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The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now 

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Updated February 21, 2020 919 votes 194 voters 7.5k views 23 items

Gamers everywhere, we're ranking the most popular strategy games in 2019 and 2020. Featuring both old and new games, this list of the most played strategy games right now include some of the best-selling games on PC. What are the top 10 strategy video games today?

Online multiplayer strategy games, like StarCraft 2Stellaris, and XCOM 2, keep getting new players, thanks to professional gamers, eSports tournaments, Twitch streamers, and YouTube gaming channels. Other good strategy games trending now include Civilization VI, Total War: Warhammer II, and Crusader Kings II.

Vote up the best strategy games everyone should be playing right now, and feel free to add your favorites that are missing from this list. Games from all consoles (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) are welcome, including mobile and PC games. 

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Civilization VI is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Sid Meier's Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy 4X video game developed by Firaxis Games, published by 2K Games, and distributed by Take-Two Interactive. A part of the Civilization series, ...more

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StarCraft II: Wings of L... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2010 (Blizzard Entertainment)

Genres (Video game): Real-time strategy, Strategy video game, Science Fiction

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed and released by Blizzard Entertainment for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. A sequel to the ...more

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Total War: Warhammer II ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Total War: Warhammer II is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega. It is part of the Total War series and the sequel to ...more

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Total War: Three Kingdom... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Total War: Three Kingdoms is a turn-based strategy real-time tactics video game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega. As the 12th mainline entry (the 13th entry) in the Total War ...more
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Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Crusader Kings II is a grand strategy game set in the Middle Ages developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive as a sequel to Crusader Kings. It was released for ...more

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Anno 1800 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2019 (Blue Byte)

Genres (Video game): City-building, real-time strategy

Anno 1800 is a city building real-time strategy video game, developed by Blue Byte and published by Ubisoft. It is the seventh game in the Anno series, and returns to the use of a historical ...more
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Imperator: Rome is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2019 (Paradox Development Studio)

Genres (Video game): Grand strategy

Imperator: Rome is a grand strategy wargame developed and published by Paradox Interactive, which was released on 25 April 2019. It is the sequel to Europa Universalis: Rome, released by Paradox ...more
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At the Gates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2019 (Conifer Games)

Genres (Video game): Strategy

At the Gates is a 4X strategy video game by Jon Shafer, the lead designer of Civilization V. Like Civilization V, the game is played on a hex map. Players control a barbarian tribe, and their ...more
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Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
GraavenX. added Released: 2004 (Feral Interactive)

Genres (Video game): Real-time tactics, Historical real-time strategy, Turn-based strategy, Real-time strategy, Strategy video game

Rome: Total War is a PC strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and released on 12 April 2004 by Activision. The Mac OS X version of the game was released on 5 February 2010 by Feral ...more
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Stellaris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2019 (Paradox Development Studio)

Genres (Video game): RTS, 4X, grand strategy

Stellaris is a 4X grand strategy video game developed and published by Paradox Interactive. Stellaris's gameplay revolves around space exploration, managing an empire, diplomacy, and space ...more
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Company of Heroes 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Company of Heroes 2 is a real-time strategy video game developed by Relic Entertainment and published by Sega for the Microsoft Windows platform. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed ...more
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Dreams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2020 (Media Molecule)

Genres (Video game): Game creation system

Dreams is a game creation system developed by Media Molecule and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. The game puts focus on 'play, create and share', and allows ...more
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Tropico 6 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2019 (Limbic Entertainment)
Tropico 6 is a construction, management and political simulation game in the Tropico series, developed by Limbic Entertainment, published by Kalypso Media. As in the other games in the series, ...more
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XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2016 (Firaxis Games)
XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactics video game developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux in February 2016, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in ...more

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Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2011 (The Creative Assembly)

Genres (Video game): Real-time tactics, Turn-based strategy, Real-time strategy, Strategy video game

Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy video game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. It is part of the Total War series and returns to the 16th-century Japan setting of the ...more
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Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 1995 (Looking Glass Studios)

Genres (Video game): Real-time strategy, Strategy video game

Command & Conquer is a 1995 real-time strategy video game developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive. Set in an alternate history of modern day, the game tells the ...more

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Aven Colony is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2017 (Mothership Entertainment)

Genres (Video game): City-building, strategy

Aven Colony is a city-building strategy video game developed by Mothership Entertainment and published by Team17. The Beta was released on September 8, 2016 on Microsoft Windows. The main ...more
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Offworld Trading Company... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Offworld Trading Company is a real-time strategy (RTS) video game developed by Mohawk Games and published by Stardock. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and OS X in April 2016. ...more
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Endless Legend is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now

Genres (Video game): Strategy game, 4X

Endless Legend is a turn based 4X fantasy-strategy game developed by Amplitude Studios and published by Iceberg Interactive for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X in September 2014. The purpose of ...more
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Supreme Commander is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2007 (Gas Powered Games)

Genres (Video game): Real-time strategy, Simulation video game, Strategy video game, Science Fiction

Supreme Commander is a real-time strategy computer game designed by Chris Taylor and developed by his company, Gas Powered Games. The game is considered to be a spiritual successor to Taylor's ...more
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Total Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 1997 (Humongous Entertainment)

Genres (Video game): Real-time strategy, Strategy video game, Science Fiction

Total Annihilation is a real-time strategy video game created by Cavedog Entertainment, a sub-division of Humongous Entertainment, and released on September 30, 1997 by GT Interactive for ...more
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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Released: 2019 (Saber Interactive)
World War Z is a third-person shooter video game developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on ...more
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Homeworld: Deserts of Kh... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Strategy Video Games Right Now
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is a real-time strategy video game developed by Blackbird Interactive and published by Gearbox Software. The game was released on January 20, 2016, and is a prequel ...more