New PC games in Summer 2020
Batten down your PC hatches, the game to melt all games is getting remastered later this summer. With new graphics, textures, lighting and optimisations for the latest generation of hardware, Crysis Remastered is set to look better than ever when it arrives on PC later this year, although whether it will destroy your PC in the process is anyone’s guess. We’ll find out sometime this summer.
The new game from 80 Days and Heaven’s Vault studio Inkle, Pendragon is a sprawling strategic narrative adventure that sees you rallying the Knights of the Round Table in a quest for vengeance. As well as top notch writing, Pendragon will have turn-based fighting in it, too, harking back to their excellent Sorcery! games, albeit in grid format this time rather than side by side. Best of all, it’s arriving this summer, so we don’t even have to wait that long before we can play it.
If Amid Evil and Dusk got your blood pumping for retro FPS games again, then cast your eyes on the dizzying speed of Ultrakill. With a grading system not unlike Devil May Cry, you’ll be working to chain bullet after bullet to reach the perfect Ultrakill. It has a free demo available right now, too, so go and check it out if this sounds like your bag.
A surreal, roguelite-inspired ARPG with a good helping of hack’n’slash combat. When you’re not slicing and dicing, you’ll be warping around this strange dreamscape in order to do battle with a nightmarish depression that lives in your subconscious.
Cardaclysm: Shades Of The Four (early access)
A new single player collectible card RPG, Cardaclysm will see you traverse a fantastical isometric landscape and fight all manner of demons with your magical deck of cards. A bit like a high-fantasty version of Yu-Gi-Oh, if you will.
Have you ever wished Final Fantasy Tactics was on PC? Well, Fae Tactics is here to scratch that isometric tactics itch. First announced in May of 2020, this new tactics game sees you take on the role of young mage Peony as she journeys across a fantasy world to bridge the rift between man and the magical fae.
An open world murder mystery game that’s part Sherlock Holmes, part Danganronpa and part some kind of Suda 51 joint, Paradise Killer should absolutely be on the hit list of anyone who loves a good detective game. Not only is it super stylish, but you also have complete freedom to accuse whoever you like based on the evidence you gather around Paradise Island. We played and loved the demo at EGX 2019, and can’t wait to get stuck in later this summer.
Tell My Why
The next episodic game from Life Is Strange devs Dontnod, Tell My Why follows two twin teenagers trying to unravel the grim mysteries of their childhood in small-town Alaska. Tyler and Alyson Ronan have different recollections of the same events, you see, and during the course of the game you’ll be able to explore each one and choose which twin is telling the truth. We needn’t worry about waiting ages to play the final episode, either, as Dontnod have promised to release all three episodes this summer.
Wingspan brings the award-winning bird board game to PC and it’s an amazing battle of the birds. It’s all about trying to build a bird sanctuary, with enough birds, resources and eggs to outscore your rivals. It’s both ultra-chill and hugely competitive and if you haven’t played the Wingspan board game, then the PC version is a great place to start.
New PC games in Autumn 2020
Giant cats. Wibbly cats. Round cats. Fluorescent cats. Cats you can ride like a mighty steed. Calico has them all. Did I mention there were cats? And that you can wear them on your head? Alas, we still don’t have a firm release date for this cat-tastic magical girl sim gem yet other than sometime this autumn, but here’s hoping it won’t be long.
In this gorgeous flying city-builder, you’ll be constructing your own city in the sky, managing your airborne buildings and maintaining their altitude while exploring the furthest reaches of the strange land below known only as The Barrens.
First announced earlier this year, Dwarfheim is Pineleaf Studio’s brand-new co-op RTS. You’ll be able to play this game by yourself as well, I should note, and there will also be three classes to choose from when you do. Be sure to watch out for it later this autumn.
Prodeus (early access)
2020 looks as though it’s going to be a great year for retro FPS games, and Prodeus is definitely one to watch if that’s your kind of bag. Utilising modern rendering techniques to fuse the old and new, Produes looks very slick indeed. Or maybe that’s just the demon guts on the floor, it’s hard to tell.
Carto is a cute puzzle game that sees you helping your fellow villagers by carving up the map of your homeworld to make new connections. We love the look of this game from what we’ve seen so far, and we can’t wait to play more when it comes out later this autumn.
Project Wingman is an upcoming combat flight action game from developer Sector D2. Instead of focusing on the simulation aspect of flight combat, this is more like the Forza Horizon of combat flight games rather than the Forza Motorsports of this world, focusing on pick up and play action and challenging dogfights. It will be flying onto PC this autumn.
A new action RPG from a team of veteran game devs, Mortal Shell is about a quest to awaken the souls of defeated warriors – the titular Mortal Shells – so you can inhabit their legendary combat skills. You’re not alone on your journey, though, as you’ll also be stalked by a strange creature called Hadern throughout the game, so you’ll need to keep on your toes or suffer a giant sword to the face.
A cosmic adventure about a love triangle gone awry, you must put things back together again before the birth of the Big Bang. Told you it was cosmic, didn’t I? Can you stop the universe from expanding and save the day? Find out when the game launches in autumn.
The next game from Rock Band makers Harmonix, Fuser is all about mixing vocal and instrumental tracks of different songs to create something new and exciting. A mash-up simulator, if you will, and best of all, it won’t require any plastic instruments. Featuring more than 100 songs across pop, rap, hip-hop, R&B, dance, rock, country, Latin and Caribbean music, Fuser is definitely one to watch for starved music game fans.
Empire Of Sin
Probably best described as XCOM meets The Untouchables, Empire Of Sin is the next game from Brenda and John Romero. Set in 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago, you’ll be hustlin’ your way to the top of the criminal underworld in this character-driven tactics game. If you enjoyed Gears Tactics and XCOM Chimera Squad earlier in the year, this is going to be right up your street.
Onsen Master is the hot spring management game you never knew you needed. On top of making sure your hot spring customers get the nice hot bath they desire to wash away their various pains and ailments, you’ll also be revitalising hot springs all around the fantasy island of Izajima, reconnecting the community and rediscovering a long-lost connection to the supernatural. Yes. Please.
Voidtrain puts you in the shoes of an intergalactic train crew member, which sounds pretty rad if you ask me. As well as making new discoveries as you travel around the galaxy, you’ll also need to upgrade your train and build new weapons to take on the challenges of your travels. It’s out this autumn.