10 Upcoming PC City-Building Games in 2020

10 Upcoming PC City-Building Games in 2020


The indie city builder renaissance that I
predicted two years ago is about to get into full swing in 2020, so here are just 10 upcoming
pc city-building games I’m keeping an eye on going into the new year. If this is the first time on my channel, welcome-welcome,
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and remember to click that bell button, it really helps a lot. So let’s get this list going. The trailer for Nebuchadnezzar showed up late
in 2019. An Impressions-style isometric citybuilder
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. 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. 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. 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. Before We Leave is a cutesy-looking city builder
in which the player is tasked with rebuilding a 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. 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. 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. 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 gets burnt. To me this looks like it could actually fulfil
the survival aspect that I found to be missing in Surviving Mars. The game is scheduled for a June 2020 release
on Steam. 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. 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. 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 reverse 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. Special mentions go to, Cliff Empire, Workers
and Resources, Flotsam – all of which I’ve covered in 2019 – you can find them in the
playlist on screen – and to Foundation, which I’ve been planning to play since last year
but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe 2020 is the year for Foundation on my
channel. Thank you very much for watching, which city
builder title are you looking forward to in 2020? Let me know in the comments. I’ve been StefaNonsense and I’ll seeya
next time.

9 thoughts on “10 Upcoming PC City-Building Games in 2020”

  1. DAMN, I thought I was looking at some form of Pharaoh when I saw Nebuchadnezzar, that looks really cool. I've heard of Ancient Cities quite a while back, it looks great. Before we Leave has graphics like For the King!. Distant Kingdoms looks gorgeous. Airborne kingdom has a really cool theme, I agree. Foundation hehe, I played 20 mins of it at my brother's house, definitely takes a while to understand how things work, but everything I've seen looked cool, and I hope to play it at some point. 🙂

  2. Thanks for bringing Nebuchadnezzar to my attention… looks like a modern take on Pharaoh/Caesar. Hope it has some quality of life changes compared to those two.

  3. Any thoughts on Industries of Titan? It's an upcoming citybuilder by Brace Yourself Games, the team behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, that will launch in early access this year.

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