5 More Console Exclusives Which Will Probably Come to PC

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Feb 15, 2020 12:36 PM
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It’s about three years ago now since I did a couple of articles guessing which 10 console exclusive games will eventually come to PC. Each and every one of these franchises is now on PC or, in the case of Death Stranding, soon to be. So if you’ll forgive my self congratulations, I think I’ve convinced myself that I have the Midas touch. Sadly, nothing I touch turns to gold, but the console games I have written about do tend to end up on PC….

With that I mind, I thought it was about time we put our thinking caps on and attempt to decipher which console exclusives are going to come to PC. 

But then I quickly realised - a lot has changed in the gaming landscape, even over just the past three years. Outside of actual first-party titles funded by Nintendo and Sony, practically everything ends up on PC at some point. Sure, the odds of The Last of Us: Part 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are extraordinarily slim but, for everything else, it’s practically a given that a PC version will appear at some point. Once mighty console franchises like Monster Hunter, Yakuza, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy and more, have all found themselves a home on the world’s most versatile gaming platform.

Last time around, we took a look at 10 exclusives. This time around, well, it’s thin pickings, and we think that’s a good thing. For the most part, you can write off Nintendo games ever coming to PC. Should Nintendo ever leave the hardware business, it would be a possibility. Until then, Nintendo views its exclusives as the prime reason to buy into its hardware. As for Sony, there are some green shoots there. So-called ‘second-party’ titles like Death Stranding and Detroit: Become Human have shown that it’s unlikely but possible. Lastly there’s Microsoft, which now brings each and every exclusive Xbox game to PC as well as console. Problem solved.

So here’s our (much smaller) list of the 10 console exclusives which we think will probably end up coming to PC.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn will probably be an anomaly rather than the norm. All the signals suggest Horizon is coming to PC, but it smacks of a marriage of convenience more than it does of Sony and PC being star crossed lovers. Death Stranding runs on the Decima game engine built for Horizon: Zero Dawn. With Death Stranding coming to PC and that work largely already done, Sony probably sees value in bringing an older game over using largely the same tech.

 

Final Fantasy VII Remake

You’ll have to excuse me giving myself a bit of a gimmie. While Final Fantasy VII Remake has only been officially announced for PlayStation 4, a PC version is all but assured. Sony has seemingly splashed the cash for a full year of exclusivity, after which FFVII Remake is anybody’s game. Final Fantasy 7 Remake will come to PC in the first half of 2021, of that we can be sure.

 

Dreams

Dreams is a mighty strange game. Wildly ambitious, incredibly deep and almost laboriously complex for anyone who hopes to the most out of it. It’s absolutely not your typical console game, which is a PC version makes so much sense. Dreams is a game which will live and die based on its wealth of content creators. Anything which Sony can do to broaden this base is going to help, and the PC community will be all-too-keen to mess around the creation tools and see what they can dream up. It’s not modding, sure, but Dreams could be a great stepping stone for PC and PlayStation users wanting to mess around with making their great ideas a reality. For this reason, Dreams on PC seems as if it could be a sure-fire thing for Sony. 

 

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise

On this list simply because it not coming to PC would be an absolute travesty. Until a few months ago, the original Deadly Premonition wasn’t even available on a Nintendo console. PC players have done the leg work for a full decade, buying, supporting and playing this cult adventure horror game. To never see the culmination of this bizarre game on PC would be a real punch to the gut. But, again, we think it’ll happen in due course. We’re probably looking at a similar deal to what we saw with Daemon X Machina - a short period of exclusivity on Nintendo Switch before publishers are free to pitch a version of Deadly Premonition 2 on other platforms. The only question mark now is - will a publisher dare to give a niche game its cash backing?

 

Astral Chain

Another Nintendo Switch exclusive but, due to the third-party relationship with PlatinumGames, who seem to be learning a few lessons about keeping hold of its IP, one we believe could eventually go multi-platform. The likes of Bayonetta 2 and 3 seem to be locked up tight by Nintendo but Astral Chain smacks of a game which Nintendo may be willing to lock go once its juice has run out on the Switch. For Platinum fans, this would be a biggie as well, achieving near-universal praise when it came out last year. It’s sporting a gorgeous anime-esque sci-fi art-style which could really benefit from playing at a crisp higher resolution.

Which would be your favourite PC port?

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22:20 Feb-18-2020

i really want to see persona 5 on PC

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09:21 Feb-21-2020

Appreciate the sentiment, tho personally I find it hard to believe it'll happen.

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09:47 Feb-21-2020

Hmmm, it's quite a good shout I think, didn't think of it. A few Atlus games have been coming over, especially since they were bought by Sega (who have also brought over Yakuza). Would be cool to get PC versions of the whole Persona series... and SMT...

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14:06 Feb-21-2020

There was some talk about using emulation to play Persona 5, + a take-down notice shortly thereafter. Links are below


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16:38 Feb-18-2020

I know it seems impossible on paper since Sie Bend Studio is a sony developer but i have this premonition since the first trailer reveal that Days gone should be one day ported to PC specially since the sales aren't going very well & the marketing was not enough for this one plus if Horizon Zero Dawn is allegedly coming to PC nothing holds that one either.

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23:13 Feb-17-2020

Mine is Horizon and Dreams and I can't say anything about Dreams yet because It just released on PS4 but I'm 90% sure that Horizon will not be coming on PC. Doesn't matter If its on Decoma engine.

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07:52 Feb-16-2020

Would love to see dreams on the PC. Had a mighty tinker with it but found it awkward using a DS controller, mouse & keyboard would make it far more user friendly.

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04:27 Feb-16-2020

Already bought Astral Chain on switch so I don't really need a port. But Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the games I NEED on PC.

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22:33 Feb-15-2020

Horizon, of course, I mean it really is a game made for gamers and it is new thing. Final Fantasy 7 is second one on the list, I definitely look forward to see how good it will be when it comes out and if they do it right, I will get it. But while FF7 is split in parts and feels like forever in development, I am looking forward for Horizon. Even if it will be used to drive PS5 sales,...

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22:34 Feb-15-2020

... with what will likely be PS5 exclusive sequel. I totally believe Sony isn't Microsoft and they will be willing to share games post generation, but use that to sell you the idea of getting PS5 for sequels, or even to promote it with quality games they had on PS4.

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22:13 Feb-15-2020

Bloodborne deserve and need a PC port IMO , i played the game on PS4 and it makes me sad how it was limited by the hardware frame drops and a lot frame pacing issues , running that game at 60 FPS at least will change the entire experience.

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22:12 Feb-15-2020

Jon, you almost got everything right Last time, and I guess you will be right about this list too.

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16:48 Feb-15-2020

A thought in regards to Dreams. if it comes, maybe Media Molecule will port the LittleBigPlanet trilogy to PC, or at least 3. Older games sure but put at least one of them on PC with mod support, and the robust in-game level editors, and you'll have a lot of community content

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15:14 Feb-15-2020

For me the big surprise here ... I vote for ASTRAL CHAINS, good news is if Jon is 100% successful!

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15:11 Feb-15-2020

HZD... It has been great pain all this time. It could only have been overcome because Death Stranding or FF7R did not appear. But ... I've been paying Ps Now since January to play exclusively for HZD. And my disappointment is quite big. I only have 11 hours (I don't have much time to really play) but, although it has its charm, it bores me. It has nothing, to my surprise, that other multi games do not do more and better. I want to like it, because it has had me in love since it came out. I intend to say until Meridian and play it 30 to 60 hours. But what is clear to me is that in Pc we are very well served, and the few siren songs of console exclusive are not what they were before. They are games with many limitations.

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15:12 Feb-15-2020

Still I will continue paying this Ps Now and playing God of War and Persona 5 streaming (royal version will bring subtitles in Spanish)

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15:02 Feb-15-2020

So more people care about Horizon and not FF 7 Remake. Interesting.

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17:52 Feb-15-2020

That surprised me also,im having a hard time trying to understand whats so special about Horizon

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13:16 Feb-15-2020

where is the last of us 2?

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19:18 Feb-16-2020

That isnt ever coming to pc

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08:39 Feb-17-2020

what about the rumors? didn't you hear anything about them?

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15:18 Feb-17-2020

I heard them. If it does, I don't think it'll happen for a least a good few years yet. I would imagine a lot hinges on Horizon

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16:51 Feb-18-2020

maybe

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12:53 Feb-15-2020

No surprise that HZD is in the lead.

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