The PC platform has entered a new renaissance of sorts over the past few years, as developers are lately pushing and shoving to impress the master race with their best exclusives instead of trying to appease the console audience. Oh my, how times have changed. Needless to say, we’re very happy to see that the PC has returned to the limelight and it looks like things are only going to get better moving forward. In order to celebrate that very fact, today we are going to talk about ten very exciting upcoming titles that are set to launch exclusively for the PC later in 2016, throughout 2017, and beyond.
Wolfenstein and Doom may have been responsible for popularizing the FPS genre, however, Quake is the series that brought first-person shooters to the attention of competitive gamers and set a new standard for arena shooters back in 1999 with Quake III Arena. Thanks to the recent popularity of DOOM, the developers at id Software have decided to bring back another one of their popular franchises in the form of the PC exclusive Quake Champions. The upcoming title is said to combine elements from traditional arena shooters with some of the features we’ve come to expect from modern team-based shooters. An official release date for Quake Champions has not been announced yet but we do know that its beta phase is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2017.
Endless Space 2
There’s hardly a shortage of 4X turn-based strategy games on the PC, but you should definitely still keep an eye on this particular title because Amplitude Studios have had a pretty solid track record so far thanks to their previous games. Based in the same universe as Endless Legend, Dungeon of the Endless, and of course, the original Endless Space, the upcoming sequel takes everything we loved about its predecessor and turns the dials up to eleven in order to provide an even more compelling and epic experience. Following last’s month delay, the grand strategy game is almost ready to enter open beta and will be available on Steam Early Access starting with October 6th.
Tyranny is the latest project of RPG veterans Obsidian Entertainment, a company best known for their fine work on Neverwinter Nights 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, and more. With their upcoming title, the developers are looking to remind us that “sometimes, evil wins” and fortunately for us, we will the ones enforcing the on-going tyranny in an attempt to preserve order, such as it is. While it may be reminiscent of Pillars of Eternity in terms of gameplay, Tyranny is quite a bit darker and features a unique art style that perfectly reflects its bleak setting. If Obsidian’s previous efforts are any indication, this PC exclusive is likely to be one hell of a ride when it releases later this year.
Goldhawk Interactive’s original Xenonauts was an excellent spiritual successor to the old school X-Com games and arguably the most faithful re-imagining of the popular series to date. Thanks to the efforts of Firaxis in reviving the series with Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2, Goldhawk can now look forward to an eager audience longing for even more turn-based strategy action and they’ll definitely have the perfect game on offer. Xenonauts 2 is set in the Cold War-era this time around and is looking to improve upon its predecessor in pretty much every way, but especially in terms of its visuals. We don’t have an official release date just yet but the developers are currently aiming to launch the sequel sometime in 2017.
Cliff Bleszinski, the mastermind behind Unreal Tournament, Gears of War, Bulletstorm and more is preparing yet another interesting FPS in the form of LawBreakers. The game is just as hectic and fast paced as any traditional arena shooter – perhaps even more so – but features different classes to choose from for each of the two opposing factions and places a lot of emphasis on verticality. The real treat, of course, is the gravity-defying game mechanic that allows players to fight each other even when entering one of the low gravity areas of the map. It’s a bit gimmicky but firing a rocket launcher while floating is definitely loads of fun. LawBreakers is currently in its alpha testing phase on Steam and is expected to launch later this year.
With DOOM already out and Quake getting a remake in the near future, it should be no surprise that Unreal Tournament is also scheduled to receive a modern-day reboot. In fact, the game has already been around in pre-alpha for some time, with the development process featuring a crowdsourcing model that allows pretty much anyone to contribute. Unsurprisingly, the game runs on Unreal Engine 4 and looks just as good as one might expect from an Epic Games title. Sure, it’s still a bit rough around the edges at the moment but even in its current state, the pre-alpha gives us a very good indication of what to expect from the final product.
One of the most highly anticipated PC exclusives of the month, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI returns to the tried and true historical setting that made the franchise so popular. As with any new installment, the upcoming title keeps all the core mechanics of the series intact while also adding some new features to the mix. Based on the existing preview builds, however, it seems like there are actually a lot of small changes and improvements all throughout the game. All these changes are designed to make Civilization VI a bit more complex than its predecessors, which means that we’ll have to spend even more hours glued to our monitors as we try to figure out what’s what. Civilization VI is scheduled to launch on October 21st.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
The folks over at Larian Studios are currently hard at work on Divinity: Original Sin 2, the successor to 2014’s highly acclaimed fantasy RPG. As it happens, the sequel entered Steam Early Access just a couple of weeks ago and it’s already receiving rave reviews from testers, with an overall score of overwhelmingly positive on Steam. Needless to say, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is shaping up to be even better than its predecessor by adding improvements in pretty much every department, while still maintaining the same overall gameplay mechanics we know and love from the first game. As mentioned, the game is currently in Early Access and is scheduled to launch sometime in 2017.
Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 3
There are a plethora of Warhammer 40K games out there but almost none of them can hold a candle to the Dawn of War series. The third installment has been the subject of rumors for quite a number of years but was only officially announced and detailed a few months back by Sega and Relic Entertainment. According to the two companies, Dawn of War 3 will feature a combination of elements found throughout the first two titles, such as the base building component from the original game along with Dawn of War 2’s emphasis on hero unit management. In addition, Relic is also adding new titan units into the mix including Imperial Knights and Eldar Wraithknights. Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 3 is scheduled to launch sometime in 2017.
If No Man’s Sky has taught us anything is that we shouldn’t believe everything we hear; and also that gamers are really longing for a good space simulator. While it’s still a bit early to say for sure at this point, it does seem like Star Citizen might end up being exactly the game we were waiting for. Not only is Star Citizen being designed to take full advantage of the PC platform but the brains of the operation is none other than space sim veteran Chris Roberts, also known as the man behind Freelancer, Starlancer, the entire Wing Commander series, and more. In short, this highly anticipated PC exclusive seems to be in good hands so let’s hope that mister Roberts can deliver one more time like he always used to back in the day. Star Citizen is currently in its alpha testing phase and already features a number of playable modules, with the highly anticipated Squadron 42 module scheduled to arrive later this year.
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