Most Anticipated PC Exclusives of 2018

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 4:45 PM
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PC gaming is the ultimate place to go for the weird and the wonderful. 2018 looks to be no different either. While Xbox One owners are desperately scrabbling around for games to call exclusives, there are literally hundreds lining up on PC. Which makes the task of picking just five a tricky one, but these are the ones we think you should definitely be keeping an eye on during the next 12 months.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

The original Pillars of Eternity was insanely good, scooping up Best RPG in the Global Game Awards 2015. Excuse me, The Witcher 3 wants a word. Still, it was awesome, and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire promises more of that same delicious goodness. Set in the far-flung lands, Dyrwood is but a distant memory. It provides the canvas for Obsidian to delve into as-yet-unknown cultures, strange architecture, and a powerful new fantasy tale.

 

The Bard’s Tale IV

The last Bard’s Tale game released in 1988, around the same time I was born into this world. To say fans have been waiting a while is an understatement. They’re probably desperately nagging their carer at the old people’s home, asking where the heck Bard’s Tale IV has got to. Have no fear, inXile Entertainment has taken up the challenge, promising a genuine sequel to the archetypal dungeon-crawling series. Details are few and far between, but Brian Fargo, the creator of the original Bard’s Tale, is heading up development.

 

Escape From Tarkov

OK, so you can play Escape From Tarkov right now if you want, but it’s far from the finished deal. Battlestate Games’ ultra-realistic online shooter doesn’t just look gorgeous, it also sounds phenomenally ambitious. Real-time lighting and weather conditions impact gameplay in innumerable ways, while players will have to take into account realistic ballistics, projectile physics, and managing injuries such as fractures and bullet wounds, all while battling against dehydration and exhausting. For some, that probably sounds horrific, but for the masochists among us, Escape From Tarkov sounds like a gaming dream come true.



Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

Historical fans have been given the cold shoulder by Creative Assembly during recent years, but now it’s time to stand up and fight back. Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia kicks off an entire new spin-off for the Total War series, focusing in on smaller, climatic periods in history in greater detail than we’ve come to expand from the usual grand-scale campaigns. Thrones of Britannia narrows on Britain, 878 AD, through to around 1066, and will have a highly detailed campaign map of the British Isles.



Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord

Total War’s all well and good, but what about us leaders who actually want to get in the thick of the action? Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord has got us covered. Developer TaleWorlds Entertainment has been pretty upfront about just how ambitious this project will be, upping the battle size limit from 150 all the way up to 800. 800 tiny little people all ready to be catapulted to smithereens.

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09:21 Jan-05-2018

i am waiting for max payne 4 and gta 6

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22:27 Dec-30-2017

Wasn't Bannerlord confirmed for Xbox One? Either way, I cannot wait for that game and the mods to come alongside it. One of my favorite games, the mod community is awesome. Can play that game for hours. if it does come to console, I'd love to have mods available especially mulitplayer ones.

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16:32 Dec-30-2017

Another year, and no Star Citizen.... sigh...

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21:28 Dec-30-2017

I thought you could already play it for like $3,000 :D

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13:12 Dec-30-2017

Escape from Tarkov! Just love that game, too bad server issues are there. Waiting devs to sort those out before playing EfT more. Also waiting Total War Saga and Bannerlord

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10:21 Dec-30-2017

Bannerlord! Yea, I am waiting for that and I hope I can get better hardware by the time it releases.. someway..

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08:12 Dec-30-2017

Can't wait for some good Total War

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08:03 Dec-30-2017

Can't wait for the Bannerlord, it's been quite a while since Warband :D Too bad EfT is 42€ for even the simplest version of the game so it's not that interesting to me

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21:33 Dec-29-2017

I've been playing Tarkov for about 6 months now and it's one of the best games I've played this year.

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21:39 Dec-29-2017

So you would actually be tired of the game ones it´s realesed?

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22:21 Dec-29-2017

It's not the full game and even if it was there would be no chance. It's fantastic.

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10:42 Dec-30-2017

is the game heavily taxing? with your rig how many fps can you get maxing it out? just to have an idea if i can or not rock it on my rig

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13:16 Dec-30-2017

sure u can. EfT is CPU and RAM heavy game. I can play 1080p -50fps, settings are almost maxed out. I think my CPU is limiting factor for me atm

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20:58 Jan-02-2018

How can that i7 hold you down? Anyway does it make sense to buy it now? Cause i'm looking forward to buy it quite a lot

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21:09 Dec-29-2017

Tarkov is the only game that i have even heard of in this list.I guess because its PC only.What about Far Cry 5 and cyberpunk?I own all platforms so im really excited for RDR2 and God of War.

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12:00 Dec-30-2017

*Exclusives

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20:50 Dec-29-2017

Pillars of Eternity or Bard's Tale for me, i can't decide between two.

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05:55 Dec-30-2017

I mean i will definitely be getting POE but BT also looks good. But POE takes the first place after thinking for a time. You can't beat an olschool RPG.

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20:01 Dec-29-2017

Cant wait for witchfire, far cry 5, metro exodus, cyberpunk and state of decay 2 (only if it comes to steam)

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19:06 Dec-29-2017

How can i play Escape from Tarkov now?

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18:51 Dec-29-2017

1 - Far cry 5
2 - Monster Hunter World

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18:48 Dec-29-2017

1 Monster Hunter World
2 .... Nah just Monster Hunter World

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21:21 Dec-29-2017

Eh nvm not PC exclusive ;-;

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17:19 Dec-29-2017

I keep a running list of games I'm watching. Doesn't mean I'll play all of them but my interest has been piqued...


Ni No Kuni-March 23
Battletech
Cyberpunk
Wasteland 3
End State
Fear Effect: Sedna
Xenonauts 2
Iron Harvest
Banner Saga 3
Ash of Gods
Sacred Fire
Phoenix Point
Biomutant
Mech Warrior 5
Witchfire
Maybe..
Pathfinder
Sea Of Thieves-March 20
Skull & Bones
Lost Spear

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21:26 Dec-29-2017

Cyberpunk 2077 in 2018 would be beyond incredible but I honestly doubt we gonna see Cyberpunk 2077 in 2018 but late 2019 or early 2020 for sure... for now the only date we have is 2077 :P

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23:36 Dec-29-2017

Ha, indeed. I just copy/pasted my list. So, 2018 maybe doesn't apply to all of these titles.

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17:16 Dec-29-2017

Mount and Blade 2 Bannerlord is slowly becoming a joke. A game that has been in development since 2012 and then schedule for release in 2016, then the developers said they would everything in their power for the game to be released in 2017, now we'll be lucky if it comes in 2018. And we still haven't got a release date

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17:02 Dec-29-2017

Only one I'm looking forward is "Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire" from this list. Others are not my type of games :)

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