PC exclusives to look out for in 2021
The PC exclusive is a very rare thing these days. Most games playable on windows are also playable on some other Microsoft platform, like Xbox One, which means exclusives are usually reserved for the type of games that only make sense when played on a Keyboard and Mouse. Which titles will we be KBAMing away at in 2021? Let’s take a look.
Bomb Rush Cyberfunk
When Lethal League got the composer behind Jet Set Radio, Hideki Naganuma, to work with them on their indie fighting game, everyone had the same thought. “Wouldn’t it be great if they could make a brand new Jet Set Radio with Naganuma composing?” Well that’s exactly what happened. So get ready to skate, tag, and funk your way through a new revolution when Bomb Rush Cyberfunk comes out as a PC exclusive this year.
I’m not sure why people love simulators where you get to run crime empires, but here we are. Cartel Tycoon does what it says on the tin, allowing you to run your own drug cartel in a fictional 80s Latin America. Fight against rivals, duck law enforcement, and make tons of dirty cash in this large scale crime sim.
Dual Universe is one of those interesting games that acts as a mashup of other games. It’s a building game like Minecraft. It’s an MMO like EVE: Online. It’s an exploration and survival game like No Man’s Sky. It’s a sandbox game and a trading game and even a political game. It’s been in development for a while, but you can actually play an incomplete build right now as we wait for the full version to release this year.
Evil Genius 2: World Domination
Do you expect me to talk? No Mr. Bond. I expect you to sit there strapped to a table as I work out the most mathematically efficient way to distribute goons throughout my underground lair. This spy-fi lair building sim allows you to create nefarious devices, hire terrorizing troops, and create torturous traps all to thwart the Forces of Justice. How evil can you be?
I’m a big sucker for civ sim games that allow you to go from the discovery of fire to the discovery of parallel universes and that’s exactly what Humankind is going to let you do. Far more than Civ with a different skin, Humankind allows you to screw with the timeline while creating new civilizations, religions, technologies, and borderline insane leaders. Want to create a civilization that creates computers before they create books? You can probably do that. Forge your legacy for humankind when it releases later this year in April 2021.
Devolver Digital might be the insane voice of indie publishing that we all deserve, but they are also big enough to mock The Game Awards at The Game Awards. Their mockery wasn’t just for kicks though. It was to announce Loop Hero, an interesting take on the rogue-like RPG. Your hero is fated to constantly wander a loop, over and over again until the end of time. Your goal is to alter that loop in order to power him up and push him toward an eventual escape. Turn tiles into monsters, or towns, or all sorts of other fantasy encounters and you might just find some way to break the cycle.
New World is Amazon’s grand entry to the gaming space with a new MMO. It’s had a bit of a rocky development cycle, but everyone who has played has said that this interesting bit of fantasy colonialism is unique enough to be worth a look. That said, the MMO market is notoriously hard to break into. Will New World be able to take down titles like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV? We will have to wait and see.
Believe it or not, one of the biggest PC exclusives is releasing just this month! Stronghold Warlords is the major RTS releasing for PC platforms this year, allowing you to manage both a raiding army and the kingdom that supports them. It promises to deliver a unique gameplay experience where your actions in the city-sim portion of the game will affect the real time battle portion of the game and vice versa.
What PC exclusive are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.