The PC Gaming show has been a showcase of some of the best new things coming to PC gaming over the next few years. 30 of the top games coming to PC were shown off at the show hosted by Frankie Ward and Sean Plott
Rebellion Software showed off their sequel to Evil Genius known as Evil Genius 2: World Domination a strategy management title where players attempt to take over the world with their minions. The next show off was the world’s first piece of gameplay footage for Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2, a highly anticipated sequel to the RPG based on a famous tabletop RPG by the same name, being shown off by a couple of members of the Hardsuit Labs team. Starmancer was the next big contender to be demoed at the event and was touted by the presenter as being basically Dwarf Fortress but in space.
Next up we had a world exclusive reveal of a collaborative effort between Torn Banner and Tripwire Interactive with a new sequel to Chivalry known as Chivalry II to be coming out in early 2020 with exclusive early access to the Epic Store.
Mosiac coming in 2019 is a dark and atmospheric adventure game, with a free IOS and Android game already available. The trailer showed off an incredibly dark world, filled with rain and people walking, zombie-like, around a depressing world, and the mobile game coming alongside it is actually featured as a game on the main characters smartphone.
Bump In The Night
Midnight Ghost Hunt was also featured and seems to be a multiplayer game based around ghosts and hunters trying to beat each other in a very violent version of hide-and-seek. The next title shown off was Unexplored 2, a rogue-like game from Ludomotion. In the game the player takes control of a character who has to try and survive a journey through some pretty harsh environments, not to mention the numerous attacks from various creatures and monsters out to get your blood. One of the most stunning elements of this game reveal was probably the stunning world-building which seems to have been put into the title, with some beautiful set pieces such as submerged statues and monolith’s rising out of the sand.
Samsung took to the stage to show off their brand new, next level PC gaming monitor the CRG5. The new monitor will run at 240Hz, allowing an insane level of crisp detail and definition, as well as pulling off a 27 inch, curved screen for under $400 in only a few months time, hitting stores in mid-July 2019. The new monitor joins Samsung’s line of other high-end gaming screens aimed at a hardcore gamer crowd and features Nvidia G-Sync technology all at a surprisingly low price point for such a high-end piece of technology.
Funcom also managed to show off a whole slew of titles, some of which we’d already heard about like the new DLC for Mutant Year Zero Seed of Evil, the stunning Conan Unconquered, and Moons of Madness. Funcom’s newest game, Conan Chop Chop, was also revealed to not actually be the massive April fools joke that everyone thought it was. Last Oasis also finally got an official release date, and the survival-action game will be heading to storefront’s this coming July 15th on early access. Age of Wonders: Planetfall was also a big reveal, a 4x strategy game set in the same universe as the Planetfall series, which is only two months or so away from release.
Like A Zombie
Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army 4: Dead War was also shown off at the show with a long pre-rendered trailer showing off some new characters and of course gruesome X-Ray effects. The creators of the Darksiders franchise has a new IP to show off as well, Remnant: From the Ashes, a grim-looking co-op 3rd-person shooter coming out on August 20th. Klei Entertainment also showed off Griffwards which has become a rogue-like deck-building game set in a grungy sci-fi world, which will also be coming to the Epic Store in only a month. Planet Zoo from Frontier Developments is the next management sim from the creators of Planet Coaster, which tasks the player with creating a huge zoo filled with all different kinds of animals.
Yu Suzuki, the creator of Shenmue, took to the stage to finally fill in some details about the upcoming release of Shenmue 3, as well as giving the world its first exclusive look at the game as well as a release date of November 19th, 2019. A pixel-bound fantasy game was the next showcased game, Songs of Conquest, a classic adventure strategy game from Coffee Stain and Lava Potion to be released in late 2020.
Rats, Rats, Rats
Vermintide 2 also had some screentime at the show, showing off the upcoming expansion to the game, Versus, which actually puts players into control of the enemy characters in a PvP mode. Raw Fury got a chance to show off their new game Per Aspera which tasks players with the daunting task of terraforming the red planet itself. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an ambitious project which aims to show off the entire timeline of human evolution, from our last common ancestor all the way up to an early man. There was also the announcement that Auto Chess, a strategy chess game based on a mod for DOTA, will be coming to PC via The Epic Game Store later this year.
Cris Tales was also a world exclusive reveal for PC and is an indie RPG which bills itself as a love letter to classic RPGs of yesteryear. The game tasks players with experiencing the past, the present, and the future simultaneously and features a cutesy graphics style. Valfaris is a 2D action platformer filled with alien creatures in need of blasting into bloody chunks with an arsenal of sometimes ridiculous weapons.
Borderlands 3 was also a pretty big showing at this year’s show, with some more info going towards helping players to fill in blanks on some of the new vault hunters, as well as a discussion on the all-important loot. Man Eater was also shown off at the show by Tripwire Interactive and is an RPG based around controlling a shark from infancy until adulthood as they have to try and gather enough food to survive and grow even bigger, though there is no sign of a release date for the game as of yet although it will be exclusive to the Epic Store when it comes out. There was also a small presentation about gaming chairs from E-Win which showed off their comfortable, ergonomic design.
The Journey’s End
Terraria: Journey’s End is a new expansion for Terraria which unfortunately only got half the screen time it was supposed to thanks to technical problems at the show end. Telling Lies was an interesting beast, from the creators of Her Story, a unique FMV adventure game about using police footage to piece together a mystery. Telling Lies seems to be in a similar vein, but uses much, much more footage from many more sources, instead of the single room, single camera affair of the previous title.
Warframe also had some brand new footage shown off, including a trailer for the brand new expansion to the game’s universe called Warframe Empyrean. The trailer in question displayed some stunning-looking new gameplay moments, as well as revealing the date of a full reveal of the expansion on July 7, which will also come with a free gift for anyone who tunes in. The new expansion seems to be the developers attempt at refocusing the game as the true space-ninja simulator that it was always meant to be. Genesis Noir had a pretty striking art style on display and is an adventure game set at the beginning of the universe.
The next game, El Hijo, followed the story of a 6-year-old who must use his toys and tricks to escape from a monastery so that he can go on a journey to try and find his mother, with a heavy focus on redefining stealth gameplay
The final, and possibly the most exciting for many, was the discussion of the recently revealed Baldur’s Gate 3, the much-anticipated sequel to the Baldur’s Gate series which last had an entry back in 2000. The newest entry in the series uses modified rules from the latest edition of Dungeons & Dragons, with certain changes made to make it possible for the game to be played like a tabletop RPG but without anyone to run the actual game. There is also news that a prequel tabletop campaign to the new game for players to enjoy.
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