With all the great PC games already launched earlier this year, it’s hard to believe that 2017 still has plenty to offer in terms of new releases. And yet, that does indeed seem to be the case. As expected, things are slowing down a bit as we approach E3 but don’t worry because there will be a good number of new games to play throughout May. Most of the titles we’re going to be discussing today are actually multi-platform release, but as always, we’re mostly interested in the PC versions of the new games launching in May 2017.
Arguably the biggest new release of May, Prey is a reboot of a game that came out over a decade ago. Though calling it a reboot might be a bit generous. Arkane Studios’ Prey doesn’t really have anything in common with the original, which left many gamers scratching their heads when the game was first announced. Having said that, Arkane does have a good track record and the studio is working together with some of the people who developed the original Prey, so our expectations are pretty high. There is already a demo out for the game, however, it seems to only be available on PS4 and Xbox One at this time. Unfortunately, PC gamers will need to wait until Prey officially launches on May 5 to get a taste of Arkane’s latest title.
This one was actually meant to come out back in March before being pushed back by about six weeks. Luckily, those six weeks are almost up and the release of Strafe is now just around the corner. Despite releasing on multiple platforms, Strafe is undoubtedly a throwback to old school PC games. The main source of inspiration here seems to be the original Doom and that extends not only to the gameplay mechanics but also to the graphics. In fact, the nostalgia-inducing retro art style will probably be the main selling point of Strafe because this game looks like it came out over two decades ago, and I mean that in a good way. Assuming there won’t be any further delays, Strafe should launch on May 9.
Yet another title that wears its source of inspiration on its sleeve, The Surge is often described as a sci-fi version of Dark Souls. Similar to the Souls series, The Surge focuses on punishing melee combat and extremely challenging boss encounters. Though initially criticized for looking a bit sluggish at times, some recently released combat footage indicates that this is actually not the case at all. A new trailer revealed last week by Focus Home Interactive shows that combat in The Surge is quite fluid and fast-paced, with the main protagonist being able to use a variety of acrobatic moves while fighting enemies. If you enjoyed any of the Dark Souls games on PC be sure to keep an eye on The Surge when it launches on May 16.
Slasher films may not be as popular as they once were but Jason Voorhees remains as badass as ever and you’ll soon be able to play as him in Friday The 13th: The Game. The upcoming title is an asymmetric survival horror where seven players take on the role of Camp Crystal Lake counselors while an eighth player slips into the shoes of Jason himself. Asymmetric multiplayer games have been mostly hit-and-miss in the past but perhaps Friday The 13th: The Game can change all that and offer us a unique experience. The concept itself certainly sounds very interesting but we’ll have to wait until May 26 to see if the game can live up to its promise.
We don’t usually mention VR titles when talking about PC games but this one is a bit more interesting that most. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a four-player co-op game that allows you and your friends to travel around the galaxy aboard the USS Aegis starship. Just as its name suggests, each of the four players will be part of the bridge crew and will fulfill an essential role as they search for a new home for the Vulcans. Whether you choose to play as the captain, helm officer, engineer, or tactical officer, Star Trek: Bridge Crew should be right up your alley if you’re a die-hard Trekkie. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is scheduled to launch on May 30.
In terms of honorable mentions on the PC we only have Rime launching on May 26 and Battalion 1944, which is scheduled to enter its Alpha testing phase sometime until the end of the month.
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