Consoles don’t have a monopoly in the video game industry, and the PC market still has a lot of games you can find here and best played with a mouse and keyboard setup. Take a look at these upcoming PC-only games you won’t find anywhere else – games that you should keep your eyes on.
We hope that you find some games here that you’ll be interested in. If these games are right up your alley, make sure to wishlist them to help the developers get more attention and be able to more easily secure funding for future projects. While not all of the games we’re featuring this month are indies, rewarding amazing developers with some recognition will still go a long way.
Top 10 new and upcoming PC games exclusives not coming to consoles (As of February 27, 2023)
10. Amanda the Adventurer
Release Date: April 25, 2023
Developed by: MANGLEDmaw Games
Published by: DreadXP
Similar to other psychological horror titles like Inscryption and Pony Island comes Amanda the Adventurer. Dressed like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, Amanda the Adventurer disguises itself as an innocent children’s show of the claymotion Sunday’s cartoon variety, when in truth something darker or more sinister lies underneath.
Join Amanda and her pal Wooly on a series of adventures as they explore and learn about our wonderful world! With several NEW play-along, laugh-along, learn-along episodes there’s always fun to be had! Just make sure to do everything Amanda says or she might get angry.
9. Mail Time
Release Date: April 28, 2023
Developed by: appelmoes games
Publisher: Freedom Games
In Mail Time, players will get to explore the delightful hidden forests of Grumblewowod Grove. In this place, players will meet the cuddly creatures around the Grove, learn their stories, and build fruitful friendships. Help new acquaintances playing as a Mail Scout, taking on delivery requests, collecting bottle caps, and ample opportunities for leisure, relaxation, and getting to know new friends.
Mail Time is developed by solo developer Kela. It is to be published by Freedom Games, a big supporter of indie game projects. In our First Impressions article, we wrote about the pastel-filled game: “Overall, while the game did not offer a lot of challenges, it felt fun and refreshingly relaxing to play. It’s a nice change of pace from the games I usually play and cover, so the game did leave a nice impression on me.”
8. The Outlast Trials
Release Date: May 19, 2023
Developed By: Red Barrels
Published By: Red Barrels
Set in the Cold War, The Outlast Trials is a first-person psychological horror survival video game prequel to Outlast 1 and 2. It was supposed to be released as a sort of DLC or expansion for Outlast 2, but was made into its own game instead. Described as a “TV series” by Red Barrels, we could expect the game to have some sort of episodic release or story structure, similar to the original Alan Wake and Life is Strange. In this game, you play as one of the test subjects of the Murkoff Corporation in a mysterious Cold War experiment. Would you be able to survive and make it out alive?
7. For the King II
Release Date: Sometime 2023
Developed by: IronOak Games
Published by: Curve Games
Turn-based cooperative RPG that plays like a board game For the King returns. Battle against Fahrul’s tyrannical Queen alone or as a party of 4 players in the sequel to For The King, the massively popular turn-based roguelike tabletop RPG. Level up and explore as you unravel the once-beloved Queen’s terrible secret.
6. The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria
Release Date: Sometime 2023
Developed By: Free Range Games
Published By: North Beach Games
The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria follows the Dwarves as they embark on a new adventure to reclaim their legendary home of Moria beneath the Misty Mountains. Players will join forces to survive, craft, build and explore the iconic, sprawling mines. Courageous expeditioners will need to be vigilant as mysterious dangers await. The Lord of the Rings with crafting? Count me in.
5. Darkest Dungeon II
Release Date: May 8, 2023
Developed By: Red Hook Studios
Published By: Red Hook Studios
Darkest Dungeon returns again to torment players and their parties with Eldritch horrors. Darkest Dungeon II plays similarly to the turn-based RPG original, with a team of gritty mercenaries looking to make a fortune in the most unfortunate place they possibly could have chosen. New to this game is a coach-driven traveling mechanic that augments the dungeon-crawling aspect of the game, as well as a stylish new look that transitioned the game from its static 2D graphics to 3D animated graphics. If you’re into hard challenges that will make you question your decision-making skills, Darkest Dungeon is the perfect game to punish you with its difficulty. Playing the demo before purchasing the game is recommended.
4. Homeworld 3
Release Date: First Half of 2023
Developed By: Blackbird Interactive
Published By: Gearbox Publishing
After three years in development, the rebirth of the Homeworld space RTS franchise is finally coming. With Gearbox at its head, Homeworld 3 has so much more potential than it ever had before. We’re excited to see how this space RTS will turn out. If you haven’t noticed yet, we’re really big on RTS games here, and this is one of the upcoming PC games we’re really looking forward to. However, Blackbird Entertainment revealed during the Summer Game Fest that Homeworld 3 has been delayed to mid-2023. That’s still a long wait for now, but better late than ugly.
Release Date: Sometime 2023
Developed By: Pocketpair
Published By: Pocketpair
Imagine Pokemon but much more sinister, where syndicates force creatures into work in factories, so you have to save them. With guns. Palworld has its own open world planned out even before Scarlet and Violet did it. It also has guns and ways to capture the creatures in a way that you will never see in a Nintendo game. Do you want that? You’ll get that in Palworld.
2. Cassette Beasts
Release Date: April 26, 2023
Developed By: Bytten Studio
Published By: Raw Fury
Speaking of games that play out like Pokemon, Cassette Beasts is almost like it, even up to the vibes and graphics of old-school Pokemon games. The only difference is that the main character transforms into the monsters they collect – trapped inside cassettes – which they can also fuse together to produce much more powerful monsters, ala Persona.
While Cassette Beats isn’t as child-friendly as the original Pokemon games were, it is still a cool new game that older fans of the genre might appreciate, especially thanks to its darker tone and more mature themes, at least compared to Pokemon.
1. The Day Before
Release Date: November 10, 2023
Developed By: Fntastic
Published By: MyTona
What remains to be one of the most wishlisted games on Steam, the controversial The Day Before is still set to come out late this year in November. We’ll keep the focus on The Day Before until its release so that it really will get the attention it deserves when it finally comes out. Is it going to be the disaster that all signs show about it right now, or will the developers be able to turn things around and actually make a compelling game? At this point, it sounds like wishful thinking, but there was a time when we really thought it would have been possible. Only time will tell now for this upcoming PC open world survival horror MMORPG if it will deliver or blow right into our faces.
And that’s our top 10 new and upcoming PC games that we’re looking forward to – games that aren’t coming to consoles. Which ones are your most anticipated? Looking for similar lists for PS5, Xbox Series X, and the Nintendo Switch? Then check them out below:
Top 10 upcoming Nintendo Switch games not coming to Xbox Series X or PS5
Top 10 upcoming Xbox Series X games not coming to the PS5
Top 10 upcoming PS5 games not coming to the Xbox Series X
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