Opinions on real time strategy games have been changing for many years. Some consider it the best genre ever, while others perceive it as a thorn in the side. Well, this subject can arouse intense emotions. And what is happening with the RTS today?

The 1990s are gone for good, but their legacy of many video game genres remains with us to this day. Including the RTS. Always in opposition to turn-based strategies and forcing the player to combine tactics with a rush. Exciting, suspenseful, and full of twists! Are you a fan of real-time PC strategy video games? Welcome to the list of the best and newest RTS games of recent years!

Best RTS Games on PC
GameReleaseDeveloperTrailerSale
StarCraft: Remastered 2017-08-14 Blizzard Entertainment -63% Read more
Supreme Commander Forged Alliance 2011-09-28 Gas Powered Games - Read more
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection 2020-06-05 Petroglyph - Read more
Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection 2010-03-19 -82% Read more
Northgard 2017-02-22 Shiro Games -80% Read more
Company of Heroes Complete Pack 2006-09-11 Relic Entertainment -60% Read more
Age of Empires IV 2021-10-28 Relic Entertainment - Read more
Age of Empires II Definitive Edition 2019-11-14 Forgotten Empires -54% Read more
Warcraft 3: Gold Edition 2013-07-03 Blizzard Entertainment - Read more
Ashes of The Singularity 2016-11-10 Stardock Entertainment -64% Read more
STAR WARS Galactic Battlegrounds Saga 2001-11-09 Ensemble Studios -55% Read more
Iron Harvest 2020-09-01 KING Art Games -73% Read more
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 2019-01-24 Tindalos Interactive -80% Read more
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak 2016-01-20 Blackbird Interactive -97% Read more
Total Annihilation 1997-09-30 Cavedog Entertainment - Read more
Age of Mythology: Extended Edition 2014-05-08 Ensemble Studios -4% Read more
Stronghold Crusader II 2014-09-22 FireFly Studios -88% Read more
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun 2016-12-06 Mimimi Productions -95% Read more
Wargame: Red Dragon 2014-04-17 Eugen Systems -68% Read more
Steel Division 2 Standard Edition 2019-06-20 Eugen Systems -60% Read more
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Grand Master Collection 2011-10-20 Relic Entertainment -93% Read more

Starcraft: Remastered

Release date: 2017-08-14
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

It is a renewed version of the legendary strategy game from 1998, released in 2017 by Blizzard Entertainment. Travel to the distant future and face fierce competition in single player or online gameplay!

Starcraft: Remastered

Choose from three playable factions: Protoss, Zerg, or Terran. Each of them has different skills and speed of development in a given field. Gather resources, engage in base building, expand your army, and fight for supremacy in the galaxy. The developers made only some graphical improvements, offering players the same style of gameplay that we have come to love over the years.

Starcraft 1 and Starcraft 2 are free to play games!

Key features
  • Play the iconic title from the 90s in a brand-new and better version
  • Manage one of the factions and lead it along the path of development
  • Create an army and fight for influence on the map
  • Mine resources to expand your bases
  • Play solo or try a multiplayer challenge

Supreme Commander Forged Alliance

Release date: 2011-09-28
Developer: Gas Powered Games
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

A 2007 independent expansion pack for a Supreme Commander video game. See a brand-new campaign, an additional playable race, fresh maps, and even more combat units.

Supreme Commander Forged Alliance

The invasion of the mighty alien race threatens all humanity. To defeat the enemy, already existing factions must prepare a new plan to resist the invader. Try over a hundred new units, plan extensive combat tactics and direct your troops into the ultimate war against the most powerful of the enemies. The fate of all mankind lies in your hands!

Key features
  • Play the indie epic expansion pack for Supreme Commander
  • Try the new single-player campaign and save humanity
  • Command over a hundred new units on large scale maps
  • Play solo or in multiplayer

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection

Release date: 2020-06-05
Developer: Petroglyph
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

It is a remake of one of the first RTS games in history. Play classic gameplay in a new audiovisual setting and conquer!

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection

Decide on one of the factions and compete for influence on the map of Europe. Valuable resources are the cause of more and more intense conflicts, and influential organizations will do anything to obtain them at any cost. Stand in the race for economic and military domination, build a base, take over your neighbors’ land, and show no mercy.

Key features
  • Play the legendary game from 1995 in a modern and improved version
  • Choose one of the factions and fight for influence on the map
  • Build a base and expand your army to become unconquerable
  • Play solo or in multiplayer

Northgard

Release date: 2017-02-22
Developer: Shiro Games
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

A real-time strategy video game from 2018, set in the world of Norse mythology. Become a legend of Scandinavian stories and lead your clan to victory!

Northgard

Immerse in the plot of the main storyline and find your father’s killer. Be one of the first to land in the mythical land of Northgard and claim its riches for you and your clan. Battle other clans, fight mythical beasts, collect resources and expand your settlement. Be the first and only ruler of Northgard!

Key features
  • Play an economic RTS set in the thrilling times of the Vikings
  • Discover the secrets and the history of Northgard
  • Establish your position on the map by collecting resources and expanding your village
  • Manage fierce battles against other clans and creatures straight from Norse mythology
  • Play solo or in multiplayer for up to six players

Company of Heroes

Release date: 2006-09-11
Developer: Relic Entertainment
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

A recommendation for fans of video games set in the turbulent times of World War II. Would you like to take an active part in Operation Overlord on the Normandy coast? This RTS is the game for you.

Company of Heroes

Watch a story campaign as you lead American troops through the coast of occupied France. Collect resources and expand the base, but most of all focus on fighting the enemy. And this battle will be realistic! Company of Heroes is all about roads damage, explosions, bullet rains, and the dramatic death of comrades. Will you have the courage to win this battle?

Key features
  • Take part in one of the most famous battles of the Second World War
  • Expand the army and precisely plan your maneuvers on the map
  • Experience the realism of war that you won’t experience in any other game
  • Play the campaign solo or in co-op for up to eight players on the American or German side

Age of Empires 4

Release date: 2021-10-28
Developer:
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

The fourth installment of the legendary strategy game, created in 2021 by Relic Entertainment. Take part in the most thrilling historical battles and lead the most powerful armies yourself!

Age of Empires 4

Select one of the great nations and direct its actions on the map. Examine the unique qualities of each faction and use them both in the economy game and on the battlefield. Build siege machines, take over enemy lands and use terrain shape to gain an advantage over your enemy. Age of Empires 4 is not only an excellent RTS – it is the fate of the entire Middle Ages in your hands!

Key features
  • Move to the Middle Ages and lead one of the greatest nations into battle
  • Collect resources, construct buildings, and develop your civilization
  • Expand your army and direct combat units to war
  • Play solo or in multiplayer

Warcraft 3

Release date: 2013-07-03
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Move to the fantasy realm of Azeroth, where the most influential races will confront each other in the final battle.

Warcraft 3

Choose from four races and forge your legend in the epic world of Azeroth. Build constructions, collect resources, assemble units and accept the challenge! All this in old classic graphics that will show you the history of the land like never before. Discover the stories of the most famous heroes and try new game modes. It is a real-time strategy classic in a completely new edition.

Key features
  • Choose from four races and fight for the entire Azeroth
  • Gather resources and expand your base
  • Grow your army by creating new combat units
  • See improved graphics and gameplay modes

Ashes of The Singularity

Release date: 2016-11-10
Developer: Stardock Entertainment
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

It is a strategic sci-fi game from 2016, the action of which takes place in the distant future. Discover the destiny of humanity and its place in the galaxy for the ultimate fight for survival.

Ashes of The Singularity

Technology sparked development but also some changes. Humans abandoned their fragile bodies to conquer space and transfer consciousness inside computers. As it turns out, a powerful artificial intelligence produced its own race during this time. Will both species be able to live in harmony? See for yourself! Embark on a war like a galaxy has not yet experienced. Establish your empire and eliminate the enemy once and for all.

Key features
  • Play a strategic science-fiction game set in the distant future
  • Be carried away by the immersive history of humanity and the development of artificial intelligence
  • Collect resources and build a base to improve your empire and army

Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

Release date: 2001-11-09
Developer: Ensemble Studios
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

An exciting strategic video game for every RTS and Star Wars fan. Travel to the reality of Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones and forge your legend in the epic Star Wars universe.

Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

Choose from six factions and learn about its ambitions and history. The goal is simple – absolute power. Use the features of your civilization to gain an advantage over your enemies. See units known from the movies: AT-ATs, Jedi, droids, X-Wings, and Bounty Hunters. Collect resources, develop your faction’s technology, and fight on the land and in space. Begin your adventure in the epic world of Star Wars today!

Key features
  • Game set in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Choose a faction and lead it to fight against civilizations known from movies
  • See the most famous Star Wars units and heroes

Iron Harvest

Release date: 2020-09-01
Developer: KING Art Games
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

It is a real-time strategy game from 2020, presenting an alternative version of the history of the interwar period in Europe. Explore the 1920 universe and experience the reality of World War I, in which giant mechs took part!

Iron Harvest

Although the first war has only just ended, it seems that the next one is around the corner. Decide on one of the three factions: Rusviet, the Republic of Polania, or the Empire of Saxony and fight for influence on the map of interwar Europe. Manage the unique abilities of your nation and learn about its weaknesses. Most of all – see combat units unknown to history. Send infantry soldiers and giant mechs into battle and guarantee yourself a tactical victory over all your opponents.

Key features
  • Experience the unique universe of 1920 and play war like the world has never seen before
  • Select one of the factions and use its abilities to win
  • Send soldiers and high-tech machines to battle
  • Learn about Europe’s alternate history and the game’s complex storyline

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2

Release date: 2019-01-24
Developer: Tindalos Interactive
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

A real-time space strategy game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Experience an even bigger battle on even larger maps and more combat units than ever before.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2

Lead the actions of one of the twelve space factions in this thrilling story of galaxy war. Play through three immersive campaigns and learn the dramatic story of the war-torn universe of Warhammer 40,000. Customize ships, expand the fleet, consider every move on the map, and win the race for power. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 brings even better and greater content to the epic space RTS.

Key features
  • Explore the continuation of the Battlefleet Gothic story
  • Manage one of twelve powerful factions
  • Customize ships, build your fleet, and send it to the space battle

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

Release date: 2016-01-20
Developer: Blackbird Interactive
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

It is a prequel to the series of strategic games from the Homeworld series, in which you will travel back 106 years in the main plot of the game. Set out on a mission to find a mysterious object hidden under the sands of the massive Kharak Desert.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

Lead an expedition traveling through the Kharak Desert to find a mysterious anomaly. Lead the base cruiser and make sure it doesn’t suffer any damage. Collect resources, develop technology and expand your battle forces. The threat can lurk around every corner, and the shape of the terrain will make a vital difference to the development of each encounter. Fight, gain experience and witness the end of the beginning of the Homeworld story.

Key features
  • Embark on a journey through the Kharak Desert
  • Take care of supplies, collect resources, and control the vehicles damage
  • Gather your battle forces and strengthen them with more specialized units

Total Annihilation

Release date: 1997-09-30
Developer: Cavedog Entertainment
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

A strategic sci-fi game from 1997. Play the legendary RTS title that impresses with a variety of game modes and audiovisual setting.

Total Annihilation

The development of technology was the first sign of the approaching crisis. As people began to transfer consciousness to machines, it was sure this subject would arouse suspicions. Civilization has split into two factions that have sworn to defeat the enemy once and for all. Choose a side and use its technology and weapons to end the conflict!

Key features
  • Play the classic RTS from the 90s.
  • Immerse in the dramatic history of the future of humanity
  • Take sides in the conflict and win the most significant war

Age of Mythology: Extended Edition

Release date: 2014-05-08
Developer: Ensemble Studios
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

A remastered version of the strategy game from 2002, in which you will take part in the greatest clashes between mythological gods and terrifying beasts. Travel back to ancient ages and play the classic RTS adapted to modern times.

Age of Mythology: Extended Edition

War is coming, a war in which you will take part as one of the most influential civilizations of all time. It is a world where gods and mythological creatures not only exist but can also crash your army. Gather resources, construct buildings, develop and become a tactic genius. Use the extraordinary powers of your units to win, and soon the greatest sagas will praise your grand victory!

Key features
  • Travel back to ancient times and take part in the most epic mythological war
  • Choose one of the four civilizations and guide its development
  • Develop technology and expand your army

Stronghold Crusader II

Release date: 2014-09-22
Developer: FireFly Studios
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

It’s a medieval RTS set in exciting times of the Crusades. Travel to the Middle East and choose a side to win the ultimate victory in the burning desert sands.

Stronghold Crusader II

Choose from the sides of the Crusaders or Arabian units to engage in the most epic battle for faith and power. Build a castle, send people to work, collect resources and construct buildings. Organize access to food and trade. And most of all – create the most massive army. Set up the walls with archers and send experienced mercenaries to fight. The enemy can come from any direction, and the survival of another day depends entirely on your tactical sense.

Key features
  • Play the second installment in the epic Stronghold strategy game series
  • Play an extensive story scenario or enjoy a free gameplay
  • Build a fortress and create a mighty army
  • Provide your citizens with access to all the resources they need

Some say real-time strategy games are dying. That they do not transform over the years and have no future. That no matter what they offer, the times of their popularity will never come back. Is it true?

Definitely not! The more often released remasters of classic titles on Steam prove there is a need for RTS. Players are looking forward to the upcoming installments of their favorite strategy games like Starcraft or Warcraft. Alright – this genre may be a bit quirky. It requires concentration, fast planning, understanding large scale maps, and quick army building. Not everyone may wish to invest hours engaging in this type of game. But some enjoy it. And for them, the final victory against the enemy is just the icing on the cake.