The PC used to be the platform of choice for players interested in experiencing the latest and most advanced role-playing games, first-person shooters, and real-time strategy games. However, the last decade has seen a steady stream of talented PC game development studios redistributing their talents and energies to the world of console gaming. While companies like BioWare (Neverwinter Nights), Epic Games (Unreal), and DICE (Battlefield) continue to make PC titles, their focus has undeniably shifted toward the more lucrative Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 markets.
But it isn’t all doom and gloom for hardcore PC gamers. There are several developers that remain quite dedicated to the Windows platform. Ten of them are listed below, along with the means by which they will contribute to the PC gaming industry in the near future.
What they’ve done: The Diablo games, StarCraft, World of Warcraft
What they’re doing: Developing Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, additional content for World of Warcraft
Not much explanation required here. Blizzard made one of the most profitable PC video games of all time in making World of Warcraft. What’s more, they remain completely focused on PC gaming. Legions of players are dying to get their fingers on the latest Windows-exclusive Diablo and StarCraft games.
Gas Powered Games
What they’ve done: The Dungeon Siege series, Supreme Commander
What they’re doing: Creating the brand new PC-exclusive games Space Siege and Demigod
Gas Powered Games’ epic Dungeon Siege RPGs have proven worthy competition to Diablo in the dungeon crawling category, but the Redmond-based studio is branching out with the upcoming PC-only games Space Siege (a sci-fi themed action RPG) and Demigod (an RPG/RTS hybrid).