Most Anticipated PC Exclusives of 2020

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Dec 26, 2019 12:29 PM
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We're being treated like videogame royalty right now. 2020 is not only the year we finally end our 3000-day wait for Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord, but it's also the year we welcome the return of two PC gaming juggernauts. It's been far, far too long since we've welcomed a new Age of Empires and a new Half-Life. 2020 is shaping up to be an absolutely belting year for PC exclusives.

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

I don’t know about anyone else, but one of my favourite things from my childhood of PC gaming was building massive great cities and civilizations, whether that was in Sim City, The Settlers, Caesar, or just about of the other classic strategy series. Blue Byte’s Anno series has carried the torch for the genre all the way into 2019, and Anno 1800 looks like a dream come true for settlement-building fans. In Anno 1800 players can lead their very own Industrial Revolution, rapidly discovering new technologies, cultures and even continents during this fast-paced time in history.

 

Age of Empires IV

Bibs at the ready folks as Age of Empires 4 is looking like the RTS sequel we'd always dreamed of. Relic is returning to familiar medieval territory for the first Age of Empires sequel in 15 years, this time with lusciously improved visuals and unprecedented scale. Details are scant, will, but we've every confident Microsoft and Relic are heading in the right direction with AoE4. 

 

Humankind

Amplitude, they of Endless Space and Legend fame, has now turned its attention to competing directly from the unflinching champion of the 4X space - Civilization. Humankind is a wildly ambitious 4X turn-based strategy game with the ability to create more than 1 million unique civilisations. Staring from the Bronze Age, Humankind charts the entire history of humanity, resurfacing famous historical events and scientific breakthroughs, tasking the player with reshaping history forever.

 

Chivalry 2

With Mordhau providing some serious competition in the medieval first-person online warfare genre, Chivalry 2's really going to have to step it up. The Epic Store exclusivity deal could come back to bite Torn Banner if the player population struggles but the only solution there is to create an unmissable experience. Chivalry 2 will drop PC players into 64-player battlefields, laying siege to castles, hacking off limbs, and slaughtering peasants like it's going out of fashion.

 

Half-Life: Alyx

I mean, what's there to say? We've waited for such a long time for something, anything, Half-Life related over the past 12 years. Valve has finally given us an ambitious AAA Half-Life game after all this time. The big catch is it's a VR exclusive, which no doubt irks a few folks, but there's no denying that VR does mean HL: Alyx has the potential to be massively inventive in the tired FPS campaign space. The trailer looks incredible, rekindling our old love for the franchise and teeing up what could well be one of the most atmospheric and immersive first-person shooters of all time.

Get voting for which game you're most hyped for, and if it's a game not mentioned here then let everyone else know what it is in the comments section below!

What is your most anticipated PC exclusive of 2020?

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18:36 Dec-29-2019

Alyx pales in comparison to Boneworks in terms of how VR is handled... Quite pathetic, considering Alix is developed by Valve, while Boneworks is developed by a bunch of lads who got into VR gaming a few years ago :D

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05:23 Dec-27-2019

Very excited about Half Life. I already love VR and this is going to be great.

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22:51 Dec-26-2019

I HATE EXCLUSIVES EVEN FOR PC

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05:22 Dec-27-2019

PC exclusives are not bad if they are meant to push boundries consoles can't. Console exclusives are just bad.

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10:17 Dec-27-2019

I concur.

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16:05 Dec-29-2019

Just to be clear I am not a console fanboy. I own gaming pc and rtx gaming laptop and all consoles.


if you don't believe me find my instagram martis0109

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16:07 Dec-29-2019

To say that console exclusives are bad is just childish maybe you are 7 years old boy then its okey

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16:07 Dec-29-2019

but if you are grown up man then you should be ashamed by your comment.


Let me give you just a few facts.

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16:08 Dec-29-2019

If console exclusives are bad then why atleast 2 playstation and nitendo exclusives always are nominated for the game of the year awards ?

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16:09 Dec-29-2019

Why majority of console exlusives are game of the year winners ? Pc exclusives never happen to win any kind of game award or game of the year award

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16:11 Dec-29-2019

and reviews are so much worse than playstation or nitendo exclusives. If you look at the god of war, ghost of tsushima, horizon zero dawn or uncharted 4 etc

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16:13 Dec-29-2019

you can clearly see that these games have a lot better graphics, gameplay and story than pc exclusives above. It's true that consoles limit thirdparty game onpc

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16:15 Dec-29-2019

but It's not about hardware, it's about game engine and developers who put a lot of time in details.

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16:15 Dec-29-2019

That's why playstation exclusives have a lot more details and a lot better visuals compared to pc exclusives.

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16:21 Dec-29-2019

Comment is for Medfreak sorry

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16:22 Dec-29-2019

Ofcourse if pc hade a good first party studio who would make high budget games like sony does then the pc exclusives would definetly not only be

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16:23 Dec-29-2019

the best looking games ever but also games that could win game of the year award .Think what new half life(not vr) would look like.

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16:24 Dec-29-2019

Reviews and sales of console exclusives proves that consoles exclusives are better in every possible way than pc exclusives.

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16:25 Dec-29-2019

Don't be a pc fanboy just accept the facts Medfreak :)

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16:30 Dec-29-2019

Yesterday Gamedebate released article about 50 best games of this decade


30 of 50 best games 2010-2019 are console exclusives and only 1 game is pc exclusiv

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16:32 Dec-29-2019

In that article you can see more evidence that console exclusives are better than pc exclusives

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19:44 Dec-26-2019

Is it just me, or is the img above the pool out of frame?

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21:54 Dec-26-2019

yup,same here

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22:37 Dec-26-2019

Guess the page didn't load the img correctly.

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18:45 Dec-26-2019

I absolutely cannot wait until Mount and Blade: Bannerlord. Hundreds of hours will be lost.

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14:10 Dec-26-2019

TBH it's everything except half-life. I really can't choose between the rest, maybe Humandkind is a bit lower than AoE4, M&B2 and Chivlary 2.

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13:28 Dec-26-2019

For me it is AOE4, could be Half-Life, but because Valve decided to opt for VR only, I will opt out of being excited. But hey, that is how it is when you don't want to make games in HL series, but then you want to move VR sales... except everyone is "free" in your company to do what they want. But AOE4 at least looks nice and doesn't force me to buy hardware I don't want to buy.

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