Games of 2017: Strategy Games

By Julian Benson on at

The list god is angry because we didn't feed it on Friday. The list god doesn't care about Nintendo Switch, it cares only about lists, lists, and more lists.

In an attempt to satiate this mighty appetite we offer this giant rundown of all games tactical and strategic that have been announced for release in 2017. We've got dice rolls, hex rolls, and all kinds of graphs. Please, list god, spare my children.


Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord

mount and blade
Release date: 2017 | Developer: Taleworld Entertainment | Platform: PC

From controlling a single soldier on a giant world map, the Mount & Blade games expand until you're building vast empires with a multitude of armies. Part-strategy, part-RPG, part-Sim, they’re not easy games to classify but they're a joy to play.

Birthdays: The Beginning

birthdays the beginning
Release date: March 7th | Developer: Arc System Works, Toybox Inc | Publisher: NIS America | Platform: PC, PS4

Like some kind of evolutionary Viva Pinata, Birthdays is a game where you nurture an environment that evolves certain creatures so you can then capture them and add them to your collection.

Abandon Ship

abandon ship

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Fireblade Software | Platform: PC

Doing for the golden age of sail and Lovecraft what FTL did for space travel, Abandon Ship puts you in command of a vessel navigating a watercolour ocean filled with tentacled monstrosities.

Production Line

production line game

Release date: 2017| Developer: Positech Games | Platform: PC

A game about designing a millimetre-perfect chain of robots to assemble cars, where every new factory is a puzzle to be solved. Like Big Pharma, though, it’s about profit as much as it is efficiency and complexity. Get it done - but get it done cheap.

Kingdoms and Castles

kingdom and castles

Release date: Q2 2017 | Developer: Lion Shield | Platform: PC

Build a village into a town, trade with your neighbours and be sure to build dragon defences in this city builder/RTS with a simple but lovely visual style.

Loot Rascals

loot rascals

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Hollow Ponds | Platform: PC, PS4

The sole survivor of a rocket crash on an alien world, you must scavenge the tools you need to survive. However, on other worlds other players are doing the same thing - and a holographic version of them can appear on your world to help or hurt you.

BattleTech

battletech

Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: Harebrained Schemes | Platform: PC

A turn-based strategy game based on the original Battletech board game from which all the Mechwarrior games flowered. Everything shown of this game so far looks phenomenally good.

Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court

darkest dungeon the crimson court
Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: Red Hook Studios | Platform: PC, PS Vita

One of the best strategy games of last year is getting itself an expansion pack, adding new heroes, monsters, and dungeons types to lose your mind in.

Dreadnought

dreadnought

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Yager Development | Publisher: Grey Box | Platform: PC, PS4

A multiplayer shooter where each player commands a giant flying gunship, the glacial pace of the game makes it more like a strategy game than a twitch shooter.

Frozen Synapse 2

frozen synapse 2

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Mode7 | Platform: PC

The sequel to the turn-based top-down Counter-Strike-a-like adds a whole new layer of strategy with a persistent futuristic city where all your battles take place - a city that's altered by the carnage.

Shadowhand

shadowhand

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Grey Alien Games | Publisher: Positech Games | Platform: PC

A spin-off from the fantastic Regency Solitaire, Shadowhand casts you as a highwaywoman playing cards to win battles and kick the bottoms of various rogues and miscreants. Keep an eye on this one, it's got sleeper hit written all over it.

All Walls Must Fall

all walls must fall

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Inbetweengames | Platform: PC

The cold war never ended in this Berlin-set time traveller strategy game. Play as an agent sent back in time to prevent a nuclear blast due to go off in a matter of hours.

Man O’ War: Corsair

man o war corsair

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Evil Twin Artworks | Platform: PC

Already in Early Access, this turn-based naval game is based on the Games Workshop board game. And apparently has sharks!

Halo Wars 2

halo wars 2
Release date: February 21st | Developer: Creative Assembly | Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios | Platform: PC, Xbox One

One of the few games to get RTS mechanics right on a console, Halo Wars 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the Xbox 360’s unsung hero.

Overland

overland

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Finji | Platform: PC

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and you’re going for a drive. Keep your apocalyptic road trip going by scavenging for supplies and fighting off bandits.

Phoenix Point

phoenix point

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Snapshot Games | Platform: PC

X-Com creator Julian Gollop is reimagining the classic as an apocalyptic game where an alien virus is taking over the world, and only small factions of humans remain to fight it back.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3

dawn of war 3

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Relic Entertainment | Publisher: SEGA | Platform: PC

After a seven year break, Relic is finally returning to the Dawn of War series, the violent RTS take on the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Expect a highly-polished and beautiful RTS at the very least, and something real special if all goes well.

Xenonauts 2

xenonauts 2

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Goldhawk Interactive | Platform: PC

The first Xenonauts was a faithful reimagining of the original X-Com, and the sequel promises to push out the boundaries of this cold war era strategy game.

Aven Colony

aven colony

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Mothership | Platform: PC

You’re in command of humanity’s first extraterrestrial colony. Make it prosper while avoiding the dangers of an alien planet.

Constructor HD

constructor HD

Release date: 2017 | Developer: System 3 | Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

First released back in 1997, this HD remake resurrects the city builder where you can employ ‘undesirables’ to foil your opponents’ property development.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

warhammer 40000 space wolf

Release date: February 16th | Developer: Herocraft | Platform: PC

It’s Warhammer 40,000 but with a turn-based card battling mechanic, RPG systems, and a branching campaign.

Pit People

pit people

Release date: February 13th | Developer: The Behemoth | Platform: PC

Whatever genre The Behemoth turns its hands to, it makes a great game. So to see the studio is making a turn-based strategy game on a hex tile board has my strategy glands swelling.

Urban Empire

urban empire

Release date: January 20th | Developer: Reborn Interactive | Publisher: Kalypso Media Digital | Platform: PC

Run a town through 200 years of history, planning its streets and districts to solve the problems of the present, as well as prepare for the challenges of the future. Even if that means a little blackmail and bribery in the process.

Tooth and Tail

tooth and tail

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Pocketwatch Games | Platform: PC

Glorious animal-based RTS Tooth and Tail sees you fighting World War One era battles with tooled up badgers, squirrels, and rabbits as your soldiers.

Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers

dynasty warriors godseekers

Release date: February 1st | Developer: Omega Force | Publisher: Koei | Platform: PS4, PS Vita

Released in Japan last year, this spinoff of Dynasty Warriors 8 has you fight turn-based battles over the a world map ripped from the pages of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

The Shrouded Isle

the shrouded isle

Release date: June | Developer: Kitfox Games | Platform: PC

You’re the mayor of a small island village that must balance the demands of rival families while also trying to appease angry gods, more often than not by using a human sacrifice. A Hammer Horror take on a city manager.

The Escapists 2

the escapists 2

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Mouldy Toof Studios | Publisher: Team 17 | Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Every level of The Escapist is a different prison with a myriad of weaknesses for you to discover and exploit in your eventual escape plan.

The Guild 3

the guild 3

Release date: 2017 | Developer: GolemLabs | Publisher: THQ Nordic | Platform: PC

  1. Start a guild
  2. Produce, trade, destroy your enemies
  3. ???
  4. Profit!

Heat Signature

heat signature

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Tom Francis | Platform: PC

From the maker of Gunpoint, Heat Signature has you infiltrating space ships mid-flight to assassinate targets and steal their stuff.

Sudden Strike 4

sudden strike 4

Release date: Spring | Developer: Kite Games | Publisher: Kalypso Media Digital | Platform: PC

The lovingly-detailed Sudden Strike series comes back with three different campaigns and nine different commanders for you to choose from in this extensive Second World War RTS game.

Spellforce 3

spellforce 3

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Grimlore Games | Publisher: THQ Nordic | Platform: PC

A blend of RTS and RPG mechanics has you develop a hero and build an army in your fight across a fantasy kingdom in a sprawling campaign.

RIOT - Civil Unrest

riot civil unrest

Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: Leonard Menchiari, IV Productions | Publisher: Merge Games | Platform: PC

Play as either the police or the rioters in some of the world’s biggest riots, seeing what it takes to either pacify or agitate a crowd, quelling a riot or exploding it.

Oxygen Not Included

oxygen not included

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Klei Entertainment | Platform: PC

Build a space colony where oxygen is in short supply. Expand in any industry too far or too fast and you can leave the whole colony breathless.

Orcish Inn

orcish inn

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Steven Colling | Platform: PC

A fantasy game where you’re not bashing in orcs but serving them beer. This tavern simulator has you brewing your own beers and expanding the pub based on how much it appeals to the clan.


Throughout January we're going to be posting lists of games coming out in 2017, to placate the merciless list god. You can find them collected here.

Corrections: We originally listed Iron Harvest here, but that is coming out in 2018. The list has since been amended.