on state-supplied medication and you, rightly, need out. Stealth in We Happy Few takes the form of pretending you are actually okay with everything, thus is a wonderfully nuanced take on the stealth mechanic. Ran a successful Kickstarter in 2015.

We Happy Few feature.
All We Happy Few posts.

ARK: Survival Evolved

Official site

Genre
Survival, Early Access
Release date
June 2016
What is it?
The pseudo-prehistoric survival sim that Alice just can’t seem to get enough of. Every update to the dinosaur out-runner-a-thon that launched in 2015 was more intriguing and entertaining than the last. It’s since developed a strong and ever-growing community, thus don’t expect the momentum to slow down this year.

Survival Evolved feature.
Survival Evolved interview.
All ARK: Survival Evolved posts.

Resident Evil Zero HD

Official site

Genre
Survival Horror
Release date
January 19th 2016
What is it?
Following the success of the original Resident Evil HD that launched on Gamecube in 2002 but launched on PC last year, Resident Evil Zero is an HD remake of the Gamecube iteration from 2003. The game’s original director is on board but seeing as Zero wasn’t quite as well received the first time round, compared to the remake, it’ll be interesting to see how it fairs.

All Resident Evil Zero HD posts.

Ashen Falls

Official site

Genre
Survival Horror
Release date
On hold.
What is it?
Still very much planted in its concept stage, Ashen Falls is a supernatural horror game about an abandoned town, a lost axe-wielding teenage girl and ghosts with oversized fire helmets and gaping hoods and twisted and bound skin – if the concept drawings are anything to go by. Again, not much to go on as yet but looks promising so far.

All Asen Falls posts.

H1Z1

Official site

Genre
Survival, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Daybreak Games’ (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) big-budget zombie survival sandbox MMO about lasting the pace amid a zombie apocalypse where everything has ultimately turned to shit. Hostile humans, hostile conditions, and hostile zombies stalk your every move.

H1Z1 feature.
All H1Z1 posts.

VR

VR Games are cool.

EVE: Valkyrie

Official site

Genre
Simulation, First-Person, Space, VR
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
At this stage, VR works best in games where you’re sat in a chair with your feet planted on the ground. EVE: Valkyrie, which its own developers have dubbed “Top Gun in space”, is therefore very well suited to the medium as you twist and turn and swoop and glide your way through space stations and dogfights. It’s really rather wonderful!

EVE: Valkyrie preview.
EVE: Valkyrie interview.
EVE: Valkyrie feature.
All EVE: Valkyrie posts.

Lucky’s Tale

Official site

Genre
VR, Third-person, Exploration
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A made for VR whimsical platformer that Oculus has decided will ship with every headset. In a style akin to how certain movies depict 3D – the way the tiger lashes out at the screen in the Life of Pi, for example – Lucky’s Tale has been meticulously designed with VR in the forefront of its mind. The result looks great and shows how VR could appeal to a far wider audience than first anticipated.

All Lucky’s Tale posts.

Job Simulator

Official site

Genre
VR
Release date
TBA
What is it?
One of the first games to be announced on the SteamVR headset, Job Simulator takes the monotony of the 9-5 rat race and plants you bang smack in the middle of it. It’s fun, tongue-in-cheek and not to be taken overly seriously. Although comical, it does perhaps show where the medium could head in recreating scenarios outwith spaceship and fighter jet cockpits.

Job Simulator preview.
All Job Simulator posts.

Eagle Flight

Official site

Genre
VR, Action
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
What was once an Ubisoft flight simulation prototype is now an actual game being made for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Eagle Flight is exactly how it sounds – it’s a game designed purposely for VR about soaring, gliding and swooping your way across the skies; and weaving and waving in and out of buildings to your heart’s content. It won’t be for everyone in that it’s quite limited in scope, but it looks fantastic nevertheless.

All Eagle Flight posts.

Valiant

Official site

Genre
VR, Multiplayer, Melee fighting
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Valiant is a melee fighting simulator designed for VR where you’ll fight enemies upon horseback, engage them in arrow fights, or challenge them to jousting duels. It’s in its early stages so naturally looks a little rough around the edges, but looks to pack quite a punch.

Darknet

Official site

Genre
VR, Puzzle
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A VR-exclusive cyberpunk hacking game that asks you to “enter cyberspace” to solve its puzzles. Darknet’s trailer seems to show you clearing out the bank accounts of unknown individuals which might suggest you assume the role of an antihero. Either way, puzzle games often demand vast amounts of concentration, thus doing so strapped to a VR headset sounds intriguing.

All Darknet posts.

Chronos

Official site

Genre
VR, Third-person, Action-RPG
Release date
March 2016
What is it?
An upcoming atmospheric RPG with VR support. Tour around an ancient labyrinth, meet weird beings, fight bad guys, uncovers myths and secrets. How Chronos will incorporate VR remains to be seen, besides mention of the “level of immersion, scale and detail” as “incredible” on the game’s website.

All Chronos posts.

Edge of Nowhere

Official site

Genre
VR, Third-person, Action-adventure
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Very pretty looking third person action adventure game about an explorer who quickly discovers the foreign land he’s happened upon doesn’t want him to be there. Expect strange creatures and ever stranger goings on as he tried to escape. The next game from Sunset Overdrive developers Insomniac Games.

All Edge of Nowhere posts.

VR Sports Challenge

Official site

Genre
VR, Sports
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Sanzaru Games’ VR Sports Challenge was available to play at last year’s E3 conference and is essentially Wii Sports for VR. Ice Hockey was the only sport on show in Los Angeles back in June, however Sports Challenge plans to include nine sports in total come full release. While Wii Sports handled its motion-sensor setup with aplomb, utilising VR is naturally a very different one so it’ll be interesting to see how this one works out.

All VR Sports Challenge posts.

The Climb

Official site

Genre
VR, First-person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Absolutely stunning virtual reality first-person climbing simulator for those unafraid of heights. In development by Crytek, The Climb whisks you away to an idyllic setting in a tropical climate, presents with you a craggy limestone cliff face and ask that you don’t look down. Using the technology’s motion controllers to simulate hand movements appears to work as you never seen your feet on screen.

All The-Climb posts.

Loading Human

Official site

Genre
Exploration, First-Person, VR
Release date
TBA
What is it?

A sci-fi exploration adventure game that’s set in the distant future. It’s a bit cryptic at this early stage, but the game’s site says you are granted “the life of Prometheus, a pilot that will travel across the galaxy to retrieve the quintessence, the most powerful energy source of the known universe in order to save his father.” Walking simulators that place onus on exploration are cut out for VR, thus Loading Human will almost definitely be one of the first in a very long line.

Loading Human preview.
All Loading Human posts.

Get Even

Official site

Genre
First-Person, VR
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
There’s not much to go on as yet with regards to how VR will be implemented in upcoming first-person adventure-cum-shooter Get Even, besides the fact that the protagonist uses virtual reality devices in-game to jump between alternate realities. What the developer’s video logs seem to suggest, is that this process could be emulated in reality as the player switches between normal play and VR headset play. This is a really interesting idea and one which we’ll be keeping an eye on.

All Get Even posts.

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  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.

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      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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