The forth PC Gaming Show at E3 is once again hosted by Sean “Day” Plott, although this year he’s accompanied by Frankie Ward. There were many announcements at this year’s show so let’s get right to it.
Satisfactory – A first-person Factorio.
Satisfactory is the new game from Coffee Stain Studios (Sanctum 2, Goat Simulator). The player assumes the role of a human who has been sent to an alien planet to build huge automated factories. Vehicles and exploration are also a key part of the game, can be played single player or co-op. What separates Satisfactory from other similar games is that it’s in first-person.
Neo Cab – Uber survival
Neo Cab is the debut game from Chance Agency, who describe the game as an “emotional survival game about gig labour”. The player takes control of Lina, one of the last human cab drivers in the AI dominated city of Los Ojos, where you navigate the streets and control conversations with your clients. Looks to be a rather different kind of survival game compared to the typical sandbox / resource management centric games that have become synonymous with the genre.
The Forgotten City – New standalone game based on the awarding winning mod.
Modding has been a pillar of PC gaming for many years. which is why it’s rather exciting that one of the most popular Skyrim mods, The Forgotten City is getting it’s own standalone game. Built in Unreal Engine, developer Modern Storyteller says that it will “retain all the elements which made the original beloved” whilst adding a whole lot of new features including “resigned characters and dialogue, fresh twists, lore and endings” to name but a few.
Star Control: Origins – New gameplay footage, releases 20th September 2018.
Stardock’s Star Control: Origins is an open universe action RPG which claims to have thousands of unique planets to visit and dozens of different aliens to encounter. Gameplay ranges from driving around planets and jumping over canyons to ship-to-ship combat. Other exciting features include persistent storytelling and mod support (yay!). Originally announced back in 2013, it finally has a release date of 20th September 2018 for Steam and GOG.
Warframe’s highly anticipated story mode update, The Sacrifice, out this week.
After getting it’s first open-world update last year, Warframe, one of the most popular PC games, is getting a story update. The Sacrifice continues the story that first started with The Second Dream update. Coming this week on PC.
Sega is bringing a bunch of games to PC! Including Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami and Valkyria Chronicles 4 and more!
Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami will have 4K resolution options and uncapped framerates. Valkyria Chronicles 4 has also been confirmed for PC. Other games confirmed for PC include RPG Shining Resonance: Refrain and the first two instalments of Shenmue. Looks like Sega is continuing their commitment to bring their Japanese games to PC after successful ports of Bayonetta and Vanquish from last year.
Tripwire Interactive announces new game: Maneater
After talking about planned updates for Killing Floor 2, Tripwire Interactive revealed a new game as a publisher: Maneater. Open world action RPG, where you play as a shark (yes, really). Host Sean Plott and the audience couldn’t quite contain their laughter as Tripwire President John Gisbon shared more details about the game; a shark skill tree, full single player campaign, and the ability to jump out of the water and snatch people off peers.
Jurassic World Evolution is out now!
Stormland – An open world robot exploration game in VR.
Latest project from Insomniac games, Stormland, a VR game where you play as an “android gardener” exploring an open world in search of arguments. Coming to Oculus Rift.
Don’t Starve: Hamlet – Gameplay trailer for new expansion, out December 2018.
The latest expansion for Klei Entertainment’s popular survival game, Don’t Starve: Hamlet reveals gameplay footage for the first time. The expansion is set in “a lost town of aristocratic Pigmen nestled within a foreboding tropical jungle,” according to Klei. Looks like the expansion will bring new challenges, characters, mobs and biomes. Coming December 2018.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead – First gameplay trailer, out 6th November.
The first of 2 games, based on The Walking Dead franchise, being showcased at the PC Gaming Show 2018, finally reveals some gameplay footage. Pretty much want you’d expect from a zombie survival FPS.
Two Point Hospital – NHS simulator.
Dubbed as the spiritual successor to Theme Hospital, the founders behind the project join the stage dressed in doctor suits. After an awkward moment where the stethoscope appears to be interfering with one of the microphones, they share more details about the light-hearted hospital simulation game. Character customisation, training nurses and doctors, researching to find cures for diseases were just some of the features discussed. Coming later this year.
Anno 1800 gets a new trailer, world exclusive.
Blending city building, economic management and RTS, the latest instalment of Anno takes the franchise back to the industrial revolution. Anno 1800 is expected to be released late 2018.
Rapture Rejects – A battle royale game that you never seen before!
No, seriously. You really haven’t seen one like this before. A 2D isometric battle royale game based on the webcomic Cyanide & Happiness. The rather hilarious trailer reveals the game’s premise; when you fail to make the cut, you battle it out amongst all the other rejects. Rapture Rejects is developed by Galvanic Games, in collaboration with Explosm and published by tinyBuild.
There were many other announcements at the PC Gaming Show that we’ll touch on here.
- Mavericks: Proving Grounds – Another battle royale game, this time starting with 1,000 players as opposed to the typical number of 100. Looks reminiscent of PUGB, I guess PUGB Corp’s lawyers will keep a close eye on this one!
- Crytek’s Hunt: Showdown is getting an update with new weapons and a new enemy.
- Archangel: Hellfire is launching out of early access on 17th July 2018.
- More details on open world investigation game: The The Sinking City.
- Untitled Publisher (that’s actually the publisher’s name) announced three new games: Bravery Network Online, Morning Star and Overwhelm (which is available on Steam right now).
- Night Call – A neo-noir murder mystery game where you play as a taxi driver, based in Paris.
- Sable – Open world desert exploration game.
- Star Citizen teases it’s Alpha 3.2 update.
- Genesis Alpha One – A weird mix of space exploration, base-building and FPS rougelike elements, releases 4th September 2018.
- Just Cause 4 – The recently announced game showcase’s it’s new engine, Apex.
- Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Released 14th August 218.
- Noita – “A magical action rougelite set in a world where every pixel is physically simulated”.
- Realm Royale – A Fortnite-esque battle royale game from Hi-Rez Studios, who have never been accused of cloning other popular games….. ever! Out now on Steam Early Access.
- Ooblets – Cutesy life simulation game inspired by Harvest Moon, Pokémon and Stardew Valley.
- Hitman 2 – Exciting trailer and showcase, released 13th November 2018 and it’s not episodic this time around.
The PC Gaming Show demonstrated that there’s no shortage of upcoming games and updates to existing games for PC gamers to sink their teeth into over the coming years. See you next year!