2017 was off to a pretty good start last month for PC gamers thanks to the release of Resident Evil 7 and Tales of Berseria, among others. January is generally considered the slowest month of the year, though, so expect February to be a little more exciting in terms of new releases. There are at least five new PC games releasing this month that you should keep an eye on and we’re going to talk a bit about each of them down below. All of these titles are actually multi-platform releases, but we’re primarily interested in the PC versions of the new games releasing throughout February 2017.
The first half of the month is severely lacking in interesting new PC games, but don’t worry because the second part more than makes up for that. Leading the charge is Ubisoft’s For Honor, a medieval-themed hack and slash that centers around three factions (knights, vikings, and samurai) constantly at war with each other. For Honor focuses primarily on the multiplayer but will also offer a fully fleshed out single-player campaign to boot. Ubisoft recently hosted a Closed Beta phase for the game and will follow it up with an Open Beta test starting February 9th. If you didn’t manage to get into the previous testing phases make sure to give it a go later this month because the game is shaping up to be pretty good so far and looks beautiful on the PC. For Honor launches on February 14.
If you’re looking for a game where you can shoot Nazis and see their hearts explode in slow motion afterward, you would be hard-pressed to find something better than Sniper Elite. The long-running series is set to make a return this month with Sniper Elite 4, a title that promises even more brutal X-Ray kills, better AI, and significantly larger maps than its predecessors. Sniper Elite 4 also introduces night time maps, which will allow players to take a more stealthy approach during certain missions. Those who enjoy playing with other people will be happy to know that the game will also feature co-op and competitive multiplayer modes. Sniper Elite 4 launches on the same day as For Honor, namely February 14.
The original Halo Wars was a decent but ultimately forgettable real-time strategy game, especially on the PC. The sequel, simply entitled Halo Wars 2, promises to be a much better experience and will feature a number of multiplayer modes, some of which seem specifically designed for competitive play. Last month’s Beta testing phase also introduced something called Blitz, a mode that replaces traditional RTS mechanics like base-building and resource management with deck-building mechanics. The decks in question can be acquired by playing the campaign or doing daily challenges and then be used in multiplayer against other players. Sounds pretty strange but card games are pretty popular these days so I’m sure some people will find the new mode interesting. Halo Wars 2 launches on February 21.
While not a major release per say, Night in the Woods certainly looks very interesting and may end up being the next big thing on the indie scene. Night in the Woods in a side-scrolling adventure game that takes place in a town inhabited by a variety of anthropomorphic animals. Like many other indie games, the upcoming title distinguishes itself thanks to its unique aesthetic and art direction. Unlike quite a few of its counterparts, however, Night in the Woods is very much a narrative-driven experience, with player choices said to affect the course of the story. Night in the Woods launches on the same day as Halo Wars 2, namely February 21.
Just as its name suggests, Torment: Tides of Numenera is a follow-up to the highly acclaimed Planescape: Torment, though it’s more of a spiritual successor than a direct sequel. The game was actually meant to come out a couple of years back but the developers ultimately decided to take some more time in order to make the game bigger than better than they originally planned. Though many people were disappointed by this decision, it ultimately turned out for the better judging by the game’s very positive reception on Steam. Torment: Tides of Numenera has been available to play via Steam Early Access for more than a year now, however, we expect the final version to feature more content along with a few surprises when it releases later this month. Torment: Tides of Numenera launches on February 28.
Aside from those, there will be a few more titles worth checking out this month in the form of WWE 2K17, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, and Lego Worlds. These games are scheduled to launch on February 7, 21, and 24, respectively.