Undeniably, gaming has PC blood – even though arcades and consoles have a major part in its popularity. Nobody is saying that PC gaming is dead, but we can all agree that PC exclusive games have taken a hit due to Sony’s and Microsoft’s fame.
Please note that this list is comprised of games to be released in 2016. At the moment of writing this article, the following games have been announced. Without further ado, we present you…
Ingenious PC Exclusive Games
1. Blade and Soul
Blade and Soul is a Korean Fantasy MMO. It was first announced way back in 2007 and we know little to nothing about it. Well, except the fact that combat is enormously inspired by martial arts and that players will be required to structure combos in order to attack. Its art style is infused with massive anime elements and game mechanics reflect a more Japanese-oriented video-game.
- Blade and Souls Release Date: 2016
2. The Bards Tale IV
Thanks to Kickstarter, The Bards Tale IV was successfully funded and the franchise can return to the PC medium after more than ten years of residing in obscurity. Coming strong with a-grade jokes, refreshing combat and an open world setting, The Bards Tale IV quickly becomes a must play title.
- The Bards Tale IV Release Date: 2016
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. The thing is, nobody can hear you scream in space – even if it’s for ice cream; or well, you know, screaming for help.
Routine is a survivor horror title set in a desolate moon base. It’s a first person title with an eerie feel present throughout the game. Players need to uncover the moon base’s secrets, explore the gorgeous and horrifying landscape and try to survive.
- Routine Release Date: 2016
4. We Happy Few
A video-game that has already garnered a small cult following – mainly because it resembles an even more demented Bioshock; We Happy Few is developed by the studio that brought us Contrast.
It’s a survival first person game set in a 1960s town where people have taken a fancy to drugs – of all kinds. It has a brooding sensation and game mechanics are just swell – craft lock picks to get around, loot and fight the city’s constituents and simply have fun running amok.
However, when the player dies – and it’s inevitable; he will be respawned in a completely new area and will have to go through the same old ordeals again.
- We Happy Few Release Date: 2016
5. World of Warcraft: Legion
Shockingly, World of Warcraft is still immensely profitable – even after more than a decade of MMORPG-ing.
At Gamescom 2015, Blizzard announced the game’s sixth expansion. Simply called Legion, it will come packed with a new zone and a new class – The Demon Hunter, which is similar to the Death Knight. However, The Demon Hunter will start at a much higher level than the DK.
We expect to find out more about Legion at this year’s Blizzcon. What we know, so far, is that The Demon Hunter will be both a fantastic DPS, via its specialized Havoc talent tree, and a meat sponge – read, tank; through Vengeance.
The Demon Hunter is basically a 2.0 Death Knight.
- Legion Release Date: 2016
6. A Hat in Time
A 3D platformer that tries to revitalize a forgotten genre – and it might very well be successful in its endeavour. Quirky characters, Zelda art style and game mechanics that clearly take inspiration from the giants Banjo-Kazooie and Super Mario 64, A Hat in Time is a most awaited PC exclusive title.
It has an abundance of collectibles and intriguing controls.
- A Hat in Time Release Date: 2016
Wreckfest resembles FlatOut – a lot! But that’s not a bad thing. Each year, we have fewer and fewer demolition derby video-games. Wreckfest looks to fill that gaping hole in my soul. Hey, I love mindless fun, don’t judge me.
Dozens of muscle cars that smash into each-other seems like a wet dream to me.
- Wreckfest Release Date: 2016
8. Total War: Warhammer
Total War: Warhammer bridges the real-time grand strategy action of the Total War franchise with the otherworldly fantasy factions of Warhammer. In a superb attempt to refresh the Total War series, the Warhammer title that is set to launch next year will be the first in a trilogy.
- Total War: Warhammer Release Date: 2016
9. Rising Thunder
Fighting games aren’t usually PC exclusive titles just because employing a keyboard and mouse feels unsatisfying and bleak – to say the least. Yet, Rising Thunder tries to move passed this issue and bring a new control scheme into play.
It’s easy to get into, but hard to master – avoiding the steep learning curve that plagues fighting games such as Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Tekken, to name a few.
There are no dash cancels, and no quarter circles to worry about.
It’s a robot-riddled world where machines have figured out the path to a great entertaining Friday night – just like the ancient Romans did.
- Rising Thunder Release Date: 2016
From a studio that brought us the awesome Fallout titles, Bethesda expands its resources into the MOBA medium. Following the massive popularity of League of Legends, DOTA 2, Smite and Heroes of the Storm, BattleCry tries to bring refreshing elements to a genre that doesn’t seem to change much.
The camera will be centred just behind characters, giving players a new perspective.
- BattleCry Release Date: 2016
11. Mount and Blade II: Bannerlords
Not much is known about the sequel to the critically acclaimed Mount and Blade title. What we do know is that we simply can’t keep our excitement down. What we’ve seen so far resembles a more refined and evolved Mount and Blade – with beautiful graphics and more gameplay features.
- Mount and Blade II: Bannerlords Release Date: 2016
It’s been almost fourteen years since Blizzard had planned to release a new IP. Overwatch resembles Valve’s Team Fortress 2 – in every single pixel and bit. It’s oddly comforting that Blizzard tackles the genre and tries to revitalize the Hat Fortress gameplay. It’s currently in its beta and gamers have reported only big thumbs up.
Overwatch is definitely one of the biggest games to look out for in 2016.
- Overwatch Release Date: 2016