Take a shooter and add randomised gear to collect. Boom, you’ve got a looter shooter. This addictive formula was popularised by the Borderlands series in 2009, and the genre has only gone from strength to strength since. Proving itself to be one of the most rewarding cycles in gaming. So, clear some inventory space and get ready for the grind as we take a look at the best upcoming looter shooters for you to lose countless hours in.
Platform: PC Xbox One XSX|S
Release Date: November 07, 2023
Steam | XboxRoboquest has quickly gained some attention online for a fast-paced FPS experience. This title might not be for everyone, but for those that it clicks with, you’ll probably spend some long gameplay sessions here. The game throws players into the future, where you’re mainly battling evil robots. However, it’s a roguelite experience where you never know what kind of level you’ll get into. Levels can be drastically different, but when you’re not blasting enemies away, you’ll have a wide range of weapons to choose from and customization options to make your character even stronger.
#6 Risk of Rain Returns
Platform: PC Switch
Release Date: November 08, 2023
What’s more sci-fi than being on a spaceship that is damaged and has to take refuge on a planet full of monsters and now has to survive what’s down there? That’s what we thought.
Risk of Rain Returns is the remaster of the classic title that aims to give players more than they could’ve ever wanted! For example, there are over a dozen survivors to pick from to take on the planet’s creatures. Each of these survivors has skills and weapons that are different from one another, so choose the one you think you can use the best!
Then, head to the planet and loot it to get even stronger!
#5 Everspace 2
Platform: PC April 06, 2023
Release Date: PS5 XSX|S August 15, 2023
Everspace 2 will toss you into another cloned pilot as you strive to find your place in the universe. If you enjoyed the predecessor, you might want to give this latest installment a playthrough. The game is very much a fast-paced arcade-style looter shooter. You’re constantly battling enemies from mercenaries, pirates, and aliens. Likewise, you’ll find environmental puzzles as you attempt to unlock areas, clean debris, and acquire some new goods for your ship. There’s plenty of loot to be had here as well. Outside of the multiple ship types, each will allow players to add new gear onto their ship, such as boosting their armor, shields, weapons, and more. Each will tweak your gameplay a bit more to fit your play style.
#4 Earth From Another Sun
Platform: PC PS4 Xbox One XSX|S PS5
Release: TBA 2023
Who wouldn’t want a galaxy to explore and do whatever they wanted in it? You’ll have that galaxy at your fingertips in Earth From Another Sun.
You can do whatever you desire from the moment you drop into the world. Would you like to become a military warlord and attempt to conquer the galaxy? Will you head from one world to another and simply explore all you find? The choice is yours!
The best part is the developer’s tools will be available to you so you can create your own adventures within the galaxy or make a galaxy all your own! So why not take a stab at it?
- Publisher: Team17
- Developer: Small Impact Games
- Platform: PC
- Release Date: Oct 3, 2022 Early Access / Full Launch TBA
Marauders is an online first-person looter shooter that sees you take on the role of a space pirate in a lawless sci-fi world. No rules mean anything is for the taking, including your gear, with opposing players able to raid your ship at a moment’s notice. Playable alone, or with friends, you’ll have to kit yourself out or band together to protect your precious cargo. Get strong enough and you can be the one raiding. Taking on opposing crews in online PvP combat as you attempt to win the spoils of battle.
- Publisher: Level Infinite
- Developer: Next Studios
- Platform: PC
- Release Date: September 7, 2023
Synced, or Synced: Off Planet as it’s also referred to is a third-person shooter set in a techno-apocalyptic future. Technology has gone wrong and turned against us, it’s now your job through upgrading your weapons and squad to fight back. Nanotechnology has become so rampant that there are monsters born of them known as Nanos. They exist inside of a certain zone that people like you go through to do your job. You’ll team up with other players to head into the exclusion zone to fight them off. But be warned, you’ll sometimes go up against other players, too.
#1 Relic Hunters Legends
- Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
- Developer: Rogue Snail
- Platform: PC
- Release Date: September 25, 2023
Relic Hunters Legends is a looter shooter that looks to offer fast-paced action. Playable alone, or with up to four friends, you’ll attempt to save the galaxy from a villain that’s trying to mess with time. With several characters to pick from each sporting unique abilities, this is game you’ll have to play through a few times to get an idea of your favorite setup. With that said, the game is under early access so for now you can expect the game to continue receiving updates as the development team at Rogue Snail continues to work at the full launch.
Disclaimer: This article was updated on 11/2/23 as we continue to adjust this list with new entries or remove games due to delays or failure to captivate audiences.