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The RTS genre is one of the classics of PC gaming, and so it wasn’t a huge surprise that the old category took part in this year’s PC Gaming Show with at least a few entries. Though it’s widely accepted that the Golden Age of RTS games ended with perhaps the most polished of them all, StarCraft 2, and the genre has been seen as on the decline for at least a decade now, several big franchises from its heyday are still going: Age of Empires 4 and Company of Heroes 3 are continuing the legacy of their fabled bloodlines, while Age of Empires 2 is still a juggernaut thanks to a remaster treatment that has become a textbook example for doing things the right way.

StarCraft and Warcraft might be dead in the water because Activision sees no profitability in the genre and Command & Conquer is in an uncertain phase that seems to allow remasters and little else, but other titles – mostly from indie studios – are taking up the mantle.

Here are the RTS hopefuls from the PC Gaming Show 2023.

PC Gaming Show 2023 – RTS games to keep an eye on

Stormgate gameplay screenshot battle.
Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin Bastion firing.
D.O.R.F. screenshot.
Last Train Home combat screenshot.

Whether you’re hoping for innovation in the RTS genre or simply want to indulge in a little bit of nostalgia, the future certainly has something in store for you. In the meantime, check out our list of best strategy games to play right now.