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Best Online Games This Year

We're more than halfway through 2017, but the new games keep on coming. Our guide to the new games of 2017 is broken down by genre, and we've updated it with the most recent release date info we have, for promising indie games on up to the biggest PC series. Of course, with dozens of games hitting Steam every day, we can't hit everything. But this list of new PC games are the ones we think you should keep an eye on.

For the surprise releases, check out our weekly guide to five new Steam online games you probably missed this week. There's even more goodness in there that you won't find on this massive list.

Now it's time to buckle in. There's a lot to cover.
We'll update this post throughout the year to keep up with new announcements and game releases.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Release date: October 27, 2017 
Developer: MachineGames
Link: Steam page 

It’s a game about shooting Nazis, of course. Some people say there are too many games about shooting Nazis, but we say: nope. This sequel to the 2014 reboot sees BJ Blazkowicz taking the fight to the United States, and will feature more ludicrous, unrealistic weaponry compared to its predecessor. MachineGames doesn’t seem to be departing from the relatively linear, narrative focused template it established with The New Order, but the studio has also proven it doesn’t really need to. 

Assassin's Creed: Origins
Release date: October 27, 2017 
Developer: Ubisoft
Link: Steam page

An open secret for months, E3 2017 finally confirmed that Assassin's Creed is headed to Egypt. It also looks to be making the biggest changes to the series formula since it started. There's an RPG-style skill tree, Far Cry-style time and nature systems at work, and a lot more. Ubisoft has (rather symbolically) done away with the icon-strewn mini map. Oh, and you have an eagle companion—a very promising feature for eagle enthusiasts worldwide. 

Call of Duty: WWII
 Release date: November 3, 2017
Developer: Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software
Link: Steam page

We're going back to World War 2. This Call of Duty's revolutionary introduction? Health packs. The CoD:WWII multiplayer reveal trailer is directed like any other free-camera gameplay montage, but despite masking the real look of it, we do learn a lot: there are paratroopers, objectives like bomb planting and vehicle escorts, and what appear to be bombing and strafing killstreaks. After Sony’s show, we learned a bit more from Activision about how the replacement for create-a-class works, and what sort of weapons to expect. Evan got some hands-on time in, and was pleased to find that the new War Mode brings real change to the series. 

Metal Gear Survive
Release date: Delayed to 2018
Developer: Konami
Link: Official site

A four-player co-op stealth game with zombies that is also Metal Gear? Well, OK. We expected things would change at Konami post-Kojima, and this is certainly a change. After being sucked out of Mother Base by a rogue wormhole, you wake up in an alien landscape that looks suspiciously like the Middle East, and must battle hordes of the undead with your fellow grunts.

The Evil Within 2
Release date: October 13, 2017
Developer: Tango Gameworks
Link: Steam page

Is this an action game, or a survival game? We're going with action game, but spooky. Sebastian Castellanos returns for another round of gore and horror, the poor guy. No one believed his version of the events of the first game, and he's been kicked off the police force and has slipped into alcoholism, even as he continues on a quest to unearth the truth of his experiences and find his daughter, Lily. With Shinji Mikami at the helm once again, we can expect plenty of bizarre and twisted locations, characters, and story twists, plus no small amount of scares.
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