Here are just 10 upcoming pc city-building games I’m keeping an eye on going into the new year.
10Builders of Egypt
Builders of Egypt is a rather mysterious title due to the lack of a developer website as well as a lack of information on its Steam page. It appears to be a very cool and smooth-looking 3D Pharaoh.
The art style and proportions look realistic and judging from the various videos available on the Builders of Egypt YouTube channel, the game will have missions, free play, and a pretty smooth interface.
I Can’t really give you any more details than that, but you can check out the start of the game because that’s available on Steam under the name Builders of Egypt: Prologue.
The trailer for Nebuchadnezzar showed up late in 2019. An Impressions-style isometric city-builder set in ancient Mesopotamia, complete with what looks like a walker system, hopefully, something less frustrating than those in Pharaoh and Caesar 3.
It appears that, at least for the moment, the devs are developing the game with a strong focus on its 16-mission campaign, although one has to assume that the game will have a free play feature as well, at some point in the future.
Very important to mention is that the game is being developed with mods in mind, so that could mean a long life for this title. The two-person dev team plans to release Nebuchadnezzar in the second half of 2020.
8Before We Leave
Before We Leave is a cutesy-looking city-builder in which the player is tasked with rebuilding civilization after living for generations underground. You will be recolonizing entire planets and have to deal with the catastrophes that previously sent the civilization underground, to begin with.
While the game won’t have rival civilizations to fight with, you will have to deal with marauding space whales. No date for the game’s release yet but it will be available during its Early Access through the Epic store.
Neolithic is a solo dev project which plans to blend aspects of city builders, real-time strategy games and detailed character progression. This is a completely different scope than Ancient Cities and even though it doesn’t have a clear release date, I just want to spotlight the title on this list because it will definitely appeal to someone who is into a more combat-focused approach to city building.
Ancient Cities is a massive undertaking. It’s a survival city-builder that will start the player with a nomadic tribe and then take that tribe through the Neolithic age.
Your people will have to survive through simulated weather and day/year/season cycles, as well as natural disasters and you’ll have to deal with citizen attributes, aspirations and social dynamics. All the while, developing and evolving technologies as well as other concepts such as religion and politics.
Like I said, it’s a massive undertaking but from what I’ve seen up until now, it looks incredible. A release date is unknown at the current time, but it is expected to come at some point during 2020.
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Dark Moon is a survival city builder that looks and sounds very promising. You will have to survive on the moon, during what seems to be a continuous solar storm which has wreaked havoc on Earth.
The general idea is that you have to constantly be on the move because everything the light touches get burnt. To me, this looks like it could actually fulfill the survival aspect that I found to be missing in Surviving Mars. The game is scheduled for a June 2020 release on Steam.
Distant Kingdoms is the only title for which I have no video, unfortunately, but the images look good and the description promises a city building, social management and an exploration/adventure game, set in a fantasy world populated with various races of humanoids.
I am rather curious about how the various races will be interacting with each other as well as how the whole exploration and adventure aspect will be implemented.
Atmocity has been in Early Access since the summer of 2019. It still has a way to go until full release, but it looks quite refreshing. It’s a sci-fi city builder where you can build in all directions and dimensions.
Meaning you can create all manner of mind-bending and gravity-defying blocks of buildings. To me, it looks a lot like Cliff Empire but without the severe limiting of your building area. Atmocity isn’t a survival city-builder after all.
Airborne Kingdom jumps onto the list thanks to its theme and art style. It’s a city builder exploration title in which you build up steampunk-looking floating cities with a very particular art direction to it.
It actually reminds me of a cross between the old Magic The Gathering block art from Arabian Nights and Urza’s Saga. The game is expected sometime during 2020, on the Epic Store.
Buoyancy is on the list because I had no idea it existed until after covering Flotsam. It’s the exact same idea as Flotsam – running and developing a floating settlement on a Waterworld – but it features a realistic art direction and it also has pirates.
It looks interesting as a sort of bizarro or reverses Flotsam. I have no idea who had the idea first. It has been in Early Access since the summer of 2019 and is expected to be out of Early Access by the end of 2020.