PC Gamer Show: Most Wanted 2023

Tune in to see the 25 most-anticipated games on PC, as picked by our panel experts from across the gaming world.
The PC Gaming Show: Most Wanted Powered by Intel takes place on Thursday November 30 at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 6pm GMT / 7pm CET and will be presented by Frankie Ward.


Thursday, 30 November @ 20:00 SAST

Our second broadcast in 2023, PC Gaming Show: Most Wanted will deliver a ranked countdown of the 25 most exciting unreleased PC games, featuring new trailers, information, and announcements. The show will also include new game reveals and spotlight many more wishlist-worthy games beyond the 25.

In a new format for the show, the Most Wanted list will be decided by a wide panel of more than 50 industry luminaries, content creators, and critics from multiple publications, who together are participating in a special voting process created by PC Gamer.

Also live on Steam and Twitch

The show will include new trailers, in-studio interviews, and announcements about games like Homeworld 3, Path of Exile 2, Unforetold: Witchstone, and Everywhere.

The Most Wanted list is the result of a voting process created by PC Gamer and undertaken by a group of industry luminaries, critics, and content creators that we’ve dubbed The Council. Each member of The Council scored a big selection of upcoming PC games based on their excitement for their eventual release, with some weight given to how much or little is known about each. The resulting list is an expression of what games the industry’s most prolific individuals can’t stop thinking about.

The Council members include:

  • Sid Meier (Civilization series)
  • Tim Schafer (Studio Head, Double Fine Productions)
  • Brenda Romero (Studio Director, Romero Games)
  • Mariina Hallikainen, (CEO, Colossal Order)
  • Steven Spohn (Director of AbleGamers)
  • Dean Hall (CEO at RocketWerkz)
  • Brian Fargo, Studio Head at Inxile Entertainment (Wasteland 3, Torment: Tides of Numenera)
  • Brianna Lei (indie developer, Butterfly Soup)
  • Jessica Klyne (Executive Producer, Blackbird Interactive)
  • Dave Oshry (CEO, New Blood Interactive)
  • Tanya X. Short (Captain of Kitfox Games)
  • Chris Bourassa (Creative/Art Director, Darkest Dungeon I&II)
  • Also joining The Council are prominent content creators including Day[9], DansGaming, Missmikkaa, Esfand, and Harrie Silver
  • PC Gamer’s global team of 28 editors joins this voting group to create a well-rounded set of perspectives that will continue to grow in 2024.

PC Gaming Show: Most Wanted will also include announcements and details on several other wishlist-worthy games outside the Most Wanted list.

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I thought this was an announcement for a NFS Most Wanted remake, dammit.


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Sorry to disappoint you NFS brus! :rofl: Here’s the list of 25 games that made the Most Wanted list, together with the developer interviews and trailers for the ones that were highlighted. I will add other videos and trailers to this list as I find them.

There were also a lot of other trailers shown, which I’ll post over in the Game Trailers and Teasers thread later. There’s something like 30 other trailers and teasers, so it may take me a while.

#25: Still Wakes The Deep

The Chinese Room | Release date TBA

This spooky oil-rig psychological horror game announced that it’s working with composer Jason Graves who’s known for a number of games, including Dead Space and the Dark Pictures Anthology. They also introduced a ridiculously spooky-looking metal sculpture that created terrifying noises for the soundtrack.

#24: Sword of the Sea

Giant Squid | Release date TBA
Even without anything new to share, we’re absolutely anticipating the next game from the studio behind Abzu and The Pathless. The original reveal trailer showed that we’re going back to sand surfing with a string soundtrack in this one and it looks just as lovely as when studio director Matt Nava was art director on Journey.

#23: Holstin

Sonka | Release date TBA

We’ve been intrigued by Sonka’s survival horror game ever since we first saw clips of its wild overhead-view-to-third-person-shooter transitions. Sonka shared a new trailer with us featuring molotovs and stealth kills.

#22: Persona 3 Reload

Atlus | February 2, 2024

After getting treated to a ton of Persona on PC in the last could years, there’s no way we aren’t looking forward to a remake of one of the weirdest games in the series. Producer Ryota Niitsuma had a message for us at the show with a character trailer featuring schoolboy party member Ken Amada.

#21: Harold Halibut

Slow Bros. | Early 2024

Slow Bros. shared a new trailer for its upcoming hand-crafted adventure about an undersea society. We’ve been looking forward to Harold for a while and it’s now coming in early 2024.

#20: Star Wars Outlaws

Massive Entertainment | 2024
There’s something romantic about riding a speeder across a big open map, which is exactly what Ubisoft is promising in this upcoming Star Wars adventure. It’s saying all the right things to keep us at the edge of our seats for a scoundrel story.

#19: Skate Story

Sam Eng | 2024
Has there ever been a cooler pitch for a game than “You are a demon made of glass and pain?” We’ve been enamored with the look of this escape-the-underworld skate adventure for over three years. Skate Story is looking like a genuinely excellent skating game, and one that could even draw in folks who don’t normally go for kickflip trick games.

#18: Menace

Overhype Studios | 2024

The developers of Battle Brothers are going sci-fi and we dan’t deny that we’re in the mood for mechs post-Armored Core 6. Each operation in Menace is going to be procedurally generated, which only has us more psyched about what surprises we’ll get in its tactical battles.

#17: Avowed

Obsidian Entertainment | Release date TBA
Announced years ago, we’re still hotly anticipating Obsidian’s new fantasy RPG. It’s returning to the world of Pillars of Eternity, but this time in a full action RPG. It’s impossible not to anticipate the next game from the studio that just won’t stop experimenting.

#16: Dragon’s Dogma 2

Capcom | March 21, 2024
That other fantasy universe with dragons and humanoid cats is getting a sequel and it’s one we’re very much looking forward to. We’ve just found out this week that it’s launching in March, so our anticipation won’t have to hold too much longer.

#15: Frostpunk 2

11 Bit Studios | 2024

Especially after it slid from a 2023 to 2024 launch window, Frostpunk 2 is our most-anticipated city builder. 11 Bit Studios has brought us a new trailer showing off the scale of the city we’ll be building in the sequel and it’s going to be a lot to manage—sweet.

#14: Gloomwood

Dillon Rogers, David Szymanski | Early Access

Though it’s currently in early access, the full launch of retro immersive stealth FPS Gloomwood is one we’re looking forward to. Its developers tipped us off to an upcoming update with a new trailer showing off the sewer-like Underport area.

#13: Grand Theft Auto 6

Rockstar | Release date TBA
Is there anybody not looking forward to GTA 6? This may have even landed higher on our anticipated list if we’d found out earlier about the official reveal coming in December. There’s a lot to look forward to in Rockstar’s next crime spree if it is indeed returning to Vice City as rumored.

#12: Tekken 8

Bandai Namco | Jan 25, 2024
Fighting games are finally warming to PC more than ever before. Building on Street Fighter 6’s success this year, Tekken 8 is poised for an exciting moment next year. It’s coming in January, so 2024 in fighting games is really going to be starting off strong.

#11: Hollow Knight: Silksong

Team Cherry | Release date TBA
The anticipation around Hollow Knight’s sequel is almost as frantic as it was for Elden Ring. We still don’t know any more than anyone else, but the long wait has definitely not cooled our enthusiasm.

#10: Marathon

Bungie | Release date TBA
Bungie is bringing back Marathon and it’s going to be a PvP-focused extraction shooter. We’ve still only seen a teaser trailer so far, but seeing Bungie return to this old series is enough to get psyched about.

#9: Path of Exile 2

Grinding Gear Games | Release date TBA

Now that everyone has caught a new case of ARPG fever, we’re eagerly awaiting PoE 2. Ahead of the show, we got the opportunity to sit down with Grinding Gear Games to talk about many of the gameplay changes in the sequel ahead of closed beta next summer.

#8: Homeworld 3

Blackbird Interactive | March 8, 2024

We absolutely want another space game from the developers of Hardspace Shipbreaker, especially the long-awaited next Homeworld RTS. We visited Blackbird in Vancouver to talk about making a sequel after all these years, and we now know the final release date, too.

#7: Haunted Chocolatier

ConcernedApe | Release date TBA
While Stardew Valley continues to dominate the cozy farm sim space, Eric Barone’s next game is already one of our most anticipated. We’ve got no clue when it might launch, but it already has us thrilled about a new village and the crafting potential of chocolate.

#6: Pacific Drive

Ironwood Studios | February 22, 2024

Run-based station wagon survival game Pacific Drive has had our attention since its reveal purely on killer concept, though it does also look pretty cool. Ironwood Studios brought us a new trailer to show off a bit more of its spooky setting and announce a February launch date.

#5: Helldivers 2

Arrowhead Game Studios | February 28, 2024
We finally got a true reveal for this co-op FPS sequel and what’s more thrilling is that the PC release is coming simultaneously with console. We’re quite excited to see how Arrowhead transitions away from its old top-down style into this slick, full 3D action.

#4: Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth

Rya Ga Gotoku Studio | January 25, 2024

The next game in the Yakuza saga launches in January and it’s very high up on our list of most anticipated. Ryu Ga Gotoku brought us a new English voice over trailer to show off performances by Daniel Dae Kim and Danny Trejo. Yeah, machete-wielding Danny Trejo.

#3: Hades 2

Supergiant Games | Release date TBA
Supergiant Games never misses but it also never does sequels. Until now, that is. For its first double-feature, the developers of Bastion and Transistor are following up their charismatic Greek god roguelike with a sequel featuring another protagonist. We’ve a little while to wait yet as it’s expected in Early Access in the middle of 2024.

#2: Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

FromSoftware | Release date TBA
It may be just a DLC, but any new piece of Elden Ring is more than “just a DLC.” Even without a release date or any update as of the show, going back to our 2022 game of the year qualifies as the second most-anticipated game right now.

#1: Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl

GSC Game World | Q1 2024

Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl is an open world, post-apocalyptic FPS where you’ll do what you can to survive in a world full of violent mutants, dangerous anomalies and warring factions. As a lone stalker, your epic path will lead you to new friendships, brutal gunfights, and zone secrets.

Our #1 PC Gamer Most Wanted game is Stalker 2, as chosen by our full illustrious council of voters. According to our panel of over 70 experts, this is the big one. The upcoming survival horror FPS from GSC Game World is the follow-up to a classic PC experience that fans have been waiting to play for over a decade. Stalker 2 is currently expected to launch in the first quarter of 2024, and we’re all eagerly awaiting its time to shine.

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