RELEASE September 17 | DEV CD Projekt RED | PUB In-house | LINK cyberpunk.net
In some ways, it’s hard to know what more to say about the Witcher developer’s upcoming sci-fi RPG. Yes, it still looks slick as hell. Yes, it’s still the most highly anticipated game we’ve seen in years. And yes, we still reckon it’ll be something seriously special.
It’s been so many years of breathless anticipation that it’s surreal to think that—despite another delay, from April to September—Cyberpunk 2077 is finally coming out this year. Before you know it, we’ll be driving around the streets of Night City in a swanky future sports car, hopping out to blast gangsters, hack people’s brains, and get blades surgically inserted in our arms.
Various pre-release controversies have exposed that the setting is probably less thoughtful than we’d initially hoped—the philosophical and social implications of a dystopian world seem to be taking a backseat to the rule of cool.
But hey, at least they’re committed to that rule. We’d struggle to think of many things cooler than Keanu Reeves living in your head. The question now is, how cyberpunk will our PCs need to be to run this beast?
RELEASE 2020 | DEV Amplitude Studios | PUB Sega | LINK humankind.game
Grand strategy from the developer of PC Gamer favorites Endless Space and Endless Legend, Humankind’s style of historical nation-building is a pretty clear challenge to Civilization’s throne. A notable difference is Humankind’s single victory condition: Being the coolest empire on the planet. As your cities progress through distinct ages, incorporating new cultural ideas or clinging onto traditional customs, you’ll accrue Fame points for achievements such as constructing world wonders or taking part in legendary battles.
MOUNT & BLADE 2: BANNERLORD
RELEASE March | DEV Taleworlds Entertainment | PUB In-house | LINK taleworlds.com
It’s finally coming out! After so many years in development, this sequel promises to deepen our favorite janky sandbox medieval sim with vastly improved graphics, more strategic combat, and an overall much deeper simulation of medieval kingdoms and their constantly feuding nobles. Whether you want to take over the world with your all-conquering army, build a merchant empire selling flour and beef, or travel around testing your skills in jousting tournaments, Bannerlord promises to cater to almost any playstyle you can imagine.
EMPIRE OF SIN
RELEASE Autumn | DEV Romero Games | PUB Paradox Interactive | LINK empireofsingame.com
Start a mafia and help America’s underworld prosper during prohibition. Like the classic Gangsters: Organized Crime, the Empire of Sin makes you a mob boss with a growing empire to nurture. As the head honcho, you’ll run rackets, raid rivals’ properties, and deal with the cops by paying them off or fighting them in the streets in turn-based battles. You’ll also need to put together a crew who develops as you play, gaining relationships, personality traits, or even an STD from hanging around brothels, just like Mr. Capone himself.
A TOTAL WAR SAGA: TROY
RELEASE 2020 | DEV Creative Assembly Sofia | PUB Sega | LINK totalwar.com/games/troy
The second Total War Saga or third since Fall of the Samurai has been rebranded, mixes myth and fantasy in Bronze-Age Greece and Anatolia. Troy is based on the epic Homeric poem, The Iliad, along with other myths, but explores the conflict between the Hellenic kingdoms and the Trojans through the lens of history. There’s even a minotaur, but it’s really a massive bloke wielding an ax. On the battlefield, you’ll fight with legendary heroes, while units will have new abilities, and the maps themselves will include obstacles like mud.
CRUSADER KINGS III
RELEASE 2020 | DEV Paradox Interactive | PUB In-house | LINK crusaderkings.com
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