New PC games in September 2020
Space Crew (September)
The follow-up to Curve Digital’s popular Bomber Crew, Space Crew puts you in charge of a spaceship as you seek out new life and defend Earth from alien invasion. You’ll be able to mould your crew from a variety of officer types, as well as give them customisable equipment, load-outs and appearances. No exact release date just yet, but it’s coming sometime this September.
Crusader Kings III (September 1st)
How do you follow on from an enormous game like Crusader Kings II? By making more of it, of course! Best described as a grand strategy / RPG hybrid about being a giant medieval bastard, Crusader Kings III will deliver more of the stuff you loved about CKII while making small, but necessary changes to things you loved a lot less, like all those gosh-darned menu screens. You’ll be able to create you own religions, too, and we are very much looking forward to cultivating a following of giant cannibals who revere us as their immortal god.
Iron Harvest (September 1st)
A dieselpunk RTS set in an alternate version of the 1920s, Iron Harvest puts you in control of a series of giant mechs as you fight to protect the ravaged, war-torn Europe from another, terrifying threat. With a big single player campaign, co-op and competitive online multiplayer planned, this is definitely one to watch for classic RTS fans.
Spinch (September 3rd)
Platformer Spinch looks a bit like a psychedelic take on Super Meat Boy, employing “old school difficulty that will have you replaying sections until you master your timing and reflexes,” according to developer Queen Bee. Still, at least any frustrations you have with its running, jumping and (in some cases) gunning will be tempered by the pure visual delights of comic book artist Jesse Jacobs’ stunning artwork.
Marvel’s Avengers (September 4th)
If the Lego Marvel Avengers games just don’t cut for you anymore, then Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ big flashy spandex ’em up almost certainly will. Set in a time when the superhero team has been disbanded, you start off playing as Kamala Khan / Ms Marvel before gradually stepping into the shoes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk and more as she reassembles them. With room to re-spec their various abilities to suit your playstyle, too, this bombastic brawler is shaping up to be one of this year’s big autumn blockbusters.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Remaster (September 4th)
The first announcement from Geoff Keighley’s Summer Games Fest, Tony Hawk 1 and 2 are being remastered for PC this September in one collection. With support for 4K resolutions, this pair of skateboarding games have never looked better. They’re keeping their original soundtracks, too, so you can carry on jamming to your favourite tunes of the late 90s and early 00s.
Kingdom Of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (September 8th)
Surprise! Kingdoms Of Amalur is getting a remaster this September. On top of shinier graphics and “refined gameplay”, this remaster will also include all the DLC from the original release, including Teeth Of Naros and Legend Of Dead Kel, making it the definitive version of this action RPG.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light (September 22nd)
The next Destiny 2 expansion is on its way, marking the start of Year 4 of Bungie’s online shooter. Taking place on a new area of Europa, the icy moon of Jupiter, this expansion will revolve around Eramis, who has united the houses of the Fallen as the Kell of Darkness. There will be a new subclass “rooted in Darkness”, too, according to Bungie, as well as a new six-player raid that will venture into the Stone Deep Crypt.
Mafia Definitive Edition (September 25th)
You can buy the Mafia Trilogy right now, but the Definitive Edition of the very first Mafia game isn’t actually coming out until September. It was originally meant to launch on August 28th, but was delayed a month due to the coronavirus. Completely rebuilt from the ground up for modern day systems, this is a much more substantial remaster and ‘definitive’ edition than the other two Mafia games in the Trilogy.
Stronghold: Warlords (September 29th)
Warlords is the latest entry in Firefly’s classic RTS castle ’em up series. This time, you’ll be besieging Khans, Imperial warlords and Shogun commanders while making sure your own defences don’t fall victim to enemy invasions. With a release date now confirmed for the end of September, RTS fans better mark their calendars.
New PC games in October 2020
Book Of Travels (October)
Described by its developer as a TMORPG, a tiny multiplayer online RPG, Book Of Travels looks and sounds delightful. In this painterly fairytale world, you’ll craft your own character and explore the open land as you see fit, setting your own goals and shaping your own “serene adventure”. If you despise waypoints and mission objective markers, Book Of Travels may very well be the game for you when it comes out this October.
Star Wars Squadron (October 2nd)
EA’s big surprise of notE3, Star Wars Squadrons will see you take on the role of both Empire and Rebellion X-Wing and Tie Fighter pilots in a story set post Return Of The Jedi. There will also be a 5v5 multiplayer mode that supports crossplay, and the whole thing will be playable in VR, too. Is this the successor to the 90s Tie Fighter game we’ve been waiting for? Find out on October 2nd.
Dirt 5 (October 9th)
The next game in Codemaster’s arcade racing series, Dirt 5 will see you roaring round at least 70 tracks across 10 countries, and there’s also going to be a lengthy career mode featuring the voice talents of Nolan North and Troy Baker. It’s also offering full offline multiplayer with split-screen co-op for four players.
Transformers Battlegrounds (October 23rd)
If Transformers Devastation left you wanting more autobots and decepticon action, then perhaps Coatsink’s new take on the classic robo franchise might fare a little better. All we’ve got is a teaser trailer so far that doesn’t give much away, but with just a few months to go until release, it hopefully won’t be too long before we find out more.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope (October 30th)
The next instalment in the Dark Pictures Anthology (the first episode of which is Man From Medan), Little Hope heads to a tiny town in North America for some spooky witch hunting action. Made by Supermassive Games, this tale of teen horror, dark magic and scary demons will be landing, appropriately, just in time for Halloween.
New PC games in November 2020
XIII Remake (November 10th)
Finally, a confirmed game for November, it’s a remake of the classic, 2003 cell-shaded shooter XIII. Retooled for the modern day with new art (but the original music and voice acting), XIII is about shooting your way to the truth as you fight to uncover a huge conspiracy that could change the course of history.
Cris Tales (November 17th)
If you’re into JRPGs, then Cris Tales should definitely be on your one-to-watch list. Borrowing elements from Final Fantasy, Persona and a good old fashioned bit of Chrono Trigger time-travelling, this stylish-looking RPG will see your decisions ripple down through the ages as the past and present collide onscreen at the same time.
Cyberpunk 2077 (November 19th)
Cyberpunk 2077 is the next RPG from the makers of The Witcher III, CD Projekt Red. Based off Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk tabletop game, Cyberpunk 2077 looks to be one of the biggest highlights of 2020. It’s set in the sprawling metropolis of Night City, and after plonking you in the augmented boots of a hacker named V, you’ll be sneaking / shooting your way through all manner of trouble as you help Keanu Reeves (sorry, Johnny Silverhand) do whatever it is that he wants you to do – a bit like Deus Ex, only on an infinitely larger budget. It was originally meant to be coming out in April, then September, but it’s now been delayed until November 19th.
New PC games in December 2020
Everspace 2 (December, early access)
Rockfish Games’ upcoming space shooter won’t receive a full release until sometime next year, but this year’s PC Gaming Show confirmed that it will be arriving in early access this December. The team describe it as a “hack and slash action RPG in space”, and you can see from our gameplay video above that there are plenty of classic RPG elements to get to grips with here, from exploration, looting and good old-fashioned space combat.
New PC games in Holiday 2020
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The next entry in Ubisoft’s murder ’em up is heading back to England this year, only this time you won’t be playing as a cheeky chappy Victorian cockney a la Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, but a roaring Viking named Eivor, who’s leading a group of invaders to sack the city of York. There’s no word on an exact release date just yet, but with PS5 and Xbox Series X versions in the offing, it will probably launch around the same time as the new consoles, or just in time for Christmas.
Outriders is a co-op RPG shooter from Bulletstorm devs People Can Fly. It’s a bit like Gears Of War meets Destiny, with lots of tasty-looking looty weapons and neat sci-fi powers. Even better, there won’t be any microtransactions to speak of, and you’ll get the full game straight out of the box. From what we’ve played so far, Outriders is a great, crunchy-feeling shooter and is super fun to play, too. We look forward to popping more heads inside giant slow-mo time bubbles later this year.
Kena: Bridge Of Spirits
This cute action-adventure has a bit of a Legend Of Zelda vibe, which becomes even more clear when you realise the devs made a similar-looking Majora’s Mask fan film a few years ago. It’s coming to the Epic Games Store at the end of the year.
The next game from Octodad devs, Young Horses, Bugsnax is a whimsical island adventure where the main inhabitants are bugs… and snacks? You arrive on Snaktooth Island after receiving an invitation from famous explorer Elizabert Megafig, but when you get there she’s nowhere to be found. It’s then up to you to solve the mystery of her disappearance and find out why these strange creatures taste so damn good. It will be arriving on the Epic Games Store this holiday season.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon
The best bit of news to come out of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X showcase this May was the news that Yakuza: Like A Dragon will be coming to PC as well as console. Starring new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, Like A Dragon is a bit different from your previous wrestle-dad RPGs, as this one adds turn-based combat into the mix. Ichiban himself is a diehard RPG fan when he’s not a low-ranking yakuza grunt on the run, so his battle style reflects this accordingly. No firm date on when it’s coming out just yet, but considering it’s going to be a Day One Xbox Series X game, we’re sticking it in our ‘Holiday 2020’ timeframe until Sega serve up something more concrete.
Deathloop was first announced last year during Bethesda’s E3 2019 press conference. Made by Arkane Lyon, this first person time-loop shooter sees Colt and his arch nemesis Julianna stuck in an endless Groundhog Day-style duel, where death plonks you back at the start of the day. Over time (and multiple deaths) you’ll need to find a way to break the cycle and put an end to Julianna’s nefarious schemes once and for all. Luckily, we won’t have to wait long to play it, as it’s arriving before the end of the year, probably alongside the PS5 launch.
Jett: The Far Shore
A new interstellar adventure from Sword & Sworcery folk Superbrothers and Pine Scented Software, Jett tasks you with carving out a future for humankind who are *checks notes* “haunted by oblivion and propelled by dreams.” Yep, that sounds like a Superbrothers game all right. The trailer doesn’t give much away, but thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to find out what it’s all about, as it’s coming to the Epic Games Store this holiday.
The next game from the makers of Observer and Layers Of Fear, Blooper Team’s upcoming psychological horror extravaganza will make you question how your perspective changes your perception. You play as Marianne, a medium haunted by visions both real and spirit-like, and she lives in a world nothing is what it seems, as that old saying goes. Details are still scarce at the moment, but with Silent Hill’s Akira Yamaoka on board to create some of the music, it’s sure to be a real spook fest when it launches this holiday around the release of the Xbox Series X.
Call Of The Sea
Technically dated for Late 2020 rather than the Christmas holiday season, but considering Call Of The Sea is another third party game lined up for the Xbox Series X, we’re guessing it’s probably going to come out later rather than sooner. Still, this period first-person adventure looks well lush in its first trailer, and will see a woman called Norah (voiced by Firewatch’s Cissy Jones) search for her missing husband on a tropical island. Murderous fishfolk may or may not be involved.
The Forgotten City
Originally set to launch last year, this Skyrim mod turned full game is now set to come out in Winter 2020. A complete reimagining of that popular mod, The Forgotten City is a time-travelling murder mystery where strange Roman statues come to life with a vengeance if any of its stranded citizens tell a lie. With multiple endings to uncover and a knotty mystery to unpick, this is sure to give your brain a good work out when it comes out later this year.
Ni No Kuni may have already laid claim to the title, “Studio Ghibli: The Game”, but adventure platformer Hoa comes a very close second. With its stunning hand-painted artwork and relaxing, chill vibes, the game follows the titular character Hoa as she journeys through a magical world back to her homeland. We can’t wait to find out more when it launches in late 2020.
Another “next-gen” game that’s coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, Godfall is a high fantasy action RPG on the verge of the apocalypse. Featuring drop-in drop-out co-op play with up to three players, Godfall looks like it will have a similar vibe to Destiny 2 with lots of loot and quests at your disposal as you fight to save the world. It’s due to be released in late 2020.