SIMS OF 2018
Farming Simulator 19
November 20 | Giants Software | Link
"Farm like never before with Farming Simulator 19!" claims publisher Focus Home Interactive. If we had to guess, we'd go with the more accurate "Farm a lot like you did in 2017, but with some new stuff!" Apparently there are horses this time around, along with new farm equipment, "big brands," and new crops. What more could a farmer ask for?
TBA| Shadow Raven Studios | Link
One of three dino park sims coming out in 2018, Prehistoric Kingdom gives you the keys to a dinosaur zoo. Fiddle with their DNA, breed them, turn them into attractions and then bleed your guests dry. John Hammond would be proud. Prehistoric Kingdom will also let you make your park look especially lovely with terraforming tools and modular decorations. You can start up your first park now, too, as there’s a demo on Steam.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
2018 | Bandai Namco | Link
After a 2013 release on PC, the oftentimes silly and melodramatic dogfighting sim is circling back for another run, bringing a story full of royal intrigue, besieged cities, and massive space elevators. New aircraft types, like futuristic, high speed drones and the A-10 Warthog promise plenty of chances to light up the skies.
Late 2018 (Currently Early Access) | Flashbulb Games | Link
Like building an impossible vehicle of Legos and watching a younger sibling destroy them, Trailmakers asks you to build wild wheeled contraptions and then watch as physics rips them apart. You can play in sandbox mode or the expedition mode which lets you build and add onto your vehicles in a long-distance trek across a foreign planet. Trailmakers’ modular pieces appear to invite creativity and disaster in equal measure.
Winter 2018 | Ubisoft Blue Byte | Link
Anno returns to its city-building roots in the historical, taking players to the dawn of the 19th century, a time of massive industrialization. The sequel features a story-based campaign, a customizable sandbox mode, individual AI opponents, and more.
Two Point Hospital
August 30 | Two Points Studios | Link
If the more serious tone of Project Hospital is too stuffy for you, Two Point Hospital looks like the Simpsons staffed an entire emergency room with 100 clones of Dr. Nick Riviera. Design your own hospital, train up your staff, and maybe develop a new cure or two to compete with big pharma down the street. For those surgeons needing an extra pair of hands, competitive multiplayer challenges and collaborative research projects round things out.
Police Simulator 18—Law Enforcement
2018 | Bigmoon Entertainment | Link
The life of a cop is more than the mile-high leaps of Crackdown or undercover gang busts of Sleeping Dogs. This simulator shows you both the riveting sides of real-life law enforcement (freeway chases, bank robberies) in addition to the lighter side, including issuing traffic tickets and arresting disorderly punks with too much of daddy’s money. Includes a two-player co-op mode for all those timely “one week from retirement” jokes.
Summer 2018 (as early access) | Washbear | Link
What if Jurassic Park was pretty chill? That seems to largely be the premise of Parkasaurus, a low-poly theme park management sim where being pals with previously extinct beasties is as important as making cash from them. That said, they do occasionally get rowdy, briefly turning the game into an FPS where you have to put the naughty lizards to sleep for a little bit.
TBA (Early Access) | YandareDev | Link
Yandere Simulator takes anime’s latest twist on love and puts you in the shoes of an obsessive high school student bent on keeping their senpai from noticing any other suitors—at any cost. Styled after Hitman’s open world format, you’ll take other students out of the equation in a variety of bloody or emotionally manipulative methods, all while avoiding law enforcement.
Rise of Industry
Q3-Q4 (currently Early Access) | Dapper Penguin Studios | Link
In our own first look at Rise of Industry, we found out that the will of the people is equally important as the will of your own monolithic intentions. Each procedurally generated map begins with tiny, peaceful towns that have specific wants. In order to grow from small production outfit to global monopoly you will have to begin by giving them what they want. You’ll manage every part of the process from gathering raw materials to selling final goods in this strategic simulation game. You’ll build roads to maximise efficient routes, build factories and plants, and cover a beautiful green map in smog.
October 30 | Oxymoron Games | Link
Project Hospital aims to “cure your nostalgia” with its homage to Theme Hospital from 1997. Rather than the slapstick fake diseases from Theme Hospital, Project Hospital will focus on more realistic afflictions. Manage your building, your staff, and patients to create a hospital of your own specifications. You can pursue goals like treating rare diseases, having the best patient and staff morale, or raking in the most profit. Project hospital appears to take a pretty granular approach to management, assigning individual staff to certain zones, placing equipment, and following around your favorite patients. If you do manage to diagnose and cure nostalgia, let us know.