The survival genre has become increasingly popular in recent years, with games like Rust, No Man’s Sky and Minecraft defining the genre and bringing it to the forefront of PC gaming. But while those games have gotten a lot of attention, there are still plenty of more exciting experiences to come out in 2023 and beyond that are sure to satisfy your need for blood-soaked and endlessly engrossing adventures.
The Forest: A Survival Horror Game That Gets Nitty Gritty There’s something to be said for a survival game that gets nitty-gritty, and this one from Endnight Games is definitely on that list. In it, players are tasked with crafting weapons and armor to fend off the hordes of monsters that roam around the world, as well as building up bases to withstand natural threats like swarming insects or even ferocious ants.
Whether you play alone or with a group of friends, The Forest is a fantastic experience that focuses on the crafting aspect of the genre without losing sight of its combat. It’s a real treat for those who enjoy playing a game that takes survival seriously, and it’s not surprising that the developer plans to keep this game in Early Access as they expand its universe with new characters and events revolving around a mysterious island.
Smalland: Grounded meets Subnautica Another survival title that has us a little worried, but a lot excited, is Smalland. Currently in Early Access, the game lets players take on the role of a minuscule insect-sized creature who’s been dropped into an unexplored, decaying world. It’s an interesting concept, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it stacks up against the already established Grounded series.
Dissident: Frostland Escape This is a great title for those who want to try their hand at survival in a frozen world, and it’s also available on PC. Taking place on a huge island that’s home to a number of different biomes, the game challenges players to find resources, build up fortified shelters and, most importantly, fight off zombies.
Ark: Survival Evolved The sequel to one of the best survival titles of all time is coming out soon, and it’s set to be a bloody good time. This new version features a whole host of improvements, from an updated Survival Of The Fittest mode to an all-new story that’s led by none other than Vin Diesel.
Honeycomb: A Game About Exploring Space and Nature Frozen Way has its sights set on a very ambitious premise with Honeycomb, and it’s set to be launching in 2023. It’s a PC-exclusive survival game that aims to vouches for “awakening your inner bioengineer.” In it, players can explore and interact with a dangerous planet ripe with dangers, as they assemble their own survival team in the form of Realmwalkers.
Valheim: A Norse Survival Game That’s Making a Name for It With a Norse-inspired look that’s sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in mythology, Valheim is an upcoming action/adventure/survival game that looks to take the best of the classic adventure genre and add it to the modern day landscape. Featuring co-op for up to 10 players, ship-building, sailing, and tons of Norse mythology among its usual survival game fare, this is one game you won’t want to miss out on.